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Last minute christmas 7: one day christmas makeover!

Is that at all possible we hear you ask? Welcome to the final post in our Last Minute Christmas series; we have been handing out advice all week, but in case you still didn't get round to decorating – we show you how it can be done in as less as one day! We all want to have a winter wonderland to come home to during this time of the year – it really gets us in the spirit of things and reminds us that this is a special time in which we celebrate with friends and family.

Get ready to transform your space – starting with the lounge. In any case, you might want to begin with a quick clean and de-cluttering to make way for the festive transformation – it doesn't matter which decorating style you have; these ideas and quick changes can be applied to any lounge shell, so to speak. Next, take a look at your layout and have a think about moving furniture around to make it more comfortable for family get-togethers – don't forget that you will probably be having the Christmas tree and/or a fireplace as a focal point, so arrange pieces to surround these features.

All in all, re-arranging your furniture and putting your Christmas tree in place will only take about an hour with hot chocolate break included! Your next mission is to make something of the coffee table – we love to see a pile of festive reading material, especially if you have children or the children of guests popping over (it has a lovely traditional feel).

Remove existing décor that is less festive and replace with a new centrepiece. An example of a centrepiece would be a wooden or festive coloured bowel that is filled with seasonal fruits (cranberries, Clementines, kumquats) and some sprigs of pine branches or an arrangement of candles on a wooden tray. Your mantel is a key spot for last minute décor – we can't tell you just how many ideas there are for dressing the mantel this time of year.

A garland of evergreen that winds its way around candles, pine-cones and seasonal fruits is a simple yet effective look; as if of course, a row of miniature Christmas trees. When decorating the tree, make your life easier by having simple ornaments carrying one theme – it will be far more easier than having lots of contrasting pieces that need to be arranged tactfully. Finally, rugs, cushions and throws can be used to add in the festive colour of your choice. Make a dining table centrepiece by starting with a rectangular, square, oval or round mirror (take the shape of your dining table for the best option) for the centre and dressing it by placing white candles of alternate heights on its surface.

If you don't have any mirrored glass for this, small lanterns also look good lined up across the centre of the table. Of course, you will want to add some extras so play around with swags of greenery, pine-cones, fruits, ribbons, coloured beading, groupings of baubles, coloured glassware and so forth – the possibilities for a unique last-minute interior design ideas are endless.

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