Our Country Home Fall/Winter 2016

As we head toward the holiday season, many of us are scratching our heads over what we can give our friends, acquaintances and loved ones that they will really cherish and use, things that can brighten their lives every day throughout the year. How about home decorating items? And how about brightening up our own homes to celebrate the festive season? This fourth and final issue for 2016 of Our Country Home is all about clever, affordable ways to add decorative touches to our living spaces.

Inspiration will come from Jonathan Charles Fox’s feature of artist Ray Fiero’s home, and in particular, his colorful and eclectic way of enhancing the beauty of his home, nicknamed "Sweetness." Fiero appears to know better than anyone how to stretch a dollar with his unique use of found objects.

Now if you happen to be one of the lucky owners of a hearth in your home, working or not, visit renowned designer Victoria Lesser’s story "Home is Where the Hearth Is" for some spectacular ideas on sprucing up mantelpiece shelves as well as the surrounding mantelpiece area. Her tips will get your mind spinning with easy-to-do decorations that will be appreciated year long.

Because pottery is a reliable way to bring a focal point to any area of the home, in "Potter’s Choice" I’ve asked local ceramicists to suggest their favorite pieces, practical and otherwise. You’ll be surprised what they came up with and how the vastly different looks of earthen wares, ranging from intrigue to whimsy, will enliven any space.

Since flowers, fresh and dried, have always been a staple in decorating, I’ve asked writer and off-beat artist, Scarlet Obeidallah, to invent unexpected ways in which to gather and contain floral arrangements. She certainly delivered! Check out her work in "Beyond the Vase, Other Worldly Vessels." And when the decorating’s done, you’ll naturally want to light it up! Artist Kathie Fitzgerald explores light, landscape, and illusion with lamps and lampshades in "Shaded Glory," written by our newest writer, Annemarie Schuetz.

Happy Holidays!


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