Today's lesson is Tradition.
This wreath is a great example of a slightly modern twist on Colonial America. This wreath could easily be in Colonial Williamsburg - you see many of these in Richmond and probably all over the states that trace their history to that period. It is perfectly matched to the plank shutters.
It's a form of della robia wreath, like my Mother always made. This one has apples, oranges and many, many berries. Mother always bought a boxwood wreath and then added kumquats and berries by sewing them to the wreath. It was quite a production, but lovely.
It goes beautifully with the della robia "fan" above the door, which is even more colonial. It has the pineapple at the center, which is traditional and shows a bit more greenery. If we were being picky - and we are not! - we would want more green showing in the wreaths.
With a wreath in both windows and the door fan, this cottage is perfectly dressed for the holidays.