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Ingredients for creating a cozy space<br />

for visiting friends and family<br />

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IDEAS<br />

Splurge-worthy gifts<br />

14<br />



Answering questions about these similarsounding<br />

countertop materials<br />

29<br />

AD<br />

INDEX<br />

Local home and garden pros<br />

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Add a personal touch to your<br />

dinner stage<br />

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Holiday happenings<br />

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Go cool and bright or warm and muted<br />

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This is the season for sharing<br />

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It’s the time of year when we fill our houses up with food, gifts, family and<br />

guests. My extended family will gather at my home this December. Many<br />

will be staying at nearby hotels, but I’ve already planned beds, sheets,<br />

blankets and pillows for the half dozen or so staying with us.<br />

While going through my closets, it became obvious that, even with<br />

company in mind, I have way more bedding than I need. Plus, I have an<br />

extra-long twin bed and frame from my son’s college days going unused.<br />

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someday,” and “I don’t feel like dealing with this right now.” But if I push past<br />

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Ingredients for creating a cozy bedroom<br />

for visiting friends and family<br />

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be a bit stressful preparing for their stay. We need to<br />

clean the house, wash their sheets, stock the fridge<br />

and plan meals that are a step above our typical fare.<br />

While there is defi nitely work to be done, you might<br />

consider adding a bit of play to the prep by creating<br />

a guest room that refl ects your personality with tidbits<br />

placed specifi cally with your guests’ needs and comfort<br />

in mind. Take it up even another notch by adding a few<br />

frivolous surprises. Here are some ideas to make your<br />

guests feel especially welcome. ➻<br />

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Build off the basics<br />

A comfortable bed is key. Choose a quality mattress. Even if you don’t have company all that<br />

often, it is still a good investment. When your home is guest-free and family members are feeling<br />

under the weather, they can retreat to a private, comfy space and let their partner or sibling<br />

sleep undisturbed.<br />

Soft bedding and a variety of blankets let guests adjust to their own comfortable temperature.<br />

Provide plenty of pillows so they can build their own head base. Consider allergen barrier<br />

pillows.<br />

Designing dreamland<br />

A guest room should feel welcoming but not overstuffed. While a large bed is nice, it shouldn’t<br />

compromise the floor space. No one wants to bang their shins on the bed frame trying to<br />

maneuver around the room. Tables with lamps should be placed on either side of the bed. If<br />

possible, place the bed so that electrical outlets for phones, iPads, or other tech pieces are easily<br />

accessible.<br />

A comfortable chair with a throw is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a bit of downtime. A<br />

small dresser or armoire is all that is needed to let guests unpack and feel like they are settling<br />

in for a while. Although you might include a luggage stand should guests prefer to skip unpacking.<br />

Closets, if available, or bottom drawers are prime locations for extra pillows and blankets<br />

so that guests don’t have to seek you out and request them at bedtime.<br />

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Familiar artwork<br />

Consider hanging photos of family gatherings or vacations with friends on the walls or place them<br />

on end tables. Your guests might be thrilled to spot themselves in a few of the framed photos found<br />

throughout their room.<br />

Key amenities<br />

The bedroom should have an alarm clock, paper pencils, and maybe a sewing kit and safety pins. A sound<br />

machine, or box fan, can help mask noise both inside and outside the home. A nightlight will provide<br />

just enough light to safely guide guests from their bedroom to the closest bathroom. A covered pitcher<br />

of water with glasses, or water bottles are easy touches.<br />

Bathroom supplies<br />

It’s a good idea to have your guest bath stocked with a few essentials, in case they were overlooked when<br />

packing. Arrange personal care items in a basket or fun container. Including soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes,<br />

shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cotton swabs, disposable razors, bandages, and the like will be a<br />

relief for guests who don’t want to inconvenience you or run to the store themselves.<br />

