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November 2017 / Homes & Interiors / by Ali Howard

Oh Christmas tree!

If you enjoy the run-up to Christmas as much the big day itself, dressing the tree is one seasonal ritual that’s sure to ignite the warm and fuzzies. Whether you’re a purist who insists on a traditional fir to give your home that cosy festive scent, or you’ve got designs on a contemporary masterpiece in deconstructed form with faux neon branches, you’ll need to know the decoration trends of 2017. And with expert styling advice from Dan Cooper, seasonal buyer at John Lewis, you too can create a show-stopping designer tree 

1. Getting personal
What’s in a name? Whether it’s baby’s first Christmas or a bauble dedicated to each family member – including furry friends – personalisation is a key trend for 2017, adding an extra layer of interest. We love this celestial sphere from Etsy. Baby’s first Christmas moon ornament by Betsy Benn, £9 (etsy.com)

2. Artisanal
For understated elegance, swap mass-produced bling for lovingly handmade ornaments. From Decorator’s Notebook, this delicate geometric brass wire decoration sets the tone beautifully. Geometric brass wire decorations, £16.95 for a set of four (decoratorsnotebook.co.uk)

3. Bejewelled
Eclecticism is key when creating a truly dynamic tree that fascinates from every angle. For the ultimate look of luxury, dress yours with statement baubles inspired by precious jewels, like this little treasure from L’Objet. Turtle ornament, £75 (l-objet.com)

4. Travel-inspired
Global adventures and old world curiosities feature heavily this year, giving the already magical Christmas tree a whole new level of mystical charm. The Christmas collection from Petersham Nurseries is anything but ordinary. Indian elephant paper decoration, £19.50. 31 King Street, WC2E (petershamnurseries.com)