HOW TO DEC­O­RATE THE CHRIST­MAS TREE

Steal Sara’s slick, international style

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I keep my tree fairly sim­ple and un­der­stated. I al­ways get a fresh fir from one of the mar­kets and light it with real can­dles: it’s the nor­mal thing to do in Den­mark. I think that it’s im­por­tant not to add too many dec­o­ra­tions. I use glass baubles, but avoid tra­di­tional Christ­mas colours – I pre­fer to choose cooler tones, like turquoise, brown and nude. I like the dec­o­ra­tions to in­te­grate with my usual style – lots of the ob­jects that I find when I’m trav­el­ling look great on the tree.

Liv­ing room Two suzani [a type of em­broi­dered tex­tile] car­pets from Uzbek­istan are lay­ered be­neath the Christ­mas tree. ‘They tie the tree in with the style of the rest of the room,’ says Sara. The sil­ver can­dle­hold­ers on top of the fire­place are made from Afghan ban­gles De­tails From sprigs of green and beau­ti­ful wrap­ping to baubles in neu­tral tones, the fes­tive touches in Sara’s home are del­i­cate and dec­o­ra­tive

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