Behind the scenes - styling for Christmas
Our luxury homes are well and truly dressed for the festive season, so we’re taking you behind the scenes to share some simple but effective ways you can sprinkle some extra Christmas magic at home this year, in true Unique Home Stay style.
That wonderful time of the year is only a few weeks away, when we gather together our friends and loved ones to enjoy laughter and good food; reminisce on the year’s events and share our plans for the year ahead. It’s a time for family traditions and memory making, so let’s keep things simple to ensure you don’t get your tinsel in a tangle. Styling for Christmas really doesn’t need to be complicated.
One of the most satisfying ways to deck the halls is by scouring hedgerows to gather your own trimmings and seasonal foliage (plus it means you avoid the high street crowds!). A ramble in the countryside can provide pine cones, rosehips, moss covered logs, holly and ivy and clusters of berries, all of which add interest and texture - just ensure you're not trespassing before you fill your basket. Steal a couple of the lower branches from your fresh Christmas tree to add to your selection too, then tie with raffia or red ribbon to create something perfect for adorning the beams and fireplace lintels.
Trailing ivy and evergreen foliage can also be twisted into swags for winding around banisters. Just lay all the greenery out in a long line and tie it together, twisting slightly as you go using fine florists’ wire. Stunning on its own or with twinkling fairy lights woven in.
Use aromatic leaves and herbs such as rosemary, sage and thyme arranged around the base of a sturdy church candle to make a wonderful table centrepiece.
For me, nothing says "Christmas is coming" more than when I’m prepping citrus fruits to add to my homemade swags and wreath. Not only is it fun (and the children love helping) but the whole house takes on that wonderful smell of the holidays. Plus, of course, you can toss them into the compost pile in January, in an eco-friendly manner.
Now, I'm not a poinsettia-loving kind of gal, so I annually call on my local florist, Wadebridge Flowers for inspiration, preferring a classic white or cream palate. Like many independent florists, Wadebridge Flowers have a wonderful selection and are happy to take orders if you have a particular or more unusual hankering when it comes to floral decorations. This year, I kept it fairly neutral with bundles of eucalyptus (my favourite), red berries and white blooms which make simple but striking table dressings using old jars and pots. For the final touch form a line of the jars along the centre of your table alternating with candles in terracotta pots cushioned by reindeer moss - Church candles offer stunning simplicity or try nestling candles of differing heights together to create a centrepiece that is so beautiful it will make the angels sing. Now the decorations are done that should leave enough time to stuff the turkey, wrap the presents, peel the spuds, get the Prosecco on ice...or whatever else you've got left on the list!
The Latitude50 team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.