A box of tissues in plain sight and a stack of towels are always appropriate. Make sure there are extra<br />

rolls of toilet paper. And you can’t go wrong having a blow dryer handy. ➻<br />

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Special touches<br />

If you plan to include a television, select<br />

a model that is easy to operate. If multiple<br />

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important keys with bright fingernail<br />

polish, or type up a simple list of stepby-step<br />

instructions. Also, think about<br />

leaving a stack of books in a variety of<br />

genres for your guests to enjoy—and<br />

possibly take home with them. A fulllength<br />

mirror is a great perk, especially<br />

if your guests are in town for a special<br />

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The extra mile<br />

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We’re answering questions about these similar-sounding countertop materials<br />

What is the primary difference<br />

between the two materials?<br />

Quartz is an engineered stone made from<br />

ground silica which is bound together with<br />

polymers, resins and pigments. This material<br />

is molded and baked into slabs in a<br />

factory setting.<br />

Quartzite is a natural stone found beneath<br />

the surface of the earth. It is formed when<br />

sandstone containing a high percentage of<br />

quartz is altered by pressure and temperature.<br />

This material is then mined and cut<br />

into slabs.<br />

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Cambria USA Woodcroft (left) and<br />

Brittanicca Gold Warm (right)<br />

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Which is lower maintenance?<br />

Quartz is extremely durable. It has<br />

a non-porous surface that does not<br />

need to be sealed. This surface acts as<br />

a barrier against staining and bacteria.<br />

Use cutting boards when you chop on<br />

quartz, otherwise you might etch the<br />

surface. Then acids in food may erode<br />

the resins to result in dull white spots.<br />

Quartzite is slightly harder and more<br />

scratch-resistant than quartz, but its<br />

porous surface will absorb stains and<br />

bacteria if not sealed before installation<br />

and on an annual or semi-annual basis.<br />

Cutting gently with knives directly on<br />

a quartzite countertop will not cause<br />

etching.<br />

Which can take the heat?<br />

The resin in quartz melts at around<br />

300 degrees, so avoid placing hot pans<br />

directly on these countertops as it may<br />

damage the resin and leave a mark or<br />

divot.<br />

Quartzite can handle much higher heat<br />

including hot pans placed directly on its<br />

surface, but having said that, it’s always<br />

a good idea to use a pad or trivet. ➻<br />

1 Fantasy Brown Leather quartzite;<br />

Contractor: J.S. Brown & Company;<br />

Fabricator: Konkus, Photo by Todd<br />

Yarrington 2 Caesarstone Alpine Mist<br />

quartz from <strong>Cincinnati</strong> StoneWorks;<br />

Builder: Michaelson Homes, Photo by<br />

William Manning Photography 3 Cambria<br />

USA Skara Brae from Lumberman’s by<br />

Neal’s Design and Remodel; Designer:<br />

Christina Temple, Project Consultant:<br />

Frank Kuhlmeier, Photo by Ross Van Pelt 1<br />

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2<br />

3<br />

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How do you clean each of them?<br />

Though quartz will resist permanent staining when exposed to liquids like wine,<br />

vinegar, tea or juice from fruits and vegetables, it’s important to wipe up spills immediately<br />

with mild dishwashing detergent and a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaners,<br />

or highly acidic or alkaline solutions, as those chemicals can disintegrate the bonds<br />

between quartz and resin. Check with your installer for specific suggestions regarding<br />

appropriate cleaning methods. Should a deeper cleaning be necessary, you can use a<br />

stone and quartz cleaner as often as once a week.<br />

Since quartzite is a porous stone, it needs to be sealed. Depending on the sealing<br />

product selected, this may need to be done as often as yearly, but some sealants last<br />

as long as 15 years.<br />

“Be careful when selecting a sealer—make sure it is a good quality sealant meant<br />

for stone,” says Kaelyn Van Camp, marketing manager for Stone Mart. Some trusted<br />

brands Stone Mart carries include MORE Surface Care and Supreme Surface. “Your<br />

fabricator may offer to apply the sealant if you prefer,” Van Camp says, “But most of<br />

them are easy enough to apply if you read and follow the product’s directions.” ➻<br />

