Decking the Halls
I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week, and that you’re ready to get festive, lord knows I am! In fact, I’ve got my ultimate Christmas music playlist on as I’m writing this. I might be slightly biased, but I reckon it’s the best Christmas playlist ever created. Check it out here.
This week I decorated my house for the season! Decorating has always been one of my absolute favourite things about Christmas; I can remember helping my mum decorate as a child. We used to have to kick my dad out of the house (he’s a bit of a scrooge), and we’d spend the whole afternoon decorating. I can still smell the glorious scent that would fill the house as we’d go from room to room.
I usually try to wait until December 1st to decorate, but this year I just couldn’t wait any longer. I decided to put The Polar Express on in the background, and I decked my halls.
Since I finally have a proper mantlepiece this year, I really wanted to hang a garland over it. I couldn’t find one that I really liked that wasn’t way too long, so I decided to DIY it! I picked up some tree cut-offs at my local Christmas tree farm (I got mine for free) and used a hot glue gun to arrange the branches together. I also found some decorative pine cones at my local Morissons (of all places) for £2.50 and glued a couple of them on for an added forest touch.
I did it in two parts, as my mantlepiece isn’t very wide and I wanted to put my noël ornament on there as well, and I think it looks amazing! I also did one to go next to my letter board in the hallway. It was super easy to do, and only took me about ten minutes to complete, but I think it adds such a lovely authentic feel to my living room. Plus, any excuse to have some real Christmas tree in the house.
*sigh* maybe next year I’ll get my real tree.
For now, though, we’ve got an incredible pre-lit tree from Asda (similar). It was really inexpensive, and is incredible quality – we’ve had ours for three years now and it’s still as good as new!
For decorations, I will always love the traditional red, gold, and green colour scheme. I use traditional round baubles in those colours, and then decorate with the other ornaments we’ve picked up over the years. I think it adds a personal touch to the tree, as I get to pick and choose my favourite ornaments each year.
Lastly, I had to put on the Christmas bedding! Call it overkill if you will, but I’ve got to have some sort of festivity in every room of the house ?
I had so much fun decorating my house, and coming downstairs in the morning to a winter wonderland puts the biggest smile on my face. I would love to see how you’re decorating your house this year! Tag me in any of your instagram pictures @justcallmeringo, or send me some pictures!
Speaking of instagram, Vlogmas starts tomorrow! This year I’ll be doing Vlogmas-style content over on my instagram stories, so make sure you’re following me to see what I’m up to in the lead up to Christmas (links below)! ?
One final thing before I go – if you haven’t already heard, MY SHOP IS NOW OPEN! ? If you have a bookworm in your life, or if you’re looking for an extra festive touch for your home, I’ve got you covered! Head on over to my shop to check out my products (you can do this via the ‘shop’ tab in the header, or via the link below), and let me know if there are any quotes or anything that you would like to see. I’ll be writing a blog post all about my inspiration for opening the shop when the first update is ready, but in the meantime be sure to subscribe to my mailing list to be told when I release new designs!
Here are a couple of my favourite designs: