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Ideas and advice on how to make your home look extra special this Christmas

Make an entrance!

First impressions do count and make your entrance as welcoming as possible. Starting with the front door - a traditional wreath can be effective but try tying some baubles in to it to make it a bit more unigue or put up a wreath made up entirely of baubles for something that is not only stunning but also can be used year after year. Wreaths do not only have to go on a door, try putting one flat on your table then putting a candlestick in the middle or a vase filled with baubles.

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Surround your front door with the cut off branches from the Christmas tree or plant topiary in pots and decorate with lights. If you have a window or sidelight next to your front door hang a star of net lights in the window.

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Dressing a Christmas Tree

After you have put up your lights - this must be done first whether your tree be real or artificial think about a colour scheme. Don't just hang every bauble you own on the tree! They won't go to waster as surplus baubles make stunning decorations in vases. Once you have your colour scheme (suggestions are gold and silver; red, green and gold/silver; purple, pink and silver/gold; blue,green and silver ) start with one colour at a time to ensure an even spread of decorations.

I'm not a particular fan if tinsel but of that's your thing then go for it!

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Fireplaces

These were made for Christmas in more ways than one! Depending on your personal taste and style of your home there are lots of options. For a more traditional look a garland on top of the mantelpiece wrapped with ribbon and baubles looks stunning. Add height by adding candlesticks and hurricane lanterns (please be aware not to put too close to the garland in case of fire) and hang stockings over the hearth. Tall hurricane lanterns also look stunning either side of a fireplace and add another dimension to your low level lighting. Single colour schemes especially gold or silver can look very effective. When working with a single colour scheme think of adding different height levels to create interest.

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Christmas Table

Again think of a colour scheme first. As with the fireplace a single colour scheme can look effective as can gold or silver with a strong accent colour that matches the colour of your room. Add artificial flowers matched to napkins and coloured candles for an easy to create designer feel. As the Christmas table is usually laden (!) tall candlesticks and floral arrangements work best as they leave space on the table and are also high enough to not block a conversation

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Other Ideas

Any accessories that catch the light are perfect at this time of year as is more subtle lighting. Use hurricane lamps and lanterns with candles or filled with decorations, twigs with lights as larger decor items and don't forget the tealight holders dotted along work surfaces for that instant Christmas feel.

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Finally don't forget the scented candles! Nothing evokes Christmas more!

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At Kizme we sell a wide range of home decor accessories as well as wonderful scented candles. 

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Wishing you a wonderful Christmas from Kizme!