Cambria USA Brittanicca<br />

Photo by Neighbourhood Creative<br />

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Which looks more natural?<br />

Because quartz is bound by a resin, it can sometimes look too manufactured to some.<br />

Quartzite has the slightly coarse texture of sandstone giving it a more organic feel. It is<br />

also an appealing choice to environmentally conscious consumers because it is a totally<br />

natural product.<br />

Which offers more colors or patterns?<br />

Because it is created in a factory setting, quartz can be altered with regard to color<br />

and pattern. Added pigments can yield white, cream, gray, brown, blue, or pink results.<br />

Patterns can be flecked, veined or solid.<br />

“There are so many different quartz colors and patterns, and its durability compared<br />

to quartzite and granite makes it our most used material for countertops,” says kitchen<br />

designer Lauren Donges from Neal’s Design-Remodel.<br />

Although you will most often find quartzite in shades of white or gray, occasionally<br />

iron oxide can give the stone a pinkish or reddish tint. The patterns are natural with<br />

veining that is different from slab to slab, and even within the same slab.<br />

“My personal favorite countertop to use on projects is quartzite. I think it has a much<br />

more natural movement and 3D appearance than quartz and granite, and each slab is<br />

so unique that it makes each project one-of-a-kind,” Donges says.<br />

Brown Latte quartzite from Stone Mart<br />

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Cambria USA Hermitage<br />

Which is more expensive?<br />

Quartz ranges from about $50 to $150 per square foot installed depending on the color, style,<br />

edges, fabrication and composition.<br />

“Not all quartz is created equal,” says Tyler Quinn, market representative for Cambria USA in<br />

Dayton and <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. “There is no regulatory factor defining the percentage of quartz mineral<br />

needed in a material to label it as quartz. That range can be anywhere from 30 to 90 percent. A<br />

higher quartz mineral content will perform better.”<br />

Quartzite ranges from $90 to $210 per square foot installed depending on the stone and<br />

type of finish, edge, and fabrication.<br />

It’s important to note that sometimes quartzite can be mislabeled. Be sure to buy from a<br />

company with a solid reputation. “You can’t always tell by looking at it,” says Don Engel, owner<br />

of <strong>Cincinnati</strong> StoneWorks. Engel and his team rely on the expertise of their long-standing vendors.<br />

“They’ve done their homework,” he says. ➻<br />

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Having said that, should a slab arrive that<br />

Engel says looks different than what he’s seen<br />

before, his team conducts an acid test. If a highly<br />

acidic liquid, like vinegar, etches the surface,<br />

it is not quartzite, but might be a calcium-based<br />

material such as marble. The two materials may<br />

look similar, but quartzite is the more durable<br />

of the two.<br />

Which is right for you?<br />

The answer depends on three main factors:<br />

1) How does the pattern, color, texture work in<br />

your space?<br />

2) How much maintenance (sealing) are you<br />

willing to do?<br />

3) How does the cost fit into your budget?<br />

Once you address the above issues, often the<br />

final few candidates will reveal themselves.<br />

Then it’s time to make the decision on your<br />

own or with the help of a partner, friend or<br />

kitchen designer. Good luck choosing between<br />

the two Q’s!<br />

Taj Mahal quartzite from Stone Mart<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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Smart home features have been making the news and gaining popularity for several years. WiFi-enabled outlets, thermostats, locks, doorbells, cameras and more<br />

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1. SMART SHOWER HEAD – In the ultimate<br />

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HomeKit, and Google Assistant to let you turn on<br />

the water and set it to your preferred temperature<br />

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want to lift a finger to raise or lower your blinds<br />

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your garage serves as a storage area, a workshop,<br />

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you’re tired of having to filter all of your tap water<br />

through pitchers or other devices, consider a home<br />

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enabled homeowners to turn on lamps through<br />

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fixtures and recessed lights? Try smart bulbs! You<br />

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outlets for indoor use have been around and<br />

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winter months and ponds/fountains in the warmer<br />

seasons, these plugs are weatherproof and allow<br />

you to control any outdoor electronics with your<br />

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We celebrate all sorts of traditions during the<br />

