I made my way to the One of a Kind Christmas Show this weekend to start my holiday shopping. After a few hours scouring the stands and looking at all the local handmade goods, I put together a list of my favourite gifts ideas. There were so many items to choose from – from knickknacks and gourmet treats to furniture and kitchen utensils – but I narrowed down my finds to 5 perfect holiday gifts. Here they are! Can you guess which ones I went home with?
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I attended the One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale yesterday, here in Toronto, and got the chance to chat with so many talented artisans and snap a few shots of their booths.
There are far too many products to share with you in one post, so I’ll be doing a series of four posts, in order to introduce you to my top 20 favourite artisans from the show. Let’s get started!
I was really excited to see Nicole’s booth because I’ve long admired her travel-inspired collection of pillows, bags & prints. Her exhibit didn’t disappoint! I love that she built walls and shelving from unfinished plywood and let her work speak for itself. Visit her at booth P-22 or stop by Style Garage, where you’ll find her wares accessorizing the showroom.
When it comes to decorating inside YOUR home, is it safe to say that women make most of the choices? And if this is the case, do you think men would be more inclined to care if they felt decorating had a more masculine edge? Here’s why I’m asking:
CIL Paints has just launched a paint colour collection targeted towards men, the first of its kind in Canada. It’s not that the paint colours have actually changed but the names have. So instead of “Fairytale Green” the same colour is now called “Mo Money”. “Lexington Park” has been renamed “Dirty Socks”. “Midlife Crisis”, “Brute Force”, and “Deathstar” are just a few more of the new names to round out the collection. Let’s take a look:
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:
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:
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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!
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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 – $39