If you’re new around these parts and arriving from Ana Mum Diary, HELLO. You’re very welcome here. Grab a cuppa and expect lots of chatter and mish-mash decorating attempts.
Let me start by telling you how proud I am to be a part of this group of 20+ interiors bloggers – the first of its kind over here in the UK and organised by one of my all time fave blogger babes, Kimberly from Swoon Worthy.
Each day, a handful of us have let you into our humble abode and given you a taste of what Christmas looks like. And ho ho holy moly there have been some stunning images this week with something different each day, from all varieties of taste and lifestyle – I’d strongly recommend reading your way through either on the hashtag #UKHOMEBLOGHOP or from all the blogger’s links at the bottom of this post.
So today is my turn and it’s the 5th and final day. I’m a little nervous to show you my house at Christmas as the other lot are a tough act to follow but if anything looks below par, I’ll gladly blame my 2 year old. Messy little thing… onto the tour!
What do you think of my hallway? I can’t wait to blog it in the New Year when we’ve finished the redecorating, but for now it sits draped in twinkly lights and colourful felt garlands. It’s a really fun and festive entrance to our home, and I love my new chum – my nutcracker who we’ve named Noy, brought back from the Hamburg Christmas Markets only last week.
We’ve actually got little nods to Christmas all around the house – santa legs on our dining table, christmas cactus in the kitchen, stockings in the bedrooms – but for today what I really want to show you is our family room; the lounge.
Knitted Christmas tree ornament – €3 from Idee (recently found in Germany). Felt Christmas tree – £10 from John Lewis. Felt Robin figure – gifted. Felt star garland – £12 from TK Maxx. Christmas Tree scented candle – £3.99 from TK Maxx. Santa cookie jar – gifted. Hanging pom pom decoration – handmade by Alma Makes
Whilst I’d love to have one of those rooms where everything is nicely paired, we do a lot of Christmas ornament gifting in our huge family, so even if it looks a bit bonkers (because it sits alongside our ever growing collection of dinosaurs) I always look for ways to show them off around the house.
I must say, it’s at this time of year that I truly miss having a fireplace. We don’t have any in our little semi-detached sadly and we miss out bigtime on not having a mantel. Instead, I use my upcycled orange dresser. In the dark days of Winter, the berry light garland which we dangle on top gives the whole room a really Christmassy glow.
Other favourite bits of this room include the off-center lightbox letters. I know it will drive a lot of you MAD, but Luna couldn’t reisist separating them so I just keep them a little squiffy now as her contribution to the decorating. And in the santa dish? That’s where we keep the decorations she’s taken off the tree, ready to put straight back on after she’s gone to bed. All parents of a toddler will feel this pain!
Lightbox – £15 from The Range. Dainty star light garland – £1.99 from Primark. Colour wooden trees – £14 from Etsy seller Lindsay Interiors. Mini Christmas tree – Asda George. Santa dish – gifted. Winter Wonderland glass frame – £2 – B&M Bargains.
And now to our tree. It’s a fake if you’re wondering, but I don’t mind. The pine candles we have around the room are the perfect way to fake it. All of the ornaments on our tree are special. I did treat myself last year to some gold ribbon from Marks and Spencer which I’ve used to tie bows. I also love our multipack of gold baubles – a range of glitter and disco balls, because WHY NOT.
And the rest? Well, they tell a story of us. Our little unit. We’ve added some felt figures for 2016 with a gingerbread for Luna, a cactus and a pom pom for me and a comic book stuffed felt dangling for Joe – all from Paperchase. We also have plenty of ornaments from every Christmas Market we’ve been fortunate to visit with recent additions from New York, Berlin, Hamburg and of course, Manchester. Only last week I added this gorgeous little handcarved train to our collection – a souvenir for my little girl. I think that one day when she leaves home, I’ll put them away for her to decorate with when the time comes.
There she is, the love of my life reaching for the “choo choo”.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the sneaky peak into my house at Christmas. I know it’s completely bonkers and it’s never going to be the kind you see in the interiors mags, but it’s a perfect representation of us. If you like what you see, you’ll find more of the same on my Twitter and Instagram.
Otherwise, it’s time to hop onto the next blogger. Go and take a peek A Beautiful Space featuring some scrumptious looking Christmas cookies.
The full list of bloggers is below if you’d like to revisit any of the festive cheer. Have a wonderful Christmas you bloody lovely lot. Don’t forget to make it your own.
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