Here are my final 5 gift picks – from delectable hand soap to cozy throw blankets, these are items I would be thrilled to receive any day!
Hand Poured Soap Bites, $18 each, Aromachology
Having spent the better part of my weekend choosing, buying and decorating my Christmas tree, it was only fitting that I snap a few photos to show you the end-result! This is the first Christmas I am spending in Toronto and I really wanted to make it feel special. I decided on a white and silver colour palette this year, a beautiful classic.
My only pet peeve when it comes to Christmas trees is spending money on a – usually very unattractive – tree stand. My alternative is to ‘plant’ the tree in a dark grey planter, half filled with gardening rocks and half filled with neatly packed soil. It makes the tree stand out that much more and also allows you to invest in a planter that you can use once the spring makes its way back in.
Now, for the ornaments! Isn’t there something just magical about putting up that very first ornament? It gets me every year. Here are a few of my favourite ornaments – they all bring back a happy memory of the place where I found them.
You might have read my post listing expert tips to decorate your Christmas tree. Filling your tree with inexpensive ornaments and then edging it with your special pieces was key to getting a professional look. I have about a dozen of these silver balls, scattered around the tree.
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This Sunday is your last chance to stop by the One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale, happening here in Toronto. I’ve shared three parts of this four part series rounding up my top 20 favourite artisans from the show.
Catch part one through three of this series right here! Last, but certainly not least, here comes part four!
1. Coucou Salut
Montreal based illustrator, graphic designer and textile artist, Shannon Adolph, creates playful home wares crafted from silkscreened fabrics. You probably noticed her and her work on the front page of the OOAK website as she’s one of this years Rising Stars! Visit Shannon at booth H-43 to chat with her about her process.
Have you checked out the One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale going on right now in Toronto? I’m sharing my top 20 favourite artisans from the show in a four-part series.
Catch part one and two of this series right here! Here comes part three!
Their name is just as quirky as their product. Amanda, the creative force behind Denture Thief, transfers her hand drawn illustrations onto fabric to create unique house wares. I think her pillows would be the perfect hit of colour and playfulness in a nursery or kids room. Stop by booth C-12 to talk with Amanda and learn more about what inspires her designs.
A couple days ago, I made my way to Bayview Village to get some very timely holiday inspiration. Away from the ever-increasing busyness of Toronto’s downtown core, this chic little mall is filled with beautiful hand-picked stores that are stocked with special holiday finds. During my visit, I was introduced to Shawn Gibson, the talented co-founder of Teatro Verde, a great resource for home decor items. Here are some of his tips to decorate your Christmas tree to perfection this year, as well as a few of the pretty trees in the store.
If the juicy 65+ gift options in our December issue weren’t enough, then here are some more gift ideas to tickle your fancy!
Better yet, they fall within a palette that can do no wrong in my eyes: black and white!
This classic Pendelton Harding Blanket with its own handy carrying strap is perfect for snuggling on the go, $248, Drake General Store