Pear Fritters

December 20, 2013
IMG_7195I LOVE THESE PEAR FRITTERS. I love them so much that I hope you'll take them off my hands. Otherwise, I'll be forced to eat them -- rather joyously -- all by myself. Read more »

Entrance Hall Arrangement, December 2013

December 10, 2013
IMG_6558FOR ME, December is all about drinking decorating. The Christmas tree is set up (pictures soon!), the parlor mantel is dressed for success, the dining room features a pair of homemade boxwood trees, and now, thanks to floral-designer Erin Brady, a big bouquet lights up the entrance hall table. Here's an intimate look at this pine-scented poetry: Read more »

How to Make a Boxwood Tree

December 7, 2013
IMG_6674FLORAL DESIGNER ERIN BRADY stopped by the other day, armed with scissors, floral foam, and a box of fresh greens. Her mission? To show us how to turn stems of boxwood into magnificent trees. The fun procedure: Read more »

Mantel Magic!

November 30, 2013
IMG_2953WHAT'S MY FAVORITE DECEMBER CHORE? Decorating the fireplaces in this 19th century house. For a Victorian look, I cloak the mantels with evergreen boughs and lots of fresh, colorful fruit. The procedure, which could also work for a dining table or a bookcase, goes something like this: Read more »

O Christmas Tree

December 4, 2012
IMG_2656IF THE TREE IN MY PARLOR IS ANY INDICATION, Christmas has arrived at A Garden for the House. Would you like to see some of the baubles -- and yes, beagles -- that ornament the boughs? Here they are, along with a few thoughts on treating, lighting, and decorating this evergreen symbol of the holidays: Read more »

The December Chores

December 1, 2012
IMG_6708DECEMBER is a big month for decorating, both within and without the house. But it’s also the time to reflect upon the year’s past achievements. Let’s pause each day to enjoy the winter views from our windows, the silhouettes of trees, the colorful birds. And let’s keep most of the work indoors: Read more »

Cognac Cookies

November 29, 2012
IMG_2566TRUE CONFESSION: I made Cognac Cookies this week, and all I can say is...Wow! These grown-up treats are light, buttery, and gently infused with orange-cognac. If you are over the age of twenty-one, I beg you to try them. They are incredibly easy to make. Read more »