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Decking the halls

Hands up, have you started decorating yet? So far I’ve only hung up my wreath, but after a bit of a weekend reshuffle in the pad, decorating is next on my list.

My festive decorating style is pretty simple.For me, Christmas is all about adding rich colours, glittering lights and plenty of sparkle. I overdose on fairylights and scatter candles everywhere.But I can’t resist a bit of kitsch and pizazz too! I like to get extra fat, feathery tinsel in deep purple and tie it round the necks of my animal lights, drape it round the banisters, and dress up sculptures and busts. The moss dogs look beyond sweet with a little tinsel collar too. Here’s my top tips for a very glam Christmas:IMG_7813


I like my decorations to feel quite glam so I take inspiration from Covent Garden Market decs, and opt for supersized glass blown baubles all over the house. I also suspend smaller baubles from tree branches and bushes outside, so the garden looks beautiful too. I like to blur the boundaries between the inside and outside at this time of year.

The market, dressed for Christmas.


My top festive tip is actually stolen from Gem. I transform inexpensive roses or carnations (any kind of petrol station flowers!) by bunching them together in t-light holders with only the heads showing, spraying them with hairspray and sprinkling them with a great big helping of glitter. I usually go for red flowers with hot pink glitter. They look magical as a candle lit table-piece at night.

Christmas is also the perfect time to indulge our magpie-like tendencies and bring out metallic accessories for a dramatic centre piece. They glimmer and sparkle beautifully for evening parties.Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 10.19.07


I scatter candles everywhere and overdose on fairylights. I love evenings and dinners just lit by fires and candlelight. And I double the amount of light by draping fairylights over bannisters.Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 09.46.18

The main event: THE TREE.

I’m so excited for getting the tree in now, ever since the M’s and I took a stroll through Columbia Road Market the other day. They had all their trees ready to go, and it just smelt wonderful. Might surprise you maybe but I always always go for a real tree without fail. Nothing shouts Christmas more than the intoxicating scent of pine.

My go-to for the most beautiful sustainably-grown Christmas trees is Pines and Needles. They deliver straight to the door (by elves!) and their Nordmann Firs are bushy, glossy and totally beautiful. They go from 3-12ft high, so perfect for any pad from bijou to palatial! As well as a big tree, this year I think I might opt for a couple of little ones to dot around other rooms too. I’m after some pine garlands heaped on the mantles too. If you want a Pines and Needles tree, enter the code AHERN at the checkout for 10% off. Spread the cheer!




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