Q. Emma from Helensvale asks, what are your tips for styling the home this Christmas?
A. Styling your home is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit! I say embrace your creative side, there is so much more to Christmas home styling then just decorating the tree. I recommend searching Pinterest and Instagram or flicking through your favourite interiors magazine for great inspiration.
I personally love seeing earthy interpretations of Christmas decorations in the home. This look is really popular at the moment and has been adopted by many of the retailers at Homeworld Helensvale. Walking through the centre I’ve seen stores with bare branches painted in gold and silver that look stunning when placed in a vase and gorgeous wicker trees. You can also add to this look by utilising what you have in your backyard. Decorated pinecones look beautiful hanging from the Christmas tree or piled in a bowl on the dining table.
In addition to the classic Christmas tree I bring huge branches into the home and decorate them. We have a large tree branch, almost the height of our ceiling, sitting in a huge white floor pot in the corner of our living room draped in fairy lights. I also have a massive tree branch suspended from our ceiling over our dining table and I decorate it in lights and ornaments.
If in doubt, Christmas and candles go hand in hand. Arrange a group of candles of different heights, on a tray and display them on your coffee table or living room console. Also adding to the festivities, I love wrapping the staircase and fence balustrades with a wreath and even lights.
The Christmas tree is the main feature so make sure that you upgrade the tree. I am all about Christmas so the bigger the better, however if you want more of a raw look consider investing in an all timber Christmas tree for a modern and minimalistic look. I think it is really important to incorporate a theme into the Christmas tree and the decorations. If you already have a lot of colour in your home it is wise to keep to a neutral Christmas theme to avoid competing colours. Invest in some good quality Christmas decorations, these only get pulled out once a year so they should last a lifetime and they are a great investment to add to the ongoing collection. In keeping with an earthy look, consider wrapping your presents in brown butchers paper and use twine instead of ribbon.
If you are hosting Christmas this year be sure to include fresh flowers such as wildflowers in small vases along the table for decoration. These work as a great feature piece and make the table look fresh and inviting. Besides, plates, cutlery and glasses some sort of greenery is all you need.
Remember to be as creative as you want with your Christmas home styling. Gone are the days of the typical red and green colour schemes. If in doubt pop down to Homeworld Helensvale, many of the retailers have beautiful Christmas displays in store that offer great inspiration!
Make sure you share your Christmas home styling looks on social media using #HomeworldHelensvale and I hope you have a lovely Christmas!
Inspiration images sourced from www.pinterest.com
Post contributed by Michael & Carlene Duffy.
About Michael and Carlene:
Averaging more than 1.3 million viewers each episode, Australia watched as Gold Coast couple Michael & Carlene worked to create a truly exceptional home on The Block Glasshouse.
Since The Block, Michael & Carlene have gone on to develop their own business called Cedar & Suede, have a blog and consult to a number of Australia’s leading interior brands for both endorsements and product development projects.
Michael & Carlene have proudly partnered with Homeworld Helensvale to help our Gold Coast shoppers achieve their design dreams.