12 Trees of Christmas 2012
November 17 – December 9, 2012
Home & Garden Director
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Warm Welcome: Gold spray painted pineapples
It’s no wonder traditional textiles and architectural accents were rife with pineapple motifs – as the universal symbol of hospitality, the pineapple represents warm welcomes and elegant entertaining. What better way to greet guests than with a row of the friendly fruit, glammed out in a coat of mirror-finish gold spray-paint? Grocery store décor never looked so luxe!
Premium 18 kt. Gold Plate spray-paint, $5 per 227g can, krylon.ca. Ornamental Mouldings Cartier mantel kit, $229, homedepot.ca.
All Wrapped Up: Ribbon-wrapped Parsons chair
Give a plain Parsons chair a very merry makeover by running horizontal and vertical bands of ribbon across the chair back. Fix the ribbon in place at the upholstery seams with barely-there t-pins.
Henriksdal chair in white with slipcover in Gobo White, $80, ikea.ca.
Shake Things Up: DIY salt and pepper shakers
Individual salt and pepper shakers at each place setting may seem like an over-the-top indulgence, but these do-it-yourself models have modest beginnings. Unscrew the metal lids from clean, dry single-serving glass jam jars, and punch holes through the top with a power drill. Fill the jars with salt and pepper, replace the lids, and elevate your dining table to a new level of elegance.
Organic cotton fabric in Avocado Green, $16 per yard, tonicliving.com.
Take Your Seat: Pinecone Placecards
Don’t sweat silver-plated place card holders: a pinecone from your own backyard does the job just as beautifully.
On the Runner: Pashmina table runner
No money for new table linens? No problem! Simply lay two or three pretty pashminas widthwise across the table to repurpose as runners.
Party Trick: Frozen grapes
Frozen grapes aren’t just a healthy holiday snack; they’re also the perfect way to chill a glass of that room temperature white wine your guests brought for dinner. Unlike ice cubes, grapes won’t dilute the wine as they thaw (nature’s answer to whiskey stones!).
Snowglobe Centrepiece: DIY snowglobe centrepiece
Can’t get enough of the stylish snowglobes that are popping up everywhere this season? Here’s how to bring the look of holiday’s hottest trend to your tabletop. Simply place a festive figurine on a charger, dust liberally with food-safe faux snow (we used Maldon salt, but coarse canning salt would work in a pinch) and top it all off with a bell jar, cloche, or overturned glass vase.
Mangowood charger plate, $TK, indigo.ca. Glitter tree, $17; dome-top glass cloche, $33, abbottcollection.com.
Detailed instructions for the snowglobe centrepiece:
Luxe Linens: Dip-dyed monogrammed napkins
This fashion-forward napkin might look like a million bucks, but it’s really just the product of an easy afternoon makeover. Immersing just the lower half of white cotton napkins in green fabric dye (a technique called “dip-dyeing”), we got this on-trend ombré effect, and then added an iron-on monogram as a decadent detail.
Detailed instructions for dip-dyeing: