Christmas Tidings… in July!

It’s crazy to think it in the heat of the summer sun (we can dream, can’t we!) but we’re currently wading knee deep through journalist requests for Christmas gift guide products! Baubles, tinsel, stockings, secret santa gift ideas and that elusive perfect gift  for you better half… you name it, we’re on it!

Of course, not everyone is that far ahead of the game, but thoughts are most definitely turning toward the cooler months as we search for the next best thing for autumn/winter 2012.

Our trend-land spies tell us that AW12’s most popular colour palette will be water-inspired with aqua, stonewash and pearlescent tones coming to the forefront. Natural and weatherworn items that provide a distressed “rough luxe” feel will also be popular, alongside Ombre and scorched effect  patterns.

Heart Home, styling by Kate Baxter & Emily Blunden, photography by Sarah Hogan


For Christmas there are four distinctive looks in the offering:

1. Just as AW12 sees waterway colours as a main influence, this colour palette can be seen reflected in Christmas style ideas as Winter Frost. Cool marine tones such as turquoise, sky blue and even violet combined with white and silver will create an extraordinarily light Christmas mood.

2. As neon brights and candy pastels have flooded home ware accessories this year, Christmas will be no different. Think bright geometric prints, kaleidoscopes and pastel toned Scandi design.

3. Nature continues to be a primary source of inspiration, with rustic accessories playing a key part in the ever-popular Woodland trend. Lush forest greens and wooden decorative pieces will help to bring the outdoors in.

4. And of course, the usual metallic hues in silver, gold and red will still be in popular demand. Interwoven with black and rich jewel tones, metallic decorations and accessories are set to have another big year in 2012.





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