Best of the Season: Wreath Edition

Even though some houses have wreaths on the door year-round this is still the time of year for wreaths to shine. Here are some stunning examples.

When I see wonderful examples like the moss and bottle-brush tree wreath below I’m reminded that faux elements can be used really successfully mixed with natural greens. This strikes just the right blend of whimsy, charm and simplicity.

bottle brush wreath

I have no idea what material was used in the wreath below… grass? hay? Whatever, it’s stunning.

grass wreath

How pretty, how lazy, but how perfect. This example was found on a UK website coxandcox (click here for link) but the lights are readily available in lots of retailers locally.

naked wire wreath

The right mix of greens is essential. Texture and colour contrasts make this example from bhg (Better Homes and Gardens) a standout.

Mixed green wreath

My all-time favourite wreath example. Just stunning in the choice of greens, the fruits (kumquats?) and the slightly asymmetrical and exuberant feel. Found originally on the Saipua site here.

mixed green wreath

I usually shy away from red/green colour combinations at Christmas but this is one of the most stunning wreaths I’ve seen. Is it the deep, deep red used? Is it the wonderfully frothy greens? The luxurious but perfectly, slightly crumpled ribbon? Or is it the contrast of the gorgeous wreath and distressed wood background? Don’t know what makes this perfect but I know it is.

red and green wreath

OK, can i hear a hallelujah for simple unadorned wreaths on majestic doors?

antique doors

In my dreams I spend Christmas in a cottage where the snow gently falls and this hangs on my gate to the ocean-side garden.


The web site where this was found is simply lovely and bright. It’s like Christmas in a snow globe. They sell this ribbon here.

red and white wreath

Again… here’s another example that would hang in that ocean-side cottage at Christmas. Found on a beautiful blog here.

hanging bells

I ‘m pretty sure  I’ll never be sophisticated enough to lead a life where this fits in but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the beauty. See it here.

Carolyne Roehm

I normally don’t post photos that I cannot link back to an original creator. For some of these photos I searched high and low for attribution but have been unable to find it. However, I wanted to share this incredible creativity that I admire so much.

Four Projects Using Driftwood | Driftwood


I have been walking the beach and dragging pieces of driftwood home since I was a kid. I love how the ocean smooths and sands the wood into softened sculptural shapes. It’s hard to find inspiration and references for tasteful ways to use a large (and growing) collection of driftwood. Below you can see a few I’ve managed to find.

I really want to try making this Restoration Hardware driftwood wreath. No longer available but found here.

driftwood wreath

These lamp bases are wonderful and look like something that would be manageable to make.

Driftwood lamp bases

I don’t think I would ever be handy enough to even attempt these reindeer heads but I do admire them. Found originally on

driftwood reindeer heads

The old favourite driftwood sailboat looks like a great starter project or better yet buy it on Etsy here.

Driftwood sailboat


An Accidental Wreath | An accidental wreath

Oh happy accident! Don’t you just love it when things are just too easy?

I bought some greens from the florist as extras for the post on herbed Easter eggs. For the photo of the eggs I quickly wrapped the greens into a circle and secured with a bit of florist wire and oh happy accident I got a fabulous little wreath. Two minutes… tops. Grabbed a few flowers from another arrangement and viola! Love this.

Natural greens

Green wreath

Green wreath with white flowers

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