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THE

Greatest

GIFT OF ALL:

S E E T H E T R A N S F O R M AT I O N OF OUR HELLO SUNSHINE CO N T E S T W I N N E R S’ M U LT I - F U N C T I O N A L L I V I N G S PAC E

LITTLE S PAC E S , LOTS OF CHEER

Plus:

YO U R H O L I D AY B U C K E T L I S T, SIMPLE SANGRIA, & MORE!

2017

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H E L L O H O L I D AY A s a c h i l d , t h e C h r i s t m a s h o l i d a y s w e r e m y f a v o u r i t e t i m e o f y e a r. (I think this is the case for most kids!) My fondest memories are the simplest ones: digging through my hand-sewn stocking on Christmas morning; snuggling up on the sofa with popcorn to watch old holiday movies; and - the ultimate treat - drinking from the “special red glasses” that my mom only let us use at Christmastime. A s I ’ v e g r o w n o l d e r, t h e h o l i d a y s - w h i l e s t i l l j o y f u l - c a n s o m e t i m e s seem more complicated. At every turn we’re nudged to try and outdo last year’s creativity: the tree needs to be bigger and sparklier; the presents n e e d t o b e i n t r i c a t e l y w ra p p e d w i t h h o m e m a d e p a p e r, a n d t h o s e h o l i d a y c h a r c u t e r i e b o a r d s n e e d t o b e l i k e n o n e o t h e r.

A FEW OF MY

Favourite T hings!

A Palette of Pink, Mint & Gold Velvet

Gold Rimmed Coupes

B u t a s I t ra v e l l e d a c r o s s t h e c o u n t r y v i s i t i n g t h e b l o g g e r s y o u ’ l l s e e within these pages, I was struck by how the simple gestures were the ones that really made it feel like Christmas. Hearing Mercedes and N a t t a l k a b o u t s p e n d i n g a n a f t e r n o o n i n t h e i r g ra n d m o t h e r ’ s k i t c h e n to learn her secret almond cake recipe made me excited for my own annual Christmas baking (peanut butter balls and gingersnaps) at my p a r e n t s ’ h o u s e . Wa t c h i n g C o l l e e n c r e a t e h e r p o m p o m w r e a t h w i t h h e r kids reminded me of making construction paper garlands and holiday wreaths with my own mom as a child. And as I chatted with the mothers and fathers in this issue about what Christmas morning is like with kids i n t h e h o u s e , I b e c a m e n o s t a l g i c f o r t h e d a y s w h e n I g o t t o d e c o ra t e j u s t t h e b o t t o m h a l f o f t h e t r e e w i t h m y b r o t h e r, a n d w h e n I t r i e d t o s w e e t talk my parents into letting us open just one gift on Christmas Eve. T h i s y e a r, I ’ l l b e m o v i n g i n t o a n e w a p a r t m e n t j u s t b e f o r e t h e h o l i d a y s get into full swing, and I’m more excited than ever to start making new C h r i s t m a s m e m o r i e s w i t h m y b e a u w h i l e a l s o c h e r i s h i n g o l d t ra d i t i o n s . Whether you’re hosting a festive fête or looking for a down-time tod o l i s t , w e ’ v e m a d e s u r e t h i s i s s u e i s c h o c k- f u l l o f e a s y i d e a s t o g e t y o u e x c i t e d a b o u t t h e h o l i d a y s . M o s t i m p o r t a n t l y, t h e s e i d e a s a r e l e s s a b o u t b e i n g P i n t e r e s t - p e r f e c t a n d m o r e a b o u t e n c o u ra g i n g t o g e t h e r n e s s and memory-making. I hope you’re reminded of what you loved about Christmas as a child, and inspired to recreate that magic in your home this season.

Autumn Vintage Glass Decanters

AUTUMN HACHEY / HELLO EDITOR IN CHIEF @autumnhachey, @leonsfurniture www.helloyellowblog.ca

IN THIS ISSUE: C R E AT I V E D I R E C T I O N S t u d i o B i c y c l e t t e , @ s t u d i o b i c y c l e t t e A R T D I R E C T I O N & I L LU S T R AT I O N A l e x P e r l i n , @ a l e x p e r l i n PHOTOGRAPHY Scarlet O’Neill, @scarletoneill COPYWRITING Amanda Petriglia, @apetrigs O N T H E C O V E R : Pa g e 5

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I N P R A I S E O F T H E H O L I D AY S

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AS WE DREAM BY THE FIRE LIVING ROOMS

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H O S T F O R T H E H O L I D AY S

