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A Cozy Holiday Home Tour that’s Guaranteed to Get You in a Festive Mood

With Christmas just days away, we are getting ready for a ton of cozy, matching pajama filled relaxation. Just add hot cocoa to that mix and you have this holiday home tour of Shauna Dean of Quentin & Co . Her philosophy when decorating for Christmas was snow, stars and anything cozy. Yep, she nailed it. Head to the vault for even more snapped by Vicki Bartel that’s giving us all the holiday feels.

As I planned out my decor for Christmas this year, I kept finding myself inspired by a few recurring elements. Snow, stars, and anything cozy! Since my oldest boy is now 2, he’s beginning to feel the magic of the holiday season too. For that reason, I really wanted our decorations to appeal to him, and I also needed them to withstand his wild toddler ways!

I started with our flocked tree and incorporated lots of non breakable ornaments, like the large white yarn balls which are undeniably cozy, and a ton of sparkly silver ornaments to up the festive factor. One of my favorite parts of the tree was the different ribbons I used to fill it out. Extra wide burlap and silver ribbons cut into pieces and placed among the branches made a huge impact for a budget friendly price.

As a finishing touch, I used a silk silver ribbon to add bows to any spots that seemed to be lacking in ornaments. In keeping with my kid friendly mission, I added touches of whimsy, like the large wooden stars at the fireplace and the Christmas tree advent calendar that hangs above them. I also dressed up the kids’ table in our living room with a flocked tree and hung giant snowflakes above it.

 Decorating for Christmas with little ones in the picture really gave me the guts to go all out with the magical touches. I hung extra garlands, and incorporated all the twinkly lights and glitter I could get my hands on. Since our living area and adjoining kitchen are primarily cool tones, I knew I needed to significantly up the warmth factor if I was going to achieve the cozy feel I was after.

I added a large vintage wooden crate, and filled it with a plush fur blanket, our “joy” pillow, Cohen’s stuffed moose, and all of the leftover wrapping paper and ribbon. I also brought in warm woods in the form of several cake stands that are perfect for holding all the extra treats we have around this time of the year!

When it came to the kitchen, I added seasonal touches like a lavender tree, and pulled out goodies like hot chocolate, marshmallows, and chestnuts to display in jars on our island. A plaid table cloth and a twinkly star garland added another layer of cozy to our dining nook, making it the perfect spot for cookie decorating (and eating!). 

I am so happy with how our decked out kitchen and living room were transformed for the season, and I can’t wait to start creating Christmas memories in this magical and cozy space.

More Holiday Goodies …

Santa Approved Recipes for Christmas Morning
A Simple and Festive Champagne Cocktail
Festive Nail Polish Colors For The Perfect Holiday Manicure

Photography: Vicki Bartel | Styling: Shauna Dean Of Quentin & Co | Makeup: Stephanie Kathleen | Advent Calendar, Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow Covers: Pottery Barn | Crochet Bunting: Plaid and Paisley Littles | Flocked Wreaths, Yarn Ornaments, Hanging Snowflakes, Glass Cloch: Canadian Tire | Flocked tree (artificial): Lowe's | Fox Espresso Mug, Tabletop Tree: Chapters | Horse Print: Bouclair Home | Kids' Table and Chairs, Slipcovered Couch: Ikea | Matching Pajamas: Burt's Bees Baby | Silver Garlands, Burlap Ribbon: Michaels | White Light Up Tabletop Trees: Pier 1

Inspiration for an Unforgettable Bridal Shoot

Around these parts, bridal shoots are kind of our jam. Especially when they’re photographed through the lens of Julia Park, featuring a knockout bouquet by Les Petites Excuses. Take one peek at these Montreal-set images and you’ll see why every girl needs an epic staircase moment of her own. More this way!

From Julia Park Photography and CinemaI always draw my inspiration from the location we are shooting at. Every city has its own feel, mood, and vibe that goes far beyond words in a travel book. And that “feel” is going to be different for everyone, of course. Every visitor would come into the city with their own “baggage” Every local would describe it differently, based on his or hew personal experience. In this creative, we wanted to show how Montreal looks through the eyes of a girl in love.

It’s easy to fall in love in this city and with this city. After all, it isn’t called “Paris of North America” for nothing.

Montreal is a place, where hundreds of years of rich past, blend in together with the present. A mix of old and new is easily seen everywhere: in architecture, traditions, and art.

So I think the dress our model wore from a local Toronto bridal designer Catherine Langlois, was a perfect fit. It’s classy, and dreamy, yet with modern elements such as an amazing open back with beading detail. Flowers from the bouquet by Les Petites Excuses were locally grown and sourced, so they tell their own tale of the city and it’s surroundings.

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Photography: Julia Park Photography And Cinema | Floral Design: Les Petites Excuses | Wedding Dress: Catherine Langlois | Makeup: Skin by Kim

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Turning a Rental into a Chic and Girly Bachelorette Pad

At first glance of this Toronto apartment you would never guess that it was designed on a budget and sprinkled with DIYs. It’s the poster child for turning a rental into a thing of beauty and all masterminded by Tiffany Leigh, blogger and founder of Tiffany Leigh Design.  By taking time to hunt down budget savvy vintage pieces and diving into a few DIY projects and uber cute IKEA hacks, this chic bachelorette pad was transformed. Tour the full space with photos by 5ive15ifteen in the vault.

