Ask the experts
PUBLISHED: 05:53 22 December 2014
From decorating a city flat to a country hall for Christmas, Norfolk’s interiors and home goods business are here to share their advice.
Having just moved from a country house to a city apartment I really don’t know how to decorate for Christmas, please help!
Living in an apartment is very different as it may mean that you may be several floors up and lugging a real tree upstairs or in a communal lift is fine but taking it down on January 6 leaving needles with every step is no fun for your neighbours!
The view from a city apartment usually differs from the traditional “Christmas card” scene and therefore I think that is your invitation to deviate from the norm and choose a colour scheme that works with the colour palette of your home with added festive sparkle! If space is limited consider a tabletop tree that can sit in a corner without imposing on the room. Also don’t feel that lots of fairy lights are necessary – a well-positioned table or standard light can add all the glisten required with sparkly decorations.
We love using snow-covered twig trees in contemporary settings decorated with just a small collection of carefully selected pieces that complement their surroundings. Another consideration with apartment living is the amount of storage space that is required to store your chosen decorations for the coming year.
Lanassir Lawes, Swank Interiors, Three Gates Farm ,Fen Street, Bressingham, IP22 2AQ; 01379 687542; www.swankinteriors.co.uk
We’re renting a large house in Norfolk for a family Christmas this year and have a lot to decorate. I don’t know where to start.
We have 50 rooms at Hoveton Hall so the run-up to Christmas is pretty busy, especially when you’re expecting family and friends and staying guests.
Source a beautiful Christmas tree to stand in the staircase hall. Use holy and ivy to decorate the staircase and hang mistletoe just inside the front door. You’d be surprised just how much greenery there still is in the garden in December.
Go to the growers who are often happy to sell off-cut branches from their Christmas trees to be decorated with baubles and ribbon. Ask a florist for wreaths and table centres for dining room table for a traditional family Christmas. For the exterior, you could hire instead of buy. Large bay trees, cloud trees or yew cones look fabulous draped with fairy lights on the drive or entranceway; try Posh Plants at East Tuddenham.
Rachel Buxton, Hoveton Hall Estate. See how she does it at on December 13 and 14 when Hoveton Hall hosts the magical Children’s Santa Trail, with live reindeer, Father Christmas and a festive Christmas Craft Fair too; Hoveton Hall, Hoveton, NR12 8RJ; 01603 782798; www.hovetonhall.co.uk
I’m planning to change my dining room curtains. What do I need to consider? I currently have a fairly flimsy curtain track screwed into the soft red brick wall.
As far as fitting to a soft brick wall is concerned, you would need to get a builder in to fit battens before anything could be fitted. Any window treatment is only as good as its fixings.
Jeff Young, Diss Furnishing Fabrics, Chapel Street, Diss, IP22 4AN; 01379 641919; www.dissfurnishingfabrics.co.uk