{ Archive for the ‘Environmentally Friendly’ Category }

home library: homemade cleaners

I’m far from an earth goddess, but I do worry about the chemicals I come in contact with – especially in my cleaning products. In the last decade, there’s been a clear shift toward greener horizons in the home-cleaning category. But, for the most part, the price points are still higher than conventional products and, in a world of deceptive ad lingo, I always wonder just how environmentally friendly the products are. Well, in their book Homemade Cleaners, authors Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford have got the answer: make your own cleaning products from recognizable ingredients, most of which are already in your kitchen cabinets.

Homemade Cleaners OBrien and Ford home library: homemade cleaners

Homemade Cleaners by Mandy O'Brien and Dionna Ford (Ulysses Press, $18)

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Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

You know Spring is here (or around the corner) when you start to see outdoor furniture popping up in stores and on websites. Here are two of my favourites: the West Elm Dexter Collection and the new Crate & Barrel Communal and Berkshire Collections. The Dexter has been around for several years and has a lovely aged teak look to it. I also like the rounded back on the bench.

West Elm Dexter Dining Collection2 Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

West Elm

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tips for DIY garden-inspired flower arrangements

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I happily attended a flower arranging workshop hosted by flower shop owner Alison Westlake of Coriander Girl and urban flower farmer Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard. I’d like to share a few tricks of the trade for creating your own garden-inspired flower arrangements at home.

FlowerArranging 4 tips for DIY garden inspired flower arrangements

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new-use tuesdays: newspaper

Extra, extra! Read all about it! This week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on newsprint (no, this isn’t an April Fools prank!). You might not be so quick to toss the morning paper after you’re done with your favourite section once you read these inventive uses.

newspaper new use tuesdays: newspaper

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editor’s pick: bkr water bottle

Bright and modern, California-made BKR water bottles are glass with a colourful silicone sleeve, so they’re safe from breaking.

bkr water bottle 01 editors pick: bkr water bottle

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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!

Toms of Main Floss3 new use tuesdays: dental floss

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kelly wearstler for the rug company

Last Friday, I had the honour of interviewing the über-glam designer Kelly Wearstler and the ever charming Christopher Sharp, co-founder of The Rug Company. We met in the morning at the stunning east-end decor store Avenue Road and talked parties, kids, decor, inspiration and, of course, Kelly’s new rug designs for The Rug Company.


Kelly Wearstler Christopher Sharp1 kelly wearstler for the rug company


Check out the rugs and the answers to a few quick questions I asked Kelly and Christopher below. But for the full interview? You’ll have to watch for it in an upcoming issue of Style at Home.


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editor’s pick: cool humidifier

Since I can already feel the effects of the cold, dry air, I’d like to get a humidifier this winter.

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inspiration: house plants

How impressive are these plants? I actually do quite well with house plants, and I’d love to add a few more around my house – they add a gorgeous hit of green and make you feel like you’re in a conservatory. The two big guys shown below in DesignLoveFest blogger Bri Emery’s living room are fiddle leaf fig trees. I have one and it’s super easy to care for and it grows like crazy. You can find similar ones at The Home Depot and IKEA.

designlovefestlivingroom inspiration: house plants

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porch makeover: part two

In case you missed part one of our porch makeover, check out that post first to see what we started with.

That old, nasty porch is now a distant memory, because this makeover is now officially complete!

Here’s what we get to come home to now…


porch after 1 porch makeover: part two

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