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6 Style Tips for an Elegant Christmas Home

6 Style Tips for an Elegant Christmas Home

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Holiday season is well and truly upon us; I know I’ve certainly participated in a plethora of family gatherings, cocktail soirees and indulgent end-of-year celebrations. In amongst the chaos of all the festivities, it can be hard to find both the time to style your home and accrue non-clichéd holiday decorating ideas that not only provide for a memorable affair, but also tailor to a unique and personal aesthetic. Fear not, I’ve compiled a short list of essential holiday niches to help you make the most of your time, delight your guests and relish your time at home this festive break.

  1. The Entrance

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Create a lasting first impression by styling your entry with a welcoming festive touch. Gone are the days of unoriginal green and red Christmas wreaths, replaced with the contemporary stylings of floral arrangements depicting Australia’s take on a merry Christmas. If you’re seeking a creative outlet, be sure to check out Vogue Living’s tutorial on creating your own Christmas wreath. For a subtle nod toward a Christmas theme, without an expiry date, style your entrance hall with luxury décor with hints of metallics; a curated selection of your favourite ceramics atop a unique hall table promise an enduring look suitable for both the festive period and beyond.

  1. Lighting

Undoubtedly a determining factor in any space, lighting has the potential to dramatically alter atmosphere. Considered lighting, used effectively, evokes mood and sets the scene for sophisticated elegance or dramatic and intriguing allure. From candles to table lamps, pendants and floor lamps, a warm glow promises a home both inviting and charming. 

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  1. Dining Tables

Christmas luncheons and festive hosting often call for a courteous centre point, while also demanding extra space for a large collective of friends and relatives to congregate: enter the humble dining table. Style the tabletop with floral arrangements for fresh appeal, or create an assembly of candles for the ultimate in moody ambience. Mixing and matching doesn’t always suggest a lack of resources to accommodate a full guest list – a collection of complementary, yet differentiating pieces can create an artful and eclectic look that is at once vibrant and harmonious. The same could be said for dining chairs, creating a dining set of coordinated disarray, with no shortage of fun and casual allure. Of course, the organised host prepares with the incorporation of an extendable dining table, for a refined and structured dining room aesthetic.

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  1. Accents

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Including, but not limited to side tables, coffee tables, beverage carts, and consoles, an accent piece provides the perfect pace to perch a drink or create a gathering point. At the end of a long day, or night for that matter, a gathering place for those left over is paramount. Partake in the sharing of anecdotes in comfort (and style) with a considered selection of glamorous accents, lifting your home with stylish appeal, proving your design panache and creating a welcoming atmosphere for both you and your guests. I’m doubtful the beverage cart will be one to go unnoticed….

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  1. Décor

Personal and unique touches are all too easy with a careful collection of homewares, for a welcome embellishment to existing furnishings and home décor. Innovative flourishes tailored to the season, with fresh takes on time-honoured traditions enhance a sense of distinction and interior flair. Update surfaces with vignettes of your favourite ceramics or glassware to express individuality and style, or curate a selection of cushions to breath a new lease of life into any living room or bedroom

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  1. Guest bedroom

Provide a sanctuary encouraging restful repose with soft hues, opulent textures and practical necessities for your guests and guarantee their appreciation. Storage should go without saying, while a relaxing atmosphere is certainly one we all aim for in the bedroom… and it’s all found in the details. Unexpected expressions of thought and care won’t go amiss, while practicality and functionality reinforce the hostess-with-the-mostest trophy. Consider your bedside tables, lighting and linen, and a personal touch to finish it off – fresh floral, or a perhaps christmas treat…

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If you’re wondering where I found my home decoration ideas and interior inspiration images, look no further than my website… and of course, my Pinterest boards. What are your tips for a welcoming abode over the holiday season?

Interior Design: The Secret To Success

Interior Design: The Secret To Success

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What does it take to launch a successful Interior Design Service? In my case, plenty of passion, many years of working alongside stunning furniture pieces and a unique aesthetic all my own. Understanding various styles and optimising space for functionality as well as visual appeal certainly rank highly on my list, combined with a globetrotting habit, in order to stay abreast of the hottest trends… And last but not least, a specialised team I personally select, sharing my obsession with interiors, styling and design.

My position in the furnishing and home decoration industry undoubtedly provides me with an advantage in the creation of stylish and timeless interiors; I’ve already done the leg work sourcing unique furniture design and décor, all that remains is refining my ever expanding range to exclusively enhance an individual interior.

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This process is not a modest one, as simple as I may make it appear... There are four key steps (with plenty more secondary!) in the creation of a remarkable and distinctive home interior:

 

  1. The initial step in the process involves a home visit from two of my expert team, where personal aesthetics and key spaces are determined. Measurements will be taken and photographs snapped, all in the name of producing a space that is practical as well as breath taking.         

 

  1. I understand innately that each home is just as unique as its occupant, so sit back and relax as my team convenes, building a scheme based on individual considerations to produce a finessed interior design, complete with floor plan, mood board, product selection and styling suggestions.

 

  1. Encompassing a presentation from the dedicated team, welcoming feedback and drawing up the quote, the third step in the process before awaiting the installed result concludes the design process.

 

  1. Don’t worry, time awaiting the arrival of an order shipment for imminent install will pass faster than expected. A freshly styled luxury interior is the result, with this step involving more photos for my team to document their work, and of course share with me.

 

Each step of my Interior Design Service process is considered closely to create an exceptional and individual home interior, with a healthy dose of my finessed design panache. 

Looking to learn more about my Design Service? Leave a comment below, Click HERE, or contact me:

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The Bar Cart : Luxury Home Entertaining at it's Best

The Bar Cart : Luxury Home Entertaining at it's Best

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The pinnacle of the entertaining season is once again upon us, and one that I personally welcome. My love for hosting is rivalled only by my love for design, and in this case they meet in perfect harmony. My number one accessory for the party season? The answer is unequivocally the Bar Cart. Two parts glamour and one part refinement, the Bart Cart of today takes cues from it’s historical past in high society and adds a contemporary element to remain relevant in both classic and modern urban interiors.

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Nothing says glamour quite like a bar cart – connotations of fun, albeit in the most sophisticated manner, come to mind, along with suggestions of luxury and elegant indulgence. Etiquette and courtesy go without saying; a bar cart embodies the character of the perfect host.

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Featuring an antiqued mirror surface, soft pastel finish and metallic accents, my Antibes Beverage Cart is an impeccable contender for best dressed at any party. Add to that an obliging disposition, and the Antibes creates both a functional and luxurious vignette.

 jonathan adler bar cart coco republic bar cart

For a touch of vintage charm, with unexpected details, the Jonathan Adler Cheval Bar Cart from Coco Republic doesn’t disappoint. Featuring horse head finials with both nickel and Lucite accents, the Cheval Bart Cart combines contemporary elements with vintage charm seamlessly.

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Glamour certainly doesn’t go amiss in my Chablis Trays, featuring mirror surface and gold accents, and they also provide for an ideal (or temporary) bar cart alternative. Style a tray with your favourite crystal glassware and beverage bottles on your sideboard or console for a makeshift beverage cart of the upmost style, providing the same etiquette and opulence the bar cart so courteously offers.

There’s no denying the debonair aesthetic a bar cart provides, do be sure to share with me in the comments below your advice for hosting in style at home!

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