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Archive for December, 2007

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Well folks, it’s time for me to bid you adieu until 2008! The holidays are here and I will be taking a break, enjoying time with family and friends. I hope you are doing the same. But before I say farewell for the rest of the year, I will leave you with one of my favourite stories from styleathome.com.

Style At Home columnist Kimberley Seldon reflects on 10 steps to a meaningful Christmas.

A happy, healthy holiday season to you and yours. Merry, merry Christmas!

‘Til next year,
Natalie

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I can’t resist! I just had to tell you about this awesome new contest on styleathome.com! Enter now for your chance to win a Maytag Jetclean II dishwasher. That’s it – nice and simple!

Oh, and if you’re crazy about decorating and design, you might be interested in this contest, too. You could win a great selection of three home decor and design books. Just click here for your chance to enter and win!

Enjoy and good luck!

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Only six days left ‘til the big day! Make your holiday table a stunning statement with simple suggestions for bringing simple hits of colour and life to it. Your table will be dressed to impress, just like you and your guests. The beautiful ideas pictured here are excerpted from the new Canadian Living cookbook: The Complete Christmas Book (Random House, 2007). There are wonderful table setting ideas and crafts, plus recipe ideas for treats that taste even better than they look!

Check out Canadian Living’s step-by-step instructions for adding instant glamour to your holiday table.

Plus, try these three recipes for delish holiday goodies:

Candy cane cheesecake

Nut brittle

Chocolate hazelnut tassies

Looking for more entertaining ideas? Check out the Holiday Entertaining Corner at styleathome.com!

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Hungry yet? How beautiful are these designs from The Cupcake Shoppe, based in Toronto? These cupcake creations are so pretty, they look good enough to eat … and luckily, you can do just that! Go ahead, devour a dozen! I won’t breathe a word.

Available at: The Cupcake Shoppe; visit thecupcakeshoppe.ca for more information
Price: depends how hungry you are

Want to make your own cupcakes at home? Try these two recipes from styleathome.com:

Double fudge chocolate cupcakes

Cappuccino cupcakes

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I love to travel. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. There’s such a thrill that comes with packing your bags (the more last-minute, the better!), jumping on a plane and heading somewhere, anywhere. Travel has become so accessible these days that we’re all doing it more and more. And I don’t know about you, but it’s not just exploring new destinations that thrills me. It’s that feeling of checking into a gorgeous hotel and knowing that I’ll be calling it home sweet home for a short while. I love beautiful hotels with rooms that issue a warm welcome the moment you step foot inside.

Pictured above (1) is Toronto’s Hotel Le Germain. This boutique hotel beautifully merges cozy and chic and everything about this room says calm comfort to me. I just want to curl up with a good book on that big comfy bed!

Pictured above (2) is a room across the globe at the Wailea Beach Villas in Maui. This room evokes a whole different feeling, drawing inspiration from the colours of nature on the island. The room feels bright and sunny and the blue and green accents are reminiscent of the Pacific.

Thinking about a vacation yet?

For more inspiration from hotel decor, check out styleathome.com’s series Hotel Style – you’ll find beautiful hotel interiors with ideas you can copy at home.

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You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make pretty things at home! This beautiful ornament gets a homemade makeover just by adding some glue and glitter! It’s easier than you think and adds a beautiful personal touch to your assortment of decorations. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s fun to do, especially if you’ve got little ones around to help. Click here to find out how to make this easy Christmas craft.

Plus, get more holiday decorating inspiration here.

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So, so pretty. These handmade glass orbs just captured my imagination! Each of the four designs represents one of the seasons; frosty blues for winter, crisp greens for spring, bright shades for summer and golden orange for fall. These glass globes make a beautiful decorative accent for the home. Hang them in a sunny spot in your home and enjoy the enchanting reflection of colour and light as it dances through your house. They’re reasonably priced, too, so you might want to consider buying these as pretty and unexpected gifts for friends and family.

Available at: uncommongoods.com
Price: $45 each

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