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Home sweet home: Scent your house with holiday cheer

Home sweet home: Scent your house with holiday cheer

There’s nothing better than walking into a home full of the smell of an evergreen Christmas tree and fresh flower arrangements of cut cedar, incense, pine, lilies, and roses. Eucalyptus, pinecones, candy canes, and bayberry in arrangements are nostalgic scents, according to Keith Barker, owner of The Gardener’s Center & Florist in Darien (gardenerscenter.com). “Earthy...
Shake it up! Elegant holiday cocktail parties made easy

Shake it up! Elegant holiday cocktail parties made easy

Sparkling lights, the happy sounds of holiday music … ’tis the season to celebrate with family and friends! Elegant, easy cocktail parties are a wonderful way to entertain a crowd, be it large or small, with none of the fussiness and labor of a more formal dinner party. Let’s get the party started! Ensure a...
Gallery Barn transforms into a Festive Home

Gallery Barn transforms into a Festive Home

Ridgefield Guild of Artists has had a makeover. The gallery on Halpin Lane in Ridgefield is now a holiday marketplace for its 10th annual Festive Home. This year’s theme, “Be Brilliant,” says it all. The usual white-walled gallery space has been transformed into vibrant holiday home vignettes showcasing a variety of gift-giving, decorating and entertaining...
Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Beautiful evergreen trees aren’t the only plants that enjoy getting “spruced” up for the holidays. Houseplants also show off their Christmas green when placed in the spotlight. Whether you like a subtle look or go all-out glitz when decorating your home for the holidays, don’t forget that indoor plants can add extra interest and sparkle...
Making cookie memories

Making cookie memories

The thing about an old cookie press is that it can make a lot more than just cookies. The cookie press I’m talking about is silver-colored, made of some kind of thin metal. The hollow cylinder is closed at each end with silvery pink caps, and a black handle at one end twists downward to...
A meeting of the minds: Interfaith couples share their blended holiday traditions

A meeting of the minds: Interfaith couples share their blended holiday traditions

In our increasingly global culture, it’s not only world travelers who embrace the thoughts and ideas of far-away lands. Those who stick close to home have also opened their minds and hearts to global influences around us, creating intoxicating blends of experiences, beliefs and lifestyles. This becomes especially evident during the holiday season (known only...