• You know what they say, “when one door closes … go ahead and decorate it!” (They do say that, right?) At the pinnacle of symbolism, a door is a passageway, a transition threshold, where visitors leave one place, both emotional and physical, for another place. A door’s purpose is a balance of both welcoming friends […]

  • Roya Gharavi had many advantages when designing her Blacksburg house. She and husband Floyd Merryman both embraced a mountain contemporary design which utilizes natural materials and capitalizes on large windows and beautiful views. “It made it easy that we like the same style of house,” she relates, “and I am grateful that my husband trusted […]

  • Famous for its whimsical take on one girl’s dream, “The Nutcracker” ballet, in all its glitter snow and sugar plum glory, was first performed in December of 1892 in Russia. At the heart of the narrative, it is simply a fairy tale love story told through dance. When Clara, following her family’s boisterous Christmas Eve […]

  • Hot Rod Santa

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    Hot Rod Santa

    When kids ask the Hot Rod Santa “Where is your sleigh?” and “Where is Rudolph?”, he looks around and responds: “They are still in the North Pole because there’s no snow here yet.” This seems satisfactory to the young ‘uns whose faces light up at the sight of Santa Claus smiling and waving from his […]

  • One Glass  Bubble

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    One Glass Bubble

    Parker Stafford was 12 years old when he remembers first being impressed by glass. He had traveled to England with his grandparents and was awestruck by stained glass windows. After graduating from high school in Floyd County, where he lived most of his young years, Stafford attended Berea College in Kentucky, a unique, tuition-free, liberal […]