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Looking for a new art piece for a particular spot in your home?  Come in and see our new selection of art work from Leftbank Art (   Their attention to detail and quality drive the manufacturing and creation of their artwork.  They are truly “one-of-a-kind” pieces.

Tree Pic

Boat Pic

Nude PicBlue GlassSoda Pic

Time for a change

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by Karen Calistan
Does it matter that Mother Nature is reluctant to give up old man winter?  Not in the world of Interior Design.  We can move ahead and infuse our homes with spring or summer colours and textures without her!

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!


Illuminate your Senses

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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.

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Custom Embroidered Linen Toss Cushions

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Custom Embroidered Toss Cushions

13″ x 20″ toss cushion in 100% Italian Linen.

Comes with 2 lines of print embroidered in black.

They are perfect for celebrating a Wedding, Anniversary, Bridal Shower or House Warming and a great value at $64 per cushion.

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”,


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.





  • 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 –

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.


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NadineMini Crudite Cups with Peppery Dill Dresing

(Compliments of Nadine Hughes –

Makes 12 mini cups

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



  • 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.

Christmas Favourites…

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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.

Gift Ideas!

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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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