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Monday, 11 December 2017

How To Create Your Own Winter Wonderland!

Amara Snow Pine Votive Holder Lifestyle BloggerOkay, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how exciting Europe's sudden influx of snow has been?!  Just when you thought December couldn't scream 'Christmas' any louder, snowflakes start falling on your shoulders!  No complaints here.  With all things festive on the mind, I've started wondering how we can bring snow into this chilly season whenever we feel like it.  You can't predict the weather, but you can predict when you'll next create your own Winter Wonderland!  Make the hot drinks, gather all the fur blankets you can find, invite over friends or family, and prepare to enjoy a private winter wonderland snow scene all of your very own making...
How to Create your Own Winter Wonderland Scene
Pine Votive Covered in Fake Snow
Crew Grey White Fairisle Fleece Mittens

F A U X   F U R   T H R O W S   &   S H E E P S K I N S

First things first, blankets!  Because let's face it, as much as we all swoon over news of dropping temperatures and the sight of snow, we don't actually want to fully experience it.  We want to be cosy, wrapped up in cashmere loungewear and layers upon layers of fur throws and sheepskin, right?!  These sheepskins have been with me for a couple of years now, though the Helen Moore Comforter via Amara Living is a new addition to the scene.  Aptly named 'Aspen', the grey shade lends itself to the cold-yet-cosy concept of a Winter Wonderland.  I'll admit, I can feel a slight obsession with Helen Moore's luxurious faux furs developing here...  

Psst!  Keep a basket of extra blankets nearby and handy, ready for everyone to wrap up warm in when the temperature drops!

Fur and Leather Basket of Pine Cones
Winter Wonderland Cosy Patio Scene
Helen Moore Grey Comforter Throw Amara
Crew Clothing Grey White Fleece Lined Mittens

C O S Y   A C C E S S O R I E S

Ah, any excuse to add more winter accessories to my collection.  Having recently bought, styled and fallen in love with an Oatmeal Chunky Cable Knit Hat, I popped back over to Mint Velvet and discovered this Apricot Pom Pom Hat.  At this point, I have no willpower against pom poms.  Seriously, none.  In fact, I've even got my eye on the raspberry version too!  We also need to talk about mittens.  No really, bear with me on this one because for anyone else with terrible circulation, they're a godsend!  Having tried thermal gloves of every kind (even self-heating gloves!), to my surprise it's been these Crew Clothing Snowflake Mittens that have actually kept my fingers warm - even in Cologne's subzero temperatures last week!  They're fleece-lined and literally feel like hugs to the hands.  Try them.   


Ohhh, loungewear.  My best friend, my love.  We've already established I'm an advocate of slow living, and so it probably won't come as a surprise to know I'm also a loungewear obsessive.  The softer, the better!  This grey set comprises White Stuff's Cosy Marl Top and Cosy Marl Pant, both super soft and just as ideal for wearing to bed, as they are to wear as loungewear.  The red velvet details are subtle and all the more beautiful for it.  Hmm, think I've just persuaded myself to make this set my cosy lounge-around-watching-festive-films Christmas Eve outfit this year...

White Stuff Grey Cosy Marl Top Pant Loungewear Set
Amara Christmas Lifestyle Blogger Collaboration 2017
How to create your own winter wonderland scene on patio
Pine Cones Dropped Into Fur Basket

T H E M E D   A C C E S S O R I E S

Okay, onto the serious stuff.  What does it really take to create a Winter Wonderland scene in your very own garden?  First of all, the closer to your home, the better.  That way, you can dip indoors whenever needed; for extra flasks of hot chocolate, to fetch more blankets - or to answer the door to more guests without freezing outside of your blankets for long!  Bring any outdoor furniture you have into a nest and try to cover as much of it as possible with fur throws, blankets, or even old duvets you no longer use.  Got a spare basket or two?  Fab!  Fill them with fir cones, logs and other things that make Scandinavian Christmas scenes spring to mind.  Better yet, find a large centrepiece to make the focus of your Winter Wonderland setting.  I've used this spectacular Snow Pine Votive Holder c/o Amara Living, which although is now sold out (no surprise there!) is still available in Flock Pine Wreath form.  Speaking of which, Amara is the ultimate destination for festive homeware treats this season - just take a peek at their wreaths and garlands!  Perfect.


