christmas market right at home

Hello Tuesday! How was your first weekend of December?  The mild weather and my visits to the Christmas Market in Toronto and Kitchener have inspired me to create my very own Christmas Market.  That’s right, if you have a balcony, you too can create a festive, whimsical, and cozy outdoor oasis to treat yourself this holiday season.

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If you are like me, my planters have gone all “natural” since the mums were planted in the fall.  They gave me lots of flowers and I loved the fragrance.  Fast forward a couple of months and after a few frosty nights, my balcony looked rather depressing: a far cry from the cozy, festive spirited land of my dreams.

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The makeover started with a visit to my local farmer’s market to pick up the freshly cut and oh-so-fragrance winter greens for my planters.  I have never dressed up a planter with fresh greens before (can you believe that?), and the one tip I picked up is to have a good variety of greens for texture and colors.  I have placed the pine and cedar branches at the front for an enchanted feel, while the shorter fir branches at the back add height.  To fill in the gaps in between and for extra colors, I have added my favourite magnolia leaves for pops of glossy green + velvety orange.

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For extra sparkles (and of course I just need another reason to use these ornaments), I made these DIY planter delights in less than 5 minutes.  The overall DIY project costs me around $15 but they look like a million buck!

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Ready to see all the finishing details? Welcome to my very Christmas market!

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I love how cozy it feels and what’s more perfect than having a basket filled with gorgeous pillows and blankets?

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Here are my key building blocks:

  • wreath on wooden screen to enhance the holiday vibe
  • good assortment of greens for fantastic visual interests
  • luxe ornaments (these shatterproof ornaments are perfect for outdoor applications)
  • joyful palette & stylish statement with the plaid pillow and holly berry branches

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Hope you are inspired to add a festive touch to your outdoor space! As for me, it’s time for me to start writing my Christmas cards.

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christmas market right at home
christmas market right at home
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