Explore the Versatility of Wreaths! With P. Allen Smith

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I think that the Christmas season brings out a bit of a designer in all of us. Don’t you agree? I like to go all out for the holidays decking out my Garden Home from head to toe in greenery and baubles, but even my friends with more minimal tastes become interior decorators during this time by adding a little flair to their mantles and front doors.

If you’re looking to add a splash of Christmas cheer to your own home but are stumped as to how to do it, look no further. Here are a few easy tips on using traditional holiday wreaths in new and exciting ways.

It wouldn’t be the holidays for me without the scent of evergreens, and no matter how I decorate, fresh cut greenery always serves as the canvas. When it comes to greenery my favorite is the wreath, and I use them in a variety of ways beyond hanging on the front door.

What are the holidays if not an excuse to indulge in delicious treats at parties? Every table needs a centerpiece, though, and I recommend using a wreath this time of year. When set in the center of the table, you can embellish it with fruit, glass balls, pinecones, small candles, or anything that you have on hand. You can place candles, a bowl of more greenery or a vase in the center of the wreath.

You can also combine this traditional decoration with the gift-giving nature of the season and personalize wreaths to serve as gifts. I buy a wreath already decked out with a bow and berries and tie on embellishments with green floral wire. For example, I have a friend who collects nutcrackers so I made her a nutcracker wreath. She can save the wooden figures for decorating next year, allowing the gift to keep on giving!

I love to share my love of design with younger generations, so I recommend letting your kids get in on the action. Let them choose the place they want to hang a wreath indoors, and from there create a stylish wall or window arrangement- hang a trio on kitchen windows, tie them onto the footboards of beds, or even on the dog’s house!

This Christmas season pick up a few extra wreaths. My Holiday Collection from Berry Family of Nurseries has a wreath for every style and can be found at Home Depot, Frontgate and Reasor’s. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll find a use from them in your holiday decorating and gift giving.

Happy holidays,



p. s. (from Tobi) Many thanks to Allen for this great wreath inspiration! I love these ideas for how to mix-up your greenery!

I also want to remind you that there are just FOUR days left in the Olioboard 2013 Color Trend Design Contest. Enter to win a FREE ticket to one of my Camp Tobi Fairley events in 2013 AND a Paint Prize Pack from Benjamin Moore! What are you waiting for?! Enter today!

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One Response to Explore the Versatility of Wreaths! With P. Allen Smith

  1. Franki Parde says:

    Those wreath photos are wonderful!! Ideas, oh, the ideas! franki