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new-use tuesday: sponge

As I wrote in the March 2015 edition of Style at Home‘s Housekeeping column, your kitchen sponge can harbour a ton of bacteria and ought to be disinfected rigorously and regularly. But in addition to some unpleasant surprises it might have in store, the sponge also holds tons of wonderful potential. Here are just a few of its handy alternate uses.

Meridian sponge holder, Umbra.

Meridian sponge holder, Umbra.

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new-use tuesday: tea

This is the kind of afternoon best spent with a soothing cup of Earl Grey or orange pekoe, so I’m popping in to steep you in a little housekeeping know-how. That’s right, this week’s new-use spotlight is on tea.


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To paint or not to paint: a DIY dilemma

It’s no secret a fresh coat of paint can liven a room or object up.  What’s interesting though is when painting wood is involved.  We get funny about this.  Find me a DIY’er who hasn’t encountered this dilemma before.  They are few and far between.  Also interesting is how fierce some opinions are, those who are totally horrified to see/discover you’ve painted some piece of wood, whether it be trim, furniture, floors, or doors.

I fall squarely in the pro-paint camp, however I do have limits (and there are always exceptions to the rules).  I read once that if you’ve got great wood in a room, let it stand out.  Don’t drown it out with more wood.  So, to show how paint can add pop I’ve pulled together five projects where paint really did make the difference.

To paint or not to paint @styleathome blog post from @heathernheels

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editor’s pick: xmas gift wrap

To anyone out there who has braved the malls in the last few weeks, I think we can all agree it’s a jungle out there. In the spirit of the season, for this year’s roundup of pressies, I’ve chosen a wrapping paper that’s representative of the wild experience of gift buying as well as of the festive season. This gift wrap from The Container Store, aptly called Wild Animals Gold Foil, brings a hit of the unexpected to my offerings that I love. I paired it with a traditional red and green ribbon and didn’t hold back on the bow (go big or go home). Okay, one gift down — just a list-full more to go!


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The four season mantle

As the nights get colder, we tend to spend more time in our living room enjoying the fire.  While of course the fire is beautiful to watch, I love seeing our holiday mantle sparkle above.  I opted for a simple fresh cedar mantle this year with candles and simple gold accents, including nutcrackers I spray painted. Christmas mantle season is definitely my favourite ‘mantle’ season of the year.

Christmas Holiday  mantle by @heathernheels

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new-use tuesday: pillowcase

As the work day winds down on this frigid day, all I can seem to think about is snuggling in my bed. My sheets aren’t quite as stylish as these Marimekko Kullervo ones from Crate and Barrel, but that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about laying my head on my feathery pillow. There is only one use in my sights for my pillowcase, but here are three alternate uses that might surprise you.


Queen Marimekko Kullervo sheet set in Grey, $180, Crate and Barrel.

Queen Marimekko Kullervo sheet set in Grey, $180, Crate and Barrel.

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new-use tuesdays: oranges

I don’t know about you, but I adore oranges. They’re so refreshing in summer, yet have enough substance to make a filling winter snack. And breakfast – who eats that meal without some OJ? So this week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on the citrusy fruit. If you don’t have a fridge-full already, here are three out-of-the-box uses that might convince you to load up next time you’re at the grocery store.


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diy christmas: holiday decor hacks

We had Halloween and then BAM! Christmas is everywhere.  Every year we are surrounded by amazing decorations and I for one am always inspired.  What doesn’t inspire me is the though of opening my wallet to pay for something I could easily make myself.  All I need is a little know-how.  And for that I look no further than my fellow Canadian inspirational content creators (aka bloggers).

Here are ten bright ideas to help make your Christmas a little brighter, lighter on the pocket book, and unique.

dd318 scouring pad mini trees redo2rs


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diy: upholstered headboard

I did it. I finally made my upholstered headboard – and (surprisingly) it was easy! For anyone needing to add a little ‘umph’ to their bedroom decor, I highly suggest you give a DIY headboard a go. Here’s mine – it really makes the bed more of a focal point in my farmhouse room. Click to read my steps for how I crafted this together. The room is almost complete – now it’s just desperate for artwork!! So close to calling this project a wrap!

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diy projects: 5 things to spray paint gold

As a DIYer, part of the beauty of ‘doing it yourself’ is seeing something transform before your eyes.  Often times that transformation requires days or weeks, and sometimes months.  On the other hand, sometimes a transformation happens right before your eyes thanks to a can of spray paint.

Spray paint is the closest thing to magic I’ve found.  There is a huge array of colours to choose from, matte or glossy finishes, and even metallic.  My personal favourite is gold.  A little gold spray paint goes a long way to dress things up.

If you’ve got a few minutes, here are five fun items to whip out the spray paint for.  In a few quick coats and not much effort you’ll witness a  magical transformation right in front of your eyes.

Style at Home Heather In Heels DIY spray paint Rustoleum

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