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nursery decor: cute cribs

There’s going to be a new addition to my family come September, and although there are lots of worries and concerns constantly running through my head as a first time mum-to-be, there’s no question about what sort of aesthetic I want to achieve in the nursery. I’m keeping the gender a surprise, so instead of incorporating a scheme of soft pinks or handsome blues, I’ll be going with a more neutral look. The most important piece in the room is the crib, of course, and I know I want something that’s white and very simple in design. There are so many options out there, so I thought I would share three favourites that I’ve come across.


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editor’s picks: mara hoffman for anthropologie

Anthropologie now carries an exclusive collection of home goods from New York-based Mara Hoffman, one of my favourite clothing designers. Mara’s statement-making graphic boho prints and vibrant colours are signature to her aesthetic. Although her pieces are a bit of a splurge, they are clothes that are always the centre of attention – they make you feel both confident and pretty. I imagine that the bedding, toss cushions, rug, drapery and chair she designed for Anthropologie will have the same effect on your home.


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5 things to try this weekend

It’s Friday and the countdown to the weekend is on! What are you going to do this weekend? If you’ve got a few hours to spare, here are five things to try this weekend:


1 Organize your jewellery
PHOTO: Donna Griffith
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lucite love

Lucite has been trending for the past few years. Since the resurgence of  mid century design spurred on by the popularity of Mad Men, we have seen this versatile material utilized as a home staple. Lucite Table

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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!

Teeple Architects

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.


photo by Ruven Afanador


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.

Classic Canadiana

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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.

ART LCD copy
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