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editor’s pick: eco etsy napkins

Everyone’s hopped up about Easter, but there’s another upcoming holiday to look forward to, Earth Day, which is on April 22. To some, April is known as Earth Month, and to honour it, I’m compiling my favourite eco-friendly offerings from the Etsy-sphere. The online marketplace seems a natural focal point as it is a certified B Corporation, meaning it’s met rigorous standards of environmental and social accountability. Today’s pick is Jaqs Studio, a textiles shop based out of Clayton, California. Hand sewn by owner Q, the eco merchandise includes quilts, placemats and toss cushions, in addition to a wide array of napkins. Check out the most swoon-worthy in the bunch.

Jaqs Studio Napkin 12 editors pick: eco etsy napkins

Large cotton Eco-Friendly Cloth N1333 napkins, $16 US per set of 4, Jaqs Studio.

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inspired by easter: my favourite pastels

With Easter only days away,  I can’t help but be inspired by the beautiful chalky pastel eggs I have been seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. It reminds me how much I love pastels and how beautiful they can look in your home, plus they pair beautifully with my favorite colour grey.  Here are a few of my favorite pastel items on the market.

Eggs inspired by easter: my favourite pastelsPhotography by Michael Graydon

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the blues

On a chilly day like the one we are currently experiencing here is Toronto, I find myself seeking solace in anything resembling warm weather!! I have always been attracted to the colour blue, it is so grounded, and yet versatile . I relate my love of blue to many beautiful days spent outdoors as a child enjoying the vibrant summer sky, and family vacations by the ocean.

BLUES2 the blues

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behind the scenes: bench update

At photo shoots we often have to make some quick changes. Usually nothing too major, but the below is a prime example of making a simple swap! Here’s a behind-the-scenes pic I took of Ann Marie, Alex and Virginia updating my faux fur bench at my apartment shoot. As much as I loved the grey faux fur, we wanted to bring in a bit more colour to the space. Luckily we had some bright fabric samples on hand…so it was out with the old and in with the new!

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palm beach inspired

As the warm weather sweeps over the city of Toronto, I am feeling inspired by design references of more exotic climates. One of my biggest design influences is Palm Beach, Florida. The pastels, art deco, and botanical motifs found throughout the many stunning interiors leave me wanting to kick back on a lacquered bamboo chair while sipping a daiquiri…. Pure bliss!

SAH PALM BEACH 23 palm beach inspired

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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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editor’s pick: jewellery branch

I recently visited a friend to check out her new condo and fell in love with her jewellery storage solution. A simple silver aluminum branch that’s mounted on the wall is both functional and decorative. And when you can store and display your favourite pieces in one fell swoop, it’s a win-win in my books.

jewellery branch 1 editors pick: jewellery branch

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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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spring your doors into life: five ways to upgrade your front door

I could not be more pleased with the timing. It’s spring and a renovation project brings me to one of my favorite salvage shops, The Door Store. While the shop carries far more than its name implies, it is here that I am often reminded of the simple, mystical beauty of a great door. Wondering about the shop’s various nooks and corners you quickly realize that you don’t have to embark on restoring a century old door to achieve a look that’s rich in character and design. Here are five easy ways to take your door from drab to distinguished.

1 Choose a bold paint colour

A bold paint colour for your front door gives it immediate presence and personality. Consider a high-gloss finish, it adds depth and be cleaned easily. You can’t go wrong painting your front door in a high-gloss black, it’s a very classic choice and will go with everything. If you are feeling daring, make a statement with any of these bold choices:

Nifty Turquoise by Sherwin Williams

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behind-the-scenes: style at home collection launch event at the ritz-carlton toronto

Last Thursday morning we celebrated the launch of our new Style at Home Collection at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto, Ont. With a beautiful breakfast buffet laid out, guests were at their leisure to discover and enjoy the collection around the stunning two-bedroom suite.

sah collection bedding behind the scenes: style at home collection launch event at the ritz carlton toronto

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