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

 

 

Winter Metallics – Elemental by Voyage Maison

Tall, elegant and with a winter colour palette of whites, greys and metallics, the Khione vase in Frost, lends itself perfectly to the latest Autumn/Winter trends. Note the most unusual combination of a subtle shading of frosted white speckles that thins out before meeting the high gloss, almost liquid, gold finish that’s flaring off the base of the vases. Together with the decadent two-tone sequined cushions and throws from the Voyage Decoration collection, styled against a backdrop of wall art in Synnova, these pieces sit perfectly together and give us a glimpse into the upcoming colours for the next winter season.

 

Khione vase in Frost by Voyage Maison

 

Eucalyptus & Thistle

 

Khione vase in Frost and wall art Synnova Repeat all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost and wall art Synnova Repeat all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison

 

 

 

 

Voyage is a fabric house known for gorgeous fabrics in prints, weaves and luxe textiles like velvets and stylish embroidered sequined designs. Their colour palate, always rich with deep, moody shades and designs, often reflecting nature. The Voyage Maison range is the home accessory part, boasting a desirable collection of rugs, lamps, more cushions you can dream of and now, most recently, statement glass vases worthy of an art gallery.

Credits: Khione Medium and tall vases in Frost. Wall art Synnova Repeat. Stripe velvet cushion in Galatea Midnight. Two toned sequined cushions and two toned sequined throws, all by Voyage Maison.

Styling, Photos & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Perfect for the weekend – Friday Flowers

On Wednesday I attended a press launch of online fashion and interiors retailer Isme. At their launch they had this cute ‘flower stall’ run by a freelance Florist named Gemma Hickman of FlutterBy Flowers. Just look at this pretty little bouquet Gemma made for me. I adore the combination of pale greens and musky pinks coming alive with a bright colour injection of shocking pink Sweet Williams. I also like all the foliage Gemma used, especially the Panicum Fountain Grass, giving it a soft misty look. Now I have my flowers, perfect and ready for the weekend.

Bouquet created by Flutterby Flowers by Gemma Hickman

Bouquet created by FlutterBy Flowers by Gemma Hickman

I was so excited to bring my bouquet home as I already knew exactly in which vase I would arrange them.

Bouquet in my Pewter urn on my dresser

Bouquet in my Pewter urn on my dresser

Flowers Close-up

Flowers Close-up

I fell in love with the Astrantia (major rosita) which I have never come across before and the pale pink of the Astilbe (Europa) was also new to me.

Astilbe (Europa) Astrantia (major rosita) Roses (upper secret antique pink) Sweet Williams (English sweet Williams)

Astilbe (Europa)
Astrantia (major rosita)
Roses (upper secret antique pink)
Sweet Williams (English sweet Williams)

 

Main flower shots styled and photographed by Theoda Solms Iles.

Collage shot of four flower types, by Gemma Hickman of FlutterBy Flowers