Home tours are a wonderful way to gain an appreciation for architectural nuance and good design. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offers a slight twist on the idea by having the homeowner come to you. Well, sort of.
The library is offering a “Cincinnati Houses” program series. Every other month, you’ll hear a presentation at the main library by the current homeowner about the history of his or her noteworthy house. Coming up in March, UC DAAP professor Patrick Snadon speaks about Elmwood Hall (Neoclassical villa) in Ludlow, Ky. The month of May brings a talk about the Boulter House (Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian) in Clifton and Riverside’s Matthew McWilliams house (Greek Revival) comes up in July. You’ll find more info at the library’s website: www.cincinnatilibrary.org/news/2012/mycincinnatihouse.html.
Forget the orchid and the basket of massage stones. And you don’t have to remodel, either. These really easy steps will have you relaxing in your own spa retreat by the end of a weekend.
1. Introduce your color.If Cool Mist and Seafoam Green are not your colors, don’t use them! As Winifred Gallagher explains in her book House Thinking, colors and objects can be relaxing or energizing because of the personal memories they invoke, regardless of what the scientists and designers tell us about them. If you are soothed by bright pink, your spa should be bright pink.
2. Add sound.If you haven’t checked out portable speakers in a while, you’re in for a treat. Starting with the new Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker at the high end, there’s a huge assortment of speakers at many price points designed to work with iPhones and MP3 players. The ...
My oldest daughter makes a great peppermint bark candy every December and gives it away for gifts. Last year, in an effort to find candy canes made locally, we purchased some from Aglamesis Brothers. They were perfect.
This year, running short on time, I stopped in the local Kroger and resigned myself to buying some imported canes. Imagine my surprise when we found Doscher's old-fashioned candy canes: hand-rolled, hand-twisted and hand-packaged. Five to a box for about $3. And they've been making them right here in downtown Cincinnati for about 100 years. Score!
Here's the recipe:
Arielle’s Easy Peppermint Bark
24 ounces of white chocolate15 candy canes, crushed (may need about 20 if using canes other than Doscher’s)
Have on hand:
13x9-inch baking sheet or jelly roll panParchment paperHammer (or mallet)Rubber spatula
Melt white chocolate in microwave. Put candy canes in sealed quart or gallon-size plastic ...
The holidays…a time for family, friends, and plenty of opportunities for things to not turn out quite right.
No worries. From decorating, to hosting, to just being a great guest, we offer our holiday secrets gathered over the years from Cincinnati’s best party planners.
Work with your décor—not against itMost people focus on their decorations first and then figure out where to put them. Designers say you’ll be more successful if you look at your room first and then decide what decorations the room needs. Look at how much space you have (do you need a tall, skinny tree for a small room or a big, fat tree to fill a great room?) and follow the color scheme of the room. When the tree and ornaments coordinate with your home’s interior style, the entire room becomes part of the decoration.
Hire a bartenderWhether you’re throwing the neighborhood Christmas ...
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