Your Easy Mini Christmas Tree

Ok, so you have already decorated the big Christmas tree and are ready to dress the rest of your home. Make a mini-tree by decorating a fresh branch and show it off in a large vase. These mini tree ideas are perfect to create a festive moment on a console table in the hall or to dress the sideboard in the dining room. The key to a stylish and simple look is by choosing only one item in multiples to decorate your branch with. Here the gift tags look great as they add colour to the holly branches and suit this traditional nostalgic look. Or go for a slightly more subtle Christmas theme, with silver birds adorning the spruce branch.

Vintage look gift tags and holly in red vase

Vintage look gift tags and holly in red vase

Vintage look gift tags and holly in red vaseAbove: Christmas Carnival gift tags, £1.95 for six, Dotcomgiftshop

 

Silver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottleSilver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottle

Silver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottle

Silver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottleAbove: For similar birds, try Idyll Home, Pipii or Amazon

 

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Your Favourite Christmas Tree

Candle Tree Light

Candle Tree Lights, £40, Cox & Cox

Next week is the first week in December and traditionally the time to get your Christmas decorations out and start decorating that spectacular Christmas tree. Traditional red and green are always popular as it inspires feelings of  nostalgia. White and silver get a rustic update with the addition of natural elements. This year a few pastels also make an appearance, add them to your existing white and silver scene for a new look.

What would be your favourite look for this years Christmas? Here are a few of the best dressed trees I loved for this year.

 

SKINNY & SNOWY

Tesco Traditional Wreath, £10. 6ft Alaskan Flocked Tree with Wooden Base, £45.

6ft Alaskan Flocked Tree with Wooden Base, £45, Tesco

SKINNY & SNOWY. 6ft Alaskan Flocked Tree with Wooden Base, £45. Glass Buttoned Bauble, £3.50. Crocket Baubles, £4 for 6. Hand painted Glass Baubles, £5 for 3, Traditional Wreath, £10, all Tesco.

 

 NOSTALGIC

Country Spruce Christmas Tree £140, Marks & Spencer

Country Spruce Christmas Tree, £140, Marks & Spencer

NOSTALGIC. Country Spruce Christmas Tree, £140, Glass decorations, from £4, Metallic Sparkle berry and foliage wreath, £25, all Marks & Spencer.

 

 SILVER & WHITE

John Lewis 7ft silver spruce tree £250 Frosted wreath £30 Distressed willow tree skirt £30

7ft silver spruce tree, £25, Distressed willow tree skirt, £30, John Lewis

SILVER & WHITE. 7ft silver Spruce tree, £250, Frosted wreath, £30, Distressed willow tree skirt, £30, Small pine cone garland, £15, Pussywillow stem, £6 each, Mercurised star tree topper, £12, Selection of Croft tree decs from £2.50 each, all John Lewis.

 

 LESS IS MORE

Fabulous Fir Christmas Tree X-FABTREE NEW

Fabulous Fir Christmas Tree, £199, Cox & Cox

LESS IS MORE. Fabulous Fir Christmas Tree, £199, Copper baubles, £16.50 for 12, Aged Zinc Troughs pair, £45, Zinc bucket, £29, all Cox & Cox.

 

 WOODLAND

Meribel 6ft pine tree £185 Enchanted Forest ree decorations from £6, House of Fraser

Meribel 6ft pine tree, £185, House of Fraser

WOODLAND. Meribel 6ft pine tree, £185, Enchanted Forest Tree decorations, from £6, Woodland and Kraft crackers (box of 6), £25, Christmas tree and bird wrapping paper (per 2m roll), £5, Reindeer head, £52, Wooden tea-light holders, large £15, small £12, Enchanted forest snow globe, £20, Pinecone trees, large £50, small £40, Small wooden house, £6, Wooden advent calendar, £40, Twig reindeer decorations, large £45, small £30, White apple wreath, £50, all House of Fraser.

