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Christmas comes to Aughton - Handmade festive decorations that stopped visitors in the tracks

PUBLISHED: 00:00 25 June 2017

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations


One Aughton home has been decorated in a festive fashion to showcase a new business, as Rebekka O’Grady discovers

Gillian Lambrenos in the kitchen Gillian Lambrenos in the kitchen

It’s not every day you walk into a house in mid-spring and it’s decorated roof to floor in Christmas decorations. Each room – even the bathroom – is festooned with luxurious wreaths, garlands and swags, with little elves, stags heads and baubles filling every nook and cranny.

‘My boys left to return to university after Christmas, just as we were taking the decorations down. They returned in the spring half term to find the house back like it was in December. They said it was like being in a time machine!,’ said Gill Lambrenos, who is designer and creator behind all of the bespoke decorations. She launched her business, Christmas by G.L., earlier this year after persuasion from friends and family.

‘I have always been quite creative and arty. In the past I have renovated a few homes. I have a real passion for traditional, old houses and bringing them back to life. Every Christmas, people would always look at my decorations and comment that I should go into business. We agreed that our current home in Aughton would be the last one we renovated, so I decided to launch Christmas by G.L. as my new creative outlet.’

Gill, who studied architecture and previously was a window dresser for high-end jewellers Boodles, really does have a keen eye. Each of her handmade decorations tie in perfectly for the interior and character of the room they are in, resulting in a chic and classy festive look. Gill has even sourced some of her materials from abroad while she has been travelling, bringing home items from Singapore, Thailand and India.

The dining table The dining table

‘The business in a nutshell is that I hand make luxury decorations. At the moment, I mainly focus on wreaths and garlands, which are produced in many different styles. The actual production of the item isn’t too bad; the lengthy process is building up the colour palette of each one to match the room. I am very particular about colour, if it’s not right I will start again.’

The reason Gill’s house was decorated long before Christmas was to showcase her work to potential clients during a series of open evenings. Launching in the spring was the ideal lead in time for Gill to start producing items for the festive season.

‘They aren’t mass produced; it’s just me so I need to have time to get ahead. The reception I had from people was overwhelming and I got a lot of orders which is great. It took a few weeks to get the whole house dressed like this, which has been a bit disorientating to live in but it really gives off the desired wow effect.’

From traditional colours and styles, to snow queen, Nordic and jewel themes, Gill can tailor make the decorations to those specific to the clients needs. She said that customers can email her colours they like or send over images of the room they want their item to be in, and she will match it up to the colour scheme or style.

The next step for her is to now follow up with clients and get started on creating products and orders for Christmas 2017. ‘Initially it is still very local while I am growing the business but I am enjoying it. My favourite is making the big, glam pieces that give a big impact.’

To contact Gill, call 07813795063 or visit her Facebook: www.facebook.com/bespokechristmasdecorations

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