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With temps dropping and the holidays nearing, Design & Living hit the streets to search out some of the area’s best local shopping. As our gift to you, this guide showcases holiday decor, home accents and unique ideas for a simple, stress-free and beautiful holiday season. From setting the table in style to warm accents and yuletide charm, use this guide to keep your shopping smart and your dollars local.

BY Devin Joubert & Tracy Nicholson
PHOTOS BY Paul Flessland

With temps dropping and the holidays nearing, Design & Living hit the streets to search out some of the area’s best local shopping. As our gift to you, this guide showcases holiday decor, home accents and unique ideas for a simple, stress-free and beautiful holiday season. From setting the table in style to warm accents and yuletide charm, use this guide to keep your shopping smart and your dollars local.

Light My Fire pillow Baker Garden & Gift
1. C’mon Baby, Light My Fire pillow, reversible plaid backing, Baker Garden & Gift

Snowflake string art, Baker Garden & Gift
2. Snowflake string art, Baker Garden & Gift

 Hammered Holiday Bells, Baker Garden & Gift
3. Hammered Holiday Bells, Baker Garden & Gift

Magnetic card tree, c.lizzy's
4. Magnetic card tree, Thea’s Gs, includes eight magnetic buttons, c.lizzy’s

Caroler lantern, 11" in red or black, McNeal & Friends
5. Caroler lantern, 11″ in red or black, McNeal & Friends

 Countdown calendar, Baker Garden & Gift
6. Countdown calendar, Baker Garden & Gift

Mercury Glass Tea Light Votives O' Day Caché
7. Mercury Glass Tea Light Votives, O’ Day Caché

Colette Paperie Card Eco Chic Boutique
8. Colette Paperie Card, Eco Chic Boutique

Shimmer 3-inch Mirror Ornament HOM Furniture
9. Shimmer 3-inch Mirror Ornament, HOM Furniture

Glass Christmas Tree O' Day Caché
10. Glass Christmas Tree, O’ Day Caché

Gingerbread houses Resin made with lighting Shotwell Floral
11. Gingerbread houses, Resin made with lighting, Shotwell Floral

Linen candy roll pillows, Shotwell Floral
12. Linen candy roll pillows, Shotwell Floral

Retro Santa Ornament, The Red Silo
13. Retro Santa Ornament, The Red Silo

Heritage Bundtlette Pan, Nordic Ware, MINT + BASIL
14. Heritage Bundtlette Pan, Nordic Ware, MINT + BASIL

4. Wood wine bottle tags, Baker Garden & Gift
15. Wood wine bottle tags, Baker Garden & Gift

5. Birch ball ornament, McNeal & Friends
16. Birch ball ornament, McNeal & Friends

Decorative Wire Display, designingwomen2
17. Decorative Wire Display, designingwomen2

Snowflake Ornament Eco Chic Boutique
18. Snowflake Ornament, Eco Chic Boutique

Handmade copper ornaments
19. Handmade copper ornaments, c.lizzy’s 2016 Signature Holiday Collection
Falconara Metal Wall Hanging Candle
20. Falconara Metal Wall Hanging Candle, designingwomen2

Falconara Metal Wall Hanging Candle
21. Mercury glass antique bird ornament, McNeal & Friends

Holly & Berry pillow
22. Holly & Berry pillow, Shotwell Floral

Thread wrapped twig tree
23. Thread wrapped twig tree, Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique

A Perfectly Rustic Christmas

Need a tree re-design? Right now, Baker Garden & Gift has three beautiful tree designs on display: traditional, rustic and chrome. To simplify your decorating, we get up close and show you the perfect elements to create Baker’s version of a rustic, yet perfectly refined Christmas tree.

Rustic & Refined

Baker’s rustic elements include oversized, cut-out bark ornaments mixed with natural elements such as feather bulbs and bristle bears. To spruce up the rustic elements, Baker chose a few contrasting textures and colors such as metal quote plaques, metallic birds and vibrant multicolored bulbs.

