Falling For Fall: Slowly Bringing Autumn Decor Into Your Home

With fall colours and temperature fast approaching, for better or worse, Amanda’s House of Elegance is ready to solve all of your fall decor needs! We suggest slowly transitioning your home’s decor to including fall colours and pieces that match the changing exterior. Come down to House of Elegance to fall in love with autumn once again!

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Gold Is Fall Approved

If we had to assign a colour to the seasons, autumn would definitely be gold. Everywhere you look in the fall season you see warm hues of reds, oranges and gold’s. It is not a secret that gold in very on trend and at House of Elegance we are very on the gold train for injecting some autumn decor into your space. A gold touch here and there will add warmth and light to your home and we would love to show you how.

Let’s Bring The Outside In

Let’s be honest, there is nothing better then being outdoors in the autumn season. All of the leaves changing colours and the crisp, clean skies during the day, some may call it magical. Bring this feeling into your home by bringing in the colours of the changing leaves, greenery, and natural woods and stone. The feeling that fall brings needs to be brought inside and this can be easily achieved through your choice of decor. Perhaps a natural wood tray to display some festive pieces, or natural stone candle holders would truly bring the outside in.

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Spice Up Your Space

And by adding “spice” I mean adding warmth to your space! The best way to do this is through warm candles and scents throughout your home. At Amanda’s House of Elegance, we love WoodWick candles for so many reasons. Not only are they made in a variety of fall approved colours and scents such as autumn, pumpkin pecan and warm wool (even the names provoke feelings of fall!), their wicks crackle as they burn bringing a fireplace feel into any room.

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Elegant Pumpkins

While natural pumpkins themselves can be beautiful as a decor element, since we are only halfway through September, it may be a tad too early to invest in the real thing. Pumpkins are a true symbol of fall, and we think they can be used in an elegant way all through the autumn season. At Amanda’s House of Elegance we have some great alternative to the tradition Halloween pumpkin that are both elegant and that will inject some fall into your home.

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Fall In Love with Autumn Textures and Patterns

There is nothing better then cozying up in the fall with a big chunky blanket and some beautiful pillows. Now that September is here and the temperatures outside will be slowly dropping, its time to replace your cottons and linen’s with wools and luxurious velvet fabrics. Pick out prints that highlight the colour tones in your house and also inspire warmth in your home. Plaids and rich hued florals are great for autumn.

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Pick Rich Hues In Your Floral Displays

At House of Elegance, we love bright and beautiful floral arrangements especially when paired in one of our stunning vases. Now that the colours and temperature of the season is changing, its time to change up those flowers and add in richer hues and fall flowers to the mix. We love adding in fall foliage, sprays that add colour and texture and some greenery to tie it all together.

Amanda's Favourites: March Edition

Spring is ever so slow approaching, but here at Amanda's House of Elegance we are in full spring swing. Located right in the heart of downtown Kingston, here are Amanda's March favourites. With new merchandise being brought in all the time it won't be long before these items are picked up by a lucky buyer! We hope to see you soon! 

Oversized Apple - $119.95

We are currently loving this oversized apple. It adds a whimsical and clean touch to any space while still being a striking piece of decor. It can easily be a stand alone accent because of its size and will look beautiful in a clean space. The bright while colour is the perfect way to brighten up your space. 

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Dandelion Sprays - $33.95

These dandelion sprays are a unique take on the classic spray of greenery or flowers. They have a large impact and are the perfect accent for spring! 

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WoodWick Boat Candle - $38.95

Here at Amanda's House of Elegance we love these WoodWick candles. They are the perfect scent and sound to create a beautiful ambiance for any lifestyle. This boat shape is a favourite of ours because of the long wick that creates a beautiful long flame. These candles have a long burn time and we can promise you won't be disappointed. Available in other scents. 

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Blush Glasses - $9.95, $12.95, $27.95

These blush coloured glasses are giving us all the heart eyes. They are a frosted blush glass with a beautiful gold rimmed detail. We can't get enough of the unique look of these glasses that are sure to blow your guests away at any party you may host. 

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Charcoal Rose Soap - $10.95

The L.A.M.A. soap company is a fairly new line being carried at Amanda's House of Elegance, but it is the perfect gift or party favour for occasion. We love how soft and gentle this soap is on your skin, and this charcoal rose scent is our absolute favourite. Its a elegant way to add some class and beauty to any bathroom. Available in other scents.

