Tricks & Tips

Four tips for post-festive interiors

After packing her Christmas decorations away, interior design expert Hanna from pauline_no_17 is ready to welcome spring into her home. We chatted to the Hamburg-based influencer about new season trends.

And suddenly it’s all over. Christmas. After weeks of mistletoe and mulled wine, it’s time to peel off the onesie and get set for spring. I’m already looking forward to the days getting lighter and enjoying the first cup of coffee alfresco. But if you’re suffering from a bout of post-Christmas melancholy, here are some fun ideas to banish the blues.   

1. Let it go

Bin any tinsel and baubles that are past their best, and donate any unwanted gifts to a charity shop. Pack decorations away neatly for next year. But before you drag the Christmas tree out for kerbside collection, cut off a few healthy sprigs. Arrange them in a glass vase to continue the winter theme. Keep the vase away from radiators so the branches stay fresher for longer.

2. Upcycle

Sprigs of fir tree aren’t the only things you can recycle after Christmas. Collect all those empty glass bottles left knocking about, remove the labels and stick a candle in each one. The best way to get rid of labels is to leave the bottle soaking in warm soapy water overnight. You should be able to peel them off easily the next morning. Use a knife to scrape off any stubborn bits of glue.

3. Keep it

No need to throw out everything in your post-festive purge! Keep wool blankets, warm socks and leftover candles close to hand. Then get cosy on Sunday and enjoy breakfast in bed to get the New Year off to a mellow start. Strong coffee, warm croissants and some freshly squeezed juice made from oranges, carrots and ginger. Mmmh!

4. Reboot

The easiest way to bring spring into your home is with flowers. My favourite flowers are tulips so I’m delighted they’re finally back in season. Bright blooms are the best way to banish winter blues, but if the melancholy overcomes you, remember – only eleven months and we can do it all again!

Hanna’s Instagram account features beautiful photos of Scandi interiors and amusing insights into parenting in Hamburg’s St Pauli district. The Art Director showcases her incredible apartment and allows followers to share her colourful and chaotic lifestyle as a mum.