Meet the Designer: Annie Gray
Award-winning wreath designer, Annie Gray, is known for her creative use of dried vines, faux floral, shells and wood or metal cutouts. She designs wreaths as an art form that hangs at the front door of a home, above the fireplace at a 5 diamond resort in Arizona or at a beach wedding at the water’s edge. Every occasion calls for a forever wreath.
Every wreath is handmade by Annie, in her cozy studio above the garage. After successful careers teaching and headhunting in St. Louis, her husband’s job transfer relocated them to the beach at Treasure Island, FL. It also unwittingly launched career number three at age 64. Her front door became her calling card. Neighbors wanted to buy them!
Circa 2009, Annie’s wreaths were all coastal. But, not for long. A Northern California customer requested “something non-beachy”. Visits to markets in Mexico and her memory of summers on the farm inspired new lines.
Now, Beachy Wreaths by Annie Gray designs are for everywhere and everyone!
Coastal – lots of shells, starfish and sand dollars
Rustic - lots of pine cones, evergreens, deer antlers. berries, wooden moose, plaid ribbons, etc.
Country - painted tin roosters, chickens, wildflowers and checked wire ribbons.
Americana - the choice for New England Yankees, historic clapboards and history lovers.
And, of course, weddings. Lots and lots of weddings.
Annie also creates seasonal wreaths. An autumn wreath to hang in New England has a different design aesthetic than one for a coastal cottage. Yes, Christmas wreaths are the most widely purchased, but remember that the entrance to one’s home sends a message to all who pass by – every day of the year. Wreaths are accessories so change them up, have fun and enjoy!
Making wreaths is a creative outlet that keeps on growing. A design can pop up at any time just from walking down a forest path, looking through a magazine or finding an interesting shell. Annie’s past did not include a job in the floral industry, art or home décor. At the time friends were relishing retirement a whole new career opened for her. She’s never looked back!