As Christmas is now just a few days away, we will be focusing on adding the finishing touches to our festive decorations. We have put together some simple last minute ideas that will bring a unique look to your homes whether you are entertaining lavishly or simply having a quiet family time.
Greenery - and lots of it!
Draped over mantlepieces or entwined through banisters, a garland of evergreen foliage is the perfect way to make a big impression. We love a mix of Eucalyptus, Olive and Blue Spruce for a soft, contemporary look, but equally Pine, Ivy tendrils and Laurel are a wonderful base for darker tones. Once your greenery is in place, the creativity begins! Trailing warm white fairy lights through a garland of greenery up a staircase will create a lovely atmosphere in the evening. You can really make a statement with this, so embellish your greenery as much or as little as you want. Keep it traditional with pine cones, dried oranges and cinnamon sticks or for more unusual look add dried hydrangea, dried poppy heads and thistles.
Flowers for the Table
A more delicate garland can also be used as a centre piece for the dining table. Try weaving it around a group of candlesticks of varying heights and a selection of coordinating votives in order to create a rhythmic and interesting effect.
Dried Flowers are having a moment and they are particularly useful at this time of year. They are a hassle free and ideal way to add colour and texture to a traditional display and they look fabulous when mixed with fresh flowers and greenery from the garden. Keep a look out for any branches that have eluded the birds and still have some berries - we particularly like white berries if you can find them!
Foraging in your garden and nearby hedgerows will provide an abundance of greenery to work with. Bowls of pine cones look fabulous when styled with candles or votives on a coffee table - we particularly like using clusters of Alder cones. Spraying the larger cones with paint will add a splash of colour and fun if this is the look you are after. Make sure all your arrangements link together in some form to create a harmonious and flowing effect.