Hideaway in style this winter – our must have items to make a cosy Christmas
This Scandi look feels a natural fit for our newly neutral sitting room and we had so much fun layering it up to give you some inspiration on how to make your home cosy and ready for the festive season.
Layers are the key here with lots of throws, rugs and cushions to evoke the feeling of a luxury alpine retreat. The logs are in the fire ready to set alight and each corner of the room is brought together with a limited natural palette.
We began by setting up the tree in a gray-washed wicker basket to give a nod to the log cabin roots of the Scandi look and hide the tree base in a beautiful way. Then we went for as many lights as we could get on – here we’ve used warm white LED on green wire. The lights are so important as we aren’t using tinsel or garlands on the tree here. The baubles we’ve chosen are all paper or metal or glass to keep a coherent look that is natural with a touch of contemporary glam.
Dried hydrangea heads add depth and texture to the faux green garlands on the fireplace that are pre-lit for ease. Don’t throw away your hydrangeas year round, dry them and any other seed heads or foliage you might have so that you can add an earthy warmth to displays. You can even pop these into the tree before you put the baubles on if you like as an alternative to tinsel or paper chains.
Bringing the essence of this snowy hideaway to the rest of the room, the special edition Wedgewood snowglobe is a family heirloom in the making that can be cherished for many family Christmases to come. Likewise, these George Jensen tree decorations in gold are so beautiful they need to become part of your Christmas look and may even make a collector out of you. A vintage decanter and cut glass tumblers elevate the other, more modest, materials and give you the chance to offer your guests a warming tipple. The reflective surface of this stunning coffee table by Amara, with its foxed mirror top, also ties the mixed metallics together and gives the more humble elements a luxe vibe. Sitting on this deep pile gray rug with long tassels from Hay to give softness underfoot and added warmth to the room.
We’ve given this classic Scandi look a Dickensian twist with this dark wingback armchair and vintage wooden shoe lasts to accessorise, adding our own signature drama. Set off with some stunningly textural grey and pink cushions from Tom Dixon, available at Amara.
For us, Christmas is all about hunkering down on a winter’s night with a good bottle of wine, a group of close friends and an open fire. This room is a warm welcome with deep layers of luxury to keep out the chill and a relaxed elegance that encourages you to chill out in comfort.