From sophisticated silvers to gorgeous jewel tones, we all have our particular tastes when it comes to Christmas décor. Still, there are a few constants we can all agree on when opting for seasonal schemes: Beautiful ornaments, cosy vibes and plenty of personality. Find all three in these six carefully curated looks, showcasing festive accessories that will make your home truly shine this season...
While snow would be a Christmas miracle in the UAE, bring its festive feeling inside with a soft, white scheme that’s clean, fresh and inviting. Add warmth with fluffy materials and accents of wood and copper. Knitted garlands and delicate feather-filled glass baubles are contemporary takes on classic decorations, as are miniature silver baubles tied to gift wrapping.
Pom pom garland, Dh39, Al-Futtaim ACE; Alice of Wonder Bunny chair, price on request, White Moss; Glass bead storage boxes, Dh195 for two, White Moss; Mini tonal baubles on presents, Dh185, set of 100, Crate & Barrel; Transparent glass baubles, Dh20 each, Maisons du Monde; Wooden bauble garland, Dh51, Maisons du Monde; Natural ball ornaments, Dh26 per packet, Maisons du Monde; Wire stars, Dh39, set of 24, Al-Futtaim ACE; Val Thorens faux fur blanket, Dh295, Maisons du Monde.
Alternatively, create a crisp scheme inspired by a frosty winter’s morning with cool blues, icy silvers and sharp edges, seen opposite. Take a minimalist approach and ditch the traditional tree in favour of a pyramid bauble hanger or bauble garland, and use your tree ornaments to adorn other surfaces, like tables and shelves, clustered in glass bowls, votives or vases.
Lady Design Diamonds (cloud) paint backdrop, Dh59.02 per litre, Jotun; Wreath, Dh99, Al-Futtaim ACE Hanging wire stars, Dh39, set of 24, Al-Futtaim ACE; Outline tree with baubles, Dh49, Al-Futtaim ACE; Large silver and blue baubles, Dh39, set of 12, Al-Futtaim ACE; Cube crystal tea lights, Dh55 each, Crate & Barrel; Glass house bauble, Dh25, Maisons du Monde; Snow-effect pine cones, Dh26 per packet, Maisons du Monde; Feather balls, Dh19, Al-Futtaim ACE; Wire stag tree ornament, Dh19, Al-Futtaim ACE; White and gold Noel bauble, Dh30, Maisons du Monde; Mirror cake stand, Dh129, Al-Futtaim ACE; Christmas moon pendant, Dh15, Maisons du Monde.
While tartan is making a comeback, opt for a softer scheme of dusky pink and gentle mauve with slithers of sky blue or lime green for a more contemporary colour palette. Complement with natural materials and items, such as woven wicker baskets and pine cones. Note the miniature wreathes used as a gift wrap accessory above – this is a stylish seasonal trend for gifting and tabletop décor this year.
Tree candle, Dh165, Crate & Barrel; Small flocked pine tree, Dh139, Crate & Barrel; Feather wreaths, Dh25, Al-Futtaim ACE; Gift tags, Dh45, set of 25, Marks & Spencer; Pine cone candle, Dh79, Crate & Barrel; Large glass flower ball, Dh300, Urban Nest; Scandinavian snowflake towel, Dh160, Marks & Spencer; Seagrass basket, Dh185, Crate & Barrel; Gonk (gnome) on a spring, Dh39, Al-Futtaim ACE.
Woodland animals can be found scampering across many A/W collections, against a backdrop of creamy beige, soft browns, warm russet and copper, while the amber tones of autumn forests seems to be an inspiring theme for many 2018 Christmas collections. For tabletops, windowsills and trees, the key to creating a woodland scheme is plenty of layering, creating a cosy thicket of festive décor.