Colleen’s Living Room

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ESCAPE THE ORDINARY

Lady Haye’s Holy Home

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T H E G R E AT E S T G I F T O F A L L

Bethany and Art’s Hello Sunshine Contest Winners

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A PLACE FOR FESTIVE FEASTING G AT H E R I N G

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W H E R E T H E W I L D T H I N G S E AT

Thalita and Marquis’ Dining Room

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T H E WAY T O O U R H E A R T S I S THROUGH THE KITCHEN

Joanna’s KitchenAid Kitchen

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D R E A M W E AV E R RESTING

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SLEEP WELL, LIVE WELL

Colleen’s Master Bedroom

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LITTLE SPACE, LOTS OF CHEER

Joanna’s Playroom/Guest Room

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WHEN ONE IS NOT ENOUGH

Joanna’s Shared Girls Bedroom

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W H E N E V E R Y N I G H T I S A S L U M B E R P A R T Y

Colleen’s Shared Kids Bedroom

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BABY IT’S WARM IN HERE

A Nursery for Dave and Joy by Thalita

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THE SWEETEST TRADITION

T h e P a r t y P a ra d e 2


IN PRAISE OF THE

Holidays The holidays are a state of mind. It’s about sharing our talents and good fortune with those around us; teaching others about the gift of giving; and opening o u r h o m e s t o f r i e n d s a n d f a m i l y. O f c o u r s e , t i n s e l e d trees and sugary sweets are an important part of the equation - even if they don’t turn out quite as perfectly as planned. Winter is sometimes the longest season, but the holidays always seem too short. It’s time we swapped a r t f u l l y w ra p p e d g i f t s a n d f l a w l e s s l y c o o k e d f e a s t s for carol-singing in the kitchen and bedtime stories by the glow of the tree. After all, it’s the warmth of those moments that makes home feel like the holidays.

BETHANY AND ART GIER

@artthislittleestate + @bethanythislittleestate www.thislittleestate.com The holidays are the perfect excuse to haul rustic birch logs, fluffy white pine swag, and aromatic cedar indoors. Marrying all that green with a collection of simple jarred candles is quite easily the simplest way to entertain the senses while adding immediate holiday ambiance to any space. 3

This holiday season, we welcome you into the homes of nine Canadian bloggers who’ve showed us their v e r s i o n o f C h r i s t m a s c h e e r. S o m e a r e m o m s a n d dads to starry-eyed dreamers, while others are good neighbours with the spirit of giving. All of them share a l o v e o f e m b ra c i n g w h a t t h i s s e a s o n h a s t o o f f e r. This issue is rich with easy tips, ideas and inspira t i o n t h a t e n c o u ra g e f a m i l y t i m e a n d m a k i n g m e s s e s – w i t h o u t t h e e x p e c t a t i o n s o f a p e r f e c t l y c ra f t e d h o l i d a y. S o g ra b a n o t h e r b l a n k e t , w ra p y o u r h a n d s around a warm mug and read on to find out how you too can have yourself a merry little Christmas.

T H A L I TA A N D M A R Q U I S

@theunfitparent + @thelearnerobserver www.thelearnerobserver.com Lights lights lights. Nothing says holiday cheer like a few strings of twinkly lights to add sparkle to a room. There’s something magical about them and sometimes I want to keep them around all year long (but then they wouldn’t be as special)!


L A DY H AY E S

COLLEEN PASTOOR

@ladyhayes www.ladyhayes.com M u l l e d w i n e f o r t h e w i n ! Wa r m i n g h e a r t s a n d o h m y, t h a t d e l i c i o u s s m e l l !

@colleenpastoor www.lemonthistle.com My favourite way to switch up decor seasonally i s w i t h f r e s h c u t b ra n c h e s . H o l i d a y g r e e n e r y is such an elegant yet affordable way to t ra n s f o r m y o u r h o m e f o r t h e s e a s o n . W h e t h e r you head out for an adventure to cut your own or pick it up from a local florist, it’s amazing how a full vase or wreath can make your whole home look (and smell!) like Christmas time.

WE ASKED:

W H AT ’ S O N E T H I N G T H AT YO U C A N A D D TO A ROOM TO ADD SOME I N S TA N T H O L I DAY CHEER?

N AT A N D M E R C E D E S

@thepartyparade www.thepartyparade.com Fr e s h w i n t e r g r e e n s . A s a w r e a t h , i n a vase, even drying out on the mantel. The smell of them give that warm and cozy holiday feeling.

