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LIFESTYLE LETTER

DECEMBER 2020 PUBLISHER

Jim Newman | jnewman@lifestylepubs.com

A welcoming table, by JulietDesignsHome.com

EDITOR

Sue Collins | scollins@lifestylepubs.com

Happy holidays, friends

Darce Richardson | darce.richardson@lifestylepubs.com

NOT TO BE DRAMATIC, BUT 2020 SURE TOSSED US AROUND LIKE A SHIP

Molly Collins | molly.collins@lifestylepubs.com

IN A STORM. The relentless kind of hundred-year storm with unforgiving blasts of torrential winds and driving rain that knocks you right off your feet. I don’t want to dwell on it… but do want to acknowledge the battered souls the year left in its wake. But, we’re going to be ok. I’m exhausted, but hopeful. I for one am thankful that you’re reading this magazine and that you have a beau-

MARKE T ARE A COORDINATOR

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

SENIOR ACCO UNT MANAGER

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Miranda Read L AYO UT DESIGNER

Emily Lisenbee CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Stacy Conde, Casey Kelly, Richard Tillery CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lydia Mayfield

tiful local magazine to read! Our publisher and sales team have been sailing this ship, sometimes propelling it with sheer will. Our advertisers (local businesses that need your support this month), make it possible for us to bring you stories about generous people nearby, businesses with good ideas and inspiration for your home and family. I think while our confidence might have taken a hit, we all will appreciate this holiday

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season more than ever. The adorable place setting on this page was created by our

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

friend Julie Hubbard or JulietHomesDesign.com. She decorated her lovely modern

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

farmhouse for us way back in October so we could shoot this issue. Thank you, Julie!

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Don’t forget to give more than you get. And, have a holiday season full of peace, joy,

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FEATURES 22 The Giving Season Meet Morgan McGill, our own Hollywood star.

26 Resolution: Support WomenOwned Business Online gift guide for good.

30 COVID-friendly Christmas Give-away Botica, Taste+Tenacity+The

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Around Town

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Renovate & Refine

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Trend Setter

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RENOVATE & REFINE

A PEACEFUL ARTICLE SUE G. COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY LYDIA MAYFIELD

CHRISTMAS JULIET DESIGNS HOME PAINTS A PERFECT HOLIDAY SCENE WITH NEUTRALS AND EARTHY ACCESSORIES

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JULIE HUBBARD’S MODERN ROSWELL

Designs Home. Her home is a reflection

FARMHOUSE IS DECORATED FOR THE

of her studied search for modern classics,

HOLIDAYS, BUT IT DOESN’T SCREAM

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“IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME.” The gentle neu-

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RENOVATE & REFINE (CONTINUED)

Julie found the rug and sherpa chairs at Scott’s Antique Market. Tree skirt from Target. Wall color Benjamin Moore Simply White. Barn door from Home Depot.

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2 H O L I D AY A playful twist on the usual suspects for winter decor, the collection’s iridescent, pink, mint and metallic color palette is delightful and fun, while the snow and gingerbread men add just enough to be jolly.

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ARTICLE BUCKHAVEN

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captain of the football team and my mom

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was captain of the tennis team. I have

necessities, and gift cards, and also get to wrap all of the presents.

been raised to be a die-hard Dawg fan

Animals have always held a very special place in my heart, and the last

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two years, my best friend Caitlin and I have raised money for Releash

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WHAT BEGAN AS A SINGLE MOM AND POP CHRISTMAS TREE LOT HAS GROWN TO BE ATLANTA’S ONLY FULL SERVICE HOLIDAY STAPLE. Tradition Co. strings your outdoor lights, delivers and sets up your tree, hangs a wreath on your door, puts a log in your fireplace and does it all in the spirit of Christmas. “Christmas is first and foremost a season of giving,” says Matt Bowman, CEO of Tradition Co., “so we are honored to give a portion of our profits to Atlanta charities.” Since branding as Tradition Trees in 2006, Bowman’s company has donated more than $50,000 to local non-profits, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Winship Cancer Institute and many others. Tradition takes donations from customers to cover the costs associated with delivering trees to worthy Atlanta families that can’t afford a Christmas tree. And this year, Tradition Company is partnering with Lifestyle Publications to support Giving Kitchen. One lucky contributor to Giving Kitchen (at bit.ly/iloveGK) will win a COVID-friendly Christmas experience. A fresh tree, between 6-8 feet in height, will be delivered and set up by appointment between November 12 - December 21, 2020, and taken down by appointment between December 26, 2020 - January 12, 2021. Then, dinner will be delivered from Botica Restaurant (up to $400). Continuing the chill theme, Taste & Tenacity will provide two hours of holiday shopping for the winner (who is responsible for the cost of the purchases). Purchases will be delivered, unwrapped, to the winner’s home or office. “The holiday season is stressful, and COVID only adds more pressure,” says Bowman, “so using our convenient decorating and delivery eliminates the stress of decorating, allowing our customers to really enjoy the season.” “Time is everyone’s most valuable resource, so we developed our services with that in mind,” Bowman says. “We source high quality products and back them up with white-glove service. All of our products are available for delivery at our client’s convenience, whether it’s a premium Christmas tree, well-seasoned firewood, or a garden bed.” As an Atlanta native, Matt loves being a big part of this Christmas giveaway in our city. “My parents made every effort to make Christmas special, so it is a lot of fun to be able to help bring Christmas to Atlanta for my family and thousands of others. It is a ton of hard work for our team, but it is absolutely worth it - - in fact it’s a Tradition!” Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources. To enter, do so by December 11, 2020. One entry for every $10 donation to The Giving Kitchen. Enter at bit.ly/iloveGK TraditionCompany.com TasteAndTenacity.com EatBotica.com TheGivingKitchen.org

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Ra bbit Va len za A HEARTY DISH FROM THE KITCHEN OF MICHEL ARNETTE

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i n g re d ient s + 6 rabbit legs + 1 onion + 1 celery root + 2 lg carrots + Tomato paste + Bay leaves

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+ 2 quarts veal stock + 2 cups white wine + 12 cremini onions + ½ cup kalamata olives + ½ cup roasted tomatoes + 1 large red onion, sliced + 1 head garlic. 3 bay leaves, 2 sprigs of thyme, 2 sprigs of sage

met hod 1. Season Rabbit with salt and pepper. Brown both sides in a Dutch oven. 2. Remove rabbit from pan and add

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onions, celery, carrots and cook for 5 mins or until soft. 3. Add one tablespoon of tomato paste and cook for 8-10 Mins, until vegetables have caramelized.

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4. Add bay leaves, herbs, chicken stock, white wine and cook for 45 mins or fork tender. 5. Take legs out of liquid and reduce to the

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stock by half. Strain liquid. 6. In a separate pan, sauté creminis, onions, garlic, and olives with 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat. Cook until soft. Add braising liquid. 7. Finish with chopped parsley. Shred and serve over polenta.

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Polent a i n g re d ient s + 2 cups of instant polenta + 4 cups of water + 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) + 1 tsp fresh sage + 2 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese + A pinch of salt and pepper

met hod 1. Bring water to a boil and add butter. 2. Add polenta, salt & pepper. Stir for 5 mins or until soft. 3. Add mascarpone and 2 teaspoons of sage. 4. Top with roast rabbit and enjoy! 34

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