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Decorating For The Holidays – Part I – Written By Yanna King

As we prepare for the holiday season, we look for inspiration on how to decorate our homes, feed our guests and wrap our presents. Over the next couple of weeks, I will provide you with some fresh ideas and tips on how to make the most of this holiday season. Let us start with some decorating ideas for your staircase.

Place red lanterns on your stair treads and holiday themed cushions on the bench in your entrance way. Add a candy cane, a poinsettia and a small garland for additional holiday cheer.

Who doesn’t look forward to Santa’s visit?

Create excitement with some HO, HO, HO.

You would like to decorate your staircase, but feel that a garland is too much?

Here is the solution: Tie a few simple arrangements to your banister.

Are you feeling playful?

Then you might enjoy decorating your staircase with twigs, small ornaments and butterflies.

Snowflakes are a timeless and non-denominational décor item.

They will add cheer to any room – even the hallway.

And here is an idea for the minimalist.

Ornaments might be a bit much for you – so here are some pine cones instead.

November 24th, 2017

German “Gemütlichkeit” Written By Yanna King

As the days get shorter and the rain starts rolling in, my longing for German “Gemütlichkeit” (pronounced gə-ˈmᵫt-liḵ-ˌkīt) skyrockets; and I start to think about ways in which I can make my home more “gemütlich”.


What does “Gemütlichkeit” mean? Sadly, there is no direct translation for the word into English. That’s because “Gemütlichkeit” is quite complex, you see. “Gemütlichkeit” refers to a feeling of cosiness and warmth; a feeling of comfort, relaxation and contentedness; but there is also a sense of belonging and well-being tied to “Gemütlichkeit”. If you have read Meik Wiking’s “Little book of Hygge”, then you might be familiar with this kind of feeling, but “Gemütlichkeit” is even more than that. While you can certainly experience “Gemütlichkeit” on your own, it often has social connotations. For example: A soft chair with a blanket might feel cosy, but it might not feel “gemütlich” until you move it over to your friends who have gathered around the fireplace, sharing a drink and chatting happily while soft music is playing in the back ground. If “Gemütlichkeit” is what you are looking for than here are some ideas on how to create it in your home:


  • Swap your pillows and add a blanket. Replace your bright colours with warm tones like oranges or reds or use winter whites and browns to mirror the change in season. Include highly textured materials like knits, wool, sheepskin, felt, velvet or faux fur pillows to add cosiness to the room.
  • Create lush softness by adding a rug to the room. It adds warmth to your toes and your home.
  • Mix in some copper and gold metallics to create a warm luxurious feel. Small items like a side lamp or vase can make a big difference.
  • Create some country charm with natural wood accents. You can do this by adding a wooden side table or chair.
  • Create an autumn display for your coffee or dining room table. Use some evergreen foliage, autumn leaves, fall berries, acorns or chestnuts to celebrate the change of season. Arrange them in colourful vases to add to their natural beauty.
  • Bring out the tea light holders and candle sticks and create a flickering display on a low shelf or table.
  • Set up an air diffuser that releases essential oils safely into the air to eliminate odours and create a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Create a playlist of your favourite tunes or visit your local library and borrow CDs of a music genre that is different from your usual style. Try some classical music or music for meditation.
  • Now that your house feels and smells cosy, invite some friends to join you for an evening of board games and mulled wine.
October 31st, 2017

“Closet Organization With Style In Mind” Written By Yanna King

It’s that time of year when we re-organize our closets. As you tackle this task, we would like to give you some tips on how to create a stylish and efficient wardrobe.

The best way to organize your closet is to create what designers call “collections”. A collection is a set of colour coordinated clothes that consists of six to twelve pieces. These pieces can be mixed and matched to create a number of different looks. If you create several collections that fit your lifestyle and a number of occasions, then getting ready quickly will always be a breeze.

Tips on how to create clusters:

1. Think About Your Lifestyle, Comfort and Personal Pizzazz
Create collections to match your daily activities and your personal style.

2. Think About What You Already Own
When trying on new clothes, think about the clothes you already have. How will this new ruby top look with your black skirt and emerald blazer?

3. Choose a Colour Scheme
Combine neutrals like white, blush tones, gray, black, navy or khaki with brighter shades like red, yellow, green or pink. Coordinate your accessories like scarves, jewellery and shoes and line them up in your closet to match the collections you have created. Stick a colour wheel on your closet door. This tool can help you understand which colours look great together.

4. Create a Collection
4 tops + 1 Sweater + 1 Jacket + 4 Bottoms (pants or skirts).
Add a dress or two for more options.

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September 19th, 2017
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