Home and Design

Holiday Decoration: Celebrate Christmas in Style

Who can escape from Christmas season? In the shopping center, we are surrounded by holiday decorations. Christmas Carols are in the grocery stores. Santa Clause parades are on the streets. There is no escape! Don’t get me wrong, I love this holiday. But sometimes, it can be overdone. In the Prairies, I have seen homes keeping their Christmas decoration for 365 days. Trust me, this is not an exaggeration. What about indoor’s decorations? Unsure. Guest what? I will never find out. If you are into holiday decoration, you might as well do it in style. There are other alternatives to consider if a green Christmas tree isn’t your thing.  Here are some inspiration for Christmas threes ideas.

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1. Neutral color palette with hints of colour. This beautiful home incorporates Christmas decor in a cute way.  It is very simple. From Tiny Home Art

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2. This rustic space depicts elegance yet also livable. The frosted Christmas tree is in harmony with the chair, rug, throw and the pillows. The texture and the color repetition creates a sense of harmony in the space. From Green Style Gallery

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3. If your room does not have space for a big huge Christmas tree, consider other alternatives like this tiny colourful piece as seen in this picture. From Pinterest

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4. Consider reclaim wood for a change. I love everything about this tree. From Apartment Therapy

XOXO

– Judith

4 Fun & Beautiful DIY Winter Wreath

The chill air continues.  Winter season is officially in for us. We are wrapped in cozy throws. There is no whipped cream this time in our hot chocolate. We are savoring marshmallows instead. Beautiful African music playing in the background. Physically, we are in Winter but mentally we are in the tropics. I was looking for some winter craft activities to do with my little girls, and I came across these stylish wreaths. What a great way to add some Winter Curb Appeal to your home.

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Marshmallows wreath, this is a cool DIY. Most items for this project are found in the kitchen. Who knew that marshmallows could be so chic. I love every single thing about the look of this piece. From Food Network

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Duck Take Wreath, This captured me before I even read its DIY’s instructions. After I discovered the items that were used for this project, I was astonished.  DuckTape was done right, look at those layers, so charming!  From Jones Design Company

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Cotton ball for Wreath, it looks so soft and inviting. From Learning Creative Living. 

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Q-tips Wreath in the house, the contrast is so appealing! From Taterto Sand Jello

 

XOXO

– Judith

Natural Fragrance In Your Home: Simmer Pot Recipe

Home fragrance can make you hate or love your home. When time permits, I retire in the kitchen to make some great meals. Every time, I improvise. I find that winging things in the kitchen make the activity more fun. Recipes’lovers don’t hate but I don’t like following recipes by the letter.  I love to make deliciously tasty food. I love fish but detest the after smell. As long as I can remember, my mama taught me to boil water and vinegar to eliminate the fish after-smell in the space. I’m always amazed at how this water/vinegar simmer neutralize smells.

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I enjoy the aroma of the lemon in the space. I simmer slices of lemon in water. It smells wonderful. I couldn’t get over this wonderful fragrance until I discovered new home fragrances on Little House On The Valley. Her cinnamon vanilla orange recipe awakes my sinuses. Check it out and greet your guests with this natural fragrance:

 

Cinnamon Vanilla Orange recipe by Little House On the Valley

2 cinnamon sticks

3-4 drops of vanilla

Orange peels (I use lemon peels )

 

XOXO

– Judith

Get The Look: Traditional Meets Modern In Your Home

Undecided on modern or traditional style? Bring interest in your home by mixing these two styles. It will create rooms that are extraordinary. For instance, when a traditional and modern style is mixed, the result can be splendid. Rooms created can either have timeless elegance or comfortable casual feel to it. Space will have clean lines. Some selected furniture will make rooms feel airy. Check out these jaw-dropping inspirations.

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Classic workstation in a Traditional and Modern mix take neutral colours to another level. So elegant! Clear objects often take a little visual space. This is what I call Timeless elegance. The chair almost disappears in the space. From Apartment Therapy

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This beautiful room has textures, patterns, and colours. A modern touch is added to space with two side tables. Great inspiration for comfortable casual space. From House Beautiful 

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Fun stunning dining area with vibrant colors! Modern chairs in a traditional space that have amazing architectural details. I like how dark neutral sits with the wood floor. From Mend

XOXO

– Judith

5 Reasons to Get Excited for Winter

Prairies’ Winter is HERE, we get high and dry wind! We will miss seeing trees with their vibrant hues. The new season is at hand. Today as we drove this morning,  sidewalks and roads were covered with snow. Roads were very slippery but we love seeing snow.  On that note, we know Xmas is nearby.  Here is what we are excited about :

 

1. Hot Drinks – We love Tea or Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

My mouth is watering right now. What is the best way to end the day? Have a nice hot drink before bed. Image Source

Cozy Throws

Cozy Throws

2. Curling up in beautiful cozy throws

Cold is an excuse for you to buy beautiful throws to add to your living space. Invest in throws and bring them out when the temperature drops. Image Source

Fireplace

Fireplace

3. Seating by the Fire Place

We love fireplaces. They are a great focal point in a home. The chosen palette in this space has contrast.Image Source

Bookshelves

Bookshelves

4. Reading favorite books

Bookcases add functionality. Surround yourself with the things you love.Image Source

Soups

Soups

5. Winter comfort food – Steaming hot homemade Soups

Try new things, new recipes are at hand. Image Source

What do you look forward to in Winter times?

XOXO,

Judith