Canadian Tire Full Reveal!

As mentioned in my previous post, I had the pleasure of working with the fantastic team at Canadian Tire to create a tailored elegant holiday space using the CANVAS Home & Dining collection. Though I usually tend to gravitate towards pink, burgundy and metallics for Christmas, I loved coming up with a design using Canadian Tire’s colour of the year, Spiced Plum! This colour is so elegant and luxurious, while also being cozy and inviting. When used with golds and traditional green, it feels almost nostalgic, but also unexpected and modern.

When I started coming up with a design plan for the space, I really honed in on creating something layered, rich and full of detail. I wanted to the design to feel whimsical, ethereal, and artistic…

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…which is reflected both in the moodboard above, and the Canadian Tire Spiced Plum Pinterest board the team and I have been busily pinning away to…as you can see from all the clips, the design scheme was largely led by the colour story. It was really exciting for me to create something in a palate I’ve never really used before and I’m now a total plum convert:)

And aside from the colour scheme, what I love how the CANVAS Christmas Collection is how it incorporates piece that range from whimsical and ethereal to elegant and refined. There are items that feel one of a kind, as well as ornament staples like metallic springs and beautifully coloured balls. The CANVAS Christmas Collection makes creating a beautifully styled holiday, a one stop shop affair.

And with that, here’s ‘Spiced Plum Regalia‘ a la Canadian Tire’s CANVAS Christmas Collection and yours truly…

I like holiday decorating that doesn’t feel too contrived and enjoy layering natural elements, along with decor pieces that make the holiday vision feel relaxed and elegant, but still playful and natural. I love a little glamour but not so much that the aesthetic feels forced. And as with all my design work, Christmas needs decor a good hit of whimsy/irreverence…the Canadian Tire CANVAS Christmas Collection makes creating this kind of look easy and so much fun. It’s inspired me in so many ways in terms of how I want to decorate my own home this year. And if you are as well , here are my tips for creating your own ‘Spiced Plum Regalia‘ holiday look at home, using the CANVAS collection…

1. Use springs and artificial flowers with natural bows and pine cones to fill in create
garlands, tabletop and mantle.
2. Mix whimsical forest inspired elements like tree stumps and woodland creatures,
with more refined ornaments, vases and decor.
3. Incorporate shades of spiced plum (ranging from lilac to almost black,) silver and
natural greenery to make an enchanted regalia scene come to life.
4. Make a loose garland out of natural greenery for the center of the dining table.
Fill with faux blooms to co-ordinate with fireplace. Stack dishes casually at one end
of table and use cake plates, silverware and linens to fill in the tablescape. Wood
cutting boards and/or platters can mix with crystal, china and antique brass
candlesticks to make for a relaxed and elegant table.
5. Place clusters of white pillar candles around the foot of staircases and around
fireplace. Use tapered candles in vintage candlesticks on the dining table.
6. Use velvet and satin ribbon in shades of plum and violet, along with sprigs and
foliage to wrap presents papered in brown craft or metallic paper.
And then when you’re done, share your beautiful design on social media using the hashtag #mycanvasstyle!!!
As always, a huge thank you to Canadian Tire for giving me the opportunity to help showcase their beautiful collection.  With 6 colour stories to choose from, there truly is a holiday look to suit every style with the CANVAS Christmas Collection!
xx

A Media Tour for Canadian Tire- CANVAS

I’m the worst blogger ever lately…so sorry:((( Truthfully, I’ve just been so swamped with work that by the time I get 8 seconds to rub together, all I want to do is drink wine and stream TV…for realz.

Anyhoo…things are sort of calming down a bit so I thought I’d take the chance to catch you up on a little of what I’ve been up to as of late, starting with one mucho large/very exciting project.

A few months ago, I was approached by some PR peeps asking if I might be interested in working as a media spokesperson for Canadian Tire this Christmas season…more specifically, I was asked if I’d be interested in taking part in a media tour for their exclusive new CANVAS line, an amazing new selection of products for the home and seasons.

While doing the tour, I wanted to give people inspirational and inexpensive holiday decorating and DIY ideas, using the new CANVAS décor brand. I always suggest mixing and matching your favourite decorations with a few new items each year to create a signature look of you own for the holidays. This year, Canadian Tire had a team of experts travel the world to determine the ‘it’ colour of the season and came up with apple green. By choosing a few accent pieces from the CANVAS collection in this colour, I was able to add a fresh pop of colour and update my look for this year.

So, with all that said, prior to the tour starting, I got to work putting together my 2014 holiday look, using a palate of neutrals found already in my house (black, white, gold and silver) with the addition of the apple green accent.  The schedule for the tour included 5 morning show appearances, 4 taped videos, 2 magazine articles and 1 radio show and for these, I needed to come up with: a fireplace mantle, dining table, Christmas tree, DIY project and outdoor arrangement.  Prior to leaving for the tapings, I set everything up in my house over the course of a few weeks just to get everything ready and then packed it all up so that we were ready for the Toronto- Calgary tour.

Here’s the business prior to the big trip…

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christine dovey christmas tree CANVAS canadian tire

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christine dovey christmas tree CANVAS canadian tire

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Before leaving for the 4 day whirlwind tour, I packed all of this up in boxes and got myself ready etc.

And then, all this happened…

Starting in Toronto…

1. Canada AM- how to trim the perfect tree

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…plus 4 taped ‘Master Class’ videos:

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a. DIY

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b. table setting

christine dovey canada am christmas table setting canadian tire taped video

christine dovey canada am christmas table setting canadian tire

c. greenery and flowers

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d. fireplace mantle

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And then on to Calgary for…

2. BT Calgary – creating the perfect holiday mantle

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3. Global Morning Calgary – putting together a holiday table

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4. Trending on Shaw- holiday table

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And then back to Toronto for…

5. Global Morning Toronto – outdoor decorating

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…finishing up with a radio interview with AM 770 Calgary…PS, radio is harder than it sounds!

It was an intense and incredibly awesome 4 days. I honestly was sort of scared to death by the idea of live television but I think I pulled it off and again, feel so so lucky for the opportunity and feel very grateful to all the vendors and people who helped me put it altogether.

A GINORMOUS thank you to Fiori Oakville for putting together the gorgeous floral arrangements you see on the Canada AM table…the flowers were so pretty that the folks at the show kept them on set after we left and enjoyed them for that whole week.

And of course, a huge thanks to the PR team at North Strategic and Canadian Tire for entrusting me with this whole gig:)

xx