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#DSHoliday + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney


This week the holidays finally started to feel real because Julia and I went to our local Christmas tree farm to bring home a tree. Julia builds her own DIY menorah every year, so this month our house is filled with so much light and decoration. I’m always so inspired by the warmth this season brings, and I’ve been so happy to focus less on shopping and decorating (although I do love tree lights) and more on giving back.

This year we did our local toy drive and are volunteering at food and family shelters in our area, but we’re also following a suggestion left by writer (and D*S contributor) Ashley C. Ford that I wanted to share here. Ashley suggested people call up their local school system to find out about overdue lunch accounts for students in need. So many of these children aren’t able to pay off their bills and won’t be able to join their classmates for meals — or get the food they need (and may not be able to get at home). All you need to do is get the totals and chip in as much as you can afford, or coordinate with others (or local businesses) to help pay off the totals. It’s a nice way to get involved with your local schools and a great way to make sure that the next generation of makers, artists, dreamers and doers has the fuel they need to grow and learn.

Speaking of inspiration, I wanted to launch a short #Hashtag challenge for this month: #DSHoliday. Upload a picture (to Twitter or Instagram) of what YOUR holiday season looks like (traditions, decorations, giving back, etc.) and tag it #DSHoliday. I’ll pick one winner and mail them a signed copy of In the Company of Women AND a signed copy of Julia’s cookbook, Small Victories. Until then, best wishes for a healthy and happy weekend. xo, grace

Paper butterflies above by Woodlucker on Instagram. Peek inside their house here


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  • Since you asked: I recently painted my mudroom a vivid shade of green. I love greens galore but found that choosing the right hue more complicated than imagined. For something so common in nature, green is a surprisingly fickle paint color. After trying out 10 (yes, 10!) paint samples, I settled on SW’s Kilkenny and absolutely love it. [I’ve linked it above in case anyone in curious. The professional shots of the color at the paint site really don’t do it justice.]

    When I saw the Pantone color announcement, I was a bit dismayed. Unfortunately, trendy colors can quickly feel dated and overdone as everyone grows tired of them. “Greenery” probably wouldn’t work for me on clothes or walls because it’s a bit pukey and unflattering with those yellow undertones. However, if “Greenery” inspires more people to try bold greens at home, I say it’s a good choice for color of the year. My only advice to people would be to first try out many, many different greens if using it for a big project at home.

  • I think “greenery” is the color I painted my living room circa 2005 ish? I loved it then. PS I like the school lunch idea but many readers in large cities may find this impracticable – once a district reaches a certain level of kids eligible for free-and-reduced lunch, all lunches are free (yay!).

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