There is something to be said for the simplicity of the Scandi style, especially at Christmas time. Traditionally Christmas is a symphony of red and green, but I feel like as kiwis we have the luxury of a summery Christmas, therefore we tend to be a little more adventurous in our decorational schemes compared to the northern hemisphere. With the heat of summer its nice to get out a brighter scheme that feels light and merry, so Pocketspace have composed a number of Scandi inspired images which we think will inspire you!
START AT THE BASE: There are so many incredible baskets around at the moment why not use an oversized log basket rather then a tree skirt? Simply measure your tree base and find a basket that will fit the base. Keep in mind you may need to prop the base up slightly depending on your tree and on the height of the basket. On the other hand you can even get some stunning wicker tree skirts now which make the set up a little less fiddly. The wicker texture will give you that scandi style with the hand crafted effect which is an essential part of achieveing the ultimate scandi décor.
If you are on a tight budget this year do not fret! Another one of my favourite techniques for disguising your tree base is tinsel. Super affordable from your local $2 shop or Kmart, you can buy a bunch, perhaps 5 lengths or so, and drape them over the base. I have used this technique myself this year and I love when the lights come on the tinsel comes to life and adds that little bit of extra magic to your tree. If you want to keep with the monochrome Scandi scheme, try to find black or white tinsel, or jazz it up with a bit of iridescent!
THE DECORATIONS: With the beauty of the world wide web and shipping we now have the ability to get the most amazing decorations from all over the world. One of my favourites would have to be JohnLewis in the UK, but we have a pretty darn good selection on our own door step too. I was browsing ‘Shut the Front Door’ website over the weekend and found the most amazing monochrome Scandi decorations (shown below), the best part was, they were so affordable! Don’t be afraid to mix together a variety of styles and shapes, as long as they all have a common theme everything will all come together! Moderation is key here, once you have your variety of feature decorations, get some plain baubles to fill out any empty spots.
GIFT WRAPPING: This has to be one of my favourite parts of Christmas. There is something so satisfactory about the wrapping paper forming perfectly over a box, and something even better about having all your wrapping and bows matching your scheme. I know this might sound a little bit extra, but having your lounge room, or wherever your Christmas tree might be, all in a cohesive scheme looks so impressive for friends and family who pop over, and a real visual treat for your family to enjoy over the holiday season. At the end of the day, you would normally buy Christmas wrapping paper so why not make that little bit of extra effort and buy paper and tags that work with your theme.
If you have a little extra time on your hands or children to entertain over the school holidays, you could get some plain paper and decorate it your self with potato stamps or metallic markers. Or, if your looking for something that little bit more, you could entwine a piece of pine or rosemary into your bows. Another great way to add a personal touch is to use a photo of the person you are gifting to instead of a name tag!
HOME TOUCHES: If you are one of those lucky people who have a stairwell banister or mantel piece in your home, make the most of it! there are some great garlands out there, added with some fairy lights your stairs will be dressed to impress. A Christmas wreath is a must have in any home at this time of year. Once again to hit that Scandi handcrafted aesthetic on the head, you can always make your own, which is a fantastic school holiday project for kids too!
Hopefully there is something in here that has inspired you to go that little extra step this season that you can implement in your own home. We hope you all have a wonderfull Christmas, we look forward to 2018 where we can share a whole lot more interior knowledge with you!
The Pocketspace Team.