Food & Wine

Victoria Best of Christmas 2008

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
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7 Issues

in this issue

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season’s greetings

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holiday door décor

evergreen spray…

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boughs & bows

As familiar to the holidays as carols and Kris Kringle, vibrant red and green never go out of style. The secret to keeping these colors interesting is incorporating unexpected elements into traditional trimmings. Intertwining deep crimson roses, brilliant berries, and apple green foliage among branches of pine, balsam fir, and feathery Leyland cypress instantly spruces up swags on the mantle or staircase. Accent the greenery with grandiose bows fashioned of flocked velvet ribbon. Carry this color scheme throughout your home by strategically placing coordinating vintage-inspired cones—spilling over with the same blend of red and green—in prominently viewed spaces, helping to transform your home into an enchanted elfin wonderland suitable for welcoming guests galore—especially old Saint Nick.…

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holiday settings

Christmas brunches and lunches, New Year’s Eve soirées and shindigs, Thanksgiving dinners and more dinners—this season brings with it many reasons to celebrate. Whether you’re serving a turkey with all the trimmings or a delicious spread of desserts and coffees, a stunning tablesetting in the midst of decorative touches and adornments can transform your everyday dining area into a festive playground for guests of all ages. In this busy time of seasonal entertaining you may want to choose a transitional setting—perhaps one such as this—designed around nature’s gifts. By simply changing a piece of china, and flowers, or adding a few additional table accessories, you can give each celebration its own zing and zest without starting over. Mother, father, sister, brother—each enjoys a very special place setting around the family table on…

3 min.
inspired design

For Debby Scott, home isn’t simply where the heart is—it’s also where her business thrives. A lifelong resident of Montgomery, Alabama, Debby’s clientele revolves around one of the truest forms of flattery— customer referral. ” The holidays are all about joy, and that’s what I hope to bring into a home. “ Having grown up here, I know just about every customer who calls, or I at least know someone who knows them,” Debby explains. “Because of this, I usually stay as busy as I want.” For good reason. If you ask her, this humble artist will likely downplay her talent, claiming she simply “fluffed” a bit. But one step into Debby’s own holiday-bedecked home reveals why customers rave: Rooms sparkle with the cheery tone of the season, and each tiny detail,…

2 min.
lavish adornments

Creating dazzling displays of lavishness in your home is as easy as repeating the same elements over and over again, a method interior designer Bill Aroosian knows well. Bill says, “The secret to decorating is having a lot of the same things. Once you find a look you like, buy a lot of it.” When it came time for Bill to prepare his own Christmas décor, he kept adding to his collection of opulent ornamentals in hues of orange, red, and bronze. With hundreds of twinkling lights, dozens upon dozens of glass ornaments, festive gold trees, and pretty, personally-wrapped packages, the result was nothing short of spectacular. A popular gathering spot during the holidays, the mantel, Bill explains, deserves some extra attention. Tiny, white lights peeping out of gorgeous, green garland, lovely…