Like it or not, Christmas is just around the corner and by now most of us have made the annual delve into the spider infested boxes in our lofts or cupboards to haul out our sparklies to festoon around our homes. Every year I vow to up the anti in the Christmas decor stakes, however in reality I struggle to even get the tree and decorate it before the middle of December. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will have noticed this year I have found some mojo from someplace within and our home is looking fairly festive already. This is largely due to the fact that I won a GiftShopDotCom voucher worth £25 via Home Style Magazine for a photo of my dining room which featured in the magazine after being chosen from the #myhshome on Instagram.
I chose these sweet little Tea Light Houses from the GiftShopDotCom website and I have placed battery operated tealights inside for child related issues (what else?!) and they flicker away inside without burning little fingers (or the house down for that matter), added bonus is that the kids love turning these on for me, winner.
I also ordered a chalk pen from ebay for a couple of quid after finding this inspiration in my feed via Lucy Tiffneys Instagram. You may remember her creative genius from the last series of BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge.
We are lucky enough to live five minutes walk from the sea, but also be in an area which has a woodland landscape vibe when looking out of the window. Being a 70’s house we have large windows and our house specifically looks out over the woody areas in our little road. The main town where we live is the ever popular Deal, Kent a gorgeous old smuggling town with lots of history and architectural interest spanning centuries of different styles. The seafront and pier area is something to behold, along with an amazing High Street full of charity shops and independent cafes and retailers. Deal has a plethora of architectural gems and an amazing conservation area with more tales of smuggling and debauchery than you can throw a stick at.
When my chalk pen arrived I couldn’t wait to get freestyling on my window and it didnt take me long to finish at all. Big impact for less than £3… I used both the ecclectic seafront architecture along with the woodland-esque setting of our home in my design to create a festive window scene and I am pleased with the final result. It looks fabulous when its dark outside and the nearby street lamp looks like the Star of Bethlehem in the sky after a few mulled wines…
Aside from this the rest of my Christmas decor is average and although it look rustic and cosy, I really would like to give it a bit more welly. I have seen some amazing inspiration from some very clever people across my Instagram feed and most of it really isn’t that difficult to achieve something rather wow! It does however require some fore planning to purchase some crafty bits and bobs and a little bit of time to faff. Here is a little round up of some of my favorites so far…
Reena from Hygge for Home has decorated a wall hanging tree made from birch branches against the dark backdrop here, it looks simply stunning in all its simplicity. I have in fact made a version of this (or two) myself, but doesn’t look as polished as this baby, which I believe can be found here and there is a 20% off code floating about too. The smaller version is sold out at the moment.
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A close up of the driftwood Christmas 🎄 makes the cold dark mornings getting up with the little ladies a little bit easier. . . . . . . . . . #myxmasvibe #myhyggechristmas #hyggeforhome #myhyggehome #hygge #hyggeligt #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #christmassparkle #nordicchristmas #scandichristmas #cosyhome #styleitdark #darkwalls #darkinteriors #interiorblogger #deckthehalls #festive #xmastree #interiorstyling #nordik #danishhygge #danishdesign #christmascountdown #christmas2016 #interiørmagasinet #interiør123 #interior #atmine #interior4all
The next lady is the talented Fiona from Around the Houses, and she has genuinely blown the Insta worlds’ socks off with her contribution to 2016 Christmas Decor DIYs and she has shown us these two amazeballs ideas. You can check out how she got the look on her blog here and here.
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Check out my paper pinwheel decorations. I MADE THEM!!! 👊I know, I'm seriously impressing myself these days. 😂After some trial and error (how I suffer for my "art"…) they were actually pretty easy to make. If you fancy making your own bespoke Christmas decorations, check out the tutorial on the blog now (click the link in profile). #myxmasvibe #myhomevibe
Kimberly Duran from Swoonworthy has literally stuck gold with her beautiful blush and gold, typically glamorous tablescape below…
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A little sneak peek of my Christmas dining room! Special post tomorrow on the blog with over 20 UK home bloggers taking part in a Christmas blog hop sharing our decor ideas, diys, recipes, table settings and more with me as the host!! Tap the pic for just some of the bloggers taking part all next week!! #UKHomeBlogHop . . . #swoonworthy #myhouse #eclectic #colourmychristmas #glam #gold #blushpink #christmas #christmasdecor #interiordesign #interiorsblogger #homedecor #flashesofdelight #visualsoflife #fearlesshome #diningroom #myhomevibe #myhousebeautiful #abmathome #apartmenttherapy #sodomino #thatsdarling #interiorinspiration #interiorlovers #instagood #homestyling #onmytable #colourmychristmas #ihavethisthingwithpink #dspink http://www.swoonworthy.co.uk/2016/12/uk-blog-hop-christmas-dining-room.html/
The inspiration on Instagram is tremendous and endless and I prefer it to Pinterest as it is more tangible and most of those I find inspiring due to their ambiance is because they are set in real homes, the images are probably edited and filtered, but not always photo-shopped and styled to within an inch of their lives. Its like peering into peoples homes as you walk past in the dark when the lights are on inside (in a nosy way, honest…. not a stalker way, surely its not just me?!)
Update: also check out the #UKHomeBlogHop for several of my favorites showing off their lovely festive homes on Twitter and Instagram.
Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts thriving with inspirational ideas for your home?