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23 SWEET TEMPTATIONS Festive holiday desserts the whole family will enjoy
15 DEcORATING TRENDS Holiday Magic The spirit of Christmas in German Village
37 IT’S A WONDERFUL HOUSE Junior League of Columbus presents a Holiday Tour of Homes
29 FURNISHING TRENDS An Inside Job Five local interior designers put the latest trends on display
57 LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED Whether you’re the host or the guest, the following tips will help you prepare for this festive season
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48 LANDScAPE TRENDS Twinkle Twinkle Outdoor holiday décor made merry and memorable
departments 10 HOUSETRENDS.cOM Bonus articles, photos, projects, resources and inspiration! 12 FRESH FINDS Go big and go bold with these designs that play it any way but safe 65 AD INDEx 66 FINAL TOUcH Tuck away holiday decor in unexpected places
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HolidayMagic The spirit of Christmas in German Village
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OPPOSITE: Placing a tree in a unique holder, such as an urn, keeps things unexpected and interesting. ABOVE RIGHT: A garland of pine cones and magnolias give this console a festive touch.
Christmas past Christmas is a celebration but even more for Rick Miller whose birthday is the 26th, and his mother’s was Christmas Day. Rick gears up around Thanksgiving because, “I like to take my time and enjoy the process; it gets me in the holiday mood.” He usually sets up three trees and one tree alone can take him a week to decorate. While he works, Rick remembers Christmases past. He’ll hang whimsical ornaments, such as mini-chandeliers and monogrammed French chairs, on an all-white tree. What makes the tree special are the crystal icicle ornaments which belonged to his grandmother.
Christmas present Rick is an interior designer and his German Village home is accented by red which works particularly well for Christmas. “I’ve
always liked red, so over the years I’ve built up a large collection of red ornaments and use that as my color scheme.” Rick recommends a unified color scheme to achieve a designer look. “Don’t just stick whatever you happen to own on your tree unless you want it to look like a taco salad,” he observes. Go about decorating your tree as you would a floral arrangement, Rick advises, saying, “Be creative with dimension and placement.” Rick incorporates multiple sizes and layers of ornaments. “I like a tree that looks full so I pack ornaments inside the tree between branches until it’s jammed.” The “jammed in” things become a backdrop and set the stage for his favorites in the front. If the tree backs up to a wall he does not decorate that side, leaving more ornaments to be used where seen. Rick firmly believes “more is more. If you think 500 ornaments are enough, go out and buy another 500—you’ll be fine.” He reccontinued >
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ABOVE: The red and gold in the living room tree complements the rest of the space. OPPOSITE: Red is the predominant color in Rick Miller’s home at Christmas and throughout the year. A painting by Craig Carlisle hangs on the far wall.
ommends checking out Hobby Lobby for background ornaments since the prices are good. For distinctive or keepsake decorations, Rick loves Baker’s Village Garden Center in Powell. In his den, Rick installs a tree in a topiary urn. The room has a cathedral ceiling and can accommodate an 8-foot tree in a 3-foot urn. “The urn adds height and adding lots of ornaments to the slim tree makes it look bigger.” Decorating for Christmas is an exercise in artistic creation for Rick. “I don’t feel obligated to put the same things up in the same way each year. I play with different ideas and make stuff up as I go.” Rick is not a fan of tree-toppers. “It’s rare that I use an ornament as a tree-topper; they’re never straight.” Instead he uses items that fit into the theme or add a whimsical touch. “It’s fun to have things that aren’t so expected,” he notes. “Some years I’ll have cherubs hanging from the ceiling over the tree—one sitting, one flying.”
Rick believes in exterior decorating at Christmas too and fills his window boxes with variegated greens, sugar pine cones, artificial berries, and holly leaves. He places a large wreath in his courtyard and decorates the entryway, all of which “creates a holiday spirit from front to back.” Rick advises taking advantage of a warm-weather day to hang outside lights and other decorations. “You don’t have to turn on the lights right away, but it’s a relief to have that task done before really cold weather settles in,” he says.
