Making merry, naturally is the latest in the ongoing series of H&G staffers' forays into DIY classes. Barbara Mahany took a session of wreath making at the Joseph Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. While she was unsure of how it would go (she describes herself as "the last person in crafty America to not own a glue gun") she's happy with the results. She recommends the class for "anyone who needs a little December therapy" and it will be held next on 12/5. See link above for details and registration information. Also from H&G this week:
Banish Clutter: A list of tips from two new books on the subject of clearing out - Organize It by Mervyn Kaufman and The Well Organized Home by Judithe Wilson. As Wilson says, ""If the entire household knows where to find key items -- and, by definition, where to put them away -- a home runs on well-oiled wheels."
Five things to know about: top trends in kitchen redesign. Sub-Zero/Wolf holds an annual Kitchen Design Contest with designers and architects as judges. This piece outlines trends spotted from the 1000+ entries.
Dishing: new sides for Thanksgiving: Butternut squash and coconut bisque, cilantro and garlic toasts and roasted sweet potato and orzo salad.
Top Trees: The House and Garden editors are looking for the most beautiful, interesting, creative, tasteful, outrageous Christmas trees in the Chicago area to feature in the December 24th issue of H&G. By Dec. 1, send digital photos of your tree or one -- in private or public spaces -- that has caught your eye (overall shots and details; maximum of three photos) to: email@example.com (put "tree pix" in the subject field). For prints, send to: Home&Garden, Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, Attn: Christmas trees.