Happy holidays!

I am a bit belated in my holiday post, which I had hoped to get out well before Christmas.  Better late than never, right?! Given that it is the season of giving, I figured what better way to provide inspiration than to share a holiday idea from Denise Maloney Interior Design’s December charity involvement.  This fall, we were hard at work coming up with an idea for a unique wreath to benefit Children of Shelters in San Francisco.  Through their Jingle and Mingle event in early December 2013, designer wreaths were auctioned off to the highest bidder.  In total, the event raised nearly $350,000 to bring education, joy and hope to the children they serve and continues to make giant strides in tackling San Francisco’s homeless problem.

After much brainstorming, we decided to go with a nautical themed wreath in the wake of this fall’s very exciting America’s Cup in San Francisco.  Sailing has been in my blood since birth, so the inspiration was easy…


The tough part came in the fabrication of the wreath.  I knew that I wanted to use sail cloth as the primary material and finally decided to use the sail cloth to make rosettes.  In hindsight, I would not recommend using such a heavy material to make rosettes…it was kind of a nightmare!  But the end result (in my humble opinion) was fabulous and worth the added effort.  Adding natural hemp rope, an antique wood sailing block & hook (found in Alameda) and a vintage clinometer were the finishing touches to this fun, festive wreath.


Happy holidays and may the new year bring much fun and inspiration to you and your interiors!


Denise Maloney