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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.

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

Whale Serve Cooler, $139, potterybarn.com

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places to go, people to see: black rooster decor

It’s here! Online boutique Black Rooster Decor‘s first bricks and mortar store has finally arrived. In fact, today marks its one-week-a-versary. Set in Toronto’s very trendy Leslieville neighbourhood, the space looks more like a carefully curated living room than a retail environment – and for good reason: the very talented Christine Dovey (see her son’s precious nursery in Style at Home‘s September 2013 issue) styled the store. Welcomed by edgy-but-sweet owner Nina Ber-Donkor, you’ll feel like you’ve come to visit a good girlfriend at her super stylish home. The best part about ogling this lady’s space? She won’t mind you “copying” that to-die-for down-filled toss cushion or perfectly quirky accessory. Though some of the merchandise, like antiques refurbished in milk paint and natural fibres, is a splurge, many of the price tags will pleasantly surprise you. Here are some of my favourite steal-worthy looks.

Black Rooster Decor toss cushions places to go, people to see: black rooster decor

I adore the graphic prints and border details on these extra-thick Australian-imporated toss cushions.


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icymi: this week’s top 5 posts

This week’s top five posts showcases a variety of topics, from outdoor design to makeovers to container gardening (and more!). Which story is your favourite from this week?

icymi top 5 icymi: this weeks top 5 posts

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5 beautiful kitchen backsplash ideas

When it comes to renovating your kitchen, adding a backsplash can be an inexpensive way to create instant drama. It’s the perfect place to play around with tiles, colour and pattern. And is a small enough area that you can install that gorgeous Calacatta marble slab without breaking your renovation budget.

These five beautiful kitchens showcase a variety of backsplash ideas, from traditional to modern and neutral to colourful. Which one would YOU love to install in your kitchen?

kitchen backsplash calacatta marble 5 beautiful kitchen backsplash ideas

{ Photography by Stacey Brandford }

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australian couple renovates and restores chateau de gudanes

If you’ve ever bought a fixer upper, then you know just how much time, money and effort go into, well, fixing a house up. But a home that’s got great bones (even if it’s falling apart) can be attractive to the ambitious and is certainly one way to create the house of your dreams.

Of course, there are fixer uppers and then there are fixer uppers.

chateau gudanes exterior australian couple renovates and restores chateau de gudanes

{PHOTO VIA: Chateau de Gudanes}

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4 entryway design ideas for small spaces

There’s one spot in every apartment I’ve ever had that is always severely neglected — the entryway.

It tends to be one of the most frustrating areas of my home because it’s always a tight squeeze and differs from my last space, so previous decor doesn’t work. I’ve been piecing together a few no-fail, must-have entryway essentials that can be transferred from one home to another.

With some inspiration from Style at Home, here are four ways to make a small space entryway work:

entryway 1 4 entryway design ideas for small spaces

{ Photography by Yale Wagner }

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feature fridays: instagram inspiration

With each new issue of Style at Home our readers take to social media to share not only their excitement, but how the issue is inspiring their own creativity. Throughout the month, we’ve received lots of positive feedback from friends and fans especially through our @StyleAtHome instagram account. Since we love seeing our readers enjoying the magazine, we wanted to share a few of our web team’s favourites from the May 2014 issue.

SAH May Cover feature fridays: instagram inspiration

{Photography by Virginia Macdonald}

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shop envy

Rewind the that scene of the SATC movie a few years ago, when Carrie walks into that penthouse apartment turns to Big and says “Hello, I live here…” Well, that happened to me the other day- however it was at the Club Monaco on Bloor Street.

EYE CANDY LCD SAH5 copy shop envy

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confessions of a pinterest addict

I think it’s safe to say that I’m a Pinterest addict. My addiction crept up on me slowly. I started a Pinterest account years ago and loved it right from the beginning. I created a handful of boards but after a few weeks, my activity dwindled. But recently, I’ve rediscovered Pinterest and now I just can’t stop. I’m pinning in the morning while I’m eating breakfast and late at night just before I fall asleep.

My Pinterest boards focus mostly on design and decor, fashion, food and travel. There’s so much inspiration to be found and whenever a holiday rolls around, I peruse my boards for recipes, decorating tips and tabletop ideas. Here’s a glimpse at some of my pins:

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