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closing down the holidays

Are you one of those people that tears down Christmas decorations right after the ‘big day’? Is your tree (and its falling needles) now driving you crazy? If yes, check out these great storage boxes with 12 compartments – perfect to store your ornaments away safe and sound till 2015.

 

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editor’s pick: xmas gift wrap

To anyone out there who has braved the malls in the last few weeks, I think we can all agree it’s a jungle out there. In the spirit of the season, for this year’s roundup of pressies, I’ve chosen a wrapping paper that’s representative of the wild experience of gift buying as well as of the festive season. This gift wrap from The Container Store, aptly called Wild Animals Gold Foil, brings a hit of the unexpected to my offerings that I love. I paired it with a traditional red and green ribbon and didn’t hold back on the bow (go big or go home). Okay, one gift down — just a list-full more to go!

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classic last minute stocking stuffer idea

Every year I get a new set of socks in my stocking at Christmas. It sounds like a really unoriginal (maybe even boring) idea but it’s one of my favourite things! I wear them immediately and spend the rest of Christmas morning warm and cozy, occasionally sliding around on the hardwood floors. Love this classic Canadian pair!

 

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cheers to you!

Let the celebrating begin! Looking for a glitzy set of tumblers to clink together over the holidays? These gold striped glass tumblers would be perfect.

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fab find: geometic copper bowl

This Christmas, spread your holiday decorations around the whole home, not just on the tree! This gorgeous ‘Etch Bowl’ filled with delicate ornaments would make a show stopping centerpiece on your dinning table or as a statement piece welcoming guests at your front hall.

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editor’s pick: lindsay stead quilts

Lindsay Stead creates incredible heirloom-quality quilts and toss cushions in her Toronto studio.

From Lindsay: “In this era of making objects as quickly as possible, I take great pride in using traditional techniques to make my quilts. Each quilt is entirely hand quilted, which although being a very time consuming process, creates a very personal connection for me to my work.” I’d like to hang one of these graphic quilts on a wall.

Check out Lindsay’s beautiful work at Toronto’s One of a Kind Show until December 7, or on her website.

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eq3 generation art

EQ3 has launched it’s second Generation Art collection, available in store and online. In association with the Michaelle Jean Foundation (a foundation that supports youth arts initiatives in under-served communities), this year artists across the country were asked to submit work that represented their personal expression of ‘Canadian Diversity’. 7 designs were selected and turned into decor accessories available at EQ3, ranging from pillows to mugs – even ottomans! Check out some of the collection below and make sure to take a look at the rest online.

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winter style essentials

Winter is coming and, if you’re anything like me, it’s time to hibernate. But before you hide away, let’s talk about winter style.

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fab find: tuck shop trading co. toques

Do you love your neighbourhood? Show off your spirit AND stay warm this winter with these trendy toques!

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how to season your cast iron pan like a pro

A cast iron pan is a dependable tool for the home cook. It has a naturally nonstick surface that evenly distributes heat; it can easily go from stovetop to oven; and if you properly care for your cast iron pan, it can last for generations. Proper care means seasoning it, which will bring out a natural nonstick coating. Here, I’ll tell you exactly how to do that.

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