Christmas

Christmas: Stars at AOL Time Warner Center

I spent several holidays in Manhattan while my sister and her family lived there, and I always loved walking through the AOL Time Warner Center. The view is awesome and the star decorations are lovely. This photo is a few years old, but the stars – and the view – remain pretty darn special.

stars at the AOL Time Warner centre, photo by Jordana

Christmas: White Trees

We all know that I’m addicted to white. Yes, it’s true. When it comes to Christmas, however, I can’t resist adding green and red to the mix. I know, I know, it’s shocking. I love having a real live green tree (mine is from Ikea, and it smells so good!), and my colourful decorations remind me of the places I’ve travelled. That being said, when I saw this white tree at Rona last weekend, I wondered if I should give a white artificial tree a try one year.

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I probably would end up just putting lights on it and calling it a day. Maybe I’ll wait for it to go on super sale, and then try it out next year.

I thought these Christmas decorations were also pretty cute:

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Christmas: Holiday Goods at Ikea

I wish there was an Ikea in Kitchener-Waterloo. I miss spending chunks of my days there and browsing the collections with a coffee in hand. I haven’t yet made my way there to see this year’s holiday collection in person (or to stock up on Glogg), but I’m looking forward to doing so in a couple of weeks (if there’s anything still in stock, that is!). For now, I’ve rounded up some of the items that have caught my attention.

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See more at Ikea.

The Friday Five: Advent Calendars

December 1st is right around the weekend corner…time to get those advent calendars ready! Here are some of my favourites from Etsy.

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minimalist advent calendar, $80.11

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advent calendar pouches, $69.66

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advent calendar kit, $27.44

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hanging advent calendar, $88.00

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advent calendar reindeer parade, $31.77

Have a wonderful weekend!

Holiday: Minted Cards

I cannot believe it’s October and I opted to write a holiday post. What has come over me? I’ll tell you what – Minted has come through once again this year with a beautiful selection of amusing, traditional, and whimsical holiday cards.

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grand new year

 

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vintage library card

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modern confetti

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poinsettia pattern

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someone dear

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sign of peace

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elegant wreath

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sparkle and shine

My order arrived last week and I am thrilled (once again) with the design and paper quality of these cards. The cards are also very customizable – flat, folded, booklet, photos, curved edges, gold foil, etc. There’s no reason not to order holiday cards now.

Holiday: O Tannenbaum

I’ve prepared my 2nd Christmas carol remix for you this Monday morning…ready?

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How lovely are your branches!

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In beauty green white will always grow

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Through summer sun and winter snow.

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How lovely are your branches!

And if you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts, head on over to Design Maze where I’ve posted a black & white gift guide.

Holiday: Jingle Bells

Can I turn a classic Christmas tune into a blog post? Let’s find out, shall we?

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jingle all the way

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oh what fun

it is to ride

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in a one (horse) open sleigh (bed)

What do you think? Does it work? You may just find more of my Christmas song interpretations making the pages of White Cabana in the next 12 days!

Marketplace: Christmas at The Home Depot

Will Martha Stewart be coming to your home for Christmas this year? She can if you first head to the Home Depot and stock up on some of her holiday decorations. Here are some of the items that caught my attention in the Arctic collection.

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star tree topper, $14.97Home-Depot-Martha-Stewart-Christmas-5

set of 6 ornaments, $9.96
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101 ornaments, $26.96

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Marketplace: Pinhole Press + Holiday Collection

There are so many creative ways to use photos nowadays. From cards to memory games to mugs to calendars – there’s a way to perfectly personalize holiday gifts and stationery. Pinhole Press, as you may have previously heard, makes gift giving quite easy.

You could start with holiday cards to send to family and friends.

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Silent Night card

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Joy! card

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Merry Merry card

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You could then get coordinating labels and gift tags.

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gift labels

Unique gifts for children and adults include memory games, photo books, and magnetic notepads.

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desk blotter

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Do you like receiving personalized gifts like the ones above? Don’t you think it’s a great way to remember – and share – happy moments?

Images courtesy of Pinhole Press.

 

Marketplace: Christmas at EQ3

Yup – the shops are in full-on Christmas mode (and have been since November 1st, right?)! Let’s have a look at a few of the goodies that Winnipeg-based EQ3 has to offer this year…

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Christopher decorative tree, $19.99

 

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owl ornament, $14.99 for 3g3nAizCQuzUUu_B4UMEWOCRr53QfMlnIVN4G3oi0D4M

 

Radiate paper star, $7.99

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Marimekko fabric – Kuusikossa

Note: Marimekko fabric is 25% off until November 25th at select EQ3 stores in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Winnipeg.

The Friday Five: Wintery Living Rooms

I’m ending the week here with five beautiful wintery white living spaces.

via Country Living

photo by Katya De Grunwald, via House to Home (thanks to Colin for the submission)

via Scrapbook

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photo by Kate Sears

Have a wonderful weekend!

Don’t be surprised if you don’t see daily updates over the next week or two. I’m taking a mini blog break!

Marketplace: Drake General Store

Still on the hunt for a cool Christmas gift for (insert the name of your favourite person who you haven’t yet bought for)? If you’re in Toronto then it’ll be worth your while to visit Drake General Store. The shop is full of quirky, interesting, amusing, and Canadiana products that are sure to fulfill your favourite (insert person)’s wish list.

ceramic cactus, $22

p’tite poutine bowl, $24

hidden owl mug, $32

countdown clock, $135

The Friday Five: Winter Wreaths

I know a lot of us are focused on our trees right now…but how ’bout them wreaths? Do you hang up a wreath (or several) for the holidays? I have one with white wool pompoms (easy DIY) on my front door…it stays up all winter long.

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DIY book pages wreath – via See Kate Sew

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DIY pinecone wreath – via Casa Sugar

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

20 Below: Holidays at IKEA

Ikea is making it pretty easy for us to bring a good Jul (holiday season) into our homes this year (and every year, right?) what with its super selection of holiday items that are less than $20. For a very special edition of 20 Below, I am featuring not one but five great white decor items from Ikea that can be used during – and after – the holidays.

STRÅLA  7-armed candelabra, $19.99

BLOMSTER lantern $19.99

JULKUL pastry cutter, set of 6 $4.99

STRÅLA floor lamp, $16.99

JULFINT mug, $2.49

Images courtesy of Ikea.

Pop Up! – Christmas at ABC Carpet & Home

Last week we went to visit Santa with the boys at the beautiful ABC Carpet and Home. For those of you who don’t know – it is one of NYC’s most stunning shops! The visit kick started the Christmas season for us and I long for all-white Christmas decor thanks to these inspiring vignettes!

photos by Corie

The Friday Five: Holiday Gift Giving

If you’re still thinking of gift giving today, then perhaps you’ll consider making a donation to a favourite charity in honour of someone you love. There are so many wonderful causes to support but here are five wonderful organizations that I contribute to at this and other times of the year.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Canadian Cancer Society

Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Hospital

Children’s Wish Foundation

Heart & Stroke Foundation

To which organizations do you contribute? Please share.