How to create the perfect Christmas Decor without over doing it.

If you are anything like me you will know that there are 36 days 1 hour 52 minutes and 21 seconds until Christmas, well there were when this went live anyhow. So if that is the case you will also be well and truly prepared for its arrival with check lists ensuring you are fully aware of who has been naughty or nice, you would have been collating decorations since June and Christmas cheer will bursting out of you at unexpected intervals. So by way as a total excuse to put up my Christmas tree early I thought I would give you an insight in to how I get my home into the spirit of things.


T H E   T R I M M I N G S

We don’t have a large house which but we have made the most of what we have by keeping the place bright and airy so there isn’t a lot of room for extra’s like a baby grand piano or an 8ft tree although I would give it my best shot at making them fit given half the chance. For this reason we can’t over do it but for someone who is truly captivated by the magic of Christmas I have to ensure I create enough of that magic within my home to satisfy my inner child.



I start with the tree as this is the heart and soul of our home during the festive season. Last year we went for a real tree which although smelt divine, left us cleaning up after it more than we do with Lumi regardless of it’s “Needless” title. So this year we went for something a bit special, it looked the most life like we had seen with it’s deep green tone and also fitted nicely into the corner of our lounge. We picked up the 5ft tree from The White Company during one of their many epic 20% off day’s and we knew we were getting a tree that would last us for many Christmases to come without ever having to worry about disposing it each year. You should have seen how excited we were talking back to the car, like two big kids.



The first stage of the decorating process is to decide on a colour scheme, last year we opted for white and red where as this year we decided to opt for white (obviously) with a silver and iridescent accent. We use baubles as the base to the decorations so we kept is simple with 12 plain, gloss and glitter white styles to dot around the tree followed by 6 large 10cm Silver Gloss orbs, I find keeping the baubles plain allows me to incorporate the most beautiful and intricate tree ornaments into the design. The next state was to find the perfect white clip on Poinsettia and we ordered 12 to really glam up the tree which complements the existing decor and flower arrangements of our home. The Ornaments are where I have lots of fun as I find myself searching for the most beautiful designs even before the colder weather has arrived. This year we stocked up on an array of intricately beaded silver snow flakes and hearts along side ceramic bells from The White Company to add some sparkle and then added an array of white glittered ballerinas, reindeer heads and bird houses. To finish and tie the tree into our solid oak floor I draped hessian ribbon around the tree and popped an ornate star at the very top.



Although  not seen in the images above lighting is a fundamental finishing touch in the decor process. We aren’t fond of coloured lights at all so always opt for a white light with a touch of warmth to ensure the lounge feels cosey in the evenings when we are snuggled on the sofa.



To tie in the tree and spread the festive feel throughout the house I like to adorn our large vintage mirror in the hall way with a good quality garland complete with Mistletoe for an unsuspecting Ali upon his return from work. I am also fond of a Marks & Sparks Poinsettia to greet people when they walk through the front door.

T H E   S C E N T

If you are new here, you might not be aware of my obsession with The White Company, but no doubt after reading this post you will be more than up to date. It’s not just down to the name, I know my love of the non-colour white is also rather apparent. I fall in love with that shop every time I set through the doors, it’s a little bit of magic even when it’s not Christmas and my house is literally bursting with my favourite pieces from their range. The most noticeable being the scents I have filling my home and come the festive time our house is full of the scent of Winter. You might remember this from one of my first Youtube videos and it still is a fundamental part of our Christmas ambiance. Our home is filled with the fruit and spice of Cinnamon, Clove and Orange whether it’s the read diffuser by the door, the oils in my humidifier or the beautiful warm scent of the botanical candle, no matter what it is, Winter is what you smell when walking through our front door.

Smells have always been so important to me, especially the smell of my home. different scents are able to transport you back decades with the tiniest whiff and for me this smell is always Christmas morning.


I’d love to know more about your festive favourites for your home this Christmas. Feel free to share them with me in the comments below!

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All images shot on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 kit, 45mm & 75mm Lenses.

Christmas Tree – The White Company     Garland – The White Company     Beaded heart – The White Company     12 White Baubles – FestiveLights     6 Silver Baubles – Festive Lights     White Poinsettia – Festive Lights     Beaded snowflake – The White Company     12 Porcelain white bells – The White Company     Enamel heart – The White Company     Hessian Ribbon – HobbyCraft     Ornaments – Asda     Tree Topper – The White Company     Winter Candle – The White Company



  1. Zita janE 19th November 2015 / 7:58 am

    I love this post! There is something about Christmas that just makes me feel like I’m 5yrs old all over again! Homesense is probably one of my favourites home stores and walking in there when they set up the Chritsmas decks is like walking into santas grotto itself! And I want to buy it all!!! Ha! Love how elegant your choice of decorations are, beautiful! 🙂

    Zita Jane |

  2. Zita janE 19th November 2015 / 7:59 am

    I love this post! There is something about Christmas that just makes me feel like I’m 5yrs old all over again! Homesense is probably one of my favourites home stores and walking in there when they set up the Chritsmas decks is like walking into Santas grotto itself! And I want to buy it all!!! Ha! Love how elegant your choice of decorations are, beautiful! 🙂

    Zita Jane | Twenty Four

  3. Abie Duke 19th November 2015 / 8:03 am

    Lydia I love all your home posts and want your Christmas decorations! Very ‘grown up’ approach to decorating whilst keeping in with the magic of Christmas.
    Love it!!

  4. Isabelle goodall-munrOe 19th November 2015 / 8:17 am

    The white company candle is a staple scent in my home! My mum gets it out every Christmas without fail and it’s one of my favourite things about the season. Lovely to see someone who loves it as much as I.
    ________ ?

  5. Adele 19th November 2015 / 9:37 am

    Your tree looks so pretty. Like you, I like to keep my decs classy. As my lounge is cream I go for a red colour scheme which adds warmth & a more rustic feel to the decs.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  6. Robyn Taylor 19th November 2015 / 11:51 am

    I’m so obsessed with TWC around Christmas time, eek! Your photos in this post are so gorgeous! I’m the same with the white theme too, I’m not a fan of loads of bright colours, I much prefer sticking to white lights and white decorations!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

  7. Kerry 19th November 2015 / 7:22 pm

    What beautiful decorations! Your tree looks lovely and I’m totally on board with the love of The White Company, everything is so beautiful 🙂 xx

  8. ana 19th November 2015 / 10:24 pm

    Your Christmas tree looks stunning, and I love all the other festive details! The candle sounds like something I ought to invest on myself <3

    Check out my blog <3 | ANASOFIACHIC

  9. COlli 20th November 2015 / 2:40 pm

    What a lovely inspiration!
    Really cute and stylish!

    xoxo, Colli

  10. Chiara 20th November 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Omg yes Lydia!

    Do my interior posts. I am totally feeling this side of you. 🙂 xxx

    • Chiara 20th November 2015 / 8:51 pm

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  11. Ronnie 21st November 2015 / 8:09 am

    i want to have a trip at sea,and thanks for your sharing .

  12. Louisa 22nd November 2015 / 8:50 am

    Hi there, love this post thanks! The link for the white flowers doesn’t work though, could you repost please? I’ve been looking for something similar for a while now and have had to make do with smaller paper ones but these look perfect!

  13. El 22nd November 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Love reading Christmassy posts and I love these ideas. I used to go for colourful decorations but Ive been into silvery decorations at the moment.


  14. Freya 30th November 2015 / 9:40 am

    That candle looks lovely – will definitely have to head to the white company for gifts this Christmas. My boyfriends mum would love that candle!

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