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‘I could live simpler’: Floods and fires make Americans rethink their …

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida last month, Stephanie Kurleman and her family packed up three cars and evacuated to a friend’s home. “I thought I wouldn’t come back to anything,” Kurleman said, recalling the moment her family drove away from Clearwater Beach. In addition to the basics, she said they gathered documents, photos, her Bible, jewelry, plus the kids’ kiteboards.

When the storm passed, they drove back and found only minor damage. But the experience left Kurleman with an urge to purge. “I was weighed down by too much stuff,” Kurleman, 50, said. “I was prepared to start over with what I had with me,” she said, adding: “I could live simpler.”

In the past two months, thousands of homes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico and California have flooded, flattened or caught fire. In a matter of hours or days, homes that took lifetimes to fill with furniture, clothing, technology, sports equipment, photo albums and family videos were reduced to waterlogged or charred debris.

The media spotlight on people who’ve lost large chunks of their lives may be stirring up aftershocks. Americans, even those outside the disaster zones, are starting conversations about how much stuff they have — and what they really need.

Organizing and decluttering are national obsessions. But rather than taking the time to wade through their things, many get more joy out of watching cable shows on closet cleaning, buying plastic tubs at the Container Store and reading Marie Kondo’s books. They contemplate reevaluating the mountains of stuff in their garages, attics and basements. But many don’t even have enough room in their homes for everything they want to keep: Almost 10 percent of American households have a storage unit, according to the Self Storage Association.

A resident walks by a pile of debris caused by a storm surge during Hurricane Irma in Everglades City, Fla. The isolated Everglades City community of about 400 people suffered some of Florida’s worst storm surges, up to nine feet. (Alan Diaz/AP)

Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, a professional organizer in Tysons Corner, Va., has noticed a higher call volume at her office since the spate of natural disasters. “I think the coverage has affected people. People are ready to begin the process. It reminds them to think, ‘What do I have in my house and how would I gather those things and put them in my car and leave?,’ ” she says.

Watching people who have lost everything can prompt a spiritual change or a value shift, according to Marjorie Kukor, an Ohio psychologist who has been a mental-health volunteer for local and national disasters. “They might realize that it’s not the material things that are important to them,” Kukor says.

Still, Sgrott-Wheedleton calls the relationship of people with their stuff “complex.” “I work with people who say they wish they could throw a match at their piles of stuff and let it all burn down and start fresh somewhere else. But do they really mean that?” she says. Making time-consuming decisions about what to keep and what to let go is a difficult and emotional process.

“We hold on to stuff because of what we believe it says about us,” says Regina Lark, a professional organizer in Los Angeles. A Gen-Xer might keep her grandparents’ china even though she never uses it, but it keeps her connected to her family story. A baby boomer might still have T-shirts from every 1970s concert he attended, proving he’s not just a boring office drone, but an office drone who’s lived. On top of the memories of the past are uncertainties about the future. What might be useful someday? That question can keep a scholar from tossing decades-old notes; they might be the basis for a great book.

Often people fail to focus on what’s really important to them until it’s too late. A few days before Irma hit, Jodeen Krumenauer and husband John Sweet packed a few suitcases and computer bags and evacuated from their one-story house in a flood zone in Bonita Springs, Fla.

When they returned 12 days later, fish were swimming in the four inches of water that filled every room of their house.

They hadn’t anticipated this level of damage. “We just packed as though we were leaving for a trip. I brought a box of insurance papers and birth certificates. And some electronics,” says Krumenauer, 50. Fortunately, at the last minute, she also threw in some old photos and a bit of jewelry that had belonged to her grandmother who had died earlier this year.

When they returned, the water and mildew had ruined most of their furniture and other possessions. She threw clothes that were not moldy into a bag and saved some kitchen accessories. The stuffed animals had to go. She lost family mementos and drawings she had made. “That was hard,” she says.

The whole process of rebuilding is messy and long. They are reevaluating everything. “We will think more about what it is we are buying. Do we really need this? But I can also see going the opposite way and thinking you want more things to make up for what you lost. But I don’t want to do that. I would like to live a life with less stuff,” Krumenauer said.

