by Marisa Marcantonio

As the editor-in-chief of Condé Nast's Cookie Magazine, from the launch and during its entire 2005-2009 run, Pilar Guzmán created and ran a visual powerhouse of ideas, stories and style for children and their mom's. She has just been named the new editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living. She brings her savvy mix to MSLO and I am sure, ideas galore, be they crafty or inspired stories. Guzmán follows Vanessa Holden, who has departed to go to the expanding West Elm team. I wonder who she will bring over to work on her team....I am really looking forward to the new energy and ideas she will bring to the magazine.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos Courtesy of Rizzoli
Event planner to the cognoscenti and daring, Preston loves to use flowers by the yard. In Preston Bailey Celebrations: Preston Bailey Celebrations: Lush Flowers, Opulent Tables, Dramatic Spaces, and Other Inspirations for Entertaining by Rizzoli, he wows and amazes with an oversize format and lush photos. In case you want to raise the bar on your flower arranging, you are in luck.
A Flower Tree with dangling crystals and orchids is part of a fantasy world that Preston creates. Caution: this is not found in nature!
A white peacock of flowers---top that.

For your own holiday design fantasy, glitter and gold go a long way.
Photo courtesy of Goldbug Studio
A ladybug in gold foil is a cute addition down the center of the kids table for Christmas dinner. It would also make a good party favor. From southern company Goldbug Studio.

Photo Courtesy of Kmart
The Martha Stewart Everyday Modern Celebration Gold Glitter Starburst Ornament has a festive firework effect. It is from Kmart and a total steal

Photo courtesy of Garnet Hill
Glitter Bird Ornaments with a feather tail can go on a tree branch or mantel. Get yours at Garnet Hill.

Photo courtesy of Paper Source
If a clean and simple Parish Hadley- loved Moravian Star is more your style, then the craft paper ornament from Paper Source is a good option.

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Martha Stewart Everyday First Snowfall Gold Glitter Leaf works well tucked into a bow on a present.

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Preston makes paper creations for events. Add a bit of DIY this holiday by making a Poinsetta Wreath from Paper Source.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Sweet gifts are a special way to to celebrate the big day.
Photo Courtesy of Dyptique
Get The Roses Rose Dyptique candle to put Valentine's Day in the air. That way, your house will smell like you got fresh roses.

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart
Give flowers that are well priced and pretty. White lilies from Martha Stewart for 1-800 Flowers smell delicious and come in a clean and simple footed vase you will want to reuse.

Photo courtesy of Belle Fleur
Peonies! My favorite flower is arranged to perfection by Belle Fleur. To send their beautiful blooms in the tri-state area, visit their site.

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Crafts
Make your own valentine's. You don't need to be a little kid to get crafty. Mix and match pink and red cards and detail them with heart stamps from Martha Stewart Crafts.

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Adorable ribbons are a special touch that make all the difference on a gift. Also from Martha Stewart Crafts.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Get creative! It's time to hit the baking sheets! Crank out bulk cookies to give as gifts. Not only will it impress that they are homemade, you took the time if you wrap them well too.

Photo Courtesy of Williams -Sonoma
If you just cannot get your act together to bake from scratch, get The Gingerbread Cookie Mix from Williams- Sonoma, it makes 5 dozen.

Below are some wrapping ideas to make your gingerbread men and snowflakes shine:

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Like traditional bakery boxes, these go one step further with the lacey motif. Iced Cookie Boxes, six in a pack from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Photo Courtesy of The Container Store
Tins are a great item that can be reused for other things after the holidays. The Signature Woodlands Tin from The Container Store gives Rudolf center stage and is just cute.

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Food safe tissue paper adds color and makes unwrapping even more fun. Also from Martha Stewart Crafts.

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Cellophane bags make life easy. Show off your cookie handiwork with these from Williams-Sonoma.

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Crafts
The sliding box resembles an over sized matchbox, but bearing sweets! Festive Treat Boxes also from Martha Stewart Crafts.

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The Scalloped Tags come eight to a package and will look great with the red boxes shown above. Martha Stewart Crafts.

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These wood and felt tags have a nice heft to them, ie, good quality. Make a good gift better. Available at The Container Store.

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The safe traditional option shown above is a great mainstay tag to have around, also from
The Container Store

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Hello! Mrs. Grossmans used to make the stickers I collected as a youth. She also does tags---yeah happy childhood memories. Give a tree when words are not enough. From The Container Store.