Considered Christmas guide: stylish decorations

Christmas spirit is in full swing. Shops are piled high with glittery plastic baubles and windows are shining brightly with Christmas lights. Here’s how to fill your home with festive spirit and stylish decorations in a more considered way…

“Bringing the outdoors in at Christmas time is an effective way to decorate your home,” says Thomas Broom-Hughes, head of horticulture at conscious and stylish Petersham Nurseries.

“A large vase of garden foliage and twigs can look both dramatic and stylish. A foliage table runner interspersed with potted plants, candles and bud vases of flowers make an unusual table setting.”

Christmas wreath making workshops from foraged foliage or recycled material are available all over the country, and are make a great alternative Christmas gift activity for friends.

If you really do you need new baubles, Nkuku and Aerende are online ethical homeware stores that sell truly stylish Christmas decorations that all come with great maker stories.

If you’re using lights, it goes without saying they should be LED.

For a more home-made feel, there are many of recipes for making salt-dough decorations online (which is a great activity to do to with kids) as is making popcorn garlands.

Eco Boost vlogger Kate Arnell also hangs dried orange slices (put slices of orange on a cooling rack in the oven on about 120C for a few hours) and cinnamon with twine. “It makes the house smell amazing,” she says. They last for years and you can also add them to a pot with some cloves to make potpourrai after you’ve taken the decorations down.


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