Amy Nitza, director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz, says losing everything in a disaster usually becomes a defining bench mark in someone’s life. “It can cause a reappraisal of what life is about,” she says.

The recent spate of hurricanes, earthquakes and fires means that “people, for good or bad, are having vicarious reactions to what they are seeing,” Nitza says. She cited a 2015 survey that found that only 22.9 percent of Americans indicated they had an emergency preparedness plan. Nitza says that even those who haven’t been directly affected by a hurricane or wildfire might be inspired “to be prepared in a way they might not have been before having this vicarious reaction.”

Geoffrey and Sarah Cocks, both 68, fall into that category. A year ago, the couple downsized from a 2,500-square-foot home in Michigan to a smaller place in Carmel, Calif. Geoffrey, a retired history professor, thought it would be hard to give up his books but realized the tomes would be of greater benefit to a library. The couple said their pre-move decluttering was cathartic.

Now they are focused on a different kind of packing. This month, their daughter, her husband and their two cats had to quickly leave their Napa, Calif., house before it was consumed by fire. Their daughter’s sudden loss moved the Cockses to pack go-bags, complete with flashlights, batteries, cash, sturdy shoes, water, granola bars and rain jackets so they could be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

This tragedy “made us realize that whatever stuff we had can eventually be replaced,” Sarah Cocks says. “Getting out with your life and your animal companions is more important.”

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Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017: See highlights from the popular gift guide – WLS

You may not think the holiday shopping season has arrived yet, but Oprah sure does. On Thursday morning her eponymous magazine released Oprah’s Favorite Things, one of the most anticipated gift guides of the season.

Each year the media icon curates a list of dozens of items that have earned her stamp of approval, whether they be cool gadgets, beauty products or kitchen accessories. In addition to catering to diverse interests, it includes a wide range of prices. The 102 items are featured in December’s issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Here are highlights from the Associated Press:

GRATITUDE GLASS JAR: These handblown jars on a pedestal base have wooden lids and come with 365 bronze-foil adorned cards for families to log the things they truly appreciate. $45.

LOUVELLE SHOWER TURBAN: Made of quick-dry fabric with a waterproof lining, these turban-style shower caps come in fun patterns and colors to make that blowout last. Oh, and there’s an adjustable knot for just the right fit. $40.

EMI JAY SMOOSH SHIRTS AND PANTS: If she could, Oprah would live in these ultra-soft but slightly structured sweat pants and shirts that come in light pink, gray and black, with an adjustable tie at the loose turtleneck. Shirts, $136. Pants, $132.

HONEY CAN DO HERB PRESERVER: Oprah grows a lot of her own herbs but often has the same problem as the rest of us: They quickly go yucky. Add a little water at the bottom of this glass jar, seal and keep herbs fresh for up to two weeks. $20.

SMART NORA SNORE SOLUTION: Give the gift of a snore solution that doesn’t involve mouth guards, nose strips or straps. It DOES involve a little Bluetooth-enabled, egg-shaped device that sits on a nightstand and is triggered by the snore. It then gently and slowly pumps up an inflatable pillow insert tucked into a pillowcase to shift the culprit’s sleeping position and lessen the noise. $299.

EMU AUSTRALIA MAYBERRY SHEEPSKIN SLIPPERS: With a sturdy lug sole, these fuzzy slides come in bright pink, blue and orange. Oprah was a bit skeptical at first, Glassman said. “She said, really? I think my, like, Aunt Estelle used to wear those.” They’re not unlike furry footwear found on runways and in the streets of New York and Paris, he noted. $60.

FIVE POUNDS OF FRESH BLUEBERRIES: Wild blueberries frozen and shipped in a cardboard box within 24 hours of harvest from Josh Pond Farm in Whiting, Maine, near the northeast coast. Little secret: The farm is owned by TV exec Lorne Michaels, Glassman said. $50.

