Posts Tagged ‘holidays’


Only 13 days left until Christmas which means you’ve got just under two weeks to not only finish up your Christmas shopping, but to get your gifts wrapped, too! But holiday gift wrapping doesn’t have to mean cheap paper with jolly Santa Clauses all over it. This year, present your presents wrapped with care with delightfully different paper. I love the Japanese-inspired patterns from paperstudio.com, especially these three patterns pictured above.

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Still stumped on gift ideas? Check out STYLE AT HOME’s holiday gift guide with 10 suggestions for the people on your list.


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Whether for guests or to enjoy on a frosty evening at home by yourself, these hot drinks are sure to melt away the chill. Personally, I subscribe to the notion of not waiting for guests to impress – life’s too short not to enjoy life’s pleasures, even if on your own! These three hot toddies are simple to make but they look pretty darned impressive. Try ‘em out:

Hazelnut Truffles Cocktail recipe

Hot Cocolat recipe

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cocktail recipe

Want more? Learn how to present your hot drinks with gorgeous garnishes.

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Hi everyone!
I’m on vacation this week – hey, a girl’s gotta take a break, you know! So I’m leaving my computer at the office and truly kicking back for the week. (OK, who am I kidding? My laptop is like my right arm … I couldn’t live without it!) But I will be taking a brief break from my blog. But to tide you over until I return, I’m leaving you with my top 5 favourite stories on styleathome.com.

Slideshow: Decorating with black and white

Quiz: What’s your decorating style?

Decorating with red

Colorstrology: Your colour horoscope

10 hostess gifts

Enjoy! See you next week!

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OK, company’s coming and you’ve got a laundry list as long as your arm, of things to do. As if preparing the house isn’t enough work, you’ve got to cook, too! You need a food processor to take the, um, heavy lifting, as it were, out of the process. With a quick and efficient machine by your side, it’s like having your own personal sous-chef. Read more …

Plus, check out some great holiday recipes!

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It’s officially that time of year! I don’t know about you, but I’ve already received three invitations to Christmas parties and my weekends are booking up fast! If you plan on having friends and family over for a dash of holiday cheer, don’t delay. Issue your invitations soon before other hungry hostesses snatch up all your friends. These gorgeous invitations are handy – just print them off at home and address individually. Read more …

Looking for more great holiday ideas? Check out STYLE AT HOME’s online guides to decorating, organizing and entertaining. Plus, you’ll find fabulous holiday recipes, too!

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m putting my Christmas tree up this weekend (I don’t care who says it’s too early!). I’m full of holiday spirit and I hope you are, too!

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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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