Inspired by the homelands of Santa Claus this simple tree adds an effective but understated festive touch to one of the five award-winning room themes we designed for the Gilpin Hotel in Windermere.

Part of our Spa Lodge project which opened earlier this year, the Voreda suite took its influences from Sarah’s own Scandinavian roots and sits comfortably within its tranquil Lake District setting.


Bleached finishes, a generous use of wood and stone and lashings of greys and taupes lend a natural aesthetic to this serene theme. We’re well known for our love neutral colour palettes and here we feel it works particularly well for guests who generally tend to book this Lodge as the ultimate retreat from the busy routine of their daily lives.

The shades selected for Voreda are a fail-safe way of creating a relaxing background for Gilpin’s guests – and it’s a look you can achieve in your own home too. Keep your paint or wallpaper colours simple and easy on the eye. Then just layer on texture for interest and sprinklings of pattern here and there to lift the scheme. Accessories – cushions or throws for example – are always a quick and cost-effective solution.


This approach works just as well at Christmas too. Here we have added a neutral unadorned ‘tree’ to keep with the minimalist aesthetic – it’s comfortable in the room at any time of the year but the frosted finish does lend a festive feel to the scheme. To inject some extra Yuletide spirit you could add garlands woven with twigs, natural evergreen foliage and some carefully chosen rustic decorations. Fill wooden bowls such as these handmade pieces from a local craftsman with pine cones.

For a super cosy ambience, fill your space with candles of varying shapes and sizes and throw some logs on the fire. Snuggle up in a blanket, sip on a warming mulled wine and you’ve got Christmas all wrapped up.