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Holiday mood - A festive glow that looks good well into the new year

Copper Pinecone Ornament via Oliver and Rust / Eucalyptus wreath via Wills & Prior / Schlage Hobson Glass doorknob and Camelot Trim in Satin Brass / Dried Flower Cloche via Euclid Farms / Antique Carved Chakki Grinder Table via The Gerdu / Wool blankets via June Home Supply / Beeswax Candle Stubbies via Euclid Farms / Flora Fete Candle Holder via V de V / Matches in Smoked Cloche Bottle via Spruce Toronto / Printable Winter Painting via Heirloom Print Shop / Mason Velvet Lumbar Pillow, Golden Hour via Tonic Living / Copper String Light via V de V / Natural Bottlebrush trees via Oliver and Rust /

 

When it comes to holiday decorating there are no rules, especially this year. After all, some people started decorating as soon as the pumpkins were put to the curb, while others (like me) wait until just before. But with a long winter before us, we might want to leave the twinkly lights up longer than usual. If the rest of your holiday decor makes you feel good, leave bits of it up - just de-Christmasfy a little.

I've partnered with Schlage Canada to create a mood board with ideas for holiday decor and share some tips about how to decorate for the holidays focusing on all the cosy vibes that look good well into the new year. So add a little holiday bling with a golden glow in its tones of gold, brass, copper and warm palette and then, it's all about warmth including lots of wool blankets, twinkly lights and flickering candles plus a warm colour palette that celebrates the quietude of this very different holiday season. 

Start with fresh greenery

I always like to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. The most obvious choice at this time of year is a fresh tree - and is there anything better than that fresh scent? I love adding a fresh mixed greenery wreath to my front door, but if you can't get your hands on a wreath, get yourself a bunch of mixed greenery and make your own or simply gather a bunch of branches and turn it into a swag to hang on the door. Eucalyptus is also a great choice that won't look Christmas-y when the holidays are over. Pots of grocery store herbs like rosemary can look festive looking too and are useful long after the holidays are over.

Tip: Don't forget your doorknobs! Tie a small bunch of boxwood or pine with a velvet ribbon to a doorknob. The classic look pairs perfectly with brass and would look great with Schlage Canada's Hobson glass door knob with satin brass trim - brass bells would look great too.

and flowers ...

I love Euclid Farm's Flower Cloches. You could also DIY your own using their dried flowers paired with a vintage cloche or one from Ikea. I'm going to try this with some flowers I dried this summer. The cloches also look pretty filled with fresh greenery or Christmas ornaments. Make winter feel brighter with fresh flowers - treat yourself to a fresh flower subscription from a local florist.

It's the season of light

Do twinkly lights even need a season? Enjoy them all winter long. Copper or gold wire lights look so pretty in cloches, jars and vases. I love to add some to my oversize demijohns. 

Light candles every day. Trust me, and just use the good candles. There's something about their flicker that just makes even the coldest winter day feel warmer.  

Colour palette.

For some, Christmas isn't Christmas without red and green. That's fine, just be sure to clear out the traditional decor for a more neutral palette in January. I love the look of green and neutrals paired with warm metals like brass and copper. The quiet palette is something that you probably won't tire of and can feel right well into winter. That's why I love Schlage's Custom door hardware. It's easy to swap out door handles and trim when you feel the need to change things up. There are lots of great door handles - knobs and levers plus great looking trim all available at Home Depot Canada. The Hobson Glass door knob paired with the Camelot trim in satin brass is a classic, but looks equally as great with more modern decor or even the boho vibes of the fabulous carved Chakki grinder table from The Gerdu. These tables were traditionally used as household tables for grinding grains for cooking.


Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Satin Brass Combinations


Art

I often like to swap out the art on my shelves for something seasonal - like a winter scene. Antique markets and thrift stores are a great source for this but (sob) Covid has put a damper on treasure hunting. While they are still lots of amazing vintage shops online, as well as brick and mortars where you might find the perfect vintage landscape, if budget is an issue than try experimenting with print your own art, like the piece above from Etsy shop Heirloom Print Shop. 

You can never have enough blankets & pillows 

Am I right? Layer them on. Swap out some of your cotton or linen throw pillow covers for soft velvet ones. They look luxe and feel that way too. Stack blankets in pretty baskets to have on hand or lean an old ladder against a wall and hang them from the rungs, to show them off.

 

Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own. 


