With the crazy season approaching fast, it’s so ironic that when we want to make our home the most beautiful, time is at a premium and all those special ideas never gets realised because there’s just not enough time in the day. That’s way I want to show you these four ideas that won’t take you more that 5 minutes each to recreate in your own home.
Don’t stop at dressing your table, jazz up your dining chairs with corsages made form garden foliage, ribbon and one simple Christmas decoration.
How to: Simply tie a small bunch of spruce, rosemary and white showberries together with a piece of florist wire. Add your decoration and lastly tie together with a pretty ribbon to compliment your scheme. Now attach this foliage corsage to the back of your chair with a second piece of the same ribbon.
Top Tip: Using a fragrant foliage like rosemary will also scent your room.
Make the most of a dull, forgotten corner or add interest to a window sill. It’s these little displays that looks like you have made an effort and they won’t go unnoticed by your family and guests alike.
How To: Elaborately shaped candles are big news this season. Look out for cute woodland animals, pine cones or tree shaped ones. This owl is so on trend with the whole woodland theme and it looks great as part of the books and trophy styling display. Add a bit of Ivy to add colour and life and lit that candle for a warm glow.
Top Tip: After lighting a new candle let it burn a bit and then snip the wick quite short so that the flame stays short and does not burn too tall and wildly. Remember, never to leave candles unattended.
White Owl Candle from Limelace.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
A lantern is so versatile in winter and summer months, indoors and outside alike, the possibilities are just endless.
How To: Make a wintery moment by lining your lantern with fresh moss and add a few pine cones for a seasonal feel. To be safe, use tea light holders to burn your candles in. These ceramic ones gives off a lovely warm yellow light.
Top Tip: Instead of pine cones, fill the lantern with cinnamon sticks, they will look great too and gives off a lovely sweet scent.
For the best lantern selection try Nordic House.
READY, SET, DINE
Make each guest feel special by making an extra effort with their place setting. These ideas make such an impact, yet takes hardly any time at all.
How To: Just a few sprigs of foliage is required for each setting. In the first picture an opening decoration is used as a mini vase. The second picture is just an informally placed napkin with three sprigs of rosemary and a simple decoration to hold it down.
Top Tip: Great if you are super organised and have the exact amount of decorations for each place setting, but if not don’t fret, alternating them or even a complete mix of different decorations will work just as well. Just be prepared to say good-bye to most of them as your guest will love this idea so much, they will want to take their decoration home as a keepsake.
Photos, Feature & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles
Please Note: NEVER leave candles unattended!