KATZ’S DELI DINNER FOR FOUR: The famed New York City deli will ship matzo ball soup, pastrami, corned beef, mustard, rye bread, knishes, pickles and chocolate or cinnamon babka to your chosen people. “I grew up going to Katz’s. My parents grew up on the Lower East Side,” Glassman said. “Nobody makes pastrami better.” $125.

MODEL BAKERY ENGLISH MUFFINS: Due to Oprah’s obsession with these muffins, they’re back for a second year, Glassman said. She even travels with them and brought a batch to the set of “A Wrinkle in Time” in New Zealand for cast and crew to enjoy. The artisanal darlings from this small Napa bakery come in a set with six original and six spelt. $35.

CASA DRAGONES JOVEN SIPPING TEQUILA: Oprah likes her tequila. This bottle for sipping is made by a woman-owned, small-batch distillery in Mexico and is her go-to. It’s a blend of silver and extra-aged tequila. The sipping bottle is pricy at $285. Oprah’s also offering a tequila blanco at $75 for mixing into cocktails.

YELLOW LEAF HAMMOCKS: Oprah once bought a house because it had a hammock hanging in the yard, Glassman said. These classic doubles are made in Thailand by artisan weavers. “When she stopped doing the daily talk show everyone was like, what are you gonna do and she goes I’m just gonna be laying in my hammock reading a book,” Glassman said. “That lasted about two days.” $199.

THE ECHO SHOW: Alexa has gone video. There’s a built-in screen to show content of all kinds, from Amazon, YouTube, even your own security cameras. Ask her to pull up photos and shopping lists. $230.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tribeca Citizen | Jenni Kayne Is Opening Here on Monday

Jenni Kayne Is Opening Here on Monday

Jenni Kayne is opening a store in Tribeca tomorrow, says the Business of Fashion, but the location isn’t disclosed and the PR contact has left. The article says it’s two floors, with some offices downstairs. My guess would be the former Matt Bernson space at 20 Harrison, because the space was already set up like that, would’ve required little work, and, as you can see in this photo, the rendering seems to resemble it.

Jenni Kayne—who launched her namesake label 16 years ago at the age of 19 with funding from her father, investor Richard Kayne—has since cemented herself as a purveyor of a clean, laid-back and sophisticated Southern California lifestyle [….] But the formerly wholesale-dependent label is entering a new chapter: this summer, Jenni Kayne reduced the prices of apparel collections by 30 percent to $150 to $650 and began shifting to a direct-to-consumer only business model. The collections also evolved to more casual, uniform pieces. […] Last month, Jenni Kayne also launched its first collection of home goods (starting off with cosy slippers, candles and blankets, with baby home products, furniture and dinnerware following in 2018). […] In the vein of other digital native brands like Bonobos and MM.LaFleur, no inventory will be available on site. Instead, the brand will ship product to customers with free and expedited shipping.

This is the first store in New York City; others are in California and the Hamptons. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write a post about it this week.

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Asheville area faith classes, events, music in early November – Asheville Citizen

Email information about faith-based events at least two weeks in advance to Bruce Steele at and Carole Terrell at

Kelley Hunt at Unity of the Blue Ridge

MILLS RIVER – Here’s some of what’s going on at Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road. To learn more about these events or other Unity programs, visit or call 828-891-8700:

• Kelly Hunt solo concert, 7 p.m. Nov. 4. The acclaimed roots singer-songwriter performs with just her guitar. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit

• Weekly services are at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Calvary barbecue craft sale

FLETCHER – The annual Calvary Barbecue will be noon-6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Calvary Episcopal Church. A craft sale will also be ongoing that afternoon.

Meals will be available for eat-in or take-out. From 4-6 p.m., Whitewater Bluegrass Company will perform. Meals are $10, ages 12 and younger $6.

Interfaith Initiative sponsors green energy forum

ASHEVILLE – The Interfaith Initiative, made up of representatives of 14 faith communities in the Asheville area, has organized a green energy forum for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St.

The meeting is free and open to the community. RSVP requested at Panelists from green energy companies and advocates will speak.

