October 1, 2014

10 Things to do in October

October is one of my favorite months. The scenery here in New England at this time of year is breath-taking. Every year I'm still surprised to look around and see one beautiful scene after another. The air is crisp, the sun is still warm, and there is still time to enjoy the outdoors without too much difficulty. And then there's Halloween...one of my favorite holidays. In fact, the first in the trifectaHalloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It's a magical time of year that goes by much too quickly.

1. Take in the view. No matter where you live, Mother Nature is giving us a gift. Take the time to look around and appreciate it all. I'm not one of those people who grumbles as tourists take up parking spaces this time of year. I just thank them for coming and I hope they enjoy their trip.

2. It's time to cook with pumpkins, play with pumpkins, and have fun with pumpkins. My family and I have already chosen the big guys that sit on our porch, but I still have to buy some jack-be-little's for decorating indoors. There's lots of creative ways to use pumpkins. (And I promise you'll enjoy this Pumpkin Bread recipe, too.)

3. Rake up the leaves. But have fun in the process. Luckily, with all of the trees I have on my property, I don't have to rake too many from the yard. But as I've seen when we've gone trick-or-treating in the past, piles of leaves can be used for other purposes...like hiding scary people. Then it's time to take them to the compost pile. As you may have seen on Instagram (yes, I'm using my account again), David and I have been re-shaping our yard. Leaves come in very handy when you try to fill in holes. Someday those leaf-filled holes become grass. And I don't have to tell you what a wonderful asset they are to gardens of all sizes. I've learned to protect plants from harsh New England winters the hard way.

4. Go on a hayride. We watched children pile into the orchard wagon on Saturday to go pick pumpkins and I couldn't help thinking about all the times the girls did this. Kate assures me that her own children will be tossed up onto the piles of hay. This is a great way to slow down and watch the leaves fall.

5. Get ready for Halloween! I start to haunt the house around mid-month. This is Amanda's favorite holiday, and now that she's a senior in high school, I have to pull out all the stops for this year's bash. I'm not going to tell you what I have planned, but I can assure you that I'll share photos when I'm through. In the meantime, be inspired by checking out past Halloween decorations and costumes.

6. Brew up a spicy scent. I love spicier scents in general whether it's perfume or fragrance for my home. And I adore spicy food. So here are a few spice mixes to use when cooking and one to make your home smell delicious.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 4 teaspoons ground ginger, 3 teaspoons ground allspice, 1 teaspoon vanilla powder. Mix together and store in an airtight container.

Chili Spice: 2 teaspoon paprika, 4 teaspoons ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoon oregano, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Mulling Spice: 3 strips dried orange rind, 2 strips dried lemon rind, 2 tablespoons whole cloves, 1 tbsp. whole allspice, smashed, 1 whole star anise, smashed, 4 cinnamon sticks, smashed. Break larger pieces into quarters, then divide mixture into equal parts. Make a spice bag using cheesecloth and use one spice bag for every 2 quarts of cider (or wine).

Home Fragrance: 1/4 C of fresh cranberries, an orange, a few cinnamon sticks, and a tablespoon of cloves. Place them all in a pot and cover with water, then simmer away.

7. Get ready for winter. New England winters can be brutal, so it's better to take care of things ahead of time then when you're in the middle of a storm. This is why we've been tackling our driveway this year. It was time. If you heat with wood, or just use it for the occasional fire, bring your wood closer to the house, but don't bring it too close. Make sure you start to store firewood inside by the end of the month, too. If those heavy blankets aren't out of storage yet, they should be. Check on your battery and emergency supplies. Now is the time to take stock of what you have on hand for perishables. My basement is filled with shelves of supplieswater, canned foods, toiletrieswhatever you don't want (or can't) go out into the cold to get.

8. Stock up on fall/winter-themed books. I love to read about the seasons when they happen, not the other way around. So anything with a summer theme must wait until then. I also like to challenge myself to read specific titles or genres. Last winter I set a goal to read all 7 Harry Potter books. Well, the 4,175 pages took me until July to finish, but I did it. (Try 20 YA Reads, or one of these titles.)

