December 08, 2015

Avril Keys
Avril Keys


I'm Avril - a 40-something busy mum and blogger at My go-to style is a simple silhouette with neutral colours - denim, grey, cream, navy and stripes....16 striped tops at the last count - eek! Follow my posts for fashion advice, style tips for weekends breaks with the family as well as the odd recipe and lifestyle inspiration.

Decorating Your Home For Christmas

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It's only a matter of weeks until Christmas and the best bit for me? Decorating the home! This time last year, we had just moved house into the front room in our new place. The remainder was a building site. I did manage to get a tree up but it was a Christmas I'd rather forget. It's not fun entertaining kids on school holidays while holes are being drilled in floors and staircases are being painted. 

So this year, I'm going all out and I've been busy reading up and googling all the on-trend decorating ideas for Christmas 2015.

The biggest trend this December is definitely 'woodland', with many gorgeous pieces in shops and garden centres everywhere. This silver diamante stag from Next is a perfect example.

But for a more rustic look, how cute are these little sparkly hedgehogs from Not On The High Street? I think I'd struggle to put them away after Christmas!

Keeping on the theme of items you could actually leave in the house all year round, metallics are huge this Christmas, as are geometric decorations, both big interior design loves of mine. I adore this copper geometric candle holder lantern - also from NOTHS.

Nostalgia is another look that's all over the shops this year and every Christmas, I always add a couple of pieces of seasonal kitchenware to my collection. I love unwrapping them each December. This year, I've got a christmas tree plate in my BHS virtual shopping basket - practical for when you have guests but also pretty to sit on a table or worktop and you could add a couple of tea lights to it when you don't have guests!

First impressions are so important so make sure you give your front door some TLC. I'm all about fresh wreaths and each year, I pick up one from my local florist.

And this year, I have a porch for the first time so I'm investing in a couple of these storm lanterns along with some big white candles....what a wonderful way to welcome guests...and carol singers!

Finishing with something that encompasses the real Christmas message - a nativity set. How about a traditional wooden nativity set by Traidcraft.

Nativity sets also make a great gift - perfect for kids who have lots of toys already and the best bit, they can even open it early and enjoy it before the big day!