Churches host seasonal sales

Western North Carolina churches are busy hosting late summer rummage, yard and other sales to benefit programs and missions. They include:

•  Etowah United Methodist Church, 110 Brickyard Road, will host its 33rd annual holiday craft fair  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4. Includes handmade gifts, holiday items, toys, jewelry, kitchen accessories, knit shawls and more. Baked goods and lunch available. To learn more, call 828-698-5909.

• First United Methodist, 204 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, hosts a juried crafts festival from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4, with more than 50 artists and craftspeople working in wood carvings, pottery, handmade jewelry, fabric art, holiday decor, photography and more (828-693-4275).

• Weaverville United Methodist Church, 90 N. Main St., is hosting its 24th annual Mission Craft Bazaar noon-7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11. To learn more, 828-645-6721 or contact Janet Cress at

• St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill Road, Arden, is having a Frosty Village Bazaar 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 18. Find handcrafted items, homemade candy, baked goods and more. Seasonal music by students of the Angelus Home School Fellowship. Coffee and cinnamon rolls until 11 a.m., light lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Gift Market, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 19 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Handcrafted gifts by low-income artisans from more than 30 countries priced from $10-$30.

Inspirational music at area churches

Check out these upcoming performances by inspirational vocal groups at WNC churches:

• St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte), will host a chamber music concert featuring works for string quartet and string quintet at 3 p.m. Nov. 5. The players will be Lew Gelfond and Steve Trismen, violins; Brenda Phetteplace and Day Ann Emory, viola; and Ron Lambe cello, performing music by Schubert and Dvorak.

All Saints at Grace Lutheran

HENDERSONVILLE — Here’s some of what’s going on at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave. W. To learn more about these events, call the church at 828-693-4890 or visit

• All Saints Sunday will be commemorated at the 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. services Nov. 5, including special music, prayers and liturgy, as well as Communion. The names of church members who died the past year will be read aloud.

• A blessing of prayer shawls is scheduled for 8:15 and 11:15 a.m. services Nov. 12 to recognize the 13 years the ministry has been active, crafting more than 1,000 shawls and baby blankets for use by agencies that deal with crisis situations.

• Healing prayer time, 1-2 p.m. the second Friday of every month. Next meeting is Nov. 10. Arrive by 1:30 p.m.; stay at least 30 minutes. Prayers will be offered up for those attending, whether for physical, emotional or spiritual healing. Nondenominational; everyone is welcome.

NAMI meets at FCUCC

HENDERSONVILLE — Here’s some of what’s going on at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1735 Fifth Ave. W. To learn more, visit or call 828-692-8630:

• A NAMI Connection meeting is held 6:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Nov. 9. This is a free support group for adults living with mental illness, led by trained facilitators.

• Bible study meets 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the parlor, studying the New Testament and led by Rev. Barbara M. Rathbun. All are welcome. No registration required.

Pancake day at St. Paul’s

ASHEVILLE – St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, at 223 Hillside St., will host a Pancake Day from 8-11 a.m. Nov. 11.

It’s just $5 for all you can eat; children (age 7 and younger) and veterans eat for free. To learn more, call the church at 828-252-6512.

Ethical Humanist Society discusses passion

ASHEVILLE – The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville will meet from 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. “The Nature and Nurture of Passion” will be presented by Gregg Levoy, author of “Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion.”

Discussion will follow the combination talk-workshop, along with refreshments. Bring writing materials. To learn more, call 828-687-7759 or visit

Collection sites available for shoeboxes

ASHEVILLE – From Nov. 13-20, several locations in the Asheville area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, which delivers thousands of boxes of school supplies, hygiene items and toys to needy children across the world every year. 

Collection sites are Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road; Reynolds Mountain Christian Academy, 20 Reynolds Mountain Boulevard; Billy Graham Training Center, 1 Porters Cove Road; Arden First Baptist Church, 3839 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden; Newfound Baptist Church, 2605 New Leicester Highway, Leicester; Good News Baptist Church, 1953 Smokey Park Highway, Candler; Mars Hill Baptist Church, 67 N. Main St., Mars Hill.

