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The Perfect Christmas Tree For Your Home, and How to Do it Yourself!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and your home is the perfect way to display your holiday spirit! Christmas is such a special time, and picking out the perfect tree to create that ideal festive feel is always so much fun!


With so many options out there we often find ourselves wondering; which Christmas tree should I go with, what color, what will be this year’s theme,  size, and much much more!  With all the different décor ideas out there it’s hard knowing which one is right for your unique space, don’t worry we are here to help!

Here are a few ideas to assist in finalizing your favorite décor pieces for this season!

Preparation – Finding the Tree:




Before you pick a design for your home, there are a few pointers on what to look for!  Reader’s Digest helps the process by outlining some key factors before choosing! For Example, it is suggested that before you go tree shopping, measure the height of the ceiling in the room where you will display your tree because you will want to choose a tree that is at least one foot shorter than the ceiling height. Also, it’s best to measure the opening of your tree stand and make sure the base of your chosen tree will fit. Other suggestions are to run your fingers along the needles and ensure that when you give it a shake, the bristles are not falling out! We hope you found these tips useful, for more tips visit: http://www.rd.com/home/pick-the-perfect-christmas-tree/


You have many choices in purchasing a tree when living in Toronto, as there are many markets and farms within close range ! Here is a list of places around Toronto where you can choose the right tree for you and your family! http://www.toronto.com/articles/where-to-pick-the-perfect-christmas-tree-around-toronto/



Design/ Theme of Your Tree:

Now that you have picked out that tree, time to decide on how to decorate it! Whether you are going for the traditional, modern, or unique approach, we have several ideas just waiting to be tried out!



If you are the kind of person who loves the traditional Christmas tree, you probably already have some of your own favorites; here are some more ideas from Traditional Home to help you chose exactly what style of traditional you prefer! http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/decorating-christmas-trees?page=3



For a trendier, modern tree take a look at Debbie Travis’s guide on how pick the perfect tree for different contemporary styles of home décor. Some ideas include:

Peppermint – Traditional candy cane colours inspires this traditional collection, updated with silver accents to enhance the richness


Pistachio – This is a lovely green and gold trimmed trim with details that play off beautiful dark brown accents in an elegant collection.


Once Upon a Time – This collection is romantic, pretty and feminine with a Victorian feel. It is inspired by all things that are magical for your little princesses.


These are just a few styles of trees to chose from, for more ideas, visit:



And lastly,  for the inner creative genius in you, we’ve got just the perfect way to spice up those pines! If you looking for a funky and unique spin on decorating your tree, check out these cool ides:


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Now, Let’s Start Decorating Ourselves!

Now that you have everything, follow this easy stet-by-step guide to start decorating yourself! In just 5 steps you will have your beautiful Christmas tree ready for the Holiday celebrations!


Decorating The Christmas Tree: Tips

We hope this helped your search, and narrow down your awesome design ideas!


From our Minto family to yours, we hope that whatever tree or decorative style you decide to go with this holiday, it fills your home and families with tremendous joy and holiday spirit!

Get Yourself Holiday Ready – Toronto’s Christmas Markets and Fairs!

It’s that time of year again, where no matter how hard you try to be organized with your Christmas shopping, you still manage to forget a few items or people on your list! Skip the lines and crowded stores and stop off at any of our city’s Holiday markets and fairs for some unique gift ideas, fun treats, and spirited music to put a jump in your holiday step!