JOANNA GRZESZCZAK

@lazymoms www.lazymomsblog.com I like to invest in pillows and throws more t h a n d e l i c a t e C h r i s t m a s d e c o ra t i o n s ; i t ’ s m o r e p ra c t i c a l w i t h k i d s a r o u n d w h i l e m a k i n g e v e r y o n e f e e l t h e h o l i d a y c h e e r.

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As we Dream BY THE FIRE

In our fantasy world, the living room is where we stoke the fire and lovingly admire our perfect holiday tree while sipping on a warm cup of hot cocoa. In r e a l i t y, o u r l i v i n g r o o m s d o u b l e a s a toddler’s jungle gym, a nap room for m o m w h i l e b a b y s l e e p s , a n d a s t o ra g e s p a c e f o r w ra p p i n g & r i b b o n s . A n d t h a t hot cocoa? It’s more like cold coffee that’s been reheated twice already t o d a y. E v e n s t i l l , s o m e t i m e s r e a l i t y is better than the dream.

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HOST FOR THE

Holidays M A K I N G R O O M F O R F A M I LY FROLICKING AND FESTIVE FÊTES BY C O L L E E N Like most homes, the living room is the hub of our house. I t ’ s a l w a y s f u l l o f f a m i l y, f r i e n d s , a n d p r o b a b l y k i d s ’ t o y s or creations. When we bought our fixer upper three years a g o , w e w e r e s o e x c i t e d t o t ra d e u p f r o m a n a p a r t m e n t t o a home where we could host - and this space gets a workout doing just that. U n t i l r e c e n t l y, w e ’ v e a l m o s t e x c l u s i v e l y f u r n i s h e d o u r home with hand-me-downs so it was such a fun experience to choose new furniture that truly reflected our style a n d t h e w a y o u r f a m i l y u s e s t h e s p a c e . Fu r n i t u r e i s n ’ t just for sitting on in this house; it’s for fort building, superhero launching, and dog piles. The cozy Downtown S e c t i o n a l g a v e u s e x t ra s e a t i n g f o r g u e s t s a n d p l e n t y o f r o o m f o r s n u g g l i n g a t s t o r y t i m e . I l o v e h o w i t t ra n s f o r m s into the coziest Christmas corner with just a few throw pillows. Can you guess which spot is always the first to be scooped? Jango Chair

Berkeley Coffee Table

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Berkeley Coffee Table

Downtown 2 Piece Left Facing Sectional

“F U R N I T U R E I S N ’ T J U S T F O R S I T T I N G O N IN THIS HOUSE; IT’S FOR FORT BUILDING, S U P E R H E R O L A U N C H I N G A N D D O G P I L E S .”

Marcel Computer Desk-Colleen (Online Only)* Sunshine Grey Chair 8


A VERY MERRY

Mantel

BY C O L L E E N Before we moved into our home three and a half years ago, I’d never had a mantel before. I’m definitely no expert, but I’ve had so much fun playing with it each season and have come up with some simple tips to keep holiday mantel styling fun and beautiful.

“IT’S THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO D I S P L AY W H AT Y O U L O V E .”

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START B I G

Use whatever item you have centered over your mantel already a painting, mirror or even your TV - as the starting point.

FRESH IS BEST

Place heaps of fresh greenery across the mantel as a garland, and bunched in vases for interest. This is one time when more is more.

ADD SOME HEIGHT

Add height with candlesticks, vases of b ra n c h e s , a n d l a y e r e d signs on either side of the mantel.

PICK A TONE OR TWO

Use different shapes, textures, and scales to add interest but keep it within a tone or two. Think neutrals or even metallics.

HAVE SOME FUN

Add your own personal objects and mementos to spark joy. Maybe it’s your kids’ ukulele, or a potted plant from your bedroom. Think beyond standard Christmas decor and play with what you already have and love.

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“A P L A C E T O ESCAPE, TO B E C R E AT I V E , WILD AND F R E E .”

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Nubia Sofa

Denver Lamp & Pinebrook End Table

Escape

THE ORDINARY M A K I N G T H I S H O LY H O M E A FA M I LY H A V E N B Y L A DY H AY E S My husband and I run at the speed of light most days. When we thought about our dream home, we knew we wanted a place to escape, to be creative, wild and free, and a space to let our little girls watch a fire burn and g e t t h e i r f e e t d i r t y. S o , t u c k e d a w a y o n a q u i e t r o a d , i n a small village of 300 sits a turn of the century church and, well, we bought it! One of the first things we did to our space was renovate the upstairs loft which instantly became one of our favourite places in the church. We knew that turning the space into the living room would be perfect. I was especially eager to set up our Christmas tree and have our first holiday in the church. I originally imagined this space as a bedroom, but I wanted it to be a place we could all enjoy and get cozy in. Adding the Devina Daybed was a great way to make the best of both worlds. It’s the perfect spot to read, snuggle, and catch up on some quality zzz’s. .

