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  • 11.21.12 

    Get Ready for Ski Season!

    While many consider squats and lunges necessary to prepare for winter sports, my pre-season regimen is primarily aimed at sprucing up the ski “chalet”!

    This includes everything from opening windows to let the fresh air in (and musty air out). It’s also a great time to think about new furnishings – refreshing the rug perhaps, switching out the sofa, bestowing the bed with crisp new linens, or simply adding a pop of color for a fresh new look.

    And…who says winter getaways need to look lodge-like in expected browns and red (complete with moose and bears!)? How about a more modern mountain scheme this season showcasing inspired colors, textures and pattern? With Company C’s touch of sophisticated alpine style, any home can be chalet-chic.

    Oh and are you hosting family and holiday well-wishers? Check out my winter entertaining ideas below!

    P.S. Don’t forget to get those skis tuned up too!




    Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine & Shallot Reduction

    Serves 4

    1 ½ lbs beef tenderloin, trimmed

    1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

    Salt & freshly ground black pepper

    1 large shallot, thinly sliced

    1 cup red wine

    2 tbsp unsalted butter

    1. Remove meat from fridge 30 mins before you use it to let it come to room temperature.
    2. Preheat oven to 425°.
    3. Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season beef generously on both sides. When pan is hot, brown meat on both sides (about 10 mins total). Transfer pan to oven and roast for 20-25 mins or meat thermometer registers 135° (medium rare).
    4. Remove beef from pan to rest while you make the sauce.
    5. Return skillet to stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and cook till softened (about 1 minute). Add the wine to loosen brown bits from pan and simmer till reduced to a glaze (about 6 minutes). Turn off the heat and stir in butter till sauce is glossy.
    6. Slice beef into ½” slices and top with red wine sauce.



    Winter Romaine Salad

    Serves 4

    2 hearts of romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

    1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced

    White Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

    ½ cup roasted unsalted almonds, whole or slivered

    2 oz block Parmesan

    1. Toss the lettuce and apple slices together in a serving bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Top with almonds.
    2. Using a vegetable peeler, make thin curls from the block of cheese and add to the top of the salad. Serve immediately.



    White Balsamic & Shallot Vinaigrette

    Makes about 1 cup

    1 medium shallot, finely chopped

    1 tsp Dijon mustard

    ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar

    ⅔ cup grape seed oil

    Salt & freshly ground black pepper

    Whisk together the shallot, mustard and vinegar in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking to combine, until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Season to taste.



    Vermont Risotto

    Serves 4

    1 (14½ oz) can low-sodium chicken broth

    1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

    1 tbsp unsalted butter

    ½ small onion, finely minced

    1 cup Arborio rice

    ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar or dry white wine

    1 cup shredded sharp (or extra sharp) Cheddar

    Salt & freshly ground black pepper

    1. Heat the broth in a medium saucepan until it simmers.
    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Add the rice and stir for 3 minutes.
    3.  Add the vinegar and cook, stirring, until the liquid is nearly absorbed. Add the broth ¼ cup at a time, maintaining a slow simmer. Stir frequently and allow each addition of liquid to be absorbed before adding the next. The risotto will be done in about 35 minutes after the vinegar is added. Taste the dish for texture – if the rice is soft, the cooking is complete. Otherwise add another ¼ cup of water and continue to simmer until the texture is right.
    4. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cheddar and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.



     Rustic Apple-Pear Pie

    Serves 10


    1½ cups all-purpose flour

    2 tbsp granulated sugar

    ¼ tsp salt

    10 tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces

    3 tbsp ice water

    1 large egg yolk

    1 large egg

    Crumb topping:

    ¾ cup chopped walnuts

    ¾ cup all-purpose flour

    ⅔ cup (packed) light brown sugar

    ½ tsp ground cinnamon

    1 stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces


    2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼” wedges

    2 medium ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼” wedges

    ⅓ cup granulated sugar

    ¼ cup all-purpose flour

    1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

    1. To make the crust: Mix the flour, 1 tbsp of the granulated sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the butter into the flour until crumbly.
    2. In a small bowl, mix the ice water with the egg yolk. Add to the flour mixture. Stir just until dough forms. (Add another 1 tbsp water if the dough is too dry to hold together.) Gather the dough into a ball and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
    3. To make the topping: Mix the walnuts, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the butter and using a pastry blender, cut it in until the mixture is crumbly.
    4. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
    5. To make the filling: In a large bowl, mix the apples, pears, granulated sugar, flour, and lemon juice until combined.
    6. Roll out the dough to a 13″ round. Transfer to a large baking sheet. Spoon the fruit mixture over the dough, mounding it in the center and leaving a 2″ border. Fold the dough border partially over the filling to form a 9″ round. Top the exposed filling with the crumb topping. Whisk the remaining egg with 2 tsp water to make an egg wash. Brush the crust with the egg wash and sprinkle with the remaining tbsp granulated sugar.
    7. Bake the pie until the crust is golden and the fruit is tender, rotating halfway through baking, about 50 minutes total. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack to cool for 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature.

