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!
Design & Decor Blog
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!
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.
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.
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.
Calling all commuters. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through Toronto’s Union Station, you’re in luck. The busy train station’s picturesque great hall will house a holiday market all through next week (December 1 through 7). Hosted by Toronto Market Co., the event will showcase artisanal pieces from 22 vendors. Grab the perfect gift for that hard-to-please person on my holiday shopping list on my way to the office? Don’t mind if I do! Here are a few favourites that I’m coveting.