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Baby’s Breath

Wreath DIY

FRESH & FESTIVE ADD WARMTH AND CHARM TO YO U R H O L I DAY H O M E W I T H A B A BY ’ S B R E AT H W R E AT H INSTRUCTIONS

CLICK HERE for the full tutorial

Explore Nature Enjoy the fresh crisp air with a stroll in the woods t o c o l l e c t l o n g , f l e x i b l e s t i c k s . T i g h t l y w ra p w i r e around the outside of the bundle, and bend and play with the sticks to form a circle. Secure by twisting t h e w i r e e n d s t o g e t h e r. Fa s h i o n a n d F l u f f Clip small bunches of baby’s breath and attach to t h e w r e a t h w i t h w i r e . Tu c k s n u g l y a n d f l u f f b a b y ’ s breath with your hands. Create a loop with wire and secure it to the top of the wreath to hang.

The Simmons Haley mattress was the perfect choice f o r o u r n e w d a y b e d . P l u s , i t h a s a 1 0 y e a r w a r ra n t y so it’ll see Goldie off to high school. Gulp.

Pinebrook Coffee Table Devina Twin Daybed in White Simmons Beautyrest Ultra Haley Firm Twin Mattress 13


Paint It Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65

Devina Twin Daybed in White Simmons Beautyrest Ultra Haley Firm Twin Mattress 14


SITTING PRETTY M A K E WAY F O R S E AT I N G T H AT E V E N SA N TA W I L L LOV E Fava Sofa T h e s o f a i s n ’ t j u s t a p l a c e t o s i t a n y m o r e ; i t ’ s a l s o w h e r e l i f e h a p p e n s . Fr o m t o d d l e r j u n g l e g y m t o l a u n d r y f o l d i n g station, to the occasional TV series binge, the sofa is the true hero of our living rooms.

Klein Sofa

Passerina Sofa

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Giovanna Sofa

Heritage Sofa


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I L LU S T R AT I O N BY A L E X P E R L I N Amid the hustle & bustle of gift shopping and house tidying, it’s easy to forget that Christmas is fleeting. The holidays are truly a happy season (hap-happiest, if you will) s o h e r e a r e s o m e e a s y w a y s t o m a k e t h o s e f e s t i v e f e e l s l a s t a l i t t l e b i t l o n g e r. 

P I C K U P H E L L O H O L I DAY & F I N D I N S P I R AT I O N 

M A I L O U T H O L I DAY C A R D S

BAKE COOKIES TOGETHER

See page 21 for ideas! GO FOR A DRIVE TO SEE

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS PERFORM ONE RANDOM

ACT OF KINDNESS MAKE A SNOW ANGEL

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M A K E A H O L I DAY C R A F T

Tr y t h e D I Y o n p a g e 2 7 ! BUILD A SNOWMAN

S TAY I N YO U R P J S A L L DAY

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MAKE A BLANKET FORT &

CAMP OUT IN THE LIVING ROOM H AV E A M OV I E M A R AT H O N

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G O I C E S K AT I N G G O TA B O G GA N I N G

D R I N K H OT C H O CO L AT E 

DECK THE HALLS

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Upton Slipper Chairs and Fava Sofa

Paint It Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

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hello sunshine! MAKEOVER WINNER!

Wellington Coffee Table and Fava Sofa

T he G R E AT E ST G I F T O F A L L S E E T H E T R A N S F O R M AT I O N O F O U R CO N T ES T W I N N E R S ’ L I V I N G S PAC E BY BETHANY AND ART For many people, the living room is the communal space where the best family moments happen. The Simms f a m i l y, t h e r e c i p i e n t s o f L e o n ’ s H e l l o S u n s h i n e s u r p r i s e makeover contest, have consciously created a televisionfree environment in their living spaces so they can focus on memory-making and good old fashioned down time.

new items, we created a custom built-in with Metrie products f o r G l e n ’ s v a s t b o o k c o l l e c t i o n . W e p a i r e d t h e i r Fa v a s o f a with the Wellington coffee table and side tables for game nights and easy puzzle constructing. Its simple lift top option w i l l a l s o a l l o w t h i s p i e c e t o e a s i l y t ra n s f o r m i n t o a n e l e v a t e d table for their holiday entertaining needs.

