Magazine article Sunset

Seasonal Entryways

Magazine article Sunset

Seasonal Entryways

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Dress your home with three regional looks

California citrus

Winter is the time for citrus in California; pair garden cuttings of kumquats with salal and boxwood.


1. Start with a wire wreath frame and a spool of 22gauge wire, both available at craft stores. Using a 2foot piece of wire, secure a bunch of 4 or 5 stems of salal and boxwood (each about 4 in. long) to the wreath frame, wrapping the bunch near the end of the stems three or four times.

2. Repeat the process with another bunch, continuing with the same piece of wire and overlapping the first bunch; work counterclockwise around the wreath, starting new pieces of wire as necessary.

3. When the wreath is covered, insert sprigs of kumquats (each with at least two or three fruits attached) into the greenery. The wreath (and garland below) will last longer in the shade.


1. Cut two 1 1 -foot lengths of clothesline. Starting at the end of one cord, use a 2-foot piece of 22-gauge wire, as on the wreath, to secure a 4-inch-long bunch of salal, boxwood, and kumquats to the rope.

2. Repeat, layering bunches until you reach the cord's end. Cover the second one similarly. Join the two garlands together with wire.

3. Wrap two plastic-foam rings with ribbon, loop fishing line through each ring, and suspend from nails driven into door frame, as shown. Thread garland through rings, hooking it on a centered nail. -MARY JO BOWLING

2. Southwest ranch

In a design that makes use of items available at floral-supply and craft stores, bold desert plants pair with deep burgundy pots to bring a festive look to a Southwest-style house.


1. Accent a manzanita wreath by poking Spanish moss and green-painted canella berries into the stems.

2. Insert the stems of pincushion proteas into floral water tubes. Use 6-inch pieces of 22-gauge wire to tie floral tubes into wreath, hiding them with moss or other greens. …

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