WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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For more help decorating inside and out: n MOLLIE JOHNSON INTERIORS www.molliejohnsoninteriors.com 781.431.2289 n SHAFER O'NEIL INTERIOR DESIGN www.shaferoneil.com 781.235.7505 n NATUREWORKS www.natureworkslandscape.com 508.660.3139 holiday season. Choose two to three colors and keep them consistent. Switch out pillows, accent fabrics, and table settings seasonally. The use of metallic materials in winter brightens a room. eight Go green. Use a mix of cut greens, colorful branches, and live plants for window boxes, planters, wreaths, garlands, and tabletops. "In addition to traditional pine branches," says NatureWorks President Matt Gramer, "consider variegated holly leaf branches, juniper sprigs with blue berries, red and yellow twig dog- wood stems, pine cones, and other unusual organic materials." Keep cut plants in fresh water and use easy anti-desiccant products to retain moisture. nine ten Use inviting scents. "Let your nose know it's the holiday season," says Gramer. Place seasonal potpourri or scented candles near the entryway and throughout the house, bake cookies shortly before guests arrive, or use deliciously scented flowers in arrangements. Keep it safe. Replace old extension cords with the new UL rated cords—or go cordless. Route cords to minimize the chances that someone may trip on them. Keep candles away from curtains and other flammable materials and take the stockings down before light- ing a fire in the fireplace. If you plan to have a live Christmas tree, check it for freshness, water it fre- quently, and keep it at a distance from fireplaces, candles, radiators, and portable heaters. Be sure that breakable ornaments and poisonous plants are out of the reach of young children and pets. ( DAWN DELLASANTA-SWANN writer ) 29 winter 2012/2013 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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