In order to give this deserving family a room that’s able to work and grow with them, we designed a space which included multifunctional furniture pieces that would stand the test of time. To create a blank canvas for all of their

In a home where family togetherness is at its centre, this combination space will undoubtedly be the background for w ra p p i n g p a p e r e x p l o s i o n s , e x c i t e d g i g g l e s , a n d a l l o f t h e f o n d c h i l d h o o d m e m o r i e s t h e g i r l s w i l l h o l d w i t h t h e m f o r e v e r. 18


Wellington Coffee Table

“A H O M E W H E R E F A M I LY T O G E T H E R N E S S I S A T I T S C E N T R E .” Charles Dining Room Set, Charles Dining Table

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A Toasty Treat ROASTED BALSAMIC CRANBERRY CROSTINI WILL BRING SW E E T & SAVO U RY TO YO U R H O L I DAY H O S T I N G P H O T O G R A P H Y A N D R E C I P E BY S T U D I O B I C Y C L E T T E

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2 tbsp melted butter 2 tbsp olive oil 1 french baguette, thinly sliced 1 ½ c u p s f r e s h c ra n b e r r i e s o r f r o z e n c ra n b e r r i e s , t h a w e d 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ cup sugar 1 small wheel triple cream brie Thyme, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Brush baguette slices with butter and olive oil, and roast for 12 minutes (turning once) in a 425 degree oven. M i x c ra n b e r r i e s , v i n e g a r, s u g a r a n d r o s e m a r y, a n d r o a s t o n b a k i n g s h e e t u n t i l c ra n b e r r i e s p o p . T o p b a g u e t t e s l i c e s w i t h b r i e , c ra n b e r r i e s a n d a sprig of thyme.

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KitchenAid Custom Panel-Ready 24” Dishwasher, KitchenAid Stainless Steel Slide-In Electric Convection Range

A PLACE FOR FESTIVE FEASTING WHERE SUGAR MEETS SPICE There’s no other room in the house where people love to gather as much as the kitchen and dining room. Preparing and sharing a meal with family and friends is about more than just eating; it’s how love and togetherness become a cherished ritual. So whether you’re enjoying a quiet breakfast for two or a holiday dinner for 20, consider every meal a special occasion in your home. 22


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Victoria Dining Table Victoria Arm Chair Carolyn Side Chairs

BY T H A L I TA A N D M A R Q U I S In our house, the kitchen is where we end up spending most of our time, whether it’s just the four of us, or we’re entertaining family and friends. Spending time around m y g ra n d p a r e n t s ’ t a b l e a s a c h i l d taught me that the time we spend around the table as a family is b o t h m e a n i n g f u l a n d impor t an t. W e decided to have our dining room as an extension of our kitchen s o t h e r e i s n o s e p a ra t i o n f r o m where the food is made and where it’s consumed. To inject a little personality into this room, we painted one accent wall in a large buffalo check pattern. We went for a sage green that can work regardless of s e a s o n ra t h e r t h a n t h e t ra d i t i o n a l black and white.

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Victoria Dining Table, Carolyn Side Chairs and Victoria Arm Chair T h e g r e y s t a i n o n t h e V i c t o r i a Ta b l e f e l t l i k e a g r e a t m a t c h f o r our black kitchen cabinets, and I was set on having a table with a n X- s h a p e d b a s e - w e n e e d a l l t h e s t a b i l i t y w e c a n g e t w i t h t w o ra m b u n c t i o u s t o d d l e r s r u n n i n g a l l a r o u n d i t ! Having this space finished means much more than just being able to have a pretty room - it means years of blowing birthday candles, Saturday morning breakfasts, and holiday dinners after which we can sit around the table for hours on end. Victoria 2-Piece China Cabinet - Grey 25


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KitchenAid Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator

Whirlpool Stainless Steel 30� 350 CFM Range Hood KitchenAid Stainless Steel Slide-In Electric Convection Range 27


T he WAY T O O U R H E A R T S IS THROUGH THE KITCHEN A S M A L L S PAC E W I T H BIG S HOE S TO FILL

BY J O A N N A Here’s a little secret: if I follow my heart it always leads me to the fridge! The kitchen is the true heart of our home and even if it’s as small as mine, it becomes even more important during the holiday season. To improve the function of this room, we revamped our outdated and mismatched appliances and added open shelving to this small space. T h e n e w ra n g e h a s a f e a t u r e t h a t I ’ v e a l w a y s d r e a m t o f : a b a k i n g d ra w e r. M y husband and I can finally bake cookies and roast the meat all at once, b o t h a t d i f f e r e n t t e m p e ra t u r e s . T h e KitchenAid fridge features an interior water dispenser and a full-width p a n t r y d ra w e r, g i v i n g u s m u c h - n e e d e d f r i d g e s t o ra g e s p a c e w i t h o u t t a k i n g u p too much room in our small space.