To learn more, call 704-583-1463 or visit

Transformation America meets

FLAT ROCK — Transformation America is an alliance of faith-based and conservative people and groups working together to deepen understanding of America’s Christian roots and how to craft a better future.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Upper Christian Fellowship, Room 214, 991 Upward Road.  To learn more, email 

Meditation at St. George’s Episcopal

ASHEVILLE — An interspiritual Intentional Meditation program will be offered 2-3:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Center for Art and Spirit at St. George’s Episcopal Church, at 1 School Road in the Malvern Hills community of West Asheville.

The program, sponsored by the nonprofit Spring Creek Spirituality, includes instruction and a variety of silent meditation forms. Participation is by donation. To learn more, visit

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study seeks members

HENDERSONVILLE — The Christian Men’s Breakfast Bible Study is open to new members. This ecumenical group meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Dixie Diner on U.S. 64 W. in Laurel Park.

Every week, four Scriptures are discussed, per the weekly lectionary used in most Christian liturgical churches, including selections from the Old Testament, Psalms, an Epistle and a Gospel. Bring your Bible of choice. No homework is required

Those who attend order breakfast from the menu and are responsible for the cost. To learn more, call Bob Andersen at 828-697-0464.

Community service offered

ASHEVILLE — The Community on Haywood is an alternative fellowship and worshiping community. It meets Wednesdays for nondenominational worship and socializing. On the first, third and fifth Wednesdays, join the community for a meal and music-filled worship starting at 5:30 p.m. at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. On the second and fourth Wednesdays, meet at 6 p.m. at a local pub for “Bible and Brew.”

Visit for all events and activities.

On Tuesdays, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Asheville Presbyterian, the Community on Haywood offers God’s Cafe, a lunchtime program that includes a meal, prayer and Bible study (this year focused on the book of Revelation). Arrive anytime from 11:30-noon.

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Sears Just Stopped Carrying the No. 1 Appliance Brand — The …

For many years, Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) was the top appliance brand in the U.S. while Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) was the top appliance retailer. Recently, both companies have experienced stiff competition and steady market share losses.

Rather than banding together in an effort to fight back, Whirlpool and Sears Holdings are parting ways. Both companies have confirmed that Sears and Kmart stores will stop carrying Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air branded major appliances. The only part of their century-old partnership remaining intact is that Whirlpool will continue to manufacture appliances for Sears’ private-label Kenmore brand.

Pricing becomes an issue

During 2017, it has become apparent that vendors are finally getting spooked by Sears Holdings’ dreadful financial results. Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert complained earlier this year about vendors trying to take advantage of the company’s weak position to extract better terms.

The exterior of a Sears store, with a cloudy sky in the background

Vendors have started to lose faith in Sears this year. Image source: Sears Holdings.

It now seems that Whirlpool may have been one of those vendors. In the face of rising material costs that are pressuring its profitability, Whirlpool is determined to pass along price increases to its customers. Ultimately, it was unable to reach an acceptable agreement with Sears.

As a result, Whirlpool will stop shipping new branded appliances to Sears and Kmart. The two retailers have removed hundreds of items from their websites, and they will stop selling branded appliances from Whirlpool in stores as they run out of stock.

Bad news for Sears Holdings

Sears has framed the decision to part ways with Whirlpool as another case of standing up to an unreasonable supplier. “Whirlpool has sought to use its dominant position in the marketplace to make demands that would have prohibited us from offering Whirlpool products to our members at a reasonable price,” wrote the company in an internal memo (via the Wall Street Journal).

Nevertheless, it’s still bad news for Sears. The major appliance business has been one of Sears’ last remaining strengths. Despite years of market share losses, the company is still No. 3 in the U.S. major appliance market.

One of Sears’ big selling points has been that it is the only retailer to carry all of the top 10 major appliance brands. (The company’s Kenmore store brand is one of the top 10, which is why other retailers can’t match this claim.) However, it is now losing several major brands, including the No. 1 brand by volume in the U.S.: Whirlpool.

