Styling Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time to go to town and lavishly decorate your home with glittering, colourful decor. Over the years, there has been a shift from traditional Christmas colours of red and green, and today, Christmas decorations are available in a range of themes with an abundance of variety available. It also doesn’t just stop at the Christmas tree, we’re decorating every room in the house.

So, with no space going untouched of a little Christmas cheer, we searched through the wealth of fabulously festive ideas to share a few of our favourite ideas for you to replicate this Christmas season.

Mantle-piece Magic

Elevate a simple fireplace to a spectacular feature with lashings of fresh greenery and stacked candles for an opulent and atmospheric touch to Christmas. A base of greenery piled with fruits, dried flowers (hydrangeas, ivy and eucalyptus are a particular favourites of ours) and an array of candles in different sizes will create something really spectacular.



A Festive Front Door

With swarms of guests, family and friends visiting this Christmas, the front door is especially pertinent for setting the decorative tone. As the first impression of your festive frills, there is so much you can do – whether it be a beautiful fresh wreath, an outdoor tree with twinkling lights or perhaps even wrapping your front door with extra large ribbon to create a giant Christmas gift?! The options are endless. We love this simple yet rich scene for how the gorgeous grey door provides the perfect backdrop for seasonal and snowy green.



Garland Greenery

Everyday items around your home can be beautifully adorned with large garlands of greenery, acorns, baubles, strings of decor and of course a few fairy lights.



A Show-Stopping Staircase

As the focal point in so many homes and hallways, the staircase lends itself perfectly to creating a dramatic seasonal display. You could use a garland, fresh greenery, leaves, lights, baubles, paper snowflakes, honeycomb pompoms, or like this clever creation – a mix of all of the above.



Washi Wrapping

There is nothing quite like the joy of giving at Christmas, and its even more special when what your giving is presented perfectly. This idea of simple white paper, with mint and gold washi tape cuts, a simple white ribbon, a handwritten gift tag and an embellishment, shows just how clever you can be with your gift wrapping.



Decorated Dining

Gathering around the table to enjoy the best meal of the year with loved ones, becomes all the more special with a little attention to detail. It doesn’t have to cost the earth and it can be so effective to simply gather some fresh greenery, create a simple centrepiece, add some twinkling candles and dress the table with your favourite delph, glassware and cutlery. We love the super affordable gold cutlery from Sostrene Grene – which is the perfect place to gather some really inexpensive pieces to create a table setting that looks perfectly elegant.



The Main Event

And of course the magical Christmas tree, one of the oldest festive traditions, which for many entails one of the most exciting parts of Christmas – decorating the tree. Christmas tree decorating is a massively personal affair and will often be influenced by nostalgia and tradition. Whatever decorations you opt for, consider adding something extra like ribbon or jute, bows, festive berries, faux florals or simple acorns for just a few ideas. Consistency also goes a long way in making a tree look particularly special, so if you are buying new decorations then consider purchasing them in groups of 3 or more and layering with other repeating decorations for a beautiful finished look.


Christmas at KLD!

We’re just wrapping up for the year here at Kingston Lafferty Design and we’re full on getting into the festive spirit!

The past two weeks have seen lots of lovely activities, from our Christmas party day to designing Christmas cards to receiving lovely gifts from all our closest friends.

Our Christmas cards have been sent out all across the country and hopefully people are enjoying the little treats we’ve added, just a little thank you to all of those who have worked with us over the year and continue to support us in our little (but growing!) dream.


Christmas at KLD!

Some complimentary treats tucked in with Maurice the Deer, hopefully everyone has gotten to gobble these up (there may have been one or two tasted when the boxes arrived..)

Christmas at KLD!


For everyone we don’t yet have on our Christmas card list we wish you the merriest, brightest Christmas!


Here’s also a sneak peak into our Christmas Party antics! Ever tried Aerial Yoga?? It’s such a laugh! What a great combination of relaxing yoga and fun aerial acrobatics.




In full swing…!



A few action shots taken by a very bemused bystander!


All the KLD team!! Happy out with our efforts feeling lovely and loose after all that hanging.

We later continued our celebrations with Cava, nibbles, and getting dressing up in the KLD home, followed by a delicious Christmas dinner at Farmer Browns in Ballsbridge. Unfortunately we were so focused on the food (and presents!) that we took no photos. Except for this one…of the lovely red that helped us on our merry way.

Such an enjoyable day and a fantastic way to say goodbye to our brilliant parisiene intern Olyviane who has left us to return to her studies, we miss you!

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Merry Christmas everyone! We will be back fresh-faced and full-bellied in the new year to continue doing what we love and bringing beautiful design to great people!


Christmas Styling

Turn your home into a festive gathering place for family and friends by sprucing it up with these simple Christmas styling ideas.

All of us have our own preferred decorating style and possibly plenty of decorations from the previous years.  But why don’t you try something totally new this year? It is about styling your home in more simplistic style.

