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Holiday Decorations in Toronto

Frank and I arrived back from our short trip to Toronto last night. Due to me not feeling well and being out of town a lot I didn't do much decorating in my home this year for the holidays but I thought I would share a few pictures of the decorations in Toronto that inspired me.

The first thing that you notice wandering around town is the way that all of the outdoor planters are done up for the holidays. The basic theme was to have tall birch logs in the center of the planter for height with an arrangement of greens around the base. I saw tons of variations on this with curly willow, magnolia leaves, seed pods, pinecones and ornaments included in the mix. They were all really pretty and looked quite festive.

My favorite variation that I saw was swapping out the birch logs for bamboo painted a bright, cheery red color. It was so striking to look at.

Moving indoors, I thought that this line-up of Christmas trees each decorated in its own color scheme was really fun and pretty.

Our hotel lobby was beautiful with all of the decorations done in white and silver to complement the dusky blue color scheme of the furniture.

The part I loved best were the flower arrangements.  They had huge bouquets of white football mums in glass vases with a few silver pinecones tucked in to make it festive. It was so simple yet so elegant and beautiful.

Have you been inspired by any decorations that you have seen this year? Do you do any decorating around your home for the holidays?

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    Lisa your decoration is so pretty and Christmas tree decoration is great and arrangement of flowers is look lovely. I have also decorated that type of things u give me bundle of ides to the decoration.
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Dear Lisa,

I was a fan of your work in your CK days and actually still am. Your style is so neat and timeless, it still inspires me.
Since you dropped out of sight, every once in awhile I thought about you.
Yep, I even Googled you, hoping to find more of your travel pictures and timeless layouts.
But after awhile I kinda forgot...
After over a year, for some reason, you popped in my mind again this morning and I tried to Google you once more.
And there you were! With 68(!) pages of new-to-me inspiration!

I'm a little bit embarrassed to say I've read them all today.
Yep. I've started at the end and worked my way back to today.
It was a lovely read and the stuff you do is still amazing!
And I am going to show your blog to the sales guy at my local DIY store, because he is always giving me a hard time about not getting a guy to do the jobs in my house. And your DIY-ing is SO much more difficult than my odd jobs. That'll teach him we girls can do anything we set our mind to.

A little bit late to the party, but: welcome back!
And thank you for sharing.
You are awesome!

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December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I think I have found so many ideas on Pinterest. Sometimes just strolling through my own neighbourhood and/or village I find some variations on the tried and try.

I really like the hotel floral arrangements with the white mums and silver pinecones.

Between our garage doors a smaller scale of the evergreen with red dogwood branches and red glitter bow in a planter and on both gates and front door, a plain evergreen wreath with large red bow. The front roof line is outline in red and green lights. Inside, my friend called it when she said it looked like Christmas threw up in my house (she says that is a compliment). I love Christmas.

Hope you continue to be well and have a healthy relaxing Christmas with Frank & family.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

Nancy- Thank you so much for your kind words! Seeing this really makes my day. I am so glad that you like my blog and that you enjoyed my posts. I am quite impressed that you read through them all! Also, good for you for tackling your own DIY projects! With some willpower and research you can accomplish a lot. Thank you again for writing me such a sweet note. I appreciate it!

Mary-Lou- Pinterest is a great place for inspiration, isn't it? I have to be careful not to waste too much time browsing because I could do it forever! It sounds like your Christmas decorations around your home are beautiful! I bet the red dogwood branches are striking with the evergreens. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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