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Again, it may be as simple as coloured napkins and wildflowers on the table or as grandiose as a full formal dinner setting in the wilderness. Technological advances have definitely shone the way when it comes to decorating, and one of these is solar lighting. Whether it is fairy lights, solar lanterns or individual stick-in-the-ground globes, these cool LED beauties can add so much pizazz that they brighten up any setting. Since they are not reliant on electricity, they also come in useful during power outages. Fairy lights are often used for setting the scene at weddings, adding a softness to other decorations. “The vibe with weddings these days is lots of natural components such as sand, shells, seeds, rope, hemp and linen for decorations,” says Kay. “The decorations are much more casual now.” It’s all in a manner of personal style–you can host a beachycasual party, or pull out all the stops. Rachel believes you needn’t stop at the tree for a stunning Christmas. “Take your theme through to the dining table, mantelpiece or even your gift wrapping. Glass ball ornaments shouldn’t just be restricted to the tree. They can be used in a Christmas table setting or throughout the house. I have even used them to decorate a special gift.It’s just not Christmas without crackers and making your own can be lots of fun, especially if you have children.” Rachel adds: “You can achieve an elegant look by keeping a constant colour theme and introducing interest through texture. Make sure you have loads of flowers, candles and ribbon before you start. Have fun, and remember, as Roy L. Smith says, ‘… he who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under the tree’.” Nelson interior designer Rebecca O’Fee says special occasions are a great chance to make lasting memories with family and friends. “This is at the core of any celebration and Christmas is a great time to put your decorator’s hat on and go all out. With endless amounts of decorations and props readily available to us these days, this is made easy. Firstly, have a think about the vibe you want to create for your home and for the celebration. Is it a sophisticated and elegant feel or more of a fun and festive atmosphere? This will determine your starting point for colours and decorative items. Your entryway in the home is a great place to begin and will create an impressive, lasting impression when your guests arrive. Decorating or designing does not end with the look of a space. It is important to incorporate all five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Use things like scented candles, soft lighting, music, textures and certain colours to bring the decorations and space to life. The key is to create an experience for your guests, not just a look.” 32

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WildTomato is Nelson & Marlborough's magazine. We focus on inspiring journalism, stunning photography and beautiful design. www.wildtomato.c...