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t’s that special time of year when—aside from the holidays—we take measure our lives, the year’s accomplishments and the goals that lie ahead. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or simply a new way of living, the end of any year is a time for reflection as well as looking ahead. I did plenty of reflection in late November when our family from Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas gathered in Natchitoches for the annual Festival of Lights, Thanksgiving and a celebration of my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. In the weeks leading up to this trip, my sisters and I had gathered hundreds of family photographs that were eventually spun into a fantastic video to sequence the highlights of my parents’ marriage. From early times growing up in New Iberia to the college years in LSU’s married student housing and eventually the relocation to Texas, the birth of three daughters and later four granddaughters, the special pets and memorable vacations were all collected into a 20-minute photo montage. After a special anniversary dinner, we headed back to our bed and breakfast accommodations where the entire family huddled into one bedroom and presented the video to our parents. There was no lack of sentiment as we watched 50 years play out on the TV screen to tunes by Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers and others who represented the passing decades. While I was only a supporting cast member in the video, it was an opportunity to take stock of my own life as it unfolded inside of theirs. Looking ahead, when I arrived back home to Baton Rouge after the long holiday weekend, I began the ominous task of packing up my home. (In an unexpected turn of events, an enthusiastic buyer approached me in October with plans for a quick purchase. After some initial anxiety over where I would live, I found peace in the opportunity to start a new chapter of my life and, more importantly, the enthusiasm to once again do something I love—buy and remodel a home). Next year I’ll be living leaner in roughly half of the space that I’m leaving. But first, I’ll lighten my load, giving away things I no longer need and storing the special artwork and furnishings that won’t fit in the next house. It’s an adventure in my quest toward 100% homeownership and the freedoms that come along with it. So it seems I’ll backburner the BMW for the time being. Here’s hoping we all find our equivalent joy in the coming year. PS – After 15 years, this is my final column to write for some time. I enthusiastically welcome interior designer Rachel Cannon Lewis as House & Home’s Contributing Editor in 2013!

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Ring in the 2012 holiday season with some great gift and home décor ideas shown here as part of House & Home’s third-annual Holiday Guide to Gifts & Home Accessories. Check off items on your gift-buying list and support local businesses this year when you buy merchandise close to home.


1. Among 6 available scents, the most festive of this candle bunch might just be “Celebrate,” a combination of pine, citrus, vanilla and cinnamon notes. This very holiday candle comes with its own snuffer lid. The navy blue glass votive is reusable, too. Priced $42.

2. Deck the table and spruce up your tree! Local artist Sallie Bynum Anzelmo creates one-of-a-kind, southerninspired coaster sets and holiday ornaments that make cherished holiday gifts. View the collection at LD Linens and Décor or on Facebook (S. Bynum Art), priced $20-$40.

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3. Revolutionize bath time with “Pure Bliss,” the latest, highly aromatic offering among quality bath products by Kneipp. This centuryold German manufacturer mines its bath salts from the oldest salt dome in Europe. Indulge your senses with “Pure Bliss” bath salts and body wash for a lingering scent that is truly unforgettable. Individual bath salt sachets ($5) make great stocking stuffers. Full-sized products priced $14-$19. The Retreat Spa & Salon 8831 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge (225) 761-4567

Dear Santa ... 4. Experience professional eyelash extensions that look, feel and wear like your own lashes, whether natural looking or glamorous. These semi-permanent lashes last several weeks, are water resistant (shower and swim safe) and available in various lengths and thicknesses. Perfect for special occasions as well as regular daily wear, Lavish Lashes apply in 90-120 minutes as part of a relaxing procedure. Allure Enhancement Center 1721 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette (337) 412-6334

5. Kelly Moore Clark is the founder and designer of Kelly Moore Bag, a handbag company based in rural Louisiana that offers chic, multi-functional bags for men and women. Combining classic shapes 10 styles and more than 50 colors, each bag is made of premium materials with spacious interiors that include removable dividers. A great gift for any mom, student, hobbyist, photographer or organizational enthusiast!

