Reinvent empty frames as illuminated sculptures with the addition of colored lights. For indoor use, standard vintage-style lights can be used to wrap wall-hung frames, placed near outlets. To help disguise extension cords, consider grouping several frames vertically, tucking the cord behind each frame, then into outlets near the bottom of the wall. For outdoor use, such as a repurposed wreath alternative placed on a front door, it's best to use battery-operated lights.
A wreath with real cotton is illuminated by vintage lanterns on an Atlanta front door. Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan with Trinity Mercantile & Design Co. in Decatur, Ga., used cotton and magnolia leaves as natural elements in the front entryway and throughout the home for their MIssissippi-themed holiday decor.
Biltmore House Stone Mantel With Holiday Garland and Wreath
A large fresh wreath and illuminated evergreen garlands top the Banquet Hall's stone overmantel carved by famed sculptor Karl Bitter. Biltmore House's floral team replaces greenery weekly to maintain a fresh look and scent for holiday visitors.