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Quick and easy Christmas decor ideas

TEXT MARIAN VAN WYK, PHOTOGRAPHS GREG COX
Last updated on 25 October 2016

In need of some festive cheer? Set the scene for a memorable Christmas with these fab ideas

ADD SOME BLING TO YOUR TABLE SETTING

Serve lunch with a festive flourish by hanging baubles from your chandelier and combining special tableware with Christmas decorations. You can easily update a casual table setting with hints of bronze, silver and gold and for a gentle glow, you can’t go wrong with plenty of glass votives.

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PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS

First impressions count. Tie a few decorations to a ribbon to create a pretty charm to hang from the handle of your front door. For a whimsical twist, position a couple of fanciful creatures around to welcome your guests: use one as a doorstop and sit one on a wall-mounted clock or artwork, then up the wow factor with a stack of colourfully wrapped gifts.

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MAKE YOUR COFFEE TABLE A FESTIVE FOCAL POINT

Filling a beautiful cake stand with candles of various heights and combining traditional decorations with your existing ornaments is all it takes to transform your coffee table into a festive tablescape. This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and works particularly well in a small space.

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EXTRA TOUCHES OF FESTIVITY

Add a few festive touches to your regular displays. Just two or three statement pieces, like a wreath hanging from the door handle of an armoire or a reindeer peeking out from amidst other ornaments, often say more than a room full of decorations.

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A NOVEL TWIST ON STOCKINGS

A great alternative to traditional stockings and just the thing for the after-dinner munchies – fill a mug or two with sweets, tie pretty ribbons to them and hang them from your bedposts.

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DRESS YOUR FIREPLACE

You might not celebrate Christmas in front of a crackling fire, but you can certainly dress your fireplace up as a magical focal point. Fill the grate with logs (we spray-painted ours white), add some fairy lights and stick a festive word on the wall. Finish the look with accessories like bunting and a miniature tree with edible decorations.

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