Christmas has arrived at The Red Notebook HQ in London. My last weekend was spent sorting out old Christmas decor and chucking away loads of rubbish. We also managed to make space for our lovely tree in the Living room. So finally, we welcomed the festive spirit in full glory.
Browsing local flea markets and high street shops fuels my decor inspiration. Every year it starts to feel a little festive for me once I start working on decor ideas. So this year we have a red and white festive theme. Irrespective of the space you have, you can go full out to adorn your abode with festive decor. Today I am sharing some very simple decor ideas that I worked on this year to welcome the spirit of Christmas.
Festive garland on the mantelpiece
Decorating your mantelpiece can immediately bring some festive warmth to your living space. Decorate your mantelpiece with festive garland and tea lights this Christmas. I bought this one from Christmas markets at Muswell Hill. Your local Christmas markets are full of festive inspirations and unique ideas – do pay them a visit.
Use a festive table cloth
Set the table for an unforgettable Christmas lunch/dinner using a festive table cloth. It’s also the time when your loved dining table will be used the most. So show some extra love by decorating it with festive table cloth and coasters.
Cake stand and Candles as a centerpiece
Cake stands are very versatile. You can use them to serve food or even as a table centrepiece. I have used my cake stand with a pillar candle and a small berry wreath to create a beautiful centrepiece.
The Red Notebook had a great 2016 and I would like to thank all my lovely readers and followers for following our fashion and style journey. I hope we managed to add some fashion fun in your everyday life. Wishing you all a very, very happy holiday season.
Recycling my Christmas decor blog post from last year. Put on your creative hat and take inspiration from simple decor ideas.
Display 1- DIY Christmas Candles
Just take white pillar candles, cinnamon sticks and rope string to create this candle display. Stick cinnamon sticks around the candle and decorate it with a rustic rope string. I used this beautiful sliver tray to place the candle display and scatter pines cones around.
Display 2- Cute Snow Globes
Beautiful display and very easy to create. Just get some glittery snow from ebay, empty glass jars from your kitchen and small decorative Christmas tree. Fix the tree to the centre of the lid, fill the jar with glitter snow and invert it. Make sure the glitter snow sticks to the jar – essential for achieving that snowy look . You can make it your centre table display, sideboard display or side table display like I have done here.
Display 3- Festive Christmas Crate
This is my favourite display. A very rustic and vintage display for your dinner table. I bought this vintage wooden crate from a local high street shop. Surprisingly I always manage to find some amazing artefacts from my local charity and other high street shops. They never disappoint me. Place glass jars with tea lights in the centre, fill the crate with green Christmas garlands, red berry decorations, cinnamon sticks and pine cones. For finishing touches, adorn the display with cute little red bows. Sit back, relax and let others appreciate you hard work.
Display 4- DIY Festive Garland
I get instant satisfaction from creating home made things. It feeds my creative energy and allows me to experiment with my styling ideas.
To create this beautiful Christmas garland, get hold of big decorative stars, festive figurine and rustic rope. Tie the decoration together on the rustic rope and decorate with red bows. You can hang this festive garland on the mantelpiece like I have done it here or hang it on sideboards or radiator covers.
Hope you got some decor ideas to add sparkle to your home this Christmas. Don’t forget to share your stories and ideas here with me.
It’s a coincidence that my due date is 14th Feb and I am hoping it turns out to be that day. Even though I won’t be able to venture out much, I still want to make it a special occasion.
Fine dining, night out, movie date seem to be some great options to spend the special day with your loved one. But who says you can’t have the same fun indoors? Here is how I intend to treat us special. I hope you will enjoy the idea of sweet treats in bed.
It is time to bring cheer to your house with some fresh decorating ideas. The Red Notebook has been experimenting with some Christmas decorations and would like to share what I have been up to recently. Continue Reading
Visiting Diwali fairs to explore homeware and fashion designs used to be a highlight of my festive season back home in India. Living in London I miss that buzz, that noise, that smell which I experienced growing up. Everyone’s gearing up to the festivities. Local markets, shops and roads are all adorned with marigold flowers to celebrate the most auspicious day of the year – Diwali. However hard I try I don’t think I can replicate the same experience here but I can in my own way enjoy the festival and keep the tradition alive. With only a few weeks left before the festival there are a lot of things to organise and manage. I need to plan my main pooja decoration, Diwali outfit, lighting and finally what to cook for the main Diwali feast. In London you don’t have the luxury of your local market selling the traditional stuff. You have to plan and organise it. So I went to the Diwali Pop Up Shop by Faisana Studio. I went in to explore South Asian Fashion designers but was surprised to see homeware and kidswear as well. The exhibition was held at the luxurious Four Seasons, Mayfair. A range of designers were showcasing their creations at the event. I saw latest designs from Maheen KarimSania MaskatiyaNida AzwerZara Shahjahan and Rakesh Agarwal . Have a look at some of their latest designs here.
