Sunday, 25 December 2011
Happy holidays everyone! Here are a few fool-safe tricks to get into Christmas spirit.
1) Bring in the outdoors. A single branch of spruce tree in a glass vase provides instant Christmas feeling.
2) At least one scented flower. Amaryllis, paperwhites or hyacinths will make your home smell of Christmas.
3) Include food of different colours on your holiday table. Missing something green? A few decorative leaves of lettuce or a sliced avocado will do the trick.
And here's the ultimate party enhancer: candles! There is nothing more efficient for raising the holiday spirit. Enjoy!
Sunday, 18 December 2011
A birds-only Christmas tree at Holiday Comforts.
Definitely unique and quite effective with its purely
white and red colour scheme.
There is also a landing spot for multicoloured
birds at Holiday Comforts, like this sparkling
Glass objects, like these sculptural candleholders
from Holiday Comforts, feel festive and reflect
light around the room.
More glass, this time on glass plates. The plates'
fluted surface gives them an extra sparkle (see
below). Added bonus: they are on sale at
These shiny moose napkin rings are
one of my absolute favourites. So cute
and what a great gift they make!
Accents by Design.
Imagine this bowl with bright, orange
mandarines. Definitely festive! Holiday
|The wine will taste even better when served|
from this glass decanter. Holiday Comforts.
For a rustic, genuine style, try Maxwell Pottery's
handmade pieces on your Christmas table. The
colour is so right!
Golden apples in a wooden bowl. Deep and rich
festive tones. Accents by Design.
These white-and-red porcelain balls will give the
Christmas tree a beautifully simple and old-fashioned
look. Holiday Comforts. If you prefer more colour,
you might want to go with these mini balls from
Accents by Design (below).
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Homesense's take on a Christmas vignette.
Check out their store in Sudbury for more ideas!
Start with a completely empty space. It can be a sidetable, your fireplace mantel or a bookshelf. Take out your Christmas treasures and start experimenting. It helps if you mix pieces of different materials, shapes and heights. Colourwise, you can go with complementary colours, or one single colour.
Remember to stand back every so often to see how it looks.
A vignette is the perfect way
to show off your personality
and objects you love, whatever
your style is.
Step 1: Centre your largest piece, such as an oversized mirror, on the mantel.
Step 2: Layer smaller pieces in front of the mirror.
Step 3: On the left side, add an object with movement. Sculptural, tall candle holders are a good option.
Step 4: Include something that shows off your personality; souvenirs from your travels, books you love, etc.
Step 5: On the right side, incorporate an element with visual weight. A vase filled with tall branches, for example, looks great.
Step 6: Finish off with accessories that vary in height. Try boxes and books.
Voilà! You have created your own, personalized vignette! What do you think, will you try it for Christmas?
Sunday, 4 December 2011
This afghan in cool colours is part of Universal
Yarn's afghan kit collection. The kit includes yarns
and instructions and costs $99. Stix & Stones can
also create kits specific to what you're looking for
in cotton, silk, mohair or any other yarn. Start
envisioning your perfect throw!
This throw is knit as a square and comes
in a range of beautiful hand-died variegated
wool yarns. You need two skeins at $16 each,
thick needles and one very bad movie night to
complete it. The result: a gorgeous, highly
personalized afghan. Tempting!
This amazingly colourful afghan is
made by Dianne Giroux and is for
sale at Stix & Stones. If you prefer
a calmer colour scheme, the throw
below by the same knitter could be
an option. $295 each.
This baby blanket is also knit as a square and should
be a piece of cake (says the time optimist). It is made
out of wool yarn and requires four skeins at $9 each.
Whether it's a throw or a quilt, who doesn't want
to see our little ones warmly wrapped up and
happy? In a future blog, I'll show inspiring quilt photos
and beautiful quilts available in our local stores.