Canadians know a thing or two about being cold, and looking good while keeping warm tends to require a compromise. Where many designers err on one side or the other, Montreal-based duo Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan ask, “Why not both?”

Call it a convenience or a breakthrough, handheld devices can control cars, televisions, fridges—and now, light bulbs. Last year, Philips Hue introduced a line of LED-based, app-controlled light bulbs, and recently updated its companion app with dynamic new features.

Nothing warms the home like a soft carpet. Toronto-based Amala Carpets is privy to this information, offering up a line of completely handmade carpets that are crafted using centuries-old traditional methods.

Fendi Casa has turned up the heat with Ambiente Cucina, the brand’s first foray into kitchen decor. Translating the haute couture of the runway to stone countertops and crocodile-printed leather wrapped shelving, the collection comprises three lines.

The people of Montreal—with its culture steeped in French haute cuisine—love their food. They are privileged, then, that award-winning chef and restaurateur Normand Laprise calls the city home. Laprise released his first book, Toqué!, this past October, giving insight on the career philosophies and inspirations that brought him to where he is today.