I love getting the house ready for Christmas. It’s one of those things I remember from my childhood very fondly. The excitement of unwrapping the carefully stored baubles and decorations from the previous years, the anticipation of switching on the lights (and hoping they work!) and the feeling you get when you step back after it’s all decorated and aglow.
Like most, I love decking the house in Christmas decor head to toe, but this year things are little simpler! We moved into our current house 9 months ago to save for our forever home so all the rooms aren’t decorated with our details or furniture, but, it’s perfect for now. We are also little tighter on space here than we were last year so we didn’t get all our decorations up including our main tree. Well, space and the fact that we left half of it behind in the attic at our last place but let’s not talk about that!
Our main tree is full of traditional and vintage-style red and green baubles and lots of gorgeous decorations full of little memories of our relationship and our travels, which I adore. But this year it’s all about the pastel tree. We popped this one up just in the corner of our dining/living area so we have a cosy little Christmas corner and I just love coming home to pop on the lights. It’s a little bit vintage, a little bit shabby-chic and a little bit kitsch but it’s a whole lot of fun! Home really is where the heart is.
This tree was actually my husbands when he was a child and I love that so much. It’s a cute little fat one just a little bit smaller than me so it’s easy to decorate! For this tree, I look out for pretty, vintage-inspired, 1950’s glass baubles in the softest pink and mint shades, pearlescent and glitter decorations and lots of bow details. I also like to tie my decorations on with darling ribbons. You can find similar ones in my recent Christmas Tree Decorations post here. Remember, if you don’t like the string or ribbon for hanging your baubles you can always change it to match your theme!
My little ‘treecup’ is a DIY I did with a damaged teacup I couldn’t bear to throw out. Apart from the tree, the rest of the decorations this year are pretty minimal. There are a few indoor wreaths (I’ve gone a little wreath crazy this year!) and a garland over the kitchen cupboards. Outside, there’s a wreath on the door and some fairy lights. I’ve been filling our house with festive scents in our Scentsy (Christmas Cottage is my current fave!) as well as lots of Christmas scented candles.
For wrapping paper this year I went with peachy pink stripes from Flying Tiger and mint polka dot paper from Primark/Pennys paired with vintage floral wallpaper. The oversized, mint gingham ribbon and velvet ribbon is from Micheals. I picked these up on our last USA trip, some people bring home suitcases of duty-free goodies or new clothes but I fill my case with ribbon and craft supplies! The pretty Joyeux Noel gift tags are from M&S.
I just love our cosy little Christmas corner. It’s the perfect spot for having a cosy cuppa or festive hot chocolate, with some festive treats of course!