 

 PRETTY PASTELS

6ft Snowy Woodland tree, £125, Selection of special glass decorations from £5 each, Marks and Spencer

6ft Snowy Woodland tree, £125, Marks and Spencer

PRETTY PASTELS. 6ft Snowy Woodland tree, £125, Selection of special glass decorations, from £5 each, Marks and Spencer.

 

 AU NATUREL

Pot grown Nordman Fir tree from, £24.99, Pre-lit Snow Wreath, £30, Dobbies

Pot grown Nordman Fir tree from, £24.99, Dobbies

AU NATUREL. Pot grown Nordman Fir tree from, £24.99, Glass baubles, from £2.99 each,  Pre-lit Snow Wreath, £30, Dobbies.

 

TWIGGY TREE

6ft White Twig Tree, £70, Tesco

6ft White Twig Tree, £70, Tesco

TWIGGY TREE. 6ft White Twig tree, £70. Large Petrol Blue glass decs,£3.50. Floral Glitter baubles in Purple and Teal, £2. Peacock glass baubles, £5 for 3. Teal, Purple & Gold baubles, £5 for 40. Bird £2.5o, all Tesco.

 

 OUTDOOR SHOW-STOPPER

Light Tree Tower X-LEDTOWER Alt

Outdoor Light tree Tower, £199, Cox & Cox

OUTDOOR SHOW STOPPER. Outdoor Light tree Tower, £199, Cox & Cox.

 

All images supplied by companies mentioned and credited.

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

 

Flowers Through The Letterbox – Friday Flowers

Bloom & Wild have come up with a genius idea, delivering flowers though your letterbox, so easy and effective. A smart flat cardboard box arrived though my letterbox, filled with the most beautiful blooms. Each stem individually wrapped and all the flowers were still in bud too, proving how fresh they are. The minute I cut away their protective covers and put them in water, they started to open, especially the lily who also scented the room. They have a small selection of bouquets that changes seasonally, making it easy to choose. It was such a pleasure and lovely surprise receiving these flowers though the post. Just see how pretty they are.

Bloom & Wild, Emma bouquet, pink oriental lilies, pink and white lisianthus and pale pink alstroemeria, statice, stallion and pitto

Emma bouquet by Bloom & Wild

Bloom & Wild, Emma bouquet, pink oriental lilies, pink and white lisianthus and pale pink alstroemeria, statice, stallion and pitto, Bloom&Wild

Emma bouquet, pink oriental lilies, pink and white lisianthus and pale pink alstroemeria, statice, stallion and pitto

Bloom & Wild, Emma bouquet, pink oriental lilies, pink and white lisianthus and pale pink alstroemeria, statice, stallion and pitto, Bloom&WildBloom & Wild, Emma bouquet, pink oriental lilies, pink and white lisianthus and pale pink alstroemeria, statice, stallion and pitto, Bloom&Wild

Bloom & Wild, Emma bouquet

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles 

A White Christmas

Christmas 2014, for me, started way back in May. I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Dobbies to shoot one of their Christmas collections. So early on a Saturday morning in East London, the team ascended on a  fascinating (and scary) old location in Princelet Street, to create a beautiful Christmas. I immediately fell in love with all the porcelain and ceramic decorations, little light-up houses and paper stars that this white collection included. While I styled the shots, the very talented photographer, Sussie Bell, worked her magic and photographed these beautiful shots to create the magical Christmas we all dream of.

A White Christmas, Dobbies, Styled by Theoda Solms Iles

A White Christmas

Above: Paper star string lights, £19.99, Wild Life sketched tea light holders, £2.99 each, Sherwood Stag cushion, £38.99, Knitted stocking, £12, Decorations from £2.99, all Dobbies.

