Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

DECK YOUR HALLS; These Stylish and Unusual Touches Are Subtle - but Stunning, Writes GABRIELLE FAGAN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

DECK YOUR HALLS; These Stylish and Unusual Touches Are Subtle - but Stunning, Writes GABRIELLE FAGAN

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Byline: GABRIELLE FAGAN

You don't have to have a huge Christmas tree and all the trimmings to make a home seasonal. If you lack the space for a towering fir, or overthe-top decorations just aren't your taste, simply opt for an alternative decorating plan instead.

This is about imaginatively creating festive details in rooms, whether that's with a selection of baubles or candles dressing a shelf or mantel, flickering fairy lights in a fireplace in place of flames, or even a statement light-up stag for an outdoor space.

The rule here is 'less is more', because unusual individual touches can be just as eye-catching and sophisticated as a full-on festive display.

Here's how to do it.

USE A BRANCH TO CREATE A FOCAL POINT Hang baubles from a branch gathered from the garden or countryside, and suspend from a ceiling using fishing line and hooks. This is an easy way to create a focal point for a table, without crowding the table space. Match the colour theme of the table with the baubles on the branch.

HANG A MINI TREE ON YOUR WALL Size isn't everything! Go for a minimalist look, with a compact wall-hung tree, and arrange prettily wrapped presents on the floor next to it to heighten the effect. Alternatively, arrange Christmas cards on a wall into a triangular tree-shape.

SET A SNOWY SCENE Conjure the perfect snowy landscape with an illuminated picture, or dress a window ledge with decorations, which also will be welcoming as guests approach your home. Dunelm has a great selection of reasonably priced seasonal decorations, including baubles and sitting deer, starting from PS2.50 each, which would do the job nicely.

ADD A TOUCH OF LUXE Add charm to a dull corner, with an arrangement of branches sparkling with strings of lights, a clear glass vase filled with baubles or more lights, and an opulent fabric, such as fur or velvet. …

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