Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Get ahead for Christmas

Strolling down London's Kings Road yesterday, admiring all the beautiful Christmas windows, it dawned on me that there is only six weeks until the 25th December.

Most of us love visitors but it might all seem a little overwhelming especially at Christmas as the expectations and emotions run high.

I figured it might be quite handy to share some ideas with you of how to get ahead of the game.


First impressions always count, so be sure to have your hallway or entrance hall in tip top order.
You might want to just de-clutter your entrance from coats and shoes and make sure you have enough hanging space for your guests belongings. Maybe add a hook or invest in a funky coat stand.
You might want to add a fresh coat of paint to walls and ceiling to brighten up the space.
Think about adding a statement chair , stool or a bench near the entrance and perhaps, hang a picture or two or a statement mirror on the wall.
You can add warmth by placing a rug or runner and finish off the ambience with Christmas decorations, scented candles and twinkly lights.

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Guest Room

Whether you have family visiting or friends staying overnight, a spare bed or a sofa bed will be a bonus.
Consider refreshing the spare room by creating a feature wall with paint, hang some gorgeous new wallpaper or add some artwork to the walls.
Invest in new bedding. Crisp white linen will work every time and keep gorgeous throws and blankets handy for extra warmth and comfort.
Set up a bedside table, add lamp, alarm clock and reading material for a homely touch.

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Living Space

De-clutter your living area and make sure you have enough comfortable seating for everyone.
Comfy, large cushions work well also for seating on the floor, if space is tight.
Add small tables for drinks and nibbles or have plenty of trays to hand.
Light plenty of candles and light the fire to add to that relaxed holiday feel.

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If the bathroom is looking tired and neglected this could be a great opportunity to sort it out.  But as time is limited, I would just advice you to tackle some minor issues that might just be enough to bring the bathroom up to scratch. 
Clean, clean and clean. Scrub all surfaces till they shine again, sort out any leaking taps and shower heads.
Ensure visitors have new fluffy towels to hand and invest in some gorgeous new bath products.
Home fragrance oils and scented candles always help.


This is the one room that I can guarantee will see a lot of visitors over the holiday season, so try and make it interesting. Try hanging some quirky wallpaper as this often works brilliantly in smaller spaces.
Alternatively think about hanging photos or pictures. Make it fun!
Remember to put out luxury soaps and hand cream, not forgetting fresh hand towels.

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All this done, it's now time to sit back, relax and wait for the guests to arrive.
Enjoy! Kx

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