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Winter and Christmas Style Guide
Christmas is here, and you’ll certainly be in the festive mood already! However, if you aren’t feeling up to the occasion or if it is a classic case of winter blues, check out the infographic! Christmas is all about style and panache, and it is reflected through the furniture and style pieces we acquire and the movies we watch. Decking up your home for Christmas is an age old tradition that deserves to be retained. Also, this is one time when you’ll have the best movies available to go with exploring all the gifts you receive.
This is certainly the best way to spend the holiday season! While you’re at it, pick up the movies and style pieces suggested in the infographic. You’ll be all covered for the festive season, and the bonus is that you’ll easily keep depression at bay! Till Father Christmas touches down and the Planet is engulfed with joy and warmth, you’ll find the infographic quite handy.
When it comes to fighting the winter blues, you’ll have loads of tips to ferret out from the infographic. These will help you savor Christmas in the best way possible minus any of those blues that we just talked about. Follow the infographic and make yourself a jolly good Christmas minus all those depressive trappings! This Christmas, give your mind, life and heart an extensive makeover of the best kind! The infographic helps you get into the Christmas spirit without having to try too hard!
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Your Winter and Christmas Style Guide
Fight the winter blues and add a touch of seasonable movie magic to your home.
Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
A suicidal George Bailey receives help from 2nd class angel Clarence, who on Christmas eve, shows him just what the world would be like if he wasn’t in it.
Inspiration: The last scene in the Baley’s household.
Style Piece: Magical bell tree ornaments.
Why? Because “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Atta boy Clarence.
Find it: Set of two glass bell Christmas tree decorations, £4.99, available on Amazon.
Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold wants the perfect family Christmas. Things go quickly awry.
Inspiration: The Griswold’s house exterior.
Style Piece: Exterior lighting and decoration.
Why? The decoration and illumination of the Griswold house is an almighty job for main character Clark, but he perseveres. Even when it takes a while to figure out how to get the lights to work and they create a drain on the local electricity grid.
Find it: 100 warm whtie LED connectable lights, £19.99 from christmastreesandlights.co.uk.
Movie: Groundhog Day
Although not a Christmas film (it’s set in February), the weather is cold and wintry and Bill Murray’s stay in a small town B&B becomes his worst nightmare when the day repeats itself over and over.
Inspiration: The Cherry Street Inn (the B&B Bill Murray stays in).
Style Piece: Scrappy Quilts.
Why? NOthing says samll town chick like a patchwork quilt to keep you warm under the covers.
Find it: Pink and Green Patchwrok from £19.95, Tonystextiles.co.uk.
Inspiration: The retro interior of the cosy, warm , and inviting home of Marge and Norm Gunderson.
Style Piece: Retro kitchen table.
Why? Easy to find, very cost effective, and you can create your own individual piece, don’t cha know?
Find it: Check out Ebay, Etsy, and your local charity stores and upcycling companies. We found this table on Ebay for £12.99.
The paint is from Homebase in Meadow, £10 for 2.5L.
Movie: Home Alone
Bratty young boy Kevin is mistakenly left behind when his family goes on Christmas vacation. Chaos ensures as he realizes two con men plan to rob his house and it’s up to him to defend the family home.
Inspiration: The McCallister house.
Style piece: Statement rugs and hall runners.
Why? The McCallister’s house is full of wooden floorboards, but the rugs adds some warmth and a luxurious feel.
Find it: Zielgler Hallway Runner in Red and Cream, from £45, therugseller.co.uk.
Sherborne Traditional Rug in Green, from £29, therugseller.co.uk.
Movie: Die Hard
New York City cop John McClane is visiting his estranged wife at her office Christmas party when terrorists interrupt the festivities. Only John McClane can save the day.
Inspiration: The Nakatomi Plaza, a postmodern, 493 foot skyscraper in Los Angeles, is the site of John McClane’s one man fight against a group of terrorists.
Style Piece: Shimmering wallpaper and plants.
Why? Back when Bruce Willis has hair, the Nakatomi Plaza was still under construction, and was an office building of the future, with computer controlled access, a heliport on the roof and a Japanese influenced atrium full of greenery and a water feature. Offices included warm uplights and shimmering wallpaper. Yippee Ki Yay!
Find it: Superfresco Cream Shimmer Floral Silk Wallpaper, £12 from Debenhams.
Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens, £19 from Ikea. See Ikea.com for their full range of plants, both real and artificial.
Combating the “Winter Blues”.
A mild version of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression that the NHS estimates to affect approximately 1 in 15 people in the UK over the winter months.
- TROUBLE CONCENTRATING
- POOR SLEEP
- DECREASED ACTIVITY LEVEL
- BODY ACHES
- CRYING SPELLS
- LOSS OF SEX DRIVE
- OVEREATING & WEIGHT GAIN
Things you can do to ease the symptoms
- Keep active: Exercise helps increase endorphins.
- Get outside: This will help you absorb as much natural daylight as possible.
- Keep warm: Being cold can make you feel miserable and exacerbate your symptoms, so keep warm and wrapped up when you venture outside.
- Focus on a positive hobby: Try the tips in this infographic to help make your living space more enjoyable and give you little projects to work on.
- Eat healthily: This will boost your mood, give you more energy, and help you stop putting on weight over the winter.
- Try using a light box: You’ll find a good selection on Amazon from £30 upwards. They are brighter than indoor lights and will help up your intake of light throughout the day. Some people find them very effective.
- Socialise: Although you’ll want to hibernate, make the effort to socialise and the interaction with others will increase your confidence and help ward off the blues.
- Talk to friends and family: Don’t be afraid to talk to close friends and family about how you’re feeling. There’s no need to keep it bottled up. Talking helps.
- See your doctor: If all else fails, see your GP. They can help assess your needs and recommend other treatments.
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