Christmas decor with TK Maxx and Homesense

Yes, I know. It's only October and I just said the C-word. Christmas. There I said it again. It is early to mention it, but I'm going to anyway. You see I've been sitting on these lovelies - not literally, obviously - since July. Yes July, that's when the lovely people at TK Maxx and Homesense invited me to their Christmas in July event up in town. It was in the very cool Ice Tank Gallery near to Shaftesbury Avenue, a great blank space, but as I later discovered not necessarily quite so good for photos. 

But I did want to share with you some of the glitzy gems I discovered, and am now seriously considering. I loved the bugle covered bauble, with its geometric designs. The other thing I think you'll be seeing more of are the sparkly word decorations, whether that's Joy, Hope or Peace.

A beaded christmas bauble
A joy Christmas bauble

There were also more warming and traditional reds. Everyone needs a stocking don't they, and candles. The scented candle, full of spices and richness is just made for Christmas isn't it?

A Christmas stocking
Scented candles

There were wreaths with feathers and fruits, and a mantelpiece full of candles, stars and a snow dome. Hands up, and top marks, if you've already got a snow dome.

A christmas wreath
Every mantelpiece needs a snow bomb

The tableware had a metallic theme too. And I loved the plate that told me to "Save room for dessert." It's good advice and something I always aim for. At least once. Sometimes twice. Yes it has been known. But occasionally that's ok.

modern metallics table setting
Save room for dessert is always good advice

I think you'll see lots of feathers this year in Christmas decorations if the TK Maxx and Homesense ranges are typical of other stores. And that's really no bad thing. Especially if they've got a touch of the metallics at the same time.

A close up of the feather wreath
silver and glass

The thing that'll be going on my Christmas decor wish list, is the jingle bells. I don't know how I've managed without them for so long. That's a cue for MOH to roll his eyes, and no doubt he will. But it's ok, I'll tell him you all said it was ok. That's a deal, right?

Jingle bells and baubles

So to me, I think this year our Christmas trees, tables and more will have the metallic look. And I think that's ok, as we all need some sparkle in our life.

Have you started to think about Christmas yet, or are you very much a Christmas is in December kind of person? Leave me a comment and let me know.

* With thanks to TK Maxx and Homesense for inviting me along to see their Christmas ranges.

Post Comment Love 21-23 October 2016

Welcome back to another Post Comment Love and I'm convinced that Friday's come around the quickest of any weekday. It's not so bad though as Fridays bring a chance to catch up with all of you lovely lot, and that can never be a bad thing. If you're new here then #PoCoLo is a friendly linky where you can link up any post you've published in the previous week that needs some extra love.

This week for me has been a busy one and started with celebrating my in-law's golden wedding anniversary with a scrumptious afternoon tea. And it was there that my photo this week was taken. The acorn looked quite forlorn on the steps, but I couldn't help but notice that it matched the straps on my favourite shoes of the moment. And then I noticed the patina and texture of the steps and I knew my phone camera would be out.

It struck me that in one moment I'd switched from being an advocate of looking up to being one for looking down too!  So maybe now I'm just an advocate for looking all around us and enjoying what we see by really looking. Who knows, but it's not a bad place to start.

an acorn and my favourite shoes

Something new, coming soon...

We don't have a #BloggerShowcase this week but Morgan and I do have something up our sleeves which we'll reveal soon. There's something familiar and there's something new too, and we're hoping you'll get involved because it should be fun. I know that's a bit cloak and dagger but pop back next week to find out more.

Fancy wallpaper and a painting to match my dress

Last weekend we celebrated my in-law's Golden wedding anniversary with afternoon tea at Alexander House Hotel in West Sussex. I'd not been there before, but when we arrived and I spotted those chimneys and the huge magnolia underneath them, I had a feeling it would be a place with some quirks. 

alexander house hotel in west sussex with some fabulous chimneys

And I wasn't wrong. The patterned floor and log stack where in a porch near the bar. The desk with the vintage news sign and the chandelier were just inside the front door. Afternoon tea was great and I proved to myself once again why I could never be a food blogger. I was too interested in eating and drinking and so there are no photos of the food, but it's good, so if you're local definitely give it a go.

Pretty tiles in the porch
A chandelier in the lobby
A desk fit for a concierge
A log store and pretty tiles

You're probably wondering why then I'm writing about a place I visited. Well, unexpectedly I discovered my next post in The Loo Series, which as you've guessed features the loos. And I say unexpectedly as wouldn't you know it I had to make a return visit with my phone.  But it gave me the opportunity to pose with the mirror that was almost as big as the generous door to the cloakrooms.

but through the door next to the mirror

It was the wallpaper that really caught my eye.

picture frame wallpaper

And the accessories.  The mirrors.  And the toiletries, the Verveine range from L'Occitane is a particular favourite and I'm also rather partial to a Verveine tea after dinner too.  When we're in France the Verveine tea bags are usually one of the first things that go in our shopping trolley as we head towards the wine!

hand towels
mirrored wall above the sink
verveine toiletries

All of that made for a lovely bathroom.  Once again though I was lucky to have the space to myself so I didn't look a right lemon photographing the loos.  In my title I promised you a painting to match my dress. And here it is.

the colourful ante room

This was in the ante room as you entered from the corridor, and while it's not my usual style of painting, I couldn't help but notice how well it matched my dress. I think my new friend agreed too.

A fancy mirror, me and a new friend

So once again proof that bold colours do work in bathrooms, admittedly this is larger than a bathroom in a house might be, but it's bold and beautiful.  And top marks to the hotel for decorating it to match my outfit!

Do you find yourself noticing the decor in unusual places, or is it just me?

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