Natural Christmas Decorations and Our Trip to Wild Sussex

Dorte Januszewski Christmas Inspiration

This week winter has well and truly started with snow in many parts of the country. Such a shame it didn’t come all the way down to Lewes. I love seasonal changes, especially frosty mornings, crunchy leaves, venturing outside and coming home afterwards to snuggle up with hot chocolate and watch a family movie.

Ideas for Natural Christmas Decorations

We spent an afternoon making this cute little rosemary and sage wreath and these tiny herb decorations. Such a gorgeous smell!  

Natural Christmas Decorations for Your Festive Season

rosemary & sage wreath and herb decorations


Our Trip to Wild Sussex

The most beautiful ancient oak-framed barn at the Wood Yard near the old Stopham bridge is home to Wild Sussex.


Ancient barn, home to Wild Sussex, with twinkling fairy lights.

Ancient barn with twinkling fairy lights

Shop sign for Wild Sussex, a shop selling unique handcrafted good, logs and so much more.


Beautiful winter mood at Wild Sussex shop.

You can pick up locally sourced logs, hardwoods, kindling, charcoal, eco-friendly firelighters, log candles, handcrafted goods, hand-dipped beeswax candles and a wide variety of sustainable and seasonal products, like Mestó artisan, cold extracted Extra Virgin Olive Oil and hand-blended spices by Seven Sisters Spices

Shelves with locally sourced products at Wild Sussex independent shop.


Handcrafted wooden spoons at Wild Sussex shop.


Locally sourced hand-dipped beeswax candles.


Wooden rosemary sign for your allotment.


Jar of the most amazing raw honey.

Wild Sussex also work with talented Sussex makers and sell their items, for example beautiful wood-fired pottery by Tina Bowbrick and original Sussex trugs handcrafted in Herstmonceux. We came home with a gorgeous ceramic mug, naturally formed magic wand and some yummy raw Pulborough Honey.

Locally sourced logs and vintage metal basket at Wild Sussex shop.


Real Sussex trug handmade in Herstmonceux.

Real Sussex trug handcrafted in Herstmonceux

Handmade wood-fired pottery by Tina Bowbrick at Wild Sussex.


During December in the run up to Christmas the shop turns into something very magical. A place where you can pick up your own locally grown Christmas tree, toast Marshmallows over the fire pit, eat Dry-aged beef burgers from Garlic Wood Farm (with a vegetarian option available) and make Christmas decorations with your children. 


Winter mood and fairy lights at Wild Sussex.


Making tea with vintage tea kettle on fire pit.


Log pile at Wild Sussex shop

Wild Sussex pop-up shop


What Paul and Sam have created is so special! I love how they bring the community together. We can’t wait to go back again!

Making a Simple Winter Wreath

Every year I love foraging for wild ivy and making it into a simple and natural Christmas wreath. In actual fact I usually make two or three, so I can decorate our hallway, living room and kitchen. Bringing nature inside our home feels very calming and relaxing.


Simple and Natural Christmas Decorations


Ivy Christmas wreath is a simple and natural Christmas decoration.


Pop over to Janice Issitt Lifestyle and Geoffrey & Grace with Melanie Barnes for more simple and natural Christmas styling ideas.


 Simple and natural Christmas decorations by Geoffrey & Grace.

photo by @geoffreyandgrace 

Gorgeous Christmas decorations and Christmas tree by Janice Issitt Lifestyle.

photo by @janiceissitt_life_style


Christmas Gift Guide

Have you read ‘The Community Independent Christmas Gift Guide’ by Kayte from Simple & Season ...I was over the moon to see our online shop included alongside other incredibly lovely independent shops and talented makers.

To help you choose something special for your friends and family we have put together a collection unique and handcrafted gifts for 'Her' and for 'Him'.


Unique and handcrafted Christmas gifts for Her at Lewes Map Store.


Oh, and if you’re still on the look out for a beautiful new calendar for 2018 check out Zoë Power’s Etsy shop. They’re gorgeous!


Photo calendars for 2018 by Zoe Power

photo by @zoepower


Also look out for Beach Hut Cook  by Elinor Hill for some amazing Christmas party food ideas.

Christmas Party Food ideas by Beach Hut Cook

photo by @beachhutcook


I hope you're feeling inspired for the festive season and enjoyed my recommendations. Have a peaceful Christmas and wonderful break with your families.

Dörte x (@lewesmap)



Ideas for Simple & Natural Christmas Decorations

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