With the year we’ve just had, it’s no wonder people are going all out with their Christmas decor this season. We’ve seen trees, lights and giant Santas up in homes since early November. The celebrity trend for doorscaping is making its way to our front doors and there is a distinct picnic hamper and chunky knitted tree skirt theme going on around our Christmas trees. Our celebrations may be smaller and quieter – but our Christmas decor is making up for it in a big way. We need things to feel happy and joyous about, things that make us feel warm, cosy and comfortable. So we asked a few of our favourite interiors experts to share how they are styling their homes this Christmas. Then we asked the Juliettes admin team…
Christmas Decor with Em Sheldon
You may remember that Em came to visit our showroom recently, looking for interiors inspiration for her new London home. This will be her first Christmas in her new home – although she is planning to spend Christmas itself with her family up in Yorkshire. She says she can’t wait to be with them all again, even if it is only for a few days. Christmas decor in their Yorkshire home is traditional and homely, with a lovely natural green tree, lots of red and gold, big knitted stockings and gorgeous reindeer in every available space. Back in London, Em’s tree has a more contemporary feel. The frosted tree is decorated in gold, silver, deep bronze and a jewel-toned teal – a gorgeous and glamorous combination. We love the finishing touches of presents and an on-trend Fortnum & Mason hamper. And the stunning, oversized floor-standing mirror behind is a touch of genius.
Christmas Styling with Antonia at #tidylife
How elegant is that mantelpiece? We are seeing a lot of bold, dark walls this year and they make a magnificent backdrop to some rich, luscious Christmas decor. Antonia’s mantelpiece is so simple yet so striking. We love the contrasts between the gloss black, the warm wood and the beautiful touches of gold, champagne, firelight and candlelight. Antonia says she is planning a quiet, restful, family Christmas this year but is still working on the finer details. We can just imagine everyone after lunch, feet up in front of this gorgeous, festive fireplace.
Christmas Inspiration by Taryn Whiteaker
Taryn lives in the Pacific Northwest of the US where, as you know, they do Christmas decor as big, bold and bright as they possibly can. She has been busy turning their bonus room into a spectacular, dark and moody movie/home study room and couldn’t resist putting up a Christmas tree in mid-November. She will, no doubt, have several more trees up as the weeks go by, as well as a festive porch, mantelpiece and outdoor room. This year, for her first tree, she decided to go for a glamorous cream and gold theme with a mixture of gleaming and frosted gold baubles, wooden snowflakes and a satin champagne ribbon. Every inch of the tree is decorated, using layers of texture and dramatic, statement ornaments. Finished with a fabulous, faux fur tree skirt and a handful of presents, this tree is elegant, sophisticated and so welcoming. Love it.
Christmas Decor by Michael of Inspired by Charm
Michael admits he is crazy about Christmas. What he doesn’t know about Christmas tree decor just isn’t worth knowing. He has trees in almost every room, in the hallway, and he even decorates his pantry! His amazing trees have appeared on the front of some fabulous interiors magazines.
He recently shared 16+ Beautiful Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas and just yesterday, treated us to his newest 2020 Christmas Tree. These are all trees that he designed himself, inspired by woodland creatures, vintage decorations, even a dress worn by Adele. Check out his Rainbow Gradient tree – we challenge you to re-create something just as perfect (and please send us a picture if you do). His post links to a whole host of other Christmas decor ideas as well as festive recipes and cocktails. Just make sure you have plenty of time to explore all his Christmas-inspired posts. Once you start, you can’t stop.
A Moody Mantelpiece by Lucy at Craftberry Bush
Another sultry and moody room. We discovered Lucy’s wonderful Christmas mantelpiece via Taryn’s post. Lucy’s Christmas decor creates a warm, cosy feel whilst being simple, stylish and graceful. The wonderful asymmetrical design of the mantelpiece uses overhanging evergreen foliage, delicately frosted to turn it from rustic to refined. The addition of baubles, fur-trimmed stockings and softly curling ribbon adds texture and makes a contemporary focal point. This is what one of our admin team was aiming for below (but with less foliage to hand, a lot more red berries and a sloping mantelpiece).
The Juliettes Interiors Admin Team
No, not the design team for a change. We thought we would show the Christmas decor of a couple of non-experts instead. They may not be perfect but they were decorated with love and enthusiasm. Tish lives in a delightfully quirky house in a tiny village and insists only a real tree will do. Her Christmas decor is traditional, in keeping with her home, but with accents of a subtle, non-traditional pink. She mixes shapes and textures to create a warm, welcoming, fabulously full tree. Elsie the cockapoo is more than impressed.
Every year, Tish designs and creates a magnificent wreath for her front door – and this year is no exception. Again, it’s traditional in terms of colour but decidedly contemporary in design. The natural greenery, berries, cones and pom pom snowballs stand out beautifully against the rope-bound hoop. She says she didn’t add the hanging cones just to annoy the postman!
Karen was intending to copy Taryn and try an elegant gold theme this year, having forgotten that the tree up in the loft was festooned with red berries. Besides, despite being in their teens, the children vetoed the idea and insisted that all their old salt dough reindeer, teddy angels and spotty dogs came out as usual. Even the star is made of lolly sticks and glitter. So she sneaked away quietly and created a more grown up mantelpiece. No Santas, no snowmen, just foliage, berries and twinkling lights. Inspired by Lucy’s mantel at Craftberry Bush, she says it’s the most sophisticated Christmas decor she’s managed since having children.
Christmas Decor with the Design Team
We asked the design team for their Christmas decor ideas and they have gone for golden glamour with a hint of hogmanay. Soft, plump cushions in subtle tones of silver and grey tartan sit alongside lustworthy golden candle holders, adding warmth and a natural, flickering glow. A peaceful and elegant Christmas combination. At time of writing, all these and many more items are in stock ready for Christmas delivery (depending on destination, of course).
So how are you decorating your home this year? Are you banishing the Covid blues with masses of decorations and thousands of lights? Or are you embracing the unexpected peace and quiet? Tell us how you are spending Christmas, and share pictures of your Christmas decor. We would love to see them.