Definitely the first time I’ve enjoyed mulled wine in July surrounded by decorations, presents and crackers; I was lucky enough to have a preview of The White Company’s Christmas range recently.
Some beautifully decorated rooms dressed almost entirely with White Company products (I didn’t know they even did sofas – very tasteful ones) brought their gorgeous winter 2014 range to life. I don’t need much convincing as I love White Company products throughout the year, but their festive range is rather special, as I’ve hopefully captured in my pictures – a general Christmas Collage and one just for Children.
All together the effect was stunning, but I think even a few choice candles, lights or stocking fillers would be very welcome festive editions to any home.
The high twenties temperatures don’t lend themselves to Christmas planning, but I’m going to mentally bookmark a few special items I spotted (I don’t have full price details at the moment). Here are seven to remember:
1. For the home: The Fireside candle – not surprisingly it’s another clever fragrance and it’s also incredibly evocative. I bought the Winter fragrance last year and this would go well alongside. If you long for an open fire of your own in the winter (as I do) this will bring you a step closer.
2. For Christmas Eve: Chunky stripy stocking – quite a few items seemed to follow a fashionable Norweigan-inspired theme. This stocking looks homemade and most importantly, stretchy enough to accommodate a lot of satsumas.
3. For friends: The champagne bucket – a really stylish silver champagne cooler that caught my eye (and not just because of the Perrier-Jouët inside).
4. For kids’ fun: The vintage plane ride on – this was lovely and would make such a big, exciting parcel on Christmas day. I like the vintage transport look – I couldn’t get Scrip off this vintage car ride on when I last went into the store. Their Toys are great (as I found out when I went to a Little White Company evening last year) and are worth a browse.
6. For kids’ feet: The bear boots – so sweet! The picture here says it all. Very cosy (and cute) toes with those.
7. For you: The cashmere onesie – which seemed to be a talking point on the night (‘have you seen the cashmere onesie yet?’) this looked ridiculously cosy and very inviting. It somehow manages to make onesies look desirable. One for the Christmas list as, being cashmere, I don’t think it was cheap.
Now back to sunscreen, sandals and homemade sandpits.