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International Christmas Windows 2018

“Meanwhile… I’m putting up more twinkle lights.” – Kathleen, You’ve Got Mail Hands up. Be honest. Who’s favourite holiday has rolled around for another year? Two hands up over here – we love Christmas! We could start listing all the things we love about the silly season; decorating the tree, dinner parties with friends, but of course, one of our favourite things is the unveiling of department store windows. We’ve searched through the cities and have found our favourite selection of dreamy, vibrant and comical Christmas displays. From Paris to New York, get ready to travel through the best festive windows of 2018. LONDON: Harrods When it comes to Christmas windows, we can’t go past the legendary Harrods. This year, the series of Harrods windows draws inspiration from our own visions of a traditional festive season; a fridge bursting with seasonal treats and parties filled with gold glitz and glamour. Designed off the concept of sensory storytelling, Harrods maintains its focus on luxury while relating to the themes that everyone loves and can relate to around the merry season. Harrods has mastered their designs by utilizing scale, repetition and colour… and also our love for roast potatoes.   PARIS: Galeries Lafayette Christmas dreams became a reality this year as Galeries Lafayette Haussmann let the Parisian children bring the window characters to life from their imaginations. Children between 5 and 11 years old entered to draw their Christmas character and the winning drawings were chosen to be transformed into soft toys and displayed in the vibrant window display. The imaginative friends can be seen enjoying a Christmas party in a candy...

Christmas Trends 2018

“December… Saving the best till last.” One of our favourite parts of the festive season is getting to decorate our trees, adorn our homes and set the table in a different style every year. We’ve been busy venturing across the seas and travelling interstate this past year to collect ideas and bring you our favourite trends this coming Christmas. Let the magic of Christmas 2018 begin! Wabi Sabi Originating from the Japanese language, Wabi-Sabi means to accept imperfection. It is a belief and aesthetic based on recognizing that something incomplete can become beautiful. A design example we love is expanding on our connection to the earth through natural materials. This trend is taking over from the Hygge trend (the cosy contentment of simple living) and leads into a Scandinavian tone but with a focus on abandoning perfection. Focus on textures such as metal and driftwood to incorporate this beautifully flawed trend into your home this Christmas. Our go to colours: Gun-metal grey, silver, olive green and natural hues   Traditional Green, red and gold. The combination of these colours has screamed Christmas for centuries. Add a few little berries to your wreath to enhance the festive ambience and decorate the tree in glitter, matte and reflective finishes for a contemporary twist. Make a statement with vibrant red velvet poinsettias or keep it familiar by dressing the house in colours reminiscent of a childhood spent waiting for Santa. From nutcracker soliders to reindeers, this iconic Christmas trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and we can’t wait to see how it continues to change and adapt year after year. Our go to...

Top 5 Christmas jobs of 2017

From designing the concepts to the all-night installations, VM+ had a very busy Christmas in 2017! From spinning disco balls in the Valley Malls, to cheeky nutcrackers and every colour of baubles in-between, we covered it all. Here is a little glimpse of some of our favourite Christmas installs from 2017. Contact the team at VM+ to bring the magic of Christmas to your venue in 2018. 1 William Street With tones of copper, champagne and silver, 1 William Street sparkled this Christmas. Nutcracker soldiers heralded the magic of Christmas with their trumpets, greeting passers by, while the 7.5m tree in the foyer ensured a spectacular display of Christmas joy. Silver ribbon twisted around spiraling baubles on the main tree, while twinkling lights complimented the sophisticated trimming.   Valley Malls One of our most unique Christmas installations for 2017 was the Valley Malls, including China Town and Brunswick Street Mall. Multiple components were constructed by a large team who worked collaboratively to ensure this job embraced everything that we love about Christmas. It was a visual feast of colour, movement and light. VM+ created a destination to be enjoyed by everyone, and celebrated the Valley’s reputation of dancing the night away. Inspiration was drawn from the nightlife in London’s Covent Garden and included features such as two giant dazzling rotating mirror balls, twinkling icicle lights, wreaths and garlands. Matched to existing oriental elements in China Town, wreaths and garlands were trimmed in a red and gold colour palette to maintain tradition with a twist of modern finishes. Banners hung from structures to highlight the Christmas season and take the precinct into...

