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A Home for a Gnome

In 2014, Hallmark launched it’s first gnome home keepsake entitled “A Home for a Gnome” by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Tammy Haddix and while I wasn’t sure if this would indeed become part of a series, I searched again this past year 2015 while I was at my local Hallmark purchasing holiday greeting card sets.  Lo and behold, there it was!  I have a soft spot for the elementals so here are the two I have collected so far with a special Hallmark sneak peek for you (time to get excited!)…

*Photocredit: Hallmark


2014 A Home for a Gnome

hallmark ornament a home for a gnome

2015 Home Sweet Gnome

hallmark ornament home sweet gnome

2016 Sneak Peek: Gnome for the Holidays Terrarium Tree Home $22.95?

hallmark ornament gnome for the holidays



Planning for Spring…

My Success Choice Planner has inspired me to make earlier plans for my Spring garden (perennial and planter).  It’s the perfect activity to enliven the typical idyllness of midwinter and to look forward to yet another exciting growing season!  My favorites are wildflower seed packets, but unfortunately, I have not had much luck with them.  This will not stop me from trying again.  Below are my top picks for gardening needs.  I hope I haven’t inadvertently left someone off my list…

Local nurseries:  Please support small business!

Jackson & Perkins



Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Charleston Gardens

Renee’s Garden Seeds

The Cottage Gardener

Easy To Grow Bulbs

White Flower Farm

*Photocredit: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Jackson & Perkins



Sylvain Côté’s Green Evolution

I found an article in a decor specialty magazine several months back. It featured Sylvain Côté’s home. Please read the PATH excerpt below–>

PATH Partner Named “Best of the Best” by Professional Remodeler by Brian Sullivan

Absolute Remodeling recognized for South Salem, N.Y. remodeling project

Absolute Remodeling was honored for its whole-house renovation in South Salem, N.Y. PATH Partner Absolute Remodeling was named winner of the 2007 “Best of the Best” Design Award by Professional Remodeler magazine.

Absolute Remodeling was honored for its whole-house renovation in South Salem, N.Y. Reconstructed on the octagonal foundation of a home originally built in 1983, the 3,750-square-foot lakeside home was deemed as functional and environmentally friendly with an innovative and attractive design.

Absolute Remodeling president Sylvain Côté, who owns the house, said the project’s goal was to demonstrate green building in his market.

As such, engineered materials were used on the home’s exterior to provide better durability and make it easier to maintain, while the interior used raw and reclaimed materials, including wood, wrought iron and stone. The home’s other energy-saving features include radiant heating; ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances; light-emitting diodes (LED), compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and halogen lighting; and two heat recovery ventilators.

“From a marketing standpoint, I recognized that this is the perfect time for a project with this focus in my area. But the reality is that it goes much deeper than marketing. Green building is not a trend. It is here to stay,” Côté told Professional Remodeler.

The pictures below cannot completely do justice to Sylvain Côté’s gorgeous home. I can’t imagine the amount of work that was poured into this mammoth project.

*Photocredit: http://www.westchestercountybusiness.com