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religions and generations of family members being<br />

together. But the one thing these gatherings usually<br />

have in common is a great meal. Sharing stories—<br />

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Start with a theme<br />

It might be a group of colors or cherished mementos, but if<br />

you start with a focus or theme in mind it will make your task<br />

easier. The choices might launch from your existing dining<br />

room décor, or holiday decorations found in nearby rooms.<br />

The foundation should be a classic, elegant or even whimsical<br />

tablecloth or runner. You can add texture and color via napkins,<br />

placemats and dinnerware. If you are creating a Hanukkah<br />

table, you might choose to focus on blue, but blending in<br />

touches of white, silver and gold adds a welcome bit of elegance.<br />

Use the good stuff<br />

Now is the time to get the stepstool out to reach the top<br />

shelf or open up your cabinet and bring out the china.<br />

This is the perfect time to use the fancy pieces—crystal,<br />

silver, chargers, and anything heirloom.<br />

If your family leans a bit more casual, simply select<br />

pieces that go with your theme. Maybe start with white<br />

dinnerware and add blue and silver accents. Or bring in<br />

touches of nature with pine branches, pinecones, and<br />

wooden pieces that add a touch of texture.<br />

Play up your personality<br />

Your table should reflect your<br />

style, but now is the time to push<br />

that idea to the max. Guests who<br />

might be accustomed to eating at<br />

your kitchen table, will appreciate<br />

and admire your efforts. Go crazy<br />

with candles, use all your flatware,<br />

add twinkle lights, incorporate a<br />

centerpiece that is a conversation<br />

starter—perhaps by including<br />

pieces that will jog memories and<br />

introduce slices of family history<br />

and launch story telling.<br />

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Stay centered<br />

While flowers are always appropriate, you don’t have to spend big bucks on the<br />

centerpiece. This element should illustrate your theme but reflect the mood you<br />

are trying to create. If it’s whimsical, line up a row of treasured toys, or even pieces<br />

from favorite games—like a scrabble board with holiday messages spelled out. Hang<br />

vintage ornaments from the chandelier or gather them in a glass bowl. If you are<br />

a talented baker, or know where one works, sometimes dessert can serve as the<br />

centerpiece—a stunning cake on a tall cake plate.<br />

While this will definitely add a bit of elegance to your holiday table, the goal is<br />

to not add stress, but rather have fun with the process. Plan your table days before<br />

guests arrive, so that you can spend your time preparing the feast. Then relax and<br />

enjoy the rewarding results of your efforts.<br />

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winter palette<br />

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This color draws you in and<br />

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Breathe coastal living into your home and banish<br />

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garland, textured throws, and oversized candles.<br />

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White Diamond OC-61<br />

This crisp, cool white paint color<br />

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Area experts share<br />

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When it comes to making design decisions for our<br />

homes, it’s often tough to see things objectively.<br />

Choices like paint colors, sofa fabrics or rug sizes<br />

might cause us to stall—and stew—for weeks, months<br />

and more. Sometimes it’s incredibly beneficial to get<br />

outside help. If you have a talented best friend, great.<br />

But usually, the easiest path to success is to rely on<br />

the advice of an interior designer or retailer who has<br />

solid experience. With that in mind, here are some<br />

tips from some of our favorite area professionals. ➻<br />

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Relax and take your time! Design is a process. Focus on the big, “anchor” pieces first<br />

and build your way outward. Trying to complete a room down to the last toss pillow<br />

all at once can be exhausting and confusing and can end up with results that look<br />

more forced than natural. —Bart Foster, Bova <strong>Cincinnati</strong><br />

Most people tend to want to select<br />

their paint color first, and then<br />

try to build their room design<br />

around it. It’s actually best<br />

to select everything else<br />

(fabrics, rugs, etc.) first and<br />

then choose the wall color to<br />

complement all the elements<br />

in the space.<br />

—Julie Cochran,<br />

Decorating Den Centerville<br />

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For an extraordinary design remember all of the ingredients in your room.<br />

