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Bo Fentum's top tips for styling a vintage Christmas

Capture the magic of Christmas past and create a cosy and intimate festive setting.

Bo’s Top Tips for Styling Christmas

Interior designer Bo Fentum shares her tips for adding Christmas sparkle to your home with a vintage twist.

Bo Fentum sat on an orange sofa with green fern patterned cushions

by Bo Fentum

Hillarys style partner

Published: 17/11/2020

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I love retro Christmas decorations and actively look for 70’s decorations handed down from parents and grandparents or even local charity shops. I love old objects that have had a life and better still if they have come from family.

Every year, we take the kids to buy one new decoration each to hang on the tree and take a picture of them hanging it.
Bo Fentum

Create natural decorations

Go foraging for twigs and branches. I have a Holly tree in my garden so I cut off a few branches and pop them into a vase. Fallen branches in a vase can have small fairy lights or small baubles hung on them to create a gorgeous display.

Pretty presents

Wrap presents in brown paper. You can style them up with ribbons or paper string and add Christmas stamps or drawings. My children love to get involved and draw little Christmas pictures and it makes every wrapped present unique. Plus they look fabulous under the Christmas tree.

There is something so magical about the twinkle of lights and candles, especially on those long dark evenings.
Bo Fentum

Don’t forget the outside

Outdoor lights, wreaths and even hanging outdoor baubles onto trees make the house look super festive and others smile too. Take a walk and have a look at the decorations around you to really feel festive.

Get Bo’s style

Bo has set her tree against the beautiful deep green velvet of our Fascination Juniper curtains layered with the Lyra Ivory voiles. It brings a sense of elegance and warmth to the living room. Perfectly placed presents and a sprinkling of fairy lights finish her look with a festive flourish!

Find more festive inspiration

See how our other style partners have made their homes extra special this Christmas.

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Maxine Brady

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