Design Inspiration: Decorating Your Home for the Holidays
Tuesday 6th December, 2016
by Louise Keane
Christmas is a time when tradition really comes to the fore—it’s a time to create wonderful new traditions and to revisit classic ones that you have enjoyed for years. Decorating your home for the season and preparing gifts and food for friends and family offer some of the loveliest ways to enjoy traditions old and new in your home during this holidays.
Use sweet-smelling evergreen branches as decoration in your stairwell, entwined in a wreath, draped artfully on a mantel or in a beautiful table centrepiece dotted with jewel-coloured pomegranates. Be creative and consider other greenery such as fragrant eucalyptus or even olive leaves as a base for your decorations and you can then layer in berries, fruit, dried flowers and seed pods for texture and colour.
Although they are not in season, why not use white or pale pink roses as a centrepiece on your table or add pink tulips to your seasonal greenery for a pretty twist? This is also a perfect time to showcase early flowering bulbs like statuesque amaryllis or heady-scented hyacinth in pudding bowls and tureens for added decoration.
Take time to create handmade gifts like a pretty jar of salted caramel or some gingerbread cookies for friends and family. Nothing says ‘Holiday Season’ better than the sweet smell of fresh baking filling your home as the snow falls softly outside.
And as the days shorten and darken towards the Winter Solstice, make sure you have lots and lots of candles on hand to add a twinkling background light which hints at the magic of the season. Flickering candlelight also plays beautifully off metals like gold flatware and brass candlesticks on a thoughtfully laid table.
Oh and whatever your favourite tradition of the season, don’t forget the all-important mistletoe! —Louise
Louise Keane Interiors Editor, Edinburgh
Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.