My lifestyle blog has been a long time in the making. You can’t imagine how much I thought about this very moment. Making notes, collecting information, I’ve thought about it forever! So here it is finally! This month I wanted to begin with my favourite ways to decorate. Simple ways to make any room have meaning and beauty. Timeless and elegant. The art of keeping things simple.
I really don’t like the idea of clutter so I always eliminate before I decorate. I buy fewer, but nonetheless beautiful pieces, rather than lots of little things. I always start with books. A home without books is a home without a soul. I don’t have a rule what you should buy, but it should be whatever speaks to you and moves you. It could be your favourite painter, artist, architect, photographer or fashion designer. Books inspire us, change us, and make us better. I can’t think of any other object that does that. They are my must-have accessory. I have them all over the place.
There is nothing more beautiful than walking into a room to find fresh flowers. They can really transform any space. I’m always drawn to white, pink and fuschia. Right now I’m absolutely obsessed with Magnolia branches….anything that blooms from a branch. If you purchase Magnolia branches in early April they can last well over a month until they bloom in May.
Throws can make any room feel comfortable and cozy. In the winter you can use thick cable knits, and switch to lightweight wools in the summer. A very simple way to add color.
I admit I’m a major candle junkie. My all time favorite brand is Diptyque. They are legendary makers of luxury scented candles, and when I light mine I always feel a little bit of Paris at home. I have one in almost every room. You can create an alluring environment with candles, and they can last forever if you use them wisely. I only burn mine for about 30 minutes – usually before entertaining so the house smells amazing. You can find a big selection here in Toronto at Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street. I also discovered Quintessence, a Paris-based perfumerie from Advice from A Caterpillar. These candles come in various fragrances, but my favourite is Aiguille Rouge. When I finish mine, I recycle the containers and refill them with disposable tea lights. They make for a perfect candlelit dinner.
In my next post I will be meeting with my local farmer and will share one of the easiest, most delicious (my all-time favourite!) no-fail roasted chicken recipe.