Hello Thursday and welcome to 2013!! I wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful year. After all, there was too much sadness in 2012 that "World Peace" is what I look forward to in the new year. I am grateful to be living in Toronto, a vibrant and safe city where I call home, and last night I hosted a "post holiday party" to share laughters, inspiration, and blogging tips with my dear friends before packing the "holiday" up for another 10 months.
For my first post in 2013, I decided to take a look back at the festive season and invite you to a tour of my home: holiday style. In case you didn't see my bedroom dressed for the holidays, here is your chance to catch it again.
First impression is always a high priority on my list. I want my foyer to be intimate, cozy, and inviting. The smokey blue walls define the space and complement the antique gold starburst mirror, blood orange vase, and creamy white accessories. Fresh flowers are a must and these are my top picks this year inspired by my visit to Fresh Floral Creation.
After staying on the neutral spectrum for the past two years, I decided to go bold and picked a bright orange as my jumping off point this year. Clear sparkling glass, matte white, and pale grey ornaments are the perfect partners to balance the intensity and vibrancy of orange. My buddies Will and Igor are the best and they sent me the most lovely Christmas cards from Europe! Thanks guys!
Ambience is key to a cozy party. On top of having all the lights on dimmers, I also like to have candles all around the house. The warm glow from the candle lights are absolutely beautiful, but let's face it, I don't want to deal with dripping wax on the table! The Reallite candle offers a realistic flame that flickers and looks just like the real deal. I first saw these candles on Lindsay's blog and was shocked by how realistic these batteries operated candles look. Thanks to abbott, a company that offers a full line of home decor accessories (from outdoor entertaining to romantic dinner for two), I am now a happy camper with three of their latest Reallite candles in white! If you are in the market of drip free wax candle that is children and pets friendly, check out these candles here.
A couple of my favourite things in the living room: cheerful & luxe poppies, neutral peacock from Dwell Studio, and these whimsy birdies in a brushed gold on silver finish thanks to Tim of Beresford Inc.
The dining room is dramatic and is a visual feast to the eyes. Here are a couple of tips on how to achieve the look in your own home:
Inspired by the out-of-this-world gorgeous ceiling treatment at Fresh Floral Creations and Shannon's dining room, I decided to hang a few ornaments in shinny copper for a showstopper chandelier. It is easy to do and the result is incredible. I give this two thumbs up and you should try this at home!
I love my oversized mirror in the dining room for the beautiful reflection of the dynamite wallpaper on the opposite wall, and how the mirror bounces off light to brighten up the darkest corner in my condo. To give the mirror a special treatment, I paired it with an over-scale square wreath. I added peacock feathers for subtle hits of vibrant blue and these gorgeous herringbone ribbons from Penny Paper Co. were perfect for the task.
I also have to point out my new love in the dining room, a pair of doggie prints by Valerie Davide for Trowbridge! I fell in love with them when I first saw them at the preview ... thanks so much HomeSense!!
One thing I love about my condo is the long, beautiful sightline from my bedroom all the way to the kitchen, especially when the foyer is filled with sumptuous blooms.
My kitchen is dressed in navy blue, creamy white, polished silver, and a hint of muted gold for a festive winter wonderland. Thanks HomeDepot for the adorable silver penguin and the whimsical ornament from the Martha Stewart collection.
Before wrapping up our tour, here are a couple of my favourite shots from the photo shoot. I hope you enjoyed my guided tour and were inspired to try some of the ideas in your own home for Christmas 2013!