Emily Black The Courier-Mail’s Home edi­tor

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It’s al­most that time of year again. De­cem­ber 1 is only two weeks away and then it’s time to break out the tin­sel.

But where to start? In­te­rior de­signer Fleur Har­ti­gan’s ad­vice on how to cre­ate Christ­mas cheer, in­stead of Christ­mas chaos, starts with a ma­jor clean and de­clut­ter.

“Put away ev­ery­thing you don’t ab­so­lutely need and make sure the ar­eas of the house you’ll use to en­ter­tain fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing the out­side ar­eas, are sparkling clean and invit­ing,” Ms Har­ti­gan said.

Next, take dec­o­ra­tions out and work out this year’s theme.

“A few ma­jor group­ings of Christ­mas ob­jects will al­ways have greater dec­o­rat­ing im­pact than a sea of tin­sel,” she said.

“I use clus­ters of ob­jects rather than a sea of sin­gle ones – a group of pil­lared can­dles of dif­fer­ent heights on a fes­tive tray, a bowl of over­sized Christ­mas baubles, a fam­ily of rein­deer on the side­board.”

Ms Har­ti­gan said to “ap­ply the dec­o­ra­tor’s golden rule” and make sure you dec­o­rate in groups of odd num­bers.

“Re­peat­ing your colour scheme and style of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion through­out your home will en­sure a co­he­sive scheme,” she said.

A fes­tive en­try is a must.

She said tulle bows on the front fence or en­try gate are a fun and in­ex­pen­sive do-it-your­self way to cel­e­brate the sea­son – and they with­stand the oc­ca­sional De­cem­ber thun­der­storm.

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