Holiday Gift Guide: Natural Treasures

Natural treasures from the earth make harmonious accessories for the home. At my favourite store in London - Anthropologie - I was swooning over the lustre of mineral home accessories and bar essentials to step up your Christmas entertaining. I literally wanted everything! Geodes, marble and capiz shell are used in the design of precious gifts and utensils. Beautiful gifts for others or yourself that will make you the hostess with the mostess this year. But I also spotted beautiful ceramics and … [Read more...]

Decorate for a Party

What I love most about the holiday season is that I get to organize and host so many parties. Besides Christmas and New Years Eve, December is also my birth month. Entertaining is definitely one of my  favourite things to do. Whether it is a Christmas party, a Chinese New Year party, or a Valentine's Day high tea, I always find a reason to host a festive gathering. So when I heard that Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring published a book about decorating for a party, I was beyond excitement, and … [Read more...]

Homemade with Love: a Cozy Christmas gift basket

Instead of showing up with a bottle of wine, flowers or a box of chocolate, why not make a nice hostess gift basket? I just love to select products, make or bake something, and personalize a basket in a specific theme or colour palette. Last weekend I went to Hannover and created this gift basket for the hostess, Holly Becker. It has a Cozy Christmas theme with a pink colour palette. Here's what I put in the basket: a mug a small jar with roasted almond tea with a self crafted … [Read more...]

Homemade with Love: Fall Favours for the Hostess

Are you going to friends or family this weekend?  Then why not bring something homemade for the hostess? Earlier this year I showed you how to make a French inspired homemade gift basket with baguette and goat cheese balls (click here). Today I'll show you another theme to use for your hostess gift basket. Since it's still autumn, why not use seasonal sweets? I baked a small apple-blackberry cake as in last week's recipe, and wrapped it in baking sheet with string and pink autumn … [Read more...]