9. Watch fall-themed movies like Dan in Real Life; Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (a little early for Thanksgiving, but I thought I'd toss it in); Hocus Pocus; Practical Magic; Goodwill Hunting, Autumn in New York; The Blind Side; and Step Mom. I'm looking forward to seeing This is Where I Leave You in theatres.

10. Buy a new sweater. Can you really have enough sweaters? I know I can't. I'm hopelessly in love with cashmere, but I do find sweaters in other materials that can be almost as soft (which is my #1 sweater rule). I found a few here, here, and here. (And here is a little cashmere, too.)

September 30, 2014

Apples!

Saturday, we were at the orchard once again. I think David and I figured out that this whole apple picking tradition started 24 years ago! Amazing. And even though we now live in southern NH, we still take the drive into Harvard, MA and pick at the same orchard. I now have a half bushel and a peck of apples sitting in my kitchen, one pie already made, and several more to make.

Each year we hold a contest to see who can find the smallest apple. (David won.) But this year, Amanda decided to up the stakes and started a new tradition... guess who found the biggest apple? I can see this huge Courtland apple right now as it sits on my kitchen windowsill. I don't have the heart to cut it up for pie. I think I'll let Amanda eat her prize when she's ready.

Here are some delicious apple recipes you're sure to enjoy.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie (Kate's favorite dessert!)
Apple Cider Doughnuts
Inside Out Caramel Apples
Easy Bake Apples
Apple Butter
Overnight Apple Oatmeal
Apple Pie Pull-Apart Bread
Cider Glazed Apple Dumplings
Applesauce Pop Tarts
Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

Apple Cider
Sparkling Apple Juice
21 Delicious Apple Cider Cocktails

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
Roasted Pork Loin With Apples and Sweet Potato
Roasted Apples and Fall Vegetable With Pecans
Apple Cider Baked Chicken

LongHouse Barn

LongHouse Barn is a culinary center where award-winning food writer and chef, Molly O'Neill, teaches master classes in food writing and cooking. This rescued barn now hosts a variety of events for leading chefs as it did just a couple of weeks ago at the 4th annual Longhouse Food Revival.

I think you probably know by now that I hope to have a barn on my property one day. David is thinking car storage, and I'm thinking fun events and classes, not to mention a loft space that my children can use to hang out in whenever they'd like. I envision a trestle ceiling and a sliding barn door, a large glass-front wood stove (I'm being practical; I'd rather have a fireplace) and a large sprawling farm table would certainly make a beautiful backdrop for Thanksgiving dinner. Molly's version has inspired big dreams.

I also love the outdoor area. Wallswhether indoors or outcan be used as an anchor to create additional living space regardless of the season. Although some of these furnishings need to be brought indoors, consider materials that will stand up to the weather like iron and stone. My own outdoor seating is waiting to be stored away, but not before I can't stand to sit out there any longer. For now, extra blankets and a warm fire will do.

Read all about past Longhouse Food Revivals and gather delicious recipes from this spread in Domino. Follow Molly on Twitter.

September 29, 2014

Beautiful Boots

I have always wanted a pair of leather riding boots, but then I found these Trooper boots over at Emerson Fry and I'm re-thinking my fashion wish list. The difference? Trooper boots are taller in the front than the back. The military-style boot sits just over the knee but has that classic styling that makes them timeless. These are definitely an investmentthe $595 price tag is a bit too steep for me at the moment, but I have purchased clothing items in the past that require such an investment and I still wear those items.
 
If they've just made their way onto your fashion wish list, you'd better hurray. The start selling them next month in a limited run. 

September 26, 2014

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Last weekend, we spent the day in Boston and while the girls were at the movies, David and I went to our place in the Public Garden. This is the one spot we would come to be alone when we first started dating. However, this weekend we're headed back to the orchard to pick some apples. It's supposed to feel more like summer than fall, but I'll take sunshine any day.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Here are some things I read this past week I thought you might enjoy.

How to stock your pantry like a pro. I'm investing in lots of mason jars.

Brains and beauty. (I couldn't resist.)

The rise of short fiction.

Try these delicious quick and tasty meals. Yum!

Butler etiquette: Butler like 'Downton'.

5 questions to ask yourself before installing a barn door. (Then try this project!)

Photo: Boston Public Garden

September 25, 2014

The Face of Hope

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day. When I heard the word mesothelioma for the first time, it was while I was watching television. I had no idea what it was or what it meant. Unfortunately, there are lots of "medical" commercials broadcast these days and I never paid close attention.

That's when a reader emailed me to ask if I wouldn't mind spreading the news. My mother suffers from Crohn's disease and my uncle from Parkinson's. And that's just two of the awful medical conditions our family is faced with at the moment, so I know how difficult it is to raise awareness when there are many, many diseases that need our attention. I was more than happy to pass her story along to you.

Heather was diagnosed with this deadly disease at age 36 and given 15 months to live just shortly after giving birth to her only daughter, Lily. After undergoing a life saving surgery, which required the removal of her left lung, she beat the odds and she's still here eight years later and thriving more than ever! She is using her personal story to help raise awareness of mesothelioma: a preventable disease that takes so many innocent lives.

So what exactly is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. After working in the building industry in some form or another, I can certainly understand the need to raise awareness so that people can educate themselves and prevent this deadly disease.

"Over the course of the Industrial Revolution, asbestos use grew in factories and other heavy industries throughout the United States and abroad. Asbestos was used not only in factories, but also in oil refineries, chemical plants, on railroad cars, and in shipyards. Asbestos materials were used to insulate pipes and boilers in steam locomotives, to line tanks and ovens in refineries, and could be found literally everywhere aboard the nation’s ships, from engine rooms to galleys. As the twentieth century progressed, more uses for asbestos were found. It was used in the brakes and clutches of automobiles, insulated America’s new skyscrapers, and was used extensively in the construction industry, where it was used in asbestos products like joint compounds, cements, roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, siding, stucco, plaster, and much more. Those workers at risk included any that worked in an asbestos-heavy industry or frequently handled asbestos products." *

Please read Heather's touching story: Dying to be Heard, and pass it along to others.

Visit the website to learn more: Mesothelioma.com.

Thank you, Heather, for sharing your story. I am truly inspired!

*http://www.mesothelioma.com/asbestos-exposure/

September 24, 2014

Cork & Capsule

Food and travel. Two word synonymous with pure pleasure. So when I heard my nephew was headed out into the world to discover and delight in his two loves, I was thrilled for him, and a little jealous. This trip started long before he left the country. His love of food and wine had been nurtured on the west coast for the past 10 years. After working at fine restaurants and becoming a Certified Sommelier at a young age, he was off and running. Literally. Somewhere along the way, he met up with his partner in crime at Cork & Capsule, Anna, who is also a Certified Sommelier, and together they made the cross-country trip from San Francisco to Massachusetts to begin their adventure, and clue in the family.

After a quick stop in Australia, Andrew tells me he is in now in Queenstown, New Zealand working for a gin distiller and visiting wineries around Central Otago. In order to keep food on their table, and gas in their car, Andrew and Anna will be heading to work at a nearby winery in a couple of weeks.

"We bought a car in Auckland (an '85 Mazda station wagon) and drove all the way down, staying with different people and camping along the way. I built a camp box with cooking supplies so I can make pretty luxurious meals as we go. I've got two burners, a pot and a skillet, your basic utensils: plates, knives, the essential wooden spoon, and seasonings. We've successfully foraged Meyer lemons, chives, thyme, avocados, rosemary, and bay leaves. I should write a post about cooking now that I think about it..."

I'm looking forward to the cooking posts. I am not a master at cooking while on the road, so I could definitely use some tips. I can only imagine the sumptuous feasts Andrew has prepared. I can almost smell the herbs.

