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Christmas is nearly at our doorsteps, so here are a few more little treats that will be the icing on the cake of your decorations and Christmas celebrations this year.

If you want to spruce up your tree there are some absolutely lovely decorations and baubles around at the moment and here are a few of our favourites.

‘Five Metal Pressed Feathers in Silver’ from Cox & Cox

These feather decorations from Cox & Cox are a subtle, contemporary addition to a tree if you’re looking for something simple.

‘Six Magical Tree Baubles’ from Cox & Cox

Another charming, inventive touch from Cox & Cox to add to your collection, these Christmas trees in baubles are brilliant.

‘Large Party Chihuahua Decoration’ from An Angel at my Table

We couldn’t resist adding in this Chihuahua decoration from An Angel at my Table, a great find for those who like to keep things a little less traditional and a little more quirky. If this is a tad too left field for your taste but you’re still looking for something with a fun edge, these owl ornament are marvellous!

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‘Pair of Vintage Style Brown Owl Decorations’ from An Angel at my Table

If the rest of your house isn’t looking as festive as you might have liked there are plenty of ways to add a little oomph to your surroundings.

These thistle tea light holders from ANTA are divine, I especially love the cup and saucer combo.

‘Cream Thistle Orange and Cinnamon Tealight Candle’ from ANTA

Decorate a window sill with these beautiful antique looking metal birds, perfect for Christmas and all year round!

‘Three Little Birds’ from An Angel at my Table

Treat yourself to some pretty copper pieces from Cox & Cox with these lovely bells and lights.

‘Copper Jingle Bell Garland’ from Cox & Cox

‘Copper Maroq Lights’ from Cox & Cox

Get into a contemporary Christmas mood with these creatively designed paper star decorations from Bodie and Fou, they’re great if you’re not too keen on embellishing your home with all things sparkly.

‘Paper Stars in Black and Grey’ from Bodie and Fou

I love this rather special card from An Angel at my Table, it’s an elegant way to do Christmas in style, and if you don’t want to send it to someone it would make a lovely, understated decoration in your home.

‘Pop up St Paul’s Cathedral Card’ from An Angel at my Table

Not to leave your kitchen feeling left out, this sweet robin and holly tea towel from Thornback & Peel is a delightful addition, the design is also featured on aprons, oven mitts, crackers and many other things in case you want to spoil yourself!

‘Robin & Holly tea towel’ from Thornback & Peel

Last but not least, make your gifts extra special with some beautiful wrapping paper, this starry designed paper from Cox & Cox is marvellous!

‘Mini Stars Wrapping Paper’ from Cox & Cox

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, full of wonderful household treats!

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As soon as the clock strikes 00:01 on December 1st it seems that Christmas decorations are being put up left, right and centre. If the thought of seeing a house covered head to toe in flashing lights fills you with an ever-growing Scrooge type feeling then don’t worry there are hundreds of alternative ways to decorate your home other than the dreaded red and green tinsel!

Whether you’re busy ordering a turkey, buying presents or figuring out how on earth you’re going to house all those guests and you don’t have time to scout about for the Christmas decorations then don’t worry as we’ve put together a failsafe list of beautiful adornments that are not just quick fixes to getting into the festive spirit, but are pieces that will look good all through winter, and in some cases all year round!

‘Black and Gold Tassel Garland’ and ‘Assorted Black and Gold Pinwheel Decorations’ both from Rockett St George

These decorations are a really great way to vamp up your home for the holidays without going overboard. The tassel garland is a modern alternative to tinsel and both sets of decorations add a touch of sophistication and simplicity to your home, allowing you to steer clear of the stereotypical tinsel and glitter. They’re perfect for a last minute festive spruce or for an impromptu gathering or party.

Usually when we hear the words Christmas and decorations in the same sentence we do not immediately think of understated glamour, but there are some beautifully elegant decorative pieces out there at the moment that will enhance the existing elegance of your home instead of demolishing it with garish colours.

‘Ultimate Beaded Star’ from The White Company

This star from The White Company is minimalist elegance and minimal effort. If you’re not big on the bling, this is the perfect piece as it isn’t overtly festive and can be incorporated into an already existing scheme and can be the subtle hint needed for an understated, laid back Christmas look.

‘Evensong Lanterns’ from Anthropologie

Another way to create a festive atmosphere without using traditional Christmas ornaments are with these stylish Evensong Lanterns from Anthropologie. They are a beautiful way to create a welcoming ambience in your home and will look just as lovely all year round.

If you’re panicked about having all those extra guests come to stay this year, the best way to relax is with a nice glass of wine and where better to keep those extra bottles you’ll be in need of this Christmas than with a lovely portable wine rack like this one from Oka Direct.

‘Pyramide Wine Rack’ from Oka Direct

Another stunning addition is this Bamboo Tray from Oka Direct, ideal for passing around cheese and crackers or coffees, and is a great item that can be used over and over again in everyday life when Christmas is over.

‘Bamboo Tray’ from Oka Direct

Centrepieces for the table at Christmas are a great way to set the tone, and having some wonderful candle holders can make your style mark without being over the top.

