Simple and stylish festive decorating ideas

In her inspiring new book, Selina Lake shows how to add sparkly light and winter wonder to a festive home


If you’re lucky enough to have access to one, a rustic barn is a perfect place to host a New Year’s Eve party. I styled this New Year’s Eve dinner table with white and green and added metallic elements along with plenty of faux furs, snug blankets and a few plug-in heaters to keep guests warm. Down the middle of the table I scattered fresh green pickings from the garden to create a centrepiece, and then arranged pots of hyacinths and hellebores with candles and oversized gold baubles. The cute mini Bundt cakes by Retro Sugar were piled onto two cake stands balanced on top of each other, and sparklers added a New Year vibe. A giant honeycomb bauble decoration from Talking Tables hangs above the table.


Bunting doesn’t have to just be something for the warmer months. Here’s a wonderfully simple, cheap and pretty idea to fill an indoor space with a sense of celebration. I love using fairy lights in my home and I keep them up all year round – the light is so soft and pretty that it gives any space ambience. To make the bunting, I hung up some string above and below the lights and then cut out long rectangular pieces of lace paper and parcel paper, which I folded tightly over the string at regular intervals. You can secure the paper with a little piece of sticky tape
on the inside of the fold if you need to.


You’ll need a collection of papers in your choice of colours (I used a mix of patterned and plain brown papers), scissors, a pencil, leaves to act as templates and pictures of woodland animals for copying or tracing. You’ll also need a sewing machine that can cope with sewing through paper, and thread of your choice. Place the leaves on the paper and draw around them, then draw or trace some woodland animals (I’ve gone for rabbits and squirrels). Cut out all the shapes and sew them together, pulling the thread to leave a gap between each character, but not cutting it. Make the garland to your desired length and then cut off the thread and tape the top of the thread to the wall.

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