One of the things that I’m dreading the most at the moment is how I’m going to be decorating my house FFS real World problems right here, I know.
You guys already know that I moved into my new house in July, but everything has taken SO LONG to get right over the past 4 months with the basic bits of furniture, let alone enough decorations for anything else (you wouldn’t even have wanted to have seen my pitiful Halloween display this year – shocking, truly shocking). So, I really don’t have the ££££ to splash out on super fancy decorations. Especially with buying Christmas presents, outstanding furniture for the house and with the wedding coming up next year…. shit. Is it hot in here or is that my credit card melting?
SO here are a couple of tips which I’m going to be swearing by this year:
- Find things which can be used for different times of the year – my absolute favourite are simple decorations like star shapes, white pompom garlands, LED lights or plain pillar candles in hurricane vases. Ikea is probably one of the best places I usually visit, over the years I’ve got star and snowflake shaped candle holders and star shaped dishes. Literally the other day I picked up a really sweet hurricane vase and pillar candle for £3! Another item to keep your eyes peeled for this is pre-lit star at Sainsbury’s which is an absolute steal and a much cheaper version of a designer make Ikea, put it this way, it’s definitely going on my decoration list this year.
Shop here for the pre-lit star of dreams.
- Add festive touches to items that you own already – Generally, I keep my house pretty neutral in it’s decoration because it allows me to add colours as and when I want to over the year. OK, half of this is down to the house being new and all the walls looking like a snowy white Christmas but eh, I’ll rock it until the new year. My absolute favourite for tinkering around with this my OKA flowers. I had these for Christmas last year and picked a neutral colour to be able to add a couple of stems of red berries for this time of year. Even though I splashed out on my original bouquet, you can find red berry stems for as little as £3 online, or if you wanted to keep a neutral theme white berries would look fabulous as well.
Shop here, here and here for the pricier red berries.
- Use whatever you can find! – I’ve just started up a membership at the Westonbirt Arboretum, and I’m seriously impressed with the bits of foliage and leaves that the walkers manage to pick up which have naturally fallen to the ground. My advice? Go for a walk at your very best autumnal spot and find a bunch of thin branches which you can put in a large vase on their own or use as an addition to a fresh bunch of flowers. Decorating with small logs, even if you don’t have a fireplace, is a great way to make your living room or dining room feel ready for the winter chill. I picked up some great pine cones from Sainsbury’s last week with the most gorgeous cinnamon scent, and I’ve just bunged them in a hurricane vase already cus they’re very seasonal, rather than too Christmassy y’know?
Find where I blogged about it here.
- Invest in a garland – Natural faux garlands are great for achieving that festive, wintery feel without being overly Christmas. Just picking one or two garlands gives a great, friendly, foliage feeling and can be run along windowsills, shelves, bannisters and along tables. John Lewis have some great garlands which look fabulous and price wise are much cheaper than an Oka or White Company garland. The real key is to try and find a garland which has a realistic colour too it, and it’s the standard artificial plastic Christmas tree kinda colour.
Don’t fancy a foliage garland? This large pompom from Not On The High Street and gold star garland from Ginger Ray is probably the cutest thing I’ve seen so far and definitely can be used all year round (see point 1!).
Shop here, here and here to invest in a great garland.
- Decorate your table with a great centre piece – You can create a great centre piece for your dining room table by using a wreath and some plain pillar candles. Seriously, one of the best wreaths that I’ve bought has been from The Range and every year I find somewhere new to put it. So this is where you can really go crazy with your wreath, foliage, berry, glitter, whatever you like! Ikea do a great collection of different size pillar candles which you can place in the middle and voila, fancy centre piece completed.
Shop here, here, here and here for centre piece inspo.
- Throws, throws, throws pillows and throws – This time of year you can really experiment with some different styles, colours and textures to quickly refresh the room, but really I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly this can transform a room. In terms of colour, you can mix around with your colour palette, whites/ greys and light blues for a New Age/ Scandi look, jewel tones for a luxurious feeling, think deep purples and teals, and traditional reds/ oranges are fail safe to give you a festive feel. Play around with textures too, choose more opulent fabrics such as velvet or pick woollen and faux fur for those super cosy feels.
And if all else fails, just tell your fam & friends you’re going Scandi this year and only have a few Christmas pieces out – works an absolute treat when you don’t have much dollar to completely do the house up.
Have you got any tips for Christmas decorating on a budget?