Christmas future Rick’s trees are all artificial and pre-lit with white lights. If he were to use multicolored lights, he would use multicolored ornaments. The pre-lit trees are convenient to use year after year, but what to do if the strand of lights on a pre-lit tree go out? “Sometimes an entire section of lights will go out because of a problem with continued >
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ABOVE LEFT: The window boxes are filled with variegated greens, sugar pine cones, artificial berries and holly leaves.
an individual bulb,” he observes. To solve that problem, Rick is sold on a tool he found at the hardware store. The “Light Keeper Pro” easily reconnects the faulty bulb and restores the lights. “This will save a marriage,” he predicts, and helps ensure that your lights will still be working next year. The trees in Rick’s home come down in sections and are stored in the garage. Rick recommends see-through tubs for the decorations and ornaments. “They make storage so easy, even in a German Village home,” he says. When the Christmas season rolls around next year, he just pulls out the tubs and starts over.
Worthy of Mr. Fezziwig’s ball The time he invests in decorating his home for Christmas pays off, says Rick. Indeed, Charles Dickens wrote that the transformed Scrooge “knew how to keep Christmas well,” a sentiment that equally captures the spirit of Rick Miller’s holiday home.
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TEMPTATIONS Festive holiday desserts the whole family will enjoy By Christina Kleiner
When the holidays roll around we all feel a little less guilty about splurging on a decadent dessert. No matter your age, youâ€™ll find it difficult to pass up these enticing, and very creative, options. continued >
SNOWMAN CAKE POPS Recipe on next page Photo by Daniel Feldkamp/Visual Edge Imaging, recipe courtesy of Deborah Bolig
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temptations Cake 3 cups flour 1¾ cup sugar ⅓ cup poppy seeds ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 cup butter, melted 1 cup buttermilk 4 large eggs, room temperature 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Glaze 1 cup sifted powdered sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
POTOMAC POUND CAKE 8 ounces butter 3 cups sugar 6 whole eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sour cream 3 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt Cream room temperature butter on high until fluffy. Add sugar until well blended. Add room temperature eggs one at a time to incorporate, scraping down the sides of bowl frequently. Add vanilla. Measure flour before sifting. Then sift dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to butter, sugar and egg mixture, alternating with sour cream. Then beat batter for ten minutes on medium speed. Bake for 1 hour at 350°F. Makes three one-pound loaf pan pound cakes. After cakes are cool, dust tops with powdered sugar. Great variations: Cranberry Tangerine Pound Cake: Add zest of 1 orange, ½ teaspoon of tangerine oil (this is optional) and 1½ half cups of fresh or 1 cup of dried cranberries to the recipe after it is beaten. Recipe courtesy of The BonBonerie
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease Bundt pan with butter. Sift together flour, sugar, poppy seeds, salt, baking soda and baking powder in large mixer bowl. Whisk together butter, buttermilk, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla in small bowl. Beat egg mixture into dry ingredients until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in center of oven. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack. Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar
and lemon juice with a whisk. Pour over warm inverted cake. Allow to cool before serving.
SNOwMAN CAKE POPS 1 box of white cake mix 1 16-ounce can white frosting 2 pounds white candy melts 20 lollipop sticks 1 box fruit roll-ups edible ink markers black candy writer carrot sprinkles red m&ms Cook cake as directed on box and cool completely, trim off sides and bottom (they tend to discolor the white balls) and crumble into large bowl. Mix crumbles thoroughly with a little less than ½ can frosting, with a large spoon or your hands. Should be the texture of play-doh when completely mixed together. Add more frosting if necessary. Roll mixture into quarter-size balls and place on wax paper-covered cookie sheet. For the snowman heads, roll balls slightly smaller than the body. One box of cake mix will make approximately 20 snowmen. Chill balls for several hours to firm. For decorating instructions, go to housetrends.com. Search: Sweet Temptations.
