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melissa maker’s top 5 laundry don’ts

If you’re as passionate about a clean home as I am and like to spend your free time perusing the internet for new housekeeping tricks, you may have heard of Melissa Maker. The young owner of Canadian cleaning service company Clean My Space dishes her impressive home-keeping know-how in peppy how-to YouTube videos. I had a chance to meet the Tide spokesperson at a recent event, and (after I snapped myself out of my star-struck daze) we got into a heated discussion on efficiently minded laundering. Here are Melissa’s top five laundry don’ts.


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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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spring on clean

Confession time: Spring cleaning is not my forte. I love to zero in on one problem area and give it the necessary elbow grease to get it pristine again. I always feel so accomplished afterward and I’m done before I know it. But a top-to-bottom clean is such a big task that I find myself cutting corners, coming out of the experience as drained as I’ve ever been but without any sense of accomplishment. So this year, having stalled for a couple of week, I decided to think outside the box and invite a cleaning service (not the easiest thing for a housekeeping columnist to admit, but there you have it). I had serendipitously chanced upon Aspen Clean‘s booth at the Green Living Show a few weeks ago, and decided to give it a try.


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Craving sunshine? This Canadian design studio will brighten spirits

Late last year, I met an artisan whose craft I instantly admired. She’s a Toronto-based textile designer and her brightly-coloured prints are the perfect remedy for those of us coping with outside temps in the negative double digits. So if you’re like me and would rather dream of sunshine than surrender to the cold, slip on your sunnies and take a peek at these super stunning products by Senay Studio:

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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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nesting with nest

My first floor renovation is finally coming to an end. One of the most exciting things to happen was the installation of the Nest thermostat. First off it is a thing of beauty – round, black, and shiny – it almost looks like jewelry on my wall. Secondly it is smart and can program itself and finally, my favourite feature, is that I can adjust it wirelessly from my iPhone or tablet. So I can be lying in bed and not have to run downstairs to turn the temperature up or down. I know I’m lazy, but to me this is a luxury.

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stop what you’re doing and watch scott mcgillivray bond with a stray kitten

I’m going to make a bold claim here. It does not matter if your day has been bad, good, or great, because it’s about to get way better!

Enjoy a serious injection of cute this afternoon thanks to our regular contributor and expert handyman Scott McGillivray as he bonds with a stray kitten found onsite while shooting his HGTV show Income Property.


For more of Scott’s tips and tricks on how to save by maintaining your home, check out:

4 ways to save with an eco-friendly home
How to: Renovate your laundry room
6 tips for avoiding renovation mistakes
4 quick weekend updates
How to: Add or expand closet space


eco-friendly flooring: cork

We recently had the opportunity to take a sneak peek inside the home of interior designer, Vern Yip whose newly redesigned New York City home included the installation of cork flooring. We think it looks great! Which made us want to learn a little more about this stylish and environmentally friendly flooring option.


With a wide variety of newfangled flooring options available, choosing the right floor material for your home means finding one that’s just right for you and your space.

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places to go, people to see: the cure apothecary

Got a dinner party to attend this weekend? Stop by The Cure Apothecary, Queen West’s brand new organic skincare hotspot, for a unique hostess gift. It’s hard to decide which is more appealing, the curated product lineup – including brands like John Masters, One Love, FarmHouse Fresh and L’Aromatica, among others – or the country chic interior. The good news is you can have it all: Choose a winning token for the host while touring the adorable shop, which opened its doors just last week. Check out a few images of the store and what it’s got to offer below.

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