I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the number of you who bought my White is Complicated, A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White eBook in the past two days since I launched it!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it makes all my hard work for this launch so worth it!
Your emails and feedback have been so much fun to read! Onto my holiday tour!
I have had this tiny figurine (below) that I inserted into the gingerbread house in my kitchen last year since I was a little girl, isn’t she adorable?
The Best Trim Colours NOT Cloud White was one of the first posts I wrote the weekend I started writing my blog in November 2008. In December 2008, Brett Walther mentioned it on Style at Home’s blog when he was an editor there. Now he’s the Home & Garden Director at Canadian Living and last year when I decorated my house for Christmas, Brett and the team at Canadian Living accepted the photos for Christmas this year!
It’s kind of fitting that my house has just come out in the magazine along with my eBook launch!
That was why you didn’t get the tour last year for the holidays!
I am so grateful and honoured to everyone at Canadian Living for including me in this issue.
And you can do it too! I am including some tips throughout this post if you’d like to get your holiday decor published!
If you look closely, you can see the Spring decor in the small photo in the bottom corner above and below:
Of course, that tour was the condensed version, here are the photos!
Welcome to my home! I’m so delighted that you have stopped by to visit!
My green front door, get the colour here.
My raspberry drapes really fit into the holiday colour scheme!
1. Open up the magazine you like and hire one of the photographers whose work regularly appears in the magazine. Tracey Ayton’s work is regularly in both Style at Home and Canadian Living, and she shoots without using a single light. Using aperture only. Gorgeous.
2. Spend an entire day or more meticulously wrapping and arranging boxes with wonderful ribbon and ornaments. Such an easy–and inexpensive–way to add colour and holiday cheer!
3. Colourful ornaments in vessels always look good.
4. It’s not hard to attach bunches of ornaments to a garland around your mantle. I posted about this last year when I was decorating here.
I’m always a sucker for a cute face! That’s how these owls ended up as part of my holiday decor!
5. Set your table as if you were about to serve dinner. Go OVER the TOP!
6. Don’t forget, fresh flowers! Nothing dresses up a table like flowers, One of the first posts I wrote the same weekend I started blogging was about the difference between flowers or not ages ago, here.
7. Beautifully wrapped gifts underneath the tree are also a must! Unless you can think of something else creative!
8. Last year I posted a tour of my friend Rebecca’s house and she had whipped up this gingerbread house for her decorations. She generously donated it to me for my photo shoot. You’ll see it in hers right here. It adds just the right touch of festive to my kitchen!
These glittery santa boots I bought last year, I insert glasses in them with water to hold holiday greenery.
I seem to have accumulated quite the collection of white porcelain animals. The penguins are perfect here, watching over the gingerbread homes.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Thank you so much for supporting me by buying my eBook!! xoxo Maria
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