Festive Foliage Bough

Fancy something a bit different for your door this Christmas? Try a foliage bough instead. I prefer them as they are a bit more organic looking, unusual and very easy to make. Wreaths are so last year, darlings!

 

Foliage Bough Door Christmas decoration

 

Foliage Bough Door Christmas decoration

You would need:

Spruce or Fir branches (Holly and Eucalyptus optional to add interest)

Thin wire to tie stems together

Ribbon to decorate

A pretty decoration to add a personal touch (optional)

Battery operated wire fairly lights (optional)

Lay your spruce or fir branches flat on a table and layer shorter holly or eucalyptus stems on-top. Tie all of these stems and branches together with the thin wire. Add a pretty decoration or bauble by wiring it onto a branch as well. Use the ribbon to tie a big knot or bow at the top of the stems, hiding the wire in the process. Suspend your new Festive Foliage Bough from a nail in the door or the door-knocker, alternatively, mine I hung by extending the wire to the top of the door and securing it to the top edge of the door with a staple gun (as it’s the top of the door it will never be visible). Lastly, arrange your fine wire fairy lights between the foliage and hide the battery back to the back of the bough (taping it to the foliage). I pushed my battery back through the letter box on the door and taped it to the inside of the door, so that I can control the switch from the inside of the hall – pretty clever I thought!

Foliage Bough Door Christmas decoration

 

Foliage Bough Door Christmas decoration

 

Feature, photos styling: Theoda Solms Iles

 

 

Colourful Christmas

Fancy something different on your Christmas tree this year? Here’s a few alternative themes, still in keeping with the Christmas spirit just adding hits of colour and fun with exquisitely detailed tree decorations. I love the “Swan Lake” inspired tree below, styled up with satin ballet slippers and a frothy pink tutu.

These are shots I styled for Wyevale Garden Centres using their fabulous selection of baubles, decorations and Christmas trees.

 

Wyevale Garden Centres, Christmas tree in Swan lake theme baubles and decorations

Above & Below: Christmas look in “Swan Lake” theme from Wyevale Garden Centres.

Wyevale Garden Centres, Christmas tree in Swan lake theme baubles and decorations

 

Below: Christmas look in “Cosmic” theme from Wyevale Garden Centres.

Wyevale Garden Centres, Christmas baubles and decorations in Cosmic theme

 

Christmas look in “12 Days Of Christmas” theme from Wyevale Garden Centres.

Wyevale Garden Centres, Christmas baubles and decorations in 12 days Of Christmas theme

 

Stylist: Theoda Solms Iles

Photographer: Nato Welton

Art Director: Mark Forsyth

Stylist Assistant: Charlotte Page

for Wyevale Garden Centres

A Stylish White & Green Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has begun, so it’s time to set up your own show-stopping Christmas tree. Here are a few Christmas trees dressed with a selection of white, glass, silver and green decorations and baubles. I had great fun styling and setting up these shots for the Wyevale Garden Centre shoot, way back in May. We shot five different Christmas themes and below are some of my favourite shots from the day.

Wyevale garden centres real Christmas tree

 

Wyevale garden centres Christmas mini houses tea light holders

 

Wyevale garden centres Christmas tree, Frosted Mistletoe theme

 

Wyevale garden centres Christmas tree, Frosted Mistletoe theme, baubles on branch

 

Stylist: Theoda Solms Iles

Photographer: Nato Welton

Art Director: Mark Forsyth

Stylist Assistant: Charlotte Page

for Wyevale Garden Centres