It’s Christmas Time

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The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, cozying up around the Christmas tree, making plans and sharing laughs. At the centre of it all stands the tree. We’ve created three fun ways to spruce up your spruce (or pine or balsam) for this season and here’s one look.

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For a nostalgic look at Christmas past and present we’ve trimmed the branches with strands of pearl garland and hung sterling silver pocket watches from sturdy ribbons. Clock hands hang like icicles, adding sparkle and refection beside white string lights.

 

Read the entire article ‘Take 3 – Christmas Time’ in Issue 11 of Dabble

Frosted Flakes DIY

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Snowflakes, gemstones and ribbon enhance a gift as well as the look of your Christmas tree. DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci dazzles us with inexpensive dollar store finds.


Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Frosted Flakes’ in Issue 11 of Dabble

Kimberley’s Holiday Gift Guide for Travellers

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Kimberley shares her top 5 holiday gifts for travellers on CityLine.ca.

1. Slippers from Bucky: ‘They are plush interiors, they are ballet style, they come with their own little bag, and as soon as the plane is settled and I’ve got my seatbelt on, I’m taking my shoes off and I’m putting on my Bucky’s,’ says Kimberley. ‘They’re also great for hotel rooms, too, because you don’t want to run around in your bare feet in a hotel room!’

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2. Sunscreen from Sun Bum: If you’re travelling only with carry-on luggage, how do you pack your sunscreen? ‘I found some wonderful travel-sized sunscreens from Sun Bum,’ says Kimberley. ‘You’d expect a company that comes from Cocoa Beach, Florida to know something about sun products!’
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3. SuitSuit hard case luggage: ‘One of my frustrations when I’m travelling is when you’re waiting for your bag to come off the belt and your black bag looks like everybody’s black bag! So I looked for suitcases that are really identifiable, like the ones from SuitSuit. They’re hard cases, high-impact graphics, and they’re really, really a lot of fun,’ enthuses Kimberley.
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4. Powermonkey portable charger: ‘Another dilemma that hits us when we’re travelling is how do you charge your iPod, your iPad, all the things that you want to travel with you,’ explains Kimberley. ‘So there’s a wonderful portable power charger called Powermonkey which you can pre-charge and use that to power up all your electronics and it’s a really great thing to have with you when you’re on the road.’
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5. Designer Bags on Wheels: ‘This is a wonderfully practical laptop bag that looks very stylish that has a pull-up handle so you can wheel it as a carry-on. It’s chic enough to take with you to the next home show or any kind of a weekend trip, as well,’ says Kimberley.To read more Holiday Gift Guides from the experts on CityLine, visit CityLine.ca.
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Happy Halloween!

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Hope your Halloween is a scream!

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Pumpkin Patch’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

Spooky Tablescape

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Halloween doesn’t have to be orange, black and white. Create a haunting environment that isn’t rooted in the traditional colour scheme and you’ll really bring the party to life.

San Francisco based interior designer and blogger, Courtney Lake, took an unexpected cue from the rolling hills of Napa Valley to create his ghoulish Halloween themed bar (above) and table.

Check out the new issue to see more pictures of Courtney’s tablescape.

Read the entire article ‘Special Design Feature – Spooky Tablescape’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

Dabble Digs Halloween

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The season of tricks, treats, and frightful fun is almost here and we are digging these Halloween accessories from Alessi.

Featured Image: Reminiscent of the dark shadows of All Hallow’s Eve, the La Stanza dello Scirocco Tea Light Holder, designed by Mario Trimarchi, is a great way to add some spookiness to your Halloween decor.

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Designed by Massimo Giacon, the Spiritosona Bottle Stopper is a haunting temptress that creates a secure seal ensuring your wine stays fresh until your next glass.
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The Minou Purse Hook by Frederic Gooris is one black cat you don’t have to be afraid of!

Ottawa’s Top 5 Design Spots

“Subtly sophisticated is the best way to describe Ottawa’s unique mix of gothic architecture, slick condos and trendy neighbourhoods,” says Mary Taggart, the editor of Ottawa at Home magazine.

The design scene is equally eclectic. Shoppers can expect an intimate experience while perusing the city’s best boutiques for seasonal accessories and furniture finds.

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1. Details Home Apparel offers complete design services in addition to showcasing an excellent selection of custom furnishings, carpets and wallpaper. During the holiday season shop for decorative tableware and seasonally inspired décor items.

2. You’ll find Mikaza Home’s flagship store just across the Ottawa River in neighbouring Quebec. They also have a smaller shop on Bank St. in Old Ottawa South. For moderately priced contemporary furniture and a good selection of trendy accessories, check out Suede Contemporary Interiors, in the chic village of Westboro.

3. Shoppers with sophisticated tastes will love Champagne dit Lambert in Old Ottawa South. The owners have a refined vision for silverware and high quality furnishings. If vintage finds inspire you then head over to Architectural Antique Warehouse in the Lebreton Flats area. You’re likely to find a silver brush and comb set alongside of a neon bar sign. The goods range from modern to retro-quirky.

