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one of a kind christmas show & sale – part two

I’m sharing my top 20 favourite artisans from the Toronto One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale in a four-part series.

Catch part one of this series right here! Are you ready for part two?


1. Lovell Designs

Who can resist bold colours and pretty patterns? Lovell applies each of their original prints to uniquely crafted fabric home wares. From hampers to tea towels and everything in between, there’s something for every room! I especially love the whale pattern. It’s a fun print for kids. Stop by booth F-08 to check them out for yourself!

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my favourite gift ideas from the one of a kind show

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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one of a kind christmas show & sale – part one

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!


1. Nicole Tarasick

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.

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diy holiday decor

The holidays are a perfect time to try out a few DIY projects: they are usually inexpensive, creative and allow you to really achieve the holiday look that suits your style. The first DIY project I’m sharing with you couldn’t be more simple but I find that it adds a simple and festive touch and makes you look forward to having the rest of your house decorated. It all begins with a re-purposed glass jar, pretty labels and some painted pine cones.

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fab find: filigree star tree topper

Fab find
Filigree star tree topper, $29.95; Crate and Barrel.

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new paint colours for men

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:

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my european adventure: the power of paint

Beyond the chandeliers, food, architecture, and style, I love how France and Italy uses such a simple and cheap decorating idea like paint to spruce up… well, just about everything!

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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:

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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!

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