Simple Scandinavian Style

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By Michele Hatziioannou
Here is a design trend we are LOVING at House Warmings right now…its actually nothing new, but today we are calling it “Simple Scandinavian”.  Creating the Simple Scandinavian style in your home involves some extreme editing!  Get rid of your clutter, and only display items that help to create the feel of a pared down space where you can breathe and live simply.  The Simple Scandinavian style includes bright white walls, and often white floors.  There is usually a mix of light and dark, and often an organic texture thrown into the mix.  This style also mixes items from different eras, and something distressed or aged will juxtaposes the clean lines and matte finishes.  This is what makes this style so fresh and interesting.  Here are some “inspiration” pictures to give you the general feel:
Photos:  Line This Klein, Styling by Helen Wiggers via Stylefiles
And here are some pieces that we have at House Warmings that can help you create the Simple Scandinavian look in your home:
 
Yasmine Buffet – The mix of white and the organic nature of the wood give this piece amazing character, the clean lines of the hardware are also a nice feature
Alban Chair – This gorgeous chair comes as shown, but also in white with the natural rattan seat
Alamo Table – Pair a rustic, but clean lined table like this with the Ray Chair below
Ray Chair
 
Pierced Metal Light Fixture – The simple, industrial feel of this fixture would be perfect in a dining or living room
Mercer Sofa – Pair this sofa with a the Millwright Coffee Table to give your room the same feel as the inspiration photo above
Millwright Coffee Table
Vintage Lounge – If you have an empty corner of a living room or bedroom, this lounge is hard to resist
So grab some white paint, get rid of all the clutter, invest in a couple of classic pieces of furniture and enjoy the benefits of living your life in Simple Scandinavian style.
 

Home Comforts

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By Karen Calistan

Now that the holiday season is over for another year and there’s snow on the ground I can’t think of a better time to nestle in your home and invite your girlfriends over for a tea tasting experience they will hopefully never forget!

 

Tea sampling kits are available through House Warmings. One of our favorite suppliers is “Sloane Fine Tea Merchants”, www.sloanetea.com.

 

The Sloane story is about beauty as told through the senses of taste, smell and sight. Sloan’s signature line of teas and tisanes (herbal teas) combine the finest loose leaf teas, exotic ingredients and artisanal techniques. The teas are sourced and blended by certified Tea Sommeliers from around the world!

 

Why not present your tea on a beautiful tray of your choice and ask your girlfriends to each bring their own tea cup and saucer, each will have a story of it’s own for them to share. When not drinking the tea you can use a vintage inspired tea pot or sugar bowl for other decorative purposes in the home whether on a kitchen shelf, placed in a built-in or as a decorative grouping on a dining room buffet as shown below.

 

 

 

IT’S GOOD FOR YOU TOO!

  • Calorie Free
  • 
Free of additives and preservatives
  • Low in caffeine
  • Naturally rich in antioxidants
  • 
Every cup of tea provides the body
with natural
compounds that have disease-fighting potential.

Karen Calistan is a designer at House Warmings – www.housewarmings.ca@HouseWarmingsMH

The Wonderful Anticipation

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By Jill Twerdun

“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.”   Andy Warhol

 

Receiving a gift is a wonderful feeling we can all appreciate, and it means so much more when its unexpected or without reason.  Have you ever needed to get a gift for someone who has everything or needed a gift for a very special person or client, but have no idea where to start?  What about a gift that just keeps on giving?  Whether its for a birthday, anniversary, special occasion or client gift, a monthly gift subscription is an ideal gift.  Who wouldn’t want to feel special and appreciated every month?

 

We have decided that this really would be an excellent gift and are so excited to introduce our monthly gift box subscription.  Each month the recipient will receive a specially picked surprise from House Warmings.  These gifts don’t require you to ship anything , wrap anything, or really even worry if its a last minute shopping kind of thing.  We will take care of it.   It will be selected, wrapped and delivered for you.

 

 

Imagine the anticipation every month when the next gift box arrives.  Lifting off the lid of the beautiful box to find another delightful  treasure.  You will remind that person how special they are, or that client how much you appreciate them.  Let us help you to make that impression and allow your thoughtfulness to linger.

 

Now, you are wondering what could this possibly cost?  We offer  three different gift box choices.  The Bliss Box @ $500 and the Joy Box @ $300 for  a 12 month subscription or the Cheer Box @ $150 for a 6 month subscription.

RECIPES

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NadineMini Crudite Cups with Peppery Dill Dresing

(Compliments of Nadine Hughes – www.nadinehughes.com)

Makes 12 mini cups

Preparation Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour refrigeration / no cooking time!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 3.5 ounces (or a scant half cup) of milk
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 huge garlic clove, minced well
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped Italian leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon medium grind cracked black pepper, adjust to taste

Selection of raw and blanched vegetables of your choice (carrot, celery, snow peas, red pepper, asparagus, green bean)

 

 

For the dressings, in a small cup, combine the milk and lemon juice and let rest for 5 minutes.

 

In a medium size bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonaise, garlic, dill and parsley. Add the milk and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper and taste. Adjust seasoning as desired.

 

Pour into a jar and refrigerate at least an hour before serving. I recommend making this the day before to allow the flavours to really incorporate.

 

Wash, peel and cut vegetables (blanch any such as green bean or asparagus for 2 minutes in boiling salted water).

 

To serve, place a tablespoon of dressing in 12 small cups and divide vegetables amongst them equally.

House Warmings is a family run business which has been in Oakville for twenty one years. We have a wonderful variety of furniture and home decor products, all selected to create a warm and inviting environment in your home.

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