This is the time of year that we can let our imaginations loose, transforming our homes with gorgeous lights, ornaments and foliage from our gardens and local woods. And there is no shortage of shops in West Cork to choose this year’s decorations from.
Dressing the tree is one of the nicest things to do with your family at Christmas time, especially if you have decorations collected or handmade over the years that hold memories or have special meaning. Try out Karen’s amazing edible stained glass decorations in this issue.
However, if fashion dictates your Christmas interior, then you will also want to take the latest trends into account.
While you can’t go wrong with traditional using natural materials like wood, paper and glass at Christmas time, monochrome is very in this season. Try creating an elegant decor focusing on one color. It’s harder than it sounds! Vary your chosen color with adjacent shades and using it in different textures.
If the festive season for you is all about colour, then you’ll be happy to hear that bright colours are also on trend for Christmas 2013. Pink and purple teamed with silver and white just shout out ‘tis the season to be merry’. Why not go very different this year and hang candy colour decorations off a white tree? It seems that tinsel has also made a comeback. And, remember those shiny bright garlands hung from every ceiling in Ireland in the eighties…they’re back too!
Or you could use glittery neutrals teamed with beautiful home made or fair trade decorations made from natural materials. Etain Hickey Collections in Clonakilty stocks a selection of beautiful fair trade and local decorations, many made from materials like paper, tin, felt or wood. The Old Mill Stores in Connon-agh has some beautiful copper stars that will add style to any tree or pop in to Michelle Mitton Design Gallery in Clonakilty for some lovely white hearts with heartwarming messages.
Stowaway in Bantry also carries some beautiful traditional decorations, some with a twist such as a snowman with long legs and red and white hearts.
A simple way to give a home the Christmas feel throughout is to add to each room several similar elements in the same style and color as the main decoration. For example, make a handmade miniature Christmas trees, decorate them and place a glass vase with Christmas balls on tables or shelves in every room.
The Craft Shop, Bantry sells all locally made decorations with a beautiful ceramic snowman made in Kilbrittain. For something more exotic, take a trip to The Green Door In Glengarriff for South American, fair trade glass and enamel decorations.
Create your own garland over the fireplace by combining pine branches with Christmas decorations, berries, fruit, pinecones and raffia, to beautiful effect.
Add poinsetta plants or Amaryllis to your rooms. Twist garland or popcorn strings around railings or banisters and secure here and there with tape.
Pick some nice branches from the garden, place in your best vase and decorate with LED lights and sparkly decorations.
Sit back with a glass of warm mulled wine and enjoy the fruits of your efforts.