A cosy Christ­mas for a small place

With no room for a tra­di­tional tree, Alex came up with this de­light­ful fes­tive scheme for a small space

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Styling by Alex Walls. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Sophia Bay­ley.

Ilove Christ­mas! I al­ways have. When I was younger, we’d get to the first week of Oc­to­ber and I’d start plan­ning how I was go­ing to dec­o­rate my bed­room for Christ­mas! Things haven’t really changed and I’m just as ea­ger to pre­pare for the fes­tiv­i­ties – but this year I was faced with a dilemma over space. We are cur­rently liv­ing in a small unit which doesn’t al­low for a large Christ­mas tree set-up, so I have found a few al­ter­na­tive and fun ways to bring plenty of fes­tive flair to a liv­ing area with­out tak­ing up too much room.

A wall painted in a so­phis­ti­cated and rich dark grey (Du­lux ‘Rawene’) pro­vides a fan­tas­tic back­ing for my dis­play of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions; the sur­pris­ingly warm colour sup­plies that cosy, fes­tive feel­ing and makes the green, red and white stand out beau­ti­fully.

With no floor space for a big tree, I strung an ar­ti­fi­cial cedar gar­land along the wall and hung my tree dec­o­ra­tions on this in­stead. It’s a sim­ple yet strik­ing dis­play that would also work well in an en­try­way or din­ing area – and I love the fact that I can re­use the gar­land in all sorts of ways all year round.

To get our Christ­mas tree fix, we have this gor­geous mini ver­sion in a cloth-wrapped pot, which usu­ally sits on the con­sole but would look equally cute on a cof­fee ta­ble or en­ter­tain­ment unit. It only needs a bell gar­land or a few small baubles and fairy lights and it’s done.

A lit­tle thought to colour co-or­di­na­tion ties the scheme to­gether. I matched our DIY santa sacks to the sofa cush­ions for a nice co­he­sive colour story – a su­per-easy way to get the colours right within your cho­sen Christ­mas scheme.

The sacks are sim­ply pil­low­cases stuffed with good­ies and tied up with rope and home­made woollen tas­sels.

Well, this is a sneak peek of what our Christ­mas will look like. Austen is get­ting a lot big­ger now and is ready to tear those presents open! From our fam­ily to yours, we wish you all a very merry Christ­mas.

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ALEX WALLS

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