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Preparing the Home for Guests this Christmas

Over the coming weeks, it is likely that—like us—you will be welcoming friends, family and perhaps even a few strangers into your home to celebrate the festive season. On top of the bedlam of Christmas shopping and dinner, you will be tasked with creating a warm, welcoming ambience in your home for your guests.

Readying the home for your visitors can add extra strain to an already busy Christmas schedule. But aside from the inevitable cleaning and tidying, ushering the festive cheer and warmth into your home shouldn’t demand too much of your energy. To help ease the burden, The Hut’s homeware editors are on hand to show you that small, subtle and carefully selected homeware details will help transform your home with minimal effort.

Lighting

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Alongside your evergreen tree and mistletoe, candles offer one of the simplest ways to bring a sense of calm and comfort into the home. Whether you’re welcoming the aromas of the forest into your living room with Crabtree and Evelyn’s botanical candle, opting for understated minimalism courtesy of Broste, or injecting some happiness into the home with Neom’s happiness candle, make your home hyggeligt with ambient lighting this Christmas.

Floral Arrangements

While we may be glad to escape its cold, the snow whites and berry reds of the winter landscape provide the perfect inspiration for your Christmas interior aesthetic. Freshen up your Christmas décor by bringing nature indoors with some simple but seasonal flower arrangements. Use a combination of vintage and contemporary vases and vessels to house seeded eucalyptus and Atlas cedar sprayed lightly with a silver floral spray paint for a wintery, festive feel.

Rest & Replenish in Luxury

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Your bathroom should set the tone for your home; a clean, tidy bathroom is a firm indicator of a well-maintained establishment. Aside from the necessary cleaning, adding a few small, luxurious details to your bathroom will help give your home an inviting, calming aura. From elegant tealights and tealight holders to contemporary towel rails and thick, high-quality towels, strike a balance between practicality and luxury to transform your guests’ bathroom experience.

Glassware

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If there is any time in the year set aside to be indulgent, Christmas is surely it. From the complementary glass of fizz with your towering Christmas dinner to the Bailey’s coffee to wake you from your mid-afternoon food coma, Christmas has a reputation to be a merry affair. Ensure you serve up to your guests in style by investing in some premium glassware. LSA is celebrated for the high quality of its glassware in addition to its unique, contemporary designs—perfect for serving up refreshments at your Christmas bar.

Festive Playlist

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Board games, the Queen’s speech, festive films and cheesy Christmas tunes will broadly make up the essence of your yuletide entertainment. While indecisive DJs might opt for a classic ‘wireless’ such as GPO’s retro ‘Winchester’ radio, if you want to personalise your Christmas playlist then The Hut recommends entertaining your guests via a premium Bluetooth speaker such as Bayan Audio’s SoundScene or  KEF MUO’s latest speaker. For the best of both worlds, Steljes’ British-designed radio includes a Wi-Fi connection to be able to offer DAB, DAB+ and FM radio alongside Internet Radio, Spotify and other online streaming services.



Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Writer and expert


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