Dan Cooper, Partner and Buyer, Christmas, has the enviable job of curating the wonderful Christmas collections at John Lewis & Partners every year, making him our go-to expert on seasonal decorating.
At home, Dan decorates five (yes, five!) trees: he builds on four themes each year and the fifth one is his “experimental” tree, where he puts next year’s trends to the test.
Elsewhere in the home, he aims high and hangs clusters of large green glass baubles from the ceiling, in "bauble showers". But Dan says if you are looking to add a few quick touches, then pick up a pack of mini baubles: 'They’re great for tying onto presents or using in place of a napkin ring – just thread a few onto a length of ribbon... it’s as easy as that.' Dan also says to keep things delicate to spark interest: 'I choose prettiness over clunky every time – that way you’ll encourage people to look at your decorations for longer than a millisecond.'
If you’re looking for ways to show off your bauble collection, other than on your tree, here are a few of our favourite styling ideas.
Work a few baubles into a garland swag
A ready-made garland, like the one above, makes the perfect backdrop for showcasing a trio of gorgeous glass baubles – just hook them into the garland’s foliage to secure in place. White is always a winner and there are some wonderfully decorative glass designs to choose from this year.
Use baubles to dress your mantle
Need a speedy but stylish decorating trick? Thread long lengths of ribbon through a few baubles and tape to your mantelpiece. Place a decorative plate on top to create another bauble scene – more is more!
Choose a wreath made of baubles
A bauble wreath adds impact – especially in a striking rainbow ombre design. Why not update last year's faux foliage wreath too? Simply wire on a few clusters of mini baubles.
Style up your side table
Liberate your favourite hero baubles from your tree and display on a side table nestled into a large flat bowl or tray (or even in the middle of a coordinating wreath, which can double as a bowl). You can use a few plain ones in different sizes to fill in any large gaps in your arrangement.
Create a bauble branch
Suspended branches above dining tables are so popular (and not just when it comes to Christmas). Choose one with lots of smaller branches along its length – perfect for hanging decorations from. Secure to your ceiling with strong self-adhesive hooks or cup hooks fitted to joists, then hang a myriad of rainbow baubles from lengths of invisible thread.
Cluster baubles together
Show off statement baubles by grouping together, hanging from varying different lengths of ribbon and trim. Choose decorations on a theme, like these rainbow-coloured novelty ones, or for a more sophisticated look go for shimmering metallics, such as gold, copper or silver. Add in a mini garland to give the finished bauble display added texture.