Ahem, I own more candles than I care to admit to.  Thankfully, this Snow Pine Votive Holder lends itself to getting out the matches!  If there's a strong breeze, you could also consider candles placed inside lanterns of varying heights, or string up weatherproof fairy lights around your setting - can you imagine how cosy the atmosphere would be?!  
Cosy Grey Winter Loungewear Fashion Blogger
Lighting Luxurious Candles with Matches

B E F O R E   Y O U   G O 

A few final thoughts before you disappear to brainstorm your very own Winter Wonderland scene.  Firstly, don't skimp on the snacks and warm drinks.  A few fabulous options include mulled wine, hot chocolate with amaretto and gluhwein.  Better yet?  Invest in a fire pit and go scare a sales assistant with how many marshmallows you're buying.  Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser at your private Winter Wonderland themed gathering.  Secondly, if your patio flows out from a large space, you could set up a projector screen and enjoy a festive film night on a big scale.  Garden privacy screens (check out IKEA) lined up around your setting will also help keep the breeze at bay.  And finally?  If you happen to have a freestanding patio heater to hand, for the love of God use it!
Luxury Wrapped Grey and Gold Gifts Presents
Everywhere you look right now is Winter Wonderland themed thanks to the snow.  Dreamy.  And there's no need to feel sad about it melting when you can create a snowy scene in your very own outdoor space, anytime you feel like it!  It's the perfect excuse to invite a few people over and indulge in the season.  So looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this post.  Love the theme, snow and everything winter related?  Or can't wait for it all to end?  Let me know in the comments below!

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With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. YAY Christmas and snow! I love your hat! You are so freakin' adorable. And blankets are my favorite part of the wintertime. Love your other tips!


  2. oh that looks so beautiful and luxurious. Must feel great to snuggle under.

  3. You can never go wrong with candles and blankets! We didn't get any snow this winter though, well, once but it didn't stick for more than a day.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  4. This monochrome look seems so so adorable! Love this cozy surrounding and look!
    Wonderful post dear!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

  5. Beautiful winter decoration and pictures ;)

  6. This looks so cosy!! I'd love this kind of surrounding at winter time, it would make it much better. I feel like we all should be hibernating and doing these kinds of things instead of working through winter, ha! x

  7. Yes, the snow was a nice pre-Christmas gift :) Here in Bavaria we had also snow but in the last two days a lot went away - but it looks like as if we would have soon more snow! Love the adorable pictures, thanks a lot for sharing!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  8. It looks so pretty. I love the snowy clippings.

  9. OMG everything looks so cute, I love it!! And sadly its snowing everywhere in Europe except where I live... but I won´t loose hope, maybe this week will happen!!

  10. You definitely created a lovely winter wonderland indoors Gabrielle. I can't think of anyone who doesn't enjoy snuggling with a cozy furry blanket. We actually have so much heat in our apartment during the winter that we wear shorts and t-shirts at home but I'm definitely not complaining.

  11. Hahah right, feels like half of Europe published pictures of the snow hahah. But love a white winter though, also by decorating. So pretty to balance it with other festive elements. Hope you're having a lovely week babe! Xx

  12. This post is so comforting! I think it's the amount of blankets here haha, it just makes me want to get a soft blanket, candles and warm pyjamas - this is the definition of heaven for me right now! This is a lovely post, very creative - the pictures are beautiful!

    Julia x
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  13. Beautiful photos! Everything is so cute! :) xx

  14. Ha! I've loved seeing the snow in your part of the world all over Instagram. I genuinely never get tired of it. So magical! This post is magical as well. Everything looks so cozy and chic - you've made me want to turn my space into a little den for the Winter! Surely I've got all of the supplies you've mentioned laying around... Hope you're having a great week Gabrielle!

  15. Ahh this is so beautiful! Nice and cozy. Gemma x

  16. This is such a lovely post dear. I love all the pieces you're using for your decor, really lovely winter wonderland theme. Also, your beannie is quite cute too.

