Tuesday, 11 December 2018 / London, UK


Christmas is so close, I can hardly believe it. I only recently finished decorating the house and this year it took ages with all the other projects I have going on. I've been sharing some glimpses of our festive décor in the last few weeks but I wanted to do a little house tour too to show you what decorations we have up this year.

We've never had a real Christmas tree before, so we were all so excited to get a real one this year. We bought our Nordman Fir from our (small) local Garden centre and it's probably the loveliest real tree I've seen. It's so big and bushy I love it. It was quite tricky to decorate though (the branches can't take too much weight) so I mainly used shatter proof baubles. I went for pretty much all white baubles this time and couldn't be happier with our tree. Minimalist Christmas decor seems to be my thing this Christmas again, although some rooms have more decorations (and bling!) than others obviously.

Our calvanised tree ring is from Cox & Cox and it was so hard to find a stylish tree ring online you wouldn't believe. Our dining room decorations haven't really changed from last year. Lots of wreaths and garlands and most of them are from Homebase or Sainsbury's. I even managed to decorate our bar cart which hasn't been used a lot lately I'm afraid. I think I need to throw a dinner party soon. Our landing had few  more updates this year. Since I've gone for a coastal theme, it was tricky to combine pine wreaths with a coastal look. So, I decided to use faux eucalyptus wreaths and garlands in stead. They are much more subtle but still very festive.

I'm going to keep it short and sweet and let the photos do the talking now. Enjoy!

If you want to know where some of the new items are from, checkout my Xmas edit and Alternative Xmas tree post for more details.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


Friday, 7 December 2018 / London, UK


Since it's only few weeks until Christmas, I thought I'll share some of my favourite Christmas products and decorations with you. This may not come as a surprise, but my favourite colour this Christmas is white (with the occasional gold detailing). Of course we have other colours dotted around the house too, but I'm loving white decorations at the moment; nut crackers, baubles, candles, you name it.

Our lounge is my favourite room in the house, so it always gets decorated first. The window sill is definitely the focal point of the room and I love reshuffling accessories there. I probably update the window sill every few months or so. I try to mix candles, ornaments and photos together for a more personal look.

The Curve candle from Maiden looks like a real statement piece, right? I was introduced to this candle brand recently and these aren't just ordinary candles. Their signature curve candles are very stylish and quite unusual the way they burn. I really like the design, so I've been saving my candle and haven't fully burnt it yet. The burn time for each curve candle is app. 9 hours and after that you are left with a beautiful abstract feature. I'll post a picture on Insta stories once I've finished burning this candle, so make sure you follow me on Instagram! All I can say is that it does look absolutely beautiful when it's lit. All the candles are hand made in Dorset and they produce a lovely scent (in this case of Seville Orange).
They have some very pretty gift sets available too if your looking for gift ideas.

I have been obsessed with nut crackers for a while and they are bigger than ever at the moment. I bought my white nut cracker last year but you could buy a similar one on Amazon. House of Fraser also sell some cute mini nut crackers. My mini trees are from a local garden shop but I love this set of 2 from Cox & Cox. One of my favourite candle brands this year has been Sand & Fog and I Iove their White pine scent that you may still find in your local TK Maxx. It's not a strong pine scent though, or particularly Christmassy, but I still love it. It's a lovely winter candle with a subtle sweet scent to it and they always have the most stylish packaging too.

I have quite a few wine buckets but I've never had one made out of ice. Such a cool idea, right? I love the look of the Nice Ice Cooler and I was curious to test it out. It was so easy to use that I threw away the instructions after the first use. You fill it with water and then put it in the freezer for 24 hours. Once it's fully frozen you take it out, leave it on the kitchen counter for about 5 minutes and pour some warm water in the middle and your ice bucket is ready to use. You could get more creative with it too. Mix some berries or fruit with your ice for a more personalised ice bucket or use it as a lantern. I quite like the plain icy look but either way it's such a cool gift or ideal for entertaining (it lasts app. 5-6 hours so it's perfect for dinner parties). Coolgift.com have lots of funky Christmas gift ideas, especially if you're trying to find something a bit more unusual or even funny for secret Santa at work. 

My wooden tray from Vincent Trading is perfect for entertaining and when I'm not using it I just place it on top of our nest of tables. I have quite a few Christmas candles too and one of my most recent discoveries was the Winter candle from Mamws interiors. It's such a gorgeous Christmas scent (think of Christmas spices) and obviously I love the gold packaging too.

Oh and our personalised Christmas cards arrived this week from Papier. I used Papier last year for the first time and loved our cards so much that I decided to order very similar ones from them again this year. The design is so elegant and beautiful and if you order your cards before 18th of December (like I did) you can get 15% off with code DECKTHEHALLS.

* Some of the products in this post have been gifted to me.


Nice Ice Cooler (gifted)

Winter candle from Mamws Interiors (gifted)

Mini nutcrackers (similar)

Mini trees (similar)

Christmas cracker from Sainsbury's (in store only)

Wooden Tray (gifted)


Sunday, 2 December 2018 / London, UK


The festive season is here! You still have time to get the house Christmas ready if you haven't started already. As a member of Wayfair Home Experts community, I was recently asked to pick 6 'Blogger Picks' from their impressive collection of homewares and furnishing. Their collection is huge (Wayfair is one of the largest online retailers of decor and home furnishing after all) but luckily I have done the hard work for you and picked 6 very different products that you will hopefully love. Wayfair offer a speedy delivery too but I wouldn't leave things too late. The sooner you get the house ready for Christmas, the sooner you can kick back and relax, right!

Hope you like these picks as much as I do..

1. Chinchilla throw £25.99

Is there anything better than snuggling up on the couch with a warm blanket in front of the TV? This chinchilla throw will add texture and elegance to any room and comes in so many different colours you'll want to order them all.

2. Stag antlers doormat £17.99

Don't forget to welcome your guests this Christmas with a fancy doormat. Firsts impressions do matter and it will set the tone for the rest of your house.

3. Voluspa Crisp Champagne Diffuser £34.99

Voluspa Crisp Champagne Diffuser is ideal for the festive season. The scent is very sophisticated and elegant, but not too sweet.

4. Stainless steel mug £35.99

These stunning copper cups are ideal for serving a winter warming Moscow mule. It's a very popular cocktail for a reason and these mugs will add to the wow factor.

5. Velvet tub chair £355.99

If you're entertaining this holiday season, it might be worth buying some additional seating. Velvet is always a sophisticated choice and it's also one of the most comfortable materials out there.

6. Curve wall mirror £283.99

Invest in a large statement mirror during the dark winter months. A cleverly positioned mirror will bounce light around the room, helping you to maximise all the natural light available.

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