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How to store Christmas decorations

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Colour code and keep inventory | How to store Christmas decorations | Christmas advice

With Twelfth Night fast approaching, it’s time for me to think about taking down my Christmas decorations. This year I have been pretty good at keeping boxes, tissue paper and lots of other storage bits and bobs. There are, of course, simple and easy solutions to many of the storage problems – so here’s my handy list of hints and

Last minute Christmas gift ideas

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I know, I know – it’s only two days until Christmas. But if, like me, you have been crazily busy, chances are there are still a few last minute gifts that you need to buy. Fear not, I’ve come up with a no-nonsense Christmas gift guide to cope with those last minute panics!
For a handbag-friendly photo album – go digital!

Homemade Christmas bunting

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Christmas Bunting | Homemade Christmas crafts | Christmas Advice

I know, I know, there are only a few days to go until Christmas and there really isn’t much time to start a homemade Christmas craft project. That’s why I was so excited this week when I started this little project which not only looks great, but is also super quick and easy. Yep, you guessed it – Christmas bunting.
Whether

Country ideas for Christmas – last minute solutions

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The country style really comes alive at Christmas. Open fires, natural decorations and warm throws make a home feel welcoming and inviting. Although I officially finished putting up my Christmas decorations about a month ago, I’m already itching to add some extra festivitites to my home.
I’ve decided on a few last minute solutions which will help add some

Christmas gift ideas for pets

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Looking for something perfect for your pooch? Need something gorgeous for your moggie?  I’ve found not only the cutest presents, but also the most imaginative gift ideas to spoil your pets this Christmas. From pretty pet toys, to extravagant dog beds – it’s all here..
Luxury Squeaky Bone, £13.50 Not on the High Street
Fish cat bed, £29.99, Argos
Spritz this waterless shampoo onto your

British brand gift guide

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There are hundreds of quintessentially British gift ideas, from traditional Barbour coats to exclusive Mulberry bags. And let’s face it, buying a cult British brand is not only a great present for your loved ones (whether you’re after a set of limited edition Ghd’s or you simply want something perfectly English for your hubby), it’s also great for your friends

Country Christmas decorating ideas

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Rustic Christmas table | Christmas Advice | Home for Christmas

During a recent trip to the US I stocked up on a whole bunch of festive tablewear, linens and accessories. The aim -  to create a country-style Christmas in my tiny west London flat. But even though I can’t physically do any more shopping (especially as London is covered in 3inches of snow), I can certainly pick up some top

High-impact, low-effort Christmas decorating ideas

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As the Christmas shopping panic takes hold, the purse gets lighter and lighter, and there seem to be more demands on my time (ok, it’s party season, I can’t hibernate for all of it!) I’ve started looking for Christmas decorating ideas that are big on impact, but low on effort.
Luckily I have found some inspirational Christmas gems, that don’t necessarily cost

How to choose a Christmas tree

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Each year I debate whether to go for a Christmas tree that’s real, or one that’s fake. There are the obvious pros and cons for both: the real trees smell great, look great and add a traditional feel, but leave you sweeping up pines for weeks after the special day has been and gone; artificial trees can be reused (so

Christmas gadget guide

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I am, what you would call, a gadget junkie.  Currently I’m shopping for a new HD digital plasma TV and am just getting ready to upgrade my year-old flip video camera. Yes, I can literally think of a hundred things that I would like to put on my Christmas list this year. I’ve therefore decided to have a bit of