This will give consumers even fewer reasons to bother shopping at Sears in the future. That could accelerate Sears’ demise, which already seems like a foregone conclusion.

Good news for J.C. Penney?

In the past couple of years, it has become apparent that bad news for Sears is typically good news for J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP). Sears and J.C. Penney are the only major mall-based department stores focusing on moderate-income consumers — and recent sales trends indicate that there’s only room for one of them to survive (at best).

Since 2016, J.C. Penney has embarked on a deliberate strategy of stealing market share from Sears. Most notably, it has reentered the major appliance market after an absence of more than three decades. So far, it has had considerable success there. During the second quarter of fiscal 2017, appliances boosted J.C. Penney’s comp sales trends by almost 3 percentage points.

A J.C. Penney appliance showroom

J.C. Penney is quickly gaining share in the appliance market. Image source: J.C. Penney.

Sears’ loss of the Whirlpool brands should help J.C. Penney accelerate its growth at the expense of its longtime rival. To be fair, J.C. Penney doesn’t carry Whirlpool products either. However, it is steadily narrowing the competitive gap with Sears in the major appliance market. For example, J.C. Penney added the Frigidaire brand to its appliance assortment earlier this month.

J.C. Penney still has significant problems to sort out in its core apparel business, but it is making progress there. If it can stabilize its apparel sales while continuing its growth in the appliance market at Sears’ expense, J.C. Penney stock could be primed for a big recovery in the next few years.

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Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

Then head to the Linly Designs showroom, which is filled with trendy design ideas for this holiday season and for any project throughout the year.

A trip to the Linly Designs showroom in Clarendon Hills is a full-service design experience. Whether you’re about to embark on a major remodeling project or simply want some ideas to freshen up for the season, the staff at Linly Designs can help with painting, flooring, lighting, cabinetry, window treatments, roofing, and beyond. In other words, Linly doesn’t just sell furniture and accessories. Linly can help design a space and make it work, make it fit, and make it perfect.

The most unique service that Linly Designs offers is a personalized Accessory Call, a trademarked service which provides two in-home visits to accessorize and complete your home. What makes this amenity so unique is that it allows clients the distinct advantage to see a space finished before purchasing any accessories. The Linly design team visits a client’s home to see the space and discuss the areas to be completed with the homeowners, and then brings the client options of accessories, lamps, artwork, mirrors, florals, and other pieces to finish their home.

To make it even better, there’s a true “try before you buy” component. Customers can live with the design for 24 hours; any items they don’t want can be picked up the next day. Time is valuable, which is why the design team works quickly and efficiently to provide clients with complete room transformations they hopefully will love in just a matter of hours.

Inside the Linly Designs showroom is a variety of design and furniture selections that are gorgeous, classic, and timeless. But like any great design firm, Linly staffers can design within any design style that complement a home’s architectural style and the client’s taste. What’s always guaranteed is high-end and luxurious selections of furniture, lighting, rugs, custom florals, and more.

Plus, the showroom presents pieces in a true finished look. If you are looking for bedroom furniture you will find it, along with bedding, nightstands, lamps, and finishing touches to complete the look. If you are looking to complete a kitchen remodel, you will find a custom kitchen display with hardware, finish samples, moldings, and professional advice on your project. If you are looking for a gorgeous housewarming gift, you can find it at Linly Designs with a selection of beautiful accessories.

Right now, the showroom is decked out for the holidays, with a lot of pieces that fall into the “White Christmas” trend, but with punches of black and gold for drama. When designing for the holidays, it’s important to remember the season is short and needs to be memorable and familiar. The best bet is go with familiar and classic but also memorable by introducing a few “wow” elements: new dramatic colors and a pop of something unexpected.

Linly designers also recommend you don’t let your holiday decor blend in with your home decor. The pieces you bring out for the season should complement your home but still should stand out. Whether it’s a neutral color with a bit of bling or bright red and green, you make a statement even if it’s understated.

