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"My pet hates it as a chaotic, busy space, and I cannot relax in a room that is too cumbersome or excessive," said Amanda Bone
They do not always agree on RTÉ's House of the Year. Hugh Wallace and Amanda Bohn are the two hosts of the show. They have very different tastes in terms of decoration. They only like to have good screen quarrels in some of the show’s competing houses.
They shared suggestions on how to decorate your home this Christmas, and as usual, they barely reached an agreement. Hugh likes real trees, and Amanda is allergic to them. Hugh likes decorations and tablecloths, but Amanda hates anything fussy or excessive. One thing they agreed on is that sustainability is the key to this Christmas.
Traditionalist: Architect Hugh Wallace
If you have children, please involve them in drawing cones or handmade paper decorations. My partner Martin and I have many sentimental works that evoke special memories. For example, I always decorate this tree with the linen tablecloths of my mother when I was a child and some old-fashioned knick-knacks that have been passed down from generation to generation.
I like a lot of soft white lights mixed with decorations. It would be great if you could light up a real tree on the outside to predict what is inside.
Bring warmth to your home with lights and candles. Be careful not to overuse scented candles, because the smoke may be too strong for some people. Place real white candles and red candles in groups of three or five-odd numbers work best.
I personally like to put our tree in the corridor and add a wreath on the stairs.
I like traditional decorations with lots of green, burgundy and white lights, with the scent of pine cones and natural Christmas trees. Hand-made gadgets are always good, and it is great to bring back many green plants from the forest to decorate the fireplace. The mantelpiece was decorated with garlands and holly sprigs. The decorative swag is also a bit interesting. You can put stickers on the ceiling to hang ornaments. For the table, I like the white linen and the long strips around the dining table. I have a geometric pattern from the 1950s, it really sets off glassware, plates and cutlery.
My favorite place at Christmas is definitely the kitchen, where I will do most of the cooking. I usually cook for 10 to 15 friends at their home, and they have a cute Aga cooker.
Christmas gives us time to reflect on those who have left us-it is a time of nostalgia, nostalgia, and sentimentality.
Minimalist: Architect Amanda Bone
I like Christmas. I grew up in a Victorian house. My mother was a flower arranging artist and started decorating our house at the end of November, because our home is often taken in Christmas magazine photos. According to the tradition and style of the time, every surface was covered and decorated, which was too much for me. Over the years, my mother's decoration style has changed: it is now more modern and simple, and I think this forms a beautiful contrast with the architectural details.
My pet hates it as a chaotic, busy space, and I cannot relax in a room that is too picky or excessive. In contrast, my own home is modern and simple. There is nothing better than a real tree. Unfortunately I am allergic to them.
I spent too much Christmas at A&E because I have asthma and I am allergic to the world-to quote my family-including flowers, plants, trees, candles, incense. I am allergic to all scented things. Although I like flowers, I have to keep them at a certain distance in the garden.
We bought a high-quality fake tree more than ten years ago, however, it still looks perfect and may live longer than me, so in this sense, its durability makes it sustainable sex.
I am happy to decorate this tree with bright white lights only. However, my partner-the ultimate minimalist-promoted warm, colorful decorations to contrast with our white walls.
I don't like tinsel, I think it is vulgar and vulgar, and harmful to the environment, so please avoid using it with any other non-biodegradable Christmas decorations.
Choose any color scheme you like, but try to limit the palette to three colors or less. The decoration should reflect the homeowner-minimalist and simple to me, without over-decoration.
When making my own decorations, I leave the hand-made to the experts. I just mess up myself and anything I try to do. The mantelpiece and windows do not require additional decoration or decoration, although I like tall, slender, elegant black candles. Please don't fake flowers, they make my hair creepy.
One thing that particularly annoys me is the word "tablescaping". It has recently become a fashion. Focus on keeping the table as simple and clear as possible to avoid overcrowding.
The tableware itself should set the theme, it should be high-quality, beautiful and elegant, so that it does not distract the food, and it is pleasing to the eye.
You don't need red tablecloths, golden placemats or festive napkins to add highlights-beauty should all come from the furniture and objects themselves, tables, chairs, glassware, plates, spoons and kettles.
My dad and I like cookies-there is no Christmas without cookies or the Advent calendar. However, choose sustainable cookies with good content and recyclable packaging.
I actually like the paper Christmas ball decorations and mobile phones hanging from the ceiling.
I have never been a chef at Christmas, but I will help with cleaning. My favorite place is at the dining table, surrounded by my family, dressed in elegant clothes, and never wear a Christmas jumper-I don't think I even wear a jumper.
To be honest, I am very happy to pack these decorations as soon as possible, because I prefer clean, empty white surfaces to decorated surfaces.
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