One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is decorate the tree. For us, the tradition starts with picking out our tree from a Christmas tree farm in Wicklow, run by a lovely family, The Kavanaghs, who we’ve been buying from for years.
There’s something magical about seeing the tree come to life. It officially feels like Christmas once it’s fully dressed, shimmering and glowing in all it’s frou-frou finery. I’ve been collecting decorations over the years, and each year look forward to seeing the latest offering from my favourite interior and department stores to add to my collection.
“There’s something magical about seeing the tree come to life. It officially feels like Christmas once it’s fully dressed…”
After scouring the shops, online and in-store, I’ve compiled a list of my top ten Christmas decorations that will bring some extra sparkle to your tree this year.
This year I am loving the delicate confetti filled baubles from Next and Paperchase, which add a touch a whimsy and magic.
For an air of artisan, you can’t look past the origami-style paper decorations from April & The Bear, Industry & Co and Lost Weekend.
If you favour a less traditional approach, then the hand made concrete decorations from Ail + Eil will be right up your alley.
Banish the thought of tinsel and go with this delicate, gold spotted garland, €12, from April & The Bear instead. Perfect for decorating your tree, mantelpiece or as a backdrop for your Christmas table.
If you’re lacking space, or just want to go down the minimalist route opt for a more sculptural version of the Christmas tree with wintry branches instead. It can also double as a decorative installation on your Christmas table.
Scour your neighbourhood or park for a fallen wintry branch, give it a spritz of gold spray and decorate with your favourite baubles. I recommend Montana Gold spray which you can get at Evans Art Supplies for around €5.
Top tip: Don’t be afraid to mix metals and textures but do be clear with your colour palette and pick a primary colour or range then accent with metals. For example, auburn and burnt wintry tones pair beautifully with gold and silver or pair rich reds with gold and copper.
Lesiele Juliet is an Interior Designer, Stylist Creative Director, and Co-founder of ETC.