Made in Canada Holiday Gift Ideas from Etsy

**Affiliate links have been used in this post

Handpainted ornaments via Melissa Mary Jenkins / Rose Quartz Earrings via Vemtl / Porcelain lid via Art et Manufacture / Candle via Jolis Cossins / French rolling pin via AF Fine Wood Turning / Linen masks via Shibang Designs / Lavender eye pillow and makeup pads via La Petite Leonne / Linen Cafe Apron via Lost in Linen / Hand blown test tube vase via Brook Drabot Glass / Ceramic colander via Looks Like White / Box Tote via Bookhou Design /


Over the years I've had the privilege to talk with many Canadian artists, designers and makers for stories I've written for The Toronto Star. Whether it's art, decor, food or the practical made pretty - the handcrafted object is something I'm passionate about. We are lucky to have a thriving maker scene not just in Toronto but across the country and you'll find their wares in small shops, markets and online. 

Many got their start selling on Etsy, so I thought what better place to browse and put together a holiday gift guide of some of the objects I love on Etsy right now. All the shops are Canadian so you can feel good knowing your gift is supporting a local artist. 

 


In the spring, I wrote a story about what to do with botanicals from your garden and interviewed Melissa Mary Jenkins about her handcrafted inks made from plants, flowers and materials she collects on her rural property near Erin , Ontario. You can read about it here. You can her handcrafted inks and art, including these charming hand-painted holiday ornaments. Melissa Mary Jenkins on Etsy $24 CAD.

 


I love linen so when I spotted this cafe apron made of linen by Lost in Linen in Toronto, Ontario I knew I had to include it here. So chic. Lost in Linen $41 CAD.


 

When it comes to jewelry, I'm usually a bit of a minimalist. These gorgeous rose quartz earrings from Vemtl in Montreal, Quebec are so simple and pretty. The perfect everyday earring. Vemtl $55 CAD

 


Is anyone else obsessed with collecting jars? It's a bit of a thing. Whether it's jam jars - Bonne Maman is my favourite or yogurt jars from Canadian brand Riviera, they rarely end up in my recycling bin. Finding a way to re-use things and prevent them from going in the recycling bin or landfill is one of the best things you can do for the environment. Now you can turn it into a gift and gift wrap. I think these handcrafted porcelain lids combined with the Riviera yogurt jars would make a great gift packaging idea. Just add a small gift inside. Art et Manufacture  $9.55 CAD Photo credit: M√©lissa St-Arnaud



 

Another upcycling idea I love, repurposing a mug as a candle. These hand-poured soy candles are made by another Quebec based artist Camille Trempe for her Etsy shop Jolis Cossins. $22 CAD.



If you're a baker a french rolling pin might be on your wish list. Made in Alberta, these hand-turned, tapered style rolling pins are made from maple by AG Fine Wood Turning. $58 CAD.

 


I have one of these handcrafted linen masks and I love it.  Made by Shibang Designs in Kelowna, BC.  They are so comfortable and well made.  Set of 3 linen masks, Shibang Designs $42 CAD. 

 

These hand-dyed cotton make-up pads and lavender eye pillow would make a great self-care inspired gift. Hand-dyed using natural dyes by La Petite Leonne. $38 CAD.

 

Another botanical inspired gift idea - a hand-blown glass test tube vase that can be hung on a wall. You don't need a bouquet of flowers, just one will do when it's displayed in this charming on on-trend vase made by Brook Drabot Glass. $23 CAD.

 


I'm a little obsessed with antique French colanders, but this handmade ceramic colander by Looks Like White will do nicely. $81 CAD

 


For the knitter, sewer, mender, punch needle enthusiast or other textile crafty type on your list also makes a sweet little carry-all from the talented Arounna of Bookhou Design in Toronto. I interviewed Arounna about her punch needle book a couple of years ago. She's incredibly talented. Go check out her Instagram. She also has a new book out now called Visible Mending. Another things to add to your shopping list. Box tote, Forage, Bookhou Design $75 CAD.

Be sure to check out Etsy's Gift Guides - full of great suggestions! One of my favourites right now is The Jo Jo Fletcher X Etsy collection

*This post contains affiliate links to Etsy. 



 



 




 


 

 






How to make your home a cosy haven this Fall

 

Eucalyptus leaf branch via Wills & Prior / 1930's french botanical sample via Joliette / Ashtown stoneware vase via V de V / Flint side table via V de V / Terrain Stoneware mug via V de V / Ilia Candle by Lohn / Custom Hobson Glass Knob with Century Trim in Satin Brass via Schlage CanadaOphelia pillow via Tonic Living / Eyre rug via Tonic Living / Amber glass demi-john via Oliver & Rust / Rust herringbone blanket via Oliver & Rust / Layla hemp pouf via Wills & Prior / Inspired by Nature book by Hans Blomquist via Indigo / Wells Leather Chair via Crate & Barrel Canada  / Riston adjustable pendant light via Crate and Barrel Canada /

We've had a spectacular Autumn and the colours this year have been so vibrant and we've been trying to get out as much as we can for walks to enjoy it all, but it's definitely feeling a little chillier. So, I've pulled out the cosy blankets to curl up with as we start to spend more time indoors.

