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This picture-perfect villa provides the ultimate location for Christmas celebrations with family and friends. Discover how to recreate this look at home

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Christmas doesn’t?have to break the bank, says Lauren, the stylist behind this home’;s festive theme, not if you get creative. You can turn the simplest, cheapest materials into something spectacular.

–; Paper is one of?the most versatile materials and can be incredibly effective. “I made various snowflake designs with regular cartridge paper and silver wrapping paper from The $2 Shop simply by folding a square piece of paper into several triangles then cutting shapes into itpersonalized photo gifts for her,” says Lauren.

“You can find templates online. This is an effective way to fill a large area and they look amazing en masse. You can even try stringing up multiple snowflakes in front of a window or just from the ceiling in those areas that could use a hint of Christmas.”

–; Add a festive touch?to your large plastic lampshade with some paper doilies from any good $2 store, all you need is doilies and Blu Tack. Make sure the bulb is well away from the doilies.

–; If you are looking to?create some ambience but want something different try gluing cinnamon sticks around a glass tea-light holder. “I got mine from an Indian supermarket in the bulk bins. You will need to use good-quality craft glue and rubber bands to hold in place until they have dried. Not only do they look great they have an amazing cinnamon aroma!”

–; “I created an unconventional?Christmas tree with a large branch,” says Lauren.?“This didn’t cost a cent. Find an old tree branch and adorn it with your favourite decorations. You don’t need many as in this case simple is best. You will need to weigh down the branch in a bucket with sand or something similar.”

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Children love getting involved in Christmas so let them help create a place for milk and biscuits for Santa. Don’t forget to write a note for Santa

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Stylist Lauren Freeman flipped the books around on this bookcase and arranged them in a tree-shaped fashion.

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Wood, natural and metal elements combine in a Scandi theme that's beautifully minimal.

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A plain linen runner covers the table, covered by a doily runner in a layered effect.

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Make a feature of your tree bucket, whether you're using a real or a fake tree.

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Get creative with doilies, covering lightshades and scattering them on the floor; mix wood and glass with white plates to add life to a white setting; remember to make a feature of your tree bucket, whether you’re using a real or fake tree. Cover with decorations such as fake flowers or paper honeycomb shapes.

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Living

Linen stockings continue the natural palette. Glam up a white setting with metallic details. Thin branches look gorgeous with ornaments hanging from them and snowflakes make the perfect decoration for windows. “For an advent calendar with a difference, take a simple shadow box,” says Lauren. “Fill with baubles, decorations and small gifts. For the numbers I got crafty with swing tags. Hang decorations with fishing line. Tape washi tape around the outside to create a house outline.”

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Glam up a white setting with metallic details.

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Thin branches with ornaments hanging from them make perfect decoration for windows.

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Pretty snowflake decals.

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An advent calendar with a difference - a simple shadow box filled with baubles, decorations and small gifts.

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Hallway

“Hang up your Christmas cards creatively this season by creating a deer head with antlers with washi tape,” suggests Lauren. “All you need is washi tape, string and some small hooks spread out along the antlers and away you go”; house tealights light up the hallway; Matariki-inspired artworks are a collaboration between artists Flox and Michel Tuffery.

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House-shaped tealights light up the hallway.

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Matariki-inspired artworks are a collaboration between artists Flox and Michael Tuffery.

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Bathroom and bedroom

A walk-in shower and free-standing bath tie in with the sleek, modern feel of the home’s interior. The tiles are from Artedomus and the stool is from Tessuti; throws or cushions with Christmassy designs add a festive touch to bedroom decor at Christmas time; sheer drapery softens the natural light in the main bedroom.

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Throws or cushions in Christmassy designs add a festive touch to the bedroom.

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Words by: Catherine SteelPhotography by: Todd EyreStyling by: Lauren Freeman

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