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Throw Pillows - $88.95 each

The play on textures in the reason we love these throw pillows. They are a beautiful mix of materials and colours all working together to create a unique and elegant look. Each pillow is feather filled and have a zipper bottom for easy cleaning. 

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Bell Jar Stand - $48.95

A whimsical take on a cake stand or food tray. This bell jar food tray is a modern but unique take on the perfect way to display and cover treats and sweets in your kitchen. the light wood base mixed with the glass top is the perfect way to mix eclectic and modern styles. 

The 5 Trends You Must Get Your Hands On In 2018!

No matter where you live, what your profession is, or how old you are, trends are something that everyone hears about on a daily basis. Everything is in constant motion and trends are no different. What is considered trendy one day, may be out the next. While we, at Amanda's House of Elegance, certainly don't recommend changing up your style every time a trend changes, getting a few new pieces every once in a while certainly won't hurt! We want you to be on trend all year round! Here are the top 5 biggest trends of 2018 and how you can be part of the trend by coming down to Amanda's House of Elegance in downtown Kingston. 

Bright and Clear Colours

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Gone are the days of beige, white and neutrals, and in are the days of clear and bold colours. Adding a pop of bold colour through a bright rug or a couple of throw pillows is the perfect way to take on this trend. You no longer need to be afraid of colour overload, colour is officially in. 

How To Get This Trend At Amanda's House of Elegance

  1 . Mint Vase with Gold Painted Rim - $28.95  2 . Floral Runner - $39.00  3.  Sea Glass Lamp - $189.95  4 . Blue Floral Pillow - $68.95  5.  Blue Rug - $225.95  6 .Chevron Pillow - $76.95  7.  Floral Baskets - $44.95

1. Mint Vase with Gold Painted Rim - $28.95 2. Floral Runner - $39.00 3. Sea Glass Lamp - $189.95 4. Blue Floral Pillow - $68.95 5. Blue Rug - $225.95 6.Chevron Pillow - $76.95 7. Floral Baskets - $44.95

Mixed Metals and Metallic Accents

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At Amanda's House of Elegance this is one of our favourite trends of 2018! We are all about the mixing and matching of metals. And no, its not just silver and gold anymore, mix and match any metal and your home will be Pinterest worthy. 

How To Get This Trend At Amanda's House of Elegance

  1.  Silver Lamp - $269.95  2.  Shaker Candle Holders - (s) $29.95 (l) $44.96  3.  Silver Plane Model - $92.95  4.  Biker Statue - $149.95  5.  Mirrored Statue - $198.95  6.  Gold Charger - $6.95  7.  Gold and Marble Table - $394.95

1. Silver Lamp - $269.95 2. Shaker Candle Holders - (s) $29.95 (l) $44.96 3. Silver Plane Model - $92.95 4. Biker Statue - $149.95 5. Mirrored Statue - $198.95 6. Gold Charger - $6.95 7. Gold and Marble Table - $394.95

Unique Homewares

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Yes, you are correct, technically homeware has always been in style because it is a household staple. We are talking about show stopping homeware that create interest and diversity to the kitchen and table scape. Interesting shapes and colours are what create diversity in a subtle way! 

How To Get This Trend At Amanda's House of Elegance

  1.  Chalk Labeled Canister - $ 14.95  2.  Scalloped Edge Plate Set - $199.95 (set of 4)  3.  Pink Frosted Glass - 9.95  4.  Bunny Salt and Pepper Shakers - $9.95  5.  Grey Plate - 17.95  6.  Bird Hand Towels - $44.95

1. Chalk Labeled Canister - $ 14.95 2. Scalloped Edge Plate Set - $199.95 (set of 4) 3. Pink Frosted Glass - 9.95 4. Bunny Salt and Pepper Shakers - $9.95 5. Grey Plate - 17.95 6. Bird Hand Towels - $44.95

Tropical and Natural Materials and Prints

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If you have walked into any home goods store recently you will know that pineapples and tropical prints are extremely on trend. The combination of tropics with rich woods and rustic notes are taking over for the summer. We have taken a refined stance on this trend but still love the relaxed and down to earth ambience is gives.

