Christmas Decorating: The Simple Pleasures

The festive season is here and it’s time to deck the halls with boughs of holly; or perhaps just a scattering of simple, but beautiful lights and decorations. Here at Heart Home, we’ve taken this year’s festive inspiration from Scandinavia, showing you how a little of the right thing can go a long way.

Monochrome simplicity.

For those of you who love a truly pared-back look at Christmas, add a festive touch at the window with paper snowflakes and pompoms.

For the love of nature.

Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes, in all types of materials and finishes. Faux trees are no longer in the guise of real trees, but unashamedly alternative takes on the real thing. How much nicer to bring out this beautifully tactile wooden tree each year and all you have to do is add some beautiful fairy light for a magical touch of sparkle.

Small is beautiful.

Add a fun feel with something as simple as a beautiful tree decoration hanging from a cupboard door. 

Brighten Up Your Day.

There’s no right or wrong way to hang lights and garlands, and you don’t even need a tree to dress. Lights are now pretty enough to hang as decorations in their own right- simply hang from hooks to adorn pictures on walls and brighten up dark corners.

Make a Date.

Treasured photos and memories should be on display all year round and not hidden away on the computer. Turn your favourite Instagram shots into a gift or calendar to hang in your office with this clean and simple design.


In Touch With Tradition.

Create a truly traditional Gustavian feel at Christmas with a traditional style wreath hanging on a cupboard door or against a panelled wall.

It’s In The Bag.

Get creative and let your string lights tumble out of a paper bag.

A simple style.

Decorate with seasonal blooms such as hyacinths and amaryllis, simple white bulb strings and oversize paper decorations for a really dramatic less-is-more display.

A festive pop of red.

Warm up your Scandinavian-inspired festive setting with a real pop of colour and use occasional chairs to display decorations.

A Touch of Greenery.

If traditional garlands aren’t your thing, why not make your own ultra simple hanging displays with lengths of ivy at the window on hooks as they are, or intertwined with delicate fairy lights; so pretty, simple and effective.

Bring the outside in.

Flowers aren’t just for Spring. Fresh flowers make the prettiest decoration at any time of year, as well as adding a beautiful scent. These pale pink hyacinths and delicate paper whites are typical Christmas flowers.

The Writing’s On the Bauble.

Why not let the kids have a little fun and decorate chalkboard baubles to make their very own personal advent calendar.

Pole Dancing

Display an alternative advent calendar on a beautiful Scandinavian hanging pole and simply loop a garland in between.

Words and Styling by Caroline Davis, Photographs by James Balston. Photographed at Brixton East which is available to rent for shoots. For full credits go to the December 2014 issue of Heart Home magazine.