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Ten fabulous fall door adornments, with simple how-to instructions, graciously greet the season.

Door décor is always in style among consumers, but throughout fall and the holiday season, when family and friends are frequently welcomed into homes, decoratives that celebrate the seasons are especially in demand. These 10 designs, including baskets, swags and wreaths, capture the glory of autumn, and some can transition to the holidays with equal fanfare.

Designs by Mark Lamantia, Porterfield’s Flowers, Topeka, Kan.

symbiotic balance
Nestled among an array of forest-green foliage, radiant lily blossoms, spaced evenly around the circular form to uniformly distribute splashes of the sunkissed golden hues, shine all the more brightly. Pairings of amber yarrow and red thika pods simulate the lily coloring and reinforce the wreath’s warm autumnal palette, which is enlivened by touches of relucent celedon, found in the acorns and freeze-dried artichokes. This grand wreath, wonderful for both interior and exterior use, would coordinate beautifully with the lily-filled wall basket on page 45, and the duo could be offered as a set, to encourage additional sales.

MATERIALS: lilies from Silk Botanica; dried yarrow, acorns and mini thika pods from Knud Nielsen Company; freeze-dried artichokes from Flyboy Naturals; preserved salal leaves from Floral Concepts International; permanent Magnolia garland from Sullivans; grapevine wreath from favorite supplier.


autumn exotica
Mirroring the triangular shape of its metal vessel—a stylish wall pocket—this carefully composed fan of dried and fabric florals has a formal, orderly quality, despite the delightfully exotic flair of the dried materials, which include Banksias, Protea flowers and monkey-face pods. For best results, begin assembly in the center, using the larger elements to establish a mounded form, and then add the vertical materials to establish the fan shape. Preserved salal leaves tucked inside the pocket conceal the plastic foam, which is recommended over dry foam to hold weighty products such as these.

MATERIALS: spray millet from LoveJoy Farms; Banksias, Protea flowers and feathers from Schusters of Texas; pintail and widgeon (duck) feather balls and monkey-face pods from Knud Nielsen Company; permanent Crocosmia from Silk Botanica; preserved salal leaves from Floral Concepts International; wall pocket from Raz Imports.


amber wave

As if warmed in the glow of a golden autumn sun, these brilliant fabric lilies, arranged in a luxuriant swell inside a free-standing metal basket, capture the ardor and radiance of the season. Repeating the crimson hues of the blossoms’ centers are lustrous polished pods and tidy clusters of cotton Phylica in an intense merlot hue. The remaining materials, including intriguing hooked barley and a wispy vine, contrast with the refined lines of the lilies and pods for an untended, brambly effect. The trailing vines, along with the vine-clad honeysuckle garland, unite the textural container with its contents and simulate the movement of its paisley imprint.

MATERIALS: lilies from Silk Botanica; cotton Phylica from Verdissimo USA; hooked barley from LoveJoy Farms; permanent vine from Raz Imports; Asian honeysuckle garland and bell balls from Knud Nielsen Company; container from Chickens & Roosters.

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