Christmas doesn't have to be hard. This year, dial down on the stress and count off these easy decor tips to get your home looking festive and fine!
Holy log cakes, it’s almost Christmas! We’ve been singing All I want for Christmas from our playlist ever since Mariah surfaced from her slumber to bring us our yearly Yuletide cheer. And since we’re days away from the most festive of the ‘ber’ months, it’s time to pull out the fir tree and get a head start on festive decor. Sure, it sounds like a stressful task but it doesn’t have to be. Take these five easy as eggnog tips to get you going…
Let there be (fairy) lights
Nope, you can never have enough of these twinkling string lights in your life. For some inspiration, check out the glow of Christmas lights dotting the island, and don’t stop till your home starts looking like one of those pictures on Pinterest or the Future World crystal universe exhibit. Put them in jars, drape them around your curtains, go overboard with the tree, leave them on the dinner table or wrap it around yourself (‘cos why the hell not) – there’s no way you can go wrong with these. But if the folks living three blocks down can spot your house, maybe bring down a string or two.
Ever, ever, evergreen…
We can live with a snow-less Christmas but it ain’t festive without the tree! Real, fake, big or small, propping up a centrepiece in your living room is the easiest way to get your Christmas on. We’ve been tree spotting and have found the best places to buy gorgeous Christmas trees in Singapore. If the idea of a big fat tree doesn’t appeal to your aesthetics, consider this chic DIY holiday wreath by florist Ask A French. And nothing screams Christmas in the tropics much like a pretty pineapple dressed with baubles and whatnot.
Shake things up
A squeaky clean home? That’s reason enough for us to celebrate. For Christmas, we recommend doing something extra crazy like rearranging the furniture. The more drastic, the greater the effect.
Turn up the aircon, pretend like you’re in the Tundra and dress up boring shelves, doors and walls with wreaths, pine cones and garlands. We’re running to Crate and Barrel for the red berry wreath from our dreams and Ikea and Courts for garlands, decoratives and LED candles in every shape and size.
Florists in Singapore are going into overdrive with their sinfully beautiful preserved creations. Best part? Unlike Poinsettias that look out of place once January rolls in, dried flowers arrangements (if cared for well) look all kinds of wonderful all year round. Hit up florists like Petite Fleur, Floral Kokoro and Wonderland Botanicals for farmhouse chic blooms.
If it smells like Christmas…
Sure, we can simmer a pot of oranges, cloves and cinnamon. But will we really? Instead, we’re putting on a diffuser with the dreamiest of scents. Infuse your home with Cedarwood essential oil by Mmerci Encore or bring home a waterless and heatless Christmas tree diffuser by Flo that doubles up as a festive thingamajig. And if you want to be extra, baking bread will do it too.