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Colorful Candles

Pick up hand-dipped rainbow-colored tapers, silkscreened glass tumblers, and old-timey bottle shapes

Deck the Halls

Hanging seasonal décor? There's an app for that.

A New Spin on the Chandelier

Lighting designers continue to engineer new, stunning accent pieces for the home.

Relative-ly Comfortable

The sofa bed gets a makeover.

On The To Do List

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.

Holiday Baking Ingredients – Going Local

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.

Viva Italia and Antique Christmas—Cincinnati-style

Spent a wonderful afternoon last Sunday staying warm and dry inside the Taft Museum of Art with the latest exhibition, George Innes in Italy. (Sundays are free!) Innes’ Italian landscapes are warm and inviting, and the scenic paintings took my mind off the constant gray skies and misty rain waiting outside. This former home of Cincinnati notables is also dressed to the nines—and trumpeting its 10th year of holiday splendor. Antique and vintage collections of ornaments and Christmas décor fill several display areas in the galleries. We loved the Tootsie toy trucks, antique paper dolls, vintage Christmas cards and WWII-era striped glass ornaments. The dining room table was set in all its splendor with a beautiful collection of china, crystal and silver. Can’t wait to see what they find for next year.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

It’s late October, the time of year when I normally think about adding some cold-hardy blooms to my landscape. But serendipity came into play—a profusion of wildflowers are still thriving in the backyard.

Last spring, we planted flower seeds along our backyard fence in an effort to minimize mowing and trimming. The plants had a mind of their own and didn’t begin to grow until late summer. Because it was a mixed-seed packet, I wasn’t sure what had sprouted, but I liked the look of the stems, growing ever higher, with their wispy/feathery leaves. It turned out to be several delightful colors of Cosmos.

Not knowing much about them, I was sure they’d be short-lived, but instead, we are enjoying a profusion of blooms even now. They make beautiful arrangements, and cutting or deadheading encourages them to produce even more abundantly. Their vivid white, fuchsia and pale lavender petals vibrate with color—heavenly. A wonderful change from the potted chrysanthemums that I see everywhere this time of year.

Landscape Architecture: “Parsley Around the Roast?”

My yard is a perpetual, perennial mess. The textures are all wrong, the plants that I expect to spread stay patchy, and the plants I expect to grow tall taunt me with their stubby stubbornness. You get the picture.

Planting Bulbs—Investing in Promise

We like to think of spring as being a season of promise, but I find fall to be just as full of possibilities. We’re planting bulbs, shrubs and trees, letting them take root before a forced winter rest. Their autumn promise is to grow stronger and sturdier—better able to withstand the vagaries of our Cincinnati winters and our spring’s soaking rains and windy days.