Luckily Christmas is for anybody who wants it and comes in all sizes and shapes… and it looks great in any home.
Whether your home is a big space or a cosy little room or two, you can turn it into a haven at least for the month of December.
Here we show some of the Christmas tricks to create a perfect festive spirit in your small home.
1. The Orange decorated with Cloves for Scent
The cosiest of cosy Scandi Christmas decor pieces – which works in both large and small homes – is the orange infused with cloves, the aromatic flower buds of a tree (as pictured above).
It pleases the eye and smells divine, like a warm fire place, cinnamony with hints of a musky fragrance. And it is home made.
It works in a beautiful bowl amongst other fruits or more of the same – but remember to ‘update’ it as the orange will ripen and needs replenishing.
However, most Nordics hang the fragrant orange in the window.
2. The Table Top Christmas Tree
Lack of floor space is a common problem in new builds and starter homes but that shouldn’t stop you from going all Christmassy come December.
As indoor plants in general are enjoying a massive boost in popularity it is now also possible to find stunning trees in pots.
Decorate them gently and place them in a corner, in the window or on the dining table.
But pick a mini tree from a garden centre rather than the nearest supermarket. Splashing a few more dollars or pounds on a well-nourished tree grown by professionals pays off.
The healthier looking the tree the greater the pleasure, and the longer it will last.
If there’s no space for a floor to ceiling christmas tree in your livingroom – go for potted trees like these and decorate them…
3. The Pinecone – the perfect Coffee Table Accessory
They are everywhere on the ground underneath the trees, but we hardly notice them.
Spray the pincone with a little white “snow”, however, and place it on the coffee table then we suddenly do notice it.
The pinecone is the cheapest (free) and one of the most charming “special effects” to help create a Christmas vibe. It works with christmas wreaths and pretty much everything – in the windowsill, hang it in a red ribbon from the centre of the curtain rail or on the kitchen table.
4. The Wreath – How to welcome People into your Home at Christmas
Is there anything more heart warming than when you arrive back after along day at the office to the Christmas wreath hanging on your front door?
Even if it’s just an internal front door – a wreath is an wasy, low meaintenance Christmas decor piece which makes a strong statement as you approach.
5. The Poinsettia – the ‘Christmas Star’
This is our Festive Season favourite. The ‘Christmas Star’ as the poinsettia is called in in some of the Nordic countries.
It features the Christmas colours, red and green, is gloriously decorative and really has the wow factor.
And it’s affordable. You can get a large plant with several flowers for £10 or less than $15.
But in this case you can find a perfectly nice poinsettia at the local supermarket – at the garden centre it will be rather more expensive and the same standard or slightly better.
But this is a plant that is guaranteed to lift the spirit in the cold month of December – those of us living in the cooler North…