Last minute Christmas shopping ideas under 50.00

I am running for last minute Christmas shopping, and I found these great items under 50.00


I usually go to Indigo for my last-minute purchases, I found this adorable owl teapot for 26.00 my ex is a lover of tea ( no pun intended) so this will be for him.


I cannot resist anything with caramel,sea salt and black chocolate, so this is a gift for Fiona’s Christmas stocking (my daughter in law), she is expecting a little girl, and I am over the moon. 12.00


This shaker is for my friend Donald, he broke his the last time we had a Martini. 29.50

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hummm I think these cheese knives will be from me to me but you can buy them for anybody you love. 29.50


Christmas is about sharing and giving, so I will resist the urge of buying these Hors-d’oeuvre plates or (dessert plates ) for myself and will offer them to my sister Louisette. 34.50

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My sister Louisette

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The luggage tag will be for my son Louis’s Christmas stocking. 12.00

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Another side of a black luggage tag.


A corkcicle is a great gift for a host or a hostess. 25.00

Enjoy your last minute Christmas shopping and your family and friends will too.

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Today’s idea, 3 Very personal Christmas wreaths

Personalizing your Christmas wreaths creates tradition.

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I really like decorating my Christmas wreaths and Canadian Tire has provided me with 3 wreaths that I totally decorated with gold, apple green ornaments and ribbons from the Canvas collection. I even added a few of my old brooches for posterity, but add whatever  inspires you.


I would like that the decoration of wreaths like the decoration of Christmas trees becomes a family tradition that my son Louis will transmit to his own children,

As I live in an apartment, I installed my 3 wreaths inside my entrance door but you can also  hang them in a mirror, group them on a wall or above your fireplace.

Personalize your Christmas wreath and create your own family traditions.

Today’s idea, technicolor Christmas trees in a small space

Living in a small space is always a decorating challenge at Christmas.

Before Christmas decorations

Photos  of my home by yours truly decogirlmontreal


After I create my gold corner with the  Canadian Tire Canvas collection, I got carried away and chose two small identical trees that were perfect for my apartment, as I live in a small space, I can no longer decorate a 9 foot tree, I thought I could use 2 small topiary like potted trees on each side of my cranberry armoire, ( of course I would have to make a few changes to allow for my two 5 foot trees. So I removed the two paintings on each side of my armoire and Voilà!


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After Christmas decorations

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You can also choose two small trees of different sizes which will help create a depth effect.

I liked the idea of having two identical trees with slightly different coloured ornaments, similar but not the same I imagine they are a bit like twins.

The multicolored ornaments of the Canvas collection, reminded me of the colourful Christmas trees of my youth in Quebec, so I wanted to reproduce these trees, I have to tell you that this Christmas feel free to add color to your life in every sense of the word.


On the left inside tree I used blue, turquoise and fuchsia ornaments.


On the right inside tree I chose green and fuchsia ornaments. (This is not the natural inclination of the tree but of the famous leaning tower of Pisa, somehow I realized we could see the ornaments better when it is a bit tilted, don’t you agree).)


I really went mad about colour and filled up a big glass vase with big Christmas balls, on the other hand I was a bit more subtle and added pretty gold Fleur de Lys, bows and gold balls to my French armoire, like life, it is always a matter of balance.

Have fun in decorating your home for Christmas, it is never too late, maybe you can keep your decorations till the end of January, why not, be Merry, enjoy your Holidays.


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My choices of Christmas decor for my traditional home

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A touch of gold for Christmas.

When Canadian Tire asked me if I would use their Canvas collection to decorate my home for Christmas, I asked them to send me the Canvas catalogue, as I never use products that I don’t like, let alone talk about them.

I have to admit that I fell in love with the gold Canvas collection from Canadian Tire, as you can see I created a small gold corner of my own. When I see gold decorations I feel glamorous, I find that gold decorations really capture the magic of Christmas. Here are my golden finds that I wish to share with you.

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I started my decoration on my left wall with an Olympic Scotch wreath (151-4604).


Better view of the wreath

I added 4 gold Christmas ornaments to The Olympic Scotch wreath. I don’t know about you but I feel the more gold the merrier

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On my side board I added Two golden reindeer, a few golden Christmas ornaments, I also filled up my plate cake with gold balls, but you can use a big glass vase. Finally I framed my gold corner with a beautiful Garland.  You can also decorate a console in your living room or entrance way or make your own gold corner anywhere you wish.

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I grew up in the countryside, I love animals, I really really could not resists these 2 Golden reindeer.


My cake plate filled to the rim with the  Canvas collection ornements, just throw them in indiscriminately as long as they are gold.

Create your own magical golden corner and share it with your family and friends.


