Escape the season’s frenetic pace by turning your home into a soothing sanctuary. Ward off the cold with a soft-as-snow blanket and a loved one, share tea — and your favourite china — with old friends or marvel at the brilliant sparkle of multi-hued, Murano-inspired glass.




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Tall vases, $89, and glass paperweights, $28, from Alchemy; blue glass bowl, from Salviati of Italy, $161; and yellow glass candle holder, $115, from The Bay.

Knappa Tulpan table lamp, $39.99, from Ikea; Penguin humidifier, $50, from Home Outfitters; jumbo universal remote, $10, from Kitchen Stuff Plus. Blankets: wool and angora, from Louis Vuitton, $900; black and white faux fur, from Titus & Louise, $88; red cashmere, $595, brown and cream cashmere, $595, and white cashmere and fur pillow, $695 — all from Kumari’s.

Lotus ceramics from Vietnam: coffee pot, $48, bowl and lid, $25, cream and sugar, $24 (for set), from Ten Thousand Villages; Royal Doulton espresso cupts, boxed with coffee, $24, from The Bay.