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I love the simplicity of Bodum’s designs. The YOHKI storage jar with chrome lid (featured left), is perfect for storing flour, sugar and pasta and is perfect for blending into any countertop. The CHAMBORD French press coffee maker with metal lid (pictured right) is so elegant. I can just smell the aroma in the air and it makes me think of sipping coffee at a patisserie in Paris. Except that I don’t drink coffee.

Bodum products can be found at Home Outfitters and select The Bay stores across Canada. Or at Bodum stores in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, China, Japan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Australia … you know … if you’re going.

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Bold, brilliant, beautiful. These Hermes teacups and saucers are gorgeous, featuring painted scroll patterns inspired by the intricate ironwork found on Spanish balconies …. who would have thought? I just love the boldness of the red on the delicate porcelain of these cups and saucers.

Available at: bluefly.com
Price: $198 for set of 2 teacups and saucers (left), $252 for set of 2 teacups and saucers (right)

Afternoon tea, anyone? Start a new tradition with our guide to teatime etiquette.

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So, imagine this: It’s a bitterly cold Saturday morning. You’re lying in bed, dreaming about a piping hot cup of coffee but the chill in the air makes it too difficult to leave your cozy cocoon. If it were a weekday, you’d stop off at Starbucks on your way into work but today, it’s just too darned cold to think of heading outside. The solution is simpler than you think. Read more …

And speaking of hot drinks, check out these gorgeous garnishes for your favourite winter beverages.

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I love winter until January 2. Once the holidays are over, I’ve got no use for the biting cold … even a pretty fresh snowfall that turns the outdoors into a wonderful winter wonderland can’t change my mind. But until then, I relish in the holiday spirit and the novelty of the change of seasons. You know … silver white winters, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Warm woolen mittens. Cozy cashmere sweaters and yummy hot drinks that warm you from the inside out.

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