Oops I almost forgot this glass vase full of golden branches.

May your Christmas Holidays be filled with love, family, friendship and gold of course.



Montreal’s Christmas decorations

If you plan to visit Montreal during the Christmas holidays, don’t forget to go to Mc Gill College avenue at night, it is our most beautiful decorated street.



McGill College avenue with its illuminated trees


Crossing McGill College on Ste. Catherine in Montreal




The illuminated photos of the Montreal Jazz festival guests musicians, corner of Ste Catherine and Jeanne Mance, I am sure some of you can guess who they are.



Christ Church Cathedral on Ste. Catherine street looks very Merry..



The Bay store in Montreal looks quite festive.


IMG_0401Back to McGill College avenue. I have to admit that the winters are bloody cold in Montreal, but I do love it during the Christmas holidays as it is totally lighted and the nights are crisp and bright.

Long life to Cheese

President Obama pardoned Cheese the Turkey November 26th, it is said that Lincoln let the turkey roam the White House after his son Tad pleaded to spare the Thanksgiving dinner turkey.

Via Chuck Kennedy (By Pete Souza)


Cheese the Thanksgiving turkey was the chosen one.

The Thanksgiving menu at the White House this year was the following: Via

Thyme Roasted Turkey
Honey-Baked Ham
Cornbread Stuffing
Oyster Stuffing
Braised Winter Greens
Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Potato Gratin
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Dinner Rolls

Banana Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Cherry Pie

I never thought of macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving,  but think it is a great idea, children love it, and most men don’t want to admit it but they also are very found of macaroni and cheese. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving even though you don’t pardon your turkey.

Finally a realistic Barbie doll

Artist Nickolay Lamm has created an average looking doll with an average body of a 19-year-old. I am absolutely delighted, at last a doll that will not look like the impossible dream but totally imperfect like any of us. You can also buy it with a variety of clothing and accessories. 


The artist Nickolay Lamm


Barbie on the left and Lammily on the right


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For more information about this terrific fun looking doll go to

Today’s idea, going neutral in your home

Neutral is the opposite of controversy, so your neutral decoration can be quite peaceful. I looked up the definition of neutral and found this: Neutral ”not aligned with supporting any side or position in a controversy.” Believe it or not a neutral decor is definitely without controversy. You can be as Neutral as a Swiss or you can go neutral with a touch of delinquency.

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Actress Keri Russell’s bedroom is quite neutral, her wall is Stone Hearths from Benjamin Moore and her headboard matches this color perfectly in a slightly darker tone. With neutral you can work with a degradation of a similar tone, from dark to light, or light to dark. The green tree branches add a bit of controversy in this very tranquil l environment.

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Hummm HilarySwamk’s kitchen appears totally neutral, It’s a play with Beige, brown, and white but if you look carefully you will detect an object that does bring a slight controversy to this otherwise absolutely neutral room.

Via Elle Decor/Photo Tim-Street Porter


Oupss Ellen Pompeo’s living room tried to be neutral but could not resist adding these very colourful pillows which do create a bit of a happy turmoil in this neutral canvas.

I personally think that neutral can look terrific but and there is a but, a far as I am concerned it will look so much better if we  add a touch of folly.

Today’s idea, the elegance of a white bathroom

From the top of the world in New York City to a country home, a white bathroom is like the famous Coco Chanel, it never goes out of style.

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Subtly black striated marble is the epitome of elegance in this very urban bathroom.

Thirty Park Place in Tribeca Architect Robert A.M. Stern Architects


The white bathroom with a colourful view.

Thirty Park Place in Tribeca Architect Robert A.M. Stern Architects


Second bathroom in 30 Park Place is simply white with a shade of taupe grey on the walls.

Via Country living


Totally chic country bathroom with a touch of green accessory.

Via Country living


A play on whites and all you need is a small wooden stool and a bouquet of pink flowers to warm up your entire white bathroom.

Via Bhg


White tiles and white walls with au natural accessories.

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The mixture of whites and ivory whites create a relaxing environment. I love this parquet tiled floor, I have to reproduce this floor in my next bathroom decor.

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White and black are always à la mode in your bathroom.

Via Bhg


Very country chic bathroom.

Via Country living


Somehow white and wood go together forever and ever, it is always a sure thing.

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All you need is a beautiful wooden tray in this all white bathroom. Et voilà!

Last minute decoration for Halloween

Hurry Hurry Halloween is almost here, I know all these decorations should have been done last week, but it is never too late to bring joy and fun to your family and friends. Go for it.




Turn your pumpkins into a planter.


Just gather your pumpkins by your front door and add a few tree branches.

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Run, run to my Atwater market if you live in Montreal, if not you can run to your own market and get your colourful pumpkins and more.