Dreaming of a simpler Christmas!

It’s that lovely time of year again – the smell of mulled wine, the mince pies, the ridiculous reindeer sweaters! The present buying, putting up the tree and decorations, lots of delicious food and drink.

But hang on – let’s just stop for a minute.

Keep it simple

Maybe this is the year to simplify and look at some alternative ways of doing things? Some different ways of giving gifts and decorating our houses? Ways of being a little bit greener?

Scandi Christmas

The Scandinavians know how to do it – for them it’s all about the atmosphere, not the material things. It’s about creating memories and spending time with loved ones, friends and family and looking out for those who don’t have people to celebrate with. Eating good food, probably drinking too much now and again, candles, smells, being warm and cosy. That’s what Christmas is all about.

Finding the Perfect Gift

An experience rather than a material present might be the perfect gift for your loved one and is a way of creating lasting memories. We have the perfect gift for someone who loves interior design and decorating – a voucher for one of our Inspiration Days. It’s a great day of exploring interior design. It’s hands on and we have lots of fun making mood boards and exploring colour and materials.

Or why not support a local craftsperson or artist and give something that is not mass produced? Visit your local artisan studios and Christmas fairs. These ceramics are by one of our tutors Lynne Rossington who has a studio in Wimbledon Art Studios.


Go homemade

If you’ve got the time – go home made. The physical act of making decorations is enough to get anyone into the spirit of Christmas – especially if you’ve got those Christmas sounds playing! And the kids will love joining in!

We love these simple decs made out of recycled books. They could just as easily be made from magazines, paper that you paint or decorate – there’s are tons of possibilities! (Etsy Bookity)


The sounds of Christmas

Gotta have those trashy tracks – Michael Bublé and Bing Crosby! – get that playlist on Spotify sorted! Add in some Palestrina Gregorian chants and traditional Christmas Carols for the full gamut of Christmas sounds.

The smells of Christmas

Spice up your house and Christmas tree with homemade gingerbread biscuits, cinnamon sticks, oranges and spice bags – humble and traditional but they do make the house smell divine. Add in a few special glass baubles, some garlands of pine branches and pine cones, some LED lights and you’ve got the Christmas sparkle.

And that’s it – a simpler Christmas sorted!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope that we will meet you in the New Year!

And don’t forget to check out our vouchers for the perfect gift – click on the the link below!


The Interior Design school attracted me because of it’s focus on a really broad range of disciplines and I wanted to explore the inner architect in me. Colour and finishes are just part of the spectrum and the course is perfect for those who truly have a love for interior spaces and want to take it seriously. I turned my back on a corporate career and joined the school after a short taster course – the tools given by Iris and her team are many and you will leave with the training and confidence to go out into the world and start designing commercially for others.

Dee Gibsonowner Velvet Orange Ltd. www.velvetorange.co.uk