Christmas at the Little’s 2021

This year has been crazy, and just like the rest of the world we decided to take the opportunity to do some more renovations on our house while we’ve been spending so much time at home. Having half the house under construction really hindered my Christmas decorating efforts. So, I focused on the one and only clean space in my home right now, our living room, which also happens to be my favourite room to decorate.

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I can’t wait to share it with you as part of the #itsacolorfullifetour hosted by one of the most stylish gals around – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles

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Join in the party on Instagram by posting your colorful Christmas decor and using #ItsAColorfulLifeTour!
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If you’ve found your way here from Jennifer Tatertots & Jello – WELCOME!

This year I decided to take my inspiration from the colour that keeps popping up everywhere in my house … green, I just can’t get enough of it lately. I didn’t stick to a super strict colour palette like I usually do, I bought the green baubles this year and then added baubles from past years in shades of brown, white and lots of metallics.

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This was the first year I’ve had a flocked tree, I’ve wanted one for ages and now we are finally in our forever home I thought it was time to add one to the collection. I am completely obsessed with it, it has over 6000 lights and it absolutely glows!

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Having a mantle is so fun to decorate, but if you don’t have one you can create the same vibe on a cabinet, sideboard, hall table or even on your bedhead, just get creative.

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I had intended to keep the mantle very pulled back and neutral with just some garland and baubles, then I stumbled across these super cute stockings in the perfect shades of green and the prelit trees that look like they were made to go in my fireplace opening and it all just went downhill from there, Christmas exploded on my mantle.

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The little houses are one of my favourite finds this year, they hold tealight candles and look very sweet with the candle light shining out their little windows.

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Speaking of houses, this pale pink one makes a pretty centrepiece for some sparkly trees on my cabinet next to the fireplace.

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 I really love our Christmas decor this year, I think I say that every year, and I’m sure I’ll say it again next year, but for now let’s just enjoy one year at a time!

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Pop over and say Hello to Lori at Southern Nell’s Gracious Living next and don’t forget to have a peek at all the beautiful homes on our #itsacolorfullife Christmas tour.

 I hope you all have the most amazing Christmas!
I hope you are able to see your loved ones and squeeze them tight!

Merry Christmas from me to you, Hx

It’s a Colourful Life – Christmas Home Tour

This year I was invited to join some of my favourite bloggers on a Christmas home tour.
The gorgeous Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles and Rachel from Pencil Shaving Studio put this one together and I am so excited with the group of gorgeous girls they have handpicked for you!

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Firstly, let me just say I am totally chuffed to be part of such a fabulous group. I feel like I’ve found my tribe with these colour loving gals, their homes are bright, bold and beautiful and I love them all.

OK, If you are following the tour, you’ve probably just come from the self-proclaimed freak herself, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, her pops of bright colour and amazing wallpaper selections always makes me smile.
(The full list of the home tour is at the bottom of this post)

Let’s go!
Today I’m going to share my living room and bedroom with you.

I recently discovered plaid, I mean I knew it existed, but I have ever used it in my home before. Then I found a fabulous plaid at Pottery Barn that has a touch of blue in it, so it mixes back with my #blueandwhite home beautifully. Now, I have a little obsession with plaid, OK, make that a BIG obsession with plaid! It was my inspiration for this years Christmas colour palette, I pulled the red and green from the plaid, and added it to my existing blue and white decor.

I’ve also added lots of metallic accents like mercury glass, silver and galvanised metal to give it some sparkle!

Lets start in my living area where you are welcomed with pops of red and lots of plaid which is perfect with my blue and white ticking sofa.

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My favourite thing is this room is the sweet pillow with embroidered and beaded details. The colour and art have a vintage vibe that I adore, and the map of the North Pole has been a great conversation starter with the kids.

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I also adore these gorgeous little sugared fruit decorations that I found at my supermarket for 80 cents each, proving that it doesn’t cost a fortune to decorate your home!