    *The Ski House Cookbook is available at our company-owned retail stores. Please call 800.818.8288 or email to purchase.

  • 08.20.12 

    From Lemons to Lemonade!

    Just finished our Spring 2013 photo shoot in North Carolina with lots of fabulous designs and color coming in January!

    After a very productive week with Nin, Kierstin and our NC team, and a very relaxing dinner in Charlotte, we later arrived at the airport to find our flight had been cancelled. We were stranded for the night!

    The abbreviated story– The airline did put us up for the night… in a gross hotel with horrible service! By midnight, we decided to get some sleep and make the most of our surprise stay in Charlotte.

    On Saturday morning, our goal was to find a new place to hang out before our late afternoon flight. We dropped our luggage at the airport and headed into Charlotte– for brunch or something! We found Halcyon, the restaurant at the new Mint Museum uptown. Fresh local ingredients prepared in very creative ways. How could we resist?

    We perused the exhibit catalogs over a yummy glass of wine and fabulous food, and decided to head to the Mint’s Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The museum was inspiring; the architecture amazing.

    View of Bechtler from Halcyon Restaurant

    View of Bechtler from Halcyon Restaurant


    Such Great Architectural Geometry

    Such Great Architectural Geometry!


    Inside Bechtler

    Inside Bechtler


    And, of course, our al fresco luncheon at Halcyon

    And, of course, our al fresco luncheon at Halcyon


    A quote from Pablo as we exit the Bechtler. How apropos!

    A quote from Pablo as we exit the Bechtler. How apropos!

    The excursion totally refreshed us and allowed us to leave Charlotte on the high we had when we left our shoot!

    If you find yourself stuck in Charlotte, we highly recommend Halcyon and the Mint–you will love it!

    Oh…I forgot about our shoot–here’s a peek into our Spring 2013 collection. Portico in luscious shades of wine!

    Portico in luscious shades of wine!

  • 07.26.12 

    How to Create a Colorful Master Bed in Five Easy Steps!

    Oh, the Master Bedroom—the room for serenity… and even creativity…that two people must share!

    When it comes to picking out the bedding for the Master Bedroom, well of course color needs to be part of design plan—but what if she loves cooler colors, from blues to raspberries and greens and he loves warmer colors, from paprika to chili to yellow greens.

    Where does one begin? Here’s how I recommend tackling the master bedroom decorating dilemma:

    1.  Begin with the foundation layer—a matelassé or a quilt in a color that both she & he love. For this couple, I chose our new Avery quilt in Willow—our neutral base color that can work into His & Her color passions!

    2.  Add a colorful duvet cover and shams. Maybe keep it less frilly! Our new Swirling Leaves duvet cover and shams is modern for him, yet whimsical and fun for her. The cool Blues for her and splashes of warm Dijon swirls for him!

    3.  Now add high quality sheets. After selecting the colors for the foundation and the duvet covers, choose the sheets that best coordinate– white, ivory other other colors.

    We spend one third of our lives in bed, so quality matters here. I suggest our new Avery 400 thread count sateen sheets in White with Willow embroidered pattern. They are sumptuous, and the geometric pattern adds a pop of color—and not too frilly for him!

    4.  Need a headboard? I love our new Luisa Headboard in Cascade Lake—a classic design in a clean, over-scaled floral. Yes, they both can live together lovingly with this design!

    5.  Now the fun–add a few pillows! (NOTE: “few” pillows—remember how much men hate too many pillows!) This can be two Euro shams or a big, colorful pillow across the front! I’ve selected our Wallpaper Stripe Euro Shams. The Laurel Branch and Braided Velvet pillows are also perfect since not too flowery and have a nice blend of cool and warm colors and the “neutral” green.

    And Voila!

    The wonders of sharing…and both she and he can win…with a colorful master bedroom of their dreams!

    Have fun with the art of compromise and create your own colorful style!

  • 07.11.12 

    The Story Behind Our New Margie Outdoor Rug….

    Last year Margie Hardee, our dear friend and longtime Company C sales representative, passed away unexpectedly. Margie lived in the true spirit of Colorful Living. A resident of the Maryland shore, Margie always wanted more coastal blue colors in our designs….so we created the Margie outdoor rug in her honor. Company C is donating a portion of the sale of each rug to one of Margie’s favorite charities, The Humane Society of Queen Anne’s County. Click here to shop the Margie Rug.

  • 05.15.12 

    Great finds at #brimfield!

    We’re back after a fun few days in #brimfield for the 2012 Tweetup. Gretchen Aubuchon of @gaubuchondesigns & @fashionanddecor and Cynthia Bogart of @thedailybasics organized this fabulous social media event that attracted interior design bloggers from across the U.S. and Canada—all headed to #brimfield to meet up with other tweeps and bloggers, and to find fabulous treasures at the largest outdoor antique market in the United States!

    Here are some photos of friends and treasures from Brimfield!


    Brimfield swag


    Company C Lounge


    Erin McLaughlin from Style at Home Magazine


    Hmmmm....New Inspirations


    Colorful glass


    Walter digging for treasures


    Chris amidst vintage fashion


    Gretchen & Shane HAM it up for camera

    Peak at Rockport Ottoman Spring '13 Colors!