6. This season, give the gift of color! These charming napkins come in a set of four. The classic chevron pattern is available in an array of colors, including fun brights and soothing neutrals. Priced $35. LD Linens & Décor 4265 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge (225) 246-2471


7. All at once fresh and nostalgic, the “Grandemont Wall Sculpture” is a whimsical and spirited conversation piece for your living space, priced $310 for the 3-piece set. SoHaus Interior Design @ The Foyer 3655 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge (225) 343-3655

8. A best-selling product from Jane Iredale Minerals, the Sugar & Butter Lip Plumper/ Exfoliator uses organic brown sugar to gently remove dull, dry skin. With no chemical preservatives or synthetic dyes to worry about, eat the sugar crystals right off your lips! Then, apply the tinted lip plumper with shea butter and peptides that moisten and plump with the flavors of cool mint and ginger. Priced $25. The Retreat Spa & Salon 8831 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge (225) 761-4567 The


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9. Pottery by Heartfelt Traditions of Jackson, Mississippi is offered in a selection of unique colors and styles for holiday gifts or a gift to yourself! Best of all, they are dishwasher safe, with prices starting at $15. LD Linens & Décor 4265 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-2471

10. Texting gloves have special finger tips that allow the user to type on a smart phone or other touch-screen devices without taking gloves off. They make the perfect holiday gift! Caroline & Company 113 Arnould Blvd. Lafayette (337) 984-3263

11. Detailed like jewels to accessorize your living space, these Emerald Faceted Vases reflect light in a magical way for a holiday or everyday touch, priced $237.60 (large) and $137.65 (medium). SoHaus Interior Design @ The Foyer 3655 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 343-3655


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12. The Entrepreneur® Pro PR1000E 10-needle home embroidery machine is the choice of embroidery enthusiasts, quilters, hobbyists and crafters, home-based entrepreneurs and anyone looking to step up their productivity and creativity. Equipped with some of the most powerful design and editing capabilities ever built into a multi-needle embroidery machine, it’s loaded with 10 thread colors and an extra-large work table. All Brands 20415 Highland Road Baton Rouge 3541 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (800) 739-7374

13. Visit our treasure trove for elegant and inspired furniture selections, delightful accessories and great gift ideas. This and all merchandise are discounted as part of the Holiday Year-End Sale, going on now. Swags and Tassels 1416 S. College Road Lafayette (337) 237-1732


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14. All Wood Furniture is a local manufacturer of cypress indoor and outdoor furniture, including the region’s largest selection of swings, benches, Adirondack chairs, rockers, arbors and more, available unfinished or stained. This garden glider is a freestanding swing that’s sure to provide years of enjoyment. All Wood Furniture 1508 W. Pinhook Drive, Lafayette 2842 Northeast Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette Coming Soon! – Baton Rouge (337) 896-4400

15. With the touch of a button, bake and grill your favorite foods in this Stainless Steel Microwave Countertop Convection Oven by Frigidaire. With easy-to-use, one-touch buttons, convection cooks faster than your traditional oven with less kitchen heat. Included are a glass turntable for microwaving and a metal pan for traditional oven cooking. Keep food warm until everyone is ready to eat. Stanton’s Appliance 4747 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 924-0888 2450 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Baton Rouge (225) 275-6220

16. Tougher, more durable and better insulated than traditional ice chests, K2 coolers ensure that whatever you are trying to keep cold, stays cold. No matter your activity— from hunting and fishing to boating, camping, rafting, tailgating or just enjoying a day at the beach or a backyard barbeque—you won’t be disappointed by the ice retention or reliability of your K2 cooler. Busch Fireplaces 406 Settlers Trace Blvd. Lafayette (337) 295-9985


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17. Hosting friends and family for the holidays — or any day — calls for great outdoor furniture from Sabine Pools, Spas & Furniture. Stocked with a full inventory year-round, Sabine has all-weather wicker and cast aluminum dining and chat options, plus ecofriendly Brezesta Adirondack composite furniture. Custom order your colors and style at any of our locations. Sabine Pools, Spas & Furniture Baton Rouge, Gonzales Lafayette and Lake Charles

18. Easy and beautiful outdoor lighting can transform your patio or outdoor living space into a magical gathering spot and it’s easy with a trio set of HoliSpheres! Just wrap with a string of lights and plug in. Affordably priced at just $26.99. Harb’s Oasis 13827 Coursey Blvd. Baton Rouge (225) 756-2720

19. Here’s that special gift for the outdoor chef in your life – The BIG GREEN EGG! It’s the ultimate smoker and grill, available in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. Already have smoker/grill? Choose from an assortment of moveable grill islands and in-stock market umbrellas. Prices vary. Casual Creations Patio and Fireplace 13203 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 766-0101

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The home’s French entry doors and a pair of flanking windows are decorated in a playful palette of bright green and traditional red with a mix of striped ribbon and large, brightly-colored snowflakes. With a foundation of garland, the selected accents are bold and simple in an effort to have them show well from the road. Woven mesh ribbon is punctuated with oversized snowflakes and lime green berry picks. “I prefer to use a few large scale items that make a bigger impact rather than many small items,” says Johnston.


