House Hunters

The name of today’s game is all kinds of simple. Five awesome houseware gift ideas that are perfect for housewarmings, weddings, houseguest presents, and everything in between.

Kudu Fridge Magnets

KUDU Magnets – $15+
I think we’re all a little desensitized to those hunks of metal sitting in our kitchens by this point. But you have to admit, there’s something about those homes that tuck their (dare I say it, unsightly?) appliances behind cabinet doors. For a more creative spin, how about a magnet tailor-made to suit your fridge’s style and your home’s decor. Whether you want to reflect a personal interest or a general theme, KUDU has dozens of artistic interpretations to turn your fridge (or dishwasher) into a unique, artistic portal. Plus, there’s no danger in hurting your home’s resale value if you’re leaving the appliances behind – just peel off the magnets and bring ’em with you!


Beautiful Balance VaseBeautiful Balance Vase – $16.99 @ ModCloth
For the tea drinker or wannabe English rose in your life comes this quaint and charming afternoon tea-inspired vase. What looks like a precariously stacked set of porcelain cups is actually one complete piece that’ll add a bit of whimsy to any dining room or entryway table. Fill it with seasonal blooms for a country yet chic look. A perfect choice for mom as a thank you or that coworker that’s absolutely obsessed with her Earl Grey.
Warming Candle HolderWarming Candle Holder – $12.87 @ Bouf
Candles give rooms a warm, homey feeling – as evidenced by this unique silhouette tea light holder. Just picture yourself getting nice and toasty warm when you light one of these amongst a bushel of candles! Best of all, it’s the kind of thing that every dinner party guest you have will comment on. The price point (with half-decent UK shipping rates) makes it an ideal pick for a friend’s first home.

HAY Kaleido Decorative TraysHAY Kaleido Decorative Trays – $16.50+ @ Huset
Whether you use these nifty trays to sort the odds and ends of your office, fill them with tasty treats for a snack session with your pals, or simply arrange them artfully as tabletop decor, guaranteed they’ll make a serious style statement in your home. Available in a range of shapes, sizes, and colours, these tropical-hued powder coated steel metal trays can be combined in endless variations to suit your mood, occasion, or decor.
Motif Pillow Covers

Motif Pillows – $32+
I originally spotted this spectacular, South Carolina-based shop when I was doing research for my Emerald City post awhile back. While I was originally on the hunt for (and found) that quintessential shade of emerald, I was genuinely dazzled by Motif’s colourful array of high-end pillow covers, designed to punctuate your home decor with a serious pop of colour, pattern, and even texture. To me, throw cushions are one of the *best* gift ideas you can buy someone; it’s an easy way to freshen up a room and make those old pieces of furniture feel brand new (especially when paired with a new coat of paint on the walls). Because Motif only sells the covers and not the pillows, shipping is lower and you can easily find a standard-sized pillow at your local home decor store or IKEA. With over 1,700 sales and counting, it’s clear to see the rest of the home design-loving world has jumped onto this shop’s very stylish bandwagon.

How’s this for cool? I’ve got the chance to give one of you lucky readers a Motif pillow cover of your own (valued at up to $75) to deck out that spectacular armchair in your living room or as a final accent pillow on top of your guest room bed. Here’s how to enter!

1) Leave a comment by July 30th with a link back to your favourite pillow from the Motif shop website along with your favourite featured decor item in this post.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 31st to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Easy peasy. If you’re a subscriber, remind me in the comments below to earn yourself a bonus entry. And hey, you never know when other bonus entry opportunities might pop up on my site, right?

85 Responses to “House Hunters”
  1. Debbie Bashford says:

    I am a subscriber

  2. Julie G. says:

    My favourite pillow is this one:
    I like the Beautiful Balance Vase – very cool!

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    I am a subscriber

  4. Joan G says:

    My choice of pillow covers would be –
    I also like the balance Vase – an eye-catcher for sure.

  5. Leah says:

    I love the Purple Linen Designer Pillow Cover – Flower Throw Pillow

  6. Christine Schultz says:

    I’m a subscriber

  7. ksceviour says:

    Im an email subscriber
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  8. For the lucky Canadian Gift Guide MOTIF PILLOW 2013 Giveaway WINNER: Request a C’EST LA VIV fabric pattern and Viv (Canadian Designer) will send you a set of matching greeting cards as a BONUS GIFT! *********

  9. Pamalot says:

    My favourite pillow from the Motif shop website is the

    My fave featured decor item is the beautiful balance vase.

  10. Pamalot says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  11. beewbedard says:

    I am also a subscriber

  12. Louise says:

    my favorite is the Decorative Red Pillow – Red Floral Pillow Cover

  13. Donna L. says:

    I’m a subscriber
    naloe@hotmail dot com

  14. aclily19 says:

    My favourite motif pillow is

    From this post I like the KUDU magnets, especially the nature scene.

  15. Jessica Lord says:

    My favourite pillow is :

    I like the Beautiful Balance Vase.

  16. Patricia says:

    The Balance Vase is absolutely terrific, so me ! and my favorite pillow is the Modern Pillow or gee maybe it’s the Aqua Teal Green Citrine Blue Trellis Ikat Pillow Cover I really like them both.

