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Have you met Mrs Claus? Bring the party to you



Red and green will always be festive faves but they’re not the only way to deck halls. See how two bloggers bring their personal style to Christmas


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Scandi with a twist

Alex Stedman (, above, describes her personal style as pared back and neutral. “My flat is mostly grey with clean-lined furniture and a bit of colour layered in with cushions and throws,” she explains. At Christmas, she plays to this theme with grey decorations and touches of metallic to add warmth. But minimal doesn’t equal humourless. “I have some naff ornaments I’ve collected from my travels – these are my favourites. Sentiment is always good.”

A riot of bright colour

Emily Murray (, right, is all about fun and colour in her home. “I love using pops of bright colour and mixing old and new; a room doesn’t feel finished unless it has at least one thing with a bit of history – and one thing that’s slightly bonkers,” she says. At Christmas, red and green play second fiddle to neon brights. “I’m not a traditionalist when it comes to motifs either; why have a reindeer bauble when you can have a unicorn?”

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Grey expectations

Bring a Scandi-style Christmas to life with tactile textures like faux fur and knits, and cool tones of light blue, silver and fawn. But don’t confuse muted with minimal – Alex says you shouldn’t be afraid to layer up cushions and throws: “At Christmas, more is more!”

The hero piece in Alex’s home is her artificial tree. “I love that we can pull it down from the loft at any point – even perhaps a little too early! There’s never a bald patch and you can curl the branches so the baubles never fall off.”

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Colour your world

The number one rule for a colourful Christmas is there are no rules – anything goes and the brighter the better. Bring in pops of colour wherever you can, from tree decorations to soft furnishings or even a gold tree. If you’d prefer baby steps, start with presents under the tree. “I like to wrap parcels in bright paper with black or gold ribbon for a luxe look,” says Emily.

The best thing about non-trad accessories is they can stay up long after Christmas is over. “I have a set of multi-coloured baubles that’ve been hanging from the dining room chandelier for four years,” says Emily. Her top tip? “Be playful – try decorating existing items in your home. I have two papier mâché animal heads which I adorn with Santa hats and tinsel crowns, much to my kids’ delight.”

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Photographer: Sean Myers / Stylist: Jennifer Haslam / Hair & make-up artist: Linda Johansson / Writer: Kate Fitzpatrick

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