Get Creative This Christmas

Get Creative This Christmas

The Face Of Windermere And Kendal Magazine 

The Face Of Windamere and Kendal is a free premium, glossy, lifestyle magazine with a circulation of 10,000 copies and 35,000 + readers. It has 10 printed issues per year and a target demographic of the local communities of Windermere and Kendal plus the visitor and tourist economy. The magazine is delivered hand to selected postcodes and businesses. It is also available from the tourist information centres in Bowness and Kendal and Oxeholme Railway Station. The distribution footprint is within the Lake District National Park and includes the well known centres of Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside which surveys indicate have approximately 15.8 million visitors per year. Regular Features include – Health & Fitness – Interior Design – Fashion – Motoring – Whats On – Useful Numbers – Crossword – Cartoon – Business – Classified – Art – local walks.

Luci Living Design is delighted to have been asked to write a number of interior design and home decor articles for Face Of Windermere and Kendal which have been published in their printed magazine


1 Dec 2012 – Face Of Windermere And Kendal – Get Creative This Christmas

Creative Christmas

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about decorating our homes ready for Christmas. Whether your style is classic and traditional or cool and contemporary let our experts at Luci Living Design help you to create a beautiful interior for your home with tips and trends for the season.

White & Wonderful

For a dreamy ‘winter wonderland’ look that is always stylish and sophisticated, stick to the ‘White Christmas’ theme. This stunning scheme is completely adaptable therefore it works in any interior regardless of room size. The key to this look not appearing too flat is to add plenty of variety and texture to your design by using a wide range of materials and finishes. For example mix matt white with shimmering and reflective decorations along with twinkling crystal pieces that reflect the lights on your tree adding depth along with more than a touch of glitz and glamour. Opt for a white tree with white lights and use frosted pine cones, iced twigs, glittered snowflakes and fake snow  to enhance your perfectly created ‘winter wonderland’ setting. If you did want to break up this scheme with a splash of colour keep it to natural green or a just a touch of silver or gold. Group various sized white candles together to create a simple yet effective focal point. This is ideal for along a mantelpiece or in the centre of a coffee table. To finish add lots of love, baubles and sparkly bits!

Glamorous & Gorgeous

To create a classic and traditional home this Christmas stick with staple festive colours such as red, gold and dark green. This design theme lends itself perfectly to the introduction of some penny-saving natural materials to decorate your home and a real festive feel. For example adorn your wall hung pictures and mirrors with sprigs of holly, add a festive must-have ivy garland across your mantelpiece or table and of course no Christmas interior is complete without the obligatory mistletoe hanging above the door. Including these natural materials throughout your home will keep a consistent theme flowing with the focal point of course being your Christmas tree. Stick to reds and golds for your baubles and decorations for a classic festive finish. You might want to enhance these with some imitation decorations for longevity and colour such as berries, cones and pine garlands. Incorporating alternative decorations to your tree such as red and gold ribbon bows will add extra charm to your décor. Use the same decorations you use on your tree along your mantelpiece or on the table to help to bring the room together. Accessorise with centrepiece candles on an attractive platter or mirrored tray to finish off this glamorous and traditional style.

Bold & Beautiful

Stepping away from a traditional Christmas theme, why not give your home a monochrome makeover which will lend itself perfectly if you prefer a more contemporary style. Although certainly not a traditional Christmas colour, black works very well in this festive season if used correctly. Simplicity is the key to achieving this look. Depending on how ‘bold’ you dare to be generally use white as the base colour of your decorations, integrating black sporadically throughout your home. For example, use simple white lights on your tree to soften the look mixing in with a limited number of black baubles, adding feathers and elegant decorations. If you want to create a touch of glamour introduce some black glittered decorations to your tree, these will reflect your lights adding some shimmer and sparkle to your Christmas. Fill a bowl with a mixture of black and white baubles to use as additional décor and invest in a black candelabra as your dining table centrepiece creating a striking feature. To complete this clean lined look wrap your presents with simple white wrapping paper but finish with an extravagant black bow to place under your tree adding a simple finishing touch to your bold and beautiful Christmas look.

Colourful & Creative

Give your interior the Lapland treatment by injecting some festive fun and vibrant colour into your home for this holiday season. Use strong contrasting colours for your decorations and gift wrapping. This style works particularly well in a young family home and it is a great opportunity to get everybody involved by choosing décor that incorporates favourite colours. You can also easily make edible treats, Christmas crackers, colourful paper garlands and fabric bunting decoration to add to the scheme. It’s hard to go wrong but keep in mind that this scheme will have the most impact in a neutral setting as adding multiple colours into a space with an existing colour scheme will not give the same ‘wow factor’. To achieve the look think Scandinavian and use a mixture of rustic, shabby chic pieces along with traditional Christmas decorations. Involve your Christmas table with this bright, beautifully eclectic style theme by mixing colours, textures and patterns to suit your families taste and style. Add different coloured platters to table settings and empty a pack of mini coloured baubles into a big bowl for impact. Brighten up the room and create a magical theme with colourful fairy lights and your handmade garlands. Take this colourful creative theme outside and make a bauble wreath to add a contemporary touch to your front door. This Christmas scheme has a little something for everyone.

Top Tips

When decorating start with your tree, this will give a basis to your colour scheme and style that you can then continue throughout the rest of your home.

Invest in or make a Christmas wreath for your front door. Use greenery for a traditional look or coloured baubles for a more contemporary style. Create a welcoming festive feel before even entering your home.

Unleash your creativeness and personalise this Christmas by making, recycling and reviving dated decorations; mix them with your new ones to give an effortless eclectic look.

By Charlotte Brewer and Rachel Hoppley at Luci Living Design


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