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Learn how to en­sure a spe­cial sea­sonal vibe in your abode for your­self and guests alike.

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Tips for en­sur­ing a spe­cial sea­sonal vibe in your abode

QI love an elab­o­rate spread, but I’m not much of a cook. What can I do to make my guests feel spe­cial?

It’s all about pre­sen­ta­tion. With the right styling, you can el­e­vate any­thing—even wa­ter. Serve chilled H2O in a sleek metal pitcher on a tray laden with pretty glass­ware. In­clude fruit and herbs in the dis­play (think limes, ki­wis and mint) so guests can in­fuse their own drinks. PEDESTAL SERVER, $40, peb­bled GLASSES, $10 to $12, Hub­bard COAST­ERS, $27/set of 4, Mar­ley TA­BLE LINENS, $12 to $45, Fen­ton PITCHER, $70, and faux-olive WREATH, $129, crate­and­bar­rel.com. Send your decor ques­tions to cl.read­ers@tva.ca.

QAny sug­ges­tions for cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere for a hol­i­day party?

Light­ing plays a big role in set­ting mood. Whether you’re af­ter a cozy can­dlelit feel, a bright sunny vibe or even a coloured—yes, coloured!—ef­fect, Sen­gled’s new El­e­ment Colour Plus kit has you cov­ered. Best of all, you don’t ever have to rise from your seat; the smart de­vice al­lows you to cus­tom­ize the colour, bright­ness and tem­per­a­ture of the lights from your phone or us­ing your voice when con­nected to the Google As­sis­tant or Ama­zon’s Alexa (plus, you can sched­ule it ahead of time). Sen­gled El­e­ment Colour Plus LIGHT­ING KIT, $120, lowes.ca.

QHow do I achieve a fes­tive feel without hav­ing to redec­o­rate come Dec. 26?

Sea­sonal doesn’t have to mean hol­i­day. Choose items with win­try themes—like this em­broi­dered toss cush­ion an­i­mated with a snowy ski hill—and you’ll achieve a scheme that will look ap­pro­pri­ate for months ahead. TOSS CUSH­ION, $30, home­sense.ca.

QMy place is tiny. Is there a Christ­mas tree for me?

My phi­los­o­phy is there’s a tree for any space, be it a small room or a small home. This foot-tall glass conifer lit with wee bat­tery-pow­ered lights will brighten things up. TREE, $40, indigo.ca.

This mini tree is ideal where space is scarce.

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