 

Dobbies Leaf Glitter Wreath £15 Dobbies Porcelain House £20 Dobbies Wooden Chapel £9.99, styled by Theoda Solms IlesDobbies Leaf Glitter Wreath £15 Dobbies Porcelain House £20 Dobbies Wooden Chapel £9.99, styled by Theoda Solms Iles

Leaf Glitter Wreath, Porcelain House & Wooden Chapel

Above: Leaf Glitter Wreath, £15, Porcelain House, £20,  Wooden Chapel, £9.99, all Dobbies

 

Dobbies Aluminium Deer £24.99 Dobbies Large Porcelain Snowflake £3.99, Styled by Theoda Solms Iles

Aluminium Deer head

Above: Aluminium Deer, £24.99, Porcelain Snowflake, £3.99, all Dobbies.

 

Dobbies White Porcelain Light Up Table Lamp £20 Dobbies Small Porcelain Snowflake £2.99, styled by Theoda Solms Iles

White Porcelain Light Up Table Lamp & Porcelain Snowflake

Above: White Porcelain Light Up Table Lamp, £20, Small Porcelain Snowflake, £2.99 each, all Dobbies.

 

Dobbies 20 Star String Lights £19.99 Stag Jaquard Cushion £12, styled by Theoda Solms Iles

Star String Lights & Stag Jacquard Cushion

Above:  20 Star String Lights, £19.99, Stag Jacquard Cushion, £12, all Dobbies

All images Photographed by Sussie Bell, Styled by Theoda Solms Iles for Dobbies.

Lisianthus – Friday Flowers

Last weekend we said good-bye to family that has lived in the UK for nearly as long as we have. They’ve decided to move back to South Africa to be close to their family and no doubt, the sunshine was a factor too. They came around for Sunday lunch and brought me these pretty Lisianthus. The pink shading is just gorgeous and with so many buds on each stem, they seem to just keep blooming and blooming. Now I will forever think of the Loubser’s every time I see these beauties bloom.

pink Lisianthus

Photos, Styling and Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

 

Urban Croft

TREND WATCH: This Skandi influenced trend called “Urban Croft”, centers around modern furniture made from blond woods, focusing on refinement and simplicity of form. This pared-back look, with clear modern shapes in furniture, is complimented with subtle contemporary patterns like geometrics and tessellated shapes. A simple colour palette of neutrals and greys leads the way but some colour additions like soft pastels warms up this look. This is a design-led trend where ‘less is more’ and equals sophistication, but still in a soft and charming way.

 

Whitstable range by Heals.co.uk

Inverness sofa, Eden coffee table, Croft range by John Lewis, Why wood bench, copenhagen range by John Lewis

Dining room image: Whitstable Dining table, £1,795, 4-legged chair, £245 each, 3-legged chair, £195 each, Bench, £395, Twiitter floor lamp grey, £195, Heals.co.uk.

Living room image: Whitstable Large cradle sofa, £2,595, High stool, £195, Low stool, £125, Low boy sideboard, £1,195, Twiitter table lamp grey, £120, Heals.co.uk

Hall way image: Bicycles print, £70, Retreat wallpaper, £22 per roll, Woven felt basket, £18, Wire basket, £63, Why wood bend, £199, all Johnlewis.com

Sofa image: Inverness loose cover sofa large, £2100, Bala rug, from 3170, eden coffee table, £299, Recycled bottle vase, £35, all Johnlewis.com

 

 

Shopping2.2

 

BUY INTO THE LOOK: Handcrafted Teak bench, £675, Nordichouse.co.uk. Marble kitchen accessories, from £10, all BHS.co.uk. Kitson coffee table, £299, Marksandspencer.com. Ball copper table lamp, £133, Barkerstonehouse.co.uk. Knotted jersey cushions, £40 each, Conran for Marksandspencer.com. Dar Blyton Floor lamp, £125, Fishpools.co.uk. Grey and Turquoise Mughal Star Jali Patterned Dhurrie rug, from £285, Mahoutlifestyle.com. Antigua Waffle Linen throw, £130 each, Coastnewzealand.com. Spear cushions, from £49 each, Cloudberryliving.co.uk

croft top tip

 

 

See more Interior trends for this Winter and how to work them in your own home, Indigo Blue and also Dark Romance, gorgeous trends to tempt you.

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles
All other images supplied by companies mentioned.

