We may be on the countdown to Christmas, but it’s not too late to update your home with the festive season in mind. Step away from the frenzy and enter a haven of calm as you plan to make the imminent influx of guests a more enjoyable experience for all.

Room for a gathering
Now’s the time to ensure everyone will be comfortable on the big day. Invest in a stunning new statement sofa that speaks to the anticipated look of 2019 – sensual, curved – and, of course, sturdy enough to take on the masses. If not a key item, some single feature seating may also provide welcome relief during lulls in entertaining.

And if you’re not yet up to integrating next year’s exciting new shade (deep green), seize the season with a test-run. Lay a natural garland along a beautiful dresser or around the window frame and team with hues of gold. Or simply bring in some pots of green and decorate with streamers or understated paper chains.

Wrap it up
No space left under the tree? A chic coffee table, a rounded rug dedicated to the overflow of gifts is all it takes to avoid tree clutter. And if you’re ready to say ‘yes’ to 2019’s Art Deco revival and invest in an elegant drinks cart, dress it up in a gorgeous garland and dedicate the bottom shelf to colourfully wrapped pressies.

Step outside
Barbecues, sundowners, the buzz of cicadas and – backyard cricket. Nothing says Aussie Christmas like the great outdoors. So update your outdoor setting or add to it with an extra recliner, swing chair or stylish storage ottoman – perfect for the new cricket gear. Set the scene with some Christmas lighting or, for a year-round festive mood, string some café lights at diagonals.

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