9 glorious country homes dressed for Christmas

Take a peek inside these inspiring country rooms, beautifully decorated for the festive season…

Lovingly decorate a real tree
A generous Nordic pine provides plenty of greenery on which to hang folk-inspired country ornaments.
Once it’s decorated, gather around for that special ‘light the lights’ moment. Add embroidered cushions to complimentary chairs in plaid and tweed for a snug spot to warm up fireside.

Curl up in bed and wait for Santa
Cosy up for the final sleep before the big day in a patchwork-style bed dressed with layered linens and woolly shawls. Compliment classic Christmas colours with bright pom-pom bunting and decorate bedside tables with berry-red vases and freshly foraged foliage.

Store and display gifts and cards
Keep Christmas cards in order with a metal tree and place little presents wrapped in jolly papers and ribbons on a chair near the front door – a nice treat for yuletide visitors! A beautiful panelled curtain keeps winter draughts at bay; choose tartan (Lomund Check, £102 m, Osbourne & Little) and woodland (Fergus, col Hawthorn, £75 m, Voyage) prints to install a little festive cheer.

Lay the table for Christmas dinner
Style a farmhouse table with cones, ivy and branches of pussy willow on an embroidered cloth.
White ceramics and rustic wooden decorations offer a pared-back Scandi feel, while magical winter scenes adorns the blinds for a beautifully seasonal backdrop.

Cast a warm glow
Make a linen sofa extra comfy with woven textiles, chunky knits and sheepskin throws. Use tea lights, candles and tree lights to cast a magical glow, then sit back, relax and enjoy a seasonal tipple or two!

Stir up and bake traditional treats
Make seasonal cakes, puddings and biscuits using bright bakeware accessories and hang cheery kitchen linens ready for washing up – we love this jolly robin design on tea-towels and aprons, (from £12.95, Thornback & Peel). Dress cabinets with decorative wallpaper panels for a temporary festive feel.

Hang jolly stockings
Showcase the best in Christmas jumper patterns with a row of woolly stockings neatly hung above a burning stove. Festoon the room with sprigs of spruce, pop tea lights into rustic tea light holders and lay faux-skin rugs down to keep cosy underfoot.

Create a show-stopping centrepiece
Add wow factor to the table with trailing foliage, complete with rustic pinecones and silver baubles.
Add an elegant feel with brushed silver candelabras and delicate china plates topped with cute little favour boxes for friends and family.

Make merry around the tree
Country tartans meet bohemian florals in this modern decorating scheme. Dress the tree with wood-cut stars and paper shapes, all in this season’s deep winter palette of pine green, holly red and charcoal. This smart herringbone sofa (£1,299 from Marks &
Spencer
) looks stylish with knitted throws, while a floral rug keeps the room toasty for present opening.

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