The Holiday/ Winter Preview Party 2018

Rob and his group did an incredible job of getting the shop turned over to the holiday and winter season to come. I know there are those that are grumpy seeing this in what rightfully is the fall, but it takes many days and many pairs of hands to get this all ready. Our one evening event of the year featured Rob’s lighting as usual, and pizza cooked up fresh on the driveway. The description doesn’t sound all the great, but sitting on the driveway in 40 degree weather, eating pizza right out of the oven – perfect.  To follow are pictures of the before during and after of that event, for those readers too far away to attend.  Our season kickoff open house goes on all weekend, and is a perfect prelude to the season to come. If you are nearby, we are well worth the trip.

antique bottle rack, lighted on the interior and decorated with green glass globes

picks and such

Dutch made artificial tree with 11,000 lights

fresh cut magnolia bunches

wood cheese boards and deer

red and white

swan cart

gold colored metal ornaments

rustic look

amaryllis in glass forcing vaseswood ornament

the shop

shop window with swan sleighs

lighted starbursts

a party

shop at night

lighting on the pergola

And this morning-our first snow!

A perfect day for a winter open house, don’t you think?


  1. HEAVELY ~ you’re the greatest ~

  2. opps, HEAVENLY ~~~ lol

  3. Patricia Mullan says

    Amazing. Now the snow fall today is a source for celebration.

  4. It was a beautiful, magical, and delicious event! I was there for hours scouring every inch of your incredible store. Once again…well done!

  5. In pictures 2 and 4 are lighted spheres ( for lack of a better description!) for sale. They are beautiful. EVERYTHING is beautiful, Deborah.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Pat, those are the starbursts. Yes, we have them for sale. Call the shop for details. 248 335 8089. Thank you for your letter. best, Deborah

  6. Starbursts!!!

  7. Michaele Anderson says

    Have you, Rob and your crew discovered the secret to successful cloning? It seems like you all are remarkably productive and accomplish so much. The offerings in the shop look amazing and I can well imagine how irresistible many of the holiday treasures are when seen in person. Congrats.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Michaele, I doubt that either Rob or I would consider being anywhere else than here we are. This is the place we call home. But we truly appreciate having friends from afar. thanks, Deborah

  8. wow…. You are the best. I wish I’m living nearby that I could come to visit all year round.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Nancy, I post a lot of pictures so friends far away can join in to our celebration of every season. Thanks for reading. best, Deborah

  9. jeanne durfee says

    A swan cart and sleigh…..swooning

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Jeanne, the swan cart and sleigh are both very good looking. I understand the swoon part! all the best, Deborah

  10. Joyce Baker says

    Thank you for showing the pictures! I have a bottle tree, but not the number of “limbs” you have. I now know what I will do for a Christmas Tree. No space inside, so a great project to plan for.

  11. Magical….when are you open on Sunday? I just might chance it and make the trip!

  12. Perfect!

  13. Really lovely, thank you for sharing! So many design and decor lessons, and even the snow looks pretty, although I am glad its there and not here.


  14. Deborah, Rob and Santa’s helpers, You’ve created a winter wonderland; I do wish I lived near you to see all your amazing work. And the snow arrived to add a magical dusting. Merry Christmas! Cathy

  15. Lisa at Greenbow says

    Perfect for an open house. Pass the pizza please while I drool over the exploding stars. None too early to me. I need all the inspiration I can get. Happy happy…

    • Deborah Silver says

      Hi Lisa. LOVED your comment. Your description is exactly as it happened-even for me. I was as enchanted as if I had walked through the door for the first time. I give Rob credit for what he does best-he creates atmospheric conditions that are spellbinding. I sat on the driveway wolfing down pizza and drinking wine while it was 40 degrees, feeling like all was well with the world. happy happy to hear from you. all the best, Deborah

  16. I’ll get there someday. Best wishes to all at DGW and Branch.

  17. Paul Clancy says

    A wonderful start to the season Deborah, beautifully curated and lovingly styled as always. The swan, the sleighs, the tree skirt, I’m making a list right now.

  18. Debra Phillips says

    a group of my friends made the journey, so sorry I could not. some day, I must experience this magic in person.
    bravo to all

  19. angela hastings says

    Love your designs. Wish I lived closer to you.

  20. Ruth J Wolery says

    I love your pictures.

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