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behind the scenes: diy wrapping paper

It’s getting to be that time of year again…the holidays. Which means presents. Which means wrapping! Last year, the Design Team created 4 different styles of DIY wrapping. This year, I looked to some of my favourite wallpapers for wrapping inspiration. And since our November issue is now available, I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pictures from my crafting. It was a ton of fun and not that hard to do (I promise). These would be great crafts to do with kids! Read on to learn more about the steps and to see some progress shots from the shoot!

Wrapping Front behind the scenes: diy wrapping paper photography Ryan Brook

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3 easy diy decor ideas: budget hack edition

Fall is most definitely upon us.  Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away and the fall colours are in full force.  There is no denying what’s next.  And I won’t say it…saying the W word right now feels way too soon.

Where summer is all about bare feet, flip flops, and cold drinks, fall is thick socks, cozy blankets, and warm drinks.  It’s also a time to make the house a bit cozier too.  Article after article, beautiful pin after beautiful pin, show homes with throw pillows and rugs to make the house feel hibernation-worthy. It’s just the price tags that send a shiver down my back.

If you want to warm your house up without breaking the bank, here are three easy DIY projects to help save you money.

Heather In Heels DIY roman blinds via @StyleatHome 3 easy diy decor ideas: budget hack edition


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new-use tuesdays: paperclips

It would appear that people can be divided into one of two groups: Paper clipper or stapler. I am the latter (there’s something so satisfyingly final about punching your documents together), but I’ve recently learned a few alternate uses for paperclips that threaten to sway me in the other direction. Here are three applications for the little metal fasteners you may not have considered before.

paper clips new use tuesdays: paperclips


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small space storage solution: raskog kitchen cart from ikea

Keeping a small space organized can sometimes be a difficult task. I’m definitely guilty of having too many items and not enough places to put them. So, I’m always on the hunt for stylish storage solutions to help keep me organized without blowing my budget or taking up too much of the little space I have.

While searching online for creative space saving ideas, I came across the RASKOG kitchen cart from IKEA. With an endless list of uses, this little cart has taken the blogosphere by storm. Thanks to its simple design, large storage compartments and colours (my favourite is the turquoise), I have fallen victim to its charm.

style at home ikea kitchen cart small space storage solution: raskog kitchen cart from ikea {RASKOG kitchen cart, IKEA, $69.99}

Starting to feel the same? Check out a few of my favourite creative uses for this versatile cart. You never know, they might just inspire your next diy project (or trip to IKEA)!
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wedding crafts: bunting cupcake topper

You’ve seen my flag cupcake topper, and you’ve seen the fringe topper I made. It’s time for the piece de resistance, the most challenging cupcake topper I made from my big day, the bunting topper. Isn’t it adorable? The work on this one is highly labour intensive and super delicate (read: frustrating). My best advice is don’t aim to make too many. Even if you have a big batch of cupcakes, you can top off a fraction of them – a sea of toppers can be overwhelming anyway.

topper bunting wedding crafts: bunting cupcake topper



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wedding crafts: fringe cupcake topper

If you liked the blue and white polka-dotted flag cupcake topper I made for my wedding, you’ll love this gold fringe one. As promised, this one is a bit more challenging than the first, but it’s still quite easy to make. Warning: It does get messy!

topper fringe wedding crafts: fringe cupcake topper

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wedding crafts: flag cupcake topper

Welcome to the Week of Cupcake Toppers. It’s a working title, but I think you get my drift. There is no such thing as a cupcake that’s too cute. So, I made three different types of toppers to add that little extra touch to the already adorable – not to mention delicious – cupcakes that Sweet Melissa baked for my wedding. As it turned out, some of these were easier to make than others, so throughout this week I’ll post the DIYs in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest. The first is a flag topper, made with polka-dotted washi tape and a toothpick.

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wedding crafts: glitter-dipped mason jars

It’s official. I’m a Mrs. This past Friday, I got hitched at Belcroft Estates, a tree farm just north of Toronto. Think: Pinterest barn wedding. I wasn’t the type of bride to gush about my big day, but now that it’s all done, I’m excited to share a few of my DIY decor projects. (I use “my” quite liberally since I had a lot of help from my amazing bridesmaids.) Hopefully you get inspired to make a couple of things for your next event, be it a once-in-a-lifetime day or a casual gathering. First up: glitter-dipped mason jars.

mason jars wedding crafts: glitter dipped mason jars

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removable wallpaper from chasing paper

I don’t know about you but I love decorating with wallpaper. There are so many gorgeous patterns out there to choose from. I adore the pattern I finally chose for my front hall and living room (Lumimarja by Marimekko) but when I see other beautiful designs, I sometimes wish that I could more easily switch up the look of my walls.

That’s where New York-based Chasing Paper comes in. Chasing Paper offers dozens of gorgeous designs of removable wallpaper. According to their website, the paper features the kind of high-quality texture you’d find on most traditional wallpapers but it’s really a peel and stick fabric, backed with a low-tack, non-toxic adhesive.

They say it’s super easy to hang yourself and since it’s easily removable, it’s perfect for commitmentphobes. The panels are 2 feet by 4 feet and cost $30. Here’s a closer look:

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summer garden party

Summer is finally here and with the beautiful weather upon us, are you ready a summer garden party? I hosted one a couple of weeks ago at my roof top garden, and added three special touches to make the party a memorable one.  Today, I want share with you on how to put together an effortlessly elegant summer party.

Screen Shot 2014 07 24 at 12.26.33 AM summer garden party

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