Raise your hand if you’ve started decorating around the house! Just this past weekend, my parents hauled out some of our Christmas decorations like our wreaths, our two mini light-up trees, and our brand spankin’ new mini santa sleigh that is sitting proudly by our fireplace in the living room. Soon enough we’ll be outfitting our dinner table in our cute Santa Claus and Christmas tree printed tablecloth (complete with reindeer and little stars flying about) and all the house will need are stockings by the fireplace and my mini light-up gingerbread house in all its frosted, candied glory!
In no time at all, I’ll be gathering up all the recipes and ingredients I need for the holiday baking I plan on drowning myself in (chocolate peppermint and cinnamon sugar, here I come!) and while I do so, I will wimper over all the oh-so-cute Christmas bakeware and accessories in stores that I cannot have because if I gave into my penchant for Christmas-related everything, the whole house would be full of the stuff and my family would have to sleep on the roof. So what’s the next best thing? Daydreaming about said accessories.
On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Christmas kitchen boutique?! Pretty much. What a dream it would be to bake Christmas cookies in a kitchen even Mrs. Claus would envy! And what a dream it is browsing the Christmas kitchenwares in the shining, twinkling, winter wonderland that is La Merceria. As a follow-up to last week’s peppermint hot chocolate sweetness, this post shines a spotlight on all the beautiful kitchen accessories that the Argentinian café has to offer. You won’t find appliances, cookware, or bakeware here, but La Merceria is perfect for the food photographer, kitchen accessory lover, and home decor fanatic. Their Christmas lineup includes beautiful table linens, wooden utensils and boards, mortars and pestles, wooden spice cellars (the ones at La Merceria look exactly like the ones that Giada has on Giada at Home!) dishes, bowls, glasses, honey drizzlers, tea and tea accessories, cream pitchers, home fragrance, candles, ornaments and more.
La Merceria is the type of place where I construct mental wishlists, not only for myself but for others as well. There are so many items I would snatch two of just because I know others would be delighted with them. I am smitten over the plush dolls (gnomes and pigs!), I am gaga over the table linens, and don’t even get me started on the ivory pine cone candle sets! The gorgeous display of Christmas and winter treasures sitting daintily on the café’s front table were bathed in shades of red, moss green, ivory, and brown and what I love about these items are their coordinating shades! The colour palette is so easy to work with and it lends itself to a never-ending cycle of possible decorating colour schemes. Red and ivory, moss green and ivory, moss green and charcoal, the list goes on.
I love it so much when places go all out with the decorations and celebrate the changing seasons and holidays because it brings a whole new level of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement to an establishment. La Merceria is consistently changing their displays and their selection of products so it’s always worth a look-see. It’s a one-of-a-kind place wiht a lot of heart and so much character. When I saw the beautiful Christmas decorations on the wall (the 12 Days of Christmas decal with ornaments on the wall has to be one of my favourite things ever) and the front of the café transformed into the Christmas treasure island that it is now, I felt like I was walking in a hush little snow globe, only without the snow. With the early morning sun streaming in, it felt like a quiet Christmas morning. It felt peaceful, magical and full of colour and joy. And that’s really what the spirit of Christmas is all about, bakeware or not.
La Merceria is located at 506 Adelaide Street West by the northwest corner of Adelaide and Portland Street, east of Bathurst. La Merceria is located beside Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar. Visit their website and blog here for updates, info, promos, events, pictures, and contact information and visit their Facebook page here.