International Christmas Windows 2017

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… all over the world! We’ve ventured to our favourite international cities to find out what they’re bringing to the window this holiday season in their custom displays. If you’re searching for a bit of magic this Christmas, look no further than the whimsical, circus theme found behind the glass of Bloomingdale’s in New York City. Depicting scenes from the much anticipated “The Greatest Showman” film, Bloomingdale’s six windows are flooded with over 7 million Swarovski crystals. While characters pose and come alive among the glitter and lights, Bloomingdale’s topped it off with interactive elements.   The circus and fairground theme also made its way to Paris this year, where the legendary Galeries Lafayette collided art deco and surrealism to produce a whimsical story of 20th century Paris. The synthesis of a mauve and magenta sky backdrop knits together the magical carnival scene.   As we travel over to London, we’re bought back down to earth, or rather, under the earth as the British retail elite, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason pay homage to the traditional English Christmas dinner. Colliding humor and tradition, Selfridges decked out one window in thousands of the pocket-sized green vegetable; the brussel sprout. Other windows featured carnival floats celebrating eccentricity and creativity through banners and even an over-sized robin. Fortnum & Mason in London’s Piccadilly joyfully takes us all home into the kitchen but with a twist of imagination. Windows featuring a boy riding a brussel sprout, and an elephant popping champagne...

All That Glitters Is Gold

“Shine like gold, sparkle like glitter“   The VM+ Christmas elves have been busy this year transforming Toombul Shopping Centre with a decorative style that oozes opulence. By using a simple colour palette, the team at VM+ has created a distinctive style for this Brisbane shopping centre. By limiting colour and focusing on texture the foliage comes alive with a sense of luxury. The gold accents of glitter and sequins become illuminated as the warm twinkling lights reflect off their surfaces. By using striped and spotted baubles and zip baubles that link back to the fashion retailers, these decorations ensure a point of difference this busiest time of the shopping year! The addition of geometric sputniks and spiked silver and gold balls enhance the solid gold and compliment the overall tones of the design. If there was a flower which epitomised Christmas, it would have to be the poinsettia. Classically red, the team at VM+ provided tradition through the use of black and white striped and gold beaded poinsettias. The contemporary tones helped freshen the overall trimming while establishing the Christmas decorations as a statement series throughout the centre. A cluster of five slimline Christmas trees enforce the magic of Christmas through their varying heights and festive trimming. The nutcracker soldiers herald the beginning of the festive season through their metallic trumpets, transporting visitors to the North Pole with a twist of New York luxe. For everything Christmas, visit our website www.christmasdecorationsbrisbane.com.au Contact VM+ for your corporate Christmas decoration needs! Call (07) 3217 4500 or email...

Christmas Trends 2017

Will your Christmas be trimmed in tradition or draped in gold? To help with your Christmas inspiration this year, we’ve uncovered our Top 5 Christmas trends for 2017! One of our favourite trends this year is gold! Even featured on the Christmas tree in our showroom, this metallic and luxurious tone has stolen our hearts. We love to match it with black and white to squeeze even more luxury out of this shade. Feather wreaths, sequined poinsettias, many baubles and various garlands can be spotted in The Prop House draped in gold, champagne and copper tones. Pair gold with black and white for opulence, or team it with white washed timber for a sophisticated dream-like effect.   Christmas is all about uniting with friends and family, and what better way to welcome guests into your home than with a raw, organic and rustic design. We’re embracing the Danish concept, hygge; to live cozy and comfortable. Create a warm and inviting space this Christmas with textures of timber, wool or even antler. Share food, drinks and conversation among pieces influenced by the earth, with a neutral colour palette keeping the ambiance relaxed and cozy.   While we like to stay clear of tinsel, there are other ways to capture tradition in an exquisite red and green colour palette. The luxury of red velvet poinsettias are a welcome addition to Nordic trees, green wreaths or just used in a table vase. Christmas parties come alive with the glitter finishes of these traditional Christmas flowers that both grandma and your friends will surely approve of. Cranberries aren’t only for your ham; bunched...