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Byline: WITH Andrea McLean

If ever there was a time to create a good first impression, it's that moment when you open your front door to greet friends and family at Christmas.

But why wait until they step inside? Decorations aren't just for indoors - take them outside too. Try a trail of festive plants up the garden path, a pretty lantern on the front step or even a Christmas tree by the porch.

Once over the threshold there are loads of fabulous ways to deck the halls and not just the halls.

In my house we also decorate the kitchen, hall, living room and even the kids' bedrooms. Just a few sparkly touches and you have a festive wonderland.

cold outside Some people don't know when to stop when it comes to outdoor decorations, but it can be done tastefully, honest! I like the idea of creating my own winter wonderland with dainty little reindeers on the front lawn. White LED reindeer outdoor decoration, Isme No room for a tree? Use wall stickers instead. They're so cool and perfect for a hallway - and easy to put up. Spin Collective personalised tree wall sticker, Not On The High Street Appalachian artificial pre-lit pine tree with 300 LED lights, artificial fruit and cone wreath, hurricane lantern, wooden robin bird box, bay trees with Christmas bow, tree decorations including red glass decorations, ceramic Santa, filigree Santa, metal rocking horse, metal tree decoration and heart decoration, all Dobbies Let there be light Everything looks better with fairy lights. Cover a plain hall with them and it looks wonderful. Plus it's a novel way to lock up your bike! Strala light chains from, Ikea Tree topper, vintage-style fabric birds, festive mice, elf stockings, Russian dollies, sweeties, felt stocking, stars and tree decorations, all Retreat Home.

Most of us put our tree in the living room, but I also have one in the kitchen for the kids to decorate with as many crazy baubles as they like. 7ft green snowstorm tree, Candyland decorations from, Homebase This week I love This photo book from mymemory.com, is a lovely idea for relatives you don't see often. They also do calendars, posters, cards and diaries and it takes just half an hour to upload the pics online.

Don't forget your pets My labradoodle, Jackson, definitely knows when he's missing out so not including him on my Christmas shopping list is unthinkable. I'm heading to M&S this year, where this treat jar and bowl are cute enough to satisfy my tastes while Jackson tucks into their contents. And, just for fun, I love this chewy toy newspaper. Fingers crossed Jackson stops tearing my copy of the Mirror to bits, eh? Dog bowl, Marks and Spencer Dog treat jar, Marks and Spencer Toy newspaper, Marks and Spencer 3 of the best..

Starlight, star bright, I just love these twinkly ideas top your tree.

Merry Christmas star tree topper, John Lew? Bright Eva tree topper, Tesco ? Red tree topper, Isme Birds and the butterflies When it comes to MY tree, it's a different story. This is the one I spend ages on, and where everything matches. This year I'm going for pink and blue decorations. And just for something a little different, how about these bird and butterfly decorations? Pack of two butterflies, Tesco Pack of three glitter birds, Matalan WHERE TO BUY... www.dobbies.com www.homebase.co.uk www.ikea.co.uk www.isme.com www.johnlewis.com www.marksandspencer.com www.matalan.co.uk www.mymemory.com www.notonthehighstreet.com www.retreat-home.com www.tesco.co.uk
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2012
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