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Snippets of the holidays

Despite starting the new year in yet another national lockdown, I do hope you’ve been able to find some joy and merriment over the holiday season. 

The start of this year feels like no other. None of the new year optimism and resolve I usually muster as the new calendar page is turned. So for now I thought I’d share a few snippets of our holidays here at home, in our little support bubble with Luis’ sister Ana.

It’s the first year I’ve ever spent the holidays without my own sister, who had to stay down south with my parents, but it was nice to have another person in the house for a few days over Christmas and New Year. Being the first holiday season with my own home to decorate (rather than a tiny flat) I decided it was time to invest in a proper artifical tree that will hopefully last a lifetime. I opted for a 6ft pre-lit Alpine tree from Balsam Mill because I loved the fact it wasn’t overly bushy and would allow the ornaments to shine through, and am so pleased with it!

My festive decor scheme has been evolving over a number of years; the first pink-y baubles I bought were from Liberty in London over a decade ago, and I’ve added some papier mache painted ornaments from Rose & Grey in a few years ago. This year I bought some lovely paper ornaments from Arket and soft leather stars made from industry offcuts from Be For Change, then filled in the gaps (it’s a big tree!) with trusty packs of shatterproof baubles in champagne and white from John Lewis

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