Post in collaboration with Dekoria*
I first encountered Dekoria via a press release, I found myself on their site and discovered they make the most incredible range of Ikea sofa covers. Recently they asked me to collaborate on something Christmassy, and when I delved in to their website and explored their range of Christmas fabrics I was equally pleased to find the absolute perfect textiles for both our character barn and the Scandi style cabin, both of which we brought to Airbnb this year.
Gorgeous tartans and Scandi style hearts. Wonderful winter warmers.
It’s been a brilliant first year for us with our two Airbnbs, but it’s quietened down over the last month. Visitors to the Peak District do drop off in the Winter – our stunning views out to Dovedale have been hidden in thick fog all day today, it can be cold and damp.
Although, the sun burning through the fog and the rolling mist in the valley around our hill top house is like nothing I have seen before. It feels as if the trees are floating on a lake of mist. My son is very used to be pulling over in lay-bys as we drive across the moor to school, to take photos, both of us utterly fascinated by the dramatic scenes.
It’s well worth visiting in Winter, but those who do visit the Peaks in Winter are also looking for a big dose of hygge in their accommodation.
The barn has comfy sofas and a log burner, a bedroom in a hayloft which is so cosy. The caravan is also really toasty, it has central heating, lots of cushions and throws and warm lighting, but it is still a caravan, so often only glampers and caravan lovers get that there is nothing better than the sound of rain on a caravan roof, or snuggling up inside a cosy ‘van when it’s freezing outside.
I also took the caravan photos in July, in a heatwave, so it can be hard for potential Winter visitors to suspend their disbelief and imagine it in Winter.
So I was really keen to get the Christmas decorations up early, create some hygge, and get some lovely photos up on Airbnb, so guests can see what it’s like in Winter too.
For the barn I chose tartan – a red tartan runner, topped with a bowl of orange scented pine cones, really creates a festive mood. Then I added two red tartan cushion covers to the grey sofa. It gave it all an instant Christmas boost, alongside the tree of course.
I would have loved a real tree, but it’s just not very practical in this setting, but I was pleased to discover how realistic artificial trees can look and really enjoyed decorating. I went for red and white to match the tartan, but also animal and nature themed decorations to match the barn’s surroundings.
For the caravan I knew it had to be the gorgeous heart pattern, the festive runner makes a great base for the tiny tree and the red cushions add a festive pop of colour to the pile of cushions.
I was really impressed with the quality of the runners and cushion covers at Dekoria. The items are made to measure so expect neatly sown, high quality fabrics, I also loved the strong colours.
I love how much impact festive textiles made alongside conventional Christmas decoration and that they make such a difference yet can be packed away into next to nothing after the festivities – although I’m thinking they look perfect whatever the season now so they may well be permanent fixtures. Orders take 5 working days, as they are made to order, so order quickly in time for Christmas Day!
Mayfield Hideaway Caravan is listed on Airbnb and available to book all year round, alongside Mayfield Hideaway Barn which also sleeps 2-4. They are 4 miles from picturesque Dovedale with its famous stepping stones and 10 miles from Alton Towers theme park.
*Post created in collaboration with Dekoria who gifted the items mentioned in this post, words and opinions remain my own.