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Christmas ideas – a white Christmas tablescape

The phrase 'Christmas tablescape' has emerged from Pinterest, along with 'Christmas mantelscapes.' [caption id="attachment_8101" align="alignnone" width="600"] This Christmas tablescape is on the piano in the hall. It looks so effective because there's a strong repeated…

December 3rd, 2017 - Decorations/parties

Jam jar Christmas – how to decorate with garden clippings

I love jam jar flower arrangements, so I've asked florist-tutor Julie Davies how to do jam jar Christmas decorations. [caption id="attachment_8048" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jam jar Christmas decorations created with empty jars, twigs from the garden…

November 26th, 2017 - Celebrations, Decorations/parties, Vintage & thrift

Garden party decorations – big parties on small budgets

Coloured glasses

I love garden party decorations. Flowers, bunting, lights...it's all such fun. This week we 're giving a party for my brother-in-law's big birthday. The middle-sized lawn is almost completely covered with a marquee. [caption id="attachment_6954"…

July 2nd, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

10 no-time, no-money last-minute Easter decorating secrets

Easter decorating tips

I woke up to Easter decorating rather late this year. You may already have your spring door wreath, complete with succulents and quails' eggs on your door. And you may already have your Easter egg…

April 14th, 2017 - Decorations/parties

How to create an irresistibly romantic garden….

Romantic garden ideas

What is a romantic garden? Everyone will have their own definition. So with Valentine's Day looming up, I've picked out ten 'romantic garden' ideas. Just a little bit wild... A romantic garden always has something…

February 12th, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

How to revive your Christmas table decorations with pink

Jewel pinks and purples for gorgeous Christmas table decorations

Can I tempt you with pink Christmas table decorations? We've come in from the garden this week (having cut armfuls of ivy, eucalyptus and birch twigs). And it's time to plan the Christmas table decorations.…

December 18th, 2016 - Decorations/parties

How to make a beautiful Christmas twig wreath from tree trimmings

Make a beautiful twig wreath - quick, easy and free

A Christmas twig wreath is easy, quick and stylish. And it's free, if you use your garden trimmings. Now is a good time to prune many trees, shrubs and climbers. So before you dispose of…

December 11th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

Christmas garden decorations – how to be festive and wildlife-friendly

Garden Christmas decorations

Christmas garden decorations. Do you love them, or do you worry about light pollution? Decorating your garden at Christmas is a trend that has crept over from the US. When we went to Virginia in…

December 4th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco

How to work a Christmas theme with just a few tweaks

Shelves made of old ladders and scaffolding boards

What's your 'Christmas theme' this year? Are you just a little bored with your usual Christmas decorations? If you pick a Christmas theme, you don't have to buy a whole load of new decorations. You…

November 20th, 2016 - Decorations/parties

Easy garden party ideas and inspiration

Easy garden party ideas

Garden party ideas can be such fun. Coloured tablecloths and glasses. Seasonal garden flowers in jam jars. Night-lights, lanterns and solar lights for long discussions late into the night... We've given quite a few garden…

August 7th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Shop

What your festive door wreath says about you…

A festive door wreath is now a major style decision. Should you have a Christmas wreath that's artistic, traditional, Nordic, minimalist or creative? Lights? Fruit? Chillies? Biscuits? Make or buy? I am dithering. Friends are…

December 13th, 2015 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

The very best garden gifts for under £25 – or make your own!

Vintage & handmade gift ideas

If your friends or family love gardening, garden-y Christmas presents are perfect because things wear out (gloves, etc) or get lost (tools etc). But nothing's worse than gifts that don't work - like those decorative…

November 29th, 2015 - Decorations/parties, Gardening on a budget