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A Giveaway! 5 Easy Steps to Achieve Cozy in Your Home #AD @YEGHomeShows

I’m so excited to partner up with the Edmonton Renovation Show and Revolve to talk all things cozy in the home decor department. I definitely feel the pull to bring in cozy pieces into our home once we hit the first snow fall. It’s easily one of my favourite design tips for the winter months and I know you’ve seen me chat at length about it before. But a little knew fact about me, I actually practice the art of Hygge all year round. If you haven’t heard of this design trend, it’s easy to think about it in 3 simple ways: make your home cozy, inviting and comfortable. Leading with that feeling of cozy, it’ll feel make your decor inviting for guests and invoke that happily STAY home to relax mentality. Kira - Jan 14 2019 025 Kira - Jan 14 2019 026 Kira - Jan 14 2019 027 Kira - Jan 14 2019 028

There are 5 easy items you can work into a room to create a Hygge inspired design: cushy pillows, candles, soft or furry blankets/throws, plush rugs and fireplaces.

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What I love about The Art of Cozy is that it’s simple and easy. Blankets, pillows, and throws can easily be changed out throughout the year to switch up a colour palette for a room. Candles can immediately have an impact just with scent memory alone. I love to do floral in the warmer months and spicy for masculine scents in the winter like Balsam. Most people look at the concept of the fireplace as a main obstacle to achieve that cozy cabin feeling. But there are so many faux plug in options available these days at almost any price point. And my favourite c out effect trick, wood wick candles will give off the glow, scent and sounds of a burning fireplace. You get that crackle for a fraction of the price.

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I love attending the Renovation Show each year. It can give you both small refresh ideas or connect you with contractors for big home building projects. To find more inspiration on adding the perfect cozy elements into your home, visit the Cabin Fever feature designed by Revolve Furnishings, also inspired by Hygge decor. I’m giving away a few pairs of tickets on Instagram, head over to my feed and look for one of these photos to enter.

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A traditional take on Holiday décor || Red || #AD #myCANVASstyle #CTChristmas

Here is my final holiday home reveal of the season. With December here in full swing, I’ve finished my decorating for the season with A LOT of help from Canadian Tire. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I love this Canadian retailer. Supporting Canadian brands is very important to me as a main theme of my blog messaging throughout the years. This is why I’m so excited to share our dining room and mantel space with almost EVERYTHING from Canadian Tire’s CANVAS Collection. They have a wide assortment of stylish, on-trend décor to make your Christmas feel fabulous. What I love about holiday decor shopping with Canadian Tire most? They organize décor in colour coordinated aisles! That’s right! You pick the colour trend that you are feeling for your home, and browse that aisle for all your holiday needs in one spot. It takes out the guess work and you don’t need to be an interior designer to put together a trendy look. From entertaining needs to this year’s must-have toys, to of course, holiday décor, Canadian Tire is truly Canada’s Christmas Store and I’m so excited to share this partnership with you.

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CANVAS Galvanized Potted Tree Mug, 24-in (Favourite Item Alert) || CANVAS Noel Felt Decorative Cushion

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CANVAS Stripe Knit Stocking || CANVAS Red Nordic FA LA LA Banner (Only $10!) || Antler Stocking Hook (In-store Find)

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NOMA Outdoor Christmas Fairy Lights || CANVAS Assorted Lanterns, 22-in || CANVAS bows and ribbons for presents (In-store Finds)

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CANVAS Red Natural Acorn & Pinecone Set

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NOMA Pre-Lit Berry Flocked Festive Wreaths

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We have the tradition of setting up a Christmas Village every year in our dining room. Each week in December we pull a house out of storage and add to our little holiday town. The kids love to look into the windows and see what the family is up to. We found this cute Yoga studio at Canadian Tire to start off our set up this year.

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Holiday Family Traditions || #hannaJams #giveaway #gotitfree

I said to my husband two years ago that I was feeling like we didn’t have many holiday traditions. I loved growing up with consistent events and activities this time of year. It was something I looked forward to and now look back fondly on. From Christmas morning hikes, to oranges as the final piece to our stocking; I loved the little festive details my parents created. When Ally was born, I would consider our first Christmas as a family a completely write off. He was only a few months old and I was just trying to survive the new born exhaustion. But now that the kids are getting bigger we wanted to start our family traditions for them.

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One of the traditions I loved is our Christmas Eve Pyjamas. Each year in the evening on the brink of Christmas day, we let the kids open one family gift. It’s always new matching family jams. We then lounge together. I love this holiday tradition. The cozy feeling, matching makes us feel like a unit and it helps to transition to bedtime!

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Thank you Hanna Anderson for sending us this matching set. They are such great quality. I will say, that has been one of the struggles this fast year is a) trying prints in all sizes b) finding material that I’m actually okay with on my kids sensitive skin. Hanna is by far the softness and most durability family jams I’ve tried. Plus they are crafted with the very best organic cotton.

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It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! || Holiday Home Tour #cbhometour

It’s one of my favourite posts of the year in the home decor department. It’s holiday home tour time! Before we get started I just wanted to thank Shannon of Home Made Lovely and Christina of The DIY Mommy for organizing this home tour every year! I find it so inspiring to see everyone’s seasonal takes on home and style. Be sure to follow along at the end of my tour to catch a glimpse into several beautiful homes from bloggers all across Canada.

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Now it’s time to tour all of the other beautiful homes in the Christmas Canadian Bloggers Home Tour hop this season!

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DIY White Christmas Village || How to paint your way to a minimalist holiday

When I first shared this concept on my Instagram Stories in October, I had tons of interest in how it went but I also got a handful of concerns. So I thought I’d address those right off the hop, no I am not painting family heirlooms or priceless collectables. We do have a lite Christmas village that I would never think of painting and YES it’s my biggest pet peeve when influencers paint everything white… including things that are of value or priceless vintage finds. I assure you these houses are cheap and not collectable! With that being said, let’s chat about my DIY spray painted white minimalist christmas village project. When I say more neutral houses spring onto the decor scene last year from Pottery Barn and Homesense, I knew they would fit our mantel so well. BUT the price tag was too steep and unfortunately they didn’t go on major clearance after the holidays last year. So I decided to find a few cheap tea light christmas houses from Kajiji to paint myself. I bought these for $5 and under… but I know if i had been proactive I could have probably found a few in garage sales over the summer for less. Less detailed options can sometimes be found at your local Dollar Store too.

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I used half a can of Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2X in a flat white / satin finish. I felt not using gloss kept them more modern and minimal in appearance but that’s just my preference. These are sprayed in “blossom white” or a flat white. 2 coats were applied.

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