All I want for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…just maybe not quite like any Christmas we’ve seen before. In 2020, it’s likely to be a time for small gatherings at home with close family rather than a boozy hedonistic festive season!

So perhaps this year we’ll have more time for homely details, creating new traditions, and making special memories with our families. With that in mind, this month’s blog is all about Christmas touches for your home, ideas to entertain your little ones, and alternative décor inspo.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

When you’re talking festive decs, the most iconic is the traditional Christmas wreath. There are heaps of tutorials available online for making your own (we love this one from A Piece of Rainbow), or you can of course pick up a ready-made version when you buy your tree. A stunning wreath deserves a beautiful front door complete with an ornate knocker. Mix and match a reclaimed oak front door and a modern knocker, or take a look at our stunning exterior door with stained glass detailing.

There’ll be (intimate!) parties for hosting

Dining room chairs

Perhaps the greatest joy of the festive season is spending time with family. Create a special ambience this year with restored dining room chairs. Strip down the wooden frames, then paint, stain or wax and add upholstery or simply a cushion. We love this vibrant collection of mismatched chairs in bold colours. Complete the look with candles, a festive centrepiece, and of course, the obligatory crackers!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire


There’s nothing like an open fireplace to conjure up images of dreamy family Christmases. Preparing whiskey and mince pies for Santa and carrots for Rudolph, carefully hanging stockings ready for Christmas morning. Snuggling together with hot chocolate and Love Actually. And this year reassuring the kids that Santa will be able to travel, pandemic or no pandemic!

At Dorton we have a vast range of fireplaces, inserts and surrounds, repro and original wood burning stoves, and reclaimed tiles to recreate a period feel.  Add details like this gorgeous fire basket for a truly traditional finish.

Rocking around the Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Ok so you’ve bought your beautiful tree and the front room is looking bauble-tastic. Now, why not create something different for the kitchen or dining room? This alternative Christmas tree is a fabulous and decorative alternative using wood offcuts – check out this tutorial to recreate it in your own home.

One more sleep til it’s Christmas

Advent calendar wooden

Get creative this season with an alternative advent calendar.

We’ve found this lovely countdown to Christmas using reclaimed wood (scaffold boards or oak planks would work perfectly). Add numbers and hooks, and drape with Christmas ornaments that can be hung on your tree each day.

In this year like no other, everyone at Dorton would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued custom, and wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and new year. We’ll see you in 2021!

Stay safe.



Wreath on front door The White Company (via Pinterest)

Dining room chairs Deco Lover

Fireplace Inside Stylists (via Instagram)

Alternative Christmas tree BLDG 25

Shutter advent calendar Country Living

Reclaimed wood advent calendar All Things Thrifty (via Pinterest)