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LEMON POPPY SEED CAKE
BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE TART WITH RASPBERRIES 10.6 ounces Green & Black’s Organic Baking Chocolate, finely chopped 1 cup heavy cream ⅔ cup lowfat milk 1 large egg and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1 pre-baked 10-inch sweet tart shell 2 cups whipped cream 1 pint fresh raspberries
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chopped chocolate in a large metal bowl over a simmering saucepan of water to start melting. Meanwhile, heat cream and milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk hot milk mixture into melting chocolate until all chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla and salt then continue to whisk as you gradually add the chocolate mixture. Pour filling into prepared crust. Bake tart until filling is almost set in center about 20 minutes. It will firm up more after coming out of the oven. Transfer to rack and let cool 15 minutes. Remove outer ring of pan and serve tart warm with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
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An Inside Job Five local interior designers put the latest trends on display By Danielle Krouse Photos by Daniel Feldkamp/Visual Edge Imaging
The exTeriors of our homes only leT people know so much abouT us. sure, you get a feel for our architectural style, landscaping preferences and yard ornaments, but itâ€™s inside the home where our personalities come to life. bold colors, traditional decor, unexpected artwork or collections on display, the way our homes are decorated is a reflection of what makes us feel stylish and content. F Housetrends has asked five local interior designers to show us their work in motion. Theyâ€™ve decorated rooms using the latest trends they feel will carry us into 2011, all while providing tips and advice on how to spice up a dull room, how to make a big impact with little change and how to think outside the box when decorating. continued >
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Company: AT-95 (formerly American Furnishings) Designer: Dennis & Denise Blankemeyer Design concept: Mid-century industrial Advice: When you feel the need to change, empty the entire room and bring back the one piece that inspires you. Start with that piece and build your design around it.
AT-95 (formerly American Furnishings) Designer: Dennis & Denise Blankemeyer Design concept: Mid-century industrial ADvice: When you feel the need to change, empty the entire room and bring back the one piece that inspires you. Start with that piece and build your design around it.
Eurolife Furniture Designer: Amanda Medel Design concept: Modern but fun ADvice: Experimenting with different textures and colors is a great way to see what is possible. continued >
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Roche Bobois Designer: Isabella Grayfer Design concept: Sophistication ADvice: Remember that less is always more. Try to narrow your focus into using a limited color palette.
Carolyn Rand Interior Design Ltd. Designer: Carolyn Rand Design concept: Glamour ADvice: The fact that the homeowner was a former dancer inspired the glitzy, dark escape off the master bedroom. continued >
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Lombards Fine Furniture Designer: Van Shepard and Gloria Gephart Design concept: Relaxed, with elegance and charm ADvice: A pop of color creates an exciting look using artwork, pillows and throws to set the mood for any room.
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By Danielle Krouse | Photos by JE Evans Bexley is one of Columbus’ greatest neighborhoods and this year’s site of the Junior League’s annual holiday tour—“It’s a Wonderful House.” The holiday tour will take you inside homes decorated with an abundance of holiday spirit and pride. In addition to the tour, this year’s festivities will start a day early, with Holiday Preview on Friday, November 19th from 7-10 p.m. Join us for a night of shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, and sampling great food from some of the best restaurants in Columbus as we kick off the first holiday weekend presented by The Junior League of Columbus. ✦ Also new this year is the holiday boutique which will be held at the Columbus Dance Theater (2468 E. Main St.), where local artisans and vendors will be selling their crafts just in time to start your holiday shopping. Be sure to stop by to pick up your tickets and a map of the tour. continued >
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Don’t miss your chance to tour the Governor’s home! The stunning home, built in 1925, was inspired by English manor houses of the early 1600s and features slate floors, exposed beams, dark oak paneling, limestone archways and fireplaces and ornamental ceilings. Be sure to notice key elements that were made in Ohio throughout the house including pottery, glass and a beautiful piano. The house was built for Malcolm and Florence Jeffrey. Malcolm Jeffrey worked in the export department of the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company, the firm founded by his father Joseph Jeffrey. Malcolm died in 1930 and his widow and
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two young sons remained here until 1936. Malcolm’s sister Florence Jeffrey Carlile and her husband William W. Carlile bought the house in 1936. Mr. Carlile was chief legal counsel for the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company. He died in 1941 and Mrs. Carlile passed away in 1954. The Carliles’ daughter Janet and her husband Rev. Charles U. Harris donated the property to the state to be used as an executive residence. C. William O’Neill (1957-1959) was the first governor to live in the residence. The Stricklands are the ninth first family to call the residence home.
Lewis Residence 137 South Stanwood Road Florist: Blooms Direct
Anne and Tom decorate this 76-year-old Stone Center Hall home for every holiday, with Christmas being extra special. Their family tradition still consists of having the kids stay at the top of the stairs to see if Santa came. “We light a fire, start music, make coffee, get the camera and get ready for the day to begin.” Interesting elements to note while walking through the house include Corbusier chairs, a Rison coffee table and watercolors by Anne’s grandfather, Leland McClelland. Paintings by Amina B. Robinson are also on display.
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This French-inspired home was built in 2006 and both Jewish and Morroccan traditions are celebrated around the holidays. The family uses the entire home for entertaining and they adore the location. “We love it here because we can walk to dinner or a coffee shop,” says Patricia. “It has an urban feel, which we like, especially having children.”
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This classic stucco home was built in 1951, but donâ€™t let the classic exterior fool you. â€œOn the inside, we have a modern decor with Japanese influences and an eclectic collection of furnishings, art and personally designed pieces.â€? The Gonzalezes recently met the granddaughter of the original owner, Harry Berlin. â€œShe contacted us to visit the home with her father. The family visited for his milestone birthday and it was great fun to show them the house.â€?
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Creating lasting memories I cherish these childhood holiday memories, which is among the reasons our house is always decorated for the holidays. Today, many families even consider bringing in a professional team. John Spayde, landscape designer and president of Landfare, Ltd., notes that design and safety are the primary reasons clients seek his advice and services. continued > TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT: Landfareâ€™s projects, which range from small to large, also include non-traditional designs, such as this home that features multi-colored prism-spheres and colorful lights to create a fantastical, brilliant holiday landscape. BOTTOM RIGHT: Simple is beautiful when a three-dimensional, golden angel proclaims good news from this multi-columned portico. OPPOSITE: More than a dozen natural-material wreaths grace the windows of this traditional, three-story home in Upper Arlington. Lighted garland accentuates balconies on either side.
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Choosing a theme Regardless of whether your family is looking to create a candyland fantasy or a winter wonderland with natural elements, settling on a theme is crucial. Many of Spayde’s clients reside in the Upper Arlington Historic District and have traditional taste that is in keeping with the character and architecture of their homes. Live garland of holly or spruce boughs, velvet bows with long trains and wreaths of natural material, including pine cones or balsam branches, are staples of his tradition-inspired designs. Spayde’s professional team includes three to four installers working on each home. With nearly 9,000 lights in a single tree and strands wrapping every branch, most installations take place over a two-tothree day period. In addition to design, Landfare purchases, installs, removes and provides off-season storage for all decor as well. “Although every application is different, we usually begin light placement before Thanksgiving. The first week in December, we put up wreaths, bows and garlands. Throughout the holiday, we assign drivers to make sure everything remains intact and working properly and we complete the take-down process in reverse order, with visible elements removed beginning January 2 and lights coming down shortly thereafter,” he explains.
Sharing the spirit of the season Although not all homeowners are able to enjoy the services of a professional, they all have the same goal of sharing their own holiday joy, while lifting the spirits of family and friends by “decking the halls” for the holidays. Of course my husband and I have continued my family’s tradition of “Christmas-light looking” by taking our son after Christmas Eve services to enjoy the beautifully decorated neighborhoods in our community. But, we have also created a new tradition for our own little family. Every year since our son was big enough to hand me the bows, we’ve tied miniature red velvet ribbons and strung tiny white lights on a dwarf weeping cherry that can be seen from our kitchen table. Now that he is taller than me, I’m the one who hands him the bows that still adorn our “special family tree,” which I am hopeful will one day be among his fondest Christmas memories. OPPOSITE PAGE: Pine cones and red ribbon share center stage in this symmetrical holiday motif.
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Whether you want to pull off the perfect holiday party, or just keep your name on the invite list by being a gracious guest, the following tips will help prepare you for this festive season. By Kelly Z. Clark continued >
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What kind of shindig is this, anyway? The level of formality you want the party to evoke will help form much of the decision-making you need to do. Therefore, establish upfront if you’re having a formal affair or keeping it more casual and let that be your guide as you pull together the details. For example, for a more formal party, consider sending invitations by postal mail and complementing them with matching printed menus, place cards and thank you notes, creating a more sophisticated event. For a less formal party use an online service such as e-vite.com to email invites to your guests. If you’re an invited guest, be sure to respond to party invitations by the requested RSVP date.
