It’s now the end of November and I can sense the Christmas frenzy on social media.
Can you believe I was already decorating a Christmas tree in September when I was transported to the magical land of Christmas baubles, that is Goodwill.
I was in Antwerp, at Goodwill’s HQ, with a group of European bloggers and influencers.
We were invited to see the creative process that went into the making of their Christmas decorations, get a sneak peek of their new collections and experience a workshop in tree decorating.
In this post, I thought I’d show you how I’ve styled some of my Goodwill Christmas decor at home . Goodwill has been operating for nearly 32 years and was founded by Jean Paul Meus, a charismatic gentleman with a heart for philanthropy. Check out this beautiful bauble, specially made by Goodwill in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Belgium to raise funds to fight against Breast Cancer. Goodwill apparently produces a collection of 4000 new items per year, and roughly 600 items are from the drawing table of their in house designer Darren Mackay (above). Darren also puts all the stunning displays up in the showroom with his partner designer Leslie.
Feast your eyes on Darren’s tattoos. They are all based on his illustrations and inspirations for the Christmas decorations that he designs. There were a few interesting take home points that I learned at the Christmas tree decorating workshop.
Frst, you should wrap the lights around the tree before decorating. Then,place a few shiny baubles inside of the tree, close to the trunk. These baubles will bounce the light outwards.
The next step is to make the tree look fuller by adding foliage decor before using the baubles.
Finally, the tip that has changed the way I decorate, is to wind the bauble’s loop around the tree branches rather than the conventional hanging.
It has made decorating faster and the baubles surprisingly stay on securely too. It was interesting to hear about the work that went into the making of the decorations. Goodwill not only make baubles,they also make the most intricate of dolls for Christmas decor. They would travel far and wide, so as to source the best materials for their collection.
We had a tour around the workshop lead by Goodwill Belgium’s CEO Johan Van Maercke. He told us that silver, gold and white Christmas decorations were very on trend.
Patterned fabrics such as tartan and the use of faux flowers would also becoming popular this season. Some of new themes that Goodwill have embraced this year were the colourful opulence of Marie Antoinette, the pretty and stylish side of Paris, the cute creatures of the woodlands and the whimsical land of flamingos and giraffes. Goodwill Christmas decorations are sold worldwide at most of the major stores. You will find them at Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum and Mason in London.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Have you started decorating yet?
I’ll be back soon with more festive cheer. Have a lovely day all.
(All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The photo of Darren Mac Kay was provided by Goodwill. This is a sponsored collaboration with Goodwill Belgium. All views are my own).