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It’s a new year and a new decade—now is the perfect moment to refresh your space. 

Here are a few looks that are gathering momentum for 2020, culled from a range of trend-setting sources, from design fairs to fashion runways and beyond. Happy (re)decorating, Vancouver Island.

Bring the Outdoors In
Plants are in. Reports from Milan Design Week 2019—a trendsetting industry event—touted the prevalence of oversized indoor plants and interior accessories made to blend or mimic nature. It’s easy to tap into this trend. Pick up some indoor-friendly plants, like hearty geraniums, lush ferns and succulents. 

A Stylish Bathroom Sanctuary 
Add a touch of high-end style to this hardworking space—invest in a colourful, patinated bathtub, a chic marble wall, add some plants

It’s that time of year when the temperatures dip and post-holiday hangovers (physical and mental) can lead to colds, flus and fatigue. Here, we highlight tips for staying in top form —and keeping your home a healthful sanctuary—all season long.

Make Time for Yoga - Before creating your own yoga space at home, consider heading to a few classes or technique-enhancing workshops at Fernwood Yoga Den in Victoria. Come home with the skills and know-how to lead yourself through a spirit-lifting, health-fortifying flow. 

Diffuse Essential Oils - Add some fragrant—and beneficial—aromas to your home. Pick up a diffuser and some local, handmade essential oils from Nezza Naturals, which was founded on Galiano Island B.C.. Drop their special Breathe Easy Essential Oil

Whether you’re drawn to five-course meals at historic hotels or prefer to chill out at a top-rated spa, Vancouver Island has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

Dinner at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
Reserve a New Year’s Eve dinner at Q at the Empress at the world-renowned Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, recognized as one of the Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by National Geographic Traveler and awarded Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award for Top 10 City Hotels in Canada. The recently restored hotel is a picturesque place to usher in a fresh new year. 

New Year's Eve Day Skate
End 2019 on the right foot—take one last spin around the rink at West Shore Parks & Recreation in Victoria, which is offering a

After a day on the town, around the ice skating rink or out on the chilly waterfront trails, there’s no better feeling than coming home to a cozy space. Here, we share hot tips to keep your Vancouver Island home warm, welcoming and stylish all winter long. 

Deck the Front Door (and the Halls)
Mark the new season with chic, seasonal front door wreaths and indoor arrangements. Opt for evergreen pine fronds and berries for a more traditional look, or stop by the Victoria Public Market or Thorn and Thistle on Patrick Street for custom arrangements with locally sourced ferns and eucalyptus. Ask about Thorn & Thistle’s in-house wreath workshops—they sell out fast.

Add Cozier Lighting
Create a warm interior atmosphere by bringing in softer, lower wattage lighting.

With the holiday season comes many reminders to be grateful, and to give back. Here, we highlight five ways to support causes and communities in and around Vancouver Island.  

Backpack Buddies - Every Friday after school, this organization packs backpacks full of food and sends them home with children at risk of going hungry. During the week, school snack programs help with this issue, but over the weekend, the need for meal support persists for many families. These backpacks help ensure that kids come to school Monday morning fed and ready to learn.  

KidSport - Since 1993, KidSport has enabled 825,000 children to participate in seasonal sports. Donate to support this national not-for-profit, which provides financial assistance for registration fees and

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month on Vancouver Island. 

SEE SPARKLES HERE - Come December 1, pack up some warm clothes and head to Sidney for the Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade. Taking place along Beacon Avenue, this annual Christmas parade snakes through the streets and ends on Ocean Avenue. Before you head home, be sure to get down to the waterfront to catch the holiday boat parade. 

GET TO THE GARDENS - Starting December 1 and running through January 6, Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay will be filled with a jaw-dropping number of colourful lights as well as carollers, ice skating and more. Grab gloves and a cozy hat to walk through the Twelve Days of Christmas display, and make a point to stop at the Coffee Shop

With the start of ski season just around the corner, we’re sharing some of our top picks of mountains to explore. While Victoria and Nanaimo don't usually see much snow, Vancouver Island and the mainland offer many places to get your winter fix. 

Mount Washington - As Vancouver Island’s sole local ski mountain, Mt. Washington is a popular destination for all Islanders looking to get their snow fix each season. Located three hours north of Victoria and known as a smaller scale,”boutique-style” mountain, Mt. Washington has an intimate ski village with a handful of restaurants and a six chair lift—all of which make for a cozy (but still invigorating) ski experience.

Whistler Mountain - Boasting world-class facilities and some of the world’s most diverse skiing

- One of Victoria’s most popular parks, Beacon Hill is filled with fun elements for all ages. Scope out the historic totem poles, stroll through the gardens, and (if the weather is warm) let the kids play in the water park fountain before heading to the petting zoo to watch the daily goat stampede—watch your toes! 

PEOPLE-WATCH HERE - The Fairfield neighbourhood south of central Victoria is perhaps best known for Cook Street Village, a walkable five-block strip between Leonard and Oscar Streets with lots of hip eateries and unique shops. Grab a coffee, a seat on an outdoor patio and enjoy. 

EAT HERE - Known for its stellar brunch, locally-sourced ingredients and housemade specialties, The Village Restaurant on Cooke Street is sure to deliver

So, you’ve got a new place—time to celebrate! Welcome friends and family into your fresh digs with a housewarming party. Here, we spotlight eight tips for throwing a fun, stress-free fête that will help you and your guests feel at home in your new abode.

CHOOSE A THEME - There are many ways to make your party stand out. Invite friends over for a Paint-a-Room Party, it’s a fun way to give your new walls some color—just make sure to offer your hard-working guests great food and drinks for their efforts. If your move-in date is in the spring or summer, go with a Garden Party theme, and ask attendees to help plant a few new bulbs and send them home with succulents or seed packets. 

INVITES AND DECORATIONS - Lean into the “home improvement” theme and get

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month on Vancouver Island. 

RUN WITH THE FISHES HERE -  November is prime salmon spawning season and there is no better place to watch the salmon run than in Goldstream Provincial Park. Thousands of Chum Salmon return to Goldstream each year, and you may even spot some Coho and Chinook Salmon on your visit. If you watch quietly and do not disturb the fish, you’ll likely see some working their way upstream. Don’t forget to wear boots. 

SEE THE LIGHT HERE - What better way to mark the start of the holiday season than with Victoria’s Annual Marina Light Up in front of the Empress Hotel. On Friday, November 29, sip complimentary hot chocolate while you and your family walk the docks to see the