These homemade, all natural designs will be part of the decoration at Karen Gubitz's home, which is to be featured on the Children's Clinic Holiday Housewalk. Photo by J.Geil.

To kick off the holiday season, Wednesday Journal and present My Holiday Home, a special section packed with local ideas to help ready our homes for the holidays. My Holiday Home includes gift ideas for your host, a dressing recipe with a sweet surprise, a look at how a local artist is decorating her home for the holidays with natural materials and much more.

Click here to view the full print section or click on any of the headlines below to read individual stories from My Holiday Home.

In the mood for a handmade holiday?
Local artist decks the halls with lotus pods and philodendron
By Lacey Cora

Karen Gubitz and her husband Nick Sinadinos have a history together that is full of Oak Park landmarks. The two met at Philander’s, married at the 19th Century Women’s Club and are the owners of an E.E. Roberts home in the Ridgeland Historical District. While Oak Park traditions are hallmarks of their lives together, their holiday decorating is anything but traditional, due in large part to Karen’s calling as an artist.

For your host
By Sarah Corbin

Shopping blogger, Sarah Corbin, shares a bundle of festive finds that make perfect holiday gifts for any host or guest.

20 tips for creating a holiday ambiance in your home
By Lexi Nielsen

The holidays are about gatherings, whether its spontaneous drop-ins by friends for a glass of wine or a formal sit down dinner. Help your home exude warmth and a touch of magic this holiday season by using a few of these decorating tips.

Dressing with a ‘clean touch’ of sweetness
By Frank Chlumsky

As anyone who has purchased a box of Stove Top stuffing knows, bread dressing can be an enjoyable side dish that goes just as well with other entrees, such as roast chicken or stuffed pork chops.

How to host Thanksgiving
By David Hammond

Thanksgiving is our big dinner party of the year. Hosting between 25-30 people poses logistics challenges that, over the years, we’ve figured out how to handle.

For your table
By Sarah Corbin

Shopping blogger Sarah Corbin shows how to tackle holiday table setting with the perfect centerpieces.

Highlight the holidays with a festive planter
By Lacey Sikora

Yvonne Steele has always loved gardening. When the economy began to sputter a few years ago, the Oak Park mom finally decided that it was time to get her hands dirty on behalf of someone other than her family. She founded Smoke Tree Gardens to provide garden, landscaping and planter services.

My Holiday Home 2011

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