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

 

 

Easter & Spring Wreath

Easter is my favourite holiday and not only because of the chocolate indulgence but also the abundance of flowers that are becoming so readily available. I kind of much prefer it over Christmas. However, the one thing Christmas has that I do like, is Christmas wreaths, so why not borrow the wreath idea and reinvent your own version for spring and Easter.

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

I made this simple wreath yesterday afternoon from three long Holly bush tendrils that I tied together with bits of wire. Luckily the holly leaves are not too obvious holly shaped! These tendrils are long and very flexibly, you need a bendy plant to make it easier. You can also use willow branches, pussy willow or forsythia for colour (alternatively, buy a ready-made wreath form any florist or craft shop).

For my Spring and Easter touch, I added a purple miniature pansy plant, complete with roots and soil that I wrapped with moss. I’m resting the plant on top of more moss tying it all to the wreath with twine. I finished it off with a few dried bendy twigs that I twisted together to give the illusion of a nest. Adding artificial eggs will also look cute. I initially made this wreath for the front door, but now I like it so much inside, I think it can stay right where it is.

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

 

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

Feature, Styling and Photos by Theoda Solms Iles

5 Minute Ideas for Christmas

With the crazy season approaching fast, it’s so ironic that when we want to make our home the most beautiful, time is at a premium and all those special ideas never gets realised because there’s just not enough time in the day. That’s way I want to show you these four ideas that won’t take you more that 5 minutes each to recreate in your own home.

SITTING PRETTY

Dress your dining chairs with foliage corsages

Dress your dining chairs with foliage corsages.

Dress your dining chairs with foliage corsages

Don’t stop at dressing your table, jazz up your dining chairs with corsages made form garden foliage, ribbon and one simple Christmas decoration.

How to: Simply tie a small bunch of spruce, rosemary and white showberries together with a piece of florist wire. Add your decoration and lastly tie together with a pretty ribbon to compliment your scheme. Now attach this foliage corsage to the back of your chair with a second piece of the same ribbon.

Top Tip: Using a fragrant foliage like rosemary will also scent your room.

Similar white wooden decorations from Retreat Home. Ribbon from Jane Means.

 

CREATIVE CANDLES

White Owl candle from Limelace

White Owl candle from Limelace

Make the most of a dull, forgotten corner or add interest to a window sill. It’s these little displays that looks like you have made an effort and they won’t go unnoticed by your family and guests alike.

How To: Elaborately shaped candles are big news this season. Look out for cute woodland animals, pine cones or tree shaped ones. This owl is so on trend with the whole woodland theme and it looks great as part of the books and trophy styling display. Add a bit of Ivy to add colour and life and lit that candle for a warm glow.

Top Tip: After lighting a new candle let it burn a bit and then snip the wick quite short so that the flame stays short and does not burn too tall and wildly. Remember, never to leave candles unattended.

White Owl Candle from Limelace.

 

LET THERE BE LIGHT

A lantern is so versatile in winter and summer months, indoors and outside alike, the possibilities are just endless.

How To: Make a wintery moment by lining your lantern with fresh moss and add a few pine cones for a seasonal feel. To be safe, use tea light holders to burn your candles in. These ceramic ones gives off a lovely warm yellow light.

Top Tip: Instead of pine cones, fill the lantern with cinnamon sticks, they will look great too and gives off a lovely sweet scent.

For the best lantern selection try Nordic House.

 

READY, SET, DINE

Table pacesetting with holly, snowberries and rosemary

Table place setting with holly, snowberries and rosemary

Make each guest feel special by making an extra effort with their place setting. These ideas make such an impact, yet takes hardly any time at all.

How To: Just a few sprigs of foliage is required for each setting. In the first picture an opening decoration is used as a mini vase. The second picture is just an informally placed napkin with three sprigs of rosemary and a simple decoration to hold it down.

Top Tip: Great if you are super organised and have the exact amount of decorations for each place setting, but if not don’t fret, alternating them or even a complete mix of different decorations will work just as well. Just be prepared to say good-bye to most of them as your guest will love this idea so much, they will want to take their decoration home as a keepsake.

Opening heart decoration from Notonthehighstreet. For a selection of white wooden words and decorations try Retreat Home.

Photos, Feature & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles

Please Note: NEVER leave candles unattended!

Your Easy Mini Christmas Tree

Ok, so you have already decorated the big Christmas tree and are ready to dress the rest of your home. Make a mini-tree by decorating a fresh branch and show it off in a large vase. These mini tree ideas are perfect to create a festive moment on a console table in the hall or to dress the sideboard in the dining room. The key to a stylish and simple look is by choosing only one item in multiples to decorate your branch with. Here the gift tags look great as they add colour to the holly branches and suit this traditional nostalgic look. Or go for a slightly more subtle Christmas theme, with silver birds adorning the spruce branch.

Vintage look gift tags and holly in red vase

Vintage look gift tags and holly in red vase

Vintage look gift tags and holly in red vaseAbove: Christmas Carnival gift tags, £1.95 for six, Dotcomgiftshop

 

Silver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottleSilver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottle

Silver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottle

Silver birds decorating spruce branch in vintage cider bottleAbove: For similar birds, try Idyll Home, Pipii or Amazon

 

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles