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The Wreath Recipe Book

Book Review:

The Wreath Recipe Book

by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo

Alethea and Jill of the floral design company Studio Choo, have written another book that transforms your way of thinking about flowers.  More importantly, they show you that it truly is within your reach to create living masterpieces that only the likes of Martha Stewart could create.  Not to say that the aesthetic is Martha's...but the DIY results could take her on any day. 

The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Paige Green.

Their first book, The Flower Recipe Book, turned me into a confident arranger of mixed bouquets like this one and this one and this one, too.  And believe me, I had NO previous talent in this area.  The Wreath Recipe Book does the same, showing you exactly what to buy, how to assemble and compose, taking the mystery out of it all.  But for all of the step-by-step deconstruction, they still inspire with jaw-dropping photographs of their final results.

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From The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Paige Green

Despite the title, this book isn't just about wreaths, and it certainly isn't just for the winter holidays.  It's divided into four sections, one for each season and there are recipes for swags, place settings, garlands, centerpieces, focal arrangements and even mobiles.  In the wreath above, they teach you how to add moss and live mushrooms to the branches to a spring blooming dogwood branch.  Here are the final shots of some of our other favorites:

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The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Paige Green.

Imagine having this swag hanging from your door for Thanksgiving!  It's so unusual and beautiful!  We love the sophisticated touch of the black and white striped ribbon.  

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The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Paige Green.

How about sewing three fall leaves together for each place setting?  So simple to do but a really lovely detail!  There are several place settings in the book that are equally quick and easy.  

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The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Paige Green.

Alethea and Jill break down the steps for you to follow when making these gorgeous centerpieces.  We love how they've used cabbage and fruit along with flowers.  

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The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Paige Green.

This is probably my favorite place setting in the book.  It looks like a tiny bouquet or even a boutonniere because of the ribbon but it would make such a nice take home gift that's waiting for everyone at the table.  And those olives are striking against the white dishware! 

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The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Paige Green.

Yes, you too can learn how to skewer fruit to make beautiful garlands!  Just go grab yourself a copy of this inspiring book, get to work on a wreath frame and start amazing yourself!  

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