luxe & pea­cock blue

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Style It Beautiful -

1 Lantern magic! Look­ing for a big im­pact, no-fuss dec­o­rat­ing idea? Just fill clear glass lanterns with a strik­ing mix of baubles in blues, greens and pur­ples. For ex­tra glitz, ar­range on a mir­rored con­sole, tray or tile!

2 Cham­pagne tastes! Cre­ate play­ful mini vi­gnettes, even with a drinks tray. Just look at this cheeky bird, who ap­pears to be mak­ing merry with cham­pagne top-ups. This look suits iri­des­cent glass­ware and de­cos, but it’s not es­sen­tial as long as each piece sup­ports your over­all bold blue and pre­cious gold theme.

3 Flo­ral fan­tasy. Fresh or faux, an abun­dant ar­range­ment of blue- and pink-hued flow­ers, berries and fo­liage in a luxe metal­lic bowl looks fab on a ta­ble sur­rounded by coloured glass to suit your scheme – de­canters, vases and can­dle vo­tives. Or, it would make a mighty fine cen­tre­piece, too.

Go big on colour

and em­brace the many beau­ti­ful shades of pea­cock blue, which looks di­vine with lus­trous gold ac­cents

4 Set the tone for your fes­tive feast with a glam, well-dressed ta­ble with as many gold ac­ces­sories as you can muster. The gold chairs and cab­i­net are optional ex­tras. For am­ber gob­lets, go on­line or to op shops.

5 Spell it out! Propped on a con­sole ta­ble or hung on the wall, cre­ate a play­ful display with a pea­cock feather wreath and gold let­ters spelling out a Christ­mas sen­ti­ment. Keep the wall ar­range­ment low to the ta­ble so the word con­nects to the ta­blescape be­low and isn’t float­ing in mid-air.

6 Ever sil­ver! In­stead of a full-size ev­er­green tree, you can cre­ate a sim­ple but stylish look with a metal­lic spray-painted branch in a coloured vase. Then, just dan­gle your fave baubles among clip-on birds that are all-a-glit­ter.

Sil­ver birch trees are but a bare branch and a spray of sil­ver paint away!

1 2 3 Add a clip-on feath­ery fel­low, just for fun!

Vel­vet cur­tains and this wall­pa­per’s dra­matic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of an ink- and salt-printed fab­ric amp up the feel­ing of luxie luxe!

6 Prac­tise your gift-wrap­ping skills on empty boxes and make them part of your decor.

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