The Magic of Christmas begins at HOME this season

The Magic of Christmas begins at HOME this season
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The Magic of Christmas begins at HOME this season

The Magic of Christmas begins at HOME this season and we’re naturally rushing around the shopping malls, trawling through the internet and driving ourselves crazy with the relentless search to find the perfect gift for our loved ones… And as the big day draws nearer, we begin to think about our beloved guests arriving with gifts, food, wine and Christmas cheer in abundance…

For most families around the world (and indeed here in Australia too), HOME is the obvious space in which to spend the season with loved ones…

Decorating (or styling) your home for the festive season can seem quite  daunting, and with the mountains of time  you’ve spent searching for those perfect gifts – finding the time to “Deck The Halls” as they say, may seem like an even bigger challenge!!

Luckily – Santa (or Father Christmas) managed to find the time to drop in on his way back to the North Pole (he was just at the local Westfield looking for a special gift for Rudolf) to leave us with six simple and effective tips on how to bring the Magic of Christmas to your home…

1. Stick with Your Style…

If you’re lucky enough to live in a Traditional Queenslander, have the luxury of living in a Penthouse Apartment on the river, or if you’re just like the rest of us who call a typical house down the street home, it would probably make sense to style your interior decorations accordingly – to fit the style of your home…

Traditional homes should opt for lush reds, deep evergreens and maybe some splashes of gold. If you have the time, nothing beats the real thing (and you can buy most seasonal plants, trees and flowers from any good garden centre), but if not, good quality artificial variations will still do the trick.

Luxury homes should be kitted out in the same way, but taking a more luxurious approach to the finishes. Shiny metals, clear crystals and those all-important dashes of bling will go a long way to creating the stylish and sophisticated ambiance you’re looking for.

And as for the rest of us… I would suggest adopting an approach that allows us to have the best of bold worlds! Natural greens paired with luxurious metals (and bling if that’s your thing) are sure to strike the right notes in any home – and to create the perfect feel of “HOME”, why not add some of your own personal style and flair to your decorations!

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2. Knights of the Round Table…

The dining table is easily one of the most used items of furniture during the holiday season, it’s where we put all the food!! With this in mind, try to keep the centrepiece of the occasion as clutter free as possible in order to retain enough room to fit everything on it – which includes the cutlery…

Using the tips in the previous section, try to adopt a “less is more” approach by starting in the centre and working your way out. Balance is the key to achieving the best results here – so don’t feel like you have to fill every open spot, otherwise, where will your guests put their wine glasses?

Remember – LESS is MORE!!

3. Fancy Wrapping Paper…

So you have the perfect gift for that someone special, but no matter where you look – you just can’t find the right wrapping paper to fit the bill…

Well, what about using wallpaper? Yes, that’s right, wallpaper!

I know it’s going to cost quite a bit more than the average roll of Christmas wrap, but with the thickness of the paper and the abundance of stunning patterns and designs available – wrapping your most precious gifts in wallpaper really does add that touch of something special to the occasion.

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4. Use all your Senses…

When we think of Christmas, what smells or scents come to mind? The fruity notes of mulled wine, the tangy aroma of sliced oranges infused with cloves, or even the fresh scent of Christmas you get from the pine trees –  no matter what your festive nose craves, adding those signature scents to your home should become as traditional as hanging the stocking on the mantel on Christmas Eve..

Try boiling sliced oranges in water and add cloves to the mix, or placing a small pot of mulled wine to gently simmer on the stove… You could even head to your local candle supplier to see what you can find there to help you bring your nose to the festive season!

5. Recycle Last Year’s Gems…

If you’re like me, you probably found it hard to throw away some of the best decorations of years gone by. As well as doing your bit for the environment, getting crafty and recycling last year’s gems is a simple way start the decorating process.

Pick 3 (or 4 if you must) items from previous years that blend nicely together (by matching a common theme like a repeated pattern, a strong colour or the shape of the items) and then use that blend to professionally deck out the rest of your home in the same way..

Using what you already have is also a great way to keep the costs down whilst bringing out a touch of creative flair for the holiday season ahead…

6. Let There Be Light…

No Christmas display is ever complete without lighting! The very thought of Christmas without the twinkling array of star-like sparkles should become an offence punishable by time spent behind bars! Okay, I know this may seem a little extreme, but without lights – Christmas is just “bah humbug”…

Other than the usual places, like the Christmas tree, the fireplace or the entire surface of your house (some people do this) – try to think outside the box when it comes to hanging those twinkling vines of electrical magic!

Try covering birdbaths, trellis, outdoor furniture (including the BBQ) or any other garden/landscaping feature you may have in your garden to bring them to life – and for those who live in the warmer spots, these make gorgeous backdrops for outdoor entertaining under the stars with loved ones.

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