How To Get This Trend At Amanda's House of Elegance

  1.  Pineapple Book Ends - $73.95  2.  Bell Jar Wooden Tray  3.  Wood Board - $39.95  4.Leaf Pillow  - $49.95  5.  Silver Leaf Dish - $37.95  6.  Pineapple Board - $38.95

1. Pineapple Book Ends - $73.95 2. Bell Jar Wooden Tray 3. Wood Board - $39.95 4.Leaf Pillow - $49.95 5. Silver Leaf Dish - $37.95 6. Pineapple Board - $38.95

Texture

This year is all about texture and materials. The mix of leather, linen, velvet and other textures is what is happening. This also includes textures such as glass, metal, ceramic, etc. to create an eclectic but comfortable feel to any space. The space will eventually come to be curated and as if no effort was taken in making it look amazing. 

How To Get This Trend At Amanda's House of Elegance

  1.  Lamp - $312.95  2.  Leather Boxes - 73.95  3.  Silver Bar Cart - $689.95  4.  White Vase - $29.95  5.  Pillow - $94.95  6.  Glass Knot - $14.95

1. Lamp - $312.95 2. Leather Boxes - 73.95 3. Silver Bar Cart - $689.95 4. White Vase - $29.95 5. Pillow - $94.95 6. Glass Knot - $14.95

We would love to see you at Amanda's House of Elegance sometime soon and would love to chat about how to add some life and elegance to your space! 

Materials 101: All in the details

Let's talk materials. I am personally addicted to soft, dreamy, beautiful fabrics and materials. Whether I am picking out the perfect pillow for my bed, choosing a soft, cozy blanket to cuddle up with, or even choosing out my favourite winter sweater, the first thing to do it pick the item up and feel the texture, quality and weight of the fabric. I also love the rainbow that is cast across my room when the light hits the crystal lamp on my bedside table. The beauty is in the details. 

 Crystal Candle Pillar (small) - $56.95 (medium) - $63.95, Blue Chevron Throw - $98.95, Gold Placemat - $23.95, Linen Napkin - $43.95, Silver Coral Napkin Ring - $14.95, Champagne Lumbar Pillow - $74.95, White Pleated Pillow - $48.95

Crystal Candle Pillar (small) - $56.95 (medium) - $63.95, Blue Chevron Throw - $98.95, Gold Placemat - $23.95, Linen Napkin - $43.95, Silver Coral Napkin Ring - $14.95, Champagne Lumbar Pillow - $74.95, White Pleated Pillow - $48.95

Have you ever been sitting in a room and all of a sudden the most magical rainbow is reflected across the room? If you have this is the work of something crystal in your space! Maybe I shouldn't say work because truly the work is put in even before you have this item. When looking at crystal versus glass here are a few things to consider:

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 Crystal Pillars - (small) $56.95, (medium) $63.95.                         Glass Jar - $16.95

Crystal Pillars - (small) $56.95, (medium) $63.95.                         Glass Jar - $16.95

There is just something about cotton that feels and is luxurious. Honestly when I think of cotton I automatically think of some of my favourite tops to wear particularly in the summer. Let's change this! Cotton is a fabulous material to use in the home. While polyester has its place, cotton and other high quality materials are something to get excited about! 

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               Indigo Floral Pillow - $68.95.                                      Champagne Pillow - $68.95

              Indigo Floral Pillow - $68.95.                                      Champagne Pillow - $68.95

One of the best parts of the day in my opinion is right after you get out of the shower and are feeling clean and relaxed after using luxurious products for you hair and skin. Why let it stop there? Exquisite Turkish cotton towels let the good time keep going. Head into Amanda's House of Elegance to feel the spa like material for yourself! 

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           Wash Towel - $6.95, Hand Towel - $12.95, Bath Towel - $24.95, Sheet Towel - $39.95

          Wash Towel - $6.95, Hand Towel - $12.95, Bath Towel - $24.95, Sheet Towel - $39.95


All About the Details...

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Beading

Beading is a simple way to add beauty and sparkle to any space. The delicate touch needed for a beaded product is proof of the quality and high end materials. Any beaded piece is sure to wow your guests. 

Pillow - $147.95

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Embroidery

Embroidery is an art. It is completed by using a needle to thread yarn or string through another fabric. The results are breathtaking. Through embroidery you can get precise and detailed patterns and designs.