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SNOWFLAKES IN LOUISIANA With an abundance of mesh ribbon and playful snowflake ornaments, Audra Johnston of The Finishing Touch Designs trimmed the front door of a Prairieville home belonging to Kelly and Chip Dejean 17

Each holiday season, Sarah and Shane Morrison of Baton Rouge enlist the services of Audra Johnston of The Finishing Touch Designs to decorate their home which features a stately 12-foot entry door


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Johnston decorated this spirited entryway by first spreading grapevine around the door, then layering the green mesh ribbon and white lights. Finally, a bold mix of curly picks and ornaments add the final touches. For the side gas lanterns, greenery was substituted for the grapevine as a basis for the same bright color selections. “Many people try to add bows to lanterns without greenery behind it,” says Johnston. “But the greenery is the anchor that keeps it all together.” Above: Oversized ornaments found by the homeowner are used to accent the entry, along with pre-lit decorative gift packages in small, medium and large sizes. “At night, it is so great at night to see the light they create around the doorway and on top of the side urns,” says Johnston. “I really like to use over-scaled items to make a big visual impact from the road.” Greeting visitors and passersby is the street-side mailbox that carries out the consistent color scheme of whimsical bright green and red. 19

Last holiday season, designer Angela Poirrier of Acadian House Kitchen & Bath Studio decorated her personal home in Baton Rouge for an open-to-public holiday open house event


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Facing page: One of two decorated Christmas trees includes a mix of silver and gold ornaments with touches of red. Silvery-gold mesh encircles the tree for all-important texture. For a touch of whimsy, gold birds are placed sporadically throughout the tree and gifts are wrapped in metallic silver paper with gold bows in keeping with the simplicity of the palette.

This page: In this small dining area, metallic gold and silver mesh ribbon was used to encircle the chair backs. The dining table and adjacent side table are dotted with a mix of mercury glass candle holders and spheres that reflect light and add colorless sparkle that suits any dĂŠcor. 21

For the holiday season, traditional artwork on the wall is replaced with metallic gold angels. A red accent pillow with a three-dimensional poinsettia adds a touch of texture. A custom arrangement pulls together all aspects of the room, incorporating sprayed pine cones, golden ornaments and touches of red.

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In the family room, lime green monogrammed stockings hang from the mantel which is decorated with red mesh ribbon and gold stocking holders. The tree mixes embellishments of red and green with touches of gold against a textural basis of red and green mesh.

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SAVORY CREAM CHEESE & CHUTNEY APPETIZER Submitted by Jan C., Baton Rouge Yield: 10-12 Servings

1 (8-ounce) + 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoon sour cream 1-1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup bacon bits 1/2 cup slivered almonds 1 jar cranberry chutney In a medium-sized bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream and curry powder. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape mixture into a mold or dish and cover with chutney. Serve with crackers.

DIVINE AMARETTO CAKE Submitted by Margaret C., Lafayette

Yield: 10 servings 1 (18-1/4 ounce) box yellow cake mix 1 cup amaretto-flavored nondairy liquid creamer 1 cup amaretto liqueur 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 (3-1/2 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix 1 cup amaretto-flavored nondairy liquid creamer 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur 2 cups heavy cream, whipped 4 (1-1/2 ounce) chocolate-covered English toffee bars, chopped (such as Heath bars) 1 (1-1/2 ounce) chocolate candy bars, melted 1/2 cup almonds, sliced •Preheat oven to 325 degrees. •Grease and flour three 8-inch baking pans. •Mix together the first five ingredients until well blended and distribute the mixture evenly between three cake pans. Bake 15 minutes, taking care not to over bake. Allow to cool completely before icing.


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Yield: 36 cookies 1 cup butter, softened (no substitutes) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt


2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 tablespoon milk (or more as needed for proper spreading consistency) 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla) Choice of food coloring •In a large bowl, combine the butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract; and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. •In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; and gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. •Line cookie sheets with parchment

paper. On a very lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. •Cut the dough into desired shapes using cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 4-6 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing. •For the frosting, in a small bowl mix the confectionary sugar with milk (start with 1 tablespoon, adding more as needed to achieve perfect spreading

consistency). Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. (If the icing is too thick, add in a bit more corn syrup). •Divide the frosting into as many separate bowls as you wish for different colors and add in food coloring until desired intensity is achieved. •Paint the icing over the cookies using a brush or dip edges of cookies into icing. •Allow to set on waxed paper.