My apartment definitely has traditional bones – think picture frame moldings, original thin strip hardwood floors, old radiators and a charming fireplace. These are the elements made me fall in love and sign the lease on my first ever non-student rental in April of 2015. Decorated on a tight budget, I kept my eyes peeled for classic vintage pieces with feminine character that would stand the test of time.

I’ve never been one to shy away from a good DIY or transformation, so a little imagination when selecting furniture went a long way in this space. I kept the walls light but warm (Benajmin Moore’s Cloud White), and filled my home with the colors that I love through fabrics, furnishings and accessories. The feeling of the space is sophisticated, refined, and feminine – as a young woman living on my own in Toronto, I thought why not go a little bit more girly. I might not always have the opportunity to decorate my space only for me – so I took full advantage.

The jumping off point for the living room was my rug. I found this handwoven rug at an estate sale for only $90, and it was love at first site. I pulled the light aqua blues and coral tones in the the rug into my pillow story. The chests flanking the fireplace are a fan favorite – and an inexpensive IKEA hack! The cane chairs compliment the formal fireplace, but are light enough to move around depending on how I’m entertaining. In the corner I’ve tucked an adorable little floral armchair (affectionately known as my ‘granny chair’) in the corner by the window. It’s the perfect spot to cozy up with a good book.

Living Room Sources

Sofa: Julian Sofa from Brentwood Home | Coral Pillows: Stuck on Hue – Etsy | Aqua Leopard Pillows: Custom, fabric by Kelly Wearstler (available at Lee Jofa) | Floral Pillows: Custom, fabric by Schumacher (available at Bilbrough) | White Lamp: Elte | Cane chairs: Vintage, Reupholstered by Switch Studio | Rug: Vintage | Coffee Table: Vintage | Gold Mirror: Vintage | Nesting tables: Vintage | Floral armchair: Vintage | Art over sofa: Donna Andreychuk, “My Story”, Canvas Gallery | Art over chest of drawers: Ian Varney, Canvas Gallery | Chest of drawers: DIY IKEA Hack | Throw Blanket: Sarah Richardson Design | Woven Basket: Pottery Barn

My kitchen is a typical rental kitchen – very basic, unless of course you look down at that wild purple floor tile. This is not exactly my first choice, but investing in a rental kitchen does not make a lot of sense right now. Instead, I found a beautiful kilim rug that ties in the purple colour of the tile, hung some art for personality, and incorporated accessories that are both functional and beautiful.

Kitchen Sources

Rug: Kaya Kilims | OUI art: The Aestate | Cutting Boards: West Elm and Homesense | Marble Utensil Holder: EQ3 | Oil and Vinegar vessels: EQ3

My dining room doubles as a library/home office/studio space. The dining table works well as a large desk and the shelving unit (which I’ve papered in aqua grasscloth) holds all of my books and treasured items. The space feels full, layered, and functional. In small spaces, it’s important to consider multiple uses for single rooms. It’s a lovely space for entertaining – especially with a fully stocked barcart.

Dining Room Sources

Bookshelves: IKEA | Grasscloth paper: Thibaut | Table: Vintage | Bar cart: Vintage | Chairs: Vintage | Art over barcart: Thrifted | Leopard Pillow: Stuck on Hue – Etsy | Table Runner: West Elm

I don’t have the luxury of a large formal entrance, just a narrow hallway that opens into my living room. This vintage rattan unit is the perfect multifunctional piece – it has a shelf to drop mail and keys, a drawer for my wallet, bills, etc., a lower surface for shoes, hooks for hats and jackets, and a mirror to check myself before running out the door. It’s also only about a foot deep, so it takes up almost no space. It is one of my favourite pieces.

With windows, doors, and rads, the arrangement of this tiny room was rather tricky. While it has a large closet, there is no room for proper bedside tables. What these small wooden pedestal tables lack in storage – they make up for in high style! And, because I can reach the overhead light switch from in bed, there was no need for proper bedside lamps. Instead, these crystal candle sconces (a lovely gift sent to me from an instagram friend) add an extra layer of pretty to the space. Finishing things off with beautiful bedding – emerald green pillows, a ticking stripe coverlet with a natural linen duvet- and art makes this the perfect feminine retreat to recharge after long days in the busy city.

Bedroom Sources

Headboard: Home Furniture | Ticking Stripe Duvet: IKEA | Natural Linen Duvet: Elte MKT | Emerald Pillows: Etsy – Live Love Smile | Black and White Floral Pillow: Custom, fabric by Schumacher (available at Bilbrough) | Sconces: Vintage | Art: Stephanie Fehrenbach, “Delicate Array”, Canvas Gallery | Side Tables: Vintage

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Photography: 5ive15ifteen photo company | Design: Tiffany Leigh Design

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