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0 Giving Back | Shop for Hope (Canadian Women's Foundation)

Santa Air Mail Bag, Buffalo Check Scented Candle

During the season of giving, it's always important to us to find ways to give back and this year we were excited to hear about Shop for Hope, a holiday product line launched by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with Winners and HomeSense. We love that 100 per cent of the net profits from  Shop for Hope  go to the Foundation’s investments in emergency shelters, programs that help women rebuild their lives from abuse, and prevention programs that teach young people how to stop violence – for good.

Plus the line is so flippin' adorable!  So Canadian with all it's Buffalo checks and polar bears.  Check it out (below)! Click here for more info. Shop for Hope is available at Winners and HomeSense.

Buffalo Check Serving Plate

Throw, Polar Bear Pillow and candle

Polar Bear Snow Globe

Tree Candle
Buffalo Check Pillow + Candles

 Owl Pillow/Softie

Buffalo Plaid Mug and Tree Tray
Shop for Hope is available at Winners and HomeSense.


0 Our 2015 Holiday Cards

We've partnered with Staples Canada for the holiday season to offer custom gift ideas from their  new Copy & Print center.  We've always wanted to order a set of customized holiday cards for the season and for Poppytalk's 10 year anniversary this year, we thought a set of Corporate Holiday Cards would be a nice touch.  So we ordered and love how they turned out!  We ordered two different kinds, one with an image we uploaded and the other using their pre-made designs adding a custom message inside.

For the first set we used an image we took last season of a fun skating scene that appeared by surprise at one of our local parks.  It's a rare occasion that it gets that cold here for the water to freeze like that and that there is even water in that spot, but last year it happened and it was so fun and magical to happen upon!  So we had to make that into a postcard-style card.

And the other, a more traditional business holiday card using one of the many designs available to choose from at the Copy & Print website, with a personalized message inside.  We love how they turned out also, and ordered matching return address labels to go with them!  

Can't wait to send these out! 

Staples has everything you need this holiday season from photo gifts and stocking stuffers to holiday cards like these!  Visit staplescopyandprint.ca for more gift ideas for the upcoming holidays!

This post is sponsored by Staples' new Copy & Print. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Poppytalk.

0 Sneak Peek | Inside Out Magazine's December Issue!

Cover Story - styling by Heather Nette King.  Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper. 
Inside Out Magazine's Managing Editor, Lee Tran Lam has sent us some bright and fun pixels their new December issue, which comes out this Thursday.  We're loving the colours, which is contrasting our dark and dreary winter day here in the Northern Hemisphere.  Let's take a look, as Lee Tran explains:

"First up is our 'Best Buys' on bar carts – if you had one of these great trolleys at home, any hour would be cocktail hour (within respectable limits, of course)! Styling by Joseph Gardner. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper. 
Styling by Joseph Gardner. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper
And you don't have to put on a saddle or get out the reins to enjoy those childhood dreams of having a pony. In our kids' room feature, we've put together a look to go with the horse that your child always wishes they had (and this decorating scheme is one that doesn't require a stablehand to look after!).  Styling by Phoebe McEvoy. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper.

Styling by Phoebe McEvoy. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper.
And our cover story features the amazing home of cook and food stylist Mish Lilley . Accordingly, we feature her incredible coconut and white peach tart recipe among the colourful explosion of honeycomb-paper decorations from Poppies and Grace! 
Her actual home is just as vibrant and eye-catching – check out the bathroom with its tiles that resemble Lego yellow bricks! Or that clawfoot bath framed by the amazing cacti outside the ensuite window. Or the join-the-dots fun of the kids' room, complete with spotty wallpaper as a playful contrast against the original ceiling rose and chandelier. Styling by Heather Nette King.  Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper. "
Styling by Heather Nette King.  Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper. 

Styling by Heather Nette King.  Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper. 

Styling by Heather Nette King.  Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper. 

Styling by Heather Nette King.  Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper. 

Styling by Heather Nette King.  Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper. 

Looks like another banner of an issue, thank you Lee Tran!  Inside Out Magazine's December issue is out this Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook.
And a big thank you and good bye is in order to Lee Tran Lam, who will be pursuing a new career after this issue at Inside Out.  We always loved your cheery emails and look forward to following your amazing food adventures online and on Instagram!


0 2015 Gift Guide | Books (Home Decor, Architecture + Housekeeping)

It's that time of year where we gather all our favorite things for our annual Holiday Gift Guide.  This year we're kicking things off with a collection of amazing books, starting with the home decor and housekeeping section.  So many new books out this season, plus a couple favorites from earlier this year.  Let's take a look!


Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms from Tabletops to Bookshelves
by Emily Henderson
One of my favourite home decor books out right now, HGTV Design Star winner, Emily Henderson gets real and gives out practical advice on how to edit out what you don't love to repurpose what you can't live without. Heaps of tips to make your very own style come out.  Click here for more info.

At Home | Sarah Style
by Sarah Richardson
Canadian HGTV star and design queen Sarah Richardson shares a behind-the-scenes tour through a variety of houses that Sarah has designed featuring her signature style of traditional and casual elegance. Also included are heaps of design tips and never-before-seen photos—including many from Sarah’s personal collection - See more at: Simon and Schuster and Amazon.

Tiles Make the Room | Good Design from Heath Ceramics
by Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey
A visual feast of 50+ innovative and thoughtful examples of tile from around the world featuring homes and projects from notable artists, architects, and designers from Japan to Denmark to Brazil. We also love the detailed design notes, a history of the Heath factory and philosophy, and a special international tile travel section. The perfect book for all interior, tile and ceramic fans.  Click here for more info and check out the book trailer below for more of a sneak peek!

Sage Living | Decorate for the Life You Want
by Anne Sage
City Sage blogger Anne Sage brings a new decor book into the mix this year with helping make your space the way you want it to be.  Making a space your own. From sunny, open-air kitchen of a holistic nutritionist to the eclectic living room of a world traveler ready to put down roots, this book inspires readers decorate for the lives they truly want.  Click here for where to purchase.

The New Bohemians
by Justina Blakeney
Another fave that we featured earlier this year but have to mention, The New Bohemians by LA-based designer Justina Blakeney inspires a free-spirited, no-rules aesthetic, featuring the homes of boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. Blakeney also created 12 DIY projects inspired by objects found in the homes, as well as a "Plant-O-Pedia" offering insight into achieving this aesthetic. Click here for more info.

Eddie Ross Modern Mix | Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds
by Eddie Ross
We love the layout of this richly illustrated style book which reminds us a bit of a magazine inside, featuring insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds. Eddie also shares never-before-seen photographs of Eddie’s own homes—along with tips and tricks to cracking the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence. A really fun book! Click here for more info.

Pretty Prudent Home | Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home
by Jacinda Boneau and Jaime Morrison Curtis
Part design book, part DIY guide, Pretty Prudent Home features beautiful photography of real homes inviting readers to tackle projects both simple and sophisticated for the family home.  Author's Jacinda Boneau and Jaime Morrison Curtis are co-founders of Pretty Prudent, a design and lifestyle blog and have heaps of ideas and resources to share from their experiences over the years.  Click here for more info.

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures
Introduction by Sebastian Kaufmann, Editor Alexandra Redgrave, Jessica Hundley
We love this book, which is a trusty companion already in our home and intended for the slow and thoughtful home and the inner utilitarian in us all. From caring for cast-iron pans, and growing healthy house plants to foraging for wild edibles or walking on snow, and mastering things like the home shave or a simple way to knot and wear a tie. The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide is definitely going to be our go-to book for all things housekeeping inside and outdoors! Click here for more info.

Henry Howard: Louisiana Architect
by by Robert S. Brantley
Blending American and European trends, Irish-born American Henry Howard gained momentum designing an extraordinarily diverse portfolio of magnificent residences and civic buildings in New Orleans. A beautiful volume featuring hundreds of contemporary and archival images and a comprehensive analysis of his built work and aesthetic contributions to the urban and rural environments of the South.  Click here for more info.

Stay tuned for more gift guides (including more books) coming this week!


2 DIY | A Floral Wall Holiday Tree + Paper Flower Tutorials

Maybe this holiday season finds you in a condo in Hawaii (dream), or maybe you just don't feel like a big to-do! A fun take on a wall holiday tree using paper flowers was the goal for this project. This tree is such an easy one to make, and perfect for those that aren't able to have an actual tree this year. Grab some tissue and crepe paper, a few flower wires, masking tape and you're set!  One flower takes only 10 or 15 minutes to make (well the roses longer), but still, a project that can be made in an afternoon for sure.  And so easy to pack!

For some, we used the Martha Stewart Pom Pom Kit - Poppy Flowers and then for the others we made a few of our own in different sizes.We went for some very loose-style roses and carnations.  Super-easy to make and you can decide on how large or small you wish to make them. Click below to see how we make them.