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yay or nay: small space single bookshelf

Being a bachelorette apartment dweller, I’m always looking for smart small space storage solutions. Using whatever vertical space available is always recommended but sometimes renters, like myself, are not able to drill large holes for shelves and wall-mounted units.

Could the solution be this simple, single bookshelf?

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the making of my custom master bedroom rug at elte


master rug the making of my custom master bedroom rug at elte



My venture into ELTE’s custom rug department was the result of falling head over heels with their silk orchid collection.


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gwyneth knows her kitchens

Clearly our girl Gwyneth knows her way around a kitchen having written 2 cookbooks: My Father’s Daughter and It’s All Good. But what is also clear to me is she has great taste in kitchens. This kitchen was designed by Windsor Smith – one of my favourite designers. I’m not sure if she designed it with Gwyneth in mind, but either way I’d love to spend a lot of time here. We’ve featured Smith’s work before on our website. Do you think Gwyneth and Chris cooked amazing meals while listening to music together? I must admit I’m a little sad about their recent “un-coupling”, are you?

web windsor kitchen gwyneth knows her kitchens

Photographer Michael Wells, Designer Windsor Smith

For another fun blog about Gwenyth Paltrow’s style, check out Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin’s shopping list from Gwenyth’s famous goop.com

editor’s pick: top 5 ikea kitchens

It’s no longer a secret that interior designers love IKEA cabinets for their quality and customization. Behind their stylish closed doors, IKEA cabinets have some of the best space saving and organizational units on the market. Here is a round up of some of fantastic IKEA kitchens that have all been featured in Style at Home.

industrial bistro island1 editors pick: top 5 ikea kitchensOrsa birch cabinets sprayed in grey, designed by Ingrid Oomen

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6 laundry room essentials

Another Friday, another weekend ahead of chores. Laundry is usually the first task I tackle on the weekends. And while I don’t mind doing laundry, it’s still a chore and one that I’m happy to finish each week. But I find that if you create a space that’s pretty and that you don’t mind spending time in, then it’s easier to face the task at hand. So, if you need some inspiration to make over your laundry room, here are 6 essentials that’ll help:

west elm soiled garments laundry bag 6 laundry room essentials
Izola Cotton Laundry Bags – Soiled Garments, $45, West Elm
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one of a kind spring show: 7 textile designers to love

No matter what I plan on looking for at the One of a Kind Shows, I inevitably find myself stopping at every textile booth on the floor. From tea towels to bedding to bags, there is a print that will catch your eye.

What I’m finding more and more at each show is the diversity in products, using these designs on everything from paper to clothing to accessories and materials, such as wood. I’m always inspired by showcasing items in unique ways. Even something as simple as framing a beautiful scarf can create interest. So, with that in mind, here are seven talented textile designers to keep an out for at the show this week.

1 Jenna Rose Textiles

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one of my favourite kitchens of all time

I’ve always loved this kitchen – the mix of modern and rustic elements is just right. The wall of subways, the dark ceiling beams, the amazing chandelier, the live edge table… I could go on. I also love the unique over the top styling with gourds and green leafy veggies. For me this is up there as one of my all time favourite kitchens.



kitchen with ochre1 one of my favourite kitchens of all time

Photography Lincoln Barbour, Design Jessica Helgerson

artwork: 3 classic film stars

I’m a big lover of classic film. If I pass by an old black and white film on TV, you can bet I’m going to stop. Chances are I’ve seen it before (many times) but I’ll still watch again. I love the classics. Just the look of a black and white film fills me with nostalgia and transports me back in time to my childhood, the time when my mother introduced me to so, so many of the great films of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

I love black and white films and I love the stark contrast of black and white in decor so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this special collection of artwork from Ralph Lauren Home.

cary grant artwork: 3 classic film stars

Cross-Legged Cary, $595.00
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a chic retreat: my master bedroom

The master bedroom was part of our second floor addition, and while it’s not a huge space, it more than serves its purpose as a luxurious room to relax and rejuvenate in with a king size bed, small vanity and a bank of dressers for tons of clothing storage.


master after a chic retreat: my master bedroom

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shoe-inspired decor: black and white stripes

Black and white stripes are a dramatic choice, whether in the clothes you wear or as a statement in your home. This week’s shoe-inspired decor (or is it the other way around?) features this bold look: horizontal black and white stripes.

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