  • 04.24.12 

    Company C & Natural Home & Garden Magazine

    Natural Home & Garden Magazine May/June 2012

    A big thanks to Natural Home & Garden Magazine for including Company C’s Cyprus Aqua rug in its May/June issue. The article entitled, “A Healthier Home: Furnishings and Decor to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution” by  Ginevra Holtkamp can be found here.


  • 04.19.12 

    GoodWeave’s Project Muskan: Weaving a Brighter Future


    By Company C • Posted in Social Responsibility • April 19, 2012


    Company C joined GoodWeave in 2005 as part of its mission to give back to the weaving communities in India. By donating a percentage of each tufted rug sold, we help support families like Monish’s. Twelve-year-old Monish used to watch with disappointment as his friends left for school. With four siblings and the government school far from his village in Varanasi, Monish’s father could not afford his eldest son’s education. This all changed when GoodWeave launched Project Muskan (meaning “smile” in Hindi).

    Children often stay at home to help their parents on the looms because classrooms are literally out of reach due to their remote location as well as the prohibitive cost. In 2010, in partnership with the Human Welfare Association and The Global Fund for Children, GoodWeave was able to reach Monish and over 200 children like him. They are now enrolled in non-formal education centers, which offer an accessible and accelerated learning program for kids from impoverished and illiterate weaving communities.

    These non-formal education centers are just one of the effective interventions that GoodWeave has spearheaded over the years along the carpet belt of South Asia. GoodWeave provides an array of social programs, from rescue, rehabilitation and education of child laborers to mobile health clinics, day care services and adult education for weavers.

    In 2011, GoodWeave launched the second phase of Project Muskan and as a result, successfully enrolled 1,100 children in these non-formal education centers. Monish is no longer disappointed: “Now when I am studying, I feel confident and happy.” To read more stories of children whose lives have been transformed by GoodWeave, click here.

    About GoodWeave

    GoodWeave is an international non-governmental organization working to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities. The GoodWeave certification label is issued to rug manufacturers that adhere to the GoodWeave standard, agree to its independent verification and voluntarily join as licensees. For more information on GoodWeave, please visit


  • 04.17.12 

    Food Literacy Project

    Congratulations to Margy Taylor of Clay & Cotton for her role in The Food Literacy Project. Kentucky is lucky to have you and your team involved in the project! Thank you for including us – we’re happy to hear the Company C truck show will benefit such a worthy cause. Can’t wait to see pictures from the upcoming event!

  • 04.11.12 

    #Brimfield: The Brimfield Antique Show

    By Gretchen Aubuchon • Posted in Colorful Living • April 11, 2012

    Company C Sponsor of #Brimfield Tweet Up on May 10th – May 11th

    A bi-annual event merging

    the new in social media and the old in antiques

    at the Brimfield Antique Show.

    #Brimfield brings interior designers, decorators, design bloggers and fashion & retail professionals to the Brimfield Antique Show under one umbrella for two full days.

    The #Brimfield event held this past September brought together 120 interior designers/decorators and design bloggers.

    The #Brimfield tent is a ‘home base’ for VIP registered attendees, a place where guests can relax and regroup before heading back out to do MORE antique and vintage shopping. On shopping breaks, our guests can relax and enjoy chair massages, wine, cocktails and snacks, get connected with our WiFi service and laptop/phone charging stations, find inspiration in our sponsors’ product displays, and, last but not least, socialize and network with a fabulous group of like-minded people!

    We are thrilled to have Company C join co-lead sponsor, Benjamin Moore, at #Brimfield again this May. Two colorful brands under one tent at Brimfield, surrounded by miles of antiques…What could possibly be better?

    Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics and I invite you to join us this May at #Brimfield. We HOPE to see you there with our friends at Company C!

    Sign up today at




    Guest blog post by Gretchen Aubuchon, Founder and Editor in Chief of Fashion + Decor and Co-Founder of the #Brimfield Tweet Up.


    About Fashion + Decor

    Style your home…Style yourself.  Fashion + Decor is the web’s only dedicated space for exploring the intersection between fashion and interior design.  Discover how trends make their way from the fashion runways straight into your home.  The StylePair collection at new website launches April 2012!


    About The Daily Basics

    Cynthia Bogart, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Basics and Co-Founder of the #Brimfield Tweet Up. The Daily Basics is a community built of lifestyle bloggers in the fields of Home & Garden, Travel & Living, Food & Drink, Body & Fashion and Arts & Literature. It is a place where ANYONE can come to find all of those wonderful articles you loved reading about in your magazines but can find them now in one place online instead.

  • 03.21.12 

    Love the Fashion Blues!

    One of my favorite runway designers is Oscar de la Renta and his gowns. They are so dreamy. In his Spring 2012 designs, he captured crisp navy and white in a casual yet elegant way in his masterpiece below. Reminded me of our Imperial Paisley bedding collection.

    Reference Site:


    Pictured: Company C Imperial Paisley bed with our Regalia pillow.


    Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy!


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