And so it begins…

I sat down yesterday and started to plan my Christmas content for the blog (probably should have done that a while ago!) and I am now so excited about the start of December. I wanted to share my inspiration with you today and what I hope to share here over the next few weeks. So here goes…

Styling the Seasons for December

I am very excited about putting my first Christmas decorations up this weekend for my Styling the Seasons post. I’m thinking hanging lights, candles and I have an amazing white swan feather that Jules picked up for me in the park that will get this glitter treatment!

Christmas decorations and homemade gift ideas | Gold tipped feathers | Apartment Apothecary

Image via Ruffled blog

Christmas table with West Elm

A group of my lovely blogger friends have come together to style twelve different Christmas tables for the twelve days of Christmas, organised by the gorgeous Teri over at The Lovely Drawer. I have styled up a breakfast table so keep your eye out on the West Elm blog.

Christmas decorations and homemade gift  ideas | Nordic Christmas table | Apartment Apothecary

Image via  100 Layer Cake

Decking the halls

I would love to put together a simple green garland for you all to try as well as a wreath with a bit of a twist (think succulents).

Christmas decorations and homemade gift  ideas | Simple Christmas garland | Apartment Apothecary

Image via HOMEY oh my!

Homemade gifts

I would like to show you a few easy gift wrapping ideas that can make the smallest of presents extra special as well as a couple of cheap and easy homemade Christmas presents.

Christmas decorations and homemade gift ideas | Gift wrapping station | Apartment Apothecary

Image via The Gifted blog

Christmas decorations and homemade gift  ideas | Christmas in a jar | Make your home smell like Christmas | Apartment Apothecary

‘Christmas in a jar’ that you simmer in water to make your home smell like Christmas. I made these last year and you can see the tutorial here.

Pooch packages

I am ridiculously excited about the dog gift exchange that is being organised by Em over on Oh Gosh blog. Em has asked dog owners to sign up their pooches and everyone will be allocated a dog to make a gift package for (quick, you need to sign up by November 30th!). Otto can not wait to get to work on making his pooch package…

Dog gift exchange for Christmas | Golden Retriever | Apartment Apothecary

Don’t forget, I will also be starting my gift guides on Friday (get a sneaky peek here) so keep an eye out for that and if all the stars align I may be able to squeeze in a few things you can do to prepare your home for house guests over the festive season. As an added bonus I will be running a competition to win this radio (I have one myself and it is my new favourite thing) just in time for the perfect present.

What have you got on your Christmas ‘to do’ list?

Katy x




  1. 24th November 2015 / 12:57 pm

    Oh i really need to organise my December calendar! thanks for the reminder! x

  2. 24th November 2015 / 1:06 pm

    I so can’t wait for Christmas now after reading this. There’s not excuse for me not to be ready this year! Elinor x

  3. 24th November 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Hi Katy, very inspirational post! Looking forward to reading the wreath with a twist post :)Raphael x

  4. 25th November 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I love all of these ideas, thank you! I’m hosting Xmas this year for the first time and am mainly looking forward to the decorating! I’m starting to get just a little bit excited! Mary x

  5. 25th November 2015 / 4:10 pm

    This all looks so inspirational, how exciting! x

  6. 25th November 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Oh my god the pooch package is the best thing ever. Just signed up!! 😉 Looks like December is going to be a rather lovely month here! xxx

  7. 27th November 2015 / 6:29 am

    Oh wow, some beautiful ideas but I really love the Christmas in a jar and may have to have a go at making some of these myself.

  8. 2nd December 2015 / 11:02 am

    Ooh I can legitimately start getting excited about Christmas now! That Pooch Package is a great idea 🙂

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