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Bavarian Spirit Unleashed in Napa

Vintage Home is my favorite store in America come December 1st, when it is transformed into an Austrian wonderland, loaded to the gills with brilliant, thoughtful, and elegant gifts tree ornaments.
12/09/2010 07:09pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Vintage Home is a store I could write about all-year long, but it is my favorite store in America come December 1st, when it is transformed into an Austrian wonderland, giving the fabled Christmas market of Vienna a RUN for its money. Laura Rombauer is the proprietress of Vintage Home and has curated the most enchanting old-world Christmas emporium, loaded to the gills with brilliant, thoughtful, and elegant gifts and tree ornaments that haunt a woman like a pair of Louboutins... but what makes me the most nuts is the extraordinary inventory of wooden crafts she carries -- all those Christmas pyramids of all sizes, nutcrackers, candelabras, and smokers.

Every year my husband + I collect a new wooden heirloom, after having wildly anticipated this new purchase for months leading to December 1. On that day, we arrive to inspect all the wooden loot -- mercilessly analyzing which new prospect would fit-in best with our house/ family/ other wooden friends -- and then bring it home as if it were a Picasso. From there, we assemble our entire collection on a table in our front foyer; and then we all congregate around the table to light all the colored candles + marvel at the magic illuminating the room, and on to the small faces and hands of our children.

This spectacular extravaganza is what indelible memories, ceremonies + rituals are all about -- and some day these wooden friends, who have brought my family such joy, will be my children's heirlooms.


photo credit: nicole mcintosh bruce

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