Friday 9 December 2016

Christmas Tips: Decking the halls

Published 23/11/2011 | 05:00

Dress your doorway stylishly with two mini conifer trees & battery-operated fairy lights.

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Buy larger poinsettia as they last longer.

Place a pine wreath on your sitting-room door to scent the room, or mix fragrant eucalyptus, bay and rosemary twigs in a vase.

Take ivy from your garden to create a naturally strewn look. You can also add berries, cones and cinnamon.

Buy pillar candles and place them among pots of hyacinth and amaryllis bulbs, vessels and jars filled with mixes of foliage, herbs and berries either bought or found in a garden.

Ilex (holly) berries in a tall vase are the perfect way to dress a sideboard.

If you don't want to have a Christmas tree, buy some large branches of birch or willow, place in a large vessel and hang your baubles.

Keep blooms fresh by cutting the stems with a slant, changing the water every second day and keep them away from a radiator.

Make sure you soak oasis properly by letting it sink down in water, don't force it down.

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