Decorating our First Home at Christmas

Christmas in our new home is something I’ve really been looking forward to. We officially moved in at the start of 2015, although we had the keys just before Christmas, but as we were redecorating and doing some renovations, this will be our first actual Christmas spent in our new home.  All year I’ve been mentally planning where we can fit the Christmas tree (it’s a tiny living room!) and as soon as the shops started filling their shelves with Christmas goodies, I was picking up bits and pieces ready for closer to Christmas. While we’re not really doing presents, that’s no excuse not to go all out on decorations, is it?

When it came to the tree, I didn’t want to go too traditional. I love bright colours and bohemian touches around the home usually, so when I started seeing bright pinks and blues in Christmas baubles, I decided to go brighter and funkier with the tree. I found plenty of pinks, blues, greens, and yellows as accent colours, with some silver and white wintery baubles to keep things classy and christmassy.

While most of our decorations are brand new to go with our brand new (to us!) home, we were gifted some beautiful vintage silver bells from Mr Ruby Wren’s mum to add some history to the tree. Plus, we’ve got plenty of lovely decorations that, although new, will be keepsakes for years, like our two little ceramic dogs (bought for Dolly and Maggie!) and the adorable felt angel for the top of the tree. We decided we really wanted an angel rather than a star topper, and it was pretty hard finding an angel topper that matched the bright, modern colours of the tree decorations…I think we did pretty well with our adorable angel from Paperchase!

And, so far, so good on the ‘puppies versus Christmas’ front…good little pups! 🙂


Visiting Emma Bridgewater at Christmas

Nothing gets me feeling Christmassy more than going shopping in December – the busy shops, the Christmas music, the decorations! As you are all well aware by now, one of our favourite haunts is the Emma Bridgwater Factory in Stoke-on-Trent. Not only is it a lovely place to go shopping for pretty things for your home, but it’s just generally a really cosy, wonderful place for a visit. So, where better to spend a day Christmas shopping than ‘up North’ (well, it’s North to us!) in Stoke-on-Trent.

The first stop is always the Emma Bridgewater factory shop for a nose around all the lovely things in the First and Seconds shop. I spotted a polka dot whippet dog that I managed to resist (who knew I had such willpower?) and filled up on not one, but two pieces of cake in the cafe (that’s where my willpower fails!). Mum treated me to a Christmas Rose ‘old bowl’ which I intended to fill with Christmas chocolates and treats, but it looked so good holding my Nespresso capsules in the kitchen, that’s where it’s staying for now.

It was so festive seeing the big Christmas tree in the forecourt, and all the trees and wreaths dotted around the factory. Emma Bridgewater really goes all out with the Christmas decorations, and in true EB style, they’re all beautiful, fresh trees and plants courtesy of their gardener Arthur.

After refuelling on Christmas goodies (I had a lovely slice of Banana and Pecan loaf, with a piece of Christmas cake later for good measure), we headed off to Hanley town centre and spent the afternoon browsing Christmas decorations, sniffing candles at the Yankee shop, picking up the Christmas bath products from Lush and browsing books in Waterstones. Although I love the stress-free, convenience of online shopping, actually going into the ‘real’ shops to have a browse does wonders for your Christmas mood…I’m sure the cake helped too! 😉