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last minute gift ideas for design junkies

We all know someone who can’t resist great design in any form, be it packaging, decor, interiors, and more. Maybe it’s you!

Whether you’re still looking for that tough to shop for person, or you have some gaps in your own wish list, here are some last minute gift ideas that design junkies will love!


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instagram prints: create personalized art

I’ve always been a snap happy kind of person. I was the paparazzi in my own little world, taking pictures of everything and everyone wherever I went. Once I finally got the iPhone, this love of documenting life reached a whole new level – I always have my phone. This also happened to be around the same time I discovered the iPhone photo app, Instagram.

When I learned CanvasPop was now offering Instagram printing I jumped on it. I’m always looking into good printing services to create my own, personalized wall art. But when it comes to phone pictures, I worry that the quality of the photo may not translate well into a larger, professional print.

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Christmas cupcake decorating at Le Dolci

We’ve been in a holiday mood for several weeks at the Style at Home office! From decorating, to cooking, and entertaining, our website has been filled with fabulous ideas to make the holidays fun and stress-free. But the sweetest Christmas treat so far has been the cupcake decorating class I attended last week! Lisa Sanguedolce, owner of food studio Le Dolci and baker extraordinaire, shows amateur bakers how to make bakery-worthy creations at home.

Lisa’s gorgeous cupcake creations
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pantone 2012 colour of the year: tangerine tango

It’s that time of year when trend forecasters reveal what’s going to be hot for the coming year. Just announced: Pantone’s colour of the year: Tangerine Tango.

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holiday pets

Remember Christmas cat?

After posting him on our Facebook page we asked our readers to send us pictures of their own pets in their holiday attire. The responses made us smile so we thought we’d share them with everyone!

Which festive pet is your favourite?
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fab find: baroque throw pillow

Fab find
Gray baroque throw pillow, $38.90; aStore on

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Christmas cat

While I was decorating my Christmas tree last week, my gorgeous, fluffy Persian cat, Alaska, was constantly playing around with the ornaments, the branches and the lights – it made the process that much more whimsical and fun. I had purchased the most adorable reindeer hat for him and we had a little photo shoot once the tree was finished. Isn’t he the cutest?
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my final five gift picks

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

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decorating my christmas tree

We’re talking Christmas trees here at the Style at Home offices. I put mine up a few weeks ago and thought I’d share some photos.

Growing up, my parents always put up a real Christmas tree. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh pine in the house during the holidays. But now I put up an artificial tree. I wasn’t keen on the idea at first but I found a beautiful 7-foot tree at Loblaws (part of their PC Home collection) and I must admit, I love it!

My tree is decorated very simply. My colour palette is red, silver and white. White lights, a silver bead garland and sparkly icicles add the perfect finishing touch.

Ta-da! The end result. It’s simple but I love it.

What’s your Christmas tree colour palette?

christmas tree highlights

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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