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House & Home December 2014

Each issue, you'll tour beautiful homes, discover exciting new stores and products and be inspired by decorating advice from design authority Lynda Reeves, editor Beth Hitchcock and a host of talented designers and stylists. Get House & Home digital magazine subscription today for DIY projects, recipes and tips on entertaining, and meet the hottest designers making news.

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party principles

Over the years, I’ve been to my share of parties — everything from intimate picnic weddings in Creemore, Ont., to jam-packed galas in Paris. While the over-the-top events with impeccably timed service and dramatic settings are impressive, they don’t always translate to meaningful memories. The parties where I’ve had the most fun have had one thing in common: they happen at my best friend Melanie Dunkelman’s house. She’s a seasoned caterer, so, yes, she knows what she’s doing. But in her spare time, she still has the energy to throw great parties for her friends, and her annual Hanukkah party is one I look forward to all year. What I’ve learned from watching Mel in action is that she doesn’t sweat the small stuff. She keeps it intimate with a no-fuss,…

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CHANTAL BRAGANZA Writer, “Mountain Time” (page 84) How do you entertain over the holidays? We throw a party called “Princemas.” We’ll make appetizers and mulled wine, and play Prince albums. At holiday parties, I sip on... my family is half Mexican, so I grew up drinking agua de Jamaica (hibiscus tea). When brewed with fruit, a stick of cinnamon and rum, it’s this wonderful agreement between a hot toddy and sangria! DONNA GRIFFITH Photographer, “Rustic Refinement” (page 92) How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve? We have a neighbourhood “progressive party.” We go from home to home, eating and drinking along the way. It peaks at midnight with raucous bagpipes playing in the street. The perfect winter day is spent… at a cottage up north in front of a roaring fire. What’s your…

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your letters our readers have their say.

For more letters: I love your magazine. It’s a constant source of ideas. In your September issue’s “Editor DIY” section, you featured a simple ladder made of dowels and copper hardware intended for hanging anything. Smart, inexpensive and attractive! —ANNE CASTLE I’m finding the decorator ideas and accessories you show in H&H too highend for a middle-class budget. Could you run some ideas for budget decorating? And don’t any of the designers watch TV? Some living room decorating suggestions would be interesting for those of us who don’t have separate rec or media rooms. — KAREN HOVEY I was thrilled to see (on that Suzanne Dimma loved Farrow & Ball’s Ocelot wallpaper enough to give it pride of place in her powder room. I did exactly the same thing when we renovated last…

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style files

GOTTA HAVE IT Arranged together or apart, nesting tables elegantly transform into a bar, snack stand or gift table, so you’re always ready to welcome guests. STOREWATCH CELADON COLLECTION GIVES ITS TRAD-MODERN MIX A SLEEK NEW SETTING. FIND IT: 170 rue Peel, Montreal (514) 932-3306 or HISTORY: When Celadon opened in Griffintown over a decade ago, its refined furniture, lighting and accessories quickly made it a mecca for Montreal’s design lovers. This fall, co-owners Roy Caro and Scott Yetman moved the store to a larger, sleeker whitewashed space (shared with a new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store) in the same neighbourhood, where chic condos have started popping up alongside century-old buildings. STYLE: The son of an interior designer, Caro developed an eye for design early. Today, regular jaunts back to his native Madrid inspire…

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what’s your style?

AN ELEGANT BAR CART FROM HOMESENSE IS AN ENTERTAINING ESSENTIAL. DESIGN BLOGGER MARIE-EVE BEST SHOWCASES ITS VERSATILITY TWO WAYS. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE? PRETTY & LAYERED Graphic prints and unexpected textures create an artful mix. “This vignette was inspired by some of my fashion-forward friends who make entertaining look effortless,” says Marie-Eve. “I could see them turning a bar cart into a theatrical dessert table. ” Art from $19.99 (compare at $35 and up). Wreaths from $19.99 (compare at $35 and up). Teacups and saucers from $5.99/set (compare at $12 and up). All from HomeSense. See online for more. BOLD & CULTURED Rich jewel tones, plush surfaces and dapper details evoke a lounge-like vibe. “I picture a cool couple living here,” says Marie-Eve. “They’d serve guests classic cocktails from their bar cart, which doubles as…

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party on!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 3-D paper shapes, fishing line, ribbon, crepe paper A friend of mine had already taken down her Christmas decorations and was looking for something to dress up her front hall for a New Year’s party. So I helped put up a paper garland on the stairs to set the tone for her soirée. It was fun, festive and, most importantly, dead easy. Here’s how we did it: 1. Pick out paper shapes Select four or five 3-D paper shapes in three or four colours. We used grey diamonds and globes, white globes and snowflakes, and gold and silver pompoms. The metallic tones add subtle shine (and could work as both Christmas and New Year’s decorations, if you’d rather decorate just once). 2. Form shapes and tie to banister Take the…