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style showdown: shoes or pillow?

Even though spring officially arrived weeks ago, Mother Nature is having her fun with us (at least here in Toronto) and we’re being forced to dream about spring instead of bask in it. No matter. I’m still readying both house and wardrobe for the moment that we can throw off all the heaviness of winter and dive headfirst into spring.

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art: slim aarons

As a decorator I am always trying to inject my clients personality into each project I work on as well as my own. The best way to do this is through art. Art is an expression on ones inward feelings, it is objective and often without explanation. We are drawn to, what we are drawn to, sometimes without rhyme or reason, and that is the beauty or art, it takes a blank canvas an voila! Unique, beautiful, personal Slim Aarons ART LCD SAH art: slim aarons

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new-use tuesdays: club soda

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week’s versatile vixen is club soda. Carbonated water is a great addition to any bar. Its mild flavour is agreeable for most guests and its clear tone with your sofa, in case of spills. Here are a few more inventive uses that will have you reaching for this hostess favourite beyond the next cocktail party.

SodaStream recipe 2  new use tuesdays: club soda

Image courtesy of SodaStream

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eco-friendly find: cuppow mason jar lids

Mason jar lovers, unite! In celebration of Earth Day I wanted to share a great eco-friendly find. If you’re like me, you love finding new and creative ways to use mason jars. With a selection of specially designed lids, Cuppow turns any size mason jar into an easy-to-sip drinking glass, travel mug or dual compartment food storage container  – and best of all, they’re made from food-safe recycled plastic. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, they’re a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint and an inexpensive alternative to plastic bottles and containers.

ecofriendly find cappow eco friendly find: cuppow mason jar lids BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adaptor – Wide Mouth – Pink, Cuppow, $8.99

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how to use a french press

I recently bought a Bodum French press to shake up my weekend coffee routine. Brewing coffee in a French press is pretty foolproof, but there are a few key considerations to keep your coffee from being a sludgy mess. Keep reading to find out my favourite method for brewing smooth and delicious coffee.

BodumChambordFrenchPress how to use a french press

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fab find: silver jade bowl

I recently ventured into ELTE to take a peek at their accessories for a few upcoming shoots. I’m always blown away when I go to the store (cause it’s just so darn pretty!) and they always have a great selection of accessories to browse through. I found myself drawn to a few different items – but none more so than the gorgeous ‘Jade Bowl’.

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4 great apps for environmentally friendly living

It’s Earth Day today, which means that it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate our commitment to the environment. Many of us have the best intentions when it comes to protecting our precious planet, but it’s easy to forget, to fall short. But since many of us never leave home without our smartphones, clinging to them like life lines, it has never been easier to keep the environment top of mind with apps that are right at our fingertips. In honour of Earth Day, here are four apps, all available for download on iTunes, that’ll help you make more environmentally responsible decisions every day.

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recipe: sweetapolita’s pastel swirl cake

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter long weekend. As I mentioned last week, I was inspired by my neighbour, who made a lovely tray of Easter treats, to get into the kitchen and do some baking. So I decided to try my hand at a new recipe!

I’ve long admired Rosie Alyea’s work on her blog Sweetapolita. Rosie is enormously talented and her beautiful creations always look absolutely perfect. Take a look for yourself. You will definitely be inspired.

For months now, I’ve been eying this Sweetapolita Pastel Swirl Cake.

sweetapolita pastel swirl cake recipe: sweetapolitas pastel swirl cake {Image via Sweetapolita}
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fab find: french bathroom accessories

Fab find
Kassatex Le Bain bath accessories, $13-$71; Gracious Home.
fab find french bathroom accessories fab find: french bathroom accessories
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Housekeeping: removing red wine stains

Throwing a dinner party in an all-white interior can be quite stressful (that’s my all-white home below!) Even though you may want to only serve white wine and soda water you can’t or your guests are going to think you’re crazy! Up until now I have entertained guests my home and just hoped for the best. Until now. Recently I was at an OxiClean event and I found the answer on how to prevent red wine from staining on my upholstery and carpeting.

favot livingroom Housekeeping: removing red wine stains

Photograph by Stacey Van Berkal

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