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Doilies have many homey uses during the holidays.

Vintage Christmas Crafts

  Hundreds of tips that give a nod to the styles of the 1920s to the 1960s can be found in A Very Vintage Christmas. Author Susan Waggoner has compiled original ideas from holiday’s past with this keepsake book. Ever … Continue reading


Colorful Christmas

The time-honored Christmas shades of green and red are the expected seasonal hues, but you don’t have to shelve your taste in decor for a month while you celebrate. Let these nontraditional color choices inspire you to try something different. … Continue reading


Holiday Getaway: The Charlotte Inn

The Charlotte Inn is not for everybody—and that’s exactly the way owner/innkeeper Gery Conover wants it. There are no computers, no children, no large groups, no t-shirts or hats, and no cell phones allowed on the premises (except in guest … Continue reading


Holiday Dessert Recipe: Red Velvet Cake with Cream-Cheese Coconut Icing

  This holiday season, try out this delicious recipe for a crowd-pleasing dessert from Janet Rodriguez, the owner of Embroidery Palace Inc. and partners with Joanna Poitier in The Florio Collection of hand-embroidered drapery fabrics in West Hollywood, California.     … Continue reading

Styled by Andrea Drexelius; photography by Jacqueline deMontravel.

Christmas Crafts: Handmade Burlap Gifts

The most personal presents are handmade and found items that show sentimentality. Here, find doable, inexpensive and French-inspired gifts that will be most appreciated.       There is a lot to love about antique French grain-sack pillows, upholstery and … Continue reading

Photo by Hillary Black

DIY Christmas Decor: Make a Wine Cork Wreath

With wine corks and simple embellishments you can make a pretty holiday wreath to display or give as a gift. Here’s how:   Photo by Hillary Black         What you’ll need: 14-inch straw wreath form Plastic twine … Continue reading


Cottage Garden Charm

Escape to a hideaway among English roses.     Verdant and bursting with life, this garden is a cottage lover’s oasis. Homeowners Michele and Bob Hipolito designed their nearly one-acre yard, nestled in the foothills of La Cañada, California, to … Continue reading