The Knack: How to dress a Christmas tree
Saturday 06 December 1997
My theme for this year is very much a flavour of the Orient, which has been reflected in the decorations that we have installed in the Joseph shops throughout London - birch wreaths and burgundy accessories, with a touch of gold glitter on them. We've used a lot of dried things, like clusters of papyrus grass and Oriental seed pods. This year, at home, I would use a non-drop Normandy blue pine tree, decorated with miniature red pea lights, and neat bunches of dyed red twigs, fir cones and red berries.
The general theme throughout my tree decoration is to keep to one colour. Start by putting the lights on, then add decorations one at a time - you may not need everything you have. Remember that less is sometimes more. Put the biggest decorations at the bottom, the smallest towards the top. Use miniature pea lights, baubles, and bunches of natural products such as berries, cones and twigs. Tinsel is definitely out! Scott Hughes
Stephen Woodhams is a florist and garden designer
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
Geoffrey Macnab reviews American Hustle, also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper
news Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV
It takes a platoon of chefs, litres of brandy and rum, and almost 100kg of dried fruit
Life & Style blogs
The 10 Best Scotch Whiskies
America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
GTA 5: Rockstar bans gamers stealing in-game money worth millions
Microsoft announces first exclusive Xbox One content: a documentary on the worst video game ever
Potential revolution in cancer treatment voted breakthrough of the year by scientists
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
£17000 - £25000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: The Birmingham office of thi...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: HoD Maths Salary: MP...
£600 - £700 per day: Harrington Starr: Client based in West London is looking ...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Teacher of English MP...