Niagara Gazette — The groom’s tuxedo hangs against the door. His cufflinks are on the dresser and there are two slices of wedding cake waiting to be enjoyed. It’s just a few hours after the reception and the newlyweds are readying their vintage luggage, soon to depart from their little cottage to begin their honeymoon.
That’s the story behind the decorations in “The Cottage, in the gardens at Oxbow” which is one of several houses decorated in over-the-top holiday themes open to the public in the Holiday Tour of Homes in Lewiston next weekend, Dec. 1 and 2.
To make the scene in the cottage more luxurious, there are handmade fur pillows on the bed, the handiwork of a Niagara Falls artisan whose work enriches the setting in the cottage bedroom.
Christine Falsetti is a friend of one of the show planners, Sandy Hays-Mies, who has been trying to get Falsetti to step out into the spotlight and begin marketing her handiwork, which also includes wedding gowns repurposed into christening dresses.
“She just needed a stage to be able to show her work and I know she’s going to be really successful,” said Hays-Meis.
Falsetti, a mother of three, has been wanting to follow her dreams for a long while. This year, after having surgery for breast cancer, and undergoing chemotherapy, she decided that life was too short to waste one more minute.
“I’ve always had this sewing passion,” she said, “and Sandy told me you have to do this, you have to follow your dream.”
Falsetti’s pillows are scattered throughout the cottage.
Also, as in all the show homes, the cottage is filled with holiday decorating ideas, including the living area where three vintage sewing boxes, courtesy of Patricia’s Back Barn in Wheatfield, are brimming with ornaments.