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Quick Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for Christmas Before Guests Arrive


It’s time to say hello to the holiday season — and decorating the house for Christmas is all about one direction: You need to pick a theme and stick to it! Start with the Christmas tree, then carry your theme or color through the house and into the garden.

Remember, for any special event you want to be over the top, theatrical, and magical — it’s all about creating an experience of festive enchantment. If you do nothing else, focus on our short decor hit list, it’s like a little road map to decorative heaven.

Interior designer Jacinta Preston shares her essential decorating tips for a super stylish Christmas.

The Christmas Tree

For most of us, the tree is the center of all things Christmassy. It’s either traditional, modern, or anything goes. It’s your canvas, so make sure it’s a good one. It has to fit your overall theme and your space. Don’t worry if you don’t have much space, there are plenty of alternative trees available.

Front Door

A Christmas wreath on the front door is a warm and festive welcome to your home. They’re available in many different styles, or make your own — it’s a great craft activity for the kids.

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No room for a real pine Christmas tree? No problem! Make a beautiful pine wreath instead. (Photo Credit: Homes to Love)

Mantlepiece Magic

The mantelpiece is a natural little stage, so it’s the perfect place for a Christmas vignette. It’s most likely out of reach of kids, so this is where you can display the really good stuff: crystal, mirrors, ornaments, and candles.

Or decorate with all your favorite pieces, from antlers and feathers to Christmas cards and kids’ toys. And don’t forget to hang the kids’ stockings.


Natural linen stockings and with a eucalyptus sprig from the backyard create a Christmas feel. (Photo Credit: Homes to Love)


Mix old and new decorations for character and warmth. Flowers are a stunning addition to the table — single stems or small posies look pretty in glass jars, beakers, and crystal vases. Foliage also works — twigs, rosemary, holly. Or, gather up all your candles and candlesticks and place them down the table’s center.

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In this cheerful home, Christmas decor comes by way of metallic ornaments, layers of luxurious fabrics, and gentle shimmering lights. (Photo Credit: Martin Sølyst, Erik Bjørn / real living)


A cluster of Christmas ornaments in a vessel or vase is also a simple way to create a stylish table setting. And shiny mirror tiles, used as a tray or base, “double” the amount of decorations or flowers.

Garden Lights

When the sun goes down, a garden looks beautiful with festive twinkling lights, from a humble string of fairy lights to a complete front-of-house extravaganza.

When choosing Christmas lights, think about the mood you’re trying to create. If you don’t want to win the local council Christmas lights competition, keep it simple — just go warm white. Pure joy!

This post was written by Alexandra Fishburn. For more, check out our sister site Homes to Love.

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