    Jessica |

  17. Great post, I like it :)

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  18. These is nothing better than a lovely blanket :)
    you truely created your own winter wonderland,
    I would directly move in. The perfect place to cuddle and spend the cold days at home <3

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  19. Ah Gabrielle, the aesthetic of your blog just gets better and better and I love it! The photographs in this post are stunning and I love the cosy vibe. I have piles of blankets dotted all over my house at this time of year, fairy lights everywhere and my herbal tea stocked up so I can have a cosy wintery night whenever I like :)
    Amy xx

  20. Yesss Blankets, Blankets, Blankets all the way for me! They're just so cosy and comfy xx

  21. Great suggestions for staying cozy in the winter! Love the elegant feeling of the faux fur blankets, such a perfect piece to add a little luxury to your home!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  22. Love the settings...
    Great tips.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. I love staying cozy in the winter and these photos make me want to sit by a fireplace and just chill haha. Loved this!

  24. Ohhh enjoy the snow! Soft cozy blankets are the best and I love your mittens.

  25. Everything here is so white christmas.
    I love the photos!

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  26. Snow here is already gone, but that won´stop me from creating a winter wonder land that looks as cozy as yours.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  27. These photos are absolutely adorable! Makes me want to cozy up in my apartment immediately ;) I do love a good sheepskin throw - and those mittens?! Just too cute xx

  28. What a beautiful & dreamy guide on how to create the perfect winter wonderland at home. Just looking at your photos is deeply relaxing! (need to invest in a freestanding patio heater!). Have a nice weekend, Gabrielle!

    Miriam x

  29. All the stunningly pretty snow vibes gorgeous Gabrielle! You've created the most majestic winter wonderland and I'm utterly LOVING it babe :) The faux fur throws are everything, they look so utterly cosy and chilled for those cold nights in. You're totally giving me Scandinavian Christmas sightings, a white Christmas has never looked dreamier, sassier or more stylish <3

    A summer spirit at heart I must admit I'm counting down the days until the spring haha, but I'm loving all the cosy layers and cups of hot cocoa and with winter wonderland feels like yours I'm definitely developing a crush on Winter :D

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  30. Oh wow - everything is absolutely beautiful!! Loving this time of year when everything is looking pretty and magical for Christmas! :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful week lovely!

    Layla x

  31. Great post Gabrielle, love the Christmas winter cosy vibe! x
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  32. Ahhhh this is so gorgeous and cozy!! I love all the faux fur blankets and Christmassy vibes.
    Happy Holidays to you lovely

  33. I'd love to recreat a winter wonderland atmosphere like this, Gabrielle!!!
    So luxuriou, elegant and cozy at the same time!
    Even if I don't like cold, I looove snow, and I'd like if it snow here too!
    Amazing pics, sweetie!

  34. It's snowed SO much in Toronto in the last few days! I mean any snow at all for me counts as a lot because it doesn't snow at all in Australia, but it's been snowing pretty intensely, and the temperatures have been as low as -22 with windchill, so although the snow is pretty, it's much nicer to experience it from inside rather than outside! It's definitely the season for cosy loungewear and nice warm blankets, that's for sure.

  35. That does look so cosy! What a great faux fur throw as well, perfect for winter! The closest we would be able to get to this would be to crank up the aircon inside though, haha! I'll need to remember these tips for winter :)

    Hope you are having a good week so far and you're getting organised for Christmas! I finished my shopping, just waiting for it all to arrive in the mail now haha.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  36. Woah this is amazing! What a good idea!


  37. I love how you created your own winter wonderland. Turned out so pretty! Although this would be ironic for us down under since it's so hot in Australia!

  38. Seriously lusting after EVERYTHING in this article! I adore the soft colors and all the cozy fabrics. This is one of my favorite parts of the holidays!

    Susie |

  39. I am actually honestly not festive whatsoever, but I loved this post and it definitely made me want to do this! Love your photos, they're amazing!

    Alex |

  40. WOW, all those textures and colors!! I love it! -

  41. This is such a stunning post Gabrielle, I really enjoyed reading this and your images are just beautiful. You really do suit comfortable lounge wear and look so snuggly in this Winter inspired post.

    I love soft comfortable lounge wear and warm wraps, there's nothing nicer than sitting by the TV by the tree wrapped up with a hot chocolate :)

    Sending love and festive cheer!

    Laura xo

  42. I felt cozy only from going through this post! Thanks for sharing - got some really great ideas for Christmas decorations!

    Happy Holidays!
    Anna /


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