Spice up our homes with decorations that keep the darkness at bay

It’s coming on Christmas and thought I’d share some of the boxes of delights featured in my weekly interiors page in The Herald magazine. Been meaning to do this for ages as I see so much in the way of heavenly houses and products. Ironic really, as at the moment, I’m between flats and sleeping on a mattress in my daughter’s living room along with Roman the cat – much more luxurious than it sounds! When I move into my new flat just before Christmas, there will be a grand fairy lights switching on ceremony.

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COMFORT & JOY  Create a festive feel with minimal fuss with these ingenious adhesive strips and hooks from commandstrips.co.uk which remove cleanly and easily without leaving any permanent marks or damage. The Snowflake Christmas tree vinyl wall sticker is £29.95 from notonthehighst.co.uk.


Frosted Forrest -  reindeer bedding in Slate from £19 (single) Sterling Furniture

Everything’s going to be cool this Christmas with this dashing new range of Rudolph      inspired bedlinen. Comes in a slate colourway with snowflake and reindeer print and reasonably priced at £19 for a single duvet cover and pillowcase set (sterlingfurniture.co.uk).

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If you are looking for an everlasting advent calendar that will become part of your  run-up-to Christmas ritual, this Swedish Fabric Advent Garland is both fetching and functional as you can hide little gifts in each stocking; trust the Scandinavians (£89, scandihome.com).

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You need a wee bit of patience to browse Oliver Hayden’s web site but it rewards you with highly individual homeware – from the posh to the purse friendly. Switch on this Let It Snow battery operated canvas and let the LED lights shine on (£40, oliverhayden.com).


Add a little Wyllie whimsy to this holiday season with a magical range of products featuring designs by one of Scotland’s most popular artists George Wyllie. The new online site features Christmas cards and prints and is the only official store for products featuring the artist’s designs which come with the Wyllie watermark of wry humour, wit and wisdom. Free postage for all orders in the UK until Christmas (scotlandsculpted.com).


If you missed her pop up shop in Ruthven Mews, you can still order or commission the surface patterned interior and fashion accessories created by Glaswegian designer Danielle Cassells aka DanYELL, whose homey yet hip designs add individuality to any room (danyell.co.uk).


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Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, has launched its Christmas catalogue. Packed full of carefully selected products created by artisans across the globe. Every product sold by Traidcraft earns producers a fair wage, enabling them to work their way out of poverty and change the lives of their families and communities (traidcraftshop.co.uk).


candle lit 2 (2) high resA connected kettle which you can start from anywhere in the house. The kettle’s secret lies in its base which connects to your home WiFi network and is controlled by iOS and Android apps. Available in a choice of five skins – blue, green, taupe, red or black. It will even wake you up with a good morning greeting. (wifikettle.com).


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