I adore the festive season and last year I asked what encapsulates the festive season for you? One of the things on my list was Christmas windows. I love Christmas window displays they remind me of my childhood when we, always, made a trip to London at the end of November to see the lights on Oxford Street. I looked forward to these trips and as child I’d not seen anything else like it. One of my aunties always used to talk about the Selfridges window displays and we would stand marvelling at them each year. Even today the lights on Oxford Street evoke those childhood memories and that glorious festive feeling. I know, now, that to create a show stopping window display takes, not only imagination, but a lot of time. I’ve discovered a few Christmas window displays near to me that are just as fabulous with some lovely stories behind them and I wanted to share these with you.
|Lilac Rose, Royal Leamington Spa|
“The inspiration for our window came from the Christmas cards that I remember from my childhood. I liked the cards that typified the perfect Christmas when as a child you would like to enter the scene and spend your Christmas there. So we bought a vintage Christmas card and printed it out at a massive enlargement so we could use it as the backdrop. We also added glitter to the card as that’s one of my fondest memories of Christmas cards as a child. Then we created the rest of the window to match the card. We placed a fir garland around the whole window, and of course fake snow which looks incredibly real, so much so that you have to touch it to see if it’s cold! We also have an old wooden toboggan which we have placed products on.”
|Hatton & Harding, Warwick|
|Handmade Boutique, Mailbox, Birmingham|
“The window display was created by Vintage Lovelies one of the independent handmade sellers within the Handmade Boutique pop up store. With the revival in vintage and handmade, and the Boutique being a showcase for crafters and artists to sell their handmade creations, they wanted to bring a vintage feel to the the Christmas display. Using many of their vintage upcycled products and creations from other sellers, they have really captured a vintage Christmas.”
|Harvey Nichols, Birmingham|
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