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17 holiday sanity saving tips from our facebook readers

christmas sanity saving tips 17 holiday sanity saving tips from our facebook readers
Each year, I promise myself I won’t get caught up in the potential madness of the holiday season. In order to keep this promise to myself, I need to get organized well in advance – but the prep work pays off, leaving me time for the only thing that really matters to me: Sitting in front of the gentle glow of the Christmas tree with my family.

We checked in with our Facebook readers to find out what their holiday sanity-saving tips are. Here’s what they had to say:

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white and silver christmas ornaments

If you’ve taken a look at our homepage this week, you’ll notice that we’ve started adding some beautifully festive holiday ideas. I’ve been antsy to get my Christmas tree and start decorating my home ever since! For the past few years, I’ve been building up my ornament collection – it all started with a couple of pieces that reminded me of home, supplemented by edible gingerbread ornaments. Now, with a couple of boxes filled with pretty decorations,  I’m planning a white and silver tree. Here are a few of my current favourite pieces:
Xmas silverornaments2 white and silver christmas ornaments
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my european adventure: luxurious lighting

Anyone who knows me probably knows I’m easily distracted by gorgeous light fixtures. I have no idea how I managed to get from Paris to Rome considering how many amazing chandeliers, sconces and lamps stopped me dead in my tracks. And believe me, they’re everywhere!
european adventure fiesole villa my european adventure: luxurious lighting
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visit p i ‘ l o at the one of a kind christmas show & sale

The One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale is right around the corner. It’s happening, here in Toronto, from November 24 to December 4 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Another one of my favourite local independent designers, p i ’ l o, will be exhibiting this year. Heather Shaw, the designer behind p i ‘ l o, creates heirloom quality items for the home from her coach house studio in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Be sure to stop by booth P-06 to meet Heather, or make an appointment to visit her studio.

Here are some of my fave pieces from the p i ‘ l o online store

numbered napkins visit p i  l o at the one of a kind christmas show & sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbered Napkins – $39

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fab find: holiday storage tins

Fab find
TRIPP storage tins with lids, $9.99 (set of three); IKEA.
fab find holiday storage tins fab find: holiday storage tins

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unique holiday find

Stores are filled with the most beautiful holiday items right now. Look in the right spots, and you’ll find a beautiful assortment of unique pieces that will make your interior stand out this season.052 unique holiday find

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industrial fireplace screen from Restoration Hardware

Out here in the Peg, the sky is hazy and the ground is dusted with snow. It’s the perfect day for cozying up indoors (never mind that it’s Monday) and a sumptuously decorated space, such as this one from Restoration Hardware, would suit me just fine!

 

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my european adventure: luxe style

I’ve mentioned that I’ve been incredibly taken with the intricate details of Paris, but that’s not even taking in the glitz and glam style of the country! Every door I walk through or corner I turn leaves me in awe of how ornate and luxe every ceiling, trim and accessory looks.

europe ornate carousel1 my european adventure: luxe style
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master bathroom mood board

The best renovations in my mind, are those are done for the joy of updating – you can take your time picking finishes, gather information, talk ideas. The flip side are the renovations that happen due to necessity – like appliances dying, leaks, a wall falling apart. If you read our blog, you may have followed as we’ve renovated our house, thankfully, out of the pure joy of renovation, but we’re now we’re being faced with two rooms that sadly are on the brink of becoming ticking time bombs … and, they happen to be two of the most expensive rooms to renovate. Our kitchen and our master bathroom.

Thankfully we’re not at the stage yet where we need to renovate, but it’s close enough to that time that it’s best to start talking ideas. I thought I would show you my mood board for our master bathroom.

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win: a beautiful tableware set from serena & lily

The holidays are the perfect time to take out your elegant tableware and put together a beautiful setting for your friends and family. Growing up in France, I spent most of my holidays at our family home in the south of France, in the Pyrenees region, right at the border of France and Spain. The region is breathtakingly gorgeous and while a white Christmas is very rare, our home always felt festive and charming. The holidays has always been the one unique moment in the year where our entire family is in the same place for a few days. It’s all about simple pleasures, spending some time together and sharing some delicious home-cooked food. There is no messing around with food in my family! Each year, the menu changes slightly, but some of our favourites are always foie gras with onion jam, truffled mashed potatoes, a selection of cheeses and a frosted yule log with a few dark chocolate truffles. For the occasion, we usually dress up our dining room table with lightly golden tulle and make simple centerpieces using small ornaments, ribbon and rustic pine cones.

With the holidays in mind, we would love to know: What’s your best holiday entertaining tip? Leave a comment below and share your best tip. You will be entered to win a beautiful tableware set from Serena & Lily. I’ll choose a winning response on December 2nd, 2011.

Serena giveaway blog win: a beautiful tableware set from serena & lily
The winner will receive Serena & Lily’s Mombasa Collection  which includes:
1 Tablecloth, $98
2 Runner, $68
3 4 Placemats, $48 for the set
4 4 Napkins, $38 for the set
5 Cheese Knives, $38
Approximate retail value: $338
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