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Published on December 7th, 2017

Christmas decorating tips that don’t skimp on style

Christmas pageants are now in our rear-view mirror, December is well and truly here and each time we open the mailbox or flick on the television, the frenzy that is the silly season grabs our attention. Christmas pageants are now in our rear-view mirror, December is well and truly here and each time we open the mailbox or flick on the television, the frenzy that is the silly season grabs our attention. 

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and feel the need to get the tree up, and decorations out earlier than ever before.

What shouldn’t be forgotten, in addition to goodwill to all, is of course, style and quality. Modern time constraints and convenient supermarket bauble buys can mean that we all get guilty of cutting corners at Christmas time. However, it is possible to retain style and individuality when it comes to decorating this year. 

Here are our tips:

1. Pick a theme

It’s pretty simple, but if you choose a theme and choose it well, chances are you’ll simplify what you need, keeping things streamlined and stylish. 

For example, when decorating your home this season, think about marrying a common visual link from the front door to the backyard such as a ‘native’ touch. Put the snowman back in his box and think gum leaves, bottlebrush, and other Australian flora and fauna themes being woven throughout your home and tree.

2. Be inspired online

Give yourself permission to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole, and spend an evening being inspired by photographs, DIY tips and guides online. There are many, many creative and stylish people bringing their ideas to the world via apps such as Instagram and Pinterest, and this may result in you having your very own to-do list for the look and feel of your surrounds this coming Christmas.

3. Source hand-crafted style

Once you know what the look and feel of your 2017 Christmas will be, make time to go to seasonal markets, fairs and pop-up shops. The chances are, if you purchase hand-made, bespoke or even customised items (think personalised items, with your family’s names on them), they will last. In addition to sourcing quality items, you’ll also feel good knowing that you’ve supported a local, growing or even family business. 

4. Go retro

If you’ve always celebrated Christmas, why not go back to your roots, and think on what made Christmas feel special for you growing up? It could be that you used to have handmade candles shaped like nutcrackers, or you used to make your own salt-dough decorations with siblings. Replicating such traditions will be bringing your own unique style to your décor, as well as tugging at your sentimental heart strings, which can’t hurt this time of year.

5. Style to suit your home

Whether you have an acreage or a twenty-second floor apartment, there’s no point decorating your home in a manner that doesn’t showcase its unique highlights. If you have a fireplace, make it a focus. If you know that your family spends most nights out on your decking over summer, why not put a tree out there? Forecast the occasions you’ll be having at home, and decorate around them.

Finally, think back to the many festive seasons that have already whizzed by, and don’t forgot to savour the moments, collaborate with loved ones, and make it fun. Decorating brings the kind of workload that when shared, can be the most rewarding.

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