I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Homebase_Simplicity_Christmas_RangeIf you’re anything like us, every year you’ll bring down the same decorations from the loft to dress the Christmas tree with.  And as nice as that tradition is, with the familiar old baubles and ornaments that often have a lot of sentimental value attached to them, perhaps you sometimes yearn for a complete change?  I know I do.  For a couple of years I’ve fancied decorating our tree with all white ornaments for a snowy, Scandinavian look.

So this year, I’ve joined up with Homebase to try out some decorations from their Simplicity range which captures this pure white, frosted look beautifully.

We started off with the Montana artificial tree from Homebase which is a lovely deep green colour and at 7′ is taller than we usually get, but I really like the height as it suits the space.  It’s not too wide and bushy, so it doesn’t take up too much of the room.  I can’t believe that it’s only £30 – it’s good quality for that price.



I know people will often prefer a real tree and there’s no denying they do look lovely, but with the central heating on I find the problem of needles dropping a real pain (even the trees that aren’t supposed to).  Also I can never seem to hang the baubles onto real branches as easily and it’s a hassle to get rid of a real tree after Christmas.  We’ve had both real and fake over the years and although it is fun going out to choose your real tree, I must admit I favour an imitation one in the home for the sheer convenience and the fact you only have to pay for it the one time – more money to spend on food or pressies next year!

The Montana isn’t pre-lit, but it only took a couple of minutes to wrap our white lights around it.  Then the exciting part – decorating!  I had asked the boys to choose their favourite baubles from the Simplicity range at Homebase and they chose well.  There are some extremely beautiful handmade open glass baubles with snowy Christmas trees and deer inside which were my favourites.  We will have to take care of them and make sure we put them away safely, but they are stunning to look at against the dark foliage.


Xmas tree bauble


We also tried some fun snowball type baubles and glittery silver balls.  A great value box of shatterproof decorations at £9.99 really helped to fill out the tree as there were plenty of snowflakes, stars, balls and beads to dress it with (you just have to add the ties supplied in the box yourself).

glitter bauble

A cute white cotton reindeer stands on our sideboard…


Whilst over on our old tiled fireplace there’s a gorgeous glass snowflake tealight holder, a mercury silver scented candle and a snowy Christmas tree candle to add a few more finishing touches.

1930s tiled fireplace

1930s Christmas mantel



Having recently re-decorated our living room, it feels so refreshing to put up a new tree and decorations that really suit the space and lend a little Scandi-style log cabin appeal.  Without spending a small fortune, it is possible to update your Christmas décor.  If however you can’t bear to have a Christmas without all the old favourite decorations, why not add a second tree in another room?  Try somewhere you haven’t put one before, such as your conservatory, dining room or even kitchen.  Or your kids could have a mini tree in their bedrooms, which is another way to try some of the Simplicity range in your home.

lit tree

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