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Take Five with Bree Leech

With Christmas well and truly in the air, our thoughts are turning towards this special holiday time that we will spend with family and friends. This week we had the pleasure to ‘Take Five’ with styling, design and trend forecasting (just to name a few!) guru, Bree Leech. Bree was kind enough to share with us what Christmas means to her, her family traditions and her favourite way to decorate for the holiday season.

What does the holiday season look like in your home?

Fairly Hectic! We have a huge tree and we are currently in a small space- so the furniture has to be rearranged to accommodate it. I try and get the kids involved in some craft and creating paper decorations for other areas in the house too and most years we either make chocolates or bake cookies that the kids package up as gifts for family and friends.

Where do you start when looking for Christmas styling inspiration?

I may see an image, a window display – or something from a movie set that sparks my imagination or have a particular colour scheme in mind already. Each year I’ll go on a slightly different tangent but I tend to stick to a simple colour palette to help tie it all together. I don’t spend alot, I really don’t think you need to. Im conscious of purchasing things I wouldn’t use again so utilising what we have, nature (different foliage gathered locally can make amazing arrangements) and making paper decorations that I know can be recycled is a focus.

What do you love most about the holiday season?

It’s definitely about the family gatherings for me – but a very close second is the food. I really love to cook at Christmas – desserts and sweets are my domain – and I look forward to those ‘once a year’ mouthwatering dishes made by family members.

What is your favorite way to decorate for the holidays?

It will always involve a huge tree, lots of warm white fairy lights and some beautiful foraged foliage but the best way is with the kids involved. I won’t lie it took me some time to let go and embrace the imperfect decorating style of children – and I still ‘adjust’ decorations on the tree to even them out once the kids are in bed – but getting them involved makes it so much more exciting – kids embody the Christmas spirit.

Do you have any holiday traditions that you like to keep with family or friends? 

We have had a few over the years but they do change as our family and extended family grow and change – Christmas eve is probably one of my favourite times – walking or driving to see Christmas lights, watching carols on the TV, last minute wrapping and cooking – it’s the height of the Christmas mood.

 

Image credits. Styling by Bree Leech.
Hero image – Photographer Lisa Cohen
Image 1 – Photographer Mike Baker for Dulux featuring Hale Mercantile Co. linen
Image 2 – Bree Leech
Image 3 – Photographer Mike Baker for Dulux featuring Hale Mercantile Co. linen
Image 4 – Photographer Lisa Cohen for Dulux featuring Hale Mercantile Co. linen
Image 5 – Photographer Mike Baker for House & Garden Magazine

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