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Celebratory Sangria A S E AS O N A L S I P P E R F O R YO U R H O L I DAY S O I R É E S P H O T O G R A P H Y A N D R E C I P E BY S T U D I O B I C Y C L E T T E

INGREDIENTS:

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2 o ra n g e s , t h i n l y s l i c e d 1 bottle dry white wine ½ c u p w h i t e g ra p e j u i c e ½ cup sugar 1 c u p f r e s h c ra n b e r r i e s 3 s p r i g s o f f r e s h r o s e m a r y, ( p l u s e x t ra f o r g a r n i s h )

CLICK HERE for the full recipe

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TWICE AS NICE A C H ES T-T U R N E D - BA R C A RT T H AT W I L L H AV E YO U SHOUT I N G S I P S I P H O O R AY ! BOTTLES OF BUBBLES

Bubbly is the perfect way to celebrate with company.

SEEING RED (AND GOLD)

Seasonal eucalyptus & berries in green make great accents for pops of red & festive gold.

GLASS ON GLASS ON GLASS

Stack glassware to add height

KEEP IT FRESH

Herbs & fruit serve as great garnishes & decor

HIDE & SEEK

Make your decor the star of the show by tucking extra items in the drawers & cupboards for easy access

Visit us at leons.ca to see our wide selection of accent chests.

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DRE AM I N G OF A PERF ECT BED WHERE SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES DANCE IN OUR HEADS There’s no better place to unwind after a holiday soiree than a big, cozy bed. It also happens to be the best place for “just one more” story before bedtime. How can we say no to that?

Sunset Twin Headboard Charcoal Windchester Queen Storage Bed

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Pine Ridge Queen Bed

Skye Queen Upholstered Storage Bed

Sanford Queen Bed

Tressa Queen Bed


Pine Ridge Bed Slate and Pine Ridge Night Table

RESTING

DREAM WEAVER HERE’S TO YOU WAKING UP ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

The bedroom is a place for quiet retreat and peaceful slumber but most days it plays host to so much more. It serves as a m a k e s h i f t w ra p p i n g s t a t i o n , a n u n o f f i c i a l l i b ra r y f r o m t h a t w e l l - i n t e n t i o n e d b o o k c l u b , a n d a s a f e r e f u g e f r o m m o n s t e r s f o r the littlest of dreamers. More than a spot for sleeping, it’s where the sweetest moments are made.

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Simmons Beautyrest Ultra Trenton Plush King Mattress and Split Boxspring Set, Pine Ridge Bed Slate

Wood

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Simmons Beautyrest Ultra Trenton Plush King Mattress with Beautycool technology

Pine Ridge Night Table

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CLICK HERE for the full wood sign DIY


Pine Ridge Bed Slate, Simmons Beautyrest Ultra Trenton Plush King Mattress and Split Boxspring Set

Sleep Well

LIVE WELL A GROWN-UP BEDROOM T H AT’S S T I L L F I T F O R F A M I LY S N U G G L E S

BY COLLEEN Renovating a fixer upper has been one of the biggest adventures we’ve had as a couple - and we’d do it again in a heartbeat. But the busier life b e c a m e , t h e m o r e w e c ra v e d a r e t r e a t f r o m t h e chaos. One that is totally ‘adult’ and a quiet place to snuggle and read.

Pine Ridge Bed Slate

The Pine Ridge bed and nightstand totally t ra n s f o r m t h e s p a c e t o s o m e w h e r e w e l o v e t o b e a n d u p g ra d i n g t o a k i n g f r o m a q u e e n m e a n s enough room for the whole family to snuggle in the mornings (and sometimes the middle of the night). The Simmons Beautyrest Garrett means better sleep because of better support, Beautycool b r e a t h a b i l i t y, a n d l e s s t ra n s f e r o f m o v e m e n t . (I don’t feel him get up.) Just what we needed to make every minute of sleep count before baby number four joins us! Tr u e t o t h e r e s t o f t h e h o u s e , w e b r o u g h t C h r i s t m a s cheer into the space with fresh holiday greenery and hand-lettered DIY touches. Now the space is the perfect escape for me during kids’ naptime to read a book in peace. 34


