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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_8050 Above 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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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---Makai Dekton shown in Makai (which is designed to look like wood)

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cure the winter blues with beautiful design

When the temperature outside feels like -30, I can’t help but dream of leaving this frigid weather and escaping to a gorgeous, sunny destination. If heading south is your go-to solution to cure the winter blues, or finding warm weather decor inspiration helps to remind you spring and summer are on their way, you’ll definitely want to check out the newly reenvisioned guestrooms at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Designed by famed designer Jonathan Adler, the guestrooms reflect a truly vibrant and authentic Palm Beach destination experience.


Check out more stunning photos below. Who knows, this resort might just make your list of must-visit style destinations or inspire a redesign of your own.

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places to go, people to see: art shoppe

Time flies. Art Shoppe has been a staple in Toronto’s design landscape for 78 years. Steeped in history, the family owned business has a long list of clients, including the Toronto international airport and the Toronto telegram building. Good news, bad news: The historic Yonge and Eglinton location shut it’s doors a few months ago (not surprisingly, the site already has a condo project in the works). But the great news is that it’s found an arguably better home in the Castlefield design district and is settling in quite well. The new showroom retains the signature Canadian-made and European-imported Art Deco-inspired collection that its customers know and love. Situated among other great design shops, the new location makes for a great day trip destination – the in-store cafe, set to open in the spring, will be a great spot to lunch among stylish furnishings. Here are some snapshots of the iconic landmark address over the last seven or so decades. 

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kate spade saturday + west elm are a match made in heaven

Like peanut butter and chocolate, some things are just meant to go together. So when two of my favourite brands, West Elm and Kate Spade Saturday, announced their new partnership, I went a little weak in the knees. Talk about a match made in heaven. Kate Spade Saturday is bringing a dose of chill weekend whimsy to West Elm’s contemporary furniture collection. The new line features furniture, bedding, rugs and accessories, all in Kate Spade’s signature look – bold, bright hues and playful patterns.

Here are a few of the items in the collection that caught my eye:

kate-spade-saturday-west-elm-duvet Kate Spade Saturday Floral Duvet Cover + Shams – Habanero
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editor’s pick: lindsay stead quilts

Lindsay Stead creates incredible heirloom-quality quilts and toss cushions in her Toronto studio.

From Lindsay: “In this era of making objects as quickly as possible, I take great pride in using traditional techniques to make my quilts. Each quilt is entirely hand quilted, which although being a very time consuming process, creates a very personal connection for me to my work.” I’d like to hang one of these graphic quilts on a wall.

Check out Lindsay’s beautiful work at Toronto’s One of a Kind Show until December 7, or on her website.

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goodge place: a new vancouver design store worth visiting

Listen up, design enthusiasts: A home decor shop is opening its doors tomorrow in Vancouver’s South Granville district, and it’s no ordinary store. The boutique, called Goodge Place, is named after a charming street in London, England. That said, it should come as no surprise that most of the merchandise is sourced from there too.

Goodge Place

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take a look inside reese witherspoon’s $14 million dollar home

If you loved getting a glimpse inside Sarah Jessica Parker’s New York brownstone, then you won’t be disappointed by Academy Award winner, Reese Witherspoon’s Spanish-style estate in Los Angeles. As part of Vogue.com’s 73 Questions web series, Reese answers rapid-fire questions while showing off her beautifully decorated 6,956-square-foot Brentwood home. From the moment she opens the large wrought iron front door, you know it’s going to be good.

It’s Southern-charm-meets-California-chic and it’s exactly where we would have pictured Reese to call home. Which is why we were surprised to hear…
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nesting with nest

My first floor renovation is finally coming to an end. One of the most exciting things to happen was the installation of the Nest thermostat. First off it is a thing of beauty – round, black, and shiny – it almost looks like jewelry on my wall. Secondly it is smart and can program itself and finally, my favourite feature, is that I can adjust it wirelessly from my iPhone or tablet. So I can be lying in bed and not have to run downstairs to turn the temperature up or down. I know I’m lazy, but to me this is a luxury.

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