A Modern Country Christmas December 12, 2016 00:00
We'd like to extend a very warm Pheasant Plucker welcome to the completely gorgeous Katie Anderson from Love French Style as a guest stylist this week. Katie lives deep in the heart of the French countryside and is a one stop almanac for country chic - here, she shares some ideas and photos for a beautiful Modern Country Christmas that won't break the bank.
"You needn’t spend a fortune dressing up your home this Christmas – in fact the Less is More rule certainly applies to your country Christmas decorations.
My parents have had the same family decorations for years and they look great to this day. It is worth investing in the traditional kind which will go on and on and on – unless you have a very happy Labrador whose cheerful tail takes a few of the glass baubles with it every time it brushes past! We had a very greedy retriever when I was a kid who used to eat all the chocolate money – naughty so and so!
Nowadays, I love a traditional Christmas but I do like to add a modern touch. If you fancy a change, by using a few on-trend colours you can combine classic and contemporary harmoniously.
Black, White, Gold – Repeat!
I am a country girl at heart but I have waved Au Revoir to my tartan ribbons and gone for a fresher neutral scheme. I love black, white and gold together, it’s such a nice fresh country/scandi combination. Try to keep to the same colour scheme all the way through for a really strong effect and always go for warm white lights. Unless you’re really good at being bold with colour, you could end up with a living room looking like Santa’s grotto.
Celebrate the Seasons
I only just discovered recently that quinces have the most amazing perfume. If you add them around your home you’ll have a lovely fragrance following you about wherever you go. Once you’re finished with them, you can always turn them into quince cheese, or, even better, quince vodka, here’s a fab recipe. I also love fresh eucalyptus, it’s so cheap to buy, makes a huge statement in a tall vase and has a luscious, fresh alpine smell.
I love using vintage finds as much as possible and this large vintage French table cloth is perfect for a special banquet like Christmas lunch. I cut up and hemmed some natural linen for the napkins and added a small sprig of eucalyptus for each place setting. If you don’t have a table cloth you could always dye a sheet, the more crumpled the linen the better.
Get the gold paint out!
Secret graffiti artist? You’ll love spray painting your decorations so bling it up! I lightly dusted these walnuts with gold spray paint to add as decoration to the Christmas table setting as well as some apple tree branches to add to my door wreath later on.
The great thing about adding a modern touch to your country Christmas is that you can do it on a shoestring so no need to blow the budget before you’ve even started the Christmas shopping.
My Pheasant Plucker & Son Wildwood candle is hands down my signature home scent for this year and I think it looks lovely and smart on the Christmas table too. You could also add tall candles to add height and decorate the bases with holly or berries. I love guinea fowl feathers so I added them under this glass dome with some fairy lights and then sprinkled more micro LED lights across the table too.
There’s nothing more pleasing than receiving proper hand written note inviting you for a glass of Sloe Gin on Christmas Eve or an all night party on NYE. So, don’t forget your Pheasant Plucker & Son party invites, who could refuse an invitation from this sweet little bunny?