Here at the Amazing Blog, we're all guilty of one thing at Christmas (other than the standard over-indulging in food, cocktails and shopping), and that's leaving pretty much everything to the last minute. With things crazy in the office in the pre-Christmas rush and social drinks a-plenty, errands such as shopping for festive food and decking the halls, so to speak, have fallen short in the list of priorities. So here we find ourselves, a mere 7 days before Christmas with decorations to be put up, food to be prepared and party dresses to be found, to name but a choice few. And if, like us, you're an expert in procrastination and putting things off until the very last minute, fear not, because help is at hand. We've devised a fail safe five-day plan in the run up to Christmas with everything you need to have a fabulous festive season. And for Monday's feature we're looking at the most decadent of decorations to spruce up your abode.
For anyone wanting to spoil their furry friend, Hair of the Dog London has the perfect solution to making sure that every member of your family has something to look forward to on Christmas morning. Their tasteful but festive stockings for cats and dogs will look great in any living room and are a fun addition to the tradition of gift-giving. Fill them with toys and treats from Hair of the Dog’s lovely boutique which offers natural, organic, and handmade products from all over the world, many of which are exclusive to Hair of the Dog. Stockings: from £20.84
And if you're after a something a bit different, fun and whimsical, the items from Found Home’s Christmas range are stylish and affordable. We especially love the Icicle Ice Tray which gives your Christmas drinks an easily added charm, as well as the Totem Christmas Tree. This lovely and colourful tree comes in 150 pieces of recycled cardboard and is a fun project to setup with the whole family. It’s a festive accessory to any room or even outside to bring some Christmas spirit to your front garden. Totem Christmas Tree: £30.
If, like us, you're a bit of a candle-collecter come Christmas, with its unique concept of ‘pattern, texture, colour, and scent’, we think Parable is the ultimate candle to have this holiday season. Along with bringing a strong sensuality to any room with their intoxicating scents, Parable candles also have an interesting design concept completely unique to the company. Inspired by the designs of vintage wallpaper rollers, they spend a careful twenty-four hours in these moulds after which they are hand-painted to perfection. Parable takes the art of candle-making (and enjoying) to a whole new level! Small candles: £120, large candles: £200.
Bored of standard table settings? We've found the perfcet solution at India Jane. We love their jewelled napkin ring which adds a little extra dazzle to the dinner table on special occasions during the holiday season and is sure to capture the attention of family and friends over for dinner. Bringing elegance and electiveness to all of its designs, India Jane offers lovely additions to any home with their classic and timeless range of home interiors and crystal. Jewelled Napkin Ring: £15.
Finally, these Lovebird Paper Lanterns from Sew White are a lovely and unusual addition to any festive setting. Placed in any corner or window they give off a warm glow and can be used with any battery-operated tea-lights to ensure they remain child-proof. In addition to the charm of Sew Whites’ products which range from modern to vintage, owner Sisley White runs her company from home and aims to always offer unique and creative items that you're not likely to find elsewhere. Some items are one-offs and many designs sell-out fast so it’s a good idea to keep your eye on this small but standout designer. Lovebird Paper Lantern: £12.
Now for that glass of mulled wine...