I always love to style a Christmas scene, and for this post, I got the chance to visit Collette’s beautiful AirBnB property near the historic cathedral in Norwich. We took inspiration from the stunning lifestyle magazine, Jeanne D’Arc, a scrapbook of the prettiest Swedish inspired vintage interiors, with lots of pale timeworn colours and reclaimed elements, and this house was perfect for this look.
Vignettes are a big part of this style of festive decorating. So, pewter trays filled with vintage baubles and elegantly wrapped gifts, greenery and candles decorate various surfaces. Collections of cut glass candlesticks, glassware and silver serving trays make for a sumptuous table setting. Sheepskin throws and vintage ice skates to bring a touch of Scandinavian rustic cosiness, whilst miniature Christmas trees are displayed in patina rich zinc buckets. Instead of shop bought baubles, use reclaimed chandelier crystals to catch the light and add a touch of magic.
Add a touch of fairytale nostalgia by displaying unusual objets d’art. In this case, the prettiest antique gold shoes, and an incredible silver trumpet, displayed with vintage sheet music. Or how about a chair covered with a cushion of moss, books, glass baubles, and divine red ballet shoes, a scene straight out of The Nutcracker!
Don’t forget about decorating your front door too – beautiful dried hydrangeas in jewel tones look so elegant on a wreath of greenery. If you like to keep your decorations pale, make a striking, whimsical display by suspending white paper honeycomb spheres from the ceiling or the top of a mirror in a cluster. Last but not least, add lots of fairy lights for added sparkle, and plenty of candles for a soft glow.