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spring refresh: the tale of three balconies

Hello Monday!  Spring has finally arrived in Toronto, and it is time to give your outdoor space a fresh new look.  I would love to live in a house with a beautiful garden full of fragrance blooms and luscious greens but let’s face it, I am ecstatic to have 100 square feet of outdoor space as a condo dweller.

For those of you who are looking for ways to inject colors, patterns, and personality to a generic builder delight, here are my tips on how to create your little oasis high up in the sky. 
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before and after: den

Hello Wednesday! After sharing the before and after of my living room and bedroom, our next stop is the den.  A den is a very common feature condo dwellers are familiar with: it’s a room without window.  Faced with limited square footage, I challenged myself to think outside the box and to maximize the usability + style of this windowless space.

den - after 1

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holiday gift guide: one stop shop?

Hello Thursday! With Chrismas only 7 weeks away, I am full steam ahead with holiday decorations and finding the perfect gifts.  Luckily I have found my decor inspiration and gift ideas at the Indigo’s holiday preview.

Indigo - front

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shop in newfoundland ~ part one

I had an amazing time in Newfoundland a couple of weeks ago touring around the island for some whale watching, iceburg spotting, and of course treasure hunting.  Today, I want to share with you one of my favourite shops in St. John’s: Home on Water Street.

shop in newfoundland

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4 tips to refresh your outdoor oasis

Summer is finally here and are you all set to enjoy the beautiful weather Mother Nature has to offer?  I have recently given the tired deck at my family home a much needed facelift, and now it is everyone’s favourite hangout spot! Here are my top 4 tips to update your outdoor oasis this summer.

deck Makeover 25

 

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5 favourite cookbooks of the moment

The first half of 2015 has seriously delivered in terms of new cookbook releases. I already have a large collection of cookbooks and I’ve recently added a few new ones to my shelves. Here are the five currently living on my kitchen countertop, getting dog-earred and sauce-stained, along with my go-to recipes from each.

cookbooks_Food52

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spikes anyone?

Hello drama! Loving this spiked napkin ring – perfect to glam up your next top top. Every host with the most knows it’s all about the details. Read on to learn more.

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win a baking prize pack to celebrate national cupcake day

We don’t typically need a reason to indulge in sweet treats, but come February 23rd it’s basically guilt-free because we’ll be celebrating National Cupcake Day AND helping a good cause!

cupcake-day-recipes

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winter style essentials

Winter is coming and, if you’re anything like me, it’s time to hibernate. But before you hide away, let’s talk about winter style.

WinterEssentials_Fireplace

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do you love cheese as much as me?

I’m pretty much obsessed with cheese, and in turn, this cheese board. It stores your cheese knives, acts as a wood cutting board on one side AND a marble board to serve the cheese on the other. Love it! A must-have for the upcoming holiday season. And another excuse to host a party and serve cheese…bonus!

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