To decorate or not to decorate, that’s the age-old question. It niggles at us throughout November and early December, as we wonder whether getting our home ready for Christmas is a hassle or a joy.

For some, getting the place ready for the festive season can be a delight, heading out to hand-pick a tree and clearing the afternoon to do it up. For others, it is little more than a necessary part of entertaining relatives you don’t want to see, and getting the home just about jolly enough not to look dour.

It is, however, possible to breathe new life into the season and break fusty tradition with quirky interiors.

This year, we invite you to check out brands bringing something fresh to the decorative discussion, delighting even the staunchest of Scrooges.

Whimsical Tablescapes from Alice Naylor-Leyland

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Photo credit: Alice Naylor-Leyland / www.alicenaylorleyland.com

Socialite and woman of impeccable taste Alice Naylor-Leyland lives a picturesque life in the Cambridgeshire countryside. In the wake of her popular blog Mrs. Alice, she has launched a party-hosting interiors range, creating whimsical tablescapes for fabulous occasions. For Christmas, Alice has created two decorative sets: an extravagant Winter Wonderland and a Jolly Nutcracker tablescape. They are absolutely worth that extra investment if entertaining someone fabulous.

HomeHero pick: There are just two collections to pick from so, if forced to choose, the gold glittered reindeer and green hues of Winter Wonderland get our vote.

www.alicenaylorleyland.com

Tree Jewellery from Trouva

Photo credit: Trouva.com

rouva was named the “best and most exciting” new retail business in the UK in 2019 by Startups 100 Index. They give local, talented homewares suppliers a global platform to sell on and, by doing so, give us an affordable alternative to the high street for our interiors. Trova currently hosts over 700 independent suppliers on the site and boasts a fantastic Christmas Store, stocking quirky stockings, modern wreaths and playful trinkets like Carla the Camel.

HomeHero pick: The David Bowie baubles and minimalist gold eucalyptus wreath.

www.trouva.com

Festive Flowers from Floom

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Photo credit: Floom.com

We’re big fans of bringing nature into the home and Floom is our favourite for festive wreaths, mostly because they don’t take seasonal pomp too seriously. Case in point: This year they’ve partnered with Bombay Sapphire to make a tipsy wreath, which includes signature Bombay blue baubles, a bottle of gin on the side, and ingredients to make 3 different festive cocktails, including a green apple and thyme G&T.

HomeHero pick: Aside from the gin wreath, we’re loving the “So-hohoho” potted fir tree, to jolly up any office desk.

www.floom.com

Impossibly Chic Lanterns at Nkuku

Photo credit: Nkuku

We all know someone houseproud who cringes at tacky lights and gaudy glitter come Christmas. Well, interiors site Nkuku keeps the festive season utterly tasteful with modern, minimalist lanterns perfect for nightfall. Light up the garden with brutalist black metal and glass boxes, or line the hallway with antique brass cages complete with church candles. The advantage of buying these now is that you can still use them throughout the year — and keep the romanticism going.

HomeHero pick: The Morvi Lantern — a brass and glass cage with room specifically for a potted cacti or mini fern.

www.nkuku.com

Christmas Trees from Patch

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Photo credit: Patchplants.com

This isn’t the first time we’ve sung the praises of Patch (our office is full of little Ricks) but their Christmas efforts are proving to be just as exciting as the regular range. There are two Christmas tree options — Fraser and Nora — which you can “hipsterfy” with wide wicker tree skirts and frosted doughnut baubles. You can go for smallish sizes all the way up to 8ft showstoppers.

HomeHero pick: Currently in the office we have a 5ft Fraser, with glass baubles in green.

www.patchplants.com

Happy sprucing.

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