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new-use tuesdays: club soda

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week’s versatile vixen is club soda. Carbonated water is a great addition to any bar. Its mild flavour is agreeable for most guests and its clear tone with your sofa, in case of spills. Here are a few more inventive uses that will have you reaching for this hostess favourite beyond the next cocktail party.

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Image courtesy of SodaStream

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editor’s pick: beautiful serving bowl

How beautiful is this Brushstroke bowl from Provisions by Food52? It’s also available in the most lovely mint shade, and just perfect for serving Easter dinner or brunch.

ServingBowl editors pick: beautiful serving bowl

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celebrate cinco de mayo: mouth-watering margarita

Forget celebrating Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving! Cinco de Mayo is one of my favourite holidays. I love Mexican food and I love a great margarita, so what’s better than an excuse to throw a latin-themed fiesta that promotes enjoying both of those delights. Looking at my calendar today, I realized that this joyous occasion is coming right up (May 5th, Mayo = May, cinco = 5), so what better way to get excited than with a fantastic margarita recipe? This favourite of mine comes from Food 52. It’s bold, it’s delicious and it’s sure to please a crowd. Salud!

margarita celebrate cinco de mayo: mouth watering margarita

Photo by James Ransom, Food 52

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summer decor: andrew richard designs

With the warmer weather finally showing up (most days that is…), it’s time to get your outdoor space in order! For me, that means laying down my IKEA floor tiles, wiping down my small scale patio furniture, and hanging up my string bulb lighting. For future Morgan and for others who might have a bit more space to work with (my 4′ x 12′ balcony has it’s set backs), gearing up for Summer might mean finally investing in some comfortable, stylish and lasting pieces! Ann Marie and I had the pleasure of popping into Andrew Richard Designs recently to take a peak at their new 2014 styles.

Vision Collection summer decor: andrew richard designs image via. ARD – Vision Outdoor Leather Collection

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new product alert: kitchenaid pro line series food processor

This morning, I got a sneak peek at the brand new Pro Line Series of countertop appliances from KitchenAid, and let me tell you: gourmands – get excited! The  line features easy-to-use, hardworking appliances that are all beautiful enough to always be on display in your kitchen. While each piece has features that will make your jaw drop, there was one item that especially stood out to me.

FoodProcessor new product alert: kitchenaid pro line series food processor

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flower arranging: 3 fab spring centrepieces

One of my favourite part of my jobs is getting to go to interesting press events. I’m not able to go often – the Style at Home editorial and design team attend – but I love when I can get out of the office to be inspired. Today I went to a media launch for Kitchen Aid’s new Pro Line countertop appliances and the event exceeded my expectations. The appliances were spectacular (more on that later) but so were the floral arrangements that were used to decorate the space. When I first walked in to the event space I was struck by the beauty of this arrangements of red roses and tulips (yes, those are tulips!)

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fab find: le creuset egg cups

Just in time for Easter! Le Creuset’s new Rainbow Set of 6 Egg Cups is the perfect way to add colour to your Easter brunch table setting!

Le Creuset Website 2014 Cast Iron Products 600w x 500h V6 0000 egg cups boxed fab find: le creuset egg cups image via. Le Creuset

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gwyneth knows her kitchens

Clearly our girl Gwyneth knows her way around a kitchen having written 2 cookbooks: My Father’s Daughter and It’s All Good. But what is also clear to me is she has great taste in kitchens. This kitchen was designed by Windsor Smith – one of my favourite designers. I’m not sure if she designed it with Gwyneth in mind, but either way I’d love to spend a lot of time here. We’ve featured Smith’s work before on our website. Do you think Gwyneth and Chris cooked amazing meals while listening to music together? I must admit I’m a little sad about their recent “un-coupling”, are you?

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Photographer Michael Wells, Designer Windsor Smith

For another fun blog about Gwenyth Paltrow’s style, check out Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin’s shopping list from Gwenyth’s famous goop.com

weekend casserole recipe: baked pasta with mozzarella, tomatoes and turkey sausage

I love our recipe developer, Claire Stubbs. I have worked with her for many years and she is smart, sassy, hot, and knows how to make a mean meal. Her recipes for Style at Home are easy, accessible and ridiculously delicious. Every one I’ve tried has been a huge success. So when I’m looking for something no-fuss to make (and that’s going to get me a lot of compliments!), I know where to turn, especially on weekends when I have a little more time to get something on the table. My favourite dish of all time is on deck for this Saturday night, when we have friends coming over for dinner.

Baked Pasta by Claire Stubbs weekend casserole recipe: baked pasta with mozzarella, tomatoes and turkey sausage

Photography by Edward Pond

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new-use tuesdays: dental floss

It ain’t easy being the hostess with the mostest. In addition to delivering delicious, perfectly presented meals, you have to be the vision of poise and beauty. I don’t know about you, but sometimes making a bowl of cereal can make me lose my cool (why is that box even in the pantry when all it contains is a bit of cereal dust?), and I’m not the type of girl who rolls of of bed all put together. For those of us who have to work at coming off cool, calm and collected when entertaining, I’m putting today’s new-use spotlight on dental floss. Yes, you read that right!

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