The 613 Holiday Special | Holiday Decorating

Welcome to the second instalment of the 613 Holiday Series.  This week’s topic  –  Holiday Decorating!

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Holiday decorating should reflect the style of home that you live in.  So with that in mind, I’m showing you how I seasonally embellish my two very different homes for the holidays.

First up, my city home, where I try to keep everything sparkly, elegant and simple. I do this with natural and faux greens…particularly magnolia leaves, pearls, crystals, mercury glass together with silver and snow white pieces.

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I found these little birds last year and love the little touch of whimsey they give the mantel.

 

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Here’s how it looks in the evening with this year’s addition of the new type of wired LED light strings.  I love how the wires are barely visible.

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I’m still looking for this year’s addition to my mercury glass tree collection.

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After seeing birch logs wrapped in these LED lights in the Pottery Barn store in Miami last year, I was determined to do the same in my home.  I so love the look they may just stay past the Christmas season.  And you can see here the ornaments that I hang in the window above the fireplace. I do the same thing for the transom window over the front door.

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Now, at the cottage, which is a log home, I use natural elements, like pinecones, evergreen boughs together with vintage pieces and a few touches of red.

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My adorable Santa seagulls nestled among my vintage encyclopedias.  They make me smile, every time!

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Vintage pieces, such as this sap bucket are the perfect touch for a country or rustic home.  It literally took me a few minutes to put this display together.  Some fresh evergreens, birch branches, a few frosted faux stems and berries and you are done!

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A vintage green glass jug with some faux branches and cotton stems help to add some height to the top of my dining room hutch.  Loving the jingle bells!

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This chalkboard banner was picked up while shopping in Almonte a few weeks ago.  I’m thinking it has found it’s permanent home here and I’ll be just changing up the message per the season.

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Well that’s it for me but be sure to follow five Ottawa bloggers as we set our tables, deck our halls & try to survive the holiday season with style & cheer. Grab your eggnog and toast to the season with us every Monday until Dec 23rd. Happy Holidays!   Check out their holiday decorating below!

NewberrySykes

The Sweetest Digs

Just Settle Down

Keep it Beautiful

Oh yes, stay tuned as next Monday’s instalment is Oh, Christmas Tree!

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Farrow and Ball’s 2013 colours & some media

If you are having any thoughts about repainting in 2014, be sure to take a gander at the gorgeous new colours from Farrow and Ball.  I’m posting all about them over at the TBB blog today.

Click on the picture below to read.

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Photo courtesy of Farrow and Ball

And for some other exciting news, I was one of the Ottawa area decorators/designers mentioned in an Ottawa Citizen Style article on how to deck your halls.

Click on the picture below to read it and see some of my pictures.

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Silver and white holiday urn

This year I was feeling the sparkly and white decor, especially after I found this great wreath at Home Sense.
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Now to tackle the interior.

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Naturally rustic holiday exterior

I have started my exterior decorating…yay!  I went with my usual at the cottage, just need some snow there..(did I just say that out loud?) to complete the look there.  You can also see my newly painted green doors and a little hint of the yellow window trim.  I really needed somethings to be in colour as there is just only so much wood a girl can take.

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Monday, I’ll share the one I did for my home.  Have a great weekend!

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2013 – A new start

Well, it’s the start of a new year, which for some reason always makes me want to organize and purge.  Probably has to do with all the excess of the holidays.  Too much decor, too much sparkle, too much food, too much wine, too much of everything…..
So here’s my hints for starting the new year off right, decor wise.
1.  When putting away your holiday ornaments, try to group like items together, all garland together, all sprigs in one box, christmas tree ornaments together in one box.  It makes it so much easier next year when you are looking for that specific item.
2.  Once I have the Christmas items put away I take the opportunity to enjoy the simplicity and decide exactly what I want to put back.
3.  This is also the perfect time to rethink furniture layout and maybe exchanging your bedroom chair for the living room one and vice versa.
4.  Same goes for accessories and decor items.  Try placing them in a new room or in a new vignette.  This often gives them a new life and changes up your decor without a visit to the store.
5.  If you are craving more of a change, this time of year is perfect for painting a room a different colour or adding some bold wallpaper or a stencil to freshen things up.
And on another note, Angela from Number Fifty-Three has featured me on her post all about her favourites from her Christmas Tree link party. Check it out here.