On the 1st of December each year I wake up all excited about being allowed to start Christmas decorating.
It was the rule growing up and I can't seem to shake it...
With it being the start of Summer here, I was really determined to have a white Christmas tree and use gold as an accent - to keep it really, really simple, light and summery.
But as fate would have it, we were gifted a green tree with red decorations a few days earlier and I wasn't going to turn those down.
Enter our double-sided Christmas: Pink & Gold on one side of the room, Red & Green on the other.
Our living room is normally all white and bright with some yellow accents (see it here) so it's a little odd for me to see a dark tree and wintery-looking colours here. To counteract it I tried to use the lightest decorations I could find - I love those big white poinsettias in the tree, and they work in a vase too. I would love to have more (a set of 5 would be perfect) but they were way too expensive to splurge.
The stockings I sewed myself on a whim (call me crazy but I was desperate for a stretchy, floppy, gold-metallic striped stocking that I could make in about half a minute) and the jars and green bag on the mantle hold spare tree decorations, mainly because I don't know where else to put them.
I feel like there is a lot of hype around Christmas 'styling' (especially in the blog world) and to be honest I have decided it's easier just to let ours evolve and not stress over vignettes, etc. Really, I just want to concentrate on Summer and trying to get my legs a faint shade of brown again!
(And by brown I mean, a very soft, washed-out tinged of beige....;)
How do you decorate at this time of year? Do you buy tree decorations, or collect them over time? I'm curious to hear!