Use tree branches and pine cones, green wreaths made of pine branches and not to forget the reindeer. Add natural materials to your home with the occasional pop of red or other colours but keep it simplistic. Metallics like copper and brass add an extra Christmas shine. Look out for copper candle holders, contemporary tree decorations or napkin rings.

Although the weather this time of the year doesn’t resemble the winter, we can not deny that there is nothing more delightful as sitting by a cosy fireplace. Set a  scene by wrapping the fireplace in fairy lights for more fairytale-like atmosphere. For more rustic feel use parcel paper and twine to wrap your presents and make your own DIY Christmas decorations.

Take a look at our Pinterest board of Christmas Styling to get some inspiration and ideas.

Follow Kingston Lafferty Design’s board Christmas Styling on Pinterest.


How to… create your own Christmas decorations

Christmas is just around the corner

Just over a week left before we all gather with family and friends to share joy, gratitude, and love over a Christmas feast. That also means there is only a few days left to decorate our houses and make our home magical.

Here at KLD we decided to try our hand at some handmade paper decorations in an effort to make your decorating easier!

So try out these DIY Christmas decorations. Making your own decorations is a fabulous creative outlet through the harnessing of unique design. and simultaneously impress people with your efforts…

A. Christmas Origami


– Scissors
– Glue
– String
– White A4 sheet
– Patterned A4 sheet of your choice
– Gold or silver shiny A4 sheet

Step 1: Print one of these template on either a white A4 sheet or a patterned A4 sheet.


Step 2: Cut around the outlines. It will define the shape of your Christmas ball.

Step 3: With a needle, pierce a hole where on one of the face. Put the string through and make a knot.

Step 4: Score along all the dotted lines.The dotted lines represents where you bend the template to give it a 3D shape. Score it with a cutter or a needle will make it easier to bend the paper.

Step 5: Turn over and lightly bend along scored lines.

Step 6: Using a glue-stick glue each flap into place.


Last step is to decorate your tree with these fabulous homemade shapes!

B. Paper Snowflakes

With the Christmas tree decorated, now embellish door knobs or windows. Try paper snowflakes to hang around the house. As noted in the previous tip, use the ever so simple yet elegant white paper. Or go a shinier rout, like a gold or silver A4 paper.


– Scissors
– Paper of your choice
– String and a needle

Step 1: First step is very simple. From a A4 or A3 sheet (if you want a bigger snowflake), cut a square and fold it in two to make a triangle

Step 2: Fold the triangle in half again, then into thirds.

Step 3: Cut around the edges of your folded paper any way you like, then open up the folds to reveal your snowflake.

Step 4: With a needle, pierce a small hole at the edge of the snowflake and put through the string. Make a know and hang it wherever you feel like.

If you are feeling inspired take a look at some of our other Christmas posts, Christmas Cards & Festive Graphics & Wrapping Delights!

KLD Christmas

Ho Ho Ho!

We got very excited for Christmas this year with our new team and our new offices… it was the perfect spot to get into the festive spirit! Christmas styling is always the most fun!


Lost Society Christmas Installation


We have just completed a Christmas installation for Lost Society Dublin. It was tough work but lots of fun and definitely got us feeling festive!! The brief was to create a high impact installation at the two main bars within the club. The building itself is very impressive both in scale and aesthetic so it was very important that the design held its own and grabbed people’s attention straight away. We chose to use over sized, giant props throughout that we made by hand. 

The ground floor bar is the first area you experience within Lost Society. It was really important that it had a wow factor as well as being a little bit crazy and fun! This bar became ‘The Candy Cane Bar’. Fusing giant hanging candy canes with over sized, cellophane wrapped sweets and lollipops, it brings out the inner kid in everyone! And if you feel like a real candy cane, there are over 600 real candy canes displayed in gift wrapped jars to get you feeling festive!

Upstairs in the main Georgian bar, we wanted to focus on the main bar display area. Located in the most beautifully christmassy setting of the powerscourt townhouse, between two large Georgian windows, we decided to package the bar display as a giant ripped open Christmas present; a gift to the public from lost society with love. We created a structure to wrap paper, giant bows and of course a giant Christmas tag from lost society. 

See the journey of the handmade props, the initial design concept, followed by the finished product, and check it out in the flesh over Christmas if you get the chance! 

The sweets…..with quite a long way to go! step 1: foam cylinder painted with glue, step 2: spray paint, step 3: draw out pattern, step 4: paint and step 5: wrap with cellophane!


 Lots and lots of cany canes!


 quite the drying system!

 Testing out the pressies…


 Getting ready to pack up!..





 Its going to be a full car!…


 Romano, a great helper, candy cane hanging can be a tricky task!


 The bar before:….



 Sue painting the finishing touches on the letters…

 Beginning to come together…







 The Georgian bar before:

 And after….a gift I would very much like to unwrap!!…




 even the rhino is feeling festive!!


 The finished candy cane bar…


 Sue on the bar…














 The christmas cocktail menu we designed…










 Some guests enjoying festivities at the launch, Lost Society’s 2nd birthday….