Warm Welcome

By Tara Croft

Help your home put its best face forward in saying “Happy Holidays” this season with a wreath that’s anything but ordinary.

Glitter and bows, feathers and fruit all go into this year’s top designs. We consulted five local floral and home specialists to find out their picks for the best ways to put a festive touch on your door decor.

Bristol wreath base, hand-blown glass presents, double bow and assorted fresh greenery, $85, by Calvin Watts of The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina.

Thanks to Enclave at Stone Creek Village, Grace Park, Toscana and Carolina Preserve at Amberly for display doors.

Diva Design

From The Garden Hut, Calvin Watts called on his Fashion Institute roots to create a “diva” themed wreath that adds a fab flair to any door.

Sparkly beaded pomegranates combine with glass ribbon balls and picks of feathers, beads and glitter to deck out a simple green Bristol wreath base. The result is an unexpected yet subtle flashiness that breathes new life into holiday decorating.

“It gets you away from the traditional red, green, glittery golds into the maroons, thinking a little bit beyond the traditional colors of Christmas,” Watts said.

Owner Nelsa Cox says the hut’s wreath selection ranges from $25 to more than $200. To see more wreaths, visit The Garden Hut’s Christmas shop, opening Saturday, November 5.

Beaded Feather Diva Wreath, $110. Wreath components are sold separately, but a Garden Hut employee can assemble a wreath to fit your personal style if a premade selection doesn’t fit your tastes.

The Garden Hut
1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina • (919) 552-0590 • www.nelsasgardenhut.com


Winter Wonderland

Simple is in with this wreath from Lilly’s that evokes thoughts of snow.

Elegant and timeless, the design embodies the whole winter season rather than one holiday, so you can keep it up well into the new year. Pine cones add a natural feel, along with a bird’s nest tucked full of moss and bird eggs, all resting atop frosted pine needles.

Visit Lilly’s showroom in Downtown Apex for a selection of holiday decor, home accents, art, candles and more.

Frosted wreath with bird’s nest, $54. A set of two wreaths works great for double doors.

Lilly’s
223 N. Salem Street, Apex • (919) 267-4480 • www.lillyshomeandgarden.com

 

Glam Galore

Designers at Cary’s Garden Supply Company pulled out all the stops for a fully decked out wreath drawing from traditional inspiration.

“It’s fun and playful,” owner Deborah Ramsey said. The incredibly popular and collectible Mark Roberts fairies take center stage, with dangling glitter balls, ornaments, red picks and loads of glitter as accents. The festive bow will brighten even the dreariest winter day.

Custom wreaths can be made to suit any personal taste or budget. “Everybody’s decor can look like it came from a designer’s eye,” Ramsey believes.

The shop carries a wide variety of holiday decor, making it a one-stop shop for all your holiday home needs, along with supplies to care for your winter garden.

Garden Supply Co.
1421 Old Apex Road, Cary • (919) 460-7747 • http://gardensupplyco.com


Fresh & Fruity

Citrus fruit may not be the most common sight in the winter, but it adds a fresh and fun twist to a holiday home front. In a veritable fruit salad, limes pair up with small pears and berries, along with pine cones and holly leaves, finished off with a large maroon and lime green bow.

Preston Flowers carries wreaths for all seasons, including options of fresh greenery, dried or silk florals. “Preston Flowers uses premium silk flowers and greenery that are often so lifelike, it is impossible to tell that they are not made up of fresh florals even when standing a few feet away,” said Jill Swartz, who owns the shop with husband Gary.

An added bonus: “For budget-conscious customers, our designers are great at brightening up existing wreaths by adding some new silk flowers, fruits, pine cones or greenery and adorning it with a colorful bow.”

Lime and Berry Wreath, $54.95.

 

 Preston Flowers
1848 Boulderstone Way, Cary • (919) 460-4625 • www.prestonflowers.com

 

Williamsburg

It doesn't get much more traditional than Williamsburg style, and Calvin Watts of The Garden Hut used that inspiration to create this wreath that makes a simple statement.

Three faux apples complement a bundle of red berries to provide a pop of color against a green Bristol wreath base.

Assorted fresh greenery adds a fresh look and seasonal aroma to the piece.

The Garden Hut
1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina • (919) 552-0590 • www.nelsasgardenhut.com

 

 

 Merry and Musical

 

 

Jingle all the way with a ring of two-toned bells that make a door festive yet modern. Silver and red bells shine and sing a holiday tune every time you walk through the door.

It's a fun use of iconic holiday bells, as well as a change from standard wreaths of greenery.

The wreath from Sixpence Accents in historic Downtown Apex is a way to bring out the fun side of the season without going over the top.

 

Sixpence Accents
106 W. Chatham St., Apex. (919) 267-5306. http://www.sixpenceaccents.com/

Photography By Jonathan Fredin

 

Submitted by Lonnie (not verified) on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:02am.

What an interesting sight, I never had a door that beautiful and apparently I was silly because it's not that difficult to make a good door look like this. I'll have to include that in my refinishing project.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 11/06/2011 - 2:52pm.

Calvin Watts has a flair for anything that has to do with design. You should really contact him for all your home decor needs.

Submitted by Calvin Watts (not verified) on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 8:31pm.

I have a complete Interior Design background from running a custom design furniture showroom in Los Angeles. I have done whole house interiors to single room designs. I know upholstery from the inside out. Custom furniture was my speciality. To contact me directly: calvinwatts@gmail.com

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