 

Colourful Autumn Leaves

Make the most of this mild autumn weather and get out there collecting fallen leaves and berry branches to fill your vases. This big display takes up most of my landing but I certainly don’t mind being obstructed by an abundance of colourful leaves.

Autumn leaves & berries in red vase

Autumn leaves & berries in red vase

 

Autumn leaves & berries

Autumn leaves & berries

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Dark Romance – Interior Trend Watch

TREND WATCH: Dark Romance is another trend to hit the interiors world this winter, it’s a contemporary mix between dark moody florals with a modern Victoriana influence. Think of old floral still life paintings that comes to life on wallpaper, upholstery, bedding and cushions. The mood is mystical and romantic with an air of opulence with velvets and silks being some of the favourites. The colours are rich tones of berry, pink, moss-green and highlights in peach and gold.  Traditional styles of furniture are updated with glossy paint effects in dark tones and the adoration of floral patterns adds to the detail.

Corine 6ft bedstead,  Feast floral bedset,  Quilted cotton cushion,  Feast floral cushion,  Egyptian cotton pillowcase,  Quilted cotton throw, All M&S, Marks & Spencer

Above: Corine 6ft bedstead £1499, Feast floral bedset £59, Quilted cotton cushion £29.50, Feast floral cushion £25, Egyptian cotton pillowcase £12, Quilted cotton throw £115, all Marks & Spencer.

Rochelle floral mid chest,  Metal weave photo frame,  3 piece floral wall art,  Sophia pressed glass vase,  Mercury glass tea light holder,  Skinny metal candlestick,  Tapered dinner candle,  Anabelle cushion,  Vintage family portrait cushion,  Dark feast floral cushion,  Chenille floral jacquard cushion,  Bantry weave cushion, all Marks & Spencer, M&S

Above Left: Rochelle floral mid chest £599, Metal weave photo frame £29.50, 3 piece floral wall art £39.50, Sophia pressed glass vase £29.50, Mercury glass tealight holder £6 (2), Skinny metal candlestick £19.50, Tapered dinner candle £4 (2), all Marks & Spencer.

Above Right: Anabelle cushion £19.50, Vintage family portrait cushion £25, Dark feast floral cushion £19.50, Chenille floral jacquard cushion £19.50, Bantry weave cushion £12, all Marks & Spencer.

 

Hackney Empire china range, Midnight plate, £35, Tea cup and saucer, £55, teapot, £70, Houseofhackney.com  Hawthorne Chair in Loseley Park Aqua, £1568.00, Johnsankey.co.uk Artificial dahlia & eucalyptus bouquet, £42, Miafleur.com  Still Life of Flowers tray, £30, Nationalgallery,co,uk  Oriel Midnight garden standard lamo, £795, Houseofhackney.com  D. Muse Chaise in Loseley Park Lime with Upholstery Satin Detail, £1407.00, Johnsankey.co.uk

Shop to Get The Look

BUY INTO THE LOOK. Above, left to right: Hackney Empire china range, Midnight plate, £35, Tea cup and saucer, £55, Teapot, £70, Houseofhackney.com. Hawthorne Chair in Loseley Park Aqua, £1568.00, Johnsankey.co.uk. Artificial dahlia & eucalyptus bouquet, £42, Miafleur.com. Still Life of Flowers tray, £30, Nationalgallery.co.uk. Oriel Midnight Garden standard lamp, £795, Houseofhackney.co.uk. Muse Chaise in Loseley Park Lime with Upholstery Satin Detail, £1407.00, Johnsankey.co.uk. Wallpaper pannel in ‘Zephirine’ Ornamental Garden by Designers Guild, £145 per pannel, Wallpaperdirect.com

Top Tips To get this look, Dark Romance Above image credit: MrGlen, available from Theonlyblackrose at Etsy.com .

Have a look at a previous post on LivingColourStyle all about MrGlen’s gorgeous photographic prints, the ideal item to work this trend.

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles
All other images supplied by companies mentioned.