Need Some Holiday Inspiration?

The Fells, situated on a nearly 1,000-acre hillside in Newbury NH overlooking scenic Lake Sunapee, served as a summer retreat for three generations of the Hay family. John M Hay served as Secretary of State under both Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, and in August of 1902 President Roosevelt stayed overnight at the Fells while on a Presidential tour of New England. Now included in the National Register of Historic Places, charitable donations and volunteers help to preserve this historic estate and nature preserve.

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Our friend and rug design contest winner Liz Hause is not only a talented interior designer, but also a passionate volunteer supporting the Fells.  And this was her year to shine! Liz chose to decorate the Roosevelt bedroom for the annual Christmas at the Fells event, one of the largest fundraisers of the year.  She anchored the room using Reflections, the signature rug she designed.

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Liz is an amazing source of inspiration, whether it’s for holiday decorating or for a complete interior design project.  Working with our Concord, NH retail team, Liz pulled just the right pieces to pair with her own elements to create a memorable Christmas masterpiece President Roosevelt would be thrilled to visit again.  Great tips from Liz:  natural elements paired with a soft palette of accents creates an environment that welcomes Christmas and the holiday season.

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To learn more about Liz Hause design visit www.lizhausedesign.com
To learn more about The Fells visit www.thefells.org

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s the season of Thanksgiving, and the beginning of the holiday season.  It’s a time for giving, and also an opportunity to slow down a little and appreciate all that we have.  Giving thanks, being grateful, and heart-felt appreciation mean different things to everyone.  Here are some interesting and thought-provoking thoughts and observations from people regarding what it means to be thankful and Celebrate Thanksgiving.  Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving day.

  1. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie
  2. “The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” -Michael Josephson
  3. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward
  4. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
  5. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” -H.A. Ironside
  6. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” -Charles Schwab
  7. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks”.-Unknown
  8. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”–Marcel Proust
  9. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.” -Gertrude Stein
  10. “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” -Alphonse Karr