The Christmas countdown by interior designer, Diana Civil

woodland winter wonderland


Restyle a sideboard into a festive tablescape with a collection of your favourite accessories.

Carpet: Nordic Berber Peat Cobble Carpet, Carpetright.

Furniture and accessories from Dunelm.


Go for glam with these shining examples

Christmas might be just around the corner and the excitement is growing, but it’s not too late to add those all important finishing touches and follow our top tips to keep your rooms looking good throughout the festive season.

Dress up your sofa for the festive season with this Sequin stag cushion, Debenhams

Rearrange your room to make space for a large eye catching tree.

Carpet Toronto Ivory carpet, Carpetright

Furniture and decorations from Dunelm

Quite often, rearranging your furniture to accommodate your tree shows signs of wear and indents on your carpet.  Vacuum the carpet well and use a coin to work the carpet pile back upright.   Ice cubes can also work to revitalise the pile, by placing them on the indents to give the carpet pile a boost but be sure not to over water your carpet.  Remember to add furniture cups to your Christmas wish list – not the most glamorous of things to buy but they really do work!

If your flooring has seen better days it might be a last minute rush to buy a new one, but there’s just time to nip to Carpetright. With flooring in store on the roll ready to go – it’s a great way of transforming a room in an instant and there are some great bargains to be had from just a few pounds per square metre.

Inject some instant style with this Celebration Silver Rug, Carpetright

Make a statement with a luxurious textured rug with a metallic shimmer – silver rug, Carpetright.

If new flooring is just too much to think about then better still layer up your carpet or floorboards with a rug or two to add a cosy touch underfoot – it’s a really quick and easy way to add a focal point in a room as well as revitalise a tired scheme in an instant with a splash of colour and texture.  Whatever look you love for your Christmas decorating scheme choose a rug that adds to the feel and mood that you want to create from rustic woodland neutrals to shimmering shining metallics.

Go for a magical look with a frosted tree and fairytale decorations, Wilko

Trees and carpets are not the best of friends but if you’ve gone for a real tree then make sure you have it in a large bucket of water to keep it looking its best. Try to keep it away from radiators and direct sunlight too – this will help slow down the rate of needle drop.  Vacuum your floor regularly to prevent the needles from getting stuck in the fibres.


Be inspired by these rustic treats

Add a fun feature with this festive doormat from a selection at Dunelm

With family and friends doing the rounds, a festive doormat at the front door is not only a welcoming touch but is also a great way of preventing dirt and grit from being traipsed into your home.  There are some fun designs around that add a quirky touch and a seasonal greeting.

Welcome your guests in style with a festive flourish

– choose a selection of Pot Grown trees and a fresh wreath, Dobbies

A tactile textured carpet topped with a smart coordinated rug adds a warm and cosy look,

Nordic Berber Mink Cobble Carpet, bespoke leather trimmed rug both Carpetright

An open fire is the ultimate accessory for creating that magical look and cosy ambience in your home but if you are lucky enough to have one then ensure that you have a fire guard to prevent sparks from scorching your flooring.

Go for an everlasting wreath with this Pine cone Star with snow, Dobbies

Everyone will love this Tartan Boot tree decoration, Dobbies

Get a forest feel with this White Bird Tree Decoration, Homesense


* Make your own aromatic potpourri with studded oranges, dried orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nuts and pine cones – it will create a decorative finishing touch and centrepiece for any room in your home.

*Wrap your parcels in brown parcel paper, tie with string and cut out leaf shape tags from card –a beautiful homespun look to your tree.

*Cut out a hole in the top of an apple and pop in a tealight for a festive centrepiece candle display on your dining table.

*Use any leftover baubles from the tree to add colour and sparkle around the house piled onto cake-stands, platters and on shelves for added glamour.

*Don’t neglect the front door – decorate it with a wreath for a colourful inviting touch.

*Write to Santa – Don’t forget that all important letter, glass of milk and carrot for Santa & Rudolph.

*Show off your Christmas cards by arranging them on the wall in a tree shape or peg them together on some pretty ribbon.

*Scented candles are a must for a festive glow.  Chose candles with an aromatic fragrance such as cinnamon or mulled wine.

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