Our new kitchen/diner space is finally finished, and I’m absolutely loving having another space to decorate. Let’s face it, the kitchen is where I spend most of my time, and having the tree and decorations in it has made the space even more special. If you saw our simply hygge Christmas dinner party (DO make that slow roasted lamb in sloe gin – it’s delicious), you would have seen some of the decorations. I just wanted to do a bit of a roundup and recommend a few things to you. If you’re doing your decorating this weekend, have a look at the Christmas decorations from Next. Honestly, they’ve got so many lovely quirky things – you won’t be disappointed
One of the things I really wanted to do was decorate the new oak beam. This called for a bit of a delicate touch as obviously we didn’t want to go hammering massive hooks or nails into our brand new beam. After taking advice from lovely Dave, Jim’s lovely bro in law, who put the beam up in the first place, it seems we were safe using some special small coated screws. We chose these really delicate copper wire LED line lights. They’re tiny and twinkly and look so festive, plus they even look pretty when they’re switched off, with the copper wire just occasionally catching the light and making you look up.
Excuse the weird angle – it was the only way I could show you the lights on the beam.
One of our favourite finds were the LED lit metal letters (above). They’re really hefty with a fantastic antiqued, ‘rusty’ finish which makes them seem deliciously steampunk. We absolutely love them. The light is pretty bright, so although they started out in the kitchen, I found I had NOEL burned permanently into my retinas, so they’re been moved to the lounge now, where they look fabulous. You buy them separately so you can spell out your own words (I really wanted ho ho ho, but was outvoted). They’d make a great display all year round – there’s an &, so you could choose your initials too.
For the heavy wooden display unit in the kitchen, I wanted some LED lights to wind around the shelves. We chose some LED coloured berry lights and I’m so pleased with the effect – although they tend to stay on the coloured setting, they’re also warm white, flashing and soft fading if you’d rather.
Oh, and the final touch? This glorious bit of kitsch for outside the front door. Because… Christmas!