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Holly and ivy are SO last year. We're all about these alternative Christmas wreaths, bringing some proper festive ding dong to your front door.

It’s not enough simply having a Christmas door wreath, this days you need to have a Christmas door wreath that looks the business on Instagram. Aaargh! Hands up who didn’t get time to attend that artisan wreath-making workshop? Funnily enough, me neither. However, I have sniffed out something a little bit different to adorn your door this month. Holly and ivy? Pah! I’m all about fabulous feathers, especially this show-stopping peacock one.

It’s hand-made by Plucking Fabulous aka Cambridge-based Venetia Phipps, whose work has featured in various interiors mags and fashion shoots. She can whizz you one up in a size to suit (10, 12, 14 or 16 inches), using a variety of feathers, including ostrich, grouse, turkey, pheasant and partridge, with prices ranging from £45 to £100. I really like the English countryside eccentric vibe and, ahem, I’m planning on passing one off as my own handiwork. Crafty? You bet.

Want more more more? Here are three alternatives to zhuzh up your knockers (your front door knockers I mean, you perverts)…

The twinkly one

This White Company wreath (£50) has hand-beaded branches interspersed with battery-operated lights for added pizzazz. Très chic.


The berry nice one

Instead of the usual holly berries, Pippa Designs’ wreath (£49.50)  has blackberries, blueberries and rosehips nestling among moss and pine cones (fake ones, obviously, so don’t put them on your porridge afterwards).

The quirky one

I can imagine this Paperchase one (£15) on the door of Mr Tumble’s house but don’t let that put you off. It’s cheap and cheerful, and you just know the kids will love it.


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