You can see below that all it takes are a few accessories which really won’t break the bank but will bring a great deal of satisfaction to you. It will feed that crave you have for change after a long cold winter! A change is as good as a rest after all!!
I used some of the fantastic new accessories available for the 2013 Spring/Summer Season from House Warmings to give one sofa and coffee table two completely different looks.
The first look is all about natural textures with a calming palette, from the coarse weave of the rope mirror to the smooth finish of the marble coffee table top. The fish add depth to the look and the white vase punctuates all the natural materials with a clean crispness.
The second look also has a lot of texture on the beaded toss cushions and the art gives a sense of movement but the main thing you notice from this look is the sparkle and smoothness of the metal finishes as well as pops of various shades of bright blue which creates a lively, fun look to enjoy!
Try it yourself, you might be surprised how much fun you have and how creative you can be!
The sense of smell is our most primitive sense, the one most closely related to emotions. Come in and savour the new scents in the Illume line of products. We have Pineapple Cilantro, Desert Tulip and Cactus Verde. They will be sure to evoke feelings of happiness and renewal as we approach the spring season.
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!
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!
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.
Makes 12 mini cups
Preparation Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour refrigeration / no cooking time!
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.
If you are in need of a place for Santa to leave some wonderful treats, this is one of my favourite stockings of all time. It’s a beautiful grey knit with red felt hearts and a grey and white ticking on the toe. They are truly delightful and only $17.00 each.
I have two favourite ornaments this year, these gorgeous aqua coloured glass are one of them. They come in several different shapes, including a wonderful oversized version. The smallest one is $5.00, the cone shaped $9.00 and the largest version is $15.00. If you are looking to inject a little colour into your Christmas decor, this fresh blue tone is fabulous!
Here is my second favourite ornament. It comes in both silver and the wonderful muted gold that is shown here. These lovely treasures open and have a beautifully scented sachet inside. They would also be perfect for giving a small gift in. They come in two sizes, the smallest is $13.00 and the largest in $17.00.
This set of three French milled soaps come in the most beautiful box, and the scents are glorious. There is Vanilla Orange, Ginger Rosewood, and Currant & Cassis. They are a lovely gift for the person who has everything and the box of three is $42.00.
Another wonderful gift for the holiday season is this beautifully packaged candle. The glass jar has a lovely “winter nest” theme, and the fragrance is delightful. It retails for $34.00.
Tis the season…to come up with fun and unique gift ideas for the person who has everything! Hope this will help!
These luxurious linen hand towels are my go to gift! They come in natural and white with beautifully embroidered monograms, they are only $24.00 each. Pair them with a wonderfully fragrant guest soap and you have a great gift for around $30.00
Crazy for Cupcakes? Who isn’t? Here are some great cupcake themed gifts including notebook sets that are 4 for $18.95, Silicone Flower Baking Cups for $15.00, Dark Chocolate Cupcake Mix with a Raspberry Lemon Glaze for $12.00, or a two tiered Cupcake Stand for $25.00. We also have the “Hummingbird Bakery” Cupcake Cookbook for $23.95. I visited the actual “Hummingbird Bakery” when I was in London this summer and it is as delightful as you might think it is!
This is one of my favourite new candle lines, these “Library” candles are made by Paddywax, and they are perfect for the book lover! The soywax candles come in travel tins for $9.00 or glass jars for $25.00. They also have a fragrance diffuser in each scent for $29.00. Scents include the “Walt Whitman”, which has hints of grass, thyme and red clover, the “Edgar Allan Poe” which is fragranced with cardamom, absynth, and sandalwood , the “Jane Austen” which has a more feminine note that includes gardenia, tuberose and jasmine, and finally the “Charles Dickens” which has a holiday scent that is a combination of tangerine, juniper and clove.
This inspirational book is dedicated to those who live in the moment, who are commited to living their lives on purpose. It’s a wonderful compilation of quotes and inspirations, its simply titled “be” and it retails for $19.00. It is the perfect gift idea for almost anyone!
This wonderful selection of specialty serving pieces will add elegance to any table. They include a lovely condiment bowl for $47.00, a butter dish for $59.00 and my favourite, the cheese dome for $80.00. There are more pieces to this collection, come in to House Warmings and see the many possibilities.
House Warmings is a family run business which has been in Oakville for almost seventeen 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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