Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Hope you have the best, most beautiful and meaningful day with loved ones and plenty of magical moments.
December 25, 2011 by admin
December 23, 2011 by admin
I’m off for a day of Christmas shopping – just tying up some loose ends and doing a little shopping on behalf of others. Let’s hope it feels festive and fun like these charming English shop windows below and not crazy like it usually is around here!
December 22, 2011 by admin
Well folks, it’s almost here! Before it’s too late, I wanted to share with you the other decorations around our house as we prepare for Christmas day. We hosted a small party last weekend and pretty well finished getting the house ready just in time. Here’s what we did…
The dining table looked extra festive with it’s vintage table cloth, mix’n match china and striped napkins (a Zeller’s score!)…
I decided to keep it simple on the mantle (since we have lots going on elsewhere) and I love the effect! Myrtle topiaries with little bow ties and candlelight just makes it!
Of course there’s the tree…glowing and happy. I see a few early presents there too! I wonder what they are…
On top of my mom’s old piano we set up an adorable Christmas village. The little houses look like they’re 50 years old but they’re brand new – and from Loblaws!! I couldn’t believe it when I saw them and of course threw them in the cart. The silver trees are Loblaws too and the green ‘bottle brush’ trees are from Dollarama. I kid you not! I just added some yarn and gold garland (Dollarama) to make them festive. I’m so pleased with the effect. The little Santa in his sleigh is vintage from my friend Ruth. He fits right in!
I think my nephew’s going to love this!
And finally a special addition to the Christmas festivities this year: a vintage aluminum tree! This tree was found in the basement at Sara’s grandpa’s this year and I think her dad and Aunt Lynn will get a kick out of seeing it assembled and decorated again. Sara’s dad said he remembered it well from back in the day. I just love it’s retro glamour and the spare, not-t00-full look and the quirky ornaments. I think it’s my favourite decoration for Christmas 2o11!
Hope your decorations make you just as happy!
December 20, 2011 by admin
So last night after church in the morning and Christmas shopping in the afternoon, I couldn’t bring myself to do anything but flop on the couch and watch a movie. For me, the best kind of movie is entertaining and stylish and The Holiday is a real goodie. The Amanda/Cameron Diaz house is pretty nice – very L.A. so I could take it or leave it, but the stone cottage that Iris/Kate Winslet owns in Surrey, England?!? Now that’s a stunner. I’d move in for sure! Except I’d totally bang my head on the low rafters (as Diaz does). Check out this cozy-lovliness…
Are you kidding me?!?! Houses like this exist?! I especially appreciate that the woodwork is painted a charming blue/green. And a perfect dusting of snow – of course! Now let’s step inside shall we?
So far so good!
The exposed beams are ultra-cozy and I love the mix of patterns and colours on the sofa in the window. There are a few close ups in the movie of this particular area that just make it seem so lived-in and wonderful.
The kitchen is maybe my favourite. It’s just so quaint and British with its open hearth, cropped drapes and mix n’ match crockery. When Sara and I watch movies, we can see our own kitchen through the open doorway and we noticed a few similarities…coincidence? I think not!
The bedroom, high up in the loft seems like the perfect place to curl up with a good paperback, don’t you think? And who doesn’t love a fireplace in a cottage bedroom?
The bathroom is lovely, with it’s free-standing tub. The scooped back is interesting and probably makes for a comfortable soak. I love the unfitted cabinetry too – a chest of drawers is so much more homey than a vanity.
And there you have it – wall-to-wall books on hobbled-together shelves, a gorgeous chair, perfectly faded rug and not a strictly decorative book or object in sight! Just casually comfortable style. Oh those Brits! If I’ve whetted your appetite, you should definitely watch The Holiday all over again…
December 16, 2011 by admin
Sorry everyone, it’s been a super busy time of year and I’m fining it hard to get my blogs in! Forgive me and enjoy this adorable homespun craft, perfect for the holidays via the Purl Bee.
Sweaters + Jingle Bells – what could be cozier?
December 14, 2011 by admin
How great-looking is this vignette of new items from West Elm? Feels so fresh and new!
December 13, 2011 by admin
“Greeting cards have all been sent…the Christmas rush is through…” Sing it Karen Carpenter!
Sara and I are now sitting at our dining room table writing out Christmas cards – a favourite activity of ours. It’s so nice to take the time to write a personal note to the ones you love, to let them know how important they are to you and how much they enrich your life. I have some of the best friends and family out there and this year I’m definitely thankful for each of them. Especially since they don’t forget me when I don’t have time to see them!
One challenge to our Christmas card tradition is finding just the right card to send out through the mail. Sometimes I find good ones in affordable places like drug stores and dollar stores, while other years I’ve scoured store after store to no avail. This year I found one set in one of my favourite places for cards – the stationery section at William Ashley. But I ran out of them quickly so I found a few more that I just LOVE from Rifle Paper Co. I’ve seen this company around at Anthropologie in Yorkville, the Drake General Store, The Paper Place on Queen West and even Indigo! They’re oh-so-charming and totally us. Hope those of you who are getting one like them as much as we do!
December 12, 2011 by admin
I think I’ve blogged here before about my love for Aerin Lauder and her sensational style. Her all-American, preppy-meets-casual-cool-meets-heriloom-loveliness is right up my alley. I’m sure you’ve seen bits and bites of her homes in the past hither and yon, but Habitually Chic recently posted this round up of jaw-dropping shots of Aerin and her home. Check it out – I’m sure you’ll love this as much as I do!
Yup. Just gorgeous.
December 11, 2011 by admin
Just spend a loooong day Christmas shopping and am happy to say we survived. It was quite a marathon and my feet were sore but Sara kept me well-fed (a must) and let me go to a few of ‘my’ stores too. Now we’re settling in for a long winter’s nap (and watching Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase on demand).
Happy Shopping to you all!
P.S. What is with the cartoon beginning of this movie? I do NOT remember this!