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DEC­O­RATE YOUR ROOMS FOR CHRIST­MAS WITH LUXE TEX­TURES AND SUR­PRIS­ING PAL­ETTES

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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

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...

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...

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...

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