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simple baked apple roses with your kids

Temperatures have dropped so much over these past two weekends. Fall is officially here! Since the weather is getting colder, I’ve started planning more indoor activities for my two-and-a-half-year-old son.


Recently, he’s been watching YouTube videos on how to make birthday cakes out of Play-Doh. That’s when the idea came to me: why don’t I recreate the process for him using real ingredients, and teach him how to bake!

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decor inspiration: quilts as wall art

I love the idea of hanging a beautiful handmade quilt as wall art, and I’ve been thinking of this idea to cover an empty wall in my dining area for a while. (It’s like the woven wall hanging trend on a larger scale.) Quilts have a gorgeous artisanal quality and can be neutral or colourful, geometric or abstract. Read on to find a few of my favourite designs.

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lumas art gallery now open in toronto

LUMAS, a Berlin-born photography gallery, has opened its second set of Canadian doors in Toronto’s well known Yorkville area. After opening in Vancouver back in February of this year (to an overwhelmingly positive response), the Toronto location was an obvious next step. As a gallery that offers a variety of contemporary art at an accessible price, LUMAS is exactly what was needed to bring a fresh clientele to the established Yorkville hood. Any art lovers on the hunt for their next great piece should definitely check out LUMAS’ new pad. Read on to take a peak inside their showroom.

IMG_8050Above is one of my favourite pieces on display by Peter Funch

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places to go, people to see: kedd life style fair

For the design inclined, strolling through Toronto’s King East Design District (KEDD) always seems like a good idea. A bright blue modular chair proudly displayed in a window can steal our hearts one minute, a frilly grey toss cushion the next. Tomorrow, the neighbourhood will become even more colourful.

On Saturday, September 26th the district will flaunt its creative side during the KEDD Life Style Fair. Now into its second year, the fete is considered to be Toronto’s largest public festival celebrating modern design. From 10am to 5pm, King Street East will be outfitted with vibrant installations curated by local artists and designers.

Here’s a sneak peek of three installations you can expect to find on Saturday:


Photography by Arthur Mola

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sumptuous design aboard uniworld’s ss catherine

uniworld-ship If there are two things I love, it’s travel and design. I recently experienced the most perfect blend of both on a river cruise when I sailed on Uniworld’s SS Catherine (christened by Catherine Deneuve) this past summer, traveling for eight days from Avignon to Lyon. River cruising is quickly becoming one of the hottest trends in travel, attracting an increasingly more diverse group of travelers. And when I stepped aboard the SS Catherine, I knew I was in for a treat! Unlike other river cruise companies whose ships are typically identical one to the next, Uniworld’s focus on unique decor and design on each ship is obvious. Want to take a virtual tour of this spectacular ship? Let’s go!
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places to go, people to see: toronto food and wine festival

Summer may be over, but outdoor festival season (yes, that’s a thing!) isn’t over just yet. Tomorrow through Sunday, the first Toronto Food & Wine Festival will be held at Evergreen Brickworks. If the event’s trendy locale and inviting name aren’t intriguing enough, allow me to name drop: Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes, Gail Simmons, Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Antonio Park, Roger Mooking – these celebrity chefs and many more will showcase their skills and divulge expect tricks during live demonstrations. And when you’re positively salivating, taste your way through the 130 booths to sample some of the city’s best eats and bevvies. Here’s a glance of what’s in store.

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Buttermilk biscuit with egg by Brad Long of Café Belong.

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five blankets for fall that deliver beauty and balmy bliss

One of the most worthwhile investments you can make at this time of year is a beautiful wool throw or blanket for your home. Wool fabrics have greater bulk, allowing them to hold air in and act as great insulators. Another great quality of wool is that is it hypoallergenic.

A well-made wool blanket will last you a lifetime. Here are five blankets that will not only look great in your home but will make you feel just as great as you snuggle your way into the cooler seasons ahead.


The Crux Blanket & The Cross Blanket by Pia Wallen


The Crux Blanket, image courtesy of

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casual dining in newfoundland

Can’t believe it’s already mid-septmeber and with temperature reaching almost 30C this week,  I am ready to soak up as much warmth and sun as possible before the leaves turn color! Speaking about an extended patio season, I miss my summer vacation at Newfoundland and the delicious treats from French pastries to super fresh seafood.

Eat in Newfoundland

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hey calgary! cosentino is coming to town

Cosentino – a leader in stone, quartz and architectural surfacing – is opening in Calgary TODAY! Anyone planning on doing some home renovations this coming fall? Read on to learn more about the brand new showroom.

Dekton-Living-Room---MakaiDekton shown in Makai (which is designed to look like wood)

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Have we been pronouncing IKEA wrong this whole time?

Is it my North American twang or a monkey-see-monkey-do effect? Whether I’m trained by mimicking commercials or we’re all seriously lacking a Swedish dialect, my world has been rocked after watching this adorable new IKEA kitchen commercial from Malaysia.

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Did you hear it?

In presenting their new 2016 catalogue, the narrator pronounces IKEA as “Ick-kee-ya”. Meanwhile, here I’ve been saying “eye-kee-ya” my whole life! Where and when did “ick” become “eye’?

How do YOU pronounce IKEA?

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