La Maison Interior Design in Letterkenny have shared their top tips on ensuring that your home is in tip-top shape for Santa's arrival in this first segment of La Maison's special Christmas preparation feature.

With the countdown to Christmas already begun, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do and arrange.

If you’re anything like us here in La Maison, the preparations for the big day are already well underway in our heads, so it’s time to put them into action.

Everybody wants a calm and stress-free holiday, so the key is to stay ahead of the game and get organised!

We all love to get the decorations out and create our own winter wonderlands, and don’t feel festive until the tree is up and the halls are decked, but the biggest task is to get our homes organised and tidied first.

Christmas time means guest, some unexpected and last-minute, so you want to create a warm and inviting festive interior for them where they notice your new festive décor and not the clutter!

Decluttering clears the head and welcomes a fresh season. The key is to break it down into tasks, focusing on one room or area at a time.

Linen cupboard:
This is where our tablecloths, linen napkins, and guest bedding generally hibernate for 363 days of the year! A good pre-Christmas sort and clear-out means that everything is ready, aired and pressed well in advance of the feast, and that there is no last minute panic over forgotten about mulled wine stains from last year!

Everyone’s favourite part of Christmas is the food, and while there’s not necessarily the time or the need for a full-scale kitchen renovation pre-Christmas, a bit of reorganising and maximising of storage can make the Christmas period run a lot more smoothly.

Furniture and accessories:
Plan ahead and make sure you have enough chairs, table settings, glassware and entertaining supplies. Locate that gravy boat that’s been hiding since last Christmas!

Planning Décor:
While it’s not feasible or economical to buy entirely new decorations each year, think about how you could freshen up last year’s assortment with a few new additions and give them a new lease of life.

Keeping your base colours simple (gold, silver, white, and green foliage) allows you to add an accent colour that compliments your different rooms, rather than having to stick to more traditional colour combinations if they don’t work for your style.


Part Two of this blog will be all about decorating for the festive season… the fun part!!

If you have a decorating project in mind for the New Year, drop us an email at, or call us on 074 91 61694.