The Holidays Are Long Gone III… presents an old favorite among our readers: Holiday decor around town that’s lingering well past its expiration date.

We went easy on you this year, Garden City. The time to run this feature is usually pre-Easter. But even with the extra time, we spotted a number of houses sporting Christmas holiday decor. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and even Easter have come and gone, yet holiday decorations are still visible around town. As we are now approaching Mother’s Day, it’s time to give these decorations a rest!

2016-04-05 12.03.56Doesn’t this wreath look great? Yes, but not in April. 

2016-03-31 14.10.09A tree wrapped in lights, as many are around town.

2016-03-31 14.09.50These columns are dressed in their holiday best.

2016-03-31 14.06.36Here’s another tell-tale wreath. 

We caught you! Time to take these decorations down and make way for Spring! And remember- this is all in good fun!

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Stair Runner: Frustration Nation

When you move, there’s always seems to be an endless to-do list. Since I moved to GC, one thing that I’ve desperately wanted to do is replace the stair runner in my new home. Take a look at the image below and you’ll see why:


The runner on the main staircase was from the previous owner {and from the looks of it, maybe even the previous, previous owner}. It was not my style at all and just looked tired. Plus, since it’s one of the first things someone notices when they enter my home, I wanted something a bit more modern and interesting.

I searched and searched and searched some more because that’s just how I do things {even though it frustrates everyone around me to no end}  for the right store, the right runner, the right color, the right price, etc, etc. You know how it goes. I brought home carpet samples, compared them to the walls, returned the samples, visited different stores, brought home more samples, consulted friends, family, decorators, etc, but I never found the right… everything… to make me pull the trigger. It was total frustration nation!

Cut to two years later and I still have the same old runner {a clear case of decision paralysis}. A friend suggested I check out I did and it was a game changer. Adam Jarrett, also the owner, came to my house for a no-charge consultation (no more store hopping and schlepping samples around- yay!) and I was pleasantly surprised. He was very professional and he obviously took a lot of pride in his work.

In addition to having a lot of great rug samples, Adam also had a good sense of design and style. He suggested coordinating colors/designs and explained different types of rugs to me but at the same time, he kept the process simple. He also brought amazing pictures of his work! The photos were essential for me since I can’t visualize well on my own- I like to see a hard copy of how things look. I knew I wanted something modern, perhaps a sisal. Here are some of the samples Adam showed me:




Adam’s specialty is custom stair runners although he does regular carpets as well. After a bit of deliberation and gentle guidance from Adam, I made my choice. Stay tuned for part II  {the finished product!} and how Adam saved me from decision paralysis.

As always, I haven’t been paid any amount of money to showcase I just wanted to share a great find in the daunting process of buying {and decorating} a home!

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GCHS Student & Girl Scout Asks for Assistance



In the words of Ronald Regan, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” is happy to help a GCHS junior and Girl Scout, Emily Dirks, as she pursues her very admirable goal of helping impoverished children and families. Read on and see if you might be able to help Emily in her cause. Her email address is included below. Thank you to our readers!


Dear members of the Garden City community,
My name is Emily Dirks. I’m a junior at the GCHS and an active Girl Scout.

This summer I will be traveling to Guatemala with Common Hope, a nonprofit organization partnering with impoverished children and families in Guatemala in the areas of education, health care, housing, and family development.

My group will be involved in a wide range of activities, including building a simple house for a family, accompanying a social worker on home visits, and leading school activities with young Guatemalan students. These activities are instrumental in helping the organization achieve its goals, and provide volunteers the opportunity to learn about another culture.

The students are working to raise funds and supplies for Common Hope before they travel this July. We are specifically looking for any unused school supplies and new or used recorders. The team will be leading a music lesson at a local elementary school and we are hoping to collect as many recorders as possible.

Recorders can be dropped off at 81 Cambridge Ave GC, (right off Edgemere Rd) or if you prefer you can email me at and I’ll will be glad to pick the recorder up from your house. We will clean all the recorders before they are brought to Guatemala.

Thanks for your support,

Emily Dirks