On a recent trip to a well known home goods store I was overwhelmed with how disconnected I felt from the merchandise – it all seemed to be poor quality, plastic and uninspired. When I thought about the people who made these items (some maybe even the age of my own children) in terrible conditions, getting paid little for their long hours and hard work, I felt even worse. I want my home to tell a story, but I don’t want that story to include slave labour and hazardous working conditions. Which is why I’m so excited to share this post about the companies and artists who care enough to create ethical, sustainable and beautiful housewares. Continue reading →
While our house may be the place to be in the summer, it’s apparently much less fun in the winter. When I suggest to my daughters that they invite some friends over during the off season I’m told that our house just isn’t cool in the winter. Can you hear my eyes roll from where you are? Luckily for me, our friends made a giant skating rink in their backyard so they now have the coolest house in winter.
If you’ve watched TV, scrolled through Instagram or opened a design magazine recently then you’ve more than likely come across designer and globetrotting glamour girl Janette Ewen. Janette is Canada’s leading décor and style expert and for more than a decade she’s been sharing her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers, TV and social media.
It happens every December 27. This is the day that I finally sit back after a month of preparing, decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking and entertaining and realize just how messy, cluttered and disheveled my house is. It is usually the day that something mysterious overtakes me and I become obsessed with ridding the house of all signs of the Christmas season in an effort to achieve ULTIMATE HOUSE PERFECTION (please read this in your best Masters of the Universe narrator voice).
Last week I visited Feeder Flower Farms, which is right here in the Niagara Peninsula. This lovely, environmentally responsible farm is known for creating the most beautiful, fresh, bouquets and in the spring, its peonies. Heather and her husband Jay grow all year round on their 16 acre property in Wainfleet. When I met Heather a few weeks ago at a craft show and saw her beautiful wreaths and swags I knew I had to visit her workshop.
It’s no secret that I’ve got a major thing for navy. So I’m not sure why I haven’t incorporated the world’s best colour in our Christmas decor sooner! This year I felt like I needed Christmas to be less red and green and tinsel and more blue and green and natural.
If there’s one thing that frequent entertaining has taught me, it’s how to whip up a good party appetizer. In my books a good app has to be tasty, easy to make, and easy to eat (if you need a fork, it’s out!). So I’m thrilled to join this holiday appetizer recipe hop. Many of my favourite bloggers are taking part in this so I know the recipes are going to be fantastic! Continue reading →
You know what I love more than entertaining at the holidays? Going to someone else’s house for the holidays! Of course I’m a super helpful guest – I clear the table, wash dishes, serve the dessert, eat the dessert, you get the picture. I also try never to show up empty handed. Every great hostess, and even the not so great ones, deserve a small token of your gratitude for serving, feeding, entertaining and cleaning up after you. I consulted a few of my vintage etiquette books and found that both Emily Post and Amy Vanderbilt agree that giving a hostess gift is an absolute necessity; although their suggestion of poultry shears, pencil sharpeners or ashtrays should be ignored. Continue reading →
I know we’re well into fall so this is kind of like cheating. I totally could have just googled this stuff so you’ll have to trust that I actually collected these trends myself by reading heaps of shelter magazines, scouring my favourite decorating websites and endlessly scrolling through Instagram. But I did it for all of you, and my sincere dedication to report on the latest trends in home fashion and definitely not because I’m a teeny bit obsessed and would have done all this whether I had a blog post to write or not!
My favourite trend of this season- the return of colour! Have you heard that it’s okay to paint your walls with colour again? It’s true. Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year is Caliente. (It’s impossible to even say the name of the colour without sounding excited!) It’s a terrifically warm red that plays nice with blues, yellows and even greens.
More great saturated hues for your home:
Dark browns are also making a comeback. The lesson here is don’t be shy with your paint choices.
Wabi-Sabi is the new Hygge.
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese idea of embracing natural and imperfect beauty. Organically shaped pottery, timeworn housewares and anything that has more sentimental than monetary value could be called wabi-sabi. What I love about this philosophy is that it celebrates the things that tell a story, your story. Each chipped cup, worn quilt or even deep wrinkle comes with a story of how it found its way to you.
Whether it’s a plush velvet sofa, a rough wicker chair or even the natural unevenness of rustic handmade tiles, this season it’s all about the feels.
Not only is this armchair from IKEA made of on-trend wicker, it’s matte black, which is also having a moment.
I know there’s so much to love in this kitchen but try to stay focused on the gorgeous terracotta tiles.
Embracing the “previously loved”
It’s okay to admit that you picked up that incredible desk from the side of the road. Got that antique vase at a garage sale? Awesome! It seems like every house featured in decor magazines today are showing off at least one fabulous thrifted find front and centre. I’m crying tears of joy over this! My love for thrifted, used and found stuff runs deep. Besides saving money and the environment, many reproductions of vintage and classic items just don’t have the same feel as the originals.
If you aren’t sure this trend is for you, start small. Try a well curated consignment shop before diving head first into the pay-by-the-pound bins at your local Goodwill Outlet. Kijiji and Craigslist are both great online sites where you can pick up deals on furniture and home goods.
While florals never really fade from home fashion, their colours and size change from season to season. This year pretty flowers in big colours will be everywhere.
While all these trends may be beautiful, they shouldn’t dictate what we buy or display but rather inspire us, and point to new possibilities beyond what we already know.