Sweet Dreams Desk White

LITTLE

Space,

LOT OF CHEER P L AY R O O M , C R A F T R O O M , G U E S T R O O M, M AT H R O O M

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Sonah Full Sofa Bed

Sonah Full Sofa Bed

BY J O A N N A Living in a small home means that every space has a secret second function: our dining room table doubles a s m y w o r k & c ra f t s p a c e , t h e l i v i n g r o o m s e r v e s a s a yoga studio, and the kids’ playroom performs doubleduty as a guest room. Since the playroom is the only room in our home where we can invite guests to sleep, I needed this small space to work for both adult guests, my two kids and their many toys. The Sonah bed comfortably sleeps two adults without o v e r w h e l m i n g t h e s p a c e l i k e o u r p r e v i o u s s l e e p e r. W h e n we don’t have any guests, it’s the perfect spot for the girls to play with their toys and read long fairy tales. The Zoe bookcase is the perfect home for my daughters’ tiny dolls and figurines, and the Sweetdreams desk is t h e p e r f e c t p l a c e f o r m y o l d e r d a u g h t e r t o p a i n t , d ra w, and do homework.

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Sweetdreams Chest - White

WHEN ONE IS N OT

Enough

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Fa La La

Sweetdreams Twin Beds and Sweetdreams Night Table - White

Pillows

CLICK HERE for the full pillow tutorial

A S H A R E D S P A C E G I V E S R O O M F O R A S I S T E R LY B O N D T O G R O W BY J O A N N A One of the very best parenting decisions I’ve made is organizing a shared b e d r o o m f o r m y t w o d a u g h t e r s . Fr o m their sisterly bond to their bedtime routine, a shared bedroom has made a l l o f t h e s e e x p e r i e n c e s b e t t e r. T h e sense of calm they feel in their bedroom is a result of a design that is both f u n c t i o n a l a n d p r e t t y, w i t h o u t b e i n g over-stimulating. The Sweetdreams line of furniture will grow with my girls and their changing personalities and interests, and the twin beds we chose are big enough for a teen to sleep in, and comfortable enough to snuggle and r e a d b o o k s t o g e t h e r. By going with all white furniture, I can easily change accessories like pillows, prints and toys to give an all new vibe to their room. I know the quality and versatility of the furniture we chose will help it last for years to come.

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WHEN

Every Night

Common Twin Roller Bed, Sunset Twin Headboard Charcoal and Taylor Twin Bunk Bed

Paint It

Benjamin Moore Lafayette Green HC-135

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IS A S L U M B E R PA R T Y


SHARING A ROOM HAS NEVER BEEN MORE FUN Simmons Deep Sleep Ultra Jenna II Mattress and Boxspring Set

Pom Pom

Wreath

CLICK HERE for the full wreath tutorial Taylor Twin Bunk Bed BY C O L L E E N W h e n w e p u r c h a s e d o u r f i x e r u p p e r, w e h a d t w i n s u n d e r t h e a g e o f o n e a n d h a d n ’ t e v e n t h o u g h t o f a d d i n g t o o u r f a m i l y. N o w w i t h a f o u r t h b a b y on the way and the same square footage to work with, we chose to move a l l t h r e e o f o u r o l d e r k i d d o s i n t o t h e s a m e r o o m . I l o v e t h a t t h e Ta y l o r bunk bed not only offers all the thrills of going to summer camp but is solid wood, and will last until the youngest of the kids is grown. My best tips for a shared space for both boys and girls is to keep it n e u t ra l a n d a d d p e r s o n a l t o u c h e s w i t h t h e p a t t e r n a n d t e x t u r e o f y o u r linens. Think ruched bedding and pom pom pillows for something soft a n d s w e e t , a n d l u m b e r j a c k- i n s p i r e d c h e c k a n d w i l d a n i m a l s f o r a bolder look. When it came to selecting a mattress, we wanted not only a snuggly mattress that the kids would want to snuggle up on, but also one that would provide proper support for their growing bodies. The Jenna II from Simmons is not only affordable, but it will adjust and conform to their changing height and weight for many years to come. 40


BeautyCool Crib Mattress Cover, Cameron Convertible Crib and Lullaby Crib Mattress

Baby

IT’S WARM IN HERE

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DiCarlo Power Recliner - Beige

C R E AT I N G A C O Z Y SPACE FOR THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER B Y T H A L I TA Dave and Joy are two people who’ve inspired and motivated me, and I’ve watched them parent their two children, Ben and Aria, in such a gentle and l o v i n g w a y. W h e n t h e y t o l d u s t h e y w e r e e x p e c t i n g their third baby (another girl!), we were ecstatic and quickly began working on a plan to makeover their space. With Dave being a master of all things building and renovating, we decided to create an accent wall with a material that can grow with their little girl - shiplap. We added some new baseboards, casings and crown moulding which we painted in Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. The Cameron Contour Convertible Crib, Dresser and Changer Top are pieces that are meant to be around for a long time. The crib can eventually become a toddler bed, a daybed, and a full-sized bed, so it can really g r o w w i t h t h i s b a b y.

