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fab find: stylish white coffee mugs

I don’t know about you, but when the mornings start to get a bit cooler, my morning hit of caffeine becomes that much more important! White mugs are classic and can fit into almost any kitchen decor. They can sometimes seem boring and too sterile, which is why I like these mugs. They are porcelain and have that simple, timeless look but stand apart from the rest with a contemporary, square edge handle. They would be great on open shelves or behind glass cabinets.

William Sonoma Mug fab find: stylish white coffee mugs image via. Williams Sonoma

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behind the scenes: junk drawer

Stacy and I had a great time working on the Junk Drawer story that is in our new Organizing Ideas Special Issue – out now. My inner neat freak got to come out and play. It was a lot of fun! Here’s a behind the camera look from the shoot.

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fab find: colourful kitchen oven mitts

I’ve been surrounded by fun kitchen accessories recently as our October issue (that features a ton of great kitchens!) is about to hit stands. Since it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with hot pink, I naturally gravitated to these Checkered Raspberry Oven Mitts. Such a simple way to bring a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral kitchen. Read on for more details.

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best counter-worthy bath products: aesop hand wash

While I’m slowly but surely making over my bathroom, I’ve been on the hunt for counter-worthy bath products and toiletries. Since I prefer clear countertops (for both style and sanity), I only buy items with attractive packaging – unless, of course, I’m stowing them away in my cabinets. I’d like to share my latest obsession: Aesop’s hand wash and hand balm.

courtneyadamobathroom best counter worthy bath products: aesop hand wash

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new use tuesdays: dishwasher

One of the hardest-working appliances in your home, the dishwasher can do much more than bring dinnerware and flatware to a shine. For this week’s spotlight, check out three unexpected uses for this workhorse.

Maytag dishwasher new use tuesdays: dishwasher

Dishwasher, Maytag.

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The hunt for a new soap dish

I recently renovated my main bathroom – the one I share with every member of my family. While accessorizing I searched high and low for a new soap dish – something functional, but still good looking, one that would elevate a simple bar of soap. Here are a few of the ones I found:


West Elm soap dish The hunt for a new soap dishThis is my favourite (right now) with the sexy brass and the draining ability – no soggy soap bars here. Its from West Elm Market.

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project kitchen refresh ~ casual dining

I have shared with you my idea book on Project Kitchen Refresh with the glamourous kitchen by Jesscia last week.  Today, I am ready to walk you through my game plan for the adjacent casual dining space.

Urban living/lifestyle has changed significantly over the past decade.  Many of us now have our dinner by the breakfast bar or on the sofa in the living room, our outdoor oasis is approximately 100 square feet and it sits 28 stories up in the sky, and our formal dining room is reserved for special occasion.  Since we spent most of our time dining casually in the “eat-in” area of the kitchen, it makes sense to ensure this family gathering space is every bit as practical and stylish as your showstopper kitchen.

This casual dining space by Stacy Begg has everything I dream of.  The dramatic wallpaper as backdrop, the statement chandelier, the comfortable seating that incorporates practical storage, the juxtaposition between timeless classics and edgy contemporary pieces, what is not to love?

Screen Shot 2014 07 02 at 12.24.04 AM project kitchen refresh ~ casual dining

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New Project: Kitchen Refresh

Ever wonder what to do with an outdated kitchen?  I have one on my case and it belongs to my father.  The place has been mainly untouched for 23 years (I did attempt to give it a mini facelift about 8 years ago) and it is time to give it a fresh new look.

This fabulous kitchen by Jessica Waks sums up the feeling I want to achieve for #ProjectKitchenRefresh.  It is light, airy, cleanlined, and bold with gold accents: a perfect timeless classic kitchen.

Screen Shot 2014 06 24 at 11.29.08 PM New Project: Kitchen Refresh

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Before shots of my kitchen

Just as the issue is coming off the newstands I found the before shots of my kitchen and dining room. It took a lot of planning and decision making to get it where it is today, but it was well worth it.

kitchen off of post11 Before shots of my kitchen

This wall of grey herringbone Arto tiles used to look like this….

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lucite love

Lucite has been trending for the past few years. Since the resurgence of  mid century design spurred on by the popularity of Mad Men, we have seen this versatile material utilized as a home staple. Lucite Table lucite love

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