Welcome to the 305th Metamorphosis Monday!
My kitchen cabinets saw a little transformation this weekend. Do you ever decorate with preserved boxwood wreaths? I love fresh greenery and use it a lot at Christmastime but I love the preserved wreaths here on the glass cabinet doors in the kitchen. I’ve been decorating the cabinets this way ever since I saw this done on a Christmas home tour in Madison, Georgia many years ago.
One of the benefits of using preserved boxwood wreaths in decorating, since they are made from real boxwood, the color is really pretty. Also, because they are preserved, if properly stored away each year, they will normally last from 2-5 years. I keep a few of mine out year around because I love seeing them hanging from bookshelves, secretary doors and other places in my home. (Dishware is Churchill Blue Willow.)
When my wreaths first arrived, they had a slight smell. That faded away pretty quickly and now they don’t have a smell at all. I don’t think these are recommended for outdoor use or any area where they would be subjected to high humidity/rain. That would most likely cause them to mold since they are a natural product. They work great indoors, though.
Recently someone asked me if the wreaths swing when a door is opened. If the cabinet door is opened in a normal way, they barely move at all. If you are in a big rush and throw open the door and close it really fast, they will swing outward some. I’ve never had one come flying off. Even when I’ve hurriedly opened and closed a door, the movement was minimal.
If you didn’t want any movement at all, you could probably use some of that sticky putty stuff I’ve seen for sale in hardware stores to secure it at the bottom on the back. I really don’t think it’s needed though since the movement is so slight. (Red/Cream dishware is vintage Copeland Spode, Tower from the 1920’s.)
If you like this look but do not want to use preserved wreaths, it is possible to find small, faux wreaths with a bit of searching online and/or in the stores. I had faux wreaths hanging here for many years but do prefer the look of the preserved boxwood wreaths. (Fruit dishware is Villeroy & Boch, Melina.)
Boxwood wreaths can be harder to find, the closer it gets to Christmas. They always sell out so quickly. I found these online at a store called Bella Marie a few years back.
Do you use preserved boxwood wreaths when decorating for Christmas? If so, where are your favorite places to hang them? Would love to know how long you’ve seen them last, too.
Looking forward to the other Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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