Christmas traditions and decorations hold a special place in our hearts, shaping festive memories and setting the Christmas tone. Join us on a journey with interior designer, Elizabeth Styles, as she shares her beloved decoration traditions and expert tips for choosing the perfect festive theme. Elizabeth also reveals her favourite Christmas installations that add magic and wonder to the season, all whilst being kinder to the planet!
For a lot of us, the festive season officially begins after that trip up to the loft, when we start digging into those cardboard boxes full of beloved Christmas decorations. Elizabeth has the tradition of picking up ornaments from every place she visits whilst on holiday, as if building this ever-expanding treasure trove of memories. Decking the tree with these ornaments is like a stroll down memory lane, and it makes for a lovely family moment. Those ornaments and decorations get reused every year, and Elizabeth suggests that they can even become a family heirloom to pass down through the generations.
While some enthusiasts opt for elaborate themes, Elizabeth prefers a more organic approach. Her advice for establishing a theme is simple: Stay true to your surroundings. For traditional homes, embrace classic colours like reds, burgundy, and greens, and don’t shy away from adding white to bring a modern touch. In contrast, a modern interior opens up the opportunity to experiment with a minimalist Scandi vibe, featuring wooden and paper decorations that are sustainable. For a more contemporary feel, consider using flowers in place of traditional baubles.
Elizabeth has a wealth of unforgettable projects under her belt, but one stands out as a true masterpiece. It’s a double mezzanine tree in a modern home, a playful and colourful creation with myriad shades of blue, birds, unicorns, and white and blue ornaments. This spectacular tree continues to dazzle the family and their guests year after year, a testament to Elizabeth’s talent. She has also lent her artistic touch to the iconic Fairyhill wedding venue, crafting more traditional installations with rustic browns, feathers, and owls. Another enchanting design features an all-white theme with doves and swans, exuding a magical charm.
When you’re all about getting that holiday spirit going, Elizabeth says, “Let’s not just stop at the Christmas tree, guys!” She’s all about starting with a warm and inviting wreath on your front door. You can even get crafty and make your own wreath to give it that personal touch and be kinder to the planet. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends, swinging by a wreath-making class! We suggest checking out Secret Garden Florist in Cardiff’s Victorian Market. If you can’t make one of their workshop dates, their wreath kits are also available for nationwide delivery.
The dining room is another area that deserves attention. A beautifully styled tablescape and the surrounding décor set the stage for a memorable feast. Elizabeth recommends foraging for greenery, using levels for interest, and avoiding Christmas crackers in favour of reusable decorative boxes. Personal touches, like hand-written notes and small gifts, add an extra layer of warmth. For those looking to add a unique touch, consider adorning a wall with a variety of differently sized wreaths, creating an elegant and cost-effective decoration.
As the years pass, Elizabeth finds herself more in tune with the essence of Christmas – spending quality time with loved ones, reflecting on the year and expressing gratitude. She reminds us that Christmas isn’t solely about sparkles and decorations (though she does have a soft spot for a bit of bling). Being creative during the festive season, whether through crafting or decorating, has been proven to boost happiness, reduce anxiety, elevate moods and even slow the heart rate. So, consider booking that wreath-making class, creating your own paper decorations and preparing some dried fruit decorations to infuse your home with warmth and that handmade touch this Christmas season. You can even take it as far as making your own Christmas gifts like homemade candles, personalised crafts or baked goods. Nothing quite says “Christmas is here” like the smell of a batch of mince pies, fresh out of the oven.
Elizabeth’s insights and passion for creating magical festive spaces provide a delightful guide to infusing your home with the true spirit of Christmas. Whether you’re a traditionalist or a modernist, there’s a world of enchantment waiting to be explored in every decoration and every corner of your home. So, how will you sustainably deck the halls this Christmas?
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