How to get your home ready for Christmas with interior designer Holly Wick
Interior designer and stylist Holly Wick of Holly’s House is a self-confessed modern and vintage junkie. Holly is equally at home scouring Ardingly Antiques Fair at 6am in the pouring rain as she is working with designers and craftspeople to create something completely new and unique.
Holly relocated from West London, close to our London florist in Chelsea Green, to Hampshire, just around the corner from our South Downs flower farm, to lay down roots with her young family. Holly uses seasonal flowers, herbs and foliage from our English farm in her styling work and we always gather round in excitement to see the images from her latest shoot.
Holly’s Christmas shoot was as striking as ever, so we caught up with her to discover her tips on how she gets her home ready for Christmas.
How I decorate for Christmas
At work we’re always well prepared for Christmas, but at home it’s never quite so well planned! I like to get our tree the first weekend in December, and now our little boy Finley is a fully active toddler I’m really excited about taking him to pick out a tree. How long it will stay standing is a different question...
Once we have the tree I go into full decorating mode and blitz the house over the weekend, adding the odd touch throughout December right up until Christmas Day.
Urban to country Christmas
My Christmas decorating style has definitely changed since moving from London to the countryside, so nowadays I love foraging and finding bits and pieces to use as decorations when I’m out walking my dog. I’d say my style is quite relaxed and rustic, although I’m like a magpie with gold and copper tones and I love to add a touch of sparkle!
What inspired me this Christmas
As I’m focusing my work more towards styling weddings, I’m inspired by the gorgeous, ethereal winter tablescapes I’ve seen using hand-dyed ribbons and table linens mixed with greenery and florals in a rustic palette.
Welcoming guests at Christmas
I try to be the guest as much as possible over Christmas, especially with my little one taking up all my attention! But it’s nice to entertain friends with a dinner party in the cold dark evenings leading up to Christmas so I try to keep the house looking as inviting as possible. I make sure vases are filled with a mix of fresh and dried flowers and greenery and keep a good stock of candles to create a beautiful atmosphere and lovely scent – The Real Flower Company’s Geranium Scented Candle is a favourite. And of course I make sure the larder and fridge are very well stocked with gin and wine!
We’ll be starting off on Christmas Eve with a good old country pub lunch with the family. I love this tradition and there’s nothing more Christmassy than an old English country pub. We’ll then be splitting time between my and my husband’s family homes in Surrey and Hampshire before collapsing back at home and doing absolutely nothing for the rest of the break!
Real Flowers for Christmas
The Real Flower Company’s Eucalyptus Garland is my favourite piece from this year’s Christmas collection. I absolutely adore eucalyptus, and love decorating with garlands at Christmas time so this piece would be perfect for my Christmas style. You can discover the rest of our Christmas collection here.