Anthropologie Aristocratic Animal Taper

‘Aristocratic Animal Tapers’ from Anthropologie

I absolutely love these Animal Tapers, they remind me of Wind in the Willows, something that I always used to watch as a child every Christmas, and they will make gorgeous table decorations that are the perfect combination of fun and sophistication for everyone at the dinner table to enjoy.

For a contemporary feel to the table, Houseology has some excellent candle holders, that are suitable for all year round use as well.

‘Design House Stockholm Lotus Hurricane Lantern’ from Houseology

‘Eichholtz Okhto Black Candle Holder’ from Houseology

The hurricane lantern is perfect for those who love all things minimal and contemporary and the black candle holders would look magical dotted around a table, creating a dreamy atmosphere.

These eye-catching pieces from Anthropologie are beautiful and the metallic element creates a glamourous festive spirit.

‘Dipped Mercury Glass Hurricane Lanterns’ from Anthropologie

Hopefully we’ve given you not only a few ideas about how to decorate your home this holiday season, but some lovely decorations for all year round, as a beautiful home is for life, not just for Christmas!

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We wish you a very happy and restful Christmas break and a healthy and prosperous 2015, from all of us at Angel and Blume.

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The images are taken at the beautiful chapel at Sawston Hall, decorated in Farrow and Ball Archive, Joa’s White and Pointing. With thanks to Stephen and Clare Coates. Photography by Simon Whitmore.

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We wish you a very happy and restful Christmas break and a good 2014 to follow, from all of us at Angel and Blume.

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We recently spent a very inspiring morning at the Nina Campbell shop in Walton Street where we attended a Master Class giving us an insight into some of the wonderful interiors showcased in Nina’s new book Nina Campbell Interiors. Some examples are shown below and if you like these, the book will be an excellent buy as it is stuffed full of beautiful images of Nina’s work throughout the world. I can also highly recommend a visit to her shop (or her website) for anyone on your Christmas list who loves their home – we all made a good start on our Christmas shopping, kicking off with gifts for ourselves.

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Besides the dinner table, the Christmas tree is the centrepiece to the Christmas holiday, and for me the act of decorating it marks the point when the festive celebrations truly begin. This old tradition is an activity to be enjoyed and most importantly a chance to go all out on splendiferous décor.  There are many gorgeous treats and trinkets on the high street to decorate your tree with, but sorting through the good from the bad can be a bit of a trial. So, for anyone on the look out for some new tree accessories, here are a few cherry-picked examples to offer some inspiration.

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Christmas Berry Bauble Decoration and Gold Geometric Christmas Bauble

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Large Drop Christmas Bauble – Silver and Feather Christmas Decoration – Natural.

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Crackled Heavy Glass Bauble – Smoke Lustre and Set of 2 Pink Card Decorations.

Rockett St George’s bauble collection is gorgeous, and they have anything you could wish from beautiful paper honeycomb balls to elegant glass pinecone drops.

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I am a huge fan of Klaus Haapaniemi’s superbly illustrated textiles and prints, so was delighted to see they have released some designs especially for the Christmas season. When opened these quirky creatures have paper honeycomb bodies.

Bat Card Decoration and Spider Card Decoration from Klaus Haapaniemi.

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Heal’s have an extensive range of Christmas decorations, including these bright pink and gold leaf apple and pear baubles. They might not be to everyone’s taste, but they are certainly fun and original.

Berry Apple with Gold Leaf from Heal’s.

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Cute and amusing, these fantastic laser cut greetings cards from Hus and Hem, can be popped out and bent into shape, forming adorable Christmas decorations that would look great on a tree.

Folding Star Cedar Wood Motif and Reindeer Cedar Wood Motif Postcards from Hus and Hem.

 

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Coral and Tusk have transformed some of their lovable designs into Christmas decorations.

Badger with Mistletoe Ornament and Reindeer with Bells Ornament form Coral and Tusk.

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If you are going for the simple, elegant look, Toast does a great range of tasteful glass and ceramic coloured baubles.

Large & Small Damascene Baubles and Teardrop Damascene Baubles from Toast.

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Etoile velvet Ribbon from Anthropologie.

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Icicles vintage tinsel from Heal’s.

Some lovely red ribbon, sparkly tinsel and an Angel are all that’s needed to finish it off. Happy tree decorating everyone!

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website. 

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I know you don’t want to hear it but there are just six weeks to go until Christmas. I too have been in denial but the arrival of the Rockett St George Christmas catalogue has finally stirred my festive spirit. It is a lovely collection of things we don’t need but really want and I have picked some of my favourites for you below – three of which I have already placed an order for. So that’s my Christmas shopping underway then.angel wings

Of course we want these for the Angel and Blume tree!2 snow doll candles - stargazer and wishmakerTwo snow doll candles – Stargazer and Wish Maker

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Glass Christmas Trees – sold separately but they look great as a trioKasbah Morrocan Led fairy lights

Moroccan inspired fairy lightsquare stickers

Christmas Stickers which look great on plain brown paper

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Fabulous gold wall sconce – this is not going to be taken down after Christmas!

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I bought these fab cards but what I really want is the gorgeous box they come in!gold wreath

Lovely metallic Christmas wreath

Nut crackerA must have Christmas item

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