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Just off the living room and next to the kitchen is this little area that I have turned into a FROZEN hot chocolate bar. It’s summer in Australia and too hot for the traditional hot chocolate so we’ve put in our own spin on it. The kids absolutely love it and it’s getting quite the workout!

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Everyone has their own mug and we have a few spares for guests.

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I designed the artwork myself and my Dad brought it to life. It was a quick and easy activity and I love that it is personalised with our family name.
I bought the large frame from a local thrift store for a few dollars, the frame was originally a yellow pine wood, it only took me a few minutes to spray paint it white. My Dad has a giant printing machine so he printed my artwork to look like a blackboard, I’m sure you could get this done at your local printers. Then I added 2 small brass rings to the top of the frame to use the ribbon for hanging.

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And as for the frozen hot chocolate, here’s a couple I prepared earlier …

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Let’s go to my bedroom next where the backdrop of my blue walls really makes the red and plaid pop!

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I’ve paired it with all white bed linen to keep it from looking too dark, and added the Merry & Bright pillowslips for a festive touch.

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I popped some traditional Christmas flowers – amaryllis – on the bedsides in these gorgeous glass vases, I love the little bit of sparkle the mercury glass vase brings.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colourful Christmas home tour!
I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas decor over the next few weeks on my Instagram here.

 Now, refresh your cup of tea or glass of wine, and pop over to all of Tuesdays and Wednesday’s home tours, they are listed below, seriously guys, there is so much inspiration in these gals homes and style, you don’t want to miss them!

Then tomorrow start with Pencil Shavings Studio and say hello to Rachel who loves blue and white nearly as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

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 Happy Christmas Decorating!

Hayley x

Our Christmas Tree 2018

You know those cartoons you see of people putting their Christmas tree up and they are tied up in the string lights and cursing at the tangled mess?

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That was me, I am not a very patient or coordinated person, until last year when I got myself a Balsam hill pre-lit tree. It was like all my Christmas’ came at once, it was so easy to put up and the lighting was already done for me. It’s like a plug and play christmas tree!

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So, this year, I’ve gone bigger and better with a 210cm pre-lit Silverado tree and it’s the prettiest tree we’ve ever had. We have selected a stunning range of glass ornaments and sparkly decorations and I feel like our tree is sophisticated and absolutely beautiful.

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We love putting the Christmas tree up, the whole family gets involved. This year Orly was particularly excited to help with the decorating and he was so careful with the glass ornaments.

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I chose a colour palette of metallics with pops of blue (of course). My entire house has splashes of blue and I wanted to continue the palette with our tree. The metallic finish of these ornaments allows the tree lights to bounce around and make everything extra sparkly.

I already had the Silver and Gold Glass Ornament set.

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Silver & Gold Glass Ornament set

So, this year I added the Georgetown Ornament set which includes hand-painted glass ornaments in matte and metallic finishes. There is 35 beautiful ornaments in different shapes such as balls, teardrops, and finials, all in my favourite colours of navy, copper, and turquoise hues.

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Georgetown Ornament set

Both these sets compliment each other and looks amazing together on my tree!

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I also decided to add some tree picks this year. The Arctic Blue Champagne Glitter picks come in a set of 12. The textured petals and lashings of champagne gold glitter pick up the colours from the Georgetown ornaments and make such a big impact.

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I love how all the different shapes, textures and metallics are vibrant and interesting, while still working harmoniously together.

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No tree is complete without it’s crowning glory, a tree topper!
Do you have a star, an angel, or something else?

This year I went with the Double-sided Mirrored Star tree topper. It is designed like the Star of Bethlehem which adds a little bit of a traditional Christmas vibe to my tree. It is crafted with real mirrors and set in a gold frame, it commands attention and really does deserve to sit atop my gorgeous tree.

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The rich colours of my ornaments this year called for balance with a textural but sophisticated tree skirt. The Lodge Faux Fur tree skirt was the perfect fit, it is plush and luxurious.

