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How to make Christmas gift tags

On December 9th, 2013 by .

If you are feeling a bit ‘crafty’ over the festive period and would like to know how to make Christmas gift tags, read on for a few ideas.  My first suggestions are silver birch stars, the birch can be bought relatively cheaply as a pack of square sheets and are easy to cut.  Don’t worry about them being perfect shapes as this just adds to their individuality; you can see from the image below that mine are far from perfect! You can either hole-punch one of the points and thread some twine through or simply tuck them into presents as we have below.  They really do look as pretty as a picture if they are used with newspaper or white wrap.

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Now, I know that fresh flowers will not survive for very long once they have been cut and tied onto a present, so the idea below would be a very special Christmas gift tag that you would present soon after it had been made, and not left under the tree for a few days, the effect is instant and stunning.  Think about the colour of the flower and whether it compliments the wrap and string.  I have chosen purple as it sits beautifully with the slate tag and grey newspaper print.  Green foliage also looks great with newspaper but thick cream paper would work just as well (foliage also lasts a little longer than flower stems).  Another tip is to use a sprigs of Rosemary, it looks really stylish and will of course leave a beautiful scent on the present (just don’t over do it, one sprig is enough).

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The classic pine cone - you can’t go wrong!  You have several options of attaching it, either a glue gun or if you don’t have one of these then just wrap some very thin garden wire around the base and then around the twine, make sure you twist the ends to avoid any sharp points. The cone looks even prettier if you spray it white first…

Pine cone gift tag by Pippa Jameson InteriorsPhotography credits. Top two images Jemma Watts, all Christmas gift tags Pippa Jameson 

How to create a 'Scandi' Christmas

On November 29th, 2013 by .

As we are only a stones throw away from December, Pippa Jameson Interiors are going to start the festivities by showing you how to create one of the most popular Christmas trends; ‘Scandi’ style. With a key palette of red, green and cream, Scandinavian style has been surfacing at Christmas time for the last few years and is growing year on year, so much so that you can now shop for the look at all of your local high street stores. The image below is from one of my Christmas shoots and best of all, every piece is from Asda which means you can decorate your home with an ‘on trend’ look at a price that won’t break the bank.

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Image by Jon Day & styled by yours truly

There are lots of ‘makes’ you can do that will help to creative a fun and festive scheme. One idea that works well with the Scandi look is to hang your decorations from a large twig or branch. The log in the image below is too big, but demonstrates how pretty the rich red tones can look against the natural bark and textures of wood. Once you have found a branch that’s a suitable size, attach it to the wall with a couple of hooks (I would recommend 3M hooks as they can be stuck to any wall, can take large weights and don’t leave any sticky residue, click the link to find your local worldwide stockists. Uk residents can find them in B&Q) Hook your baubles onto the branches and hang above the mantlepiece, over a dining table or above a doorway but be sure to secure it properly and out of reach of the little ones!

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Image by Jon Day & styled by yours truly

The below image is from a shoot I did for 3M and is another great example of how to style your home without it costing a fortune. If you don’t have a fire or mantlepiece at home then you can still hang your traditional wreaths and stockings. They look just as good on the wall as they do above a fireplace, you can even add your own little touches with pretty accessories such as wooden hearts and ribbons, like we have done in the image below. If you’re feeling really creative, you can make your own wooden shapes including hearts and stars; they make great gift tags too (a little post to follow about this soon).

The small trees on the side table are actually fake (SSsshhh) which means you haven’t got to worry about the care and maintenance, and you can bring them out year after year, try shopping at Dobbies for ones below . Nearly all of the decorations are from Tesco, which just goes to show that you really can have an affordable AND stylish Christmas. The other small pieces such as the cushions and side table are from House of Fraser, click here for something similar.

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Image by Jemma Watts & styled by yours truly

Living It Up

On November 4th, 2013 by .

I recently worked on the hit TV show The Hotel Inspector, with Alex Polizzi, where I was responsible for the makeovers and styling.  This meant that I had to change the existing decor, giving the space a complete transformation. The next task was to find some fabulously stylish and generous interior companies to work with us.  One such contributor was ‘Living It Up‘, an online retailer selling contemporary home and garden products.  They were extremely kind and donated several items for the first show.  I’m afraid I can’t reveal the particular products they loaned until the programme airs, in early 2014, but the items below give you a good idea of their range.  The cushions have to be a favourite of mine as they cover off almost every trend; butterflies and owls, geometric stripes, Monochrome and bicycles.  They also sell some lovely furniture pieces and new to their Autumn season is the Vintage Range, all the designs are available in eye-catching finishes as well as classic neutral colours.  Whether its shabby chic storage units or vintage consoles and bureaus, their modern takes on classic designs are beautiful. Their Sunburst clock is also a steal at only £49.  In fact, if you have a good look at their website, you’ll find that Living It Up are really competitively priced!

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