We been following Paula Sutton (aka @hillhousevintage over on Instagram) for a while now, and safe to say we are totally drawn in by her gorgeous dresses, adorable dog and of course her incredibly dreamy home. We have been desperate to see how she decorates her home for Christmas since about July, so you can image we were so excited to see she has decked out her halls already and not only that, she has done it all in collaboration with Wayfair, making it really easy and affordable to recreate the look at home! Joy to the world, are Christmas decoration inspiration is here.
Wayfair not only have rounded up all the best pieces so you can create Paula's gorgeous traditional Christmas vibe in your home but they have also quizzed her on how she created this gorgeous festive set up...
What was the inspiration behind your Christmas look with Wayfair? What do you love most about the look and do you have any favourite pieces?
'I had a nostalgic, slightly retro country Christmas in mind. Greens, reds and golds, cocktails and vintage sparkle. It’s a joyful celebration of colour and fun hark back to the vision I had of a glamorous Christmas when I was growing up. My favourite piece is the vintage style drinks trolley (opens in new tab). It’s a fabulous combination of retro and modern and is the perfect addition to a room when you haven’t got space for a drinks cupboard or cocktail bar. I love that at Wayfair (opens in new tab) you can find something special to suit every style of interior, even vintage!'
What are your top tips for styling your Christmas table? Will you be going all out this year and which of your favourite festive foods and tipples will be gracing your table?
'Each year I tend to work with a certain colour combination or a particular theme that I use throughout the house during the festive period. This look was inspired by the 1950’s - all out glamour with red, green and gold. My advice would be to decide on your colour scheme first and once you have this the accessories can follow. Napkins, plates (opens in new tab), glassware (opens in new tab) and decorations (opens in new tab) can all be chosen with your palette of choice in mind; I advise sticking to a three colour combination so that it doesn’t feel too overwhelming. Also don’t forget that you don’t have to be too strict; the important thing is to be surrounded by treasures that you love and that bring you joy, after all it’s meant to be the happiest time of the year!'
Find more Christmas table decorating ideas in our gallery too.
Amongst all of the uncertainty, 2020 has been the year we have all fallen in love with Hill House and the dream of rural life! What are your thoughts on the cottagecore trend which embraces all things country and pastoral, and is it here to stay?
'I think that the basics of the Cottagecore trend are actually timeless - and because they have always been around, they will be here to stay. At the heart of cottagecore is a return to traditional skills and crafts such as cooking, gardening, foraging and the enjoyment of a simple life. The trend is certainly a romanticised interpretation of rural life, but it stems from a comforting need for nostalgia and a slower pace for everyday life. Until earlier this year I had no idea what Cottagecore actually was! I was just living my normal life which just so happened to be so in tune with the movement all by accident.'
If you want to embrace the cottagecore trend we have a whole feature of gorgeous ideas to get you inspired, so check that out too.
What do you think are going to be the big interiors trends for 2021?
'Due to the events of 2020, I think that Cottagecore, nostalgia and the need for comfort are all here to stay. Cottagecore is something that started off as very simplistic but I think it can also be mixed with touches of glamour to create a luxe traditional style. Elegant vintage style barware (opens in new tab), gilded cutlery (opens in new tab) and statement gold accessories (opens in new tab) are all ways to get the look whilst staying on budget and touches of British quirk (opens in new tab) will keep the look feeling grounded. There are also many people who have missed the freedom to go aboard, so I predict a return to a global inspiration within interiors, where our spaces reflect our travels, the sea and distant shores.'
How would you describe your interior style in a nutshell? Where do you find inspiration?
'My vintage look is heavily influenced by classic English country house style. Overstuffed sofas filled with cushions, faded textiles, chintz, colour and mixed pattern. It has a faded grandeur vibe, carefully weaving in ‘new’ pieces so that Hill House still feels comfortable and eclectic - as if it’s all been there for years.'
Is it possible to mix vintage pieces with contemporary finds? What are your style tips for a happy blend of old with new?
'It’s definitely possible to mix contemporary and vintage, in fact for me that’s a perfect combination which adds personality to an interior. I love buying vintage and using things that have been loved before, but I’m not a slave to recreating a certain period in time. My ideal is to achieve an eclectic layered look that includes vintage ‘inspired’ contemporary pieces, such as glass candlesticks (opens in new tab) or scalloped dinnerware, for a clever nod to a past time without recreating a stage set.'
Finally, the most important question of all….What would you love to find wrapped up under the Christmas tree this year?
'Under my tree this year I would love to find a beautiful vintage oil painting to add to my gallery wall or a Hugo Guinness print for my growing collection. Failing that I would ask for a futuristic teleportation portal that I could step through and hug all of the loved ones that I’ve been missing this year!'