Making your home ready for Christmas

We’re nearing the end of October now and by this time next week the ‘C word’ will be next month! Yes folks, I’m afraid that Christmas is exactly two months away now! As such, I’m beginning to get prepared. I’d hoped that my lounge would be redecorated by now, but we do have a new sofa coming which should arrive in time. If I choose Christmas decorations in the right colour scheme this year, they’ll be ready for when everything looks much lovelier for Christmas 2018.

Making the home ready for Christmas and choosing decorations is something I really enjoy. Every year as a child and teenager, I remember helping my mum to select a few new decorations for the tree. She always puts so much effort into making Christmas feel extra special and her tree always looks fantastic. Even if I don’t buy anything, I always have to go to the local garden centres each year to admire their displays. Recently I’ve been browsing on Cox & Cox‘s website and I’ve put together a whole wishlist!

Outside decorations

I love the joy on loved ones faces when you greet them at the door on Christmas Day. This doormat welcomes everyone over the festive season, setting the tone before guests even cross the threshold! It’s simple, but practical and elegant.

Merry Christmas Doormat
Merry Christmas Doormat – £20

I also spotted this reindeer decoration. It reminds me of the beautiful reindeer decorations that I admire at Bluewater shopping centre every year. It’s so sophisticated and would be a lovely way to make a garden more festive.

Magical Light Up Running Reindeer
Magical Light Up Running Deer – £75

Tree & decorations

In my opinion, I think the most important decoration is the Christmas tree! I don’t think I’d feel anywhere near as festive if it weren’t for my Christmas tree. We didn’t have one up a couple of years ago as we did some decorating over our break from work and I missed it ever so much. I think this tree is absolutely gorgeous and I love its frosted branches and full shape.

Blue Mountain Spruce Christmas Tree
Blue Mountain Spruce Christmas Tree – Pre-Lit – £350

The colour scheme I have in mind for our living room is greys and dusky lilacs. As such, I would decorate the tree mostly in grey, white and purples. I simply adore the texture on these baubles; they just look so luxurious.

Grey Textured Baubles
Six Grey Textured Baubles – £18.50

Over the past few years, I’ve been seeing lots of clip on bird decorations for trees. I currently have some sparkly white birds and I recently bought my mum two sparkly peacocks for her tree. However, something about the simplicity of these feathered birds is beautiful. White and grey, these ones would be perfect for my tree.

Grey Feathered Birds
Twelve Grey Feathered Birds – £18.50

These starry baubles would be a beautiful addition to the tree too. I love the design and they look great quality. They’re glass though, so perhaps not the best idea for me with an active baby and a hyperactive cat!

Embossed Starry Glass Baubles
Embossed Starry Glass Baubles – £25

Now these decorations may not go with my purple, grey and white theme, but I adore them! These little felt mice in teacups just look so festive, cosy and cute.

Felt Teacup Mice
Two Felt Teacup Mice – £12.50

Around the home

Although I’d go brighter with Autumn’s Christmas presents, I’d use grey and white wrapping paper with matching ribbon for the grown ups. I think it would look very sophisticated underneath the tree I’ve envisioned.

Grey Snowflakes Wrapping Paper and Snowflake Gift Ribbon
Grey Snowflakes Wrapping Paper – £12.50 and Snowflakes Gift Ribbon – £9

The year before last, Christmas just didn’t feel right to me as it wasn’t cold at all. I like it when it’s at least a little bit chilly and the house feels warm and cosy. These cute wooden houses would definitely help the cosy factor and I think I’d actually have these out all winter, not just for Christmas!

Wooden Houses String Lights – £18.50

I love seeing different designs of wreathes each Christmas. This starry one looks wonderful for above the mantelpiece or on an internal door. It’s festive, whilst modern.

Starry Birch Wreath – £17.50

When I was little, my mum bought me a snow globe as I loved looking at it with her in the shop. Although it’s seen better days, she still has it 23 years later! I’d love to continue the tradition with a snow globe for Autumn. This one featuring a polar bear is so cute! She would love watching the snow fall around him, although it would need to be put in a high up place so that she couldn’t try to do it for herself!

Polar Bear Glass Dome – £30

Last but not least, my crackers for the table would match the wrapping paper and the rest of the decorations I’d chosen! Do you ever sigh in disappointment each year at the same tacky gifts inside Christmas crackers? These ones are much more luxurious than standard crackers and prizes include a champagne stopper, silver cufflinks and an aluminium compass!

Grey Snowflakes Crackers – £40

How do you decorate your house for Christmas and what’s your colour scheme? If you have any pictures, I’d love to see (tag me @autumns_mummy in any Twitter or Instagram posts!)

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Cox and Cox for which I have received compensation. As always, all views are honest and my own.

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