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Cozy Winter Living

Winter is definitely upon us, and what better way to embrace the season than to make your home a warm hide-away from the harsh elements outside. Our Minto design expert Scott Biltoft sat down with us to give us some tips on how to create the perfect winter home:

If you’re looking for ways to make your home comfortable this winter, consider the following strategies and learn from the Danish who’ve perfected the art of Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) to overcome the long dark Scandinavian winter.

There isn’t an English equivalent to the word Hygge which the Danes use to describe a mood or a way of life that is cozy, warm, and friendly.

For better winter living use colour wisely.  Start with warm wall colours like these from Benjamin Moore:

HC-27 Monterey White
HC-173 Edgecomb Grey
HC-172 Revere Pewter
Grey Mist
OC-30 Gray Mist



Accessorize with colours that bring cheerfulness into your home like these from Benjamin Moore:

Blue Grass
CC-640 Blue Grass
Van Courtland
HC-145 Van Courtland Blue


Amelthyst Shadow
CC-930 Amethyst Shadow
2003-20 Strawberry Red
Blue Danube
2062-30 Blue Danube


Use seasonal throws and cushions to add snuggly warmth on winter evenings with seasonal accessories like these:

Pillow Covers

Mongolian Lamb Pillow Covers from West Elm

Cable Knit Throw

Pottery Barn Cable Knit Throw

Fur throw

Homesense fun fur throws


Pendleton Blankets

Pendleton blankets from Anthropologie or Drake General Store

Hygge also includes comfort foods during the winter like chocolate, coffee, sweets – and sharing your home with friends!  Snuggle under a comfy throw, enjoy a hot beverage, and relax during those winter evenings reading or watching your favorite TV shows.


Stay cozy & warm,


Scott Biltoft

Director, Design Centres


The Next Phase Begins at Kingmeadow

Have you been down to Oshawa to visit Kingmeadow lately? We have, and the site is looking great! After the barbecue last week for all of our hard-working tradespeople working on Kingmeadow, we caught up with Project Manager Mike Circosta to find out all the details about the current progress at the site.


Phase 1 at Kingmeadow is moving along wonderfully! We currently have 150 units fully occupied, and next week we’ll start move-ins for the back to back Bridle Towns. The community is filling up fast, and we’re happy to welcome our new move-ins to the neighbourhood!

Early next week, the crew at the site will begin to asphalt the remaining single family homes in Phase 1, one of the final steps in completing this phase.


And if you’ve purchased in Phase 2 of Kingmeadow, you’ll be excited to hear that Phase 2 construction started this week! Our next update will bring photos and information on the progress of Phase 2, so stay tuned.

Are you interested in living in Durham’s Community of the Year? You can visit our website, give us a call, or come visit us at our sales centre  for more information about our lovely new neighbourhood!