In the mood for a Country style Christmas

Here are mix of images that inspire and items that are available to purchase now (listed below).  There are many ways to interpret a country style Christmas.  This is one that evokes a warm and festive feel.  OMC

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Edenham Print Superior Christmas Crackers - Exclusive to Liberty £45
Edenham Print Superior Christmas Crackers – Exclusive to Liberty £45
Three House Tea Light Lanterns - Cox & Cox £35
Three House Tea Light Lanterns – Cox & Cox £35
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Royal Corgi Glass Decoration - Liberty £15.95
Royal Corgi Glass Decoration – Liberty £15.95
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Garlands and Wreaths

Real wreaths and garlands are wonderful to look at and smell.  They transform a room into a Christmas wonderland but there are so many alternative ever lasting options now.  We are spoilt for choice.  You can pretty much find a garland or wreath for any type of theme that you can think of!  The best thing about a lot of the wreaths is that they can be used all year round.  I love the homely feel of a wreath on a front door, they can enhance a shabby chic kitchen or at the head or foot of a bed.  The boxwood and silver bells would add a chic touch to a wedding.  Here are a few of my favourites that on sale right now as well as a little inspiration for those who want to get a little crafty.

White Snow Berry Christmas Wreath & Garland by The Christmas Home at Not on the High Street £44 each
White Snow Berry Christmas Wreath & Garland by The Christmas Home at Not On The High Street £44 each
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Wreath - The White Company £50
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Wreath – The White Company £50
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Garland - The White Company £70
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Garland – The White Company £70
Noble Fir Wreath - Balsam Mill from £69
Noble Fir Wreath – Balsam Mill from £69
Boxwood Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £7
Boxwood Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £7
Fir and Red Berry Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £12
Fir and Red Berry Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £12
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Fir table Garland by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £15
Vintage Style Silver Jingle Bell Wreath by Little Baby Company at Not On The High Street £14.95
Vintage Style Silver Jingle Bell Wreath by Little Baby Company at Not On The High Street £14.95
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Snowy White Twig Wreath - John Lewis £20
Snowy White Twig Wreath – John Lewis £20
Christmas Felt Ball Garlandby Little Yellow Birds at Not On The High Street £16.50
Christmas Felt Ball Garlandby Little Yellow Birds at Not On The High Street £16.50
Christmas Red and White Honeycomb Bauble Garland by Ginger Ray at Not On The High Street £7.49
Christmas Red and White Honeycomb Bauble Garland by Ginger Ray at Not On The High Street £7.49
Paper Fan Garland Bunting by Peach Blossom at Not On The High Street £8.50
Paper Fan Garland Bunting by Peach Blossom at Not On The High Street £8.50

Feeling Crafty, these are some lovely home made wreaths

Tinsel Wreath
Tinsel Wreath
Vintage Christmas Decoration Wreath
Vintage Christmas Decoration Wreath

Advent calendars

20 days until December 1st! A bit too early to be buying your Advent calendar? Certainly not! There are so many options out there, far more evolved from the heavily glittered nostalgic Manger or snowy village scenes of years gone by. Thankfully though you can still find those heart warming calendars. My mother in-law bought one for our 1 year old boy recently. It made me smile and filled me with much nostalgic joy.

You are never too old to have an Advent calendar. My dear mother bought me one every year and my husband carries on the tradition (I have a delicious Lindt one this year).

The options below are only the beginning (I hope). I shall keep on adding to them as I find them.  If there are any that you find that want to share, please let me know.  The more the merrier!

All price points are covered and there are even some lovely wooden ones reasonably priced.

Paper

Probably my favourite as I still remember the excitement of wondering what festive picture was about to be revealed as I carefully pulled back the window. The glitter always crumbled off!

