10 Great Hostess Gifts

Diffusers @ amy dutton SHOP

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to think about great hostess gifts. As a matter of fact, I would suggest stocking up with a few gifts so that you are prepared for those last minute events and invites. A thoughtful and unique gift shows appreciation.

New at the SHOP…. wonderful diffusers. These diffusers have porcelain flowers the sent of the flower. They come in small, medium and large and range from $23 – $58. Come in and check them out!

What Your Thanksgiving Floor Needs

pappelina rugs@ amy dutton home

Thanksgiving is notorious for having a messy floor. What your floor needs is a Pappelina rug! These are woven plastic rugs and clean up beautifully! You can spray them with cleaner and use a sponge or mop to clean up.

The designs are inspiring and artistic PLUS they are reversible! Available in widths of 27.5″,  33″  and 55″ by a variety of different lengths. Check out designs online on the Pappelina website and stop by the store to check out our new rugs in stock.

Fabric of the Week: Tenny


This graphic design fabric is best used as it repeats together either in brick pattern or railroad pattern. Shown as a place setting of napkin in a smaller scale and switched colors and larger scale of neutrals but I’ve also used it as wallpaper as an accent wall.

Come into the shop and see what else we have new… plenty of hostess gifts for the Thanksgiving guest.

Warning… It’s Time to Finish Up Your Landscaping Projects!

Beachy Cottage @ amy dutton home

I always figure, if I have to wear my warmest coat on job sites during the middle of the day then it is TIME… time to wrap up all landscaping projects. You can not get your CO (Certificate of Occupancy)  unless you have egress from your home that meets code. Therefore, all elevations with grade need to be finished properly. The evening frosts  are staying consistent, eventually the ground will soon freeze as solid as rock ledge.

In this photo, our “Beachy Cottage” has made a significant landscaping push! The landscaping team has shown up on site, we have grade heights correct in order to finish the front deck and granite landing step, porous walkway and back patio are in process plus the beautiful front wall is being built in order to retain grade heights.

The planting will not be able to be installed because while planting in the fall is a good decision, right now all the soils and the root balls are too frozen and the planting will die in the spring.  So, while it might not be completely finished this calendar year, the plantings will be installed in the early spring and it will be in full bloom by the summer! Seasons…. they are vitally important to respect & remember!

Fall Clean-up… Really?

amy dutton's garden

There are those falls that I simply haven’t had time to get the garden before the snow falls and you know what, it’s been just fine. Typically, if you can get the leaves predominantly cleaned up so that they do not damage your lawn in the spring, your gardens like the natural protection from the elements.  Additionally, consider the look of a winter garden. I like seeing the grasses with snow on them.

This does mean that in the spring, you need to get out early and cut everything back so that the new life has the room to grow. But we are anxious to get outside in the spring, so plan your calendar accordingly. Here is a recent article that might give more ideas and support to the theory.

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