For a stylish home this festive season, look no further than tips from Alexander James Interiors, designers of Crest Nicholson’s fabulous Upper Longcross show home.
Fiona Huish Head of Styling at Alexander James says, “Here at Alexander James Interiors we find that developers incorporate many of the traditional features of period homes in their ‘New Build’ properties to add character and because they are sought after by would-be buyers. At this time of year they can truly enhance a property with added decorations for a heart-warming family Christmas! Open fireplaces with mantle pieces, log burners, window sills, window seats and beautiful bannisters are all perfect to showcase beautiful decorations and create some festive spirit!”
Time to deck the halls!
First impressions count. Welcome your guests this winter with a beautiful festive wreath on your front door. A traditional wreath can be embellished with faux or artificial foliage, berries, seed heads, and seasonal flowers providing a stunning welcome to guests. Whether you opt for a real one or go faux (which are almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing these days and are hassle free) ensure you add a beautiful bow and baubles to finish.
Garlands add brilliant accent touches to a room. Whether adorning a fireplace mantlepiece or carefully winding up banisters to ensure Christmas continues upstairs, ensure it matches your wreath or tree theme for a harmonious look throughout.
Obviously, the Christmas tree takes centre stage and is the main focal point of the décor. Select a tree as big as the space allows to create impact. When selecting a location for your tree, lounges and hallways are most popular (however don’t forget to check where plug sockets are to allow for lighting and compensate by buying battery lights if needed). If the room has an accent colour/s – usually brighter or darker than the more muted colours of sofas, carpets or paintwork, these can be continued on to the tree to unify the look as can floral decorations for coffee tables, consoles or any other furniture with a surface that can be decorated.
If you are not bound by an existing room’s colour scheme there are no limits and this year’s rainbow tree look is very on-trend. This is an ombre effect with gradual shading of layers of the tree and this look offers a more contemporary vibe. On trend colours for baubles this season include all colours of blue but particularly midnight or navy blue and the same with green especially bottle green and other dark green shades mixed with black. At the end of the day there are no hard and fast rules, just personal taste and ever-changing trends!
Add ambience to your room with hurricane lamps or lanterns. Tea lights also work well adding a cosy flicker of warmth on either a mantlepiece or at the dining table. Hurricane lamps don’t have to contain only candles – baubles, string lights and even topiary or succulents for outdoor arrangements or faux foliage for inside can turn them into lovely terrariums.
Dining table settings can be enhanced with festive plate chargers or place mats, beautifully hand-written place names and individual tea lights at each plate. A fabulous floral arrangement with a winter twist/shimmer will make the most important meal of the year truly special.
Bedrooms – especially children’s can usually accommodate a small fun tree, festive bunting, stockings or mittens filled with treats. Illuminated stars are great for bringing real magic and come in so many finishes, great for on top of bedroom furniture individually or in groups. Window sills are perfect for advent or woodland back lit scenes, and large hurricane lamps can be filled with baubles, small wrapped gifts or battery lights for floor decoration.
Add warmth to window seats or end of bed ottomans and make them cosy with warm knitted or fur throws, seasonal books and a few perfectly made ‘presents’ as decor
Continue the festivities outside with the addition of soft lighting via lanterns placed within view of the house. Any outdoor tables can be included in the festivities by adding hurricanes, lanterns and foliage for a great view from the warmth of the house!
Test it out at Upper Longcross
Why not try all this in a brand-new home at Upper Longcross?
Upper Longcross is an outstanding and highly sought-after collection of new-build homes, forming Surrey’s newest Garden Village. Nestled within mature woodland, with sustainable and contemporary living at its heart, Upper Longcross enhances Surrey’s natural landscape with a refined collection of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom houses and 2 bedroom apartments.
This is no ordinary housing development. Upper Longcross is the first residential phase of a visionary plan which will see Crest Nicholson establish a thriving new Garden Village with opportunities to live, work and socialise within one uniquely integrated community.
The five bed ‘Trent’ at Upper Longcross is available from £1,250,000 and is currently available with stamp duty paid and part-exchange. For more information, or to book an appointment with our sales team, please call 01932 967020 or visit our website. The Sales & Marketing Suite is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.