While I don't do a lot of decorating for autumn, other than some pumpkins outside, I do think about how I can make the house cosier, especially as we continue to spend more time at home due to the pandemic. Afterall, creating a cosy space has positive, mood-boosting vibes that will help make even the dullest rainy day feel better.

Once again, I've partnered with Schlage Canada to create a mood board and share some tips about how to make your home cosy as colder autumn and soon winter (!) days and nights set in. It's all about adding layers of warmth using textiles, comfort, texture and a warm colour palette in simple ways - you don't have to do a lot to make an impact.

Bring the outside in.

With leaves starting to drop, it's not uncommon to find a fallen branch full of all those beautiful leaves in full colour - bring it inside. There's an abundance of beauty outdoors that when it's brought indoors adds not only colour but the beauty of nature. There's something about the the grasses, flowers and plants that are in decline. The colours soften, some start to dry out but their is still so much beauty. Assemble some branches, cut grasses or dried flowers like hydrangeas in a vase to enjoy.

Layer, layer, layer for warmth and texture

It's time to pull out the blankets, throws, quilts, rugs and pillows. Layering in a variety of textiles creates warmth not just for you but also your home. One thing I do in the fall is add a few more throw pillows that are still comfortable to lean into on a chair or sofa. It's all about softness. While a wool blanket is great for a bed it may not be the softest choice to curl up with on the sofa. In the summer, we remove the layers and keep things airy and cool. Maybe you remove area rugs to reveal bare wood or tile floors. Now the weather has cooled, it's time to add them back in abundance. Try layering rugs to add another element of warmth or swap out a jute rug for wool. 

A warm palette - natural tones plus warm metals like copper and brass

I actually love a more neutral palette, especially in the autumn. I think maybe it's because there is just so much colour outside that the more natural palette feels more calming. I'm not talking about everything white or beige but more a layering of natural tones - wood, stone, linen, wool in a subdued palette with pops of rusts or ochres and a little green in the form of plants which are mood boosters for me. I love using vintage amber bottles for autumn flowers or grasses. 

Warm metals like brass and copper are a great way to add that feeling of warmth and cosiness to a space, from vintage brass planter, bowl or candle holders to light fixtures and even things like door knobs and trim. Schlage has an amazing line of knobs, levers and trim that let you customize the look of the hardware for your interior doors, making it easy to swap out trim or doorknobs when you feel like it, making it simple with easy installation that doesn't require removing the whole lock. 

 

Schlage Custom Combined Interior Door Knob and Trim Combinations in a warm Satin Brass

 

One of the newest colours is a gorgeous, warm satin brass that is available in a variety of styles that suit any decor style. I love the combination of a traditional cut glass knob with the satin brass trim in a more modern style - like the custom Hobson glass knob with Century trim or with the Collins trim

When it comes to paint colour, if you decide to go that route and you're going for a warmer white, try to pick a shade with yellow undertones to add warmth. A good tip to check whether the colour is warm or cool is to hold the paint chip against something that is pure white, like a sheet of paper. I really love Benjamin Moore's new colour trends palette for 2021 which includes lots of warm, soothing colours. 

Light

It's candle season and one of the brands I discovered this past year is Lohn, a local Canadian brand that creates the most beautiful scented candles. I'm not always a big fan of scented candles but these are so good. Of course, candles are amazing but one needs more than the flicker of a candle to read or do everyday tasks and as they say, lighting is everything. In these shorter, darker days make sure you've got all the lighting covered including those spots where you might want to curl up and read a good book. I love the idea of hanging a pendant light over a cosy chair if it suits the space.

Accessories that will last season to season

When it comes to seasonal decor I really believe we need to be mindful of not buying stuff that we can't use more than a few times. That means leaving the themed, plastic decor on the shelf and opting for things that are long lasting like baskets that can be used to hold blankets in the fall and winter and flip flops in the summer. Vases that can be filled with seasonal flowers or greenery etc. Buy real pumpkins and then make sure you compost them properly. When you do shop please try to choose local businesses, they need our support right now and as always, thrift stores and antique markets are always great sources for amazing decor and think about reusing what you have in your home to give it a seasonal spin.


Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own.