Pillow - $74.95

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Pleating 

A pleat is a style staple and though it is a classic design, many modern products are putting pleats in a modern context. Pleats add interest and style to any fabric. 

Pillow - $58.95

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Velvet 

The defining feature of a velvet pillow or item is it's signature soft feeling and texture. Velvet is a woven, tufted fabric which often comes in vibrant and beautiful colours. 

Pillow - $78.95

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Pattern 

Pattern is a key feature of design that every room needs a little bit of. From florals, to chevron and all pattern in between you cannot go wrong with a couple of patterns pillows or throws. 

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Piping

This sort of seam is a beautiful finish to any fabric. Its rounded edge provides a very clean profile. 

Pillow - $107.95

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French Seam

The French seam is a very common choice for higher quality and designer pillows. It is a stunning finishing that provides high impact because it adds length and fullness to the pillow itself. The French seam gives a particularly elegant profile. 

Pillow - $76.95

Plain Seam 

The plain seam is also very commonly used on upholstery and pillows. It is a very simple and easy seam to accomplish and gives a clean profile to the material. This is also very common on removable pillow cases because it makes it easy to hide any zippers or fasteners. 

Pillow - $94.95

Amanda's Favourites: January Edition

Come into Amanda's House of Elegance to check out Amanda's January Favourites! Head in soon to receive taxes off any full price purchase (which all of these fall into)! We hope to see you soon! 

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Metallic Cowhide Pillow - $138.95

This Canadian made pillow is a great way to show case many current trends in your home. While still showcasing many classic elements, this brand from Montreal is specifically known for their design forward pieces. Starting with the basics, this pillow is filled with a feather insert and has a zipper bottom; the front of this pillow is cowhide and the back is made of a tan suede. Some key elements  that make this one of Amanda's favourites is the effortless way both the gold and silver compliment each other. The tassels are also a very trendy touch. Amanda also loves the drama this pillow can add to any space. Place it on a bed, couch or chair and it will add elegance and drama to your space. 

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Turkish Cotton Towels - Available in Off-White, White, Sterling, Grey, and Blue                                                            

Face Cloth - $6.95, Hand Towel - $12.95, Bath Towel - $24.95, Sheet Towel - $39.95

These towels are one of Amanda's favourites right now and as soon as you feel them you will understand why! These towels are made from Turkish cotton which is known for being incredibly plush and the softest cotton while also being one of the strongest and most durable. The low-twist design is great for women with long nails and rings because it is very difficult to snag or pull the fabric. The ribbon detailing is also a beautiful touch. Overall these towels are a great value and once you feel them you won't be able to say no! Come in to take a look at the variety of sizes and colours before they are all gone.  

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Family Connection Statue - $186.95

This Canadian made statue is beautiful and meaningful. Not only is the raw wood base and raw metal statue a sight of beauty, the pure emotion behind the statue is what makes this one of Amanda's January favourites. A family is presented, and though the combination of the raw materials along with the imperfections of the image make this the perfect symbol of how family is never perfect but the love and connection is always there!

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Ceramic Urchin Lantern - $78.95

The complexity and detailed shape of this lantern makes it a complete show stopper. While the overall design is continuous, the handmade qualities of this lantern are evident through the slight differences in shape, colour and size throughout the outer wall. The complex colour will fit easily into so many decor styles and palettes. Finally the greatest part of this piece is the shadow that is cast when a candle is lit within the lantern. A beautiful design will fill your room! 

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Soy Candles - $22.95

Available in: Pineapple Lily, Pear Cucumber, Lilac, Black Tea & Lychee, Black raspberry Vanilla, Ginger Fig, Honeysuckle, Asian Pear & Lily

These 100% soy candles are exclusively hand poured for Amanda's House of Elegance. They are the perfect gift for any occasion, though once you smell them you may have to buy an extra for yourself. Soy is a great choice when buying a candle because it provides a cleaner burn, perfect for any growing household. Amanda's personal favourite sent is the Black Tea & Lychee!

