I was recently commissioned by an interior designer in New York, Kati Curtis, to make a wreath for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Designer Show House Holiday Live 2015 Event on December 7th. This is incredibly exciting since, as a person with an immense interest in interior design, Kips Bay puts on the premier Designer Show House in the US. I imagine that some of my personal design icons will be attending. How exciting is that? I wish I could be a fly on the wall.
This particular event involves a silent auction of wreaths made by all sorts of designers, to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Kati is donating the one I made for her. She wanted a wreath evoking the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker. My first thought was something pale and sparkly. Since the deadline was ridiculously tight, I did not have time to go searching for Nutcracker-specific ornaments. I would have loved an Italian ballerina on it. I did have a jumbo Poland, though, that has a lady in a dress with a big skirt painted on it so I decided to use that. She reminds me of Mother Ginger. I also wanted something really stunning on the top so I pulled out an enormous creamy white and gold satin pin art ball with pearls dripping off it. Those two were my jumping off point. I ended up putting a LOT of really fabulous ornaments on it. Here is the finished result, “Sugar Plum.”
It’s quite pale with lovely pastel colors but with enough of a punch not to be washed out. I loved making this one and, honestly, I think it may be the prettiest wreath I’ve made (yes, I know I say that all the time but in this case…).
I hope that it will raise a lot of money for Kips Bay and benefit Kati Curtis as well. She was truly a delight to work with and I am happy to say that she loved the end result.