Of all the ways to decorate for the holidays, a wreath is one of the simplest and most impactful. Hang one on your front door, and you have an instant holiday greeting. Over a mantel, it conveys visual drama. And a wreath in every window is always a wondrous sight.
It’s also easy to dress up a simple green wreath with ornaments, picks and other trimmings to express your personal style.
Our video guide will take you through the steps of embellishing a wreath. In just 15 minutes, you can transform a basic evergreen wreath into a showstopping work of art … simply by layering in glittering picks, tucking in colorful ornaments and garnishing with ribbon. Here’s how:
A well-made, pre-lit wreath will last for years, giving you the foundation you need to play with new themes – whether silvery, snowy, traditional or whimsical.
And here’s one last tip: make it fragrant with the inviting aroma of Scentsicles, and your guests may never know it’s not real.
Picturesque Portofino. An Italian seaside port, where Ferrari key rings and Ferragamo flats are as much a part of the landscape as the fishing boats that dot the harbor and the lemon trees that scent the air.
Our Mediterranean Master Suite, Portofino Villa, is steeped in this old-world romance, with burnished woods, masterful carving and honeyed baroque prints.
One of the centerpieces of this dream suite, the Charlemagne Handpainted Bed, stars a headboard with hand carving and scrollwork worthy of the ceiling paintings of the Louis XVI period.
The extravagance continues into the bath, where the vanity is adorned with the Windsor Countertop Collection. Inspired by the Florentine Renaissance, its mouth-blown glass, pure gold foiling and stately chalice shapes celebrate the opulent techniques of Italian masters.
One of the most unique pieces in the collection is the Trompe L’oeil Tapestry Panel. And it really does fool the eye. This massive, handpainted wooden wall panel cleverly mimics a woven tapestry … right down to the tassels, finials and rod.
It’s perfect paired over the Rue Royale Bar Cabinet. Craftsmanship reminiscent of the 17th century pairs with the 21st century convenience of a smart bar that even welcomes a fridge. Fill with effervescent San Pellegrino or Prosecco and salute!
Like the look? Read The Romance of Portofino: A Bed Beyond Compare.
For nearly 30 years, Marc Friedland has helped the world’s most celebrated individuals, brands and organizations commemorate milestones and everyday moments with his renowned custom-made invitations and couture communications.
All of Marc’s original designs are works of art … from his now-iconic Academy Award® -winner’s envelope to his exquisite correspondence collections for Frontgate. These new Marc Friedland collections combine one-of-a-kind textured papers with old-world printing techniques … all meticulously handcrafted and assembled at his Los Angeles studio.
With no further ado, here’s Marc:
When Frontgate asked me to create a signature stationery collection, I was thrilled. And as a passionate believer in the romance and beauty of written correspondence, I embraced the opportunity to be a contributor for this blog.
Consider this. In today’s world of dashed emails and text message, 140-character tweets and rushed Facebook “Likes,” are we really creating the kind of deep connections that nourish us all? Think about it. When was the last time you printed and saved an email? Or tucked away a digital Christmas card?
Precisely because we live in a world of instant, impulsive communication, a handwritten note has become tremendously impactful. Paper-and-pen convey an intimacy and warmth that will never be achieved in pixels. The crisp envelope, a distinctive notecard and the familiar penmanship all prompt a rush of anticipation and curiosity – and create a heartfelt impression.
I think you’ll find that our thoughtfully designed Writer’s Wardrobe, with its embossed suede journal, three styles of monogrammed notecards, hand-lined envelopes and chic gift cards, is perfect for everything from commemorating milestones to the pleasures of personal reflection.
Think of the stationery as your canvas. A beautifully embellished notecard – chosen from the Writer’s Wardrobe or perhaps from the monogrammed paisley and damask patterned Initial Brilliance Stationery – expresses your personality nearly as much as the words themselves. These notecards come with a single crystal monogram or in a dazzling holiday motif.
Finally, our Treasures of the Season Keepsake Box is a marvelous archival system. It’s an elegant way to store all the cards you receive and includes a journal to help you keep track of names, addresses and personal details. It makes a wonderful gift, too.
So whether you’re crafting a thank you note, sending holiday wishes or reconnecting with a long-lost friend, why not do it with luxury and style? Your handwritten prose may be simple or it may be profound … but it will be personal. And a handcrafted card promises to turn your words into treasured keepsakes.
More to come,
An herb-rubbed turkey. Sage & sausage dressing. Roasted sweet potatoes. The cornucopia of flavors and textures prompts the annual dilemma: what’s the ideal wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner?
First, the old adage of white wine with white meat gets tossed like the turkey bones to the dog. Because the meal clearly involves more complex flavors … not to mention complicated family preferences.
As the host, you certainly want the libations to please many palates as well as make your food the star. So, with the help of our partner, Laithwaite’s Wines, we’ve developed a foolproof selection of wines that go very well with turkey.
Light to medium-bodied Pinot Noir boasts considerable meal pairing versatility. The grape’s thin skin translates into silky soft tannins in the wine and a bright fruitiness. This combination allows more flexibility with brining and seasoning, and even holds up to a spicy Cajun dry brine. Try DeLoach’s Sonoma Pinot from the Boisset Family Six Collection. [...]