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Specialty home decorating ideas for holidays.

Christmas Flowers

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Five simple arrangements (+ 2 tutorials) all using seasonal colors and blooms.

When friends came to visit this past weekend I needed fresh flowers for the dinner table. In a rush to get everything ready, I hastily grabbed some white and yellow hydrangeas from the flower section in the supermarket. What a fail! At this festive time of the year what I truly wanted was a bouquet based on red, white and green to sing out the season in the dining room.

White flowers are like winter white clothes – so appealing and classic. And white hydrangea blooms punctuated with bright red berries [top] – so cool and unexpected – is an idea I love.… Continue Reading


Alabama Stone Cottage Christmas

Allison's mercury glass-like Christmas tree decorations

A look at my personal collection of new and cherished holiday decor.

Since building our lakeside cottage, I’ve made a conscious effort to bring a touch of the outdoors in when decorating. Christmastime is no exception.  By chance, I recently ran across a holiday collection in Lowe’s featuring over-sized champagne color pinecones with a mercury glass look, perfect for our home in the woods.

Mr. Shops loves the way the six inch tall pinecones “light up,” almost from within, highlighting the softly glittered edges.  Drop-shaped ornaments in champagne, gold, chocolate and copper hang along side laser cut wood snowflakes.  The new ornaments are all shatterproof, ideal with our small herd of pets and young grandchildren.… Continue Reading


More Museum Store Christmas Gifts

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From stocking-stuffers to furniture, here are treasures I found to buy from seven more museums.

On Monday, I chose more than a dozen gifts form 8 different museums for my Museum Store Christmas Gifts post. But I found so many wonderful things, my sister urged me to show them in two groups. So here is another dozen or so gifts I would love to give or receive. Happy holiday shopping to all!

The Art Institute of Chicago

Baah Humbug Sheep Ornament [top] Christmas tree ornaments tend to be serious but I fell for this tongue-in-cheek blown-glass sheep created by artist Linnea Riley.… Continue Reading


More Gift Ideas 2013

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A few suggestions perfect for Christmas stocking surprises.

Make Christmas morning memorable by selecting unique tiny treasures to slip into the stockings. Eastern Collective’s charging and audio cables mix woven design with technology and textiles.  Colorful braided patterned cables are available for Apple and Androids, e-readers and other electronics.

Whether answering calls or listening to music, the Scout Weekender headphones are perfect for daily use or traveling, with less tangling than regular headphones.

Adults and teenagers alike will appreciate USB Hubman’s flexible arms and legs with a port at the end of each one and a tiny LED light “heart.”  It is also available in pink and lime green.… Continue Reading


Museum Store Christmas Gifts

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Join me for Part One of my 15-museum-shop holiday gift buying guide. And stop back on Friday for Part Two!

Two years ago I did a virtual cross-country tour of ten museum shops to find home décor gifts for my first-ever Museum Store Christmas post. This year it became a two-part spree with three times as many gifts to consider! I’ve always loved museum stores and, years ago, applied for a job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York at the start of their gift-shop program. That went to someone else but my passion for museum stores continued because so many of the items are inspired by their collections or specially curated for their design quality.… Continue Reading


Handcrafted Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

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A collection of gift giving ideas to start the season.

Still shopping for that final gift, or need ideas to get started?  This trio features handmade items to sure please.  Beautiful Kerry Cassill prints cover the exterior and inside of these covered journals.  The heavy weight ivory colored paper is perfect for writing or drawing.   The online shop also carries bedding, curtains and clothing featuring these gorgeous prints.

Gifts sets from Beehive Alchemy contain homemade soaps, scrubs and lotions, along with a glass votive, for pampering the body and soul.  Oils are sourced from local or sustainable sources whenever possible, and they grow many of the botanicals used in their products. … Continue Reading