Blogs for October 2011

Liven up your Halloween

Even though big-box stores offer all kinds of ready-made Halloween decorations, you can also create your own low-cost decorations. Get your kids involved and you’re in for a fun family activity. Need ideas? Feel free to use ours!

  • Pumpkin carving is obviously a must. For an original twist on this Halloween classic, use hollowed-out pumpkins as decorative cachepots. Most importantly, don’t forget to save the flesh—you can use it to bake yummy muffins for your little ones. And why not top the muffins with coloured icing? Preferably orange, of course.
Decorative cachepots

Decorative cachepots

  • Use coloured cardboard to make bat, witch or pumpkin cut-outs and display them in your windows. You could even make small mice to place inside your home, as if running along the bottom of walls (you’ll find a template below).
Small mice

Small mice

  • If you’d like something more adult-looking, you can make stunning small squash arrangements—these vegetables come in several shapes and colours. Place them outside in rustic baskets filled with autumn leaves, or use them inside as a centerpiece on a modern-style plate.

To get you and your family in the mood, why not light up some scented candles while you’re working on your decorations? The smell of apples, cinnamon and spices will remind you that fall has arrived—and that sometimes there’s nothing like home sweet home.

Customizing your contemporary bedroom

Accessorizing a contemporary bedroom can be mind-boggling—there are so many textures, patterns and materials to choose from! Here are some tips that will help you choose the perfect accessories to breathe some life into your personal oasis of calm.

Contemporary furniture

Contemporary furniture is mostly about clean lines and neutral colours, so it can be used both with bright colours and surprising accessories, and in more sober and minimalist decors. It’s pretty easy to create interesting combinations—as long as you get the basics right.

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Find a starting point that blows you away

Do you want your bedroom to feel exotic, relaxing and make you forget all about your job? Find a starting point to serve as the inspiration for your decor. You should choose something that is really eye-catching. If you fall in love with a stunning bedspread, a beautiful painting or a sumptuous, sculpture-like lamp, use it as your starting point.

Have fun with textures

If you have a high-pile throw on your bed, set it off with stone- or steel-like materials. If you have a neutral-coloured bedspread with minimalist patterns, choose cushions with intense textures and bright colours. If the wood grain in your furniture is very pronounced, more uniform textures are in order.

For fall, there’s no place like home

Fall is now upon us. As nice as the sunny days and nature’s colourful displays are, we must also accept the inevitable cooler temperatures and nights that are so cold they make you want to declare hibernation and not come out until spring.

After such a busy summer season, taking some downtime this fall is well deserved. Are you familiar with cocooning? Some call it “stay-at-home syndrome.” My definition includes cold, rainy weather, pyjamas or old sweats and a warm blanket.



The list of indoor activities can sometimes seem redundant, and you may want to do something more than watch a movie or read a book. Whether you’re home alone or with a group, if you are looking for original ideas for indoor activities, consider these suggestions for a fun day of cocooning:

  • The harvest this time of year provides an abundance of apples, squash and pumpkins. Now is the time to make soup, cookies, muffins, crumbles, pies and other delicious goodies. Follow your imagination and create new recipes using winter squash and then share the fruits of your labour with family and friends.
  • Do you have an upcoming project in mind? Use this time to start planning. Read some magazines and browse websites for renovation or decorating ideas.

Various types of children’s beds

You’re expecting a new bundle of joy in your life and your eldest child needs to change rooms? You’ve moved, or your youngest has turned into a bassinet-climbing acrobat? For this and many other reasons, maybe you have to make do with a room small enough to give you headaches. I don’t have the solution to headaches, but I can sure help you navigate through the various types of children’s beds available on the market. Then you can assess your needs and decide which bed would suit you best.

Platform bed with legs

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Platform bed with legs – 3050

This type of bed has a simple look to it but may be just the ticket if you don’t want to buy a headboard. You can hide storage bins underneath. It’s a cost-effective solution since it doesn’t require a box spring.



Platform bed with storage

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Platform bed with storage – 3159

This bed doesn’t require a box spring either and has a drawer at the end, which is great for storing blankets and pillows.





Mate’s bed

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Mate’s bed – Popular collection 2779

The mate’s bed has a lot of storage space thanks to its three drawers, without taking up extra space.

Once a princess, always a princess

Closet door

Closet door

Generally, around the age of 2 or 3 years old it’s time to leave the crib or toddler bed and upgrade to a big-kid bed. I have two girls, and I don’t know whose fault it is—mine or my partner’s—but at this age they really like princesses and the colours pink and purple. I’m kidding of course; I also loved that stuff as a kid.

While I do like all films by Mr. Cryogenic (a.k.a. Walt Disney), I don’t necessarily want my comforter, lamp, rug and clock covered in his magical characters. It’s clearly a question of personal taste, but I prefer to use them sparingly because they are quickly dated and I don’t want to redecorate every two years—not enough time or funds! And to be honest, I am a little tired of seeing them all over the house (e.g., puzzles, story books, umbrellas, crayons . . . the list goes on).

Like all parents, I still want to please my girls and decorate their room the way they like so that they feel at home.

Here are a few tricks that I used to create a paradise fit for a princess; a princess who no longer sucks her thumb and can ride a bike.