Last night, I headed into the city for a media preview of Indigo‘s new holiday pieces coming out in the fall. My sister (who is moving to Toronto soon) joined me for an evening of Christmas music, mulled cider and festive decor. For Friday Favourites this week, I just had to give you all this little sneak peek of what’s coming up this year and maybe give you some ideas to keep in the back of your head for your own holiday decor. It’s only 152 days until Christmas!
I sort of had conflicting feelings – one part of me wanted to go snuggle up in that sleigh full of pillows and throws and the other part was dealing with the summer heat. It gave me some great ideas of how to change up our holiday decor this year. Everything looked so cozy and inviting!
There were also lots of cute gift ideas and some things I’d like to add to my own wish list!
I made note of some holiday books I want to remember to pick up at Indigo this year – The Book of Christmas by Jane Struthers and Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand (releases October 14, 2014). Even though I’m always so busy around the holidays, I still like to pick up some festive books and take the time to cuddle up to read by the fireplace or wind down at the end of a long day with a good book.
These little bottle brush creatures would be great as ornaments or as toppers on wrapped gifts.
The retro CBC bag and board games would be great for gifts or to bring up to the cottage.
I think my favourite display was this dining room with the rustic table and swing seat (such a fun idea!)
A cold winter morning would definitely feel warmer with a pancake breakfast at this lovely table, set up with woodland animal mugs, stone coloured dishes and plaid napkins. I loved the napkin rings with initials and the striped pitcher.
Food, especially sweet treats, is a big part of our family’s holiday tradition, so we were both in love with all the goodies here – from the festive flavours teas to the gourmet popcorn. Yum!
There were so many really cool retro inspired sweets and treats – perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.
We were given one of these candy bars and I was just about to give it to my sister, before she pointed out that it is nut free! What?!?! I was so excited! It turns out that they’re made by Sullivan and Bleeker – a nut free bakery downtown that I wanted to do our wedding cake through (but they don’t do custom cakes anyone).
The Sullivan and Bleeker line at Indigo also includes this adorable Gingerbread Village Mix Kit, Cookie Mix Kits and more delicious candy bar flavours like s’mores, cookie dough and red velvet. I can’t wait to try more when they come out.
We’ve been lucky to receive some Indigo mugs as gifts over the years and I always love the fun sayings and cute designs. Their popular cursive initial mugs are getting a little makeover this year with some gold lettering and handles.
How cute are these retro-inspired Santa ones?
I would love to set up a little coffee/hot chocolate station at the apartment with some festive mugs and this hot cocoa chalkboard style print.
The other side of the display was this beautiful winter scene with luxe details throughout.
A bar like this would steal the show at a holiday party or New Years Eve bash.
We got to sample a few cocktails made with these flavoured syrups. They would make it so easy to come up with your own signature cocktails for a party.
It was a great evening and I’m so glad I got to share some behind the scenes blog stuff with my sister. We headed out for dinner afterwards to talk about the amazing trip she just went on to Alaska and L.A.
Of course, we had to stop in to check out her new apartment too and you better believe that I was all over the layout/decor/best lighting, etc. I was sending her duvet cover ideas as soon as I got home and talking about ways she can incorporate those lush faux fur throws from Indigo when the weather gets chilly. I’m hoping to share a little before and after later this fall!