Niagara Gazette

November 27, 2012

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Holiday Tour of Homes in Lewiston on Dec. 1 & 2 features over-the-top decorations

By Michele DeLuca
Niagara Gazette

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. 

“We’re to convey that you can take old things and repurpose them to decorate for the holidays in a really affordable way,” Hays-Mies said. 

Each of the show homes feature tablescapes and in “The Cottage” kitchen is a table setting contributed by Melissa Morinello of Niagara Falls, featuring McKenzie-Childs china and a line of  Le Creuset cookware staged by the Le Creuset Store at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.

“We have six houses, sixteen decorators, and 120-plus volunteers,”said Tasia Fitzpatrick, one of the coordinators of the show. “Our six houses span 100 years of time from 100-years old to a brand new house,” she said.

Tickets for the show will be available at area Wegmans stores. The tour is self-guided with complimentary trolley service from the Barton Hill Hotel to the homes. In between stops, ticket holders are invited to go to the Barton Hill Hotel for a dessert sampling reception featuring sweets from DiCamillo Bakery and the Village Bake Shoppe. They will also be treated to a complimentary Poinsettia Cocktail. Just off the lobby of the Barton Hill will be a jewelry show for holiday shopping. All proceeds benefit the Lewiston Historical Society.

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