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Gold Dinner Set 

Gold Rimmed Bowl - $16.95, Coasters - $22.97, Napkin Ring - $18.75, Placemat - $23.95, Linen Napkin - $43.95

While purchased separately, combined this set is perfect for anyone with a love for entertaining. The gold shimmer placemats combined with other gold accents and linen napkins will allow for a proper presentation when hosting. Amanda's love for hosting and entertaining makes these pieces some of her favourites this month. She believes in creating a beautiful and elegant environment for all and these do just that. 

Personal Staycation: Tips for Staging the Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is meant to be the haven of the home. A place to get away from responsibilities, housework, or kids. It is also a place where many hours are spent, so staging this space to be appealing for the buyer is a must. Here are some do's for staging your master bedroom: 

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  1. Create an emphasis on natural lighting; keep window dressings neutral and non obstructive. These shutter style blinds work well, using fabric blinds and sheers is also a high impact solution.
  2. Art, Pillows, Plants, Throws! This room has it all. While you don't want a plethora of decor, a large piece of art, some fun throw pillows and a live plant add life and interest to the bedroom.
  3. This bedroom used both the intricate overhead lighting and large framed art piece to its advantage.  Suddenly A lovely focal point is established. 
  4. The lack of clutter is appealing to buyers, it allows them to imagine their belongings in the room. 
  5. A form of seating, ie. a bench, some stools, or a chaise, is a positive addition to the foot of any bed. They act as a place to sit, put on shoes, or as a lounge.
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  1. This bedroom has a great neutral colour palette. The soft grey walls combined with black accents are a neutral place to begin any room. 
  2. Creating small vignettes create moments of interest and good feelings within the space. Like the vignette on the bedside table, they can add a detailed touch.
  3. This headboard is a high impact focal point which is great for drawing buyers into the space. 
  4. When staging a bedroom, the bed is the most important piece to the room. Spend a bit of extra time making the bed look extra inviting and luxurious through comfortable, light coloured  bedding, soft throws and lots of pillows. 
  5. Overhead lighting can make the room appear both less cluttered and larger; attributes that are appealing to buyers.
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  1. The use of mirrors to spread light through the room are great for making a room seem larger.
  2. Keep the colour scheme within a bedroom consistent. The use of blues, beige and wood tones through this bedroom create a calming mood.
  3. Overall the bedroom should be clean and airy. Keep surfaces neat and decor simple. 
  4. Make sure all furniture that belongs in a bedroom is present. This includes a bed, bedside tables, lighting etc. 
  5. A great rug can add comfort and warmth to the bedroom. 

Overall the master bedroom is meant to be an inviting and relaxing space. You want potential buyers to step in and feel like the space could be a place for them to retreat and find peace. By taking care of all downfalls of the space before showing, you can prevent any buyer from trying to negotiate down the price. Use neutral colours and decor to enhance the imaginations of the buyers, you want them to be able to imagine themselves there. Simple and clean is key! 

Heart of the Home: Tips to Stage Your Kitchen

The kitchen is considered to be the heart of the home. Home owners will often spend a majority of their budgets designing and executing their ideal kitchen. It is a make or break item in the house when it comes to closing the deal, so showing a great kitchen is a big step towards selling your home. If you are the seller, it is not necessary to pay large amounts of money to make your kitchen desirable. With these staging tips and tricks, you can make your kitchen one that will sell. 

Before you start the staging process, there are some things to think about regarding your space and the best way to present the kitchen. Use these questions to then better stage your space. 

  • What are the key elements to highlight in the space? 
  • Is the space both welcoming and functional? 
  • What are the spaces biggest downfalls?
  • What functions of the space are the best features? 

1. First and foremost make it sparkle. Having a clean and well kept kitchen is a huge key to giving the impression of high quality materials and well maintained appliances. Even if the kitchen is on the older side, scrubbing the kitchen from top to bottom will make a huge difference. Here are some tips and reminders for cleaning the kitchen before a showing:

  • Scrub the baseboards and vacuum up all the dust bunnies in the corners
  • Clean all fixtures, including any knobs, pulls or faucets, dust the ceiling fans or vents, replace any bulbs that may have burned out
  • Check to make sure nothing in your kitchen is releasing a bad odour. This includes taking out the garbage the day of your showing to prevent any future odours
  • Clean up any dirty dishes from your sink as well as remove anything from the dishwasher. Buyers will take a look in all of your appliances
  • Wipe down the fronts of all your cabinet
  • Clean the inside and outside of your fridge. Remove any photos, papers and magnets from the face and both sides
  • Give your stove and oven a good clean. If you have it in your budget, get your oven and stove top professionally cleaned, it will look brand new

2. It's time to declutter and edit your kitchen down to the basics. This means taking away personal elements, meaning photographs and the many knick knacks that may be laying around. Try to keep decor clean and simple, this is achieved through clean countertops, and a lack of clutter. Its better to clear everything off and then start building back slowly. 

