GET CREATIVE AT CHRIST­MAS

Branch out from the tra­di­tional colours to make your fes­tive dis­play sparkle

Noosa Life and Style - - HOME & LIFESTYLE -

Christ­mas! This is no dress re­hearsal. This is the big stage, the most sig­nif­i­cant and won­drous day in the cal­en­dar year. It’s time to bat­tle the shop­ping cen­tre crowds, wrap un­til your fingers are numb, and pre­pare the home for the in­flux of de­light­ful vis­i­tors and the in-laws.

Let’s talk style

I’m go­ing to as­sume you like and/or ap­pre­ci­ate my dec­o­rat­ing style con­sid­er­ing you’re cur­rently read­ing this. Or you’re my mum… Hi Mum! Some pre­fer su­per modern, bang-on-trend styling, and whilst I ap­pre­ci­ate the “lat­est and great­est”, I’m cer­tainly more of a tra­di­tion­al­ist, with added spunk (you won’t see red and green here, my friend). This year my Christ­mas dis­play was in­spired by colour, or lack thereof re­ally! Sil­vers, greys, with touches of white and dark tim­ber for con­trast. In one of our rooms a chrome, slightly nau­ti­cal pen­dant sus­pends from the mid­dle of the ceil­ing, framed per­fectly against soft muted grey wall­pa­per.

Build­ing the foun­da­tions

Like all my projects, I needed to make a plan. Cre­at­ing a mood board would help me iden­tify my creative di­rec­tion and en­sure all el­e­ments of my fu­ture Christ­mas dis­play would har­monise.

Watch out for that tree!

Se­lect­ing a Christ­mas tree is an ex­tremely per­sonal de­ci­sion. Ev­ery­one’s dif­fer­ent, I chose the Frosted Fraser from Bal­sam Hill due to its in­cred­i­bly re­al­is­tic fo­liage.

Here are my top 5 tips on dec­o­rat­ing your Christ­mas tree.

After spend­ing the time to prop­erly fluff the fo­liage to en­sure as few gaps as pos­si­ble, I like to start with the lights. Start­ing at the base, wrap the lights around the tree keep­ing con­sis­tent gaps be­tween the rows. Next up is your gar­land. Pull out your hero dec­o­ra­tions which gen­er­ally tend to be the larger dec­o­ra­tions and style on your tree. Add a skirt!

The gift that keeps giv­ing…

I 100 per cent ad­mit that or­gan­is­ing cus­tom-made gift pa­per to match my Christ­mas set­ting may be a lit­tle over the top, but it makes me happy. Well, I hope you’ve en­joyed the read and I truly hope there’s a cou­ple of tips and tricks in there that in­spires.

Danni Mor­ri­son shares her best tips on how to dec­o­rate your en­tire home this Christ­mas.

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