Welcome to the #UKHomeBlogHop Christmas 2016 Edit! If you just joined me from Little Big Bell's colourful home, well I am sure you enjoyed it as much as I did. Totally addicted to this blog tour thing, it might actually become my new fetish. Big thanks to Kimberly of Swoonworthy who is the wonderful host and organiser behind this blog hop!
It is with a certain relief that I am posting this today because I have decided to now go on blog holidays (aka take a holiday from the blog, finally). Because #SHUTTERED just like the baubles I unintentionally* broke while decorating for this post.
Having said that, I have to admit that I totally dig Christmas and have now finally realised this: December IS my favourite month of the year. Because I can wear cocoon coats to hide all the mince pies I have eaten, go crazy with decorations and finally have an excuse to eat (like, DAILY) in gold-rimmed plates (TK Maxx 2014 pressie from sis-in-law *blows kiss*).
*Unintentionally, because I am Greek and we are known for breaking a few things while in high spirits. Opa!! *breaks gold-rimmed plate*
Ok, let's get the tour going!
The Living Room
Our living room is a dual aspect rectangular room with a gas fireplace bang in the middle that seems to separate the room in two and a TV fit for the BFG that seems to create a black hole into the wall. Hence the other side of the living room is NEVER in the picture.
We always bring our tree early on (last weekend of November) as we more often than not go away for Christmas and want to enjoy it as much as possible. A Nordmann Fir tree, it is a non-drop that lasts ages. The copper/champagne baubles are from last year because I heard, somewhere, you need to have something old on the tree. Really.
Our mirror got the festive treatment with two garlands of gold/copper leaves. These actually look so good that I may just leave them on after Christmas (SIC husband strangely agreed to this. That doesn't happen often!). And that's as far to the right as I will let you see.
My favourite trick for filling up the gap at the foot of the tree: big boxes from recent deliveries wrapped up pretty. The SIC husband was wondering when all the boxes were going to be recycled and was only too pleased to see me taking them out of the garage finally. But then I put them under the tree.
The Dining Room
A month ago we redecorated the dining room - and I still owe you a makeover post. Which WILL come. EVENTUALLY. This room has been transformed thanks to the gorgeous Little Greene wallpaper. This is the Camelia wallpaper in Smalt which you can find here. The walls were painted in Pale Wedgwood also by Little Greene.
I was a bit too reserved to try a white tree in here and to be perfectly honest it was too late when I thought about it. Maybe next year. The am-azing pink Tibetan sheepskin hides are from Natures Collection via Lux Flea Interiors.
Pretty excited to introduce - to those not familiar with the brand - Halsted Design. A South-African brand that now sells its products in the UK (check them out here), they are full of colour and their Bird Fynbos Tablecloth in Kingfisher was the perfect fabric for this room with its pink border.
Resources: Tablecloth and napkins Halsted Design; Dinner plate, TK Maxx; bread plate, geometric candle holder, gold pear candle, Anthropologie; gold cutlery Mia Fleur; glassware, LSA International; brass vase, Cox & Cox
The Mini Bar
I might have to ask you to vote on this one. This dresser was bought ages ago on Ebay. A great find that has served its purpose and which has been painted over 3 times now. But it's part of the shabby chic past and that needs to be put to rest, for good. Should I flog or hold it? I am swooning over a Swooneditions sideboard (not one specific I must admit, they all look great!).
Resources: White opaline vintage vases, Lux Flea; candle holders, and napkins to the right, Anthropologie; Vintage decanters, wedding gifts; glassware, glass dome and ash board, all LSA International.
For those interested, the butterfly is a limited edition print by Louise McNaught from Riseart and I bought it with the framing option (floating print) which I really like.
The Rest of the #UKHomeBlogHop
And that's a wrap for me! Remember to Pin and share the photos you like with the hashtag #UKHomeBlogHop - and please remember to credit back to the source. Now go on visit the Queen of Pinterest, Jen Stanbrook and her Christmas home over at Love Chic Living. And for the full tour: click on any name below to hop over to their blog!
Monday 5th December
Tuesday 6th December
Seasons In Colour (this is me)
Wednesday 7th December
Thursday 8th December
Friday 7th December