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DECORATE YOUR ROOMS FOR CHRISTMAS WITH LUXE TEXTURES AND SURPRISING PALETTES
Forget a traditional Christmas decorating palette and try velvety tones and flowy florals
STYLING SARAH ELLISON PHOTOGRAPHY MAREE HOMER
CHERRY RED, FOREST GREEN AND GOLD might be the classic palette for Christmas decorating, but we love the idea of bringing a contemporary feel to the celebrations by adding cool blues, pastel pinks and deep plum colours to your space for the festive season. Include shiny copper and aged brass to create a luxe touch and finish off with a fresh pine tree.
ROOM NOTES Experiment by combining rugs with different patterns that share a similar palette. “It’ll add colour and interest, and is a much more economical way to cover a large space than just one big single floor rug,” says stylist Sarah Ellison, who created the rooms on these pages.
SPRAWLING FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS are a creative way to decorate forgotten ledges and mantelpieces. The incredible masterpiece on this page was custom-made for real living by Sydney-based florist Hermetica Flowers, using ranunculus, roses, sweet peas, vanda orchids and passionfruit vine, but you can make a similar arrangement at home with an oasis foam base (these can be bought at florists or online) and your favourite blooms. Choose long-lasting flowers and foliage that drapes and falls whimsically to help create an interesting focal point. Pair your arrangement with a grouping of votive candles in aged metallic finishes candlelight is one Christmas tradition we’d never skip on! “By mixing old and new objects, you can really have fun with colours and styles,” Sarah explains. “It’ll make almost any room feel inviting.”
TRY PLACING A PRINT ON YOUR MANTLE, RATHER THAN HANGING IT, FOR A MORE EDGY, RELAXED FEEL
IF YOU’RE A “LESS IS MORE” PERSON take this approach to your Christmas decorating by incorporating just one or two small festive touches into your rooms. “Keep your decorations to a minimum and instead focus on lighting,” says Sarah, “It can make all the difference.” In this room, the warm glow created by candles on the mantelpiece creates the perfect mood, while silver stars and a white wreath offer a subtle nod to the festive season.
ROOM NOTES Don’t overlook your display of gifts as a key element in your decor. Choose one or two gorgeous papers in a complementary palette so they look cohesive with their surrounds. In this room we’ve gone for an on-trend look with marble-patterned paper, which works in well with the subtle palette of dusty hues. If you’re after a style that’s a little more decadent, try metallics. For more inspo, check out our clever gift wrapping ideas on page 36.
’TIS THE SEASON to experiment with luxurious textures and bright colours. We particularly love the combination of feathers and velvet, as shown on these pages. If you’re entertaining, it’s the perfect opportunity to mix these in with touches of vintage crystal and brass. Also, think about festive decorations at floor level, like the intricate paper star (opposite). This is a more contemporary approach to Christmas decor – it creates an understated, low-key look.
ROOM NOTES Deciding on the right Christmas colour palette for decorating your home can be challenging. Sarah recommends choosing decorations that speak to your home’s existing colour scheme, rather than adding a completely new set of hues. “Take some of the ideas from these pages, and see how they fit into your home – it’s all about the fun of experimenting,” she says. R
A PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE DOESN’T NEED LOTS OF DECORATIONS – A SIMPLE STAR WILL SUFFICE
Berry beautiful Claude sofa, $8350, Arthur G. Cubist coffee tables, $260 each, Clickon Furniture. 8ft Christmas tree, $153, Dural Christmas Tree Farm. Kelly armchair, $2774, Jardan. ON SOFA FROM LEFT Haiku Punch cushion, $245, and Toulouse Spice lumbar cushion, $155, Le Marc. ON COFFEE TABLE FROM LEFT Small Balloon Dawg sculpture, $279, The Vignette Room. Ferm Living candleholders, small, $39, and large, $49, Urban Couture. Lens box, $80, Hay. ON TREE FROM TOP Beaded star votive, $29.95, Ruby Star Traders. Plug-in string lights (10m), $69, The Woodsfolk. Small Decadence heart decorations, $9.95 each, Plain Kite decoration, $23.95 for six, Small Decadence glass baubles in Antique Cream and Gold, $9.95 each, Ruby Star Traders. ON FLOOR KIL296 Turkish kilim rug (back), $1800, 3.21m x 1.78m, and KIL299 Turkish kilim rug (front), $1800, 2.98m x 1.63m, Perryman Carpets. ON MANTLE See overleaf. MODEL WEARS Dress, $119, Zara. Shoes, $159, Zara. OPPOSITE Paper star, $65, Ruby Star Traders. 75cm diameter.
Bloomin’ lovely FROM LEFT Tom Dixon “Stone Brass” candleholders, tall, $285, and short, $245, De De Ce. Down To
The Woods “Oro” wreath, $115, The Woodsfolk. Discoball fine art print, $1800 (unframed), Dina Broadhurst. 60cm x 90cm. Large poster frame in Black, $15, Kmart. 60cm x 90cm. Decadence glass votives, small in Antique Gold, $15.95, large in Antique Petrol, $22.95, and large in Antique rose, $22.95, Ruby Star Traders. Floral arrangement, $300, Hermetica Flowers.
All is calm OPPOSITE Diamond Button ottoman in Petrol Blue, $3380, Arthur G. 1.2m x 1.2m x 39cm. 8ft Christmas tree, $153, Dural Christmas Tree Farm. ON MANTLE FROM LEFT Flynn mirror, $405, Life Interiors. 1m x 1.2m. Large Decadence votive in Antique Green, $22.95, Ruby Star Traders. Large brass candleholder, $30, The Vignette Room, holding By Lassen candle in Black, $4, Urban Couture. Vintage crystal decanter, $110, The Vignette Room. Large Decadence votive, as before. Candleholder and candle, as before. Small Decadence votive in Antique Green, $15.95, Ruby Star Traders. Small Decadence votive, as before. Down To The Woods “Midnight” feather wreath, $79.95, The Woodsfolk. Iver large vessel, $129, Country Road. IN FIREPLACE Pillar candles, $6 each, and vanilla and jasmine pillar candles, $3 each, Kmart. ON OTTOMAN FROM LEFT Art Deco round tray in Gold, $475, Ruby Star Traders. Brandy glasses, $30 for two, and vintage crystal decanter, $110, The Vignette Room. ON TREE Beaded star votive in Charcoal, $29.95, Ruby Star Traders. MODEL WEARS Dress, $390, Alice McCall. ON FLOOR Paper star, $65, Ruby Star Traders. 75cm diameter.