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decor vs. fashion: camel-coloured drapes or coat?

Camel is such a classic shade for the cooler months, and most definitely one of my go-tos. It transcends trends yet remains effortlessly stylish from year to year. I can attest – I’ve had my (very lived-in) wool camel-coloured coat for years now and it’s still my favourite. So, if you’re looking to invest in some warmth this season, look no further than this warm neutral.

For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion, which would you choose: Silk drapery or a wool coat?

DecorVsFashion Camel decor vs. fashion: camel coloured drapes or coat?

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kitchen cravings: structure bakeware

I think it’s safe to say that Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend officially rings in baking season (for those of us who aren’t year-round bakers). I got a sneak peek at a brand new collection of bakeware from Quebec-based Trudeau, and lovely readers, I think you’ll be as pleased as I was.

The Structure collection features everything you love about silicone bakeware – non-stick and flexible properties ensure muffins and loaves easily pop right out of their pans – plus the added bonus of a reinforced steel rim for secure handling. Your baking lives just got a whole lot easier!

StructureBakeware kitchen cravings: structure bakeware

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decor vs. fashion: faux fur toss cushion or scarf?

Soft and luxurious faux fur is having a moment this fall, and with good reason. I’ve been seeing the coziest accessories everywhere, and have been daydreaming about spending days cuddled up in them. For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I can’t decide whether I’d like like to dress my sofa in faux fur or myself!

What do you think – if you had $75 to spend this weekend, which would you choose – a faux fur toss cushion or scarf?

DecorVsFashion fauxfur decor vs. fashion: faux fur toss cushion or scarf?

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kitchen cravings: feed cutting boards

 

One of West Elm’s latest collaborations is with FEED (founded by model-turned-activist Lauren Bush Lauren) in support of the FEED Supper program, a grassroots initiative dedicated to ending world hunger, one meal at a time. To do so, FEED Supper hopes to provide one million meals to children and families around the world by World Food Day on October 16. (Update: it has met and exceeded its goal as of October 15!) Together with FEED, West Elm is offering an accessories and tabletop collection rooted in classic American design.

FeedCuttingBoard kitchen cravings: feed cutting boards

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decor vs. fashion: leather magazine rack or tote?

Saddle-coloured leather with its warm caramel hue is one of my favourite things. I’ve had a leather handbag in a tanned hue for a few years now, and every year the texture seems to get softer and the colour, richer. The other day I was wandering around Anthropologie and the Saddle Ring magazine holder naturally caught my eye. It got me thinking about saddle-coloured leather accessories (and how I want them ALL), and so I’ve dedicated this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post to the top two on my must-have list right now.

If you had around $150 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a magazine holder or a tote?

DecorVsFashion SaddleLeatherTote decor vs. fashion: leather magazine rack or tote?

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entertaining picks: cheese boards

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? There’s always a big turkey dinner with all the fixings (and pie, of course), but do you serve hors d’oeuvres, too?

Since a lot of prep and cooking effort goes into the meal itself, it’s best to keep appetizers simple. Cheese and charcuterie boards are a crowd favourite, and the best part is that once you assemble the board, guests can help themselves. Here are six amazing boards to set your snacks on, plus some tips for what to serve.

CheeseBoards Etsy entertaining picks: cheese boards

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host gift idea: piebox

Pie holds a special place at my Thanksgiving table. While I’m not a turkey dinner person (I know!), I always look forward to the dessert course, and pie always pleases. If you’re making the effort to bake your own pie – be it pumpkin, pecan or apple – you’ll want it to arrive in one piece. This simple and attractive pine Piebox, handcrafted in Chicago, is the storing and transporting solution.

PieBox host gift idea: piebox

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decor vs. fashion: copper pendant light or necklace?

Copper is, without a doubt, having a moment this fall. And whether you’re looking for traditional copper pots à la Downton Abbey or a sleek copper barware (Check out this set from Target!), you can be sure that the metal’s warm shine is undeniably timeless. I compiled my favourite copper items in the October issue of Style at Home and fell for the standout Perforated Metal Industrial pendant light from West Elm. I used it as the jumping-off point for this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post.

So, if you had around $90 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a copper pendant light or necklace?

DecorVsFashion PendantLightorNecklace decor vs. fashion: copper pendant light or necklace?

 

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editor’s pick: bluebellgray

A few years ago, I happened across a virtual tour of Fiona Douglas’s lovely Glasgow, Scotland, home. I soon discovered that Fiona is the owner of and artist behind Bluebellgray, the most wonderful line of painterly textiles. It was immediately enchanted by Bluebellgray’s vibrant watercolour floral toss cushions and tapestries, but disappointed that I’d have to shell out hefty shipping and customs fees in order to have them in my home.

BluebellgrayTossCushion editors pick: bluebellgray

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decor vs. fashion: red striped rug or t-shirt?

There’s a new book that’s en vogue among the style set this month: How to be Parisian Wherever You Are. Have you read it yet? It’s written by four friends – Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas – all lovely bohemian French women. The book offers lifestyle, beauty, fashion and food and entertaining tips with a dose of wit and a dash of cool.

This week’s Decor vs. Fashion post is inspired by How to be Parisian Wherever You Are and features quintessential French stripes in bold red. So, if you had around $150 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a red-striped rug or t-shirt?

DecorVsFashion RugorShirt decor vs. fashion: red striped rug or t shirt?

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