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How to Save on Your Next Holiday Party

How to Save on Your Next Holiday Party

By Shelley White

  Parties are fun, but mountains of bills come January are not. When you're itching to host a holiday get-together, but want to keep your expenditures in check, it's best to stay away from the champagne and caviar. You can, however, put together a soiree that is festive and memorable without... Read More »

Are Real Christmas Trees Better for the Environment?

Are Real Christmas Trees Better for the Environment?

By Iris Benaroia

  There you are, driving back from the tree farm, a fresh-cut holiday conifer trussed like a turkey to the roof of your car. It savagely sways as you mount a speed bump, nearly careening off your roof. Look at you, so real and so butch - and so environmental! Or are you?   Is a... Read More »

Pretty Painted Pumpkins

Pretty Painted Pumpkins

By Heather Cameron

  I have a four-year-old and, I must admit, I dread the carving of the pumpkin at Halloween. She always wants to do it herself, which, frankly, freaks me out. So, this year, we are taking a new and less "sharp" route: Paint! Acrylic, multi-coloured and a shiny moody chrome finish; stripes,... Read More »

DIY Halloween Branches and Ghost Lanterns

DIY Halloween Branches and Ghost Lanterns

By Emma Reddington

This All Hallow's Eve, welcome trick-or-treaters with an easy two-step DIY -- spray painted branches and paper lantern ghosts. It's easy to do and a great way to get little hands involved. If you're pressed for time you could skip step two and just use ready made bats. Styling by Annie McDonald... Read More »

Pumpkin Ideas: Black Bat, White Mummy

Pumpkin Ideas: Black Bat, White Mummy

By Sarah Jones

It's that time of year when pumpkins take on a life of their own! This year, take a different approach to pumpkin carving by adding colour. The following steps show you how to turn your pumpkins into a bat and a mummy. Mummy pumpkin materials 1 pumpkin White acrylic paint Paint... Read More »

Halloween Pirate Mantel

Halloween Pirate Mantel

By Emma Reddington

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins! The spooky season is upon us and your imagination is the only limit when it comes to bedecking your home with the macabre. Pick a theme and go to town! Styling by Annie McDonald & Emma Reddington Photos by Kristin Sjaarda   Distressed Pirate Mantle  ... Read More »

Halloween Mantel in Wicked White

Halloween Mantel in Wicked White

By Guest Author

The key to this wickedly pale mantelpiece is sticking to one, predominant colour -- in this case white. Styling by Annie McDonald & Emma Reddington Photos by Kristin Sjaarda     Vary the size and shape of your objects to provide some visual interest. Adding some sculptural fall... Read More »

Modern Gothic Mantel

Modern Gothic Mantel

By Emma Reddington

Halloween tends to be one of the kitschier holidays, but more and more, the design savvy are looking for ways to bring contemporary style to its over-the-top tradition. Take cue from this modern Gothic mantelpiece arrangement, if kitsch Halloween isn't for you. Styling by Annie McDonald & Emma... Read More »

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