Making an entrance | 4 ways to style your festive front door
So here we are almost in December. For me Christmas always begins on the day I take the decorations out of storage. I love unboxing them, delving into the tissue paper, rediscovering old favourites and then choosing one or two pieces to go alongside them. Usually this involves a trip to The White Company, because year after year they always seem to have the loveliest Christmas decorations. I often find myself ticking off at least half of the gifts on my Christmas shopping list while I'm there too - from toys and clothes for the younger members of the family to slippers, pyjamas and bath and body gifts - or even treating myself to a cashmere sweater (scroll down to see the lovely charcoal roll neck one I'm currently wearing).
In our home there's always a tree, a well dressed table, some winter scented candles and plenty of fresh flowers or foliage, whether that's a simple bunch of eucalyptus or a vase of showy Amaryllis blooms.
This year we've decided to have a tree outside as well as one inside. This one from The White Company comes in an antiqued zinc effect pot and is the perfect size for the front door. It's pre-lit too so it creates a lovely sense of festive excitement after dark (and battery operated so there are no trailing wires).
The white felt garlands on the tree are also from The White Company. They are from a previous year's collection and are sadly no longer available, but I've always loved them.
The front door is definitely my favourite place in the home to decorate at this time of year. I love that feeling of coming back home on a cold December evening to be greeted by the sight of a pretty festive wreath on the front door. It's the one thing that is always guaranteed to give me a warm feeling inside and remind me of everything I love most about Christmas.
So there's always a festive welcome for guests - a Christmas wreath, perhaps some fairy lights and this year, along with the tree, this beautiful door lantern. If you have a grander entrance, perhaps one with steps leading up to it or a storm porch, I think a pair of these would look amazing, but for us one works just fine here. I love the welcoming glow it gives off and it has already attracted lots of admiring glances from the neighbours.
So that's the lighting and tree sorted. Now I just need to decided which wreath we'll have on our front door this year. To help me make up my mind The White Company sent over four different versions for me to style.
1. Winter Sparkle
For a frosty, wintery effect I love the subtle sparkle of this beaded version. It's made with real branches and like almost everything from The White Company is beautifully understated. There's a matching garland too, perfect for decorating a mantle or trailing up a staircase if you want to continue the same look elsewhere around the home.
2. Foraged woodland finds
I love natural decorations and never tire of displaying foraged woodland finds around the home at this time of year. You'll always find pinecones among my Christmas decorations - a collection of them in a bowl on the coffee table or in the hallway perhaps, or a few hanging from the tree. So this heart shaped natural pinecone wreath is another of the pieces from The White Company that caught my eye. In fact I don't think this would look out of place if you kept it on display right throughout the winter months.
3. Nordic Minimalism
Of the four wreaths featured here this one is probably my favourite. I actually prefer this one indoors though. I love the simplicity and minimalism of it against the white brick wall in our living room where it really stands out.
It's currently sold out but hopefully there are still a few available in store.
4. Berries & Pine
I do love the fragrance of a natural spruce wreath. If you have time to make one yourself or can stretch to the expense of asking a florist to make one for you I think they are pretty hard to beat. They can be expensive though, and I've been really impressed with the quality of this artificial version, and how realistic it is. Unlike a natural wreath (which will quickly dry out indoors) you can also use it anywhere inside the home right throughout the festive season. Best of all you'll be able to use it again year after year.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these four different festive looks from The White Company. Which one should I choose? I'd love to hear your favourite.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The White Company. All the products featured are available here.