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decor vs. fashion: eyelet bedskirt or dress?

Although summer’s definitely winding down, I’m still grasping on to my lighter layers. Soon it will be all wool and denim and down. Eyelet is one of those great breezy patterns that’s meant for summer, but is perfect when you’re transitioning to fall – just pair it with warmer fabrics. I spotted this eyelet bedskirt at Anthropologie and it quickly inspired this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, which is all about dainty eyelet.

So, if you had around $150 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: an eyelet embroidered bedskirt or an eyelet dress?

DecorVSFashion Eyelet decor vs. fashion: eyelet bedskirt or dress?

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editor’s pick: cotton pillowcases

I’m such a sucker for soft cotton pieces (seriously, you should see my closet) and tiny florals, so these printed cotton pillowcases from Bon naturally caught my eye.

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decor vs. fashion: jersey pillow or oversize sweatshirt?

Casual, cool and comfy sweatshirts are all the rage these days – I’ve been spotting them everywhere lately! For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I was inspired by this easy breezy look to find an equally cozy sweatshirt-like piece for the home.

So, if you had $90 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a cotton jersey toss cushion or a sweatshirt?

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decor vs. fashion: chunky tassel throw or long cardigan?

This week’s Decor vs. Fashion post is dedicated to my favourite layers for a breezy day: a cozy throw and a cardigan. Even better when they feature a chunky knit like these selections do. I may be jumping the gun, but today’s cool breeze has me daydreaming about fall…

So, if you had $69 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a throw or a cardigan?

DecorVsFashion Throw Cardigan decor vs. fashion: chunky tassel throw or long cardigan?

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decor vs. fashion: blue and white rug or espadrilles?

There are only two more weekends left in August, and I’m determined to make the most of them. Since I’m headed to the cottage this weekend, this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post is dedicated to laid-back summer style and my favourite colour combination – blue and white. Savvy readers might recognize these items from my “Trendspotting” column in the August issue of Style at Home!

So, if you had $50 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: An indoor/outdoor rug or beachy espadrilles?

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decor vs. fashion: gingham sheet set or shirt?

You really can’t go wrong with the laid-back look of gingham (especially when paired with denim). For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I was inspired by Serena and Lily’s wonderfully made bed complete with gingham sheets to find an equally dapper gingham utility shirt from J.Crew.

So, if you had up to $130 to spend this week, which would you choose: a sheet set or a utility shirt? DecorVsFahion SheetsOrShirt decor vs. fashion: gingham sheet set or shirt? Read the rest of this entry »

best counter-worthy bath products: aesop hand wash

While I’m slowly but surely making over my bathroom, I’ve been on the hunt for counter-worthy bath products and toiletries. Since I prefer clear countertops (for both style and sanity), I only buy items with attractive packaging – unless, of course, I’m stowing them away in my cabinets. I’d like to share my latest obsession: Aesop’s hand wash and hand balm.

courtneyadamobathroom best counter worthy bath products: aesop hand wash

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friday happy hour: pimm’s cup

Friday happy hour is back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. Next up: how to make a Pimm’s Cup. A deliciously refreshing drink with a likeness to iced tea. The best part: You can put a pitcher of Pimm’s Cup out at any backyard shindig and it’s a guaranteed hit with EVERYONE.

PimmsCup friday happy hour: pimms cup

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decor vs. fashion: mara hoffman floor cushion or tank top

I’m in love with New York-based fashion designer Mara Hoffman’s graphic boho prints and vibrantly coloured pieces (as evidenced in this post). Her attention-grabbing home decor collection with Anthropologie has been all the rage among the style set this summer, so it seems fitting that I’ve dedicated our Decor VS. Fashion post to her.

So, if you had $170 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: A Mara Hoffman-designed floor pillow or tank top?

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host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

How amazing are these bottle openers from Fort Standard?  CrestBottleOpeners host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

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