From the Momfilter Archives  We saw the most beautiful magnolia wreath at a great boutique called Nili Lotan in East Hampton, New York. The combination of green and dried leaves is always striking. I found a great how-to on Southern Living’s website, which used individual leaves (rather than branches) stuck into a foam ring that […]


I always feel very incompetent around Easter. First of all, I can’t wrap my head around the Easter bunny, and what I’m supposed to be saying about that. And then I wait until the last minute to figure out our eggs/basket situation, by which time, I’m in just-get-it-done mode. So when someone at work showed […]

holiday binder

Despite my chips-stealing incident (posted on Momfilter last week), I feel like I’ve gained a little more mastery of my holiday season due to one simple tool:  my Holiday Binder.  My Binder Full of Christmas, if you will. It’s a 3-ring binder full of folders and page protectors into which I stuff my son’s Christmas […]


What happens if you buy a shop where you’ve long been the manager (as my friend did—Essentials, in Northampton, Massachusetts) and Tony DiTerlizzi(of Spiderwick and Wondla and Alien and Possum fame) frequents it? You might just end up with a window that looks… like Woodlandia. And here you can read and see how Tony made the magic. […]

merci window

Bonton is a kids “superstore” in Paris, which always has the most clever (and often simple) ideas in their displays. I love the metallic accordion balls they had hanging down in one window this year, and the snowflake window they did two years ago. You can buy the metallic balls for $13 a dozen, although […]


We found out about Emily Thompson Flowers when we did a story on her wreaths in Martha Stewart Living for this December’s issue, and we met her in person when she was selling them at the Martha Stewart American Made Workshop at Grand Central. Emily is an amazing artist, and last year she did the […]

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