Beautiful ceiling treatments can create the ultimate WOW that no one will forget!<br />

In this dining room we embellished the new wallpaper with “crystal jewels”<br />

and extended the accent to the faux painted sunburst in the tray ceiling.<br />

—Ann E. Hoffman, Hoffman & Albers Interiors ➻<br />

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Don’t get too caught up on what is trending. Design<br />

your home to reflect your personal needs and likes!<br />

—Brittney Ingram, ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong><br />

When doing window valances, often repeating an accent<br />

fabric can pull the entire space together. In this family<br />

room, the repetition of the check from valances to pillows<br />

to the ottoman, brings continuity to the space and<br />

serves to create balance and interest in the entire room.<br />

—Beth Spegal, House Dressing Interior Design, Ltd.<br />

One design feature that I<br />

most definitely will suggest<br />

in your spaces is wallpaper. This<br />

always becomes a fun part of the project and allows you<br />

to step outside your comfort zone. This is a favorite<br />

piece of design and my most enjoyable when sourcing<br />

for a space. —Alisa Culyer, Honor and Grace<br />

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Great lighting and options for display make any entertainment area shine.<br />

Always consider what will highlight the area for not only look but function.<br />

In this bar design we used uplighting, downlighting and mirrors (antiqued),<br />

as well as a stair-stepped lit bottle display on an amazing piece of stone.<br />

—Vicki Waker, Cabinet Creations ➻<br />

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You know how sometimes you can’t define beauty, but you know it when you<br />

see it? That’s how I feel about quality furnishings. From upholstery and case<br />

goods to accent pieces and accessories, it doesn’t matter how stunning a room<br />

looks, if the furnishings aren’t of a certain quality, you’ll never capture that<br />

extra special something. —Carolynn Reis, Best Furniture Gallery

<strong>Idea</strong>lly all of your furniture or at least the front<br />

feet of the furniture should fit on the rug to<br />

define the space and make the most visual<br />

impact. Choosing a too-small rug can make your<br />

space feel smaller than it is.<br />

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Basco Shower Enclosures .................................. 15<br />

Best Furniture Gallery .......................................... 4<br />

Bova Contemporary Furniture ........................... 26<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong> Stoneworks........................................ 18<br />

Closets by Design <strong>Cincinnati</strong> .............................. 13<br />

Custom Distributors, Inc .................................... 46<br />

Fifty West Brewing Company ............................. 65<br />

Franklin Art Glass Studios, Inc. ............................ 36<br />

Hanson Audio and Video ................................... 28<br />

Hoffman & Albers Interiors ................................ 16<br />

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Pella Windows & Doors ....................................... 6<br />

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Take A Holiday Tour<br />


Tour of Kitchens<br />

Sat, Dec 2, 11am-3pm<br />

Anderson Township<br />

The Junior League<br />

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Annual Victorian<br />

Christmas Tour & Tea<br />

Sat and Sun, Dec 2 and 3, 1pm-7pm<br />

East Row Historic District of Newport, KY<br />

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Holiday Home Tour<br />

Sat, Dec 2, 11am-4pm<br />

The Glendale Lyceum<br />

Glendale<br />

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It's a Wonderful House,<br />

The Holiday Tour<br />

Sat, Dec 2, 12pm-5pm<br />

Upper Arlington<br />

Junior League of Columbus<br />

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Holiday Home Tour<br />

Sat, Dec 2, 2pm – 6pm<br />

Delaware Township<br />

Northwest Neighborhood Association<br />

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Holiday Historic Home Tour<br />

Fri, Nov 24, 4pm-8pm and<br />

Sat, Nov 25, 3pm-7pm<br />

McPherson Town Historic District<br />

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Holiday Home Tour<br />

Sat, Dec 9, Tours at 12pm and 4pm<br />

Historic Grafton Hill<br />

Grafton Hill Association<br />

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Festival of Lights at the <strong>Cincinnati</strong> Zoo & Botanical Gardens.<br />

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