TAG bowl
24. Cooke Tavern Fireside Supper Bean soup mix, TAG bowl, Mistra Estates extra virgin olive oil, Jingle Bell bottle opener, Balsam pine tree and ‘enjoy’ cutting board with dipping bowl (Shotwell Floral)

Orange Glass Goblet
25. Orange Glass Goblet, Bushwick Kitchens, MINT + BASIL

Moss Deer
26. Moss Deer, SCHEELS Home & Hardware

Linen napkins
27. Linen napkins, Woodland dish towels, water hyacinth 72″ runner, printed bowls, hammered mule and hanging mistletoe, by TAG (Scan Design)

Set The Table

Gold Pheasant accent plate
28. Gold Pheasant accent plate, Grasslands Road, Baker Garden & Gift

Chocolate Bear Plate
29. Chocolate Bear Plate, TAG, Creative Kitchen

Le Creuset
30. Le Creuset, Creative Kitchen

Peony salt & pepper shakers
31. Peony salt & pepper shakers, Pomegranate, McNeal & Friends

Dishing up Minnesota cookbook,
32. Dishing up Minnesota cookbook, By Teresa Marrone, Baker Garden & Gift

Handmade cutting board
33. Handmade cutting board, The Green Room

Polished aluminum nesting baskets
34. Polished aluminum nesting baskets, ice holder, John Richard, Northern Home Furniture & Design

Cookut Homemade Whip Cream Kit
35. Cookut Homemade Whip Cream Kit, Shotwell Floral

Tid Bit plates
36. Tid Bit plates, Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique

Basil in a bag kit
37. Basil in a bag kit, Urban Agriculture, Baker Garden & Gift

Bison cutting board
38. Bison cutting board, epicurean usa, Creative Kitchen

3-quart Turquoise Colander
39. 3-quart Turquoise Colander , Reston Lloyd, Creative Kitchen

Nora Fleming oven safe serve ware with interchangeable
40. Nora Fleming oven safe serve ware with interchangeable, mini ceramic charms. “We love this stoneware by Nora Fleming. This is a new line to the Fargo area and they’re safe for baking. You can buy the stoneware piece you want and purchase individual charms or buy the case of nine mini charms representing different holidays and times of the year. They’re a great gift idea, if you know they have one of the pieces, you can gift them a new mini for every holiday. There are butter dishes, salt and pepper sets, tissue boxes, garnish dishes, pedestals, fruit bowls, bread trays and many other options. There are 84 different minis that can easily attach to any of the stoneware pieces.” — Claudia Koppelman, Shotwell Floral

Cast Iron Skillet
41. Cast Iron Skillet, Finex Cast Iron Skillet, Creative Kitchen

Hand-painted rolling pin, HelensTable
42. Hand-painted rolling pin, HelensTable, MINT + BASIL

Be Kind, Share the Wine box holder
43. Be Kind, Share the Wine box holder, Baker Garden & Gift

Twig Teaspoons & Tablespoons
44. Twig Teaspoons & Tablespoons, TAG, Zandbroz Variety

45. Bread/Cheese Board, Unglued

Juliska Firenze Medici Gold dessert plate
46. Juliska Firenze Medici Gold dessert plate, Emerson Pewter dinner plate, Simon Pearce flatware in Woodbury Graphite, McNeal & Friends

3 Dip Bowls on tray
47. 3 Dip Bowls on tray, MINT + BASIL

achel Ray Highline Table & Chairs
48. Rachael Ray Highline Table & Chairs, HOM Furniture

Measuring Cups
49. Measuring Cups, TAG, Zandbroz Variety

Comfort & Joy

Luminara Candles
50. Luminara Candles, “I love the Luminara Candles candle because it’s the flicker that won’t burn.” Hannah Leichtenberg, SCHEELS Home & Hardware

I Have Found The One My Soul Loves sign
51. I Have Found The One My Soul Loves sign, Eco Chic Boutique

Mint & Basil Fern Candle
52. Mint & Basil Fern Candle, MINT + BASIL

Re-purposed sweater pillows
53. Re-purposed sweater pillows, Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique

