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Home front: Glass ornament sale; Pantone paint color

Also, inspiration for holiday garden decor

A roundup of home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including a Paly ornament sale, Pantone's color of the year, and holiday garden decor.

SHOP AT SCHOOL ... Glass snow people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy canes and more decor made by students, faculty and alumni in Palo Alto High School's Fiery Arts (glass blowing) program will be for sale Friday and Saturday. Sales will benefit the Fiery Arts program. Live demonstrations and free cookies and hot cider will be served. The sale will be Friday, Dec. 14 from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. inside the Paly Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, in Palo Alto. For more information go to

PANTONE COLOR FOR 2019 ... The word is out: Pantone Color Institute has picked its 2019 Color of the Year: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral is "vibrant yet mellow," and "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment," Pantone's website states. For 20 years, the institute has selected a Color of the Year, which has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone's color experts comb the world looking for new color influences. This year, experts said they were seeking "authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy" in today's world of digital technology and social media. "The engaging nature" of Living Coral "welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity." The color (a sort of pinkish orange) is a "nurturing" one that "appears in our natural surroundings," according to Pantone.

HOLIDAY GARDEN DECOR ... It's possible you may already have a garden full of things you can use to decorate your home for the holidays. According to Jenny Andrew of Garden Design magazine, classic boxwood shrubs, holly, paperwhites, evergreen (branches and cones), as well as amaryllis, make great holiday centerpieces or decor.

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