Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thrifty Christmas Ideas

Tis the season to be thrifty! Christmas traditionally is the time to indulge, but you can add some festive magic to your home, without adding to that christmas (credit card) bulge! 
I love Christmas - dusting off the decorations and giving my house that extra special festive feeling, driving through streets adorned with fairy lights, counting christmas trees with my toddler as we pass by peoples windows - and if we're lucky that magical dusting of snow on Christmas morning.
If you're like me and like to stage your home for each season, Christmas is the ultimate occasion to put your creativity to good use. Whether you're a traditionalist, or favour a more alternative aesthetic, decorations can be pricey, so I've put together a few ideas that won't break the bank, but will hopefully will inspire a cool yule.


Pomanders evoke the essence of Christmas, with their warm and spicy scents. When my sister and I were little, we'd spend hours pushing cloves into oranges and once they'd dried out in the airing cupboard, we'd tie ribbon around them and hang them on the tree. These make a lovely inexpensive decoration and a really nice craft activity to do with the kids. You can also make your own spice mix by mixing cinnamon sticks, dried orange and cloves with pine cones and a drop of festive fragrance oil. Fill a vase, or a mesh bauble and your home will smell delicious.

Update old baubles.

I have box upon box of baubles, as I'm forever changing my christmas colour scheme (much to the dismay of the Mr!) and as a result, have WAY more decorations than I really need. If you have old baubles hiding away in the loft, then instead of putting up with them, why not update them?! A really simple way to do this is by popping some craft glue on them and wrapping yarn, coloured wool or festive ribbon tightly around them. You can paint them classic white, or even spray them with glitter. Tie some thin ribbon at the top of some natural pine cones and hang these on your tree with your up-cycled baubles to create a new look. 

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Bare necessities.

Don't under estimate the power of a branch! Bare branches, bunched together in a vase and adorned with baubles make a frugal, but festive centrepiece and the same can be said for hanging a christmas tree branch (a fir branch) or off-cut above a doorway - left bare or scantily dressed with a few hanging decorations can offer a scandi-chic vibe to your home. (I'll be making a homemade garland this month and will post the results on my blog, if you're interested in giving this one a go.)
Garland is such a simple addition, but has a great styling impact. The ultimate christmas swag, keep it natural or dress it up with baubles, fabrics and pine cones. I love this gorgeous garland with non traditional coloured ribbon - it doesn't scream christmas, but it does scream class - love! 

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What frugal festive ideas have you created in your home? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

My Top 3 Picks from The Ideal Home Christmas Show

This weekend I jumped feet first into a winter wonderland and visited The Ideal Home Christmas Show in Manchester with my mum and sister. We were greeted by sparkling 15ft Christmas trees, an awesome choir belting out some carols straight from the Home Alone Soundtrack and of course, a spot of faux snow. I am definitely a christmas countdown kinda girl and could quite happily be a resident of Whoville forever, so to say I was excited to attend this event was an understatement! My amazing friend has recently opened a heavenly interiors shop and comped us a few tickets as she was exhibiting there. 

I love anything to do with homes, interiors, styling and crafts, so I had really high hopes for the event and although it was HUGE and there was plenty available, I was surprised there wasn't more home furnishings or interiors inspiration on offer. I wanted to feast my eyes on some festive home inspo and was hoping to see more of 'Not on the High Street' style products available - unusual accessories, christmas crafts, cute stocking fillers for little ones and was a bit disappointed that Santa didn't quite deliver what I wanted. Despite this though, there were some real festive finds in there and here are my top 3 picks of what was on offer:


Launched by my fab friend a few months ago, this beautiful shop stocks a MASSIVE array of homewares and accessories to give your home that extra sparkle. I loved these classic christmas cushions and the super thick fur throws. Check out the full range here


I was drawn to this stand immediately and fell in love with their gorgeous modern country kitchens in a great range of heritage colours. Bespoke and beautiful, I especially love the unique fittings on the cupboard doors. 


This stall was just Christmas encapsulated! Their spiced orange and clove baubles smelt divine. I loved their dried fruit and cinnamon wreaths and garlands  - those distinctive spicy scents just really took me back to my childhood. My mum would always do crafty creations with us growing up and me and my sister would spend hours sticking cloves into oranges and wrapping them up in ribbon making tree decorations, whilst we watched The Chronicles of Narnia (our absolute favourite TV show at the time!) 25 years later, my mum still has them (cute face emoji)

Did you stop by The Ideal Home Christmas Show this weekend? If so, please feel free to share your favourite finds below! 

Love, C x

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