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ABOVE: Ottawa at Home magazine editor Mary Taggart does some early shopping at Enchanted Florist in Deer Park Texas.

4. Tivoli Florists is an ideal stop en route to dinner with friends. This popular boutique takes holiday décor very seriously. Further down the road, in the village of Wellington West, find Thyme & Again Creative Catering. With a reputation for high-end Indus Catering and gourmet take-out their storefront is a festive mix of delights.

5. In the east end of town you’ll find Jacobsons, the perfect spot for a hostess gift. It’s also the ultimate drop-in for foodies. Warning: you may have trouble leaving without making at least a couple purchases.

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Welcome to Ottawa

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In Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, politics play a leading role. The parliament buildings take centre stage downtown while the Prime Minister and Governor Generals’ residences face off on Sussex Drive. For a small city, architecture makes a big statement and yet, it’s the capital’s natural setting that leaves a lasting impression on visitors.

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With four season offerings for the outdoor enthusiast Ottawa is a year-round destination. But none can deny the magical charms of winter in the capital. Christmas lights emblazen the downtown core as temperatures drop, turning the lively Rideau Canal into the world’s longest outdoor skating rink.

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A Turquoise Wonderland

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Dabble digs KORHANI Home’s area rugs and tree sets for the holiday season. A the full-skirted white-flocked 7-foot tree creates a winter wonderland with its glittery silver and blue palette.

KORHANI Home Christmas Tree Set – Turquoise Wonderland
Tree Set: $350*
*Set includes pre-lit tree, decorations, tree skirt and free shipping.
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63’ x 89’ Rug: $70 (plus free shipping)The Christmas tree sets come in three themes, including Turquoise Wonderland, Avantgarde Craft and Opulence.
Visit KORHANI home for more information or to purchase a Christmas tree set: www.korhani.com

Interior Decorating Show

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Meet designers, see the latest interior decorating products, attend informative seminars and get inspired for the holiday season. The International Home Show is taking place November 1-4 and you don’t want to miss it!

When: November 1-4, 2013
Where: 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON
Venue: International Centre, Hall 1
Cost: $15

Free parking!

Featured image: Come see the Kimberley Seldon Design Group model room in Hall 1.

For more information, visit: International Home Show – Interior Decorating Show

 

Red, White & Green

  • Pine Adirondack chairs—painted “Mountain Stream” from Pittsburgh Paints—sit sentry year round on the wraparound porch.
  • Simple parson chairs strike a festive pose when tied with a bright red ribbon and decked with humble ornaments.
  • Lynnette uses white Stargazer lilies throughout the home as a reminder of Christmas in New Zealand, where people typically decorate for the holidays with an abundance of fresh cut flowers.

Lynnette and Mitchell Eisen created a family home that combines elements of their respective childhoods—hers, beach front New Zealand, and his, a wraparound porch in Toronto. The charming result is a practical home that welcomes family and friends with natural light and and casual comfort.

“Find something from nature like the bark on a tree, or a sentimental decoration, and use that as inspiration. Be creative and let the design reflect your individuality.” ~Lynnette 

Winter whites and natural earth tones bring nature’s palette indoors. The effect is enhanced by large windows that make the connection stronger still, infusing the country home with natural light.

Gifts Made Easy

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Someone once said that Christmas is a race to see which gives out first, your money or your feet.

Save your Sanity and Holiday Shop like a Pro

Someone once said that Christmas is a race to see which gives out first, your money or your feet. Well, save your feet! We spent the past weeks sourcing those perfect gifts for foodies of every age and stumbled on a well-stocked resource, our local pharmacy. From Gourmet Hot Cocoa for her to a Baileys Irish Cream for him, and even a Kinder Surprise for the wee one in your life, these gift ideas are sure to please all of the foodies on your list.

Don’t let the tick tock of the countdown clock (How many days until Christmas?) give you a panic. Since you’re likely to be stopping by the pharmacy on your way home from work anyway, this option maximizes the one commodity that’s even less plentiful than money…time. Plus, prices are competitive with any retail store and opening hours are usually much longer. But don’t let me convince you, check out the great gift ideas below.

1.Baileys Original or Baileys Irish Cream (180g) ~ $8.99 each;2.Indulge 5 Minute Chocolate Cupcake Mix ~ $9.99;3.Starbucks Gift Basket ~ $19.99;4.Indulge Coffee and Green Tea Set (available in 3 flavours) ~ $9.99 each;5.Indulge Gourmet Hot Cocoa Cup & Saucer Gift Set ~ $9.99;6.New Kinder Mix, Includes Plush Toy and Assortment of Chocolate (116g) ~ $10.99;7.Hot Chocolate Hottie Set ~ $19.99;8.Cranberry Tangerine Cosmopolitan Mix or Pomegranate Martini Mix ~ $7.99 each;9.Ferrero Rocher Cone (350g) ~ $17.99.

Click to explore this season’s most beautiful gifts at Shoppers Drug Mart. Plus, use the Easy Gift Finder to find fabulous gifts for everyone on your list. Go to Shoppersdrugmart.ca/holiday.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Shoppers Drug Mart via Glam Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Shoppers Drug Mart.