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Stylist challenge: Style the perfect Christmas tree

The silly season is just around the corner! To help you spread the cheer, we've challenged our savvy styling team - Jess, Allira and Drew - to share their favourite Christmas decor looks this season. Read on to learn how to re-create the looks!

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JESS; Pretty Rustic
 
What's the name of your Christmas tree look? 
Pretty Rustic 

What was the inspiration behind your tree decorating scheme? 
Completely disregarding the fact that the Aussie Christmas season falls during the warmer months, I went rouge and set out to recreate a
winter cabin in the woods' feel with loads of warmth and texture, and a dash of vintage Ralph Lauren preppiness. I fell in love with the Ivory Vintage Magnolia Leaf Wreath as soon as we unwrapped it in our studio and its calico look directed the colour and material theme for my tree styling and helped solidify my vintage rustic aesthetic.    

What's in the scene and why?
The comfy Cumulus linen sofa and the Multi-coloured red diamond vintage look rug add to the warmth of this timber-lined living space. You can imagine the fireplace just out of shot, and although the Brighton Spruce Tree is faux, the smell of a pine forest would be filtering in through the windows. The Christmas tree is decked out in large floppy bows that I tied myself using strips of calico. I topped the tree off with an oversized bow I made with preppy tartan fabric and I used lengths of the same fabric to create the ribbons that wrap around the brown paper packages under the tree. Burlap baubles and warm white cluster lights add texture and depth to the tree, while the  Ivory Vintage Magnolia Leaf Wreath ties the room's scheme together. It wouldn't be a Ralph Lauren cabin without vintage sports paraphernalia, so I have displayed a timber tennis racket and filled a dusty old trophy with metallic red baubles to add a bit of Christmas cheer to the Lena Side Table.

Top tip for for easy Christmas tree styling? 
The key to a good looking tree comes down to a balanced placement of decorations. Before you position anything on the tree, group your tree bling by size and then hang all your larger pieces first. Fill in the gaps with the smaller bling-y bits and take steps back to get an overall view of the tree. By approaching the decoration placement in an ordered way, you will end up with a nicely balanced tree that looks great at any angle. 

The secret to beautifully wrapped presents is… 
Simplicity! Using brown paper to wrap your gifts isn't the most creatively charged idea but the budget friendly neutral base gives you the flexibility to add colour and texture with ribbons and present toppers in whatever palette you choose. At the time of year when convenience and cost-effectiveness is often a number one priority, brown paper will be your little Christmas helper.   

Your go-to trick to make a room feel festive? 
A sprinkle of the right type of lighting will instantly add a sense of festivity and occasion to a room. Christmas lights sparkling amongst the branches and baubles of a Christmas tree is a quintessentially festive sight. I love to turn off the overhead lights and switch on all of the lamps to amplify the cosy, inviting ambience. 

Shop the Pretty Rustic collection for all the pices you need to create Jess' Christmas look in your home. 

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ALLIRA; Refined Bohemia 

What's the name of your Christmas tree look? 

Refined Bohemia

What was the inspiration behind your tree decorating scheme? 
My look of Refined Bohemia was born from the idea of creating something both classic and eclectic, inspired by the free spirit of my beautiful gypsy grandmother. Referencing traditional and bohemian styles, this look marries classic architectural details with a cacophony of pattern. Held together with lashings of metallics and unexpected texture, my aesthetic suggests an elegant but expressive Christmas. 

What's in the scene and why?
An ornately detailed wall painted in midnight blue gave me a bold foundation on which I layered unruly pattern and more saturated colour. Stylised floral motifs and rich ochre hues from the fleur-de-lis rug add polished romance, which contrasts the starkly modern and global inspired half circle wall mirror. A rattan armchair and jute natural wreath inject earthy texture to the room, which creates a striking contrast to the classic architecture of the space.  Deliciously lush and enchantingly full, the heritage green deluxe bristle tree would make any traditionalist happy. Like any good bohemian, I wanted to harness the beauty of nature in an artistic way, so I sprayed real magnolia leaves with gold spray paint and placed them in the tree in an asymmetric pattern to resemble a sparkly explosion. Metallic bells adorn the tree to complete the festive look. 

Top tip for for easy Christmas tree styling? 
Abundance is key! When it comes to tree ornaments, less is more applies to style rather than quantity. Aim for fewer decoration types in greater numbers for simple but effective festive styling. Break the rules and embrace the bohemian way of life! Consider yourself an artist and the tree a blank canvas. Think about composition (placement of ornaments), scale (relative sizes of ornaments) and texture (materials of ornaments). If you are keen to challenge tradition, create an asymmetric layout. Densely cluster decorations on one side and sparsely disperse decorations on the other for an ombre effect. 

The secret to beautifully wrapped presents is… 
Pattern play. Allow your inner creative elf to shine by mixing different motifs for an embellished and carefree look. Blending similarly ornate designs creates a cohesive visual story that sings with opulence without being overly ostentatious. Tie the mishmash look together with a simple velvet bow – this will help the eye to see consistency amidst the chaos. 

Your go-to trick to make a room feel festive? 
Bling! Never underestimate the dazzling power of something shiny. Metallics catch the light and add instant festive sparkle and sophistication. Keep it classy and choose one primary metal to take centre stage, using repetition throughout your home for an infectious celebratory vibe. Both the bohemians and traditionalists will approve. 

Shop the Refined Bohemia collection for all the pices you need to create Allira's Christmas look in your home. 

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DREW: Alpine Australiana 

What's the name of your Christmas tree look? 
Alpine Australiana 

What was the inspiration behind your tree decorating scheme?  
The T&W studio has been absolutely overrun with Christmas decoration samples lately and all my thoughts have been tuned into anything Yuletide. Even seeing the bright yellow pops of wattle around my home got me thinking about adding fresh cut flowers to a snow-covered tree! I love the idea of contrasting Australiana style with traditional Christmas elements for a new approach to seasonal decorating, so I nestled natives into the snow dusted tree and used them to layer up the tabletop nearby.  

What's in the scene and why?
The Camden Oak Dining Table and Bentwood Dining Chairs in warm natural tones set against dusty sage walls echo the feel of the Australian bush in the early morning. I used freshly cut wattle, gum and leucadendrons to add an Australian touch to both the Frosted Green Flocked Christmas Tree and the Glitter Eucalyptus Wreath. The Black & Cream Viona Fringed Rug underfoot in a shaggy weave adds texture and softness to the room while the oversized luna rattan pendant  zones the dining space and gives the perfect ambient lighting.  

Top tip for for easy Christmas tree styling?  
Adding extra texture and colour to a Christmas tree is made easy when you include Aussie natives in the decorating scheme. These hardy varieties are long lasting and often feature sculptural leaf shapes and strong colours. I like to add sprigs of natives to larger baubles for extra drama and movement.       

The secret to beautifully wrapped presents is…  
Cohesion. Take inspiration from your christmas decor and pick one gorgeous patterned paper, matching it back with plain paper in a colour that compliments your tree styling scheme. Use ribbons from a similar colour palette and top the present with a sprig of gum or tie in a bauble for a bit of sparkle. 

Your go-to trick to make a room feel festive? 
A gorgeously scented candle will instantly give your home a dose of  festive cheer. Glasshouse Fragrances 'The Night Before Christmas' candle is the perfect scent to get you in the festive mood while you decorate the tree. 

Shop the Alpine Australiana collection for all the pieces you need to create Drew's Christmas look in your home. 

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