  17. Alison K says:

    My favourite pillow from the Motif shop website is their “Decorative Designer Beige Pillow – Cream Geometric Pillow Cover – Neutral Throw Pillow” & my favourite featured decor item in this post is the, “HAY Kaleido Decorative Trays โ€“ $16.50+ @ Huset”

    Bonus Entry: I’m a subscriber ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Sarra Lazar says:

    So hard to choose from all of the beautiful designs on the website, but I love this one!

    and my favorite decor item would have to be the beautiful balance vase, very unique!

  19. Pamela Tamming says:

    pretty pillows

  20. Suzanne G says:

    Yellow Gray Pillow – Citrine Yellow Grey Floral Geometric Pillow Cover – Modern Flower Yellow Grey Throw Pillow would be my choice.

    My favorite item in this post are the Motif pillows

    I am also an email subscriber

  21. Taps says:

    I like the Teal Aqua Pillow
    My organising nature likes the HAY Kaleido Decorative Trays

  22. Kim M says:

    I like the Motif pillows

  23. thomas rusinak says:

    the mexican otomi case tickles me a bit!

  24. Beth Rosell says:

    I love this pink pillow – and from the post I like the HAY Kaleido Decorative Trays

  25. Beth Rosell says:

    I’m a subscriber

  26. jeffrey n says:

    I like the Teal Aqua Pillow
    My organising nature likes the HAY Kaleido Decorative Trays

  27. Wanda Bergman says:

    My favourite pillow is the Floral Pillow at and my favourite featured decor item is the Warming Candle Holder.

  28. Wanda Bergman says:

    I subscribe via email. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Lisa says:

    I love the warming candle holder.

  30. Chantelle says:

    I like the Decorative Pink Pillow – Modern Geometric Pink Ivory Pillow Cover – Throw Pillow – Designer Pillow – Lollipop Pink – Raspberry Pink and I really like the KUDU Magnets

  31. I like the Decorative Designer Coral Pillow and I love the Kudu Magnets from this post!

  32. lisa bolduc says:

    i like the Decorative Teal Aqua Pillow Cover – Blue Turquoise Medallion Pillow Cover – Peacock Feather Throw Pillow – Linen Geometric Pillow along with the fridge magnets

  33. Kaitlin says:

    I love this floral pillow case: and think the KUDU magnets are a great idea!

  34. Angela Mitchell says:

    I like the Designer Turquoise Pillow -Blue Green Geometric Suzani Pillow Cover – Decorative Throw Pillow
    The Motif pillows are my favorite decor item.

  35. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’m a subscriber

  36. Holly says:

    I like the Decorative Pillow Ikat Royal Blue White Teal Aqua Geometric Scroll Cover- Throw Pillow!

  37. Sparkle says:

    My favourite pillow was:
    I liked the Beautiful Balance Vase, I haven’t seen one like it.

  38. Sparkle says:

    I am happily a subscriber!

  39. i love the colors in all of the pillow cases it would be hard to just choose one

  40. Rachel Davenport says:

    Coral Quatrefoil Pillow is my favourite.

  41. Angela Griffin says:

    My favourite pillow from the Motif shop website is the

    My fave featured decor item is the beautiful balance vase.

  42. Mike Gismondi says:

    My favourite pillow from the Motif shop website is the

    My fave featured decor item is the beautiful balance vase.

  43. lucy says:

    royal blue with teal

  44. Jennifer C. says:

    My favourite pillow from the Motif shop website is the “Decorative Pillow – Green Lattice Trellis Scroll Pillow Cover – Throw Pillow.”

    The “KUDU Magnets” are my favourite featured item.

  45. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus entry: I’m a subscriber! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. laura says:

    I love the KUDU Magnets as I am one of those collectors of a fridge full of magnets from all over the world. So thanks for the tip on the magnets.

  47. julia g says:

    My favourite pillow:

    I love the KUDU magnets- they could really liven up my boring beige apartment.

    I am a subscriber.

  48. stacey h says:

    my fav pillow is:
    and i really like the vase – it would be a great way to ‘fun’ things up a bit

  49. stacey h says:

    i’m a subscriber

  50. Melinda L. says:

    The KUDU Magnet is an awesome idea to dress up the appliances.

    There are so many cute and pretty pillow designs that it’s so hard to choose. I was only able to narrow it down to 2 pillos: Decorative Blue Pillow Cover – Cobalt Green Floral Linen Pillow – Modern Blue Green Throw Pillow ( and Decorative Pillow Cover – Blue Velvet Scroll Trellis Pillow Cover- Throw Pillow – Indigo Blue Pillow (

  51. Melinda L. says:

    I am a subscriber!

  52. Janice Lewis says:

    This pillow goes so well with my living room

    Also love the vase, its so cute and unique ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Sara says:

    So many beautiful patterns! Id chose this ikat pillow in blues and greens to match my newly painted living room!

  54. Kiki says:

    I love the quirky “Beautiful Balance Vase” and I think it would pair so nicely with the funky “Turquoise Coral Zig Zag Chevron Pillow” (

  55. diane p says:

    My favourite pillow is and my favourite featured item is the Motif Pillows.

  56. diane p says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  57. SueSueper Sue says:

    I like the Grey Brown Geometric Textured Pillow would match my sofa perfectly.

  58. SueSueper Sue says:

    I am a subscriber of canadian gift guide.
    my email is sue2sueper (at) gmail (dot) com

  59. I really like the fridge magnets. Super cool. My favourite pillow is the Geometric Pink:

  60. eleanor says:

    This is my favourite motife pillow
    I also love the Warming candle holder.

  61. Suzanne G says:

    I am a subscriber

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