Decorating inspiration – Most fabulously festive period property ever!

With Christmas only a few days away and everyone frantically preparing for the big day, I thought I would share some gorgeously styled photos of festive interiors to give you inspiration for your own decorations this year…

This stunning period property features retro furniture, upcycled pieces and IKEA hacks, which come together to create the kind of home that I could only dream of living in – and that I certainly would want to spend my Christmas in, given half the chance!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Malcolm Begg of award-winning interiors blog DesignSixtyNine for the Christmas issue of Reclaim magazine last month. When I saw the fabulously festive photos that he shot especially for this festive edition of the magazine I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist sharing them with you too.

The reflected fairy lights, the evergreen foliage and welcoming wreathes all add up to a classy Christmas decor that I’d love to be able to recreate myself. That bay window was just made for a big tree dripping in glittering ornaments, isn’t it?!

I love they way that Malcolm hasn’t stuck to traditional decorations, instead he’s tucked blousey hydrangea heads into the tree for a luxurious feel. The eucalyptus branches in the vase and wreathes, along with simple strands of warm white fairy lights keep the whole scheme classy and chic.

Although those bookcases look like they’ve been built into the living room many decades ago, they are in fact a clever IKEA hack. Malcolm used standard flat-pack shelves to create the bare bones of the storage wall and then added period-style mouldings and painted the whole unit the same heritage grey colour as the walls to create that ‘fitted’ look.

If you would like to read more about Malcolm’s home and the renovation process, you can find the entire article in Issue 45 of Reclaim magazine and you can order back copies online.



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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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