All things Merry & Bright with Izzy from @nest_number_9

Q & A

Now that Halloween is over, the Christmas season is upon us and there is nothing better than decorating your home for festivities, lighting a candle and enjoying some merry moments. We caught up with the lovely Izzy from @nest_number_9 to talk about all things Merry & Bright and her favourites for the festive Christmas season.

What are your top tips for creating a festive atmosphere in your home this year?

I think candles make a space feel very festive and cosy at this time of year. I always try and light a couple as soon as it starts to get dark in the evenings. I also think some twinkly lights bring the festive atmosphere into the home, and plenty of cosy blankets of course!

Q&A with Izzy from @nest_number_9

What are your ideal scents for the Christmas season?

Even in the winter, I tend to gravitate towards fresh-smelling scents like pine, eucalyptus and mint. I also really love anything sweet, so berry scents are always a big hit in my home.

What do you look forward to most with the build up to Christmas?

I love absolutely everything about the build-up to Christmas! Seeing the lights go up on people's houses, having to wrap up in hats and scarves and buying lots of treats to eat during the holidays to name a few. Also, being a teacher, I really love watching my class take part in the Nativity play and carol concerts!

Q&A with Izzy from @nest_number_9

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

We have a strict rule about putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house on December 1st! We also have a cosy film night on Christmas Eve, with cheese and crackers for dinner. I love it!

Favourite Christmas food?

Oh, that's so difficult! I love it all! It was only recently that I tried my first mince pie, and I am now obsessed with them. I need to make sure that I have one every day in December, to make up for all of the years that I missed out on them!

Favourite Christmas drink?

Christmas time for me signifies hot chocolate season! I always choose a mint hot chocolate, with plenty of cream and marshmallows!

Favourite Christmas movie?

That's even more difficult than the favourite food question! I love them all, but Home Alone 1 & 2 are probably top of the list. I spent Christmas in New York last year, and loved seeing some of the locations from the movie.

Q&A with Izzy from @nest_number_9

Will you still be dressing in your best this Christmas or is it all about the cosies?

After a lazy morning in Christmas pyjamas, we always get dressed up in something smart for the afternoon. That doesn't last too long though, and by 4pm, you can guarantee that I will be back in my cosiest clothes!

Your Sophie Allport wish list this year?

Oh, it has to be the Home for Christmas jumper with Santa's sleigh! I love the star elbow patches - such a pretty detail! I am also a big fan of handbags and I think that one of the green, mini shoulders bags would be the perfect addition to my collection!

You can follow Izzy on Instagram: @nest_number_9

We'd love to hear all about your Christmas traditions. Let us know in the comments below. 

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