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

Christmas Crockery – Sophie Conran for Portmeirion

I have been on the hunt for Christmas crockery.  Something a little more special just to have out during the Christmas season.  After much deliberation I have decided to purchase a set of Sophie Conran’s Christmas side plates designed for Portmeirion which I shall be serving mince pies, cookies and many other festive treats on.  Each plate has a different pattern which is very charming.  I purchased the set of 4 but you can purchase them separately from John Lewis.

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Super Saving Alert

The whole collection appears to be in high demand with a lot of websites out of stock of some pieces but I was able to purchase my set of 4 side plates from ecookshop.co.uk. Not only do they have stock, 20% discount off the whole range (which seems to be web wide) but they are also offering a FURTHER 15% DISCOUNT with code WIN15 (offer expires on Tuesday 18th November, 2014).  So that is a huge 35% off the collection.  Oh, plus free delivery with purchases over £50.

Portmeirion currently have a special price for a set of 4 dinner plates, side plates and mugs for £99.99 (please note this offer may be on for a limited time, therefore price may revert back to RRP £146).

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Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Christmas Pattern 12 Piece Set

The Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Christmas Pattern collection is available at

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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