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style showdown: shoes or pillow?

Even though spring officially arrived weeks ago, Mother Nature is having her fun with us (at least here in Toronto) and we’re being forced to dream about spring instead of bask in it. No matter. I’m still readying both house and wardrobe for the moment that we can throw off all the heaviness of winter and dive headfirst into spring.

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art: slim aarons

As a decorator I am always trying to inject my clients personality into each project I work on as well as my own. The best way to do this is through art. Art is an expression on ones inward feelings, it is objective and often without explanation. We are drawn to, what we are drawn to, sometimes without rhyme or reason, and that is the beauty or art, it takes a blank canvas an voila! Unique, beautiful, personal Slim Aarons ART LCD SAH art: slim aarons

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around town: cabbagetown

Have you heard of Cabbagetown?? Located in Toronto’s East End, this historical community is minutes away from Yorkville, Leslieville and the heart of downtown. It is also where I call home!!! Since living here for the past 3 years my love affair for this neighbourhood has solidified, and I continue to look forward to learning more about the history surrounding this area as well as the growth and opportunity it promises!

CABBATOWN LCD SAH around town: cabbagetown

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inspired by easter: my favourite pastels

With Easter only days away,  I can’t help but be inspired by the beautiful chalky pastel eggs I have been seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. It reminds me how much I love pastels and how beautiful they can look in your home, plus they pair beautifully with my favorite colour grey.  Here are a few of my favorite pastel items on the market.

Eggs inspired by easter: my favourite pastels Photography by Michael Graydon

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the blues

On a chilly day like the one we are currently experiencing here is Toronto, I find myself seeking solace in anything resembling warm weather!! I have always been attracted to the colour blue, it is so grounded, and yet versatile . I relate my love of blue to many beautiful days spent outdoors as a child enjoying the vibrant summer sky, and family vacations by the ocean.

BLUES2 the blues

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palm beach inspired

As the warm weather sweeps over the city of Toronto, I am feeling inspired by design references of more exotic climates. One of my biggest design influences is Palm Beach, Florida. The pastels, art deco, and botanical motifs found throughout the many stunning interiors leave me wanting to kick back on a lacquered bamboo chair while sipping a daiquiri…. Pure bliss!

SAH PALM BEACH 23 palm beach inspired

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Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

You know Spring is here (or around the corner) when you start to see outdoor furniture popping up in stores and on websites. Here are two of my favourites: the West Elm Dexter Collection and the new Crate & Barrel Communal and Berkshire Collections. The Dexter has been around for several years and has a lovely aged teak look to it. I also like the rounded back on the bench.

West Elm Dexter Dining Collection2 Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

West Elm

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debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

I’m in the midst of debating my tub scenario – first off it has to fit into a 3-walled alcove situation. So the front portion of the tub is exposed. I have seen 2 ways of doing this – one where you finish the front of the tub with either tile, wood or stone. The other way is to do one with a built-in apron. What are peoples thoughts on this? Here are images of both:

Apron sided tub. This one is from Kohler:

apron tub debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

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chair of the moment: bkf chair or butterfly chair

I’ve been seeing this chair around recently. It’s a design classic. I’ve never actually sat in one, but I would imagine it is very comfortable once you get in, but tricky to get out of. Having done a little bit of investigating it looks like its roots are Brazilian. The originals were made out of leather, but I’ve seen it in canvas and really like like the look too. Currently CB2 is carrying the 1938 Tobacco Leather Butterfly Chair. It looks similar to the original and is very chic.

1938 leather butterfly chair chair of the moment: bkf chair or butterfly chair

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capture your dream space: renderings by designer michelle morelan

You know exactly what you want it to look like – your dream space. It might be a luxurious master bath, a romantic bedroom or the ultimate moody library. You have everything planned out down to the cabinetry hardware or floor stain. You might have a magazine cutout hung at your desk or maybe you’ve got a carefully curated Pinterest board. But, whether its a tight space or a tight budget you’re working within, it’s a dream you have to put off until you get a raise or win the lottery (just how extravagant is this space?). What if I told you you could have it in a matter of weeks? Okay, not it exactly, but a beautiful rendering of it, like this one.

Michelle Morelan Design bathroom rendering capture your dream space: renderings by designer michelle morelan

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