Story Homes is celebrating the forthcoming festive season by decking out its show home at Hawthorn Grange, Seaton, with a giant red bow.

The company’s interior design expert Suzy Webster has also shared her top five tips for how to dress your own home this Christmas:

1. Keep it simple: It is better to have some key pieces rather than lots of decorations to distract the eye. Don’t be afraid of unique or quirky.

2. Think in layers: Use objects with different heights to create interest. A beautiful garland makes a fabulous centrepiece on the mantle.

3. Go natural: Bring your decoration to life with inspiration from nature. Fresh evergreen garlands and wreaths will give your home a wonderful natural look and fragrance.

4. Dust fruit with glitter: Fake an icy frost with this wintry recipe - mix three parts white glitter to one part silver, then coat faux pears, limes and grapes for a sparkly centrepiece.

5. Display treats for visitors: Having Christmas treats out for guests, such as nuts, mince pies and chocolates, gives your home a warm and welcoming feel.

For more information about the homes at Hawthorn Grange, contact Sales Executive Samantha Denham on 07773 030806 or email The show home and marketing suite is open Thursday to Monday, 10.30am to 4.30pm.