How to decorate your Christmas tree differently this year

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Getting the Christmas decorations out and putting up the tree, making my home look all festive is one of my favourite things to do every year. I personally don’t like to get them up too early as it makes it feel like a long wait for the actual day, but I have put mine up this weekend and I’m so excited about it!

I’ve been spotting some amazing ‘non traditional’ tree decorations and baubles recently and this is such a fun idea to have something different to previous years, creating a decorated tree that is unique and special to you.

If you are also thinking about having unusual and quirky decorations on your tree this year for a change, I have found THE BEST places to find fabulous baubles that will make your tree really stand out. I’ve picked out my favourites for you in today’s festive inspired blog post. 

Choosing a theme 

First of all, it’s a good idea to decide if you want to have a particular theme for your decorations and to buy baubles that will work well with it. I will list my top 4 themes below. You could also choose a particular colour pallet that you like and choose your decorations based around that. 

1. Fashion Lovers

For the fashionistas, there are some really gorgeous baubles that will be just perfect for this particular theme. I really love this idea myself and would love to have a tree decorated with fashion related baubles. You could decorate your tree with cute miniature shopping bags, high heels, lipsticks, glasses, and I’ve even found a bauble of the famous Vogue editor Anna Wintour available at Selfridges Simply fabulous darling..or AbFab even!

If you want to take this theme to the next level, you can even get little fashionista angels to add to the top of the tree! I love these gorgeous angel toppers by De Carlini – These are also stocked in John Lewis.

Heel bauble from John Lewis

lipstick by savethedattedesignsco at Etsy UK,

Selfridges car and Anna Wintour from Selfridges

Karl Lagerfeld bauble from Lime Lace

2. Food & drink Lovers

This theme is probably one of the most fun options to try as there are so many food and drink related baubles available out there. Choose from sweet treats like popcorn and donuts, or bottles of pink gin or champagne to name a few. Any foodie will appreciate a tree decorated with their favourite treats and it’s a great way to have a Christmas tree with a twist!

All baubles from Sass and Belle except the lolly which is from Fenwick

3. London Brittania

This is a fab theme if you love visiting London or if you live in the city. Incorporate Union Jack flag baubles, with iconic red London phone boxes, or add street signs along with classic London landmarks. Fortnum and Mason have an amazing selection of British themed decorations such as tea cups and their famous hamper baskets which are just gorgeous.

Bus, union jack, phone box, Oxford Street sign from John Lewis

Freddy Mercury from Lime Lace

Selfridges yellow phone box from Selfridges

4. Animals

This theme would appeal for all ages, and I’ve found some really lovely animal related baubles. If you like a bright and fun tree, you could have a tropical style with parrots, flamingos and have a really stand out display. If you have a monochrome theme, why not include some zebras into the mix!

Seahorse and Flamingo from Sass and Belle 

Zebra from Fenwick

Here are a few other decorations that I’ve spotted which will give you that Instagram perfect Christmas tree this year!

What was your favourite theme from the above?

How are you planning on decorating this Christmas?

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, check out my last blog post HERE

Gingerbread man from Selfridges

Cassette tape from John Lewis

Rainbow from the gifted few

Red car and Skull both from Sass and Belle 

Miffy from Fenwick

4 benefits of having fresh flowers in your home

There’s nothing better than a fresh bouquet of flowers and the benefits of having them around your home are amazing. I personally love styling my home with flowers and I’ve been trying out different varieties lately. It’s a really nice idea to buy flowers seasonally also, such as tulips in the Spring time or sunflowers during the Summer months. Here are 4 benefits of having fresh flowers in the home.

Flower box by Handy Flowers

1. Mood lifting/stress reduction

It’s so lovely to see brightly coloured, fresh flowers when you wake up in the morning. Studies have proven that having flowers in the kitchen, living room or hallway can have a really positive effect on your mood and can help to beat the morning blues. Having fresh flowers around the home will help you to feel more relaxed and less anxious too. This is perfect if you are studying or working at home to help to help you to relax and feel calmer.

2. They can compliment your interior design

Interior design trends come and go, but accessorising your home with flowers will always be in style. Combining flowers with a beautiful vase can create a real focal point in a room too. If you have a large hallway, having a table with a gorgeous flower arrangement can really lift the whole space and be the perfect thing to see as you open the front door. Flowers and plants are also a great way to bring texture into a room. By simply changing the colour scheme and texture of the flowers in your home, you can easily bring in a new look indoors every other week.

3. Flowers clear the air

Indoor flowers and plants have a number of health benefits. They can help to eliminate harmful pollutants that can cause things such as headaches, coughs, colds, allergies and tiredness. Leafy green plants and flowers purify the air and release oxygen, while absorbing toxins in the air so they are not only nice to look at, they help you health wise too!

4. Some flowers even help you sleep

Not only are Jasmine plants really pretty and have a gorgeous sweet scent, but they are linked to reducing anxiety levels and improving sleep quality.

Lavender is also another great example of this. It’s proven to lower the heart rate, blood pressure and is the perfect plant to have in the bedroom to help aid relaxation and a better nights sleep. You will often find lavender in bath products which are a lovely to use before you get ready for bed.

This post is in collaboration with Handy Flowers. They have flowers for every occasion and such a gorgeous range to choose from. They also offer a next day delivery service so you can always have beautiful fresh flowers delivered to your door hassle free. For a full list of their services, head over to their website HERE 

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