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Holiday Spirits: Holiday Wine Primer

December 7, 2015

The holiday season is here! This time of year brings parties, intimate dinners, and memorable evenings visiting with family and friends. Wine adds a festive note and cheer to any occasion. To help with your holiday planning, we’ve provided a list of the best varietals for the season along with recommendations of what dishes they complement best. Enjoy the festivities!

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2015 Holiday Design Trends

Decorating for the holidays is a way to welcome the season into your home and will help make this time of year special for you and your loved ones. You can give your holiday look a new flair with these nine design trends for the 2015 holiday season.

Incorporate fresh white flowers into your design

Bring the feel of the season to your interior space with bouquets of fresh white flowers throughout your home. A vase of simple white tulips on an end table, an elegant centerpiece of white lilies, or paper whites planted in mason jars will add an elegant touch to your home.

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The History of the Log Cabin

September 30, 2015

In the U.S., we associate log cabins with pioneer days; intrepid early Americans leaving their homes in the East or Europe to build a new life on the frontier. For many of us, the first image that comes to mind when we think of a log cabin is Little House on the Prairie.

The original log cabin designs were simple, as trees were the only building material, and the ax, adz, and auger were the only tools for construction. Conner-prairie-log-cabin-interior The typical log cabin design was a small, one-room hut with one door and possibly one or more small windows. The logs were stacked and the spaces were filled with mud to keep out the wind and cold. There were no nails during this time, so the logs were fastened with notched ends, or with wooden pegs. Read more

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