gifts for the homebody

November 30, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I think one of the best parts of the holidays is staying in and cozying up with some old movies or a good book. Take it from me, any of these gifts would make the introvert or homebody in your life happy.

1/ embroidered robe  2/ creme de rose smoothing plumping lip balm  3/ apres ski candle  4/ mini key necklace  5/ satin boxer  6/ cosy hot water bottle  7/ cap cod wool cashmere throw  8/ fuzzy slippers in light thistle  9/ heart ring dish  10/ pink clay exfoliating mask  11/ quilted velvet cushion cover  12/ essential journal in chambray stripe  13/ kate spade new york: she

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gifts for the entertainer

November 25, 2017

It is hard to believe the christmas season is already here, but I am looking forward to decorating the apartment and taking advantage of all the sales this weekend. I might even listen to some christmas songs. If you are equally as excited and/or just trying to get your shopping done early, you are in luck because I am kicking off this year’s gift guides. First up, for all the lovely entertainers and hosts in your life – some beautiful pieces that they will be sure to use at their next dinner party, if not all the time.

1/ marble hexagon platters 2/ petit bang plate  3/ turquoise fancy matches  4/ starlight coupe glass  5/ francine napkin  6/ kate spade tinsel coaster set  7/ kuni bowl in gunmetal  8/ canvas home danville porcelain platinum glazed spoons  9/ jose candle in robin’s egg blue  10/ hope peace cookies tray

I’ll be back with the next gift guide soon, and in the meantime you can check out last year’s guides here.

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a black and white halloween

October 25, 2017

As a follow up to my last post, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite black & white halloween decor. Even just one or two of these items can add such a bold, graphic statement. I would love to add those ‘BOO’ letters to our bookshelf. If you’d like to see how I styled out the skull doorstopper and a few other things take a look right here. Also, some of the items featured below are already on sale…so happy shopping!

 

1/ honeycomb hanging spider  2/ skull doorstop  3/ black branch wreath  4/ boo letters  5/ black raven  6/ black taper candles  7/ black stacked pumpkins  8/ serving cauldron  9/ rope spider web  10/ anatomy lesson salad plates  11/ black widow spider  12/ bowl with skull hand  13/ large black pumpkin  14/ halloween mini critters  15/ fabric pumpkin

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Decorating for Halloween

October 23, 2017

I really went all out with the halloween decor this year. There are a lot of really cute decorations out right now and with extra time on my hands, I just couldn’t help it. Over the past few years I’ve built a little collection of halloween things and tend to style them out the same way each year. If it’s not broken, right? I’ve tried to mix it up a little more this year, while still including my favourites.

But, before I get into how I decorated, I wanted to talk about the shopping part. It seems like there is more and more halloween stuff popping up in the stores these days. Like I said, a lot of it is really great, but if you are like me and get visibly excited/ overwhelmed by ALL the things it can be really easy to get carried away – just ask anyone who has ever been shopping with me. I find the best way to deal with this is to have a clear theme or look and stick to it. For me, that means staying away from the gory, the animated and the glittery (I save the sparkle for christmas). I stick to a simple black and white scheme and add in a little colour with real pumpkins. Not only does this help limit what I buy, it is easy to mix the black and white in with our regular decor without it looking too crazy.

Some of my favourite decorations are the paper ones I made. The paper bats, the large spiderwebs in the windows  (you can see the shadow of them in the last photo) and various paper spiders have such a big, graphic impact and cost next to nothing. All you need is some black cardstock, tape and free templates. I’ve used this template for the spiderwebs. Depending on where and how you use them, they hold up well. I’ve been using the same bats for the past few years and we just remade the spider webs because after four years the paper had faded quite a bit.

I actually picked up that big orange pumpkin above at an antique show (it’s old, but definitely not an antique!) and it’s orange glow adds the perfect amount of spookiness at night. My other new favourite might be the black ceramic pumpkins which can be found here and here. Pop a battery operated candle in the back and they are good to go.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of my favourite halloween items and where to find them!

P.S. Take a look at our previous halloween decorations here, here and here.

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pins, pins, pins

May 15, 2017

I must admit that I was hesitant to join the pin game at first. I already have a collection of new and vintage badges (or pin-back buttons if you will) and I figured how much flair does one girl need? Of course, it didn’t take long before I threw my konmari rules to the wind and started lusting after all these beautiful pins. You probably won’t find me covered in them, but I think one or two of these pretty pins on my jean jacket or lapel this spring would be just perfect.

1/ cat pin 2/ here comes the fun pin  3/ horseshoe pin 4/ donut pin 5/ peony pin 6/ t-rex pin 7/ lighthouse pin  8/ the lovers pin  9/ splash shark pin 10/ pretzel pin 11/ the unknown pin 12/ meanwhile pin 13/ coca cola pin 14/ record player pin 15/ alice in wonderland book pin 16/ cactus pin 17/ tulip chair pin 18/ crescent moon pin   19/ ramen cloisonné pin  20/ yes way rose pin 21/ pink hamburger pin 22/ coffee press pin 23/ amsterdam canal house pin 24/ vintage electric fan pin 25/ bronco pin 26/ autumn leaf pin 27/ oh yeah pin 28/ poodle ice cream pin

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