Styling the Seasons – December 2015

I love the lead up to Christmas, probably far more than the day itself. I love cosying up at home, making, cooking and preparing; those quiet, candlelit afternoons making and wrapping presents –  just love it all! Therefore, I wanted the first of those afternoons to be all about setting up this month’s Styling the Seasons.

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

We went for a walk in the park and I brought home a big fallen branch (with Otto going nuts trying to jump up and steal it from me) and let it dry out for a few days. I painted it white and then strung it up over my dining table (using command hooks stuck to the ceiling) with a bit of help from Jules. I wrapped the branch with sparkly lights and hung a few tea light lanterns. I made a few bundles of herbs from my balcony (bay leaves, thyme and rosemary) and some eucalyptus and myrtle that I bought at the market last weekend. I added glitter to a swan feather that Jules had found in the park and added one glass bird tree ornament. Such an easy thing to do and it was a very happy afternoon putting it together.

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

Sheep skin on chairs from Modern Rugs.

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I sprayed the bottom half of the swan feather with glue and added gold glitter.

On the table itself are the remains from preparing my Christmas branch and some hyacinths that I potted up for the  festive season in a vintage jelly mould. I have added sheep skins from the Modern Rugs to the dining chairs for the winter and I love the way they look, as well as how soft and cosy they make my Ercol chairs.

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

Nordic mini lanterns from The White Company. Make sure you string them up with metal wire, not string.

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

We had a dinner party the evening after we’d put the branch up and it was so lovely sitting under the lights and candles. The herbs also smell amazing.

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

Bundles of rosemary, eucalyptus and bay leaves, which smell wonderful.

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - December 2015 | Christmas branch | Christmas table decorations | Nordic style Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

I have never liked the traditional red and glitz of Christmas in my small home; I never feel like I have enough space for it and it just feels like clutter. However, bringing the outdoors in feels so much fresher and simpler.

Charlotte and I would love for you to join us this month and style a surface in your home to show what this month means to you. Blog about it or post a picture on your favourite social media platform and tag us in so we can see. We can not wait to see all your festive decorations!

Katy x

 

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13 Comments

  1. Charlotte 2nd December 2015 / 9:05 pm

    I LOVE this – there’s nothing that makes me happier than a Christmas stick. I dragged mine home a few weeks ago and it’s the best thing ever! X

  2. Valerie 2nd December 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Beautiful! do you use battery lights and if so where do you hide the battery pack? thanks

    • Katy 2nd December 2015 / 10:01 pm

      I taped it to the back of the branch – it’s only small. So glad you like it xx

  3. Sophie 2nd December 2015 / 10:04 pm

    It’s beautiful

  4. Alice 3rd December 2015 / 11:05 am

    How are you hanging that branch from the ceiling? I really want to do this in my home but I don’t know how to make it secure (or cat-proof!).
    Any advice would be much appreciated. Your styling is lovely 🙂
    Alice x

    • Katy 3rd December 2015 / 2:36 pm

      I have stuck two Command hooks (the strong ones that can hold 5kg) on the ceiling and strung the branch up with just normal string. Alternatively you could use cup hooks screwed into the ceiling. xx

  5. Candy Pop 3rd December 2015 / 11:07 am

    Oh my goodness, I love this so much. Have a fabulous December, Katy! x

  6. Heather 4th December 2015 / 9:21 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. I really want to give the branch from the ceiling a go – using command strips is a great idea x

  7. Mary 4th December 2015 / 1:42 pm

    Sheep skins on chairs! Why have I never thought of that?! Perfect x

    • Katy 4th December 2015 / 5:45 pm

      You must do it! Honestly, makes everything so much more snuggly and cosy. Mine are from Modern Rugs and they are perfect x

  8. Cate 4th December 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, I really love it! Such a clever, beautiful idea and a great alternative to a bog standard christmas tree! xx

  9. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 6th December 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Oh Katy, this is just lovely. I love the white and green together. It has a lovely fresh feeling about it. We’ve just hung a stick from my eldest’s ceiling with command hooks. I love them! He has snowflakes hanging from his though as he wanted it to snow in his room xx

  10. June Anderson 27th December 2015 / 5:36 pm

    A lovely statement piece! Fun, fresh, and festive!

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