I’m very aware how close Christmas is this year… Mostly because we’re ‘entertaining’ for the very first time!

Traditionally we go to my Mum’s house for festive frivolities followed by a gathering with Mark’s family on Boxing Day. We did manage to get away with spending our first Christmas as a married couple together alone (which I thought was bliss and a very good idea following the wedding!) But this year, we’re welcoming Mark’s parents and doing the whole song and dance.

* Queue wild panicked eyes *

Whilst I may, or may not, have made the first Christmas decorative purchase (don’t judge me) this feature is all about the hallway as mine is in need of some tlc.

We live in a townhouse which covers 4 floors, so although our hallway is quite narrow and well, teeny, the space actually covers a great height and varies from traditional wood to a glass panelled/industrial staircase at the very top, which leads to the master bedroom. We also live by the sea and the colours throughout the house reflect this with varying tones of grey and white. So to keep me on track with the latest décor update, I’ve whipped up a moodboard!Modern Grey Hallway Decor InspirationI’m thinking; a mid-grey painted floor and staircase, shaded white below the dado rail, dark dramatic doors and everything else a fresh white. I want glass lantern pendants and grey leather runners. Last year we invested in some awesome shoe storage from Ikea and simple hooks for the wall so this will all be staying.

The hallway is the very first impression of your home and I think that’s a pretty big statement if you’re welcoming guests, right…? Mark’s mum adores our house and she’s seen it a million times before, but I want to finish this last part and totally WOW her with garlands of pine cones and fir, glittering candles and a very toasty welcome which will of course include a steaming mug of mulled wine upon entering.

We’ve got the decorators booked in for November so wish me luck! Oh and here’s a glimpse of the before…




I’m the founder & editor of style-led wedding directory Coco Wedding Venues. I live by the sea in Brighton. Wife to Mark. Mama to Gatsby.

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