Cockburn Gazette - - CHRISTMAS -

WHAT­EVER Shaynna Blaze pre­pares for Christ­mas, it is bound to look good.

The in­te­rior de­sign­ing re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star said home-made ac­tiv­i­ties and the sense of scent could be as im­por­tant to fes­tive styling as money shelled out in Christ­mas shops.

“Christ­mas is the time to bling your home to the max and cre­ate that Christ­mas spirit, but do have a theme con­sist­ing of a couple of colours only, oth­er­wise it could turn into just a clut­tered mess,” she said.

“Real trees are very now and with new ser­vices of home de­liv­ery, as well as pick-up, it has be­come more con­ve­nient.

“The smell of pine trees, cin­na­mon and vanilla is es­sen­tial to get an over­all Christ­mas feel, so have scented can­dles, burner oils and even soaps in your bath­room to add that ex­tra layer of Christ­mas.

“If you don't have a lot of time for dec­o­rat­ing, stick to a sim­ple wreath on the door and small tree on a side ta­ble and en­try with gold and sil­ver can­dles.”

If you are blessed with time, Shaynna said making bon­bons was one of the best fes­tive sea­son ac­tiv­i­ties for in­volv­ing chil­dren.

“You choose the present, cre­ate your own 'daggy dad' quotes and the kids feel part of the whole process,” she said.

“If you are buy­ing bon­bons, go for the best ones you can af­ford as you are go­ing to wear that hat through all of lunch and you don't want cheap pa­per dye run­ning down your face as you sweat over the Christ­mas din­ner.”

As for this sea­son's Christ­mas colours, red and green will al­ways be in style but Shaynna likes to go over the top with gold and white can­dles and bud-shaped stars that match her decor scheme.

“If you wanted to stay away from the tra­di­tional colours, pale blues and washed whites are very now,” she said.

Shaynna Blaze is an award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer and ap­pears on re­al­ity tele­vi­sion shows Sell­ing Hous­esAus­tralia and The­Block.

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