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Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge DIY Hanging Wreath

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When I was asked to participate in the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge, I was very excited to work on some outdoor decor. I love the idea of doing a holiday table under the arbor. I got my inspiration from Swedish Christmas Design. It’s always so simple; paired down and classic.

Here’s one of the elements from my decor. It’s easy and really pretty. Here’s my “hanging wreath” DIY, but for the complete, post please click here and see what I came up with for the Style Challenge. Thanks Home Depot I had a blast. Happy Holidays!

Hanging Wreath How-To


You will need:

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– 1 6 foot garland
– 3 – 4 ornaments
– Twine for securing the ornaments
– Ribbon for hanging
– Floral wire

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To Create:

1. Form the garland into circle

2. Secure the wreath in 3 places with floral wire

3. Attach the ornaments with twine

4. Using 4 pieces of ribbon about 3 feet long, tie the wreath to your light fixture or chandelier. Note: this can be suspended from the ceiling with longer pieces of ribbon or with hooks.

Have a look at the complete Holiday Home Depot Style Challenge Posts Here, thanks again to the folks at Home Depot, and Happy Holidays! xx

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Style Lesson: How to style an outdoor space

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As most of you know I have been styling interiors for more than 20 years, however sometimes my jobs take me outdoors. This is the time of year those jobs start coming in. I love styling outdoors, but there are a few hard and fast rules you might want to keep in mind when styling outside. The exterior photographs are often as important as the interior shots in an editorial feature and for a designer’s portfolio as well. Designers out there… pay attention.

Styling the exterior is often one of the toughest propping decisions I deal with on a shoot. There is a balance that needs to be achieved and that balance can tip with just a minor misstep. The outdoors is a big big place and it’s without boundaries. If you’ve ever designed a garden then you know this is true. With this in mind, it’s important to look at the scale of the exterior architecture, as well as the coloration and what you want to enhance in the photograph. One of the most important things to remember is that you must create boundaries for the eye in the photograph.

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1. Know when to shoot: let the sun be your guide. We usually photograph the exterior at dawn or dusk, depending on the position of the sun. You never want direct sunlight on the house. Diffused soft light is ideal.

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2. Create boundaries: use potted plants to anchor the structure. Avoid using a lot of small colorful plants. Think substantial, but not too large. When thinking of scale and proportion, remember it’s about the house and not the plants or accessories. You don’t want to create boundaries that detract from the main feature. As I say over and over again, less is more. Edit, edit, edit. Anchoring the structure with potted plants creates a boundary for the eye in a photograph, it’s a way to draw the eye to the house in a subtle way. This is your prop’s most important function, remember that.

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3. Don’t over accessorize: use accessories that make sense. Stay away from using too many throws or blankets, pillows, lanterns or candles, elk horns, wine glasses, you get the picture. I have seen way too many outdoor shots with too much going on. Before you know it, the back porch starts to look like the patio accessories department at the Home Depot.

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4. Remember the Magic Triangle: In the case of outdoor styling this is a great trick to keep everything in balance. Your triangle will give you a starting point in an environment that can be overwhelming.

Even for entertaining stories it’s so important to make it look real, readable, and edited. Keep this in mind next time you start propping an outdoor setting.

Please feel free to send me any questions or comments and thanks for stopping by.

Photo 1: Rob Brinson

Photo 2: Anthony Masterson

Photo 3: Reed Davis

Photo 4: Lauren Rubinstein

Styling By: Annette Joseph for Meredith publications

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