A Christmas bedroom

One thing I haven’t done a lot of over the festive season so far is sleep. So I was intrigued when Rachel Newcombe from the Fresh Design blog invited me to enter the Christmas bedroom competition she’s running with The White Company.

The idea is for bloggers to create an inspirational Christmas bedroom post using product images from The White Company‘s bed linen range and other Christmassy products. Just my kind of challenge! Of course, I set about it straight away…

I’d start with this bedroom set, which is beautifully pared back in colour and form, but with plenty of texture to keep things interesting. Wouldn’t it be the perfect setting for family present opening on the big day? I love the honeycomb paper decorations in particular:

That four poster bed is in need of a little more festive fancy though, I think, so I’d have to add this gorgeous mini pine cone garland (I’ve always loved the natural look):

I’d combine it with this gold bauble garland, to make sure there was a suitable amount of seasonal bling:

Next, because every room needs a spot of greenery, and because I don’t believe a front door is the only place you can hang a wreath, I’d have to add this frosted ivy wreath (did I mention I love the natural look?):

Extra throws and blankets are vital on those cold winter mornings, so I’d be sure to keep a couple of these Princeton throws to hand:

Finally, you can’t beat the restful flicker of candlelight to create a peaceful festive atmosphere. I love the simplicity of tea lights in pretty containers like this sparkle glass hurricane holder:

So, how would you decorate a festive bedroom if you were given a free reign in The White Company?

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Christmas dining

When it comes to festive dining, I have a confession to make: I’m more interested in how it all looks than what it tastes like. Sorry, I’m just not a big eater! But I do love a well decorated table.

Christmas is just the kind of excuse I need to spend hours making centrepieces and thinking of how best to sort out place settings. Here are some ideas that have inspired me this year…

1) You don’t need to overcomplicate things – this simple linen napkin is made into a real attraction with some ribbon, a small card and a sprig of berries:

Belgian linen corded napkins (set of four) £40, The White Company

2) This beaded mistletoe wire is a great idea for decorating your table simply. You could also use it for all sorts of other decorating too, including wrapping presents:

Beaded mistletoe wire (1.5m) £7.50, Cox & Cox

Beaded mistletoe wire (1.5m) £7.50, Cox & Cox

3) These red robin linen napkins are gorgeous, and not so Christmassy that you couldn’t use them throughout the winter. Again, no napkin ring, just a bit of lace ribbon:

Set of four red robin linen napkins by The Original Pop Up Shop £44, MyDeco

Set of four red robin linen napkins by The Original Pop Up Shop £44, MyDeco

4) I love the combination of vintage cutlery and modern bling in this setting; plus I think every festive dinner should be liberally scattered with table confetti:

Set of four snowflake napkin rings £9.99, The Contemporary Home

Set of four snowflake napkin rings £9.99, The Contemporary Home

So, what are you up to for Christmas, and how will you be decorating your table?

A natural Christmas

I can’t believe it’s less than five weeks until Christmas. Yay! I absolutely love Christmas, not only because I’m a Christian and I love the fact that God once gave us the best gift ever, but because it’s a great chance to indulge in some of my favourite things – family gatherings, food, present giving and, of course, decorating my little flat.

I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to my decorations, and tend towards green, red and cream, with metallic touches plus lots of rustic texture with wood and felt. But I do love exploring the new ranges on offer every year, and dreaming about what I’d choose if I had to start again.

Right now I’m particularly loving the pared back look, with products made from natural materials in a super neutral colour palette, inspired by Scandinavian, puritan and craft influences. I also love how designers and stylists are increasingly thinking outside the box; how perfect is the arrangement of these lights?

Thor linen outdoor-indoor lights £174, Rowan & Wren

I love snow globes, and this version is absolutely gorgeous, not to mention a great example of upcycling:

Salt shaker snow globe £14, Anthropologie

Retro paper decorations have been revived this year, and this set shows just how effective they can look:

Snowflake fans (pack of four) £25, Petra Boase

These hand felted acorns make gorgeous decorations that you could use all year round:

Hand felted acorn garland by The Original Pop Up Shop £19.95, My Deco

Finally, being an avid crafter, this make-your-own decoration kit massively appeals to me:

Cross stitch kit group £1, The Shop at Number 57

So, what is your Christmas style? And when do you put up your decorations?

Pedlars mobile shop

Do you live somewhere between North Wales and London? I have some exciting news for you. If you so wish, the Pedlars mobile shop could be making a stop at your home, school, local pub or wherever else is convenient!

This fantastic gifts and homewares company is inviting customers to contact them if they’d like to book a visit from the renovated 1950s Citroen HY van, which will be stocked with a good selection of Christmas gift items, between 26 and 29 November.

Pedlars is a relatively new discovery for me, but their online store (and beautifully designed catalogue) is packed full of gorgeousness. I particularly love the use of colour in so many of their items:

Folkware dining set (6 dining plates, 6 side plates, 6 bowls) £235, Pedlars

Sophisticated Animals napkin set £39, Pedlars

There’s also a good selection of genuine vintage (as opposed to vintage style) items. These chairs, for example, date back to the 60s and were bought from the Fried Dough Concession of a travelling carnival in the US:

Vintage Carnival folding chairs £39 each, Pedlars

And these Hovis tins were actually once used at the Hovis factory, most likely during the 60s:

Hovis tin £39.50, Pedlars

They’ve also got some cute mugs, and you know how I like mugs:

King Of The Road mug £12, Pedlars

If you do visit the Pedlars mobile store, I’d love to hear what you thought of the experience; just drop me a line in the comments box…