Entertaining: Kelley Moore Shows Her Appreciation

Holiday gifts that won't collapse your budget
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’Tis the season of giving, and after exhausting your creativity on gift ideas for those nearest and dearest, trying to find simple, cute gifts for coworkers, your child’s teachers, party hosts and others in your life can make even the most intrepid shopper head down the dreaded fruitcake path. Well, step away from the cake: Kelley Moore’s culinary-inspired gifts suit both the DIY artist and the grab-and-go type—without causing a serious budget crisis.


Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
Cocktail glass rimmers make a spirited gift. These homemade mixes are easy and can be made in large batches for multiple sets. Kelley’s recipes for a peppermint “Sugar” mix; a cinnamon and sugar graham cracker “Spice” concoction; and a chocolate, cherry and almond “Everything Nice” mix are easy to follow and can be presented in tins wrapped with a festive ribbon. For kids, these sweet rimmers pair nicely with a mug of hot cocoa. Supplies: Handmade labels printed on label paper; round metal containers, $2 each, red and checked ribbon, about $3/yard, and clear plastic box,  $1.15, all from Packaging Specialties (SoDo, 515 S Michigan St.; 206.762.0540; ps-stores.com)


Hot Cakes Confections salted caramel sauce

Spoonful of Sugar
Former Theo Chocolate chocolatier Autumn Martin tops molten chocolate hot cakes with an equally indulgent delight. Martin’s salted caramel sauce from her  can be drizzled on holiday desserts, but sweet, sticky licking can be had straight from the jar by adding two teaspoons tied with a wide ribbon. Substitute an antique silver spoon to create a more expensive, girlfriend-worthy gift. Supplies: Green ribbon, about $3/yard, Packaging Specialties (SoDo, 515 S Michigan St.; 206.762.0540; ps-stores.com); Hot Cakes Confections salted caramel sauce, $8  (hotcakesconfections.com); silver teaspoons, $1.99 each, Cost Plus World Market (multiple locations, including downtown, 2103 Western Ave.; 206.443.1055; worldmarket.com)


Pass the Cheese, Please
Portland-based Urban Cheesecraft’s prepackaged cheese-making kit comes with ingredients to create homemade artisan mozzarella or ricotta. Simply add a black ribbon, a sweet sentiment, and you have the perfect hostess gift when you’re already late for the party. Supplies: Black grosgrain ribbon, about $3/yard, Packaging Specialties (SoDo, 515 S Michigan St.; 206.762.0540; ps-stores.com);  Urban Cheesecraft mozzarella and ricotta cheese-making kit, $29.99 at Metropolitan Markets (multiple locations, including Lower Queen Anne, 100 Mercer St.; 206.213.0778; metropolitan-market.com) or at urbancheesecraft.artfire.com

Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

A wood-burning fireplace, natural elements, mixed woods and inviting seating make this a relaxing spot after a day on the lake
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This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.

You won’t find a big-screen TV in this living room across the street from Lake Sammamish, near Seattle. That’s because after a day of boating or hiking on nearby trails, the homeowners, who live here year-round, long to stay unplugged reading, playing games, entertaining and snuggling up as a family.

To help strike the active-outdoor-meets-lazy-indoor vibe, designer Katie Cooper Scorse introduced natural elements, layered textures, mixed wood finishes and colors commonly found in the traditional Native American folk art of the Pacific Northwest.

Living Room at a Glance
What happens here: A young family of four, soon to be five, entertains guests, plays games, reads and snuggles by the warmth of the fire
Location: Lake Sammamish, Washington
Size: 352 square feet (32.7 square meters)
Designer: Katie Cooper Scorse of Cooper Studio Interiors

A large upholstered sectional sofa offers an inviting place for family members to hunker down and enjoy a roaring fire after a day on the lake.

LAKE SAMMAMISH

Related: Incorporate a Mix of Natural Materials

Scorse kept the existing fireplace and mantel as-is since the homeowners loved the natural stone veneer, maple mantel and built-in bookcases. She styled the mantel with glass lanterns and a large round mirror to create visual balance with the large fireplace.

Mirror and Lounge II sectional sofa in Cement: Crate & Barrel; Mid Century task floor lamp and Industrial modular media console: West Elm

A Moroccan shag rug layers over wall-to-wall carpeting for more kid-friendliness underfoot. “It’s super comfy and perfect for little toes running around the room,” Cooper says.

Custom pillows are covered in African mud cloth, indigo batik and vintage Hmong tribal patterns that recall Pacific Northwest evergreens.

Fitz end table: Room & Board; Kelley coffee table: One Kings Lane; Moroccan shag rug and coffee table tray: West Elm