It’s that time of year again when we all love to decorate our homes and create a cosy, stylish and welcoming festive interior.
At Snapdragon we certainly love traditional décor - festive reds, wintry whites and lots of natural elements such as wintry foliage, berries, cones and seedheads - these feature a lot, particularly in our fresh flower and foliage designs.
For a festive centrepiece for your hallway or sitting room, that looks amazing and subtly fragrances the room; fill a vase with a selection of seasonal foliage such as fir, pine, spruce, magnolia, grey/green eucalyptus, birch plus cones and seedheads. Then depending on whether you favour more neutral wintry whites or rich, festive reds, add in a few flowers and berries in your chosen colour- we love showy Amaryllis, large headed roses and Ilex. If you love a hint of silver, bronze or gold, then this is simple to achieve by adding in touches of sprayed foliage, cones and seedheads. Scattering a few pine cones on the table around the vase and adding some glass tealight or candle holders along the surface, finishes off the scene perfectly.
Candlelight and fragrance is always top of our list in winter and Christmas is the time to go to town using scented candles to create warmth, atmosphere and build on the memories that fragrance evokes. Lighting a few candles with spicy, citrus scents always sets the scene- choose one fragrance and burn it in several rooms for a wonderful festive feel throughout the house.
This year we’re also embracing a Scottish Highland Christmas style inspired by nature and the dramatic landscape; slate grey skies, snow-capped mountains, soft pink and purple heather tones and green pine forests. We’ll be combining natural elements along with glass, soft metallics and wood to give a twist to traditional Christmas decor and a just bit more colour than the Scandinavian style that’s still so popular.
Here are a few ideas for the 2017 festive season
- Hang beautiful glass baubles in varying sizes in shades of heather, green and grey. They’ll look great on a traditional Christmas tree, but equally good hanging from ribbons in a window to catch the light, Place glass candle holders with tealights along the sill and the glass will continue to glint once daylight has faded.
- Feathered baubles are another key look this year. Hang them on a sturdy foraged tree branch contained within a favourite chunky tall vase for stability, along with fir cones lightly sprayed with soft gold and suspended on natural twine or very thin gold ribbon.
- Banish the boring door wreath and create a statement and a warm welcome with a spruce and winter foliage wreath that’s just that little bit special and packed with lots of natural textural elements, dried fruits and berries. If you wait and buy or make yours mid-December then, on Christmas day itself, after all your guests have arrived, use the wreath as your table centre with a clear glass vase or storm lantern in the middle with a chunky pillar candle. After lunch or dinner, just hang it back on the door to enjoy for a week or two more.
- Get some mini Christmas trees decorated with little birch stars in small zinc pots. Line them up along a window sill, console table or mantelpiece. Odd numbers work best- three or five are ideal. They’d also look great down the centre of the dining table. Intersperse with candles, smaller and sitting below the height of the trees to finish the look. Glass tealight holders or squat pillar candles are ideal.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Cathie, owner of Snapdragon, Edinburgh