3. Now its time to start staging the kitchen to sell. 

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Some more tips for staging your kitchen...

  1. Stick to a colour scheme. Use the colours already present in your kitchen (countertops, cabinets, wall colour) and then add one or two accent colours through your decor. Materials such as wood and stone also add an abundance of texture and interest without coming across as overwhelming. 
  2. Use revenant decor to create vignettes in the kitchen. Stick to just one or two, but having a bowl of fruit, a cookie jar, or a table setting can go a long way to giving a potential buyer a better idea of living in the space. 
  3. Make sure all the needs of a kitchen are met! Does your island have stools or chairs around it where applicable? Do you have a spot for an island but no island? Are all areas of the kitchen well lit? Find solutions to these problems if they are relevant to your home. 
  4. Stick to simple and clean decor. You don't want the kitchen to appear over crowded or messy. The less you have in the space the larger it will feel. 
  5. Add flowers or small plants to liven up the space and add some colour. 
  6. Ensure that all drawers, appliances, pantries and cupboards are clean on the inside and outside. Potential buyers will most likely want to look in ever space to see how it could function for them. 

*Most products shown above are available to be purchased through Amanda's House of Elegance

Gift Giving Made Easy

The biggest celebration of the year is just around the corner and your gift list seems to grow by the day! At Amanda’s House of Elegance we have gifts for everyone on your list from teachers to colleagues, best friends to sisters and your spouse as well.

Following are some gift suggestions across various price points that will help you get your shopping wrapped up.

 

Under $25

Soy candles burn evenly and cleanly and these ones, custom poured for Amanda’s House of Elegance,  are available in a wide variety of scents. These make perfect gifts for the hostess, office gift exchange or the teachers.

Hand Poured. 100% Soy. Exclusively at Amanda's House of Elegance.

There is a large selection of unique tree and table top ornaments ranging from elegant and traditional, to woodland and whimsical and more.

Christmas Tree Table Top Decor. 

 

Under $50

Hurricane jar candle holders add a festive, cozy touch to any decor and there is a wide variety of sizes, colours and styles available. A beautiful gift for your bestie or sister!

Dimentional Glass Hurricanes

Picture frames are a beautiful gift for someone who has celebrated a special occasion during the year such as a wedding, graduation or birth of a baby. Amanda’s House of Elegance has a large selection from smaller 3x5 frames to larger 8x10 frames in styles and finishes to suit every decor.

All different shapes, sizes, and colour picture frames

 

Under $100

If the gift recipient is looking for that special touch to finish off a room, how about a Canadian made 100% goose down filled pillow? The unique fabrics and styles will ensure a one of a kind look in their home and be a gift that endures.

Cow Hide Feather Inserted Pillows.

 

Under $200

Gift baskets packed with a variety of treats and treasures are sure to delight! Amanda’s House of Elegance has custom made baskets wrapped up and ready for gifting.

From Amanda's House to yours, you will enjoy these hand curated, exclusive gifts.

 

Under $300

If your recipient is an art collector, consider a hand painted piece from Mercana. The range of pieces means there is a choice for every taste and style. The 3D pieces are especially popular and visually appealing.

Large hand painted canvas art. 

Fitz and Floyd

Fitz and Floyd’s collection of handmade Christmas pieces across a variety of price points are exclusive to Kingston through Amanda’s House of Elegance. These pieces are collectibles that will delight for many Christmases to come!

 

Hand made and hand painted by Fitz & Floyd

Still can’t decide?

Amanda’s House of Elegance has you covered! We have gift certificates available that you can purchase in any amount and which allow the recipient to shop for their fav item or items once the holiday rush is over.

A gift worth giving. 