They leave New Zealand in mid-November via Cairns and then head to Southeast Asia, and although they're not exactly sure what they're travel itinerary is just yet, Andrew tells me they'll visit Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Guam. And if the money holds out, they'll work (and eat) their way over to Europe.

My adult life started out nothing like Andrews. By his age, I was married with two children, I had a mortgage, and a dog. So the practical me wondered...how? (Clearly, I did not backpack through Europe after college.) Hard word, sheer grit and determination is the answer. Not to mention an incurable love of food and travel definitely had a hand in the making of this great escape. And life on the road doesn't sound too bad either.

"It's really amazing how quickly you make friends and how willing they are to connect us with other people that can help us on our way. The fact that we work in an industry that is worldwide definitely helps." "We're professionals attempting to stretch our opportunity to its maximum."

I can't wait to read what happens next! Please follow along as they share their love of food and drink, explore new places and meet new people.

(You can also follow Anna & Andrew on Twitter and Instagram.)

You may also like... Vegetables are King, Comfort Food, Breakfast In or Out?Pizza or Pizza!, Do You Read About Food?, and Una Bella Giornata.

Photo by Andrew Merritt: The Ambassadors Vineyard, Hanzell Winery, Sonoma

September 23, 2014

What do You Want to Know?

To start off this series, I thought I'd ease into the subject and answer these questions sent over by reader Callie R. (It almost felt odd not having a microphone in front of me when I typed my answers.) Callie didn't exactly pick one subject, she picked me instead!

Q. You mention in your bio that you work as an instructor/writer/stylist. What jobs did you have that enabled you to do all three almost simultaneously?

A. I had on-the-job training when I was a child. I think my mother was a frustrated decorator. We went out almost every weekend scavenging for antiques. She was a real innovator when it came to design. My intention (the first time I went to school) was to become a writer, but that wasn't offered as a degree back then, so I settled for communications. So...I started with writing, threw in the towel and did something that came naturally and worked for a designer in Boston before opening my own company, and then answered the call when women asked how they could do this, too. Luckily, I was able to work writing back into the equation when I started to write a newsletter (before there were blogs) and an editor found me and gave me a job at a magazine. I'm not taking on design work any longer, but I still like to write about it. It's all come full circle.

Q. What jobs did you have before these?

A. My first paid job was scooping ice cream at Peaceful Meadows in my hometown when I was 16. Before that I babysat and cleaned a neighbor's house for a few dollars an hour. During the summer between my senior year and college I was a telephone operator!

Q. What are you most proud of?

A. Well, my children are what I'm most proud of. I always knew I'd be a mother, but I never knew how much motherhood would define me. I had no intention of getting married or having children until I was 30! If we're talking about career, then I'd have to say two thingsthe women I've mentored while teaching, and writing. Of all the articles I've written (published and unpublished), this one has always resonated with me.

Q. Tell me something that's not in your bio.

A. I hate having my picture taken, but I think that's in there. I love dogs. But I think you already knew that, too. I'm afraid of heights and grasshoppers. The first should be obvious and I have no idea why grasshoppers creep me out so much! My favorite seasons are summer and fall.

Callie: Thanks for indulging me!

Me: You're welcome, Callie. Thanks for reading!

Photo: Harvard, MA

Modern Manhattan Town House

I love the mix of modern and traditional design. Take a look a designer Ariel Ashe's 19th century Greenwich village town house. I'm especially fond of the black and white photographs in her living room. Read her story and take a peek at some great finds for inspiration.

Photos: Brittany Ambridge for Domino magazine

September 22, 2014

The True Meaning of Feminism

Over the weekend, I learned the true meaning of the word feminism. Not since the days of Gloria Steinem have I ever heard the word feminism used more frequently than it has been in the past year, and especially in the past month. I sat and watched part of the VMAs with Amanda and the word feminist was seen (and heard) at least a half dozen times.
 
