Scottish Daily Mail


- Manchester · Sale

LU­CIA ROBERT­SON, 43, is an in­te­rior de­signer and lives in Sale, Cheshire, with hus­band Mark, 43, a pro­fes­sional foot­ball scout, and their chil­dren Taylor, 20, and Alexan­der, 17. She says: IT IS al­most a month since I trans­formed one of our liv­ing rooms into a winter won­der­land with a daz­zling, 7 ft, white and silver tree as the cen­tre­piece. It has lit up our home in more ways than one.

Af­ter such a chal­leng­ing year I de­cided that if 2020 isn’t an ex­cuse to go re­ally early with the dec­o­ra­tions, then what is?

My son, who is on the books at Manch­ester City, dashes home from foot­ball train­ing in the cold and wet and grav­i­tates to the cosi­ness and sparkle of that room, while my daugh­ter, who set up her busi­ness dur­ing the first lock­down, can of­ten be found work­ing in there.

It’s a room where we love to con­gre­gate as a fam­ily — which we have do­ing a lot over the past few months. It’s lovely to sit in there in the glow of the fairy lights. We also have a green faux fir adorned with glam­orous black and gold baubles and silk flow­ers to match the decor in the more for­mal main liv­ing room, and a slen­der, 6 ft tree in our bed­room with a rest­ful white and grey colour scheme.

The white and silver tree is es­pe­cially mes­meris­ing. I have also changed the cush­ions on the so­fas to em­brace the colour scheme, and put white fur ‘skirts’ at the base of the tree to re­sem­ble snow.

The tree cost £300 from Way­fair and is dec­o­rated with rib­bons, baubles and trin­kets that I have col­lected in re­cent years, in­clud­ing some beau­ti­ful lit­tle dia­mante stilet­tos for added bling and sparkle.

There are also or­na­men­tal rein­deer bought from the local gar­den cen­tre, and fes­tive gin­ger-scented can­dles, which I light at dusk.

I would keep the white tree up all year round if I could. But by Jan­uary, I know it will have to be pack­aged away for an­other year.

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