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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.

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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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my european adventure: french cuisine

Cuisine is one of the main focuses of this Europe trip. This new itinerary combines the most delectable foods and treats from Paris, Provence, and soon Rome and Tuscany.

french cuisine food collage my european adventure: french cuisine

Between Trafalgar‘s Be My Guest and Hidden Treasure experiences you not only get to see incredible insider locations off the beaten path, but you get to taste some of the most delicious food the country has to offer.

Enter: the macaron.
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fab find: faux chandelier

Fab find
Faux chandelier, $39; Urban Outfitters.

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visit beluxe at the one of a kind christmas show & sale

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

A family friend and the artist behind Beluxe, Bev Hogue, will be exhibiting again this year. Her booth has consistently been a favourite amongst attendees since she began exhibiting with OOAK, back in 2004. Be sure to visit booth S-51 to see for yourself.

Beluxe 1 visit beluxe at the one of a kind christmas show & sale

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my european adventure: parisian inspiration

My first day in Paris was a long, but worthwhile whirlwind. After traveling for 16 hours, including flights and layovers, I arrived with several other members of Trafalgar tour group. I had just enough time to drop off my bags at the hotel (and try to convince myself I really was in Paris) before heading out to acquaint myself with the city.

parisian inspiration river seine my european adventure: parisian inspiration

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my european adventure: provence and tuscany

This weekend I’m embarking on my first trip to Europe and I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe how I feel. If you can somehow squash the words excited, anxious, happy, and elated into one adjective you may begin to understand where I’m at.

europe florence my european adventure: provence and tuscany

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win: $700 panasonic lumix camera prize pack

Okay, so there’s no denying that we live in the age of technology. But out of all the electronic advancements, cameras have to be one of the industry’s leading consumer products. They’re always striving to be faster, more powerful, and much more user-friendly. They’re in our hands, phones and computers. We use them to visually document our life – constantly. And we spend hours looking at and sharing photos online.

What would we do without cameras?

Well, now you don’t have to ask because here’s your chance to win one!

panasonic contest banner blog win: $700 panasonic lumix camera prize pack

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