dec your halls

I won’t so much be decking my halls as having a few gorgeous pieces decorating our home to inject a festive feel. Less is more for me, even at Christmas!

Here are a few of my favourite Christmas ideas and finds for all you contemporary design lovers out there. Our house will be decorated this week just 10 days before Christmas and maybe there’s just enough time left to get yourself something special for your home!

One thing you may wish to try is a wreath making class. A creative and social festive few hours out of the office with something beautiful to take away with you for your shop, office or front door at home. A great way to support your florist as most now offer seasonal workshops and classes.

Alternatively, have a forage in your local woods or garden and create your own wreath. I found holly, mistletoe, ferns, ivy and pine cones in our garden as well as lots of moss from our roof and lawn!

Or how about rolling up your sleeves and doing an edible gift workshop? Again check out local bakeries, cafes and cake suppliers as many now offer baking classes.

Style your space for Christmas is with a fabulous birch plywood Christmas tree. These trees are designed by Anne Paso and handmade in Scandinavia from sustainable birch plywood. Flat packed and reusable. No plastic or glue and can be used time and time again.

You may wish to team that with a contemporary twist on a nativity scene for your desk, till point or sideboard with an Alessi nativity set. Very cool.

Even-though artificial Christmas trees are really good these days it’s the natural pine scent to me which is the essence of Christmas. So this year I’ve opted for a small potted tree and hoping to keep it alive and reuse next year.

Merry Christmas to everyone!


Support your local farm shop and get into the smell of Christmas by getting a potted tree. It could remain potted and left outside or planted in the garden and reused next year. The taste of homemade slow gin and mince pies is so much nicer with the fresh lingering smell of fresh pine.


How about getting organised for 2020 with this beautiful reusable calendar poster?

By Louise Putman

I'm Louise, founder of architectural interior and spatial design consultancy, REcreate.

I’m a fully qualified architectural interior designer, with a BA(Hons) degree in Interior Architecture and Furniture.

I combine my architectural knowledge with interior design expertise and project management to design or renovate internal spaces.