At the start of 2017 Dean and I set ourselves the goal of moving into the new house by Christmas, it took up all of our weekends, sucked the life out of Dean and caused endless bickering, but by the skin of our teeth, we are in! Admittedly we probably handed in our notice a little prematurely at the old the house, but neither of us could face Christmas or another Winter with a broken boiler, an oven that could only be lit by getting down on your hands and knees with a lighter and the world’s worst shower. I could rant endlessly about why it's in a landlord’s interest to fix these things and how five weeks post-move we shouldn't still be fighting for our deposit back, but I'll save you from that monotonous tirade.
Selfishly, I wanted to move before Christmas primarily to decorate a new space. I never felt overly festive in the old house; it was cramped, dark and no matter how beautiful the wreath was, the ugly front door overshadowed it. Being the Christmas-aholic I am, this always broke my spirit a little. But this year is different, we've got a new space, new decorations (because we foolishly left last year’s The White Company decs in the loft at the old house) and our first real tree. You can't beat the smell of a real tree, and The White Company's Fir Tree scent is the perfect accompaniment to enhance the smell throughout the house.
Current house status: The walls are bare, we're living out of two rooms, and we don't have a single curtain or dining chair… but so what. Christmas is here, and with a little help from The White, Company we're having ourselves a minimal little Christmas.
The brand really comes in to its own this time of year. Having worked at The White Company as a Visual Merchandiser for two years, I'm too familiar with the magical environment created in store at Christmas; you can't help but feel inspired to recreate a little piece of the magic back home. This year’s Scandi haven of white and grey tree decorations mixed with traditional greenery, sparkles and of course their signature scent, Winter, compliment the light wood and concrete floor in our home ideally. Although the walls are bare and we’ve hardly enough crockery and seating for two, there’s something special about the first Christmas in our new home we’ve worked so hard for.
This post is in collaboration all words and adoration for The White Company is my own.