I have been waiting 2 months to write this post, and finally the time is here! Back in August, I took part in the Christmas Tree Challenge for Style at Home magazine, to be featured in their Christmas issue. When I got an email from the team asking if I wanted to take part, I jumped at the chance! I LOVE Christmas! And to dress a tree, I am the expert!
For my first job after uni, I was in the Events Department at Woolworths HO, and I had to dress all the Christmas trees in each director’s office! I was so honoured 😀 The Christmas Tree buyer showed me exactly how to dress them, there were steps – you don’t just chuck the decs on! So I felt I was exactly the right person to dress a tree for this Style at Home shoot!
There were 6 readers taking part in the challenge, and each was teamed with a well-known High Street retailer to dress their tree and take part in a photo shoot. It took part over 3 days, and I was the first on Day 1.
I was told to arrive at an address in London. It was on a residential street, and from the outside it just looked like someone’s home. A rather grand home at that. I thought, have I come to the right place?? I knocked on the door, and as soon as it opened, I knew it was the right place – suddenly it was Christmas in August! The Style at Home team were so welcoming, I felt at ease straight away. The rooms were being dressed and we were just waiting for the decs to arrive.
I went downstairs and had to wrap loads of boxes in my retailer’s theme to go under my tree. I was in heaven, it was ribbons, bows and strings galores – every crafter’s dream!
Next thing you know, it was time for me to go upstairs and start dressing my tree! There was a table of decs, and so many cutie ones to choose from! I won’t reveal the name of my retailer or the theme – you’ll have to buy the mag to find out! – but maybe you can guess 😉
And here was my fellow reader’s decs in the next room – can you guess which retailer?
I really enjoyed dressing my tree, and it was actually me doing the whole thing my way! Then I got changed into my photo shoot outfit – I chose my favourite dress, the blue one with hedgehogs on it – and I got posing. Now I’m normally behind the camera, so for me this was such a new thing, to be in the limelight. It was so strange! Luckily the photographer was amazing and really made me feel at ease, so that I wasn’t nervous and it was really fun!
We had lunch afterwards and then I had to do a little video interview for their website – now that was nerve-wracking! Then I was done, so I watched the other reader do her tree and helped packed things away. We all had dinner in the evening and I met the other readers and PRs – everyone was so friendly and we all got along. All us readers added each other on Facebook to stay in touch, it was so nice to meet people I got along with straight away and had something in common with – a love of interiors!
When I got home, I felt like the whole experience was a magical fairytale dream! I was like, did that really happen?! I had to keep looking at my photos to convince myself it wasn’t a dream!
So now the time is finally here, the Style at Home issue that I am featured in is out on shelves next week! It’s out Wednesday October 28th – so buy an issue if you’d like to see the finished trees and which retailers they are from. I’ll probably be buying 10 copies, hah!