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spring refresh: the tale of three balconies

Hello Monday!  Spring has finally arrived in Toronto, and it is time to give your outdoor space a fresh new look.  I would love to live in a house with a beautiful garden full of fragrance blooms and luscious greens but let’s face it, I am ecstatic to have 100 square feet of outdoor space as a condo dweller.

For those of you who are looking for ways to inject colors, patterns, and personality to a generic builder delight, here are my tips on how to create your little oasis high up in the sky. 
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before and after: den

Hello Wednesday! After sharing the before and after of my living room and bedroom, our next stop is the den.  A den is a very common feature condo dwellers are familiar with: it’s a room without window.  Faced with limited square footage, I challenged myself to think outside the box and to maximize the usability + style of this windowless space.

den - after 1

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before and after: bedroom

Hello Monday! After such a busy week and a snow storm that brought us about 10 inches of white fairy dusts, I was glad to seek refuge in this sumptuous and relaxing bedroom on the weekend.  Believe it or not, this bedroom was once a generic blank space that builders commonly deliver these days.  Today, I am going to share with you a few tricks on how to turn a builder basic box into a serene sanctuary.

After- Bedroom 1

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before and after: living room

Hello Tuesday! It’s the first day of March and after such a beautiful sunny weekend, are you ready to welcome spring into your home?  I plan to work some spring magic to my own condo this month but for today, I thought why not sharing some of my tips on how I turned this builder standard condo into an inviting home for two!

After - Living Room 1

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IDS2016 ~ maker

Are you in the market for exceptional quality yet affordable furnishings that are meticulously handcrafted right here in Toronto? Well you have come to the right place and thanks to “Maker” of Interior Design Show, I am sharing with you my favorite local artisans today.

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stay organized for good: win a marie kondo book prize pack

New Year’s resolutions have become almost taboo to even utter. Why? Probably because most of them don’t last past the month of January. It doesn’t mean they’re not well-intentioned, they may just require a little help.


The one resolution that typically tops resolution lists (well, ours at least) is to be more organized. Whether that’s purging and decluttering or establishing a filing system. The hard part, though, is knowing where to start and how to stick to it all year long.


Enter Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo, the New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Gift Guide – Glamour Within Reach

I always approach gift giving as somewhat of a treasure hunt. But finding that special something for that special someone – and staying on budget – is not always an easy task. I love finding small gems, sometimes literally like these agate arrowhead napkin rings by Mapleton Drive. These are definitely one of my absolute favorite items that I have come across this holiday season. They are guaranteed to elevate any table setting. A set of four will cost you $99 US.

napkin rings

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christmas market right at home

Hello Tuesday! How was your first weekend of December?  The mild weather and my visits to the Christmas Market in Toronto and Kitchener have inspired me to create my very own Christmas Market.  That’s right, if you have a balcony, you too can create a festive, whimsical, and cozy outdoor oasis to treat yourself this holiday season.

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peek inside brika’s new holiday pop-up in toronto

If you’ve ever browsed the well-crafted goods featured on BRIKA (a curated version of Etsy), chances are the Toronto-based online retailer has since become a favourite shopping destination. Now, to make the holidays a little brighter, the founders have set up a 3,000-square-foot pop-up shop at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
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holiday celebration in style

How is your holiday decoration coming along? Party invites are flying in and my own party will take place in 2 short weeks!  Needless to say, I am super excited to host our first Christmas party at Chris’ condo (you will see this fantastic home soon!) but it is also very difficult to decide on a color scheme especially when he likes the festive traditions in red and I must rather prefer a soothing palette in blue.

If you are also in a similar dilemma, then you have come to the right place today as I tour this beautifully decorated home in three distinct color palettes, proving you too can have it all!

Holiday Preview 1

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