As I mentioned in my previous post, the two best things about this time of year if you ask me are the food and decorating. Interiors and home style are something I’m hoping to share more of on Everything Looks Rosie in 2016, and I love nothing more than the excuse to deck the halls for the festive season. Some people start to decorate as soon as December rolls round (or even earlier!), while others wait ’til nearer the big day. In my family we put the tree up the week before Christmas, which makes this weekend officially tree decorating weekend!
When decorating our family tree, each bauble conjures memories of Christmases past; the sheer effort that went into making something, or the special person or place a decoration was from. Nothing beats that sense of nostalgia, and since I’ve been decorating my own trees – from the teeny tiny fake one I had in halls to the white, fairy-lit branches we’ve got this year (just like these pictures below) – I’ve been carefully curating my own collection of bauble memories.
As such, each year I aim to add a few more decorations to my growing stash, whether vintage baubles or something handcrafted. After coveting their retro and rustic-style designs at their recent press day, I knew this year at least one of them would have to be from John Lewis! The colour palette of white, silver and red offered a subtle take on seasonal style, with naturally inspired textures such as feathers and driftwood (and a healthy smattering of sparkle too).
From Art Deco to Scandinavian-inspired designs, vintage-style glass ornaments to woodland creatures, I left with a bauble wishlist as long as my arm. My absolute favourite was the clear bauble with white feathers, which I’ve just put on my own tree today. After cooing over the beautiful decorations, I turned my attention to the pressie and stocking filler ideas on display – Nails Inc’s Snow Globe polish and that gorgeous bell jar went straight to the top of my Santa list.
Hotel Chocolat supplied the most delectable festive nibbles too – the macaroni cheese in chocolate pastry (yes, really!) was out of this world, and I’ll definitely be back for some Christmassy brownies (anything with salted caramel being a hit in my book). An event where I leave filled with fashion, food and fittings inspiration is top notch if you ask me – especially when it’s of the festive variety.
When do you decorate your home? Are you coveting any decorations on the high street this season?
John Lewis invited me to their Christmas press event and I was gifted with a goody bag, but as ever all thoughts and love of shiny things entirely my own.