In the home
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.