Cherry Wine Cabinet
54. Cherry Wine Cabinet, Furniture For Less

Small book stand
55. Small book stand, The Green Room

Throw Revere Espresso
56. Throw Revere Espresso, Signature Design by Ashley, Ashley Furniture

Antique arm chair
57. Antique arm chair with white denim pillow, Custom slip-cover skirt and reupholstered top with hand-sewn denim pillow, Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique

Baxle Jute Love Seat
58. Baxle Jute Love Seat, Ashley Furniture

Magnolia Home Pillows
59. Magnolia Home Pillows, Eco Chic Boutique

Antique chest and mohair pom pom throw
60. Antique chest and mohair pom pom throw, Chest is antique from Kindred, N.D. and mohair throw is by TAG, Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique

Pillows
61. Pillows, Rizzy Home, Ashley Furniture

Handmade Soap
62. Handmade Soap, The Honey B Soap Company, The Red Silo

Wool Critter Ornaments
63. Wool Critter Ornaments, Roost, Zandbroz Variety

Mugs
64. Mugs, East of India, Eco Chic Boutique

Thankful And Blessed Decorative Tray
65. Thankful And Blessed Decorative Tray, The Red Silo

Frasier Fir
66. Frasier Fir – Thymes Candle, Zandbroz Variety

Brassworks II Clock
67. Brassworks II Clock, designingwomen2

Blue velvet arm chair
68. Blue velvet arm chair, Fisher, Walnut finish in Vance Indigo, Northern Home Furniture & Design

Brutallist Candle Holder
69. Brutallist Candle Holder, designingwomen2

Orchard Peach Tea
70. Orchard Peach Tea – Piper & Leaf, “What’s really nice is, if you brew it up and put a little cream in it, it warms your soul. Like an orange float. Or even put some ice cream in it.” —Hope Goldammer, MINT + BASIL

Mulled Cider Candle
71. Mulled Cider Candle, Milkhouse Candles, Creative Kitchen

Greet Your Guests

Looking for a little holiday curb appeal? We sat down with Phaidra Yunker, custom design specialist at Baker Garden & Gift, to see what makes an entrance pop for the holidays and have a lasting appeal for the rest of the snowy season.

Bring out the Greens

When the snow starts to fly, Yunker believes homeowners need to bring in a little green. “Some people ask for arrangements 12-feet tall, they have those massive, two or three-story entrances, so there’s definitely something to be said about scaling the containers to match,” she said.

Phaidra Yunker, custom design specialist at Baker Garden & Gift

“These are Spruce tree tops. In my opinion, what separates a good tree top from a bad tree top is mixed greens. So, I usually start with the Spruce tree tops and then add in mixed pine, white pine and different things like that. I do seminars on this as well. I like doing it, it’s pretty free form. These are very heavy, we use topsoil instead of potting mix because it’s a better medium to get the shapes that I want. A big arrangement like this might take me up to six hours or so. When I deliver them, I’ll recommend they dump about five gallons of water on them right away. If that freezes solid, it’s not going anywhere and will look good through March. I also do the summer containers, but I really love the winter containers because of how they look when they leave here and that’s how they will look all season.”

Phaidra Yunker, custom design specialist at Baker Garden & Gift

“One of my first questions when I talk to a client is, do you want something that’s holiday or do you want something that’s winter? I tend to lean towards winter. It still works as holiday, but will be just as lovely in January. This wreath has winter elements and chevron ribbon versus sparkly ribbon. My personal aesthetic this year is leaning more toward natural elements. I like doing the glittery things, but I’m kind of liking more natural elements, a little more monochromatic and utilizing a lot of textures. The ribbons that I really like this year are the chevron you see in this wreath, also subtle greys, a good windowpane plaid in subtle red and green tones and even the brighter sparkly ribbons if they’re done right.”

If you love big, sparkly bows, Yunker suggests leaving the bow in through the holidays, then removing just the bow afterward for an arrangement that will look good all season long. Don’t hurry to throw them if they start to turn colors. Yunker said this type of arrangement will still look great, even with the color change.

