Sunday, 21 December 2014

Lifestyle // My Christmas Decorations

Walking and driving around London to see all the Christmas lights and decorations is one of my favourite things to do at this time of year. Whether they be the beautiful display at Covent Garden or the monstrously tacky display at that house down the road, they all give me the same sense of joy and excitement. Although my little London flat is pretty small and doesn't have enough room for all my clothes, let alone a big tree, I do love collecting and displaying a variety of festive ornaments and decorations, so I thought I'd give you a little peek at some of my faves.

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My advent calendar is my favourite Christmas decoration. Not only does it give me a chocolatey treat each day, but it's also a little piece of family magic as my clever mum made it for me. How good is she?! I love the festive colours and I think it looks so much nicer than a cardboard shop bought one. Thanks mummy!

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This year I was kindly sent a parcel of goodies from No 6 Finkle St, who are a Cumbria based, family run business who have just expanded to an online presence too. They have loads of beautiful gifts and trinkets and I'm so grateful to have some of their treasures in my house this Christmas. I also have a discount code for you to use too, so keep on reading! This beautiful velvet embellished Christmas star* matches my advent calendar perfectly and is filled with a gorgeous winter scent which is making my living room smell festo-fabulous! 

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I can't wait until I move into a bigger flat and can have a larger, real Christmas tree, but until then I'm quite happy with little fake one I bought a few years ago from Tesco. I love the hessian base and pre-decorated berries and pine cones which give it a nice rustic feel. I have also added a few of my own decorations including these pretty jingle bells I bought from the dot com gift shop stall at the Spirit of Christmas fair.and some classic candy canes. I've also hung a wooden Christmas tree and star, and some little robins which are all from Sainsburys. They fit nicely with the rustic theme too! I also like to collect the table name tags from weddings we go to and hang these on the tree to remind us of good times celebrating with our friends. I've also popped the glass charm from my friend Tori's hen do a couple of weeks ago, and am looking forward to adding the place name from her wedding in a couple of weeks. So exciting! 

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As my tree is quite small, I like to nestle some of my larger decorations underneath (which are holding out for when they can hang on a full size tree). I think the distressed style silver bauble* is simply gorgeous and just the style I would one day like to cover my entire tree with. They'd also look stunning with lots of them sat in a glass vase or bowl. The silver walnut* is also really cool and I love how detailed it is. Walnuts always remind me of Christmas as when growing up we'd always have bowls of nuts in the living room, and my brother would always try and crack walnuts by bashing them on his forehead ahaha! I also really like the silver antlers*, and again these fit nicely with my rustic theme. And look at how lovely the cherub snow globe* is! It's so delicate and pretty and has really dainty snow particles inside which swirl so elegantly when shook up.

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Now these are some of my favourite decorations - look how cute they are! I bought this handmade mouse nativity set from the Plaid Tidings stand at the Spirit of Christmas Fair last year and absolutely adore them! Look at baby Cheesus!!! They were a little pricey at £48 for the set but they're really lovely and I'm sure I'll have them for years to come. They also remind me of the mice from one of my favourite Christmas films, Muppets Christmas Carol (no cheeses for us meeces)

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I saw this miniature real Christmas tree for only £4 in Waitrose and couldn't resist. I love the festive red tin tub it sits in and the silver glitter that covers it's branches. And as you can never have enough felt mice I couldn't help but add another 2 to my collection (named Mabel and Theodore!). They go really well with the red base of my Christmas tree - meant to be! Also nestled behind is my olive wood nativity scene. It's really beautiful and so special because of it's origins - my mum brought it back from her trip to Bethlehem a couple of years ago. Of course you can't go through Christmas without a solid collection of candles to give a festive glow. The red and white reindeer tea light holder is actually a plant pot holder which had a mini poinsettia in last year and the rose gold one* is just so beautiful and another beauty from No 6 Finkle St. It's silver inside so the candle light dances all around and looks so so pretty. (And yes that is a flag of the Queen's mum on my wall! Just cos, you know?!) 


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Like felt mice, you can never have too many candles and I'm really enjoying this trio from Primark which cost me just £2.50. Bargain! I love the snowflake print on the glass and they have a nice cinnamon smell too. The luxe pillar candle* next to them is from No 6 Finkle St and is so pretty I almost don't want to burn it! The powder pink colour and luxe silver and hardware detailing give it a really premium feel which is just perfect for Christmas. I've popped it inside my Noël hurricane jar which I bought from the Country Living Christmas Fair this year.


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I hope you've enjoyed having a peek at some of my Christmas decorations. I've really enjoyed building up my collection and like that each one has a special memory attached to it - which is what Christmas is all about for me. I am so thankful for the lovely additions from No 6 Finkle St this year - thank you guys. They sell so many beautiful trinkets for Christmas time and all year round, so I definitely recommend checking out their store. And as it's Christmas they've also given me a code just for emsypickle readers to get 10% off orders online until 1st January (valid on full price items only). Just enter code PHMUHL at the checkout. Perfect for last minute gifts!


What are your favourite Christmas decorations?


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*Thank you so much to No 6 Finkle St for kindly giving me these Christmas decorations. As always, all thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.

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