But it wasn't until I read about Emma Watson's association with U.N. Women as Goodwill Ambassador that I started to re-learn what the word actually meant. On Saturday, she gave an impassioned speech on gender equality to launch the "HeForShe" campaign at the U.N. Headquarters in New York that had people standing on their feet in thunderous applause.
 
Here's what she had to say about the definition of feminism:
 
"...my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I'm among the ranks of women who's expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men, unattractive even. Why has the word become an uncomfortable one?"
 
"[I am from Britain] and I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men." 

Pushing back against recent campaigns like Women Against Feminism, she is educating us all on what it truly means to be a feminist. I am especially interested to hear what Kate has to say when her Women and Globalization class meets this week as this will certainly have an impact on their topic of discussion. Perhaps she will finally be heard when she says, once again, it's all about equality.

"It's not the word that's important, it's the idea and the ambition behind it."

I watch my girls work very, very hard for all that they have achieved so far, but I worry that they, too, will struggle with the inevitable choices all women have to make. Will they make enough money to support themselves, or will they have to rely on a man to help them? Will they get passed over for promotions, receive less opportunities, and be given fewer chances to further their careers?

Citing Hillary Clinton's 1997 speech in Beijing about women's rights, Emma states that "...less than 30% of the audience were male." Reminding us that feminism is a male issue as well, she talks about how her father's role as a father was just as important as her mother's, but not given equal value. She goes on to say:

"We don't often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are, and when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence."

"Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals."

"If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer and this is what "HeForShe" is about. It's about freedom."

"I want men to take up this mantle, so that their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also, so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too."

Towards the end of her speech, she makes light of who she is. But she is exactly the type of person who should be saying this. She has the ability to influence a new generation of both men and women to help them rethink what history has taught them.

" Statesmen Edmund Burke said, 'All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.'" "If not me, who? If not now, when?"

"You might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier and for this, I applaud you. We are struggling for a uniting word, but the good news is we have a uniting movement. It is called "HeForShe"."

I count Emma Watson among one of today's role models I actually want my girls to listen to.

And I am proud to call myself a feminist.

Please listen to her entire speech here. And visit the HeForShe website.

Photo: Emma Watson and U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon - justjared.com

September 19, 2014

A Change of Season

Do you have plans for the weekend? Because our focus has shifted since school began (We'll be heading out of town as much as staying in town.), David, Amanda, and I are driving to Boston to meet up with my parents and visit Kate at school. My parents split their time between Massachusetts and Florida, so they weren't able to see Kate last year because of a change in travel plans. I'm excited to show them around campus, and around Kenmore Square and Fenway. Maybe it will bring back a few memories of them visiting me when I was just around the corner at Northeastern. It's hard to believe I'm the mother and not the student.

I'm told the girls will be ditching us at some point so they can catch The Maze Runner at the theater across the street. That's okay, I'm sure we can find something to do while we're in the city.

I hope you have a great weekend. Here are some fun reads for you to check out...

What Jim and Pam taught us about love.

15 career tips from smart women.

The duet you've all been waiting for. (She is just incredible!)

What is the color of your aura?

I've got good news and good news.

Photo: Cunningham Pond, Peterborough, NH

Spotted: Fall's Fab Finds

This colorful home gets its style from a mix that combines garage sale finds with collected pieces found over time. Start with a neutral palette, then begin to add colors and textures that just feel right. When you grow tired of the pop of color, pillows and throws can be easily replaced, and the ottoman can get a makeover with a simple slipcover. (Just cover with a beautiful blanket for a quick fix.) Mix modern with traditional for timeless appeal. I love big, graphic printsthey work equally well in both settings. (Similar chair, ottoman, and pendant.)

Dining tables don't have to be so rigid, and they don't have to have matching chairs. This particular table was made from reclaimed wood, so think character when combining styles. Pair chairs with benches, upholstery with wood. And have fun with lighting. No one says you have to have a chandelier in the dining room, or even one light fixture for that matter. Make this room your own. (Similar pendantschairs, and bowls.)

