• How to make the outside of your home look as jolly as the inside this Christmas

    by  • December 7, 2015 • Christmas, Dream Gardens • 0 Comments

    Homes&Gardens-Christmas-House-6Dressing the exterior of your home with flowers, foliage, lights and decorative details creates a beautifully festive welcome for family and friends.

    Above, armfuls of seasonal foliage in a substantial, water-filled container can be added to and refreshed over the festive season. Hang a nosegay composed of the same plants at the window and complement the look with a berry-strewn wreath. As final finishing touch, follow Scandinavian tradition and lay a branch of fir on the doorstep as a natural doormat on which guests can brush off their shoes before entering the house.

    Copper lanterns, small, £9.99; large, £14.99, both Dobbies. Red berry and blackberry wreath, £35, John Lewis. Berry arrangement, from £50, Scarlet & Violet. Malmesbury planter, £40, Garden Trading.

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    Follow the star

    Show guests the way to your home with decorative lights. Here, three woven metal stars make an eye-catching contrast against the yew hedge, while a rope of mains-powered outdoor lights entices visitors through the arch.

    Metal light-up stars, £20 each, Cox & Cox. Battery-powered outdoor fairy lights (on gate), £8.99; mains-powered outdoor lights (on ground), £19.99, both Lights4Fun.

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    Ring the changes

    A frosted pine cone wreath will make a smart statement on any door. For an additional touch of festive glamour, add your own details, such as the shimmering silk rose and ribbon seen here.

    Pine cone wreath, £55, Cox & Cox. Enchantment flower clip in Champagne, £3, John Lewis. Wired organza ribbon, £1.20 per m, Jane Means.

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    In a word

    For a more contemporary treatment, battery-powered letters can be used to spell out the Christmas message of your choice. A string of large-scale, mains-powered outdoor lights simply hung gives this playful look extra impact.

    Carnival letter lights, £58 each, The Little House Shop. Outdoor festoon lights, £29.99, Lights4Fun.

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    Layers of interest

    Build up the festive momentum of the coming days, beginning with faux pieces such as the wreath and two pre-lit trees shown here, and add to the display with fresh flwoers and accessories as the key dates of the season arrive.

    Pre-lit white and glitter porch tree, £100; pre-lit bush, £100, both John Lewis. Snowberry and twig wreath, £56; Barrington hurricane lamps, £85 each, all Oka.

    Words and direction Arabella St John Parker

    Styling Sophie Martell

    Photographs Ben Anders

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