Over the past 15 years, Linly Designs has been the go-to destination customers who want the best of the best in terms of trend, design, and service. And as client expectations have gone up, Linly Designs has accepted the challenge and tried to meet the needs of the customer while pushing themselves to stay on top of the industry.

Linly Designs is located at 445 Ogden Avenue in Clarendon Hills. To learn more, visit or call 630-769-5099.

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St. Jerome Guild’s annual ‘Noel Nook’ is tomorrow in the Gift Shop at Jerome Center

Press release:

The St. Jerome Guild Inc. annual “Noel Nook” will take place at the Gift Shop located at the Jerome Center at 16 Bank St., Batavia, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.

All customers will enjoy a 10-percent discount on their entire order, some exclusions apply. The Guild, a not-for-profit volunteer organization has been serving the healthcare community for decades and this year, we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary!

Enjoy punch and cookies and browse our Christmas and holiday inventory in the Shop and in the huge backroom “Nook” of Snowbabies, Jim Shore figurines, Santas, snowmen; artificial trees and glittered stars; holiday wreaths and sprays, hundreds of elegant and country tree ornaments similar to Pottery Barn and primitive art of tin and wood; canvas art, throws, centerpieces, potpourri, and scented McCall candles, battery-operated candles, candle warmers, frosted lamps, night lights, angels and religious items.

New this year are items from Stonewall Kitchen — jams, jellies, grilling sauces and dessert toppings — which are now carried in the shop.

Written expressions are featured on wall art, pillows, and kitchen towels. We also carry a popular variety of wooden walking sticks. Healthcare providers can enjoy stylish lanyards with an assortment of clip-on jewelry. Gift cards are available.

If you like to shop at Giftology then you will find bar accessories of wine stoppers, Corkcicles and Corkcicles beverage cups, “Pilsner Chillers,” fruit infusers, and eclectic and new designed metal wine caddies depicting doctors, golfers, nurses, firefighters, musicians, athletes, and gardeners, etc., at a more reasonable price. If you like Anthropologie then you will love our home goods including, aprons, serving pieces, spatulas, mugs, and popular maps.

We feature a variety of brightly-colored holiday florals and wall hangings; Charles Viancini silicone casserole and baking lids, matching aprons, magnets and stoppers.

’Tis the season to wear our ponchos and shawls, in many patterns, along woven glittered caplets, fur-trimmed hats, gorgeous scarves, headbands and gloves. We continue to carry our selection of purses, wristlets and wallets and our “Jerome Collection” jewelry include: semi-precious stone necklaces, necklace sets, bracelets, earrings, and watches. We feature Lottie Dotties, a popular line of reasonably priced silver plate attractive rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Dotties are magnetic of birthstones, pearls, beveled glass and are interchangeable with each piece of jewelry. Our inventory includes Anju jewelry in copper and silver, Janelle bracelets, as seen at Parkleigh, and new to the shop Jane Marie children’s collection.

Our “Jerome Baby Collection” of stuffed animals, coats, tummy blankets, knit hats, booties, socks, banks, picture frames, milestone items, plates, utensils and accessories, and children’s toys, lunch boxes, cups, plates, and utensil sets at an affordable price.

The Guild sponsors an annual Health Care Professional Scholarship to qualified UMMC employees, who pursue their educational careers. The Guild sponsors the Jerome Center Annual Employee Recognition Day to thank employees for their efforts serving the community. Initiatives providing a comfort bag to patients of the Oncology Center, and children patients of the Jerome Center Urgent Care are comforted with stuffed animals.

The St. Jerome Guild Inc. has fulfilled pledges of $80,000 to the UMMC facilities expansions and other major initiatives. The Guild supports the UMMC/Rochester Regional Health Care Foundation projects as a major corporate sponsor for the annual spring Gala. Guild members donate thousands of volunteer hours at the Gift Shop and at many UMMC fundraising events.

Gift Shop business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon and managed and operated by Guild volunteers. At the annual Membership Tea or throughout the year, new members are welcomed. Members attend regular monthly meetings and guest speakers. The Guild sponsors a daily lottery and anyone can participate.

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