Christmas trees and beautifully set tables, cosy rooms and sparkling Christmas lights; at this time of year, the home is in the spotlight.
While you may have already stocked up on the Pro-Collagen Jewels and Superfood skin feasts to enchant and delight your guests this festive season, we know the stress levels are highest when you’re hosting.
So, we spoke to Sam Hood, founder of luxury interiors brand, Amara Living, to discover her tricks for spreading wellness to every corner of your home. From menu planning to the trendiest table settings, stay tuned to discover how to be the perfect host this festive season.
“Amara and ELEMIS are the perfect match at Christmas,” says Sam. “Combining the worlds of interiors and skincare at this time of the year is ideal for creating environments to improve wellbeing; making your home a space you never want to leave and building winter skincare rituals to help you look and feel your best.”
Evolving from a small boutique to an online home for vibrant interiors, this year, Amara is the place to go for unique, carefully curated Christmas pieces and expert advice on everything from napkin folding to bauble trends. “Christmas is one of my favourite times of year,” Sam notes, “We have lots of family traditions, so spending time together is the absolute highlight. Every Christmas Eve I go shopping with my Mum, and then we all pile back in to the house with bubbly and Dad’s homemade mince pies.”
But what about taking care of you? Endless gifts, crazy schedules and the most loved meal of the year can all be a recipe for leaving the host feeling more frazzled than festive. Sam recommends taking home fragrance seriously whenever you’re decorating a room— “It’s one of the most important aspects of interior design, and vital for setting a mood.” Aromatic candles like the ones in ELEMIS’ Life Elixirs range are ideal, featuring 5 stunning scents to quiet your mind or sharpen your focus; supporting you through this busy period.
“A bath is my ultimate way to relax after a stressful day, so ELEMIS’ Wellness Wonders collection has everything I need to restore a sense of peace from tip-to-toe. After that I like to surround myself with my favourite people and lots of good food, wine and silly games.”
Known in her family for having hosting down to a fine art, Sam loves a list so, here are her top 4 tips for hosting this Christmas…
Perfect the Guest Rooms
“I try to have cosy towels and bathrobes in every bathroom, plus high-quality bed linen and sumptuous scents in every room. Plus, once the main aspects have been taken care of, you can look to those small little luxuries which will make the experience even more special for your visitors. Think little gifts, a beautiful breakfast tray or even just a lovely hand care duo in the bathroom.”
Choose a Colour
“I identify four key Christmas decorating trends each year and this year my favourite is Wilderness, which is fabulously earthy with a hint of glamour through animal prints. No matter which look you go for on your tree or around the home, it’s always nice to include your favourite colour. For me, that’s a lovely metallic gold.”
Go for Pre-Wrapped Gifts
“I always try to make sure the presents under the tree look as beautiful as the tree itself and I’ve spent many a late night wrapping my family’s presents. Luckily, ELEMIS have some created some beautiful Christmas collections this year; packaged up in gorgeous boxes that only need a gift tag!”.
Set the Table in Style
“Create an eye-catching centrepiece which complements your overall theme. This can be as simple as a few well-placed candles, a Christmas garland or even a decadent dessert. Layered tableware creates a refined festive table look, so make sure you opt for charger plates along with your usual dinner and salad plates.”