As an Indian family living in London we always miss the same festive vibe that we experienced back home in India. To begin with, Diwali is a working day in the UK and it is like any other day. But I don’t want it to be that way. Every year I try and make an extra effort to create a special day for family. As a mother I have the added responsibility to pass on traditions to the next generation.
In the run up to Diwali I have a few things in mind like – What should be the menu and How can I put up Diwali décor at home? Every year I had to make do with the little Indian stuff I have in my personal collection but thanks to some lovely gifts from India Circus I can do a lot more with my Diwali décor. Indian Circus by Krsna Mehta make contemporary & chic products, home decor and personal accessories. The quirky and sophisticated décor designs will add a dash of Indianess to your interiors. The products are easy to order online and shipped worldwide.
India Circus has a lot to offer from home décor to personal accessories and even apparel. The designs are aimed to revive Indian craft and textiles into everyday contemporary products. The vibrant coloured home accessories add a layer of brightness to your interiors and an exquisite charm to your home.
India Circus sent me a few things and I have tried to create two beautiful settings using their products and some from my home décor collection. I hope you like it.
The Gala Family Dinner Table
Diwali Table Decor – Table Mats & Napkins by India Circus
So it’s been a year of blogging and working on some amazing projects. The journey till date has enriched me as a person and trust me, it wasn’t a smooth ride at all. I was juggling various hats. Being a working mum, stylist and blogger did take a toll on me but I was definitely enjoying being in the zone. The idea of The Red Notebook was just coined in a coffee shop. It was cut and refined further over a series of facetime discussions. I still remember our first shoot when my lovely friends Priyanka and Jas recreated the vision I had in my head. When I look back at the shoot I realise how much I have learned over the last year. Continue Reading
With the run up to Valentine’s Day, my inbox is bombarded with valentine’s day gift suggestions, what to wear on Valentine’s and other marketing messages. Sometimes such a hype forces you to do something for your partner or husband, but to be honest I don’t believe in the idea of Valentine’s Day. To me it’s more of a marketing gimmick. However there is a flip side to this, the idea of Valentine’s does makes you think how you can make your loved one feel special. With this intention in mind I plan to share my today’s blog post and demonstrate how you can use simple craft and décor items available in your home to make your husband, partner or boyfriend feel special this Valentine’s.
What could be better than expressing your love through flowers. Roses are my favorite and with the onset of spring, a bunch of pink and white roses can instantly freshen up your home. Even if you do not plan to do anything special this Valentine’s make sure you buy some flowers for your loved one and if you want to go a step further, surprise them by getting them delivered to their work place.
To create my first Valentine display, I simply used bright pink wrapping paper, rustic rope and some roses. Simply wrap a small gift using bright pink tissue paper or normal wrapping paper (pink tissue paper’s better) and tie it with a rustic rope. The beauty of this idea lies in how you present the gift. Below are some ideas.
Valentine’s Day Decor
I strongly believe that way through a man’s heart is through his stomach. You could cook your loved one favorite food and enjoy a cozy night in. For young parents like us it’s the best solution but do remember to add some special touches to your night in. I do understand that you all have busy lifestyles as working processionals so I have a cheat option for you – don’t cook dinner, just make the dessert. Which is what I plan to do – I’ll make Kheer (Indian rice pudding) and serve it in a very romantic fashion using rose petals.
These are few simple ideas to make your Valentine’s Day special. So if you don’t have any big plan for the night then do enjoy you cozy night it. Just remember to make it a bit special for your loved one.
New blog post after a long time! Feels good to be back and look forward to sharing my holiday experiences with you all. I was away to motherland India for a much-needed break and to celebrate Diwali with family.
Who doesn’t love Diwali (Indian festival of lights). I am sure Diwali is your favorite festival and you all look forward to it too. I was pretty excited this year as it was Meera’s first Diwali in India. Continue Reading