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If you’re a frequent visitor to Watch Hill, you’ll immediately recognize the playful patterned pillows and bevy of gift items in High Point Home’s new outpost next to Olive Oyl’s in Essex.

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If you’re a frequent visitor to Watch Hill, you’ll immediately recognize the playful patterned pillows and bevy of gift items in High Point Home’s new outpost next to Olive Oyl’s in Essex.....
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I can’t resist a dip into Weekend Kitchen this time of year for some cooking inspiration, and I never come away empty handed.....
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Normally, things like hostess trays and nut bowls are not my thing, but Juliska’s Winter Frolic pattern adorned with sleigh rides, snowball fights and skating scenes on crisp white china is irresistible. ....
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Some people find knitting relaxing, others are addicted to Words with Friends, but these pursuits leave me edgy, itching to finish whatever it is I’ve started.....
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They’ve expanded their collection to include coasters, placecards and coated serving papers (perfect for cheese). Find new designs by artist Vicki Sawyer and plenty more ideas for the Fall table at The French Hen in Essex. $25 - $29. ....
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Pough has moved down the street to BIGGER and BETTER digs at One Main Street.....
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The charming old building at 21 Main Street in Essex has housed a succession of my favorite shops: River (sadly closed), Peacock and Beale (renamed Button, and decamped for Chester) and the latest iteration, Matilda Design Co.....
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The Griswold Inn Store is one of my favorite holiday shopping destinations. There is truly something for everyone in this packed and charming shop.....
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It's fun to toss around words like etagere, breakfront and credenza and pretend you know what you're talking about, but Burt Kaplan at English Accents, actually does.....
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I've met my match in Alison Sloane. She's as opinionated as I am. Considering Baby's Breath? Go elsewhere. ....
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Envious and slightly resentful of those organized souls who have a closet stocked with smart hostess gifts as you proffer yet another boring bottle of wine? Here's your remedy.....
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The curated mix is rooted in the historical character of the Griswold Inn, but surprisingly lively and current.....
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I love to peruse every inch of this packed shop in Essex, but if you don't have time, go online. ....
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If you're one to sweat the details, I've got an unusual local company for you. Pullits makes ingenious shade pulls to match your decor.....
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River's assortment of antiques, found treasure, lighting, hand-painted furniture and delightful back garden is lure enough, but.......

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