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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.

SodaStream recipe 2  new use tuesdays: club soda

Image courtesy of SodaStream

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around town: cabbagetown

Have you heard of Cabbagetown?? Located in Toronto’s East End, this historical community is minutes away from Yorkville, Leslieville and the heart of downtown. It is also where I call home!!! Since living here for the past 3 years my love affair for this neighbourhood has solidified, and I continue to look forward to learning more about the history surrounding this area as well as the growth and opportunity it promises!

CABBATOWN LCD SAH around town: cabbagetown

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morning surprise: flowering basil

For someone who works for Canadian Gardening magazine, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not particularly well versed in horticulture. But, as it turns out, ignorance really can be bliss. This morning, when I walked over to my mini herb garden (read: one half-dead parsley plant and one fairly lively basil plant) for its daily watering, I was jolted out of my sleepy state by a glorious site. Flowers! My basil plant had sprouted delicate little white blooms.

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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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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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5 spring essentials from the dollar store

Those nice days we’ve recently had (temperatures reaching a balmy 8°C!) have got me in the mood for Spring with a capital S. So when I walked into the dollar store on my lunch hour today, I was instantly drawn to the bits and bobs on display that made me think of warmer days ahead. Cheap and cheerful, here are my top 5 must-haves.

Flowerpot 5 spring essentials from the dollar store

Painted pot just the size for my kitchen windowsill or my lounge-side table in the backyard.

1. Flowerpots. Painted terracotta versions (like this one for $1.25) are just about a dime a dozen. Buy them already decorated or paint them yourself – they’re super easy and fun to create. I vary their sizes and shapes for the annual container display on my patio.

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editor’s pick: vintage-look garden chimes

The very welcomed arrival of sun and temperatures above zero has me thinking about outdoor decor and this pretty string of garden chimes caught my eye on the Anthropologie website today.

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one of a kind show: wood picks

I just can’t get enough of the Canadian talent at the spring 2014 One of a Kind Show & Sale, which is open until March 30. In addition to the artwork pieces that I was coveting yesterday, check out my favourite wooden pieces, big and small. Exposed wood is the go-to if you’re trying to bring a rustic, casual feel into your home. Check out my top picks for wooden pieces from the show.

Wife and hubby team Jenn Mezei and Gavin Cond of Otis (named after their puppy) create funky takes on the traditional Adirondak chair. Gavin builds them and Jenn paints. Believe it or not, the business grew out of Jenn’s art school project!

Otis chair one of a kind show: wood picks

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5 flowers that say welcome spring

Now that spring has finally arrived, I’m hoping to see some of the season’s first bulbs peeking through the soil. And in anticipation of that event (hopefully!) happening soon, I’ve come up with this list of beautiful blooms I’d love to have in my garden.

Number 1 is this stunning Amber Gem hellebore, available from Garden Import. This double-flowered apricot beauty will have people stopping in their tracks.

Amber Gem Hellebore 5 flowers that say welcome spring
Amber Gem hellebore from Gardenimport.com

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diy garden party lights

I came across this picture on Martha Stewart Weddings a little while ago and it’s got me inspired to create some of my own garden party decor. One of my favourite things about the warmer months (will winter ever end?!) is the chance to entertain outside, and nice lighting is key once dinner and drinks end and dusk slowly envelops the sky.

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