Phaidra Yunker, custom design specialist at Baker Garden & Gift

“Usually if I do arrangements for the front entrance of a home or business, I’ll do two that are symmetrical. This is the kind of design that I’m really into right now. I’ve been doing some fun things with birch that’s a little different than I’ve seen anywhere else.”

Here are some of the elements that Phaidra uses in her winter arrangements:
Protea – a flower from India or South Africa (red flower)
Craspedia natural Billy Balls – yellow accent bulbs
Port Orford Cedar – has little cones on it and is famous for its smell (long skinny greens)
Western Red Cedar (branched out leaf-like greens)
Giant Sugar Pinecones – wire wrap these around branches to place into large arrangements
Lotus Pods
Winterberry stems

Dazzling Accentsr

Natural Willow Star
72. Natural Willow Star, Eco Chic Boutique

Glass Mosaic Platter,
73. Glass Mosaic Platter, Furniture For Less

Drawer and bookcase
74. Drawer and bookcase, Furniture For Less

Fiji Planters
75. Fiji Planters, Ashley Furniture

Ceramic Ball Set (6 in a set)
76. Ceramic Ball Set (6 in a set), Ashley Furniture

Arrow Jars
77. Arrow Jars, CBK, Inspired Home, The Red Silo

Eos Copper shade floor lamp
78. Eos Copper shade floor lamp, Vita Copenhagen with matte black tripod and Silvia Copper shade, Scan Design

metal leaf
79. Metal leaf, Creative Co Op, SCHEELS Home & Hardware

Global Views funnel vases
80. Global Views funnel vases, Northern Home Furniture & Design

Copper apple
81. Copper apple, SCHEELS Home & Hardware

Calamity Jane Quote Sign
82. Calamity Jane Quote Sign, CHO.BE. Art & Design, The Green Room

Gold Goose
83. Gold Goose, The Green Room

Burgundy berry stem
84. Burgundy berry stem, Nest room spray in Birchwood, Lovely Thoughts paper cuff, gold feathers (McNeal & Friends)

 Piece Sectional LAF Corner Sofa & RAF Sofa
85. Highline 2 Piece Sectional LAF Corner Sofa & RAF Sofa, HOM Furniture

Magnets Eco Chic Boutique
86. Magnets, Eco Chic Boutique

Ceramic Cookie Jar, HOM Furniture
87. Ceramic Cookie Jar, HOM Furniture

Art From The Heart

Golden Hour
88. Golden Hour, Annette Berglund, Photography, annetteberglund.com

Uncovering
89. Uncovering, Karman Rheault, Steel and Copper, Gallery 4

Cottonwood bark art
90. Cottonwood bark art, Heritage Series by artist Liz Walberg, c.lizzy’s

Gratitude mosaic mirror
91. Gratitude mosaic mirror, By artist Jo McFarlin of Mentor, Minnesota, c.lizzy’s

Heaven
92. Heaven, Annette Berglund – Photography, annetteberglund.com

Pubs of Fargo
93. Pubs of Fargo, Underbrush Gallery

King and Queen
94. King and Queen, 2016, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, Andrew Stark, Ecce Gallery

About You
95. About You, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, Brittany Anderson, Ecce Gallery

Seascape XX, 2016
96. Seascape XX, 2016, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Zhimin Guan, Ecce Gallery

Original Painting
97. Original Painting, Ben Neyer of Ochre Creative Studios, The Green Room

Secret Orchard painting
98. Secret Orchard painting, designingwomen2

Curiosity Never Killed the Crow
99. Curiosity Never Killed the Crow, Barbara Benda Nagle, Watercolor, Gallery 4 2. Tree Vases, Underbrush Gallery

Decorative glass bowl
100. Decorative glass bowl, TIM MCFADDEN, Underbrush Gallery

Cathedral Windows,
101. Cathedral Windows, Easel Included, scottseiler.net, Gallery 4

Tree Vases
102. Tree Vases, Underbrush Gallery

Fargo Time Tile Winter
103. Fargo Time Tile Winter, CM Flood, Unglued

Mosaic sticks
104. Mosaic sticks, c.lizzy’s
105. North Shore, William Damon, Photography, Gallery 4

 

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