Styling my guest room for Christmas

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Compared to most bloggers, I feel like I’m really behind on decorating my home for Christmas. Yes, I know it’s not even December yet, but I’ve been spotting gorgeous photos of bloggers’ trees and homes for weeks now and feel like I’m the only one not to have put up any decorations. So today, I thought I would add a couple of festive decor touches to my guest room to get it ready for visitors over the holidays…Firstly, I gave the guest room a good tidy up. Since the summer it has become a dumping ground for all my on-going DIY projects, so I moved my half-finished sewing and nearly-done crafts into my office. I changed the sheets and – believe it or not – ironed for an hour to get my lovely linen bedding looking crisp and smooth. Can you tell that I love ironing? True story!Anyway, once the bed was ready for guests, I decided to dress it up for Christmas using some cushions. I added this adorable squirrel design from Julian Charles, as the reddish-brown colour matches the orangey parts of the wallpaper design perfectly. A fluffy faux fur throw pillow in grey added a ‘Scandinavian lodge’ feel to the room and instantly made the bed look much warmer and cosier.Next, I threw over my soft bronze-coloured blanket, which tied in the colours even more. I want to make sure my guests are warm and snug when they say during the Christmas period, so I think that a cosy throw is absolutely essential.Now, on to the decorations. I actually couldn’t resist this Christmas tree when I saw it in the Paperchase shop window. I was walking past the store and it stopped me in my tracks. Who has ever heard of a rainbow Christmas tree before?? I knew the orange and red layers would pick out the colours in the wallpaper, and I guessed that the greens and blue would suit the dusky duck-egg colour on the walls.I love how sparkly and kitsch it is! I added mini battery-powered LED lights so that it would be subtly lit up in the evenings, but it really doesn’t need anything more than that decoration-wise. I don’t really want to cover up the twinkliness and rainbow colours with baubles at the moment, although I did get some clear mini glass baubles with rainbow colours sequins from Paperchase, just in case I want to add them before Christmas. Oh, and the gold star on top is a Paperchase purchase too.I also added a sprig of faux mistletoe to the top of the mirror, and dotted some candles around the sideboard. These are scented, with pretty stars and gingerbread designs on the outside. Again, the rusty-orange colours and wood-effect pattern of these Bolsius candles tied in with the wallpaper and textures of the room, just adding a festive touch to the space. I don’t want to clutter up the room, but there’s always room for scented candles!Finally, I added a little festive art to the sideboard. This print is actually a card that my artist friend made for us last Christmas. I put it aside after the end of the December 2016 with the intention of framing it up so that we can enjoy the artwork again this year. I found the ideal float frame at Red Candy. It’s in that warm copper shade that I love, and stands on a 3D geometric base. It can also be wall mounted, but I’m going to keep it as a standing piece for the holiday season.By the way, I have already brought my Christmas tree indoors (you can spot my little potted tree in my reusable advent calendar blog post) but it’s still bare at the moment. I’ve moved the advent calendar onto my windowsill so that I don’t forget to open it every day! So the tree is sitting in the living room just waiting for hubby and I to have a few spare minutes to be able to get out the baubles – fingers crossed it’ll be this weekend. Let me know how you’re decorating your home for Christmas by leaving me a comment below. And I’d love to see your festive photos so please do tag me in them @Cassiefairy on instagram.

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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