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places to go, people to see: modern home tour

Have you ever been out for a walk or a drive and chanced upon a stunning modern house? Looking more like pieces of art than houses, these dwellings are nestled all over Toronto, and this weekend you can get up close and personal. This Saturday, June 7, the second annual Toronto Modern Home Tour will grant participants an intimate glimpse of some of the best contemporary architecture and design in the city. The self-guided tour will include at least six homes and run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buy your ticket online here today or tomorrow for $30 US, or the day of at one of the homes on the list for $40 US. Kids younger than 12 get in free, so it’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the family without breaking the bank. Highlights include the award-winning home of artist Charles Pachter, located in Chinatown, designed by Stephen Teeple of Teeple Architects. Built in 2005, the home appears like a stack of transparent cubes – definitely not the dwelling for a messy person!

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Courtesy of Teeple Architects

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My trip to Minneapolis with Cambria

A few weeks back I went to visit Cambria in Minneapolis. Cambria is a manufacturer and fabricator of beautiful quartz solid surfacing. Here are some photos from my trip (sorry not so pretty):

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wedding gift idea

Summer is a time to relax, enjoy the heat and of course attend weddings! I often find myself down to the wire, days to go till the wedding, frantically shopping (nothing left on the gift registry) in the attempts to find the perfect addition to your friends home (without abandoning all creativity and handing over an envelope full of cash…..) The question that continues to surface each time is “what do you get for the couple that already has it all”?  Today I came across the most unusual and gorgeous bowls from the Drake General Store. Created by Areaware, the same studio that brought us the famed Piggy Bank found in stylish homes across the globe, these marble and resin dishes are cast to replicate a classic rope design, that would bring a bit of flair to any space.  They come in a variety of finishes, prices range from $115-$185 CND.

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a flower’s power: how to be fierce with florals

Florals. Where do I begin? For most of my adult life I have been of the conviction that flowers and anything remotely floral belongs in the garden and the garden only. Being an 80s child and somewhat of a tomboy, I often suffered the extreme discomfort of many a floral fashion blunder – theatrical bridesmaid dresses, cutesy Laura Ashley day dresses and flawless floral bedding selected by my well intentioned mother, just to name a few. Truth be told, I have often joked about “florals” being my personal F-word.

Today this predictably pretty and ultra feminine motif has turned frisky and fierce – it’s all about less structure and a more organic, large scale and fluid look. Florals have taken on a new life and blossomed into a form that’s experimental – “flower power” in its true spirit.

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photo by Ruven Afanador

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photo by Ruven Afanador

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contemporary canadiana

Cottage season is here, and with that comes reinvention, refreshing, and sometimes revitalizing old digs. The classic cottage that we all know and love has wood panelling, rustic finishings, and of course the beloved Bay blanket on display. This year why not try light wood throughout, softer hues, and modern decor? Here are some of my picks for a new twist on an old favourite.

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art gallery

With the summer season right around the corner,(cross your fingers) I have been craving bright, cheerful colour in my surroundings. I have always been fond of gallery style white walls decorated in colourful artwork. At the moment I think there is a draw towards pieces that are casual and uncomplicated, the juxtaposition of high end art, accompanied by something created in arts & crafts has become a growing trend… I love it. Here are a few of my top pics from around the web, the price points all vary, but together they work harmoniously. Casual, fab, and of course ever so vibrant.

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anchor’s away

Nautically inspired decor continues to be one of those trends that keeps resurfacing season after season. It has come a long way since the “ship in a bottle” decor that used to adorn every captains chambers and has become the staple of every cottage from the Hamptons to the Muskokas. Blue and white stripes will always be  synonymous with sailing and ocean culture, recently fresh interpretations such as rustic rope decorated mirrors and youthfully designed matchboxes for your interior will have you saying “Ahoy Matey”…..

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icymi: this week’s top 5 posts

Spring blooms and pretty floral arrangements dominated this week. Throw in a few gorgeous neutral interiors and some laundry room renovation tips and you have our top stories from the past week. Check them out below!

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store opening: black rooster decor

It has been 1 week since the grand opening of the hottest new store to hit the Leslieville strip: Black Rooster Decor. Being a well known website already, Nina (the fabulous owner) decided to venture further and open her first store front location. Located at 1025 Queen Street East in downtown Toronto, the store compliments the online shop well, offering a range of super chic and trendy household goods. Since Mary mentioned her fav picks in her blog post earlier today (can you tell that we went to the store together and are equally as obsessed!), I wanted to share some of my favourite items too.

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sea critters: how to make a splash with ocean inspired decor

If going nautical doesn’t float your boat, maybe this trend will – sea critters. From whales to barracudas and octopi, underwater life is the inspiration for many new looks this summer. These looks range from whimsical to graphic and sophisticated. If you’re looking for new ways to freshen up your home décor for summer, cast away anchor motifs, coral accessories and rope detailing and opt for something a little more adventurous.

 

underwater whimsy

When you’re going the whimsy route stick to a few key pieces that are bold and unexpected. Layering too many loud items together can look like you are about to throw a theme party. Be selective, choose where you want to make a splash.

Add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor entertaining with this playful whale cooler and striking sea critter tableware from Pottery Barn.

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Whale Serve Cooler, $139, potterybarn.com

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