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Hurrah (again) for the folk at John Lewis and their seasonal Edits. Talk about making life simpler and easier for the time-squeezed shopper.
This time, of course, it’s the Christmas Home Edit, which is like having a personal shopper think of all the things you might need to get your home ready for the big day. The convenience of having carefully selected items from across all departments together in one place – from cards to crackers, garlands to gift tags, guest towels to extra tableware – means you can get guest-ready and feeling festive with minimum effort.
This season’s Edit is inspired by the Highland Myths collection, and is all about creating a cosy and comfortable feel around your home this Christmas using natural materials and warm, woolly textures. The relaxed and welcoming kind of place you’d want to come back to after a bracing walk in the snowy Highlands!
Which reminds me of a particularly frosty visit we once had to Scotland over the Christmas period. Every single branch of every single tree was entirely covered in sparkling ice crystals and, miraculously, the sky was clear blue and the sun shone every day. It was an actual, real-life winter wonderland and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. And it was so lovely to come back to a snug, warm and welcoming house after a day’s walking.
I also really like the mix of modern and traditional, along with the nature-inspired theme that they’ve used for this Highland Myths-inspired Edit, which John Lewis describes as “rustic and rugged, warm and woolly … Highland Myths is a contemporary take on a traditional Christmas”.
Influenced by the landscape, flora and fauna of the Scottish Highlands the colour palette and materials aim to create a natural, organic look. So think wood, fur, feathers and wool along with decorations like pinecones, acorns and mushrooms from the forests, and creatures such as deer, snowy owls, woolly sheep (plus sheepdog) and cheery robins.
Of course, when it’s cold and frosty outside, it needs to be seriously cosy indoors and the Edit has all you need to make your home warm, comfortable and inviting for the festive season. Here are my favourite things to create a cosy, contemporary Highland-inspired Christmas.
Where better to sit to open your presents than the beautifully crafted Melbury Armchair from the Croft Collection? Ideally you’d be sitting next to a roaring fire, but if not you can still up the cosiness factor by adding a Sheepskin Rug.
Sheepskins are incredibly versatile for the wintertime. As used here, they’re brilliant to make any kind of seating extra comfortable and cosy, but they’re equally useful on the floor. If your bedrooms need a bit of extra hygge, then a sheepskin next to the bed is just the thing to prevent bare toes meeting chilly floors.
Talking of bedrooms, I just love this cheery red Brushed Cotton Bed Set. It looks like the cosiest, toastiest pair of flannel pyjamas ever, but in bedlinen form. The ombre check brings the traditional plaid motif right up to date, and you can continue the contemporary look with the addition of the Croft Collection Cotton Chain Knit Throw, shown below in Charcoal.
For making festive guests feel spoiled, I can’t think of anything more luxurious than these Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Covers. (They’d make perfect gifts too).
For me the Christmas home is never complete without lots of candles, and this set of three minimal metal Pimlico Lanterns can be left unadorned or dressed up with more maximal seasonal additions (fire-proof of course!).
The colour palette of the Highland Myths collection is based on “rich russet hues”, which might sound very traditional but there are some distinctly contemporary interpretations.
In particular I’m thinking of these glass baubles in shades of copper – very much an on-trend modern metallic. These which will look really beautiful against the dark greys and blues that are such popular wall colours right now.
Or how about the Copper Pinecone Garland, shown below?
For a well-dressed tree with a contemporary twist, you could mix traditional baubles with these lovely modern Highland-inspired tree decorations. I particularly like the Feathered Wreath, the Wooden Snowflake Tree and the furry Highland Doggie.
Let’s not forget our feathered friends; here’s the playful Highland Hen Bauble and the Fluffy Owl Tree Decoration.
The natural wood textures of the rustic Pine Cone and Star Candle Holder would make the perfect addition to the Christmas dinner table, nestled amongst seasonal greenery.
Whilst we’re thinking about the festive table, I love the simplicity and natural textures of these White and Silver Kraft Holly Christmas Crackers.
Finally, here’s a little Highland-inspired gift idea. Spencerfield Spirits produce award-winning small-batch whisky and this miniature bottle of their flagship ‘Sheep Dip’ whisky accompanies a cute, tweed covered hip flask. Now that’s a good way to keep you warm on winter walks.
Well, those are the highlights of my own cosy, Highland-inspired contemporary Christmas. I hope you found a few ideas for your own festive preparations and you can see the rest of the Edit here.
Oh, and if you’re planning any home renovations as you get ready for Christmas don’t forget the John Lewis Home Design Service. It offers a range of services to make your life easier, from style advice in-store to help you refresh a single room, through to an interior design consultation in your own home to create a complete interior scheme. What easier way to get Christmas all wrapped-up?
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