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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.