i’m just going to go straight ahead and say it.
i’ve not had a christmas tree (of any kind) since i was a child. the last one i can remember was when i was about 8 or so. we may have had one a few times beyond that, but not in any time beyond my teens, that i can recall. unlike most families in the UK and worldwide that celebrate christmas, actually *celebrating* it was not a big thing in my family beyond childhood. similar to trees i don’t think we even got or gave presents much beyond that point.
as i’ve said many times before, having a nice meal is the one thing that has always stuck though and in the past 7 or 8 years i’ve always tried to visit my dad close to christmas. one year, when we were still living together he made what we described as ‘sleepy pudding’ because we both dozed off almost immediately after eating it. in reality i think we just ate too much and that was the last sleepy straw. ha, i’ll never forget it though!
my boyfriends family however is the complete opposite, they’re pretty big on christmas and i definitely think it’s rubbed off on me a little. as each year goes by i get a little more into it and allow our flat to get a bit more christmassy. i know i’ll never be full blown christmas obsessed but even getting to this point is huge for me!
i’m not keen on traditional christmas colours, so when i got the opportunity to work with john lewis on a post for preparing your home for christmas – and saw the ostravia range i was really quite taken. when not trying to keep it simple and minimal with festive decor i do love a bit of vintage or vintage style kitsch.
the pinks and mints are perfect for me (look at all these baubles and ornaments!), as well as creams, gold and subtle patterns here and there. i LOVE the glittery gold tree and as it’s quite small it’s not imposing (though it’s definitely eye catching) on a small flat like ours. i feel like the ostravia range is fantastic for those who love all things christmas and want to go totally over the top, and those who want a bit of colour and fanciness without the traditional feel.
the gold underplate i used under the tree can be used year round – i do love items that are multi-purpose and/or can be used on different occasions rather than just being stuck in a cupboard all year. within the ostravia range there are also some gifting items like wrap and trimmings which could also be used for birthdays or other gift giving times.
do you like this range, or do you prefer the more traditional reds and greens? have you put up your christmas decor yet? if so i’d love to see! share with me on twitter.
in collaboration with john lewis – as always, all words and images my own.