Sugar Plum

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.”

Sugar Plum Wreath

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.

If you are in NYC on Monday, perhaps you would like to stop by the event and tell me what you see.  2015HolidayLive-2T

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