Christmas nearly upon on we’re now filling our home with festive cheer,
but so you get it right this year follow Colin and Justin’s lead to stop
you turning your home into a total turkey! But, before getting straight
into the latest seasonal tips from the guys, you can also catch Colin
and Justin answering viewers’ questions in a recent live web TV show.
The show is now available on demand
1. Let the currently wonderful choice of
Christmas decorations problem solve your room – if your space is a bit
cold and bland then add rich reds, natural elements and gold to really
warm things up. If your starting point is a bit dark and heavy, lighten
the space with sparkly finishes, cool silver and light cream or white
accessories. It’s all in the balance!
2. Transform a scented candle into a large style
statement by placing it in a glass storm lamp to increase both table
presence and light. For a real feel of winter try Ambi Pur’s Winter
Collection scented candles, which are made with real perfume essence and
available in the soft and creamy Winter Dream and warm and spicy Winter
Woodland (£2.99 RRP).
3. Don’t go overboard with too many swags and
garlands everywhere – it’s Christmas NOT camouflage time! Less is more,
so spend your time and money on a well-dressed tree or some tasteful
accessories that will enhance your existing décor.
4. In addition to the tree, the fireplace is one of the main focal
points so make sure it looks stunning with decorative garlands and
candles. You could also decorate the mantelpiece with holly, white
berries and rich red poinsettias and add extra sparkle with fairy
5. If you don't have a fireplace or mantelpiece to decorate then all
is not lost! Simply create an alternative festive focal point! Try
transforming a dresser, table or sideboard into your room’s festive eye
catcher. Swag it with real or artificial greenery and bows, pile on
baskets of fruit and add nuts and sweets mixed with candles and your
favourite (edited, mind – not ALL!) Christmas cards.
6. For an eye-catching display, simply peg cards
onto a bunch of sturdy twigs placed in a large vase. Or decorate an
artificial potted tree with jewel coloured candy such as Quality Street
or Celebrations! Wrap a little wire round each sweetie twist and
suspend from the branches. Okay, so the candy won’t last long but the
tree can be reused from year to year. You could also use shop bought
cardholders, anything to keep cards neat and tidy!
7. Avoid splashing out on too many expressly
Christmas items that can only be used once a year – instead fix classy
foil snowflake stickers to your existing champagne flutes and side
plates to add temporary sparkle without the expense!
8. Start outside – hang a festive wreath on your front door to give
family and friends a warm welcome and, if your florist is making your
wreath or garland, ask for all the off cuts and use them on the
mantelpiece to tie your ‘in and out’ looks together.
9. Gather pine cones and pile them into baskets interspersed with a
few that you’ve sprayed gold or silver. Or add a few pretty baubles to
the mix. A great – and inexpensive - way to create a natural look with
just a little added shimmer!
10. Scatter wrapped chocolate coins across your Christmas lunch
table for delicious added sparkle. A great way to persuade the kids to
behave on the promise of a ‘hoover up’ after the meal!
11. Be style aware – add colours, shapes and mediums that tie in
with your existing room. If ‘Eames’ style mid-century modern is your
home choice then add decorations that share a similar feel!
12. Complement the look of your Christmas home with festive
fragrances. Try Ambi Pur’s Winter Collection available in the great
3volution plug-in (£7.99 RRP for a primary unit). Ambi Pur 3volution
combines three alternating but complementary perfumes that are released
in a continuous cycle one after the other, every 45 minutes, so you
always notice the fragrance. There are two seasonal scents to choose
from, Winter Woodland and Winter Dream.
Pur Winter Collection 3volution Plug-ins provide continuous
fragrance for 90 days (if used on a minimum setting for 12 hours per
day). Primary unit: £7.99 (RRP). Perfume Refill: £4.49 (RRP)
Pur Winter Collection Scented Candles provide continuous fragrance
for 25 to 35 hours. Both are set in frosted glass, Winter Woodland
is a woody brown wax and Winter Dream is a creamy yellow wax, both
Pur Winter Collection Electrical Perfume Plug-ins provide continuous
fragrance for 80 days (if used on setting 2 for 12 hours per day).
Primary unit: £3.99 (RRP). Perfume Refill: £3.49 (RRP)
Available from all good supermarkets
and independent retailers