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November 21, 2012

Spotlight: Carolyn Espley-Miller

Carolyn Espley-Miller
Photo Credit: David Miller


  • Run with a theme—natural materials or jewels, say—and throw in an unexpected element. If you’re using burlap and kraft paper, mix in something sparkly
  • Think “scent, scent, scent,” with warm cider on the stove, and slices of dried oranges on the tree or in a bowl.
  • Californians are lucky to have fruit and vegetables in December. Go to your garden or your farmers’ market for a fresh, organic addition to your decorations.
  • Focus on a single color, but use different materials for variety.
  • Toast the holidays with  a signature drink. [Last year, she poured marshmallow martinis.] The libation should be decadent. After all, your New Year’s diet is only days away!
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