W. Va. woman aids holiday decorating at White House
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In this Nov. 30 photo provided by Kathy Gastinger, Gastinger poses in the White House in Washington D.C., after she and her sister, Paula Krajcir, helped decorate the White House for the 2011 Christmas season. AP Photo

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Christmas stars aligned for Charleston’s Kathy Gastinger and her sister, allowing the women to be part of the 2011 decorating team for the White House in Washington, D.C.

“We’ve watched the television show every season about the decorations at the White House,” Gastinger said. “All the way back to Jackie Kennedy, Pat Nixon. We realized they were all volunteers who do the work and thought, ‘Gee, we would love to do that!’”

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Home decor and more at Finders Keepers
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Elaine Boria has always known home decor, styling and staging.

Now, she’s sharing her gifts and talents with the Livingston County community.

In November, she and her husband, Jeff, opened Finders Keepers Home Decor, located at 10000 E. M-59 in the Fountain Square Plaza in Hartland Township

Those walking in to Finders Keepers are quick to notice Boria’s unique ideas. An assortment of fabrics, tables and chairs, headboards, mirrors and furniture — and countless other items that fall in other home decor genres — are sophisticatedly positioned around the store.

It’s almost always enough for people to do a double-take, she said.

“I would always make these items, and people would ask me to do them; I thought it was time for me to take it as a sign,” said Boria, who lives in Milford. “It is a tough economy, but I’m older, and I thought if I’m going to do it, I’d better do it now. There’s no place to go but up.”

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