White Christ­mas

Easy ways to pre­pare for the fes­tive sea­son

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Christ­mas could be the time of year that style for­got. While min­i­mal­ism and de­clut­tered en­vi­ron­ments might be the go for the rest of the year, the fes­tive sea­son is the per­fect time to let loose with the dec­o­ra­tions, adorn­ing ev­ery spare wall or sur­face with fes­tive trim­mings.

If you’re hop­ing to use a lit­tle re­straint this year, it’s not im­pos­si­ble to cre­ate a home full of the magic and won­der of Christ­mas while still com­ing out on top of the style stakes.

While we’re more ac­cus­tomed to swat­ting flies and en­joy­ing seafood on the big day, there’s no rea­son why we can’t have a white Christ­mas.

In­deed, white is the per­fect dec­o­rat­ing base for the sea­son and pairs par­tic­u­larly well with warm tim­ber tones. Whether you’re pulling out the white fam­ily heir­loom table­cloth or just a big roll of white butcher’s pa­per, it’s a good start­ing point for the din­ing ta­ble. De­cide on a colour scheme early on but be sure to in­clude a lit­tle gold, sil­ver or even glit­ter.

If you don’t want to clut­ter the ta­ble with large flo­ral ar­range­ments, sin­gle flow­ers in small glasses or jars are charm­ing. A few sparkling dec­o­ra­tions such as stars or snowflakes that can lie flat will make the ta­ble more invit­ing.

And don’t leave all the dec­o­ra­tions for the ta­ble. As we’ve em­braced Scandi style in re­cent years, more nat­u­ral el­e­ments have crept into Christ­mas styling. Hang­ing a wreath or Christ­mas stock­ings filled with na­tive, long-last­ing flow­ers on the front door is a beau­ti­ful way to wel­come guests.

White is the per­fect dec­o­rat­ing base for the sea­son and pairs par­tic­u­larly well with warm tim­ber tones

Go tra­di­tional with these charm­ing plates from Wil­liams Sonoma (top) and Pot­tery Barn (above) at the ta­ble.

You can’t go wrong with white and gold at Christ­mas. Add ac­ces­sories such as these pa­per cups, straws and cock­tail mix­ers from Out­liv­ing for a sparkling but af­ford­able look.

These metal star wreaths from Kikki K can be hung as they are or dec­o­rated with fo­liage from the gar­den.

No space for a tree? Use your wall space in­stead. Fin­ish off your wall tree with dec­o­ra­tions and presents wrapped in Kikki K pa­pers and rib­bons.

It’s not Christ­mas with­out crack­ers, like these from Big W. Co-or­di­nate your colours to match your ta­ble.

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