A festive look that’s anything but traditional

If sophisticated pared-back luxe is your yule of choice this year then turn to the dark side with black-as-night gift wrap and accessories offset by a gleam of gold


This delectably moody setting is all about scale and simplicity. The grand living room with its high ceilings, large fireplace and dark walls provides the perfect backdrop for a real Christmas tree dressed elegantly in gold, black and white decorations.


Lighting is key in a room like this, so go to town with candlesticks and tealight holders to create pools of low light and softly flickering shadows. Let the seed fairy lights leave a trail through the tree and perhaps in the fireplace and elsewhere in the room too.


Keep it simple with mainly plain paper, ribbons and tags in gold, black and white.


Christmas credits: Christmas tree, from $45, from; gold glitter star (on top), $3, gold round baubles (part of a pack of 17) $12, all from Kmart; ceramic feather decorations, six for $39.99, white ceramic geometric decorations, three for $39.99, gold fabric stars, set of six $32.99, all from Shut The Front Door; LED gold lantern tree decorations, set of three $19.99, from Ezibuy; white LED seed fairy lights 10m, $39.99, black candles, $3.99 each, Ourlieu gold linen cushion (closest to window), $99, all from Shut The Front Door; gold Abbracciaio candlestick on mantel, $340, from Kartell; framed canvas artwork, $1250, from; Cape glass vase (holding fairy lights), $34.95, Farah short gold candlestick, $14.95, both from Freedom; tall House Doctor candlestick with gold top, $95, and gold knit cushion (in middle), $91, from Allium. All other items, homeowner’s or stylist’s own.

Created by: Vanessa Nouwens
Photos by: Melanie Jenkins

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