A home office should look like it's part of the home. Tables can be used as desks, consoles can be used to hold supplies and files. Give the room personality with quirky touches like moose antlers on a wallpapered wall. (Similar wallpaper and table.)

Photos: Justice Darragh

September 18, 2014

Fall Fashion Trends

Girls with glasses... are super cool and sexy. If I'm not dressed in some sort of classic outfit, I'd guess you could call my style geek chic. I ditched the contacts years ago and I don't hide behind my glasses anymore. I love this denim on denim look, paired with a classic boyfriend blazer in tweed, and my favanimal prints heels.

You must have a jacket to dress up or down. This field jacket has edge and can be paired with jeans or a simple skirt. Casual Friday anyone? (The fabulous necklace is from Juliet and Company.)

Black on black is so me. It's like Garanimals for adults, just put it on and your done. But break it up with something fun and colorfulshoes, jewelry, a great scarf, or a fabulous bag. 

Speaking of blazers, a black or navy one will see you through fall and into winter with ease. Dress it up or down and then pair it with some killer heels.

Other trends to watch: flowy pants, long skirts, plaid, florals in just about everything, animal prints, knits of every style and color, the color green, faux fur, school boy flats (Oxfords)...

Photos of actress Judy Greer: Grace Huang

September 17, 2014

Hearty Beef Stew

This past weekend, I made my second batch of beef stew of the season per request of my oldest daughter, Kate. So I sent David to the store for the ingredients and I got out the crock pot. This is not the type of recipe you can just whip up. Well, it is, but it takes 8-10 hours to actually cook in the crock pot. The photo you see is the stew just about done. Once you add some flour, it thickens up in the last 20 minutes of cooking. This is real comfort food. Serve with mashed potatoes and some delicious crusty bread.

Hearty Beef Stew
  • 2 pounds of stewing beef (I used a combination of stewing beef and beef tips)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (I use Vidalia and chop it in small pieces. The choice is yours.)
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped (I often use ready-to-eat baby carrots and cut them into quarter inch rounds.)
  • 5 large russet potatoes peeled (or not) and cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 28 oz. can of whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning or Oregano
  • 3 cups beef broth, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and then brown the meat in batches. Set aside.
2. Pour the can of tomatoes into a crock pot and mash them with the back of a large spoon or fork to break them up.
3. Add onions, carrots, and potatoes.
4. Sprinkle Italian seasoning or Oregano over the vegetables and then add the beef and all drippings from the skillet.
5. Pour 2 1/2 cups of beef broth over the beef and vegetables. Stir it all together.
6. Add bay leaves

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

About 20 minutes before serving, add salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and the remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth until smooth. Stir into stew. Replace the cover and cook until thickened. Remove bay leaves before serving.

I used certified organic products, including the beef broth. Use low-sodium if available.

September 16, 2014

Fall Nesting

As I was unpacking my fall decorations, it struck me just how many times I'll take the same items and reinvent them again and again. Books are a decorators best friend, so there's always a pile of those lying around. I have several baskets of every shape and size, dishes, vases, and vessels of every kind to hold just about anything. To add a bit of fall to your home d├ęcor, simply gather a variety of organic materialsboth faux and realand have fun playing.
 
I stacked a few books, topped them with a square dish and then added a couple of faux over-sized acorns. My copper-handled tureen holds everything from flowers to Christmas ornaments. This year I decided to line it with faux laurel leaves and then fill it with real hazelnuts. You could use Spanish moss, dried maple leaves...just about anything. And a bag full of hazelnuts is just a grocery store run away.
 
I hang this 3' long basket on an interior door, but I brought it outside because it photographed better. This basket is filled with tulips in the spring, pine boughs in the winter. For fall, I've collected a good amount of berry branches, twigs, and grasses to mix together. The key is to pay attention to color, texture, depth, and height. The majority of materials should be gathered at the mouth of the basket. Mix the colors and textures to balance the arrangement. Anything free-flowing, like branches, should reach for the sky. Tuck and twist until you get the look you want.

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Photos: personal