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What’s on the menu? Regardless of the style of your party, formal or casual, it is generally easier and less expensive to serve a few appetizers followed by a meal, rather than prepare a large menu of appetizers to serve guests for an entire evening. The number of ingredients needed and the time required to prepare enough variety can make an appetizer-only menu a costly option. Instead, consider serving two to three appetizers followed by a dinner of salad with Gorgonzola cheese and blackberry pear vinaigrette, beef Wellington with red wine demi-glace and sliced potatoes with goat cheese. (Visit housetrends.com for recipes). As a rule of thumb, most adults will nibble six to seven appetizers an hour during the first two hours, and half that amount after that. Also, guests will generally eat about ten percent less at the main meal when appetizers are served beforehand. Round out your menu by offering a wine selection that complements your menu. Terms such as weight, aroma and intensity are often bandied about by wine experts so here’s a quick lesson in pairing the appropriate wine with food. Balance is the goal, so neither the food nor the wine should dominate the other. Therefore, match the commanding taste of intense wines with robust meals. Weight is simply a measure of the viscosity or thickness of the wine so serve heavy wines with rich foods and lighter wines with lighter dishes. Matching aromas is not a big concern, but try to pair aromatic foods with aromatic wines. For an alternative to wine see housetrends.com for a seasonal Cranberry Slush recipe that can be offered with or without alcohol. continued > Photo by Daniel Feldkamp/Visual Edge Imaging
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Creating a decorated table to showcase your meal, or “tablescaping” as it is often called, can be fun if you’re a creative type or stressful if not. Whether you plan to sit guests down to a formal meal with place settings, or provide a more casual buffet dinner, your table can easily look festive and seasonal. Setting a beautiful table doesn’t require expensive dishes. Give your white bone china table settings an updated look by swapping out just the matching salad plates and replacing them with inexpensive amber, green or purple clear glass plates. Repeat the color in other elements of the table such as napkins, a table runner or placemats to unify the finished look. You may want to incorporate the color onto your invitations and menu cards also. If natural elements are more your style, cover your buffet table with butcher block paper and add a plaid winter scarf or piece of burlap fabric for texture. Place serving dishes of food on a small sled in the center of the table or fill pairs of ice skates with greens for a simple center piece. Don’t underestimate the simple beauty of fresh greens such as magnolia, boxwood or evergreen branches and cleverly arranged fruits such as figs, grapes, pears, persimmon and pomegranate to provide just enough timeless beauty and color to your table. Or consider displaying pots of Narcissus Tazetta, or “paper whites.” Paper whites are fragrant indoor plants for winter and the holiday season, and forcing them to bloom is as easy as putting the bulbs in water with stones or marbles to anchor them in place. The fragrant flowers bloom within about 3 weeks of planting. For extra elegance, lay framed mirrors in the center of your table and set the pots of flowers on top. continued >
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Music for your party is a must, so give thought to what your guests will enjoy most, and donâ€™t just turn the radio on and allow whatever is being played to determine the mood of the evening. Create your own music mixes on your MP3 player or use an online music library such as goodnoise.com where youâ€™ll find over 9 million song selections. Turn on the music before your party begins so it feels festive when the first guest arrives, and make sure it isnâ€™t too loud so guests of all ages can converse comfortably. Good background music should not be too invasive or have abrupt transitions that are distracting. Generally, best-of compilations and movie soundtracks work well because they flow well into one another.
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If youâ€™re on the receiving end of the invitation, then you will want to show the host your sincere gratitude by giving a thoughtful gift that will keep you on the guest list year after year. â€˘ For a less formal affair, bring a disposable camera and snap pictures during the party. Leave the camera and a photo album with your host so she can remember what a great party it was. â€˘ Give a day-after film fest with a gift of movies, popcorn and a pair of fuzzy slippers. â€˘ Encourage a much needed break from cooking with a Take Out Menu Organizer available on-line at uncommongoods.com. Include some local takeout menus and a gift certificate for dinner. â€˘ Assemble or purchase a luminary kit of white, lunch size bags, sand and votive candles to be used the night of the party. Offer to stop by early and set up the luminaries before guests arrive.
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Home Craft Remodeling ................................ 47
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