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THE NEW WREATH: There's More to This Winter Standby Than Conifers and Bells. Find Inspiration in Five Inventive Takes by Floral Designer Alethea Harampolis

Magazine article Sunset

THE NEW WREATH: There's More to This Winter Standby Than Conifers and Bells. Find Inspiration in Five Inventive Takes by Floral Designer Alethea Harampolis

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GARDEN FRESH

"This is my tropical spin on a traditional holiday wreath," says Harampolis, co-owner of Homestead Design Collective and Studio Choo. Bonus: After the holidays, you can remove the air plants to hang around the home and transplant the red hot pokers to your yard.

HOW-TO

Make bundles with evergreen cedar and tea tree (Melaleuca) and accents of huckleberry, myrtle, sumac, and variegated ivy; wire to a double-wire wreath frame. Create an organic look by making each bundle different.

FOREVER FALL

Crisp air and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet--we can't blame you for wanting to hold onto autumn. This wreath of dried ingredients and warm tones delivers that and more. "For pops of hot color, add flowers from your garden or buy them from the grocery store," says Harampolis.

HOW-TO

Line a dried honeysuckle wreath frame with bunches of this glowing trio: silver banksia, red eucalyptus, and golden panicle hydrangea. Next, wire individual carnations and orchids into dense clusters of color that take cues from your home decor. Use 3M adhesive plastic hooks to hang to a mirror without marring its surface.

KNOT A WREATH

Although Harampolis admits this piece is more of a "wall hanging than a wreath," it celebrates the stark and structural beauty of winter--with a budding reminder that spring is just around the corner.

HOW-TO

Using a dark fine-gauge wire, tie a branch of manzanita to a single-wire wreath frame, drape with macrame, and finish with a flowering branch--being careful not to place too much weight on any one side. …

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