This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Canada, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mar Ward
By Mar Ward
This year, we’re taking “Home for the Holidays” to a whole new level.

At the end of the summer, we sold our tiny condo and moved into our very first family home - a 1920's farmhouse, located right in the middle of the big city of Toronto. This Christmas will mark our first in our new home, and we want it to be extra special for our family. Of course that means lots and lots of Christmas decor!
I personally believe that creating a cozy and inviting home starts with first impressions, how things look from the outside. Lowe’s Canada has a variety of Christmas planters to choose from. We selected the 14’’ urn with a nutcracker in it to sit beside the front door. There’s really nothing like the smell of fresh cut evergreens. What’s great about these planters is that both the urn and decorations (twigs, birch logs, nut cracker, etc.) can be used again next year.

To tie in with the green planter, we chose an unlit grapevine artificial Christmas wreath (complete with a cute little faux cardinal) to add a pop of colour to our brown front door.
One of our favourite parts of our home is the faux brick wall and working wood stove in our main living area. It really helps to keep that farmhouse feel, and was the inspiration behind the rustic farmhouse look when it came to this year’s Christmas decor.

It is important to note, since this is a working wood stove, when selecting decor, we had to be sure we could move it out of the way when we needed, away from the fire and also small hands that may be tempted to touch it.

To the mantel, we added a string of the pine garland (with faux pine cones) and weaved LED battery operated lights throughout the garland to complete the look. From the Snowed In collection, the wooden snowshoes screamed farmhouse, and were the perfect addition to set against the garland. The little red truck Christmas countdown calendar was the perfect addition for our 3 1/2 year-old, who is just learning her numbers and is probably the most excited about Christmas!
No fireplace is complete without stockings - two dark red with faux fur stockings hung on the beautiful white marble and metal stocking holders - one for each of the girls.

And of course, we couldn't forget our beautiful wooden banister in the front hallway. To spruce it up (pun intended), we added a soft pine garland, again weaving LED battery operated lights throughout, and adding a few red and gold balls to make it extra festive. The spindles on our staircase are very close together, so we had to be very selective in what we chose to add to the banister - the soft pine worked well for this.

We love being able to swap out artwork for something more seasonal. Where we would normally hang a large painting at the bottom of the stairs, we added something a little more festive - this vintage frame wreath.

The snowy cabin throw pillow and throw blanket, also from Lowe’s Canada’s Snowed In collection, were an added touch to make the couch and entire living room feel extra cozy. They will come to good use when we light up our wood stove on a cold night.

Lowe’s Canada makes Christmas decor shopping so easy, with a wide selection of interior and exterior Christmas decor to choose from. We are so happy with how everything turned out, and how the decor items we chose completed the rustic farmhouse look we were going for perfectly.

Happy Holidays!

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Mar Ward

Mar Ward

To & Fro

Mar Ward is the creator of To & Fro, a family lifestyle blog sharing her adventures raising two little girls in the big city of Toronto. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest

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