When Style at Home magazine asked me if I’d be interested in their annual Christmas Tree Challenge feature I almost bit their hand off! Anyone that knows me will know just how excited I get about Christmas decor and the festive season – so this feature had my name written all over it 🙂

Before the shoot the only clue I was given as to my retailer was to think winter wonderland – sparkle, whites, silvers, greys and muted golds.

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Once I got there I was instantly put at ease by the lovely team and finally found out who my retailer was! I was thrilled to be styling for Tesco 🙂

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The shoot took place in a location house which I found fascinating! It was a family home that was rented out for the day, they let the SAH team move everything about, wallpaper sections of their rooms and put things on the walls – I think I’d be terrified letting people in to do that in my home haha!

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Together with the talented Laurie Davidson (she also styled at my Style at Home shoot!) we set to work decorating the gorgeous frosted Tesco tree.

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I loved this bead chain from Tesco – will definitely be adding some of these this year!

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The Tesco baubles had a wintery theme with penguins, snowflakes and snowy coverings – just magical! They also had iridescent baubles and glittery acorns which seem to be popular this Christmas!

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This blanket from Tesco is also stunning, one side is grey and the other side is a fluffy white colour – can’t wait for it to hit stores!

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This glittery reindeer with decorative collar was also a fab piece that stood out from the Tesco range! It looks like a mini version of the large one I bought from Homebase last year, can’t resist a sparkly reindeer!

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Talking of reindeers, this candle holder version is also from Tesco and would make a great statement piece! Lots of tweaking and faffing later it was time to go and get glammed up ready for the photo.

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I had the privilege of being dolled up by the fabulous Alice from Wonderland Hair and Makeup – honestly felt like a minor celeb having my hair and make-up done and posing for the photos that day!

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Make-up and hair finished, sparkly dress on and time to put on a pair of sparkly heels (between you and me I can’t actually walk in heels to save my life, so in reality only managed to keep them on for the photos and kicked them off in delight immediately after!).

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I can’t show you the finished set up but here’s another sneak peak at the gorgeous wintry Tesco range!

Once it was a wrap on the photo, I quickly changed back in to comfy clothes and got to observe another reader – Finnterior Designer – styling another tree for Matalan! I’m obsessed with Christmas decorations so getting to preview two new ranges months before Christmas was like my kind of heaven!!

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I instantly fell in love with this blush pink Matalan throw (Link) and fluffy cushion (Link), so much so I ordered them the following week!!- the mermaid sequin cushion is also gorgeous!

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Huge fan of this lace Matalan bauble (Link)  too – excitingly Matalan have already released some of their Christmas range now so need these!

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More acorns (Link) popping up in the Matalan range too, so expecting them to be popular this year.

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These pumpkin shaped baubles (Link) were so big and so pretty!

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Unicorns have been huge this year in general but it seems they will be incorporated in to Christmas decor too! Unicorn ornament – Link.

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I also fell in love with the new Matalan cushion range (Link) – will be ordering most of these and that heart wreath (Link) too!

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Lastly, this sparkly nutcracker (Link) stole the show – complete with fluffy boots and light up tree!

So after a day packed full of Christmas decorations, throws, cushions and Christmas songs (at one point we had the chipmunks Christmas songs on – now that was interesting haha!) it was time to call it a day!

I drove all the way home daydreaming about baubles and what I wanted to add to my collection this year – bring on Christmas I say!

A little round up of what looks set to be popular this Christmas:

  • Nutcrackers
  • Acorns
  • Iridescent baubles
  • Rose gold/copper
  • Unicorns
  • Large baubles
  • White frosted decor
  • Fluffy throws
  • Penguins

This will be featured in the December issue which hits shelves in November – make sure you grab a copy!

Lots of love

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