Holiday Home Tour

The Holiday Home Tour took place last week and it was a huge success! I was overwhelmed by the most beautiful, kind-hearted, lovely, sincere, and meaningful compliments ever. I was also blessed with the most amazing home owners who gave me the freedom to do what I wanted. This is a designers dream. I want to also mention the volunteers. They stood all there all night, with a smile on their face, and spoke the kindest words about me to every tour-goer all out of the kindness of thier heart while the flutists entertained us all night with their beautiful music. Here are some of the beautiful photos taken by my talented photographer and friend Marc Polidoro. Continue reading

Reindeer Wall

I wanted to create a large feature wall in the Home Tour house and this Reindeer Wall was perfect! Since the reindeers are created from the homeowner’s 2 adorable kid’s hands and feet, it made this feature wall feel personal and meaningful.

The patterns and colours tied in with our traditional family Christmas throughout the home as well. Rudolph is featured in the center with a red nose and a tartan pattern for his antlers. This is the exact tartan I used in the master bedroom duvet cover. Continue reading

Kids Christmas Crafts

Wow, what an amazing weekend! I was featured on 4 blogs, had an on-camera interview for the local community tv station and with the help of my husband, got the outside of the Holiday Home done too! The Crafty Christmas Ornaments were featured on, Uncommon Design’s 12 Handmade Christmas Ornaments, Someday Crafts and on Coastal Charm’s Facebook page. My Easy DIY Christmas Tree was featured on Tatertots & Jello’s 20 Amazing Holiday Ideas. I am so flattered to be amongst so many great creative projects out there!

I am wrapping things up for the Holiday Home Tour, and when I say “wrapping” I literally mean “wrapping”. I found this cute printed wrapping paper at HomeSense that fits in with the bright green and red of our Traditional Family Theme. I love the dots and the chevron pattern and have used them throughout the house on various projects. I will post those soon. The kids and I wrapped paper towel rolls with the wrapping paper and tied a ribbon at each section. These crackers look fun and festive and will bring a nostalgic feeling to the space. Continue reading

Baking Decor

I have some good news to share! First of all, I was listed under the Media and Blogger Mentions section on the House & Home website after posting about the The Princess Margaret Showhome Tour. For many this does not sound too exciting, but for me this is a thrill since it has been one of my favourite magazines for so many years. As some of you may know, home magazines are one of my big obsession/pleasure in life.

Secondly, I was asked to be one of the designers for the Holiday Home Tour for the Arts Council in our area. I will be designing a beautiful home in the country for a great family with 2 adorable kids. We will be going with a Traditional Family Christmas theme and will include some crafts made by the kids. I am so excited and cannot wait to see how it all comes together.

So with Christmas soon approaching I thought that I would get a jump on some baking. As I started pulling out my usual mixing bowls, bakeware and utensils, I realized how much I love the look of some of my pieces. I love the simplicity of the black letters on the crisp white backround of my favourite mixing bowl. I also love my ceramic egg carton that so carefully cradles 12 delicate eggs. I also love the colourful pieces such as my blue lemon bowl and my bright green butter dish. I leave most of these items out around the kitchen since they are bright, pretty to look at and make my kitchen feel like home.

Most items are inexpensive, like this ceramic egg carton from HomeSense at $9.99. I can’t tell you the pleasure I get whenever I open the refridgerator or see it on my counter.

Look around your kitchen and see what favouite pieces you may want to display. What is your favourite kitchen item?