Bringing The Outside In This Christmas

I find it incredibly difficult to decorate my home at Christmas time because basically anything that twinkles, glitters and decorates otherwise bland surfaces is attractive to me, so how am I meant to choose between all of the options on store shelves? There’s just so much variety…colour, style, raw materials…that narrowing options is tough. Therefore, I have ended up with the exactly the same Christmas tree and baubles year after year to save me the headache of my indecisiveness.

This year however, I have decided to embrace the change. A little bit at least. It all started with my visit to a gorgeous website by @floandcointeriors which I discovered via Instagram a few months ago. They stock a wide range of things for the home, but my order consisted of some decorative stars, a lantern, and the most gorgeous hanging wreath. Originally I thought I would hang the wreath all year round, and maybe I will, however, it will start its life of decoration servitude when I hang it for this year’s Christmas.

@floandcointeriors Barn Star and Willow Star

The wreath I selected is a beautiful rustic product made with intertwined twigs and decorated with just a hint of sparkle, some pine cones and star decoupage. When I received it I couldn’t believe how much lovelier it was in real life compared to the photo too. I am one happy customer! So I decided to make my amazing new wreath the centre of my Christmas decoration theme for this year which will be to bring the outside in and keep my decor to rustic, natural materials with muted earthy tones and lots of green.

Garland – I have bought a pine needle garland from an online supplier DIY Direct. I couldn’t believe the price of the product, at only roughly ¬£5 for 2.5metres of garland, I bought two which hook together and make one longer piece.

Eucalyptus – I have bought some faux eucalyptus in both green long stems (from a garden centre), frosted green plant (From The Range) and gold glitter (from Amazon). I will use some fairy lights in the frosted green plant to Christmas-y it up a bit, and the gold sparkled eucalyptus I will use in the garland to break up the green and the pine needle texture.

Pine Cones – I know this might sound silly, but these just make me think of Scotland. My wreath has some glittered pine cones woven into its twigs for added dimension and interest. I have decided to take this theme onto the Christmas dinner table by using pine cone name place holders like the ones from @somethingbluebyzara on Etsy.

Rustic Shimmer Heart Wreath
@floandcointerior Rustic Shimmer Heart Wreath

Trees РOf course it goes without saying that you will likely have a large Christmas tree in your home during the festive season, but I love the idea of having some mini table top trees like these little beauties from Lights for Fun which would carry forward the outdoors-in theme alongside the pine cone name place holders really well.

Twigs – Last but not least, in between my cute table top trees, I would like to add some empty glass jars (Which I always seem to be throwing out unnecessarily) very simply filled with some woodland walk items like pine cone twigs and sprays, and some simple battery operated string lights. Rustic, inexpensive, and unique.

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