Industry Insider's Guide to Christmas

Tour the fabulous festive house of Vanessa MacInnes of cool interiors store?Industry and get her tips on how to style Christmas...

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Vanessa, describe your Christmas decorating style.
My?Christmas'decor style is quite simple and as I do the buying for Industry I obviously love the Industry?Christmas decorations! I don't like an abundance of colour and tend to veer more towards natural materials using wood, glass, wool, fresh berries and fruit, and a simple colour scheme of red, white and silver (although I am not strict on that!) I use brown paper to wrap gifts and either bakers twine or strips of linen as ribbons. I love soft warm light and old fashioned fairy lights; I always think that it's the lighting that makes the house feel Christmassy.

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When do you open presents?
We have a tradition in our family than we don't open the presents under the tree until after dinner. At that stage we have all had a few glasses of wine and it seems more fun. Although as a child it wasn't so great, we would get our Santa presents in the morning but knowing there was more to come made getting through the day a challenge.

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Do you prefer Christmas or New Year?
Definitely?Christmas! I never really do much on New Year's Eve and love being around the family on?Christmas?Day.

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To see Industry's Christmas products selection (see the gallery above), head to their store on Dublin's?Drury Street or shop online at industrydesign.ie. And don't forget to visit their children's store, Little.

@elliebalfe |?@industryandco

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