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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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before and after: bedroom

Hello Monday! After such a busy week and a snow storm that brought us about 10 inches of white fairy dusts, I was glad to seek refuge in this sumptuous and relaxing bedroom on the weekend.  Believe it or not, this bedroom was once a generic blank space that builders commonly deliver these days.  Today, I am going to share with you a few tricks on how to turn a builder basic box into a serene sanctuary.

After- Bedroom 1

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before and after: living room

Hello Tuesday! It’s the first day of March and after such a beautiful sunny weekend, are you ready to welcome spring into your home?  I plan to work some spring magic to my own condo this month but for today, I thought why not sharing some of my tips on how I turned this builder standard condo into an inviting home for two!

After - Living Room 1

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holiday celebration in style

How is your holiday decoration coming along? Party invites are flying in and my own party will take place in 2 short weeks!  Needless to say, I am super excited to host our first Christmas party at Chris’ condo (you will see this fantastic home soon!) but it is also very difficult to decide on a color scheme especially when he likes the festive traditions in red and I must rather prefer a soothing palette in blue.

If you are also in a similar dilemma, then you have come to the right place today as I tour this beautifully decorated home in three distinct color palettes, proving you too can have it all!

Holiday Preview 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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strawberries wallpaper

How pretty is this Strawberries wallpaper in Blush designed by Emily Isabella for Hygge & West? What a sweet touch for a kitchen, dining area or kid’s room.


decor inspiration: quilts as wall art

I love the idea of hanging a beautiful handmade quilt as wall art, and I’ve been thinking of this idea to cover an empty wall in my dining area for a while. (It’s like the woven wall hanging trend on a larger scale.) Quilts have a gorgeous artisanal quality and can be neutral or colourful, geometric or abstract. Read on to find a few of my favourite designs.

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lumas art gallery now open in toronto

LUMAS, a Berlin-born photography gallery, has opened its second set of Canadian doors in Toronto’s well known Yorkville area. After opening in Vancouver back in February of this year (to an overwhelmingly positive response), the Toronto location was an obvious next step. As a gallery that offers a variety of contemporary art at an accessible price, LUMAS is exactly what was needed to bring a fresh clientele to the established Yorkville hood. Any art lovers on the hunt for their next great piece should definitely check out LUMAS’ new pad. Read on to take a peak inside their showroom.

IMG_8050 Above is one of my favourite pieces on display by Peter Funch

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places to go, people to see: kedd life style fair

For the design inclined, strolling through Toronto’s King East Design District (KEDD) always seems like a good idea. A bright blue modular chair proudly displayed in a window can steal our hearts one minute, a frilly grey toss cushion the next. Tomorrow, the neighbourhood will become even more colourful.

On Saturday, September 26th the district will flaunt its creative side during the KEDD Life Style Fair. Now into its second year, the fete is considered to be Toronto’s largest public festival celebrating modern design. From 10am to 5pm, King Street East will be outfitted with vibrant installations curated by local artists and designers.

Here’s a sneak peek of three installations you can expect to find on Saturday:


Photography by Arthur Mola

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