I was planning to hold off on the festive posts until a little later in the month but my Instagram feed is full of gorgeous photos of people purchasing baubles and twinkly lights so I want to share these cute and colourful decorations with you now in case you're already out and about looking for the perfect bright and fun Christmas pieces. We don't tend to put our tree and decorations up until a couple of days before Christmas Day but I created a temporary winter wonderland just to show you how much fun this collection of family-friendly favourites is ... and all from my local Homebase, too.
This year Homebase have created six different looks: there's the luxurious 'grandeur' featuring lots of white and gold; the more classic 'wild berry' with decorations in traditional colours of red and green; the very elegant 'heirloom' has touches of dusky pink and shimmering silver to tempt you to create a slightly more feminine look; 'homespun' is cheerful, hand-crafted and has a red and white Scandinavian feel to it; and let's not forget 'Nordic shelter' with its frosty aquamarines, cool whites and warm wood; and last but by no means least, and my personal favourite, the bold, multicoloured 'festive fun'.
With my preference for light, bright and colourful interiors, it will come as no surprise to you that I quite like my Christmas decor to be equally as vibrant. You will find no glamour, glitz or even scenes of coordinated serenity here. Even if I didn't have young children, I think my home would still be a spectacle of colour. I find it really cheery. And if balanced with white, I don't think it's particularly overpowering, even to the colour-shy.
The stars of Homebase's festive fun look are, without a shadow of a doubt, the wool felt pom pom wreath and garland, both priced at just £9. I've actually kept them up on my pegboard even though I've put the tree away for now ... they're most definitely not just for Christmas. They have a bit of a hand-crafted feel and I'm pretty sure that if I put my mind to it, I could find a way to make something similar myself, but time isn't exactly plentiful in the run up to Christmas, is it? Especially not with excitable children to entertain. And the crafts needs to be a touch simpler, and with a whole lot of glitter, for my two to want to be involved.
Two types of tree decorations form part of the festive fun look ... colourful decopatch baubles with assorted winter creatures on them, and felt woodland animals (I have the fox and the racoon) which are a steal at £1.50 each - I also think that these would make really cute gift tags on Christmas presents for children, just keep the wrapping quite simple. They're sweet, aren't they? Homebase suggest that this whole look is perhaps one to adopt in a child's bedroom but I'm more than happy with it in my living room.
So what do you think of my cute and colourful Christmas decor? Would it be something that would work in your home? Or would you prefer one of the other looks?
This post was written in collaboration with Homebase.