Cameron Convertible Crib, Lullaby Crib Mattress

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Paint it

Benjamin Moore Simply White 2143-70

Cameron Changer Top, Cameron Dresser

Lullaby Crib Mattress, BeautyCool Crib Mattress Cover

Mixing and matching pieces was key to making this room come together so that it felt collected and a part of the h o m e . J o y a n d I a d d e d a s i m p l e w r e a t h a n d o l d w i n d o w, and a sweet friend made a quilt that perfectly fits the colours we chose for the space. Using pre-existing things a n d h a n d m a d e p i e c e s m a k e s t h e s p a c e e x t ra s p e c i a l . We were so thrilled to find out Leon’s had a variety of crib mattresses and covers to choose from – like this Simmons Beautycool cover that not only keeps the mattress clean and d r y, b u t a l s o h e l p s r e g u l a t e t h e b a b y ’ s t e m p e ra t u r e a l l n i g h t l o n g . Tra n s l a t i o n : m o r e s l e e p f o r m o m a n d d a d .

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Glennon Accent Cabinet in Weathered White

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ORGANIZE WITH ABANDON Experiencing the overwhelming amount of things a b a b y n e e d s c a n b e s o d a u n t i n g , e v e n i f t h e y a r e t i n y. CLICK HERE for our tips on keeping those important baby things organized.

Get Organized

Baby

H OW T O

Harlan End Table

Cameron Convertible Crib

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T he Sweetest Tradition

O N E F A M I LY ’ S C L A S S I C H O L I D AY R E C I P E W I T H A M O D E R N T W I S T R E C I P E A N D P H O T O G R A P H Y BY T H E PA R T Y PA R A D E W e k n o w t h e h o l i d a y s e a s o n h a s a r r i v e d w h e n t h e r i c h s c e n t o f G ra n d m a J o s e p h i n e ’ s delicious almond cake fills the kitchen. Every year our family waits for a taste of this w a r m T o r t a d i M a n d o r l a s t ra i g h t f r o m t h e o v e n . S h e m a k e s h e r b u n d t c a k e w i t h a c l a s s i c r o y a l i c i n g d r i p , s o w e d e c i d e d t o h o n o u r t h e s i m p l i c i t y o f h e r t ra d i t i o n w h i l e a d d i n g a f u n a n d m o d e r n t o p p e r t o m a k e i t e x t ra b e a u t i f u l .

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GRANDMA’S ALMOND CAKE TO RTA D I M A N D O R L A

For the cake, you will need: • 2 1/3 c u p s g r o u n d a l m o n d s • 13/4 c u p s o f s u g a r • 1 5 0 g ra m s o f s a l t e d b u t t e r a t r o o m t e m p e ra t u r e • 11/2 c u p s o f a l l p u r p o s e f l o u r • 7 e g g s , y o l k & w h i t e s s e p a ra t e d • B e r t o l i n i L i e v i t o Va n i g l i n a t o 16 g ra m P a c k e t ( Va n i l l a F l a v o u r i n g ) • 1 shot of run F o r t h e c a k e d e c o r, y o u w i l l n e e d : • 1 mini gingerbread house kit • 2 cups of icing sugar • 1/4 c u p m e l t e d b u t t e r • 2 tablespoons tbsp of half & half • 1 teaspoon vanilla • Fr e s h o r d r i e d g r e e n s & f l o w e r s

1 . B a k e c a k e a c c o r d i n g t o G ra n d m a J o s e p h i n e ’ s r e c i p e . F o r t h e f u l l r e c i p e v i s i t l e o n s . c a / h e l l o h o l i d a y. 2. While your cake is in the oven, build your mini gingerbread house according to box instructions 3 . M a k e a p o w d e r e d s u g a r g l a z e b y s i f t i n g i c i n g s u g a r, a n d m i x i n g i n t h e m e l t e d b u t t e r. S t i r u n t i l c o m b i n e d , t h e n a d d half and half and vanilla until smooth. 4. Once cake has cooled, pour glaze over bundt cake. 5. After the glaze has dried, place your gingerbread house on the cake and embellish with greens and flowers.

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Little spaces, lots of cheer. A guide for your happy holiday home.

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