If you live in England, the “Festive Period” is generally thought of as the period of time between Christmas and New Years. But I tend to think of the entire month of December as the Festive Period and my Festive Period got underway last week with the Gray Magazine Holiday party at Design Within Reach, a wonderful furniture firm in Seattle where I live. By the way, Design Within Reach is currently having a great sale on the iconic Herman Miller Chair; the Herman Miller Chair Company has been making its chairs in Zeeland, Michigan for over a century. I got invited to the Gray party because I have done a few guest posts on their blog in the past. Gray put on a delicious spread of nosh and while at the party I met a host of wonderful makers making great stuff for the home: Nick of Urban Hardwoods, Ross of Surface Theory, David of Seattle Stair and Design and Tammy of Savvy Cabinetry by Design. Over the next few weeks, I will be featuring each of these firms on this blog or on the blog associated with my Homerica website, “Stories of Home“. And beginning tomorrow, look for a series of posts suggesting great presents for Christmas made by members of our extended American family.