THUMBPRINT COOKIES Submitted by Gloria H., Gonzales Yield: 36 Cookies 1 cup butter 2 eggs, separated 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups chopped walnuts Preserves of choice

•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. •Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg yolks. Sift together flour, soda and salt and add to sugar mixture. Form into balls the size of a walnut, dip in slightly-beaten egg whites and roll in chopped nuts. •Place on a greased cookie sheet and press down slightly in the center using thumb. • Bake for 8 minutes, then remove from the oven and press down again on the cookie centers. Bake 10 minutes longer and allow to cool. Just before serving, put a dab of preserves in the center of each cookie. 27

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•Preheat oven to 375 degrees. •Combine and mix the first 3 ingredients and press into the bottom of a spring-form pan. Bake 8-10 minutes until fragrant and beginning to brown. •Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees. •In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with mixer until fluffy.

Add remaining ingredients one at a time, scraping the bowl and beaters between each ingredient and again once all ingredients are incorporated. Beat mixture 1 minute longer then pour into pan over crust. •Place the spring-form pan on a sheet pan in the oven and reduce heat to 200

degrees. Bake 60-90 minutes, checking often after first hour. When cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the center, or when the center reaches 155 degrees, remove from oven and chill completely. Top with raspberries and serve. Note: Each serving has 2 grams effective carbohydrates.

HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD PUDDING CAKE Submitted by Aimee B., Lafayette Yield: 8 servings 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup molasses 1 cup water 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1-1/2 cups hot water 1/3 cup butter, melted •Preheat oven to 350 degrees. •Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, allspice and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. 28 HOUSE and homE

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•In a large mixing bowl, beat together 1/2 cup butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy (1-2 minutes). Add egg and continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low and continue beating, alternately adding flour mixture with molasses and 1 cup water, beating after each addition until blended. •Pour the batter into a 13” x 9” baking pan and sprinkle with brown sugar. •Combine the hot water and 1/3 cup melted butter in a medium-sized bowl. •Carefully pour liquid over the top of batter. •Bake 40-55 minutes or until gingerbread is cracked on top and toothpick in center comes out clean.

Note: For an extra indulgent treat, serve warm with spiced whipped cream or ice cream.

PUMPKIN SPICE CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING Submitted by Jan C., Baton Rouge Yield: 12 Servings 1-1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Icing Blend together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Slowly add confectioner’s sugar and mix well. Spread over cooled cupcakes.

Cupcakes •Preheat oven to 350 degrees. •In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt. •In a large mixing bowl, combine and mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin puree. •Combine the contents of both bowls and mix together until no flour remains visible. •Pour batter in cupcake tins and bake for 18-20 minutes.

CHOCOLATE MARTINI Submitted by Meredith P., St. Francisville Yield: 4 Servings 12 ounces (1-1/2 cups) Stolichnaya vanilla vodka 6 ounces (3/4 cup) white crème de cocoa 2 cups ice cubes 4 chilled martini glasses 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted on a saucer Orange peel strip or Hershey’s kiss to garnish •Melt chocolate in microwave in 30-second increments and pour onto a flat saucer. Dip the rims of chilled martini stemware into the melted chocolate and swirl to coat the lip. •Place ice cubes into metal cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds or until the shaker feels icy. Add vodka and crème de cocoa and shake to chill for 15 seconds. Strain cold liquid into the prepared glasses and garnish. 29

PRALINE CRUNCH CAKE Submitted by Cathy C., Baton Rouge Yield: 8-10 Servings 1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 3/4 cup butter, melted 1 cup chopped pecans 1 package yellow cake mix 3/4 cup water 1/3 cup oil 1/4 cup praline-flavored liqueur 3 eggs 2 (16-ounce) cans vanilla frosting 1 (12-ounce) frozen whipped topping 2 teaspoon praline flavored liqueur 12 pecan halves

Storing Pecans

Whether you freeze, refrigerate or leave at room temperature, all pecans should be stored in an airtight sealed container. This keeps moisture out and prolongs the freshness of the pecans.

Crunch Layer Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans and set aside. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter and pecans and mix until crumbly, then divide into three equal portions. Press one-third of mixture into the bottom of each of the prepared pans.

Cake In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, liqueur and eggs and blend with a mixer at low speed until moistened, then 2 additional minutes at high speed. Pour batter over the three crumb cakes. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Set aside.

