Friday, 30 November 2018 / London, UK


Christmas decorating is in full swing in our house. I started getting the house 'Christmas ready' about a week ago thinking I'll do it all bit by bit (hoping it will feel like less 'work') but somehow I'm still in the process of decorating a week later. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the whole decorating process but the last few months have been crazy busy. I really just want everything ready for the 1st of December now.

Anyway, there's one thing that has been missing from our ever-growing collection of Christmas decorations. Of course I'm talking about a minimalist style tree (made of wood). I love the idea of modern Christmas and an eco-friendly Christmas tree that you can use year after year. 

Luckily Cox & Cox came to rescue and sent me this beautiful Scandi tree. As much as I love real Christmas trees, there's just no way I would get 4-5 weeks out of them. I may have also developed a bit of reputation as a serial plant killer, so I'll probably forget to water it too. But I'm willing to risk it and my plan is to get a real tree for the living room and keep this minimalist Scandi tree in our lounge. I couldn't have a real tree in this spot anyway, it's too close to the radiator (heat will dry it out). I really feel a minimalist tree like this works so much better in a narrow space. Thanks to the skinny, wooden branches no light is blocked and the room appears just as light and airy as always. I just love it. I'm so pleased it's light wood (spruce), so it matches all my other wood/rustic furniture and accessories. 

As you can see I went for quite glamorous baubles this time. Most of the baubles are old but there are some new ones out there too. If I'm totally honest, I don't really like decorating the Christmas tree, mainly because I'm slightly obsessed with symmetry and most Christmas trees won't be symmetrical. Of course you won't have that problem with a wooden Scandi tree, but I would still think carefully what kind of baubles and style you're going for. I always try to pick different sizes, colours and shapes but also make sure that they have at least one thing in common, ie. colour or texture (it's almost like you're creating a vignette!) I've been rearranging the baubles for the past week or so and I don't know if I'll ever be 100%  happy with it, but I do love this tree and I think the glamorous decorations go with it incredibly well. Not so minimalistic after all I guess.. Oh and it wasn't quite as easy to build as I thought it would be. My poor husband had to come to rescue, although this could have something to do with the fact that I didn't read or follow the instructions. So please, do follow the building instructions if you buy this tree as it comes flat packed. The cool thing is it can be rebuilt every year and takes very little room to store.

I really hope you've enjoyed my alternative Xmas tree post and that it has inspired you to start decorating the house for Christmas (if you haven't started already that is!) I know there are lots of dos and don'ts when it's comes to the 'perfect' Christmas tree, but I think the most important thing is to have a bit of fun with it and make it your own. Use colours, pattern, your favourite ornaments, or you could even make your own decorations. I do think our wooden Scandi tree is ideal for our modern home. I feel that the decorations reflect my style perfectly and it really is a pleasure to look at.

Have fun decorating! 

*This is a collaborative post with Cox & Cox. 


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