The One Of A Kind Show

The one of a kind show is truly the only one of its kind! This long running show brings together buyers and sellers who have the same commitment in sharing their passion for handmade unique items! The show has been around since 1975 and still goes strong due to its creativity and craftsmanship involved from all participants! Don’t miss out, the show runs until December 6th 2015! For more information on vendors, location, hours; click below!http://oneofakindshow.com/toronto/index.php

Trinity Bellwoods Holiday Weekend Market

This holiday season, join many others in the holiday spirits, and find the special gift for that special someone on your list. December 19th and 20th, 11am-6pm Trinity Bellwoods Park will host a special event just in time for the countdown to Christmas!  Be sure to find all your favorite handmade, local, art and vintage vendors and artisans to bring you a diverse and truly worthy selection of goods. This event runs for two days so don’t miss out on this great shopping experience! Admission is free, and there will also be free gift wrapping when you spend over $50 at the market. Get ready to sip on some hot cocoa, or mimosas while skipping along to some of your favorite 90’s hits, and of course, the Christmas classics too!

For more information click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1046971941994263/

Distillery District

Home to the most artistic and historic shops and restaurants, it is no wonder the Distillery Christmas Market is truly a huge success every year! With over 320 performances including bands, carolers, and dance groups, there is never a dull or quiet moment! Spread the cheer and bring your friends, family, and even pets to take part in many activities that are lined up throughout the day! Whether you are looking for somewhere to take the kids, or a romantic evening date night with that special someone, be sure to come down to this perfect holiday hotspot!

For more details on entertainment schedules and tickets click here: http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com/

Union Station Holiday Market

Located in the centre of it all, the Union Station Holiday Market is an easy one-stop place to get a dosage of holidays in the city! The Market showcases unique merchandise from specialty retail vendors, artisans, designers, food merchants and cultural institutions.  A destination for Torontonians and visitors to browse, shop, and embrace the holiday spirit. Being Toronto’s transportation hub, Union Sation is Canada’s busiest building and a National Historic Site of Canada.  Attendance is free for all who come! Come out and embrace the Holidays at a convenient location for all to get to ! For more information on vendors and hours, click here! http://www.unionstationholidaymarket.com/#about

With lots of Holiday Fairs and Markets to choose from, be sure to make it out to at least one of these fabulous destinations in our favorite city!  


Experience 24-Karat Holiday Magic in Yorkville!

There is a lot going on in the Minto Yorkville Park neighbourhood this weekend to get you in the festive spirit. As the store fronts in Yorkville get decked out in holiday décor and lights, the neighbourhood is becoming a festive attraction that you need to visit!

Holiday magic


To kick-off the start of the holiday season, we’re having a festive celebration at Minto Yorkville Park this Saturday. On Saturday November 14th from 2-6pm we’ll have hot chocolate and cookies at our Sales Centre for visitors to enjoy. Come by to grab a treat, chat with our sales reps, and admire our festive display.

And if you’re in the neighbourhood on Saturday, then you won’t want to miss the Official Lighting Ceremony in the Village of Yorkville Park, starting at 5pm.  See the park transformed into a magical wonderland of lights. Also catch a performance by singer Jully Black!


Yorkville lights


To give a little gift to you this holiday season, we’re offering a stocking filled with neighbourhood gift cards when you buy at Minto Yorkville Park before December 31st.  Your stocking will include gift cards totaling $1000 from Yorkville hot-spots including Teatro Verde, Buca,  Pusateris, Holt Renfrew, Stillwater Spa, and Kasa Moto. Plus receive a $1,500 décor bonus!


Come visit us at our Sales Centre at 101 Yorkville to find out more about #24KaratLiving at Minto Yorkville Park, or contact us today for more information!

Get the Holiday Look

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There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a little retail therapy. Malls and shops are decked out in Christmas cheer and it’s so easy to bring it home right to your living room! We went out to do a little holiday home-hunting for you and we found some great pieces that will bring the spirit to your home without a total decor overhaul. Check out our favourites.


  1. Square Laquer Tray from Chapters Indigo
  2. Holiday Glittered Vine Wreath from Target
  3. Gold Christmas Tree Mug from Williams-Sonoma
  4. Pinecone Candle from Crate and Barrel
  5. Fuzzy Throw from Pier 1 Imports
  6. Gold Scallop Pillow from Chapters Indigo