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Table of Contents: Holiday Prep


Table of Contents: Holiday Prep

November 3, 2014

The secret to making any holiday season look easy is mindful planning. With make-ahead wreaths, garages transformed into guest quarters, and easy ideas for instant parties, we’re here to help (we’re talking to you, procrastinators):

This week, in preparation for Thanksgiving we collect recipes for preserved edibles (booze is happily involved), spruce up entryway lighting, and assemble DIY decor to last the rest of the year.

Above: Photograph by Mimi Giboin from Outbuilding of the Week: A Tiny Glass Studio in Barcelona.


  • One wreath. Two holidays. Erin has a design that will dress up your home for the rest of the year in this week’s DIY Projects.


  • In this week’s 10 Easy Pieces, we get warm and welcoming with freestanding wood stoves, chosen for both beauty and fuel-burning efficiency. As Janet says, it’s “not your grandmother’s wood stove.”


  • We welcome stylist and blogger extraordinaire Beth Kirby of Local Milk into our fold. In this week’s Entertaining & Arrangements, she’ll create a simple and lovely zero-cost tablescape, with ingredients you already have on hand.
  • Agonizing about where to put your out-of-town guests?  Stick them in the grottage (a cottage formerly known as a garage), but be prepared for return visits. See our favorites in this week’s Guest Spaces Roundup.
  • Christine Chitnis and her family visit the source: a bog that grows cranberries. We can’t wait to see the pictures (and to eat the sauce).


  •  In this week’s Recipe Roundup, Cheryl breaks into the liquor cabinet for boozy edibles you can make now and save to serve for the holidays.


Wondering what the Remodelista editors are up to this week? They’re busy polishing silver and stocking up on stemware; see their ideas for a fabulous holiday here.

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