Have you made the trek to Winterthur in Delaware, the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880 - 1969)? It's now a museum dedicated to the American decorative arts covering the period between 1640 and 1860. The 175-room house is open to the public sitting on a 1000 acre preserve.
If you can't make the trek to Delaware this holiday season, you can shop their gift shop. This is a great way to help fund a treasured landmark and also find unique holiday gifts. I love these Woodland Plates which come in sets of four.
Winterthur is well known for its furniture and makes many high end reproductions. I also love their gardens and this bench would be spectacular in a garden in anyone's home and it comes in several colors. I am partial to the black one. See it here.
I also like this classic bar cart but you have to put it together. See it here.
This Winterthur Pinetum Spice Potpourri will make the perfect hostess gift. See it here.
This book chronicling Winterthur's holiday decorating would make the perfect gift for someone who loves to decorate for the holidays. See it here.
For the cook or foodie on your list, a cookbook from Winterthur.
You wouldn't think it'd be difficult to find a warm winter boot that is comfortable, good in cold weather, but nice enough to wear around town? My feet stay cold in winter and I wanted something not for the barn but to wear to dinner with jeans, shopping, on cold winter days. Linings, comfort, quality to last more than one or two seasons are key. I have to go with lace up boots (or they won't stay on my narrow feet) and I had to eliminate LL Bean anything because they are always too wide.
These Kate Spade boots caught my eye. They come in black and gray but the gray ones are much prettier.
These Sorel boots also caught my eye and they also appear to be warm. They also come in several colors.
I also like these Sorel boots but I can't decide if they are so ugly that they are cute. They are almost sold out though. I like the fact that they are lighter weight - felt and suede - so they may be more comfortable. See them here.
I tried these Merrill boots and really wanted them to work for me but they are just too wide (a constant problem). They come in three colors and checked off the warm box for sure. See them here.
These Columbia Maragol boots are cute but may look a bit more like a snow boot than I want. They come in several colors and have received good reviews. See them here.
These Sorel boots are standard fare for winter boots but functional and reasonable. See them here.
I love these fur-lined boots but they are a bit pricey. See them here.
And if you are a blue person then you'll also love these. See them here.
Most of us have been at the fashionista stage at some point in our life. Whether you still fit the bill or not, it's fun to shop for the fashionista nonetheless. Here are the Horse Country Chic picks.....
1) Blue Coat from J McLaughlin This lightweight coat will pair well with jeans, white pants, blue pants. It's classic, stylish, and it's on sale. Screams lightweight Chanel to me. Your fashionista will love it!
2) Vintage Jewelry Your fashionista will know how to style this vintage art deco monogrammed brooch. See it here.
My china fetish is well known by now - you can never have too many dishes. It's so easy now to find china on-line and the store brands keep producing their own year after year so there's much to pick from.
These plates are made by Ballard and are very Spode-like even though they are made in China. They come in sets of four and while not terribly expensive, they are a bit pricey for plates that are, well, made in China. See them here. You can use these starting in fall through the entire winter season.
(Into the Woods accent plates)
These are also at Ballard and are more festive. They also come in sets of four. I pull my holiday dishes out after Thanksgiving and use them through January. These would be cute paired with plaid dinner plates or chargers. See them here.
(Yuletide Dessert Plates)
These Gold Cheetah Dessert Plates are quite versatile and could be used for many months. If these go with your decor, these would be a nice addition to your collection. Also from Ballard. See them here.
(Cheetah Dessert Plates)
These Pottery Barn salad plates are adorable and will work well with plain white dishes. Pottery Barn is a great source for seasonal dishes. See these here.
If vintage is your taste then you'll love these dishes from Johnson Brothers which remind me of my grandmother's dishes. See them here.
These accent plates from Lenox will also work well with white dinner plates:
These Cynthia Rowley melamine plates are so fun and perfect for a party. They come in sets of 4 and at the price, you can buy as many sets as you want. See them here.
I love these holiday animal plates. Pair them with plaid dinner plates for a festive look. See them here.
Juliska is one of my favorite brands for dinnerware and I love their Reindeer Games plates. Perfect for a party! See them here.
You can also buy these in sets of four in case you don't need twelve:
I have one set of these and use them all of the year. See these here.
You can also buy the Reindeer Plates in the Solo Sport pattern. Love this! See them here: