It's Christmas time at Adairs


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I have my favourite Christmas objects that come out of storage each year, there’s something quite delightful about reacquainting yourself with the memories of last Christmas and before.

Each year I put a slightly different twist on my core collection. I’ll change a colour, head in a retro direction or go all-out glam. This year I’m considering painting a wall in my lounge to create a festive display with serious impact (stay tuned to see how that one turns out!)

But first, we headed to Adairs to get the jump on their Christmas collection. In true Adairs style they have decorations for all and every home, wether you’re after classic, casual or colourful.

With so much choice we narrowed it down to two looks - traditional and modern


** Keep it classic with this traditional look **

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We started with lots of faux foliage (5 strands to be specific!) this makes the tree lush and plump. 

Next we added lights. I love the lumiere festive string lights because they’re easy to manouever between branches and they give off a crisp bright light.

When you’re taking a classic approach, the colour scheme of white and gold is a winner, providing contrast with the green of the tree. Get your pop with touches of red.

We chose traditional christmassy shapes for our decorations - baubles, bells, and my favourite - the felted friends - their hand-made nature gives the tree a story and sense of humour.

Choose a selection of decorations that cover different sizes and shapes - so you have options for filling all the gaps - but keep to select few designs - five or six designs, en-masse, will provide the biggest impact.

Secret tip

- the best thing about faux trees is that you can bend the ends of the branches to keep the decorations from falling off : )

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Go a step further and paint yourself a classic, Christmas-coloured, backdrop. We used Resene Family Tree - a rich green - and Resene Candy Floss - an explosive hot red.

Our favourite decorations for adding a touch of classic Christmas around the home are this guy - Mr Santa doorstop

…and the snow dome collection. Place them on a stack of books, or make them the key feature of your Christmas shelfie : )


** Mix it up and go modern **

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For a more informal approach to your Christmas styling choose a portable tree, one that can sit on the table or a shelf. 

Go crazy with your colours. Our pick > shades of pink and turquoise - the perfect match for our backdrop of Resene Yowza - a bold, vibrant teal - and Resene Pink Ribbon.

Choose tactile textures like wool and wood to create a more relaxed feel.

Mix it up - take a little bit of tradition - we used baubles and stars - and give them a modern twist by adding unexpected colour and and shapes, like the mushroom and flamingo : )

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And finally, my top 3 Christmas style tips:

Choose a colour and style theme that fits with your home and lifestyle.

Use your wrapping as an added gift - wrap the new kids swimwear in a beach towel, gift your friend a magazine in a beach bag, give your mum a cookbook wrapped inside a ‘Ham bag’ : )

Give yourself time to have fun, Christmas only comes once a year : )

On that note, i’m off to potter in my own home and start planning my festive wall xx

kate alexander