When it comes to festive decorations, I adore red and white. For me, along with a little bit of sparkle, they are the colours of Christmas ... of snow and Santa. However, when it came to this month's 'styling the seasons', I wanted to do something with the chest of drawers in our bedroom, and because of the more muted tones in the room, red and white felt a little overbearing. Something more hushed and natural was needed.
This is what I (or 'we' ... I had a four year old and an almost two year old assistant) came up with ...
I love these wooden stars. They were a gift from a friend (hi, Franziska) who has the best taste in things for the home. I could actually keep them out all year round but it's nice to have a few special things to bring out and affectionately rediscover every December. The wicker, leaf and berry bauble was a very recent purchase from Marks & Spencer. I braved a Cyber Monday visit with my littlest. Call me crazy, it wasn't the best idea that I've ever had but this little gem (and a pack of Percy Pigs) made it worthwhile.
You know, with having two little boys, I don't think I will ever have a single shelf or sill that doesn't feature sticks. I find them everywhere and I'm running out of craft projects for them. The ones in the pictures have been given the festive treatment by my four year old ... a little bit of paint and a whole lot of glitter.
Sometimes, when putting little collections together around the house, I'm torn between what looks good and what feels good. Having my little dude's treasured sticks on display is definitely a feel good thing. I may moan, but I'll be quite sad when he moves on to collecting other things.
And as I mentioned earlier, it wouldn't be Christmas without a little bit of sparkle so I had to throw in a glitter ball. Tis the season, after all. This little mirror ball is part of a (very cheap) set of ten. They're not the finest of baubles but they were the very first ones that I bought for my very first Christmas tree in my very first house some fourteen or so years ago. The memories!
So that's what the festive season looks like in my house. What does December look like in your home?
Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots run a monthly blogging series called Styling the Seasons. You'll find the most beautiful images and inspiration by searching #stylingtheseasons on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Take a look for lots of December loveliness.