Crumble Cottage Advent Calendar - Anna Dempsey £5.95
Crumble Cottage Advent Calendar – Anna Dempsey £5.95
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Fortnum & Mason £10
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Fortnum & Mason £10
Liberty of London £9.95
Liberty of London £9.95
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Personalised Advent calendar – Modo Creative (notonthehighstreet.com) £12

Wooden

They have been around for a fair few years now. They are an investment but will become a wonderful family treasure that will be loved year after year.  Have fun personalising them, not necessarily filling them with confectionery but maybe little notes, jokes or pocket money treats. I think that the preparation is as exciting as the daily discovery! I feel the same way about Christmas present buying and wrapping.

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Fortnum & Mason £90
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Scandi House Advent Calendar – John Lewis £40
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Wooden Train Advent Calendar – Marks & Spencer £45
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Wooden Cabin Advent Calendar – Marks & Spencer £65
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Gisela Graham red wooden Advent Calendar – The Contemporary Home £30

Confectionery

It is only during the Advent season that eating a chocolate shaped jingle bell before breakfast is okay!  Long gone are the days of the chalky (so called) chocolate Advent calendars.

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Swiss chocolate Advent Calendar – Fortnum & Mason £30
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Wooden Advent Calendar, confectionery filled – Fortnum & Mason £125
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Jelly Belly Advent Calendar – John Lewis £15
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Santa’s Bunny Sleigh – Lindt £5.49
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Adorable Bear Advent House – Lindt £9.99
Gingerbread House - Williams Sonoma $14.95
Gingerbread House – Williams Sonoma $14.95
Organic milk & white chocolate Advent Calendar - Montezuma £9.99
Organic milk & white chocolate Advent Calendar – Montezuma £9.99

Children’s Advent Calendars

There is an amazing array of fun Advent calendars for children.  Beautifully crafted fabric calendars hold wonderful tactile surprises.  They are usually bright and add much festive colour to a room.  Fuzzy Felt and Lego are one of many favoured toy brands that make Advent calendars.  A new toy a day, what a treat!

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Away in a Manager fabric Advent calendar – GLTC £36
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Lego City Advent Calendar – John Lewis £14.97
Fuzzy Felt Advent Calendar - Yellow Moon £14.99
Fuzzy Felt Advent Calendar – Yellow Moon £14.99

Chic Advent Calendars

Some of these blow the budget a little but they will look beautiful in situ.

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Peace on Earth Advent Calendar – Land of Nod $49
Pillow cover Advent Calendar - Potterybarn $59
Pillow cover Advent Calendar – Potterybarn $59
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Stocking Ladder Advent Calendar – Potterybarn $199
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Gilt galvenised Advent Calendar – Potterybarn $159

The new Christmas decorations of 2014

As previously mentioned, my family and I were lucky enough to go to California in October.  The shops were beautifully festooned with fall/autumnal decor in the run up to Thanksgiving.  Christmas decorations were being rolled in and I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase  some magical looking pieces.  The first of which were a couple of Potterybarn’s Silver Mercury Glass Christmas Trees.  I bought them in sizes mini and small.  I would have loved to have purchased it in large but I was rather nervous about the fragility of them.  I treated them like little newborn babies in my well padded (newly purchased) Whole Foods freezer bag!  There is a little cut out at the base so that you can insert fairy lights or a flameless battery operated tea/candle light.  I cannot wait to have them in situ (maybe on the sideboard and then the dining table on Christmas day) and will take a picture of them when they are in place but for now, do look them up on the Potterybarn website.  They will deliver to the UK.

Silver Mercury Glass Trees - Potterybarn c. £10.69 - £50.86 (depending on change rate)
Silver Mercury Glass Trees – Potterybarn c. £10.69 – £50.86 (depending on exchange rate)

There are a few mercury glass/silver Christmas trees out there (I am sure there will be more as the season progresses) but my favourite so far are the ones from Potterybarn.  Here are a few other options for sale this season.

Silver Tabletop Tree Decoration - Marks & Spencer £15
Silver Tabletop Tree Decoration – Marks & Spencer £15
Set of Three Mirrored Glass Trees - The Contemporary Home £36
Set of Three Mirrored Glass Trees – The Contemporary Home £36