Frosting In a large bowl, combine frosting, whipped topping and liqueur. Blend until smooth and creamy. To assemble cake, place one layer crust side up onto a serving plate. Spread with frosting and repeat, using two remaining layers. Frost top layer and garnish with pecan halves.


AMARETTO MIMOSAS Submitted by Jennifer T., Baton Rouge New Year’s Eve is champagne’s biggest day

Yield: 6 Servings 3 cups fresh orange juice, strained 1/4 cup almond flavored liqueur 1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling wine, chilled •In a pitcher, stir together orange juice and liqueur. •Fill 6 champagne flutes halfway with some juice mixture and top off with sparkling wine.

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LOW CARB COCONUT MACAROONS Submitted by Melanie J., Baton Rouge Yield: 12 Macaroons 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut 4 egg whites from large eggs (about cup) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup dry sugar substitute (Splenda) 2 tablespoons water •Preheat oven to 375 degrees. •Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. •Measure egg whites. If they aren’t quite 1/2 cup, add water to reach that level. Add the vanilla and water. •Mix together coconut and Spenda, then combine the dry and wet ingredients and allow to set up for a few minutes. •Roll mixture into balls slightly larger than 1-inch diameter, then slightly flatten onto a baking sheet spaced �-inch apart. •Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on the bottom, and slightly brown on top.

Note: Each cookie has 1 gram effective carbohydrate.

WARM BRIE WITH PRESERVES Submitted by Dena T., Baton Rouge Yield: 8-10 Servings 1/3 cup preserves of choice 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 warm brie round with rind removed from top Sliced almonds, toasted Assorted crackers •Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients. •Place brie on an oven-safe serving plate and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top brie with preserve mixture. •Bake another 5 minutes. Sprinkle almonds over the preserves and serve warm with crackers. 31


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Why They Deserve Your Business

Photos by Melissa Oivanki

Photo courtes

y of Stanton’s


Stanton’s Appliance (225) 275-6220 1. What we do We are a full-service company offering quality indoor and outdoor residential appliances backed by our reliable service department. We have one of the largest selections of washers, dryers, refrigerators, cook tops, wall ovens, ranges and dishwashers in most major brands. 2. The extras we can offer Enjoy peace of mind with your purchase. We offer delivery, installation and in-home appliance service, meaning you will never have to worry if any problem should occur. We have excellent personnel. 3. One thing you might not know We care about our customers and that’s the advantage we have over our competition. We are not here to just sell you an appliance. Our expert staff helps 32 HOUSE AND HOME

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Pictured with general manager Mike Barrett and service manager Billy Landry, Stanton’s Appliance owner Corky Landry (center) built his business on the basis of customer service and doing the right thing. A successful business man, Corky parted this world just a few short weeks ago, but his legacy lives on in the principles he instilled in his employees. His daily presence is greatly missed, but the basics of good business are ever present at Stanton’s and will be for years to come.

you identify your needs and assists before, during and after the sale. 4. It might surprise you We have highly trained professionals who know their products inside and out. Also, our pricing is very competitive. We have a large, in-stock inventory. 5. About trends and local concerns Outdoor appliances, bottom-mount refrigerators, microwave drawers and professional ranges are tops on many customers’ lists. They don’t like heavy sales pressure, but instead want help making informed decisions. 6. About the business, in one word Patience. We are very patient with our customers because we understand that they have questions that need to be answered. We want to give them more than they expect. 7. Defining good customer service

Fast and accurate is what we are, and that’s hard to find today. With Stanton’s, you get a prompt response and courteous, knowledgeable assistance. We want every customer to know we really care. 8. About dollars and “sense” Big box stores save a few pennies, but if the quality of service isn’t there, it will cost you in the long run. 9. Why we’re different We stock appliances that are ready for customers to pick up or have shipped out now. We’ve got an experienced staff that’s trained in our specialties and we offer inhouse service and installers. 10. My idea of a great day at work It’s a great day when a customer leaves our building after a sale and they express how at ease they are with their purchase; or when we get a call from a customer telling us what a pleasure it was to do business at Stanton’s. ■


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TRIMMINGS This holiday, deck the halls with festive colors and the simple pleasure of excess

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1. For decorations with big visual impact, keep the variety of ornaments to a minimum and use plenty of them en masse.

Limit color selections in your decorations to 2-4 complementary hues.

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In trees, wreaths and garlands, mix 2-3 different geometric shapes and textures for variety.

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House & Home - Holiday Guide 2012  

House & Home - Holiday Guide 2012

House & Home - Holiday Guide 2012  

House & Home - Holiday Guide 2012