Simple and Stylish Christmas Decorations
November 23, 2016 Philippa
Simple and stylish christmas table setting with dark grey tablecloth

Christmas Decorations That Celebrate The Best Of The Season

Ok, I’m just going to come out with it. . . I LOVE Christmas! Yes, there’s a lot to do; lots of presents to buy, food to cook, children to please etc etc . . . but what other time of year is as magical? Given that I love Christmas and I love decorating and interior design, one of my favourite parts of the whole season is getting the house Christmas-ready; filling it with the sights and scents of mid-winter, adding colour and cheer to dark corners and generally trying to represent that warm Christmas glow with lots of beautiful ornaments and arrangements. However – because there is so much to do at Christmas (and really the most important and special thing is spending time with your family and friends, not faffing too much with decorations, right?!), I like to keep it simple. It also suits my own personal style of quality over quantity; displaying one beautifully made bowl filled with seasonal fruit and letting it speak for itself, rather than cramming every surface with different things.

So, without further ado, here are some styling ideas to bring the  Christmas spirit into your home. My theme this year has been to use what is seasonal and fresh, to pare-back the glitz (I do live glitz but maybe I’ll go a bit more bling next year. . . ) and to celebrate the very best of the season with a less is more approach. This also has the added benefit of cutting down on the work!

Stylish and Fresh Christmas Table Decoration Ideas

Whereas for many years the Christmas tree was the focal point of my Christmas (as now it is for my kids), what really gets me excited these days is the thought of a big indulgent Christmas feast; gathered around a long table with family and friends and more food than any of us could plausibly eat! So, naturally, the table setting and decoration has begun to take centre stage in my pre-christmas planning and I’ve begun to use my theme for the table setting as the basis for other decorations. This year, I’ll be embracing the trend for dark and moody interiors with lots of slate grey linen (such as Ren London’s dark grey linen table cloth and napkins) and setting it off with jewel-bright fruits and plenty of fresh winer foliage. The colours of the orange and cranberries combined with the dark green leaves and dark grey work so well and really conjure the right mood for a proper feast!

Jewel-Toned Fruit Adds Colour and Scent

Keeping with the theme of using fresh seasonal decorations to add colour this year, I’ll be filling bowls and platters with plenty of fresh brightly-coloured fruit; the colours make me smile, the oranges smell amazing and it might even encourage the kids to eat a bit more of it . . . but not before I’ve taken lots of photos!

Modern and Minimal Christmas Greenery

One of my favourite parts of decorating is honouring the tradition of brining fresh winter greenery into the home; mainly because it smells amazing and also because branches are the perfect thing for hanging baubles from! This year as well as a tree, I’m going to be adding greenery elsewhere with a modern and minimalist single bough decoration. Hung from black or perhaps dark green velvet ribbon and adorned with just a few carefully chosen baubles (I’ve chosen my favourite vintage glass baubles hung with black ribbon), it;s a great way of adding interest to a bare wall and spreading the beautiful fir-tree scent throughout the whole house. It is also super-quick and easy to do – perfect!

Plant Winter Bulbs for Colour and Scent

I like to think of myself as a little bit green fingered (not all of my house plants die . . .) and love planting fresh winter flower bulbs; hyacinths, narcissi and snowdrops, and it’s even better when I can re-purpose containers I have around the house to do so! Here I’ve used a spare Kilner jar to pot a beautiful fresh white hyacinth, but you could use old jam jars, tea-cups or anything else that might be languishing in the back of your kitchen cupboards!

A Little Moment of Christmas Relaxation

Finally, when all of the christmas preparations are finished and you just need a moment to re-charge, it’s time to indulge with just a little bit of time off and what better way to relax than snuggled under the duvet with a pot of tea and perhaps a pile of magazines or a good book. If you can’t convince anyone to bring you a beautifully styled tray complete with bunch of fresh narcissi . . . then I think there’s nothing wrong with doing it yourself and taking a moment to treat yourself to a little bit of Christmas magic!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas for simple and stylish Christmas decorations. I’ve also put together a few of my favourite buys for creating a little Christmas magic at home; from candles to tableware in our Festive Home edit below. I’ll be continuing to gather inspiration right up until the big day and I’d love to hear any tips you have for decorations this year too!

Thanks for reading and happy Christmas!

Philippa x


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Comments (15)

  1. Suzanne 2 years ago

    Everything looks so beautiful, can you come and decorate my house please? I love the hyacinth in the kilner jar, such a nice change from an everyday pot…I think I might be copying your idea 🙂

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      Philippa 2 years ago

      Thank you! So glad you like the ideas ☺️ And yes I love Christmas decorating so much I could happily do it full time and I would love to come and decorate yours – ha ha! ? X

  2. Simple is so often best, but sometimes we completely overlook it for all the fancy stuff – looking at this post I’m wondering why. Although a sprinkle of glitter never hurts, right…? 🙂 #homeetc

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      Philippa 2 years ago

      Thanks Stephanie! And yes glitter is definitely ok too – after all it is Christmas! ? Philippa x

  3. Nicky Kentisbeer 2 years ago

    I just love your photo of the satsumas with their greenery. Looks stunning. Just seeing that makes me think of Christmas smells and mulled wine and ooh I’m starting to feel it! #HomeEtc

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      Philippa 2 years ago

      Thank you Nicky! Yes I love the smell – it instantly makes it feel like Christmas! ? X

  4. Catherine 2 years ago

    I love all these ideas – every year I try to go for the ‘less is more’ approach but it’s so hard to resist decoration overload! The natural bough decoration is beautiful, I like the idea of adding those to the mantelpiece. Thanks so much for linking up with #NaturallyCrafty 🙂

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      Philippa 2 years ago

      Thanks Catherine – glad you like the ideas! I know what you mean about how hard it is – there are always extra decorations that sneak in for me too! Thanks for hosting the link! x

  5. Claire 2 years ago

    Love these ideas especially the greenery and the bulb in a jar. #naturallycrafty

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      Philippa 2 years ago

      Thank you Claire! Thanks for reading and glad you like the ideas 🙂

  6. Becky 2 years ago

    gorgeous ideas thanks for linking to #naturallycrafty

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      Philippa 2 years ago

      Thanks Becky 🙂 And thank you for hosting the link! x

  7. Aaah SNAP!! I’m just the same — I LOVE Christmas!!! It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the colder weather — autumn and winter are definitely not my favourite seasons but Christmas more than makes up for it!! Bring on the sparkle!! Cx #HomeEtc

  8. Gorgeous ideas and so simple but effective! Well done you and thanks for sharing, much appreciated xx


  9. Heather 2 years ago

    I’m glad I came across your post at #naturallycrafty. Your decorations are beautiful in their simplicity. I especially love the tea tray!

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