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Winter door decor

Four designers create their perfect holiday front-door designs.

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Four distinct doors to welcome guests this holiday season.

Casual eclectic

A combination of bright green, grey and ivory give this door a natural but traditional look. Designed by Wendy Monaghan of Link Interiors, the design is warm and comfortable with the addition of balls of yarn on the wreath. A few limes bring out the fresh green in the rest of the look. Wendy wanted to include a bit of sparkle, too, so she added the large golden ornaments to keep the look festive.

Tip: Full balls of yarn will be too heavy for the wreath. Instead, cover Styrofoam balls with one layer of yarn. Use a glue gun to keep the balls of yarn and limes in place all season. 

Casual eclectic. Design by Link Interiors. Photo: Dennis Evans

Maritime lodge

When designer Jonathan Legate was busy creating his holiday door, he was inspired by the nature around him. On the wreath he mixed holly, rosemary, Hicks Yew and English ivy, completing the look with rosehips found in a nearby park. While Legate splurged on the red lanterns, he says they were worth it because of their classic look. One new trend he did include were the owls, which he spotted at Thornbloom in Halifax.

Tip: Scour your own backyard and neighbourhood for greenery to create a homemade wreath. And don’t be afraid to mix!

Maritime lodge

Maritime lodge. Design by Jonathan Legate. Photo: Dennis Evans

Rustic chic

Interior designer Michele Muir of Silk Purse Décor didn’t have to go far to find elements for her design. She grabbed some twigs from her yard and spray painted them white, attaching a leaf from a blue poinsettia on each twig. The driftwood wreath is attached to a wall sconce that had a candleholder. Inside are battery-operated twinkle lights. Blue ornaments and accents pop off the red door.

Tip: Use interior/exterior spray paint for the twigs. Add a coat of glitter paint, or even glitter glue, on top of the base coat to give the look more sparkle.

Rustic chic

Rustic chic. Design by Silk Purse Décor. Photo: Dennis Evans

Naturally classic

Keeping it natural is the theme of this holiday look. Designers Colin Blanchard and Kenneth McRobbie of 31 Westgate in Halifax, Nova Scotia, created the wreath with some cedar and laurel spray-painted with gold. The garland on the stair railings is also cedar and laurel. The look doesn’t overwhelm the design of the home, but complements its historic charm. McRobbie and Blanchard suggest homeowners find one element in the look that will be the main focus. For example, if your door colour is bold, keep the ribbons and other elements more subdued.

Tip: Make a garland by wrapping natural tree boughs around florist wire. It’s a cost-effective and natural looking option to those artificial garlands you purchase in stores.

Naturally classic

Naturally classic. Design by 31 Westgate. Photo: Dennis Evans

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