Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

From my home to yours, I wish you the most merriest of Christmases and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Just a quick little note, have you guys seen the Artisto app? My friend, Donna discovered it and I’ve been a little obsessed lately with it.  Take a peek at what it did to some of my photos.

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ARTISTO COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TREE

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And I’m in love with this one of my two cats.

LOG HOME CAT There are different filters so you can different effects and colours.  So fun and quite addictive! Enjoy your holidays!

Lisa

Two mantels, two different looks

Mantels are one of the best places to decorate for the holidays and if you are like me, you love looking at different ones and different styles to get some ideas for your own.

I’m lucky enough to get to do two totally different ones every year, just for me.  Here’s my cottage mantel that I keep pretty minimal and rustic, totally appropriate for the country setting that it is in.

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Photo credit: Justin Frost

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I used lots of fresh local greenery, some pinecones in a vintage apothecary jar, some antique encyclopedias (which I have sprinkled around the entire place), some sparkly grapevine balls, a birdcage and of course some candleholders. Honestly, this mantel took me all of half an hour to do. Quick, simple and rustic, just the way I like my country Christmas mantels.

Now for my city house, I went with a more sophisticated style.

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

Some similar elements here, fresh greenery and some dried magnolia leaves (they do last a few years, if you are careful when you store them), some fairy lights and of course candlesticks and candles. I may just tuck in some white and clear christmas balls amongst the leaves, at some point.  Pretty, simple and classic, perfect for my home in the city.

Merry Christmas!

Lisa

 

 

From my home to yours

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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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The 613 Holiday Special | Gift Shopping Ottawa Style

So for something a little different, 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!

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Alicia @ keepitbeautifuldesigns.com

Fiona @ justsettledown.ca

Gemma @ thesweetestdigs.com

Meredith & Sue @ newberrysykes.com

Here’s the schedule –

Dec 2:  Gifts, gifts, gifts 
Dec 9:  Holiday Decorating
Dec 16: Oh, Christmas Tree
Dec 23:  Holiday Traditions 

So without further ado, here’s my tips for some serious holiday shopping in the Ottawa area.

First, make a list, of who’s naughty and nice,  of who you need to get gifts for.  I always start this as early as possible, in case you need to order items that are hard to find or get.  This also helps to keep you on budget, or at least that is what I tell myself.  I then organize my shopping excursions to try and avoid hitting the same stores more than once. which saves on gas and perhaps some parking rage during this busy time of year.

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1. If you are heading to the Originals Craft Show (December 12 -22 at the Ernst & Young Centre) check out Cori Lee Marvin’s artwork. It is so whimsical and detailed, they are sure to please almost anyone on your list.  I have a little piece of her artwork at my cottage, it makes me smile every time I look at it.

2. You can never go wrong with a spa certificate. There are so many wonderful spas in the Ottawa area, finding either the one that they frequent or one near them, will ensure that it gets used quickly.  I have to mention Le Nordik Spa here, located in Chelsea, Quebec (only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa) it is an absolutely relaxing and breathtaking spot to spend a few hours or most of the day.  **Photo courtesy of Le Nordik Spa website

3. For the environmentally conscious on your list, head over to Terra20 for some environmental friendly and ingenious gift ideas.  Like this Preloved Roma Scarf. made from recycled sweaters and at 8 feet long, very warm and cosy for our cold Ottawa winters.

4.Another green gift idea is this 3 piece set from Purple Urchin. Check out their online site to see their other natural products, which are available at many different locations across the city.

5. Believe it or not, these adorable Canadian style pillows are from Shepherd’s. This would be perfect for a cottage or log home loving person on your list.

6. This placemat from Terra20 that’s green and great for the feline or feline lover in your life.

7. If the man in your life, wears cuff links these Billy Cuff links are a cool find.  Reused and dyed wood make an original statement. also from Terra20.

8.  If I had a dog, I would so buy this adorable dog jacket from Bark and Fitz, for him/her to wear.

9. Close to my own heart is my love of trinkets and bling. So this is usually my go to gift for the ladies on my list.  A piece of handmade art that you can wear, what more could you want?  Urbanite Jewelry – makes pieces inspired by cities around the world, and they are based right here in Ottawa (that’s right no customs or duties and a quick delivery).

SHOPPING2tiffFor the Senators fan in you life, there’s always tickets to a game or games, a jersey, scarf or hat, therefore a trip to one of the Sens stores may be in order.

For Grandparents, how about enlarging a special photo and having it framed or made into a canvas from PosterJack?  And yes they are Canadian.

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And if you haven’t heard about it yet there’s always Givopoly, it is an online site which features Ottawa area shops and small businesses.  The perfect thing to help with the hard to buy for.

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As I previously mentioned check out, OttawaStart, to find a list of local craft shows.  So no more excuses, get shopping so you can finish up and enjoy the rest of the holiday season. And a big thank you to Meredith and Sue from NewberrySykes for including me in this 613 Holiday Special.

**Please note I have not been compensated in any way for my selections above.

Be sure to check out the rest of the 613 Holiday Bloggers posts!

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NewberrySykes

The Sweetest Digs

Just Settle Down

Keep it Beautiful

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