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Windows of Wonder

By now, we can only imagine you've been snuggled up nicely somewhere in a cave, or, if you're anything like us, you're well and truly in the swing of Christmas - remembering the words to every festive song on the radio, glugging a mulled beverage (or two/three...) of some sort, halfway through your advent calendar and most definitely decking those halls! However, for some lucky soles, the thought of Christmas came about 5 months ago, when they were tasked with putting on some of the most traffic stopping, jaw-dropping, child-wonder-inducing Christmas window displays in the land.

We're self-confessed shopaholics with creative right-hand thinking brains at The FBC HQ, so, we're never more happy to just window shop than during December, and slightly earlier for those who are keen to get a head start, to take in the wonderment that some of the world's most renowned department stores display for Christmas.

It is thought the practise of enticing crowds of potential customers into their sparkly Christmas lairs with glittery windows was started by Macy's of New York in 1874, R.H. Macy created one of the first major festive window displays with a collection of porcelain dolls from around the world and scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin."; this came 12 years after his "ground breaking" idea of having an in-store Santa for children to visit! It's fair to say since 1874, New York haven't let their invention of Christmas window decking down, here's some of the best that NY NY has to offer this December...

Clockwise from Top Left: Macy's, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's & Saks Fifth Avenue.

Whilst we may not have come up with the idea of filling our stores' windows with animatronics and never-melt snow, we certainly think London has taken on this tradition with gusto.  This year Selfridges has taken inspiration from fairy tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin, using 1000m of neon lighting whilst Harvey Nichols put in a year of planning and 600 production hours for their Into The Woods Christmas campaign.

From Top Left: Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges & Harvey Nichols.

And finally, what sort of French bedroom advocates would we be if we didn't explore the wonderment presented by our Parisian counterparts, especially Printemps who's windows have been taken over by Burberry - following the story of a young, Mac and check clad boy with his teddy from England, across the Channel to Paris...

Printemps Paris, as styled by Burberry.

Author: Jess Warner, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of French shabby chic furniture, French Bedsshabby chic wardrobes and beautiful French style furniture.

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