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outdoor decor ideas

A few days ago, I attended the preview for Andrew Richard Designs 2012 outdoor furnishing collection. The colours were vivid and bright, and the furniture cosy and inviting. I left the event wanting the warmer months to quickly settle in.

In the meantime, I thought I would share designer Andrew Bockner‘s tips to creating a relaxing outdoor retreat – as well as some of my favourite outdoor accessories for 2012.

Outdoors Andrew Richard Designs Vista Teak 4 lo1 outdoor decor ideas
Andrew Richard Designs, Vista Teak Collection

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fab find: easter bunny napkin

Fab find
Easter bunny screen-printed napkin, $20 US, Oh Little Rabbit on Etsy.
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chalkboard decor accessories

There’s something rustic and charming about incorporating chalkboard items into your home decor, isn’t there? A reminder of the blackboards of our high school years, these items are an easy way to add a little whimsy and youthfulness to our home decor. Whether it’s fun accessories or larger items like wall stickers used to adorn kitchen or office walls, chalkboard is a fun and flexible texture to play with. And for anyone who loves a good DIY project, try buying some chalkboard paint (you can find some at most craft or hardware store) and let your imagination run wild!

Here are some of my favourite chalkboard accessories:
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7 ideas for decorating with mason jars

Mason jars – originally used to can food preserves – have become an endlessly stylish home decor accessory. Completely in love with this shabby-chic/feminine look, I prepared a story showcasing a few different ways to use mason jars on your tabletop this spring. Take a look:

Masonjars howto 7 ideas for decorating with mason jars
You can, of course, use mason jars in almost any room in your home, so I thought I would share a few of my favourite mason jar-inspired home decor finds.

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cookbook giveaway: joe beef

If you love to indulge in good comfort food and are in Montreal, you must check out Joe Beef. This small restaurant has become emblematic of Little Burgundy, a quaint Montreal neighbourhood with many antique stores and small cafes. Joe Beef draws both local and international crowds who come to sample no-fuss rustic food in a homey setting.

Joe Beef banner blog 460 cookbook giveaway: joe beef
It’s pretty difficult to get a last-minute table (especially with the recent success of the Joe Beef cookbook!), so think ahead if you want to try the restaurant. And for all of us who can’t make it to Montreal right away, we have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky reader! Read on for details on how to enter. Read the rest of this entry »

fab find: linen tea towel

Fab find
Linen fruit tea towel, $18 US; Slide Sideways on Etsy.

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easy coffee table diy project

If you’re trying to decorate your home on a budget, DIY projects are often the way to make it happen. After desperately looking for the perfect coffee table for a few months, I couldn’t seem to find what I wanted at my price point. Living without a proper coffee table has its own set of challenges so it was time to find a solution. I stumbled upon a great roundup that listed a variety of ideas to embellish IKEA furniture on Apartment Therapy – I was immediately sold!
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fab find: fluted bud vase

Fab find
Fluted bud vase, $12.50 per vase; Indigo.
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fab find: chalkboard spice jars

Fab find
Chalkboard spice jar, $10 US, Anthropologie.
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fab find: patterned placemats

Fab find
Fanned placemat set, $17.06 (set of 2), West Elm.
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