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Lodge Faux Fur Tree Skirt

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Lastly, don’t overlook your wrapping. The gifts under the tree add to the overall presentation and are important. Choose a wrapping paper and ribbons or embellishments in a coordinating or complimentary colour to your tree and take care to wrap your gifts with love.
I got a few rolls of this elegant Gold Mesh Ribbon for my gift wrapping. I also tied a few bows on my tree with the ribbon.

We love our tree this year, in really is the prettiest one we’ve had.
Would you have a look at it all lit up at night time. It takes my breath away!

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The ornaments absolutely glow with the fairy lights. I would never have had the patience to string that many lights myself. The pre-lit tree is worth every single cent!

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While I have you, let me share my Christmas wreath because it is an absolute showstopper!
At a whopping 75cm in diameter and adorned with pine cones and mixed berries, it really looks incredible. It is the Bay Laurel wreath with Mixed Berries foliage.
Oh, and it is pre-lit too!

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So, that’s us this year, our tree was easy-as-pie to assemble, decorating with such beautiful ornaments was a pleasure and there was no cursing at all! In fact, I am currently sitting back with a hot cocoa listening to Christmas Carols, feeling very happy with myself, while Orly is reading a book by the tree with his little shadow Holly.

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Merry Christmas Y’all!

Hayley x

DISCLAIMER: I was gifted some of these items from Balsam Hill in return for a review. All opinions are my own. I would never put my recommendation or reputation behind a product I don’t truly love. Hx

What’s on your Christmas Table?

It should be easy … I mean … it’s the most magical time of the year, but we’ve never had a festive dinner set before, so I wanted to choose something that would stand the test of time. It had to be stylish and subtle for the adults, but also festive and colourful for the kids. It also had to be practical and functional.

So, I’ve done the legwork, searched high and low and found the most magical Christmas tableware that is just perfect for my family, and maybe yours too.

Introducing the Family Fun Park collection from Koh Living.
If you know anything about my family, you will know we love a fun park, so this set was so ideal for us.

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It’s adorned with a gorgeous winter wonderland scene complete with a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and children playing. It conjures memories of our family frolicking on holidays and makes me smile.

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The inspiration for this design was ‘drawn from Christmas in Europe and the feelings of warmth and joy brought forth by traditional wintery scenes and quaint European villages’.

I love the colour palette with shades of blue and petite pops of bright reds, orange, yellow and green. It will pair back nicely with most colour palettes. For this table I chose to bring out the traditional Christmas colours with a red tablecloth and lots of greenery.

The range includes a porcelain Tray, which I have used as a plate, a porcelain Bowl and a fine bone china Mug.
There is also a selection of matching Minikins, candle holders and candles, you can find them here.

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They look incredible laid out on my table and I am thrilled with my choice.

My table wasn’t finished there though!
Of course we needed some movement, sparkle and candlelight.

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I used the white porcelain minikin lanterns in the Christmas designs of Reindeer and Snowflake. The fine white porcelain of the Minikin lanterns allows the candlelight to shine through with a beautiful filtered glow, while the wooden base adds a touch of warmth.

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I added the sparkle and movement with the Rotary Cups in the Christmas Market and Reindeer designs. These little cups spin and sparkle in the glow of the candlelight, they are propelled by the heat from the tealight candle, the movement really adds an extra element to the table. I love them!

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Click here to see the Rotary Cup in action!

Lastly I added some Christmas decorations, fresh greenery and flowers and I think we’ve got a gorgeous Christmas table that is festive, fun and perfect for our family!

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What do you think?

Happy Shopping!

Hx

SHOPPING DETAILS

Find the links to all the items I used to create my table here.

Tray – Family Fun 
Bowl – Family Fun Park
Mug – Family Fun Park 

Minikin – Reindeer
Minikin – Snowflake
Rotary Cup – Christmas Market
Rotary Cup – Reindeer

To see the entire Koh Living Christmas range, use this link.

DISCLAIMER

I was gifted some of the pieces in this blog post. I selected the products myself from the Koh Living range. All opinions are my own. You can be sure I will never recommend something I don’t love!