Pine cone garland, Dh309, Crate & Barrel; Rose-gold bauble garland, Dh179, Al-Futtaim ACE; Acacia wedge round wooden server, Dh115, Crate & Barrel; Skating animal figurines, Dh19 each, Al-Futtaim ACE; Tree candle, Dh49, Crate & Barrel; Wooden pine cone candle holder, Dh50, Maisons du Monde; Ferm LIVING blue-drip scented candle, Dh114, Marmarland; Small bronze tea light holder, Dh9, Al-Futtaim ACE; Copper placemat, Dh69, Crate & Barrel; Forest bell jar tree decoration, Dh30, Maisons du Monde; Copper charger plate, Dh69, Crate & Barrel; Brass Moscow mule mug, Dh69, Crate & Barrel; Reindeer tree plate, Dh35, Al-Futtaim ACE; Wrap copper napkin ring, Dh19, Crate & Barrel; Gift tags from Marks & Spencer and Maisons du Monde.
We’re wishing everyone a happy “kitschmas” with novelty decorations in the shape of candy, palm trees, pineapples – 2018’s favourite motif – and other quirky designs. Matching the balmy weather, a brighter festive scheme is perfect for the UAE.
Fenomastic My Home Rich Matt Arctic Blue paint background, Dh14.36 per litre, Jotun; Wood ladder, Dh250, White Moss; Hanging pineapples, Dh15, Al-Futtaim ACE and Dh115, for set of three, Marks & Spencer; Coconut tree lights, Dh29, Al-Futtaim ACE; Hanging baubles, Dh139, set of 18, Crate & Barrel; Baubles on presents, Dh30, set of 16, Marks & Spencer; Round pineapple beach towel, Dh90, Pink Cactus at Namshi; Striped orb ornaments, Dh29 each, Crate & Barrel; Candy wrapper ornaments, Dh29 each, Crate & Barrel; Candy jar tree ornament, Dh25, Al Futtaim ACE; Cactus doormat, Dh65, Maisons du Monde; Rattan cactus pot, Dh125, White Moss; Kurt Adler ice cream tree décor, Dh55, Al-Futtaim ACE; Flamingo figurine, Dh40, Al-Futtaim ACE.
Decadent, desirable jewel tones are often a popular decorative palette for the entertaining season, and the deep, bottomless blue of the ocean leads this year’s most glamorous colour trend, complemented by elegant emerald tones and dark, autumnal purple – think the darkest depths of an amethyst – suggestive of rich plumage, precious jewels and lavish ball gowns. While matt finishes add a tactile contrast, use shiny velvets and silks to emphasise the luxurious nature of these colours. Ignore contemporary gift wrapping ideas in favour of classic silk ribbons and bows, while tinted glass, brass and glitter are a must for candle holders, tree décor and other festive ornaments.
Sequin peacock feather stems, Dh39 each, Al-Futtaim ACE; Blue fabric poinsettia stem, Dh19, Al-Futtaim ACE; Red feather balls (in vases), Dh19, Al-Futtaim ACE; Gold and blue glass vase, Dh135, Maisons du Monde; Emmett brass tapered candlesticks, medium and large, Dh109 and 125, Crate & Barrel, Glass and metal candle holder, Dh70, Maisons du Monde; Glittery blue baubles, Dh39, set of 12, Al-Futtaim ACE; Chalet triangle stocking holder, Dh115, Crate & Barrel; Midnight blue bauble (in stocking holder), Dh10, Maisons du Monde; Blue snowflake ornaments, Dh7 for two, Al-Futtaim ACE; Tinted glass candle holders: Maisons du Monde and Home and Soul. Tall, flameless pillar candle, Dh69 in small London hurricane cylinder, Dh115, Crate & Barrel; Gold glitter star ornaments, Dh29, Crate & Barrel; Plum knit throw, Dh530, Maisons du Monde; Green Calathea medallion plant, Dh85, Home and Soul.
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For details on fabrics and wallpapers used, see InsideOut’s December 2018 issue.
Art direction and styling by Eleanor Joslin, assisted by Nathalie Bachir. Photography by Stefan Lindeque