The Perfect Neutral Paint Colour: An Easy Home Upgrade

The key to staging a house properly is allowing the buyer to be able to see themselves in the house. This translates into keeping paint, decor, and furnishings neutral and easily changeable. There is a fine line between "boring" and "neutral" when it comes to decorating and home staging. These go-to neutrals with subtle shades will be anything but boring when executed in your home. Here are 16 neutrals to help sell your house.

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1. Blue/Greens

 1. Quick Silver (Sherwin Williams) 2. Patriotic Blue (Benjamin Moore) 3. Wickham Gray (Benjamin Moore 4. Light Blue (Farrow and Ball)

1. Quick Silver (Sherwin Williams) 2. Patriotic Blue (Benjamin Moore) 3. Wickham Gray (Benjamin Moore 4. Light Blue (Farrow and Ball)

A blue or green based neutral paint colours is a subtle way to add a calm and refreshing light to a room. These colours are cool and dreamy and are a great way to add interest without being too bold.

2. Whites 

 1. Simply White (Benjamin Moore) 2. Borrowed Light (Farrow and Ball) 3. Chantilly Lace (Benjamin Moore)

1. Simply White (Benjamin Moore) 2. Borrowed Light (Farrow and Ball) 3. Chantilly Lace (Benjamin Moore)

White is an instant classic to add to your home. White paint colours are classic, bright and clean. While a large number of neutral paint colours can appear to be white or "off white", these colours have a brighter base and will appear as a crisp white in a room. Pure white is a simple way to add simplicity to a space.

3.Pinks/Purples

 1. Opulent Opal (Behr) 2. Oyster (Benjamin Moore) 3. Spooled White (Dunn-Edwards) 4. Touch of Gray (Benjamin Moore) 5. Morristown (Benjamin Moore)

1. Opulent Opal (Behr) 2. Oyster (Benjamin Moore) 3. Spooled White (Dunn-Edwards) 4. Touch of Gray (Benjamin Moore) 5. Morristown (Benjamin Moore)

Light pink and pale purple toned paints are a softer and more feminine way to add neutrality to your home. These paint colours add a coziness and gentle feel to your walls. They are warmer tones which can be beneficial when painting large spaces with larges windows and lots of natural light.

4. Grey/Beige 

 1. Silver Fox (Benjamin Moore) 2. Halo (Benjamin Moore) 3. Alabaster (Sherwin Williams) 4. Portland Gray (Benjamin Gray)

1. Silver Fox (Benjamin Moore) 2. Halo (Benjamin Moore) 3. Alabaster (Sherwin Williams) 4. Portland Gray (Benjamin Gray)

The most classic and versatile neutral is the grey or beige toned neutral. These colours are timeless and sophisticated and can be a great jumping off point for any colour palette. Designers and homeowners often jump to these colours because of the neutrality they offer compared to other tones. 

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4 Elements Every Design Needs

As Christmas approaches decorating inspiration pops up everywhere – magazines, social media, design and decor websites and local shops. The ‘looks’ are swoon worthy and elegantly presented but many of us are not sure where to begin to create these gorgeous Christmas displays. The following tips apply whether you are decorating your fireplace mantel, creating a dining table centrepiece or styling your bookcase.

 

1.         Form

A visually attractive display incorporates items of various heights and shapes – think in terms of short,  medium and tall. Once you have assembled the items for your display, place the larger items first as they are the anchors in the display. Next add in the medium items followed by the small ones. Once you have these key pieces placed fill gaps with coordinating and complementary items.

 

2.         Balance

When creating vignettes remember the ‘rule of odds’, that is, an odd number of items. As counter intuitive as this may sound, an odd number of items brings balance to the display. When considering how many small to large items, think 3 to 5 medium and large items and 3 small. And when completing the display by tucking in additional pieces, remember to stick with odd numbers not only of the ‘fill’ items but the overall number of items in the display as well.

 

 

3.         Negative Space

Negative or blank space in a display is important as it allows for movement and serves to highlight a particular item or items. Often we crowd our vignettes end up drowning the display making it difficult to see and appreciate the items we have included and making it visually chaotic. Remember that ‘less is more’ when creating a display; a few carefully arranged items is far more appealing and serene.

 

4.         Texture

Texture is critical in decor, especially when creating a display. Without visual and tactile texture, displays look flat and one dimensional, in other words boring and uninviting! Layer textures into your display by including items that have surface texture as well as items that have visual texture. Including texture will give your display movement, interest and vitality.