Welcome To Our Christmas Decor 2017!

christmas decor

Putting up our Christmas tree has fast become one of the holiday traditions that I get very excited about! So much in fact, that from the first of December I am ITCHING to pull out the decorations, put on a playlist and go to town.

christmas decor

My take on festive decor is very much in theme with the rest of our house, which a lot of you guys will be familiar with by now I am sure! The lovely gals over at hous. recently described our interior vibe as “vintage Palm Springs” (you can read the rest of that feature here!), so you can probably imagine that going full-on Santa’s grotto isn’t really our style!

christmas decor

Instead, we like to keep things colourful, playful and a tad minimalist with our Christmas decor so that we can enjoy the seasonal theme but still have all of the colours and motifs that make us feel right at home.

christmas decor

Our Christmas tree is probably the most non-traditional item we have and, not only do I love the way it looks, but it doesn’t bother Bosley either (I honestly had visions of him trying to climb whatever tree we had!). It means we have to be stricter with our bauble collection, but I can spiral out of control very quickly when it comes to small, sparkly objects so that can only be a good thing.

We’ve switched up our cushions for our Christmas ones (from M&S a few years back) and we’ve got our teal tinsel high up on the picture frames and such (because Bosley does try to run around with it if it’s in pawing distance…).

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Our gold 3D HO HO HO letters have made another appearance this year and, even though they are just cardboard, they’re one of my favourite decorations! I might even change them to say OOOH when Santa’s on his way…

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Speaking of letters, this vintage-inspired pegboard* from Truffle Shuffle has been a constant source of entertainment! Whether it’s quotes from our favourite festive films or lines from childhood Christmas number ones, we’re having a lot of fun spelling things out and making it part of our Christmas decor!

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Having our home ready for visitors over the holidays isn’t just about how it looks but how it sounds and smells too, am I right? Elvis’ Christmas album playing on the Crosley takes care of the sound, and burning something seasonal and spicy adds an extra layer of cosy to the room!

Shearer Candles have really outdone themselves this year with a new range of holiday candles. Their Red Apple & Cinnamon jar candle smells utterly delicious! And PS, I’m also a huge fan of the Gingerbread candle tin (not pictured) – it could fool people into thinking I’ve been baking all day, haha!

christmas decor

christmas decor

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into this year’s Christmas decor around our place. I really enjoy seeing how other people have styled their homes for this time of year, so let me know what you’re doing! Do you have a theme? What’s your favourite decoration?

 

 

 

*Hey! If you fancy ordering one of these for yourself and joining in the quote-tastic fun, you can get a cheeky 15% off using LYNSAY15

Faux Sure! Decorating with Artificial Plants

I have a confession to make, you guys. Lean in. Closer.

OK, ready?

I’m a serial plant killer. I’ve let countless plants perish under my watch and most of the time I have no idea how it even happens, but it does and here we are! One of the reasons why I love my cacti so much (aside from how aesthetically pleasing they are, obviously) is that they have managed to survive life with me this far, so must be some sort of wonder plant (possible) or just require very minimal care (most likely).

But aside from my cacti and succulents, I’ve had no luck whatsoever. Big plants, little plants… you name it, I’ve killed it (apart from one Yukka plant which made a lucky escape and now is being rehabilitated by my mother at her house – true story!).

I love how plants look in our big, sunny flat though – so what’s a gal to do? About six months ago, I made a discovery so obvious I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner! I was procrastinating browsing in IKEA one day when I noticed that they sold some pretty great looking artificial plants, including a big plush-guy that I thought would look nice in the living room. Before I knew it, he was in the trolley and I was looking at some other smaller ‘plants’.

You might be thinking, don’t artificial plants look tacky though? And I wouldn’t blame you if you are – I know I sure was! But, I think it’s like anything home-related though, shop around, style it to fit in with your decor and THEN make up your mind.

Now we have a few different types of faux flora dotted around the flat and we actually couldn’t be happier with how they look. Plus, the empty plant pots we had before just reminded me of past victims and were bumming me out a bit (!). We get to enjoy the LOOK of lots of greenery, but with no more plants needlessly suffering – it’s a win-win if you ask me!

Our most recent addition is this hanging ivy-style plant, which hilariously came in a flat-pack box in the post. It was a couple of pounds from Amazon and gave us something to sit on a random high corner-shelf in the bathroom (one of those old, quirky Tenement features!) while fitting in with the overall style of the space.

Bringing artificial plants into our interiors wasn’t something I expected to try, but I’m so glad that we gave them a shot! Along with our little selection of cacti, we have the most low-maintainance collection of plants imaginable – but me and my conscience are just fine with that.

And if I somehow manage to kill the fake ones? Well, that’s GOT to be some kind of skill, surely?!

Have you ever given faux plants a try?

 

 

DIY Flair Display Board

When we were road tripping across America last month, I didn’t go on any major shopping sprees – the way I saw it, the more I bought, the more I’d need to carry! But I DID pick up an enamel pin from each location we visited. I wanted a memento from the amazing places we were lucky enough to see, and pins didn’t take up much room in my suitcase, which made them very easy to collect over the weeks we were away.

I wear a lot of pins and patches but (as much as I’d like to!) I can’t wear them all at once! So I decided to show off the ones that aren’t currently adorning my lapels – and share how I did it.

This DIY flair display is an inexpensive, easy and effective way to store your pins! Here’s how to make your own…

You will need

  • 1 x corkboard (mine was £1.75 from Amazon)
  • Paint in contrasting colours (I used two tester pots from Homebase, £1 each)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Something to protect your work surface (I used an old magazine)

  1. Paint your first colour onto the whole board, and leave it to dry.
  2. Using your tape, section off some areas for your second colour. You can be as creative as you like – I made some geometric shapes with mine!
  3. Add your second colour, paint the frame and wait for it to dry. 
  4. Once all of the paint is dry, peel back the tape (so satisfying!) and admire your handiwork!
  5. Arrange your pins and affix to the board. I decided to use my board for just for the pins and prints that I picked up on our trip.

…and that’s really all there is to it – I told you it was easy!

I love walking past this board and remembering our trip. I’m tempted to make a second board very soon for the pins I have by some of my favourite indie designers.

I hope you give this DIY flair display a try, and if you do, be sure to let me know!