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Toronto Shop Love / Kendall & Co.

Oscar was home sick this week but I needed to get out of the house and break up the routine, so my boys and I headed out to a shop I had been following on Instagram for a short time - Kendall & Co. I had seen their epic window display of ornaments on IG and I needed to see them myself.  The boys were initially reluctant to go, but once they stepped inside, they were just as enamoured as I was. I have never seen such a brilliant display of awesome, unconventional ornaments. If you're in Toronto, you must visit this gem of a store in Cabbagetown. I bought a few gorgeous ornaments and have decided it must be a tradition to go back every December to pick out a new one.  xo Lindsay

Kendall & Co. / 514 Parliament Street, Toronto  / Instagram

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Tree Thinning then Trimming, 2017

We picked up our tree from the Loblaws lot around the corner. Over the past few years I’ve taken to thinning the tree out. I’ve done this for two reasons. The first, it’s a preference in looks (I’m drawn to the more “I cut this tree down on my own” look as opposed to the huge full tree.) But the second reason I do this is because the less branches allows me to get more ornaments on the tree and the lights look better. I take my gardening shears and pick an area to work on, step back, assess, and then go back in and cut some more.

And some more….

The next step is to string the lights. I use 90% coloured lights and 10% white. (I’m making that % up. I don’t really know. But my tree is basically all coloured lights)

Charlie’s first Christmas! (Mak was being grumpy on the couch)

There are those 10% of white lights I was telling you about.

And then….

Excuse the pine needles, and the random wire hanging from the edge. It is not staged, nor a professional shot. It was taken while I sat on the couch drinking our pina coladas (Our new tradition) listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas Album, admiring our tree.