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A bun­dle of slen­der young branches bear­ing au­tumn leaves are bound to the pil­lar of a ban­is­ter at the bot­tom of the stairs. Sprigs of dif­fer­ing species are cho­sen, with a va­ri­ety of shape and colour. Much of the ap­peal comes from the sim­plic­ity of the ar­range­ment, so a max­i­mum of four types is ideal. The long­est sprigs are cut to ap­prox­i­mately 3ft (1m) and the oth­ers to two-thirds and a third of this length to cre­ate lay­ers in the ar­range­ment. A bare branch with only a few gleam­ing red haws left on adds el­e­gant in­ter­est. The branches are dis­creetly at­tached to the post by us­ing string in a match­ing colour. The dec­o­ra­tion can be changed as the sea­son pro­gresses and the leaves de­velop richer hues.

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