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5 things to try this weekend

Oh, TGIF. It was a short week but somehow it feels like it’s taken forever for Friday to roll around. But now that the weekend is here, I’m looking forward to finding some time to get things done. Some practical (like cleaning and cooking) and some fun (like maybe spending some time in the kitchen and whipping something up!) How about you?

Here are five things you can try this weekend:

decorate with flowers 5 things to try this weekend
Decorate with flowers
PHOTO: Virginia Macdonald

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icymi: this week’s top 5 posts

Some of you may say beige is boring, but interestingly a calm and inviting neutral interior was our top post this week. Followed by a simple and budget-friendly before and after reveal, beautiful bedrooms and essential organizing ideas, here’s what dominated our social media accounts this week. Which story was YOUR favourite?

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decor: dining room before and after

Just like my living area, my dining room also came together over time. With my first apartment featured in this month’s Style at Home I’m sharing some progress shots of how my apartment came to its final look. Here’s my dining room now, read on to see it before!

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behind-the-scenes: our colourful special issue

Have you picked it up yet? Our newest Special Issue is now on stands and it’s All. About. Colour!! One of my favourite stories is about bookcase styling, which I worked on with the talented Stacy Begg. Check out a few behind the scene pics from our shoot! Here’s Joe Kim, our photographer, working his magic on the bold black and orange ‘Man Den’ shelving unit.

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new-use tuesdays: milk

Today is such a grey, rainy day in Toronto that it makes me want to lay in bed eating cookies with milk (am I the only adult who still does that?). So it’s only fitting to put this week’s new-use spotlight on milk. Beyond it’s cheer-up potential, you’d be surprised what this calcium-filled drink can do.

Best Before Ricochet Studio new use tuesdays: milk Porcelain Best Before creamers, from $45 US each, Ricochet Studio.

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4 entryway design ideas for small spaces

There’s one spot in every apartment I’ve ever had that is always severely neglected — the entryway.

It tends to be one of the most frustrating areas of my home because it’s always a tight squeeze and differs from my last space, so previous decor doesn’t work. I’ve been piecing together a few no-fail, must-have entryway essentials that can be transferred from one home to another.

With some inspiration from Style at Home, here are four ways to make a small space entryway work:

entryway 1 4 entryway design ideas for small spaces

{ Photography by Yale Wagner }

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new-use tuesdays: bar soap

This week’s new-use spotlight is on bar soap. I’m not a huge fan of bars of soap (I prefer the liquid form) but I get some on occasion as gifts, and, frankly, sometimes pretty packaging or a heavenly scent are just impossible to resist. So, if you’re in search of a useful application for that forgotten soap bar in the back of the medicine cabinet, I’ve got a few ideas.

Barr Co Soap1 new use tuesdays: bar soap

Anthropologie, $8 US

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editor’s pick: office organizing magazine holders

So I have a problem. I feel like my desk at work is completely showing me up. I am usually a very organized person, and I like things to be neat and tidy. But lately I feel as though things are getting away from me. Every morning I come in to piles of paper littering my desk – forms to be signed, layouts to read or write, invoices to file, etc., as well as a piece of fruit from the day before that I didn’t eat, or a book that someone has left for me to look at. Here’s just an example.

my desk editors pick: office organizing magazine holders

My leaning tower of Style at Home and Canadian Gardening magazines

Ridiculous, right? I have now decided that I need to tackle this problem asap, and I’m going to start with this pile of magazines. I had a few free moments today and went online to investigate my options for magazine holders. Besides the plain white ones, the plain wooden ones, the plain plastic black ones and the DIYed ones done over with paper I found these.

mag holders editors pick: office organizing magazine holders

Magazine holders from Happy Forsman & Bodenfors in Sweden

Perfect! They are from the firm Happy Forsman & Bodenfors in Sweden that designed them for the Swedish Museum of Architecture. They represent different styles and periods of buildings found in the city and when placed together form a cityscape. I think they look like the DoodleArt posters I used to do as a kid, and I’m completely smitten. Do you remember those? You’d get a poster with all kinds of hidden pictures and you’d have to colour everything in any way you wanted. Loved them! I think these will be my new obsession. Don’t they look like DoodleArt to you?

sourcing along the summerhill strip

While out sourcing for a few upcoming photo shoots, I had the chance to spend some time strolling one of my favourite area’s of Toronto – the Rosedale/Summerhill ‘strip’. This stretch of Yonge street (from Walker Avenue down to Crescent Road) is home to some of the best interior decor stores in the city – including Absolutely, Boo Boo & Lefty, Love the Design, Of Things Past, Farrow & Ball …the list goes on! Anyone looking for home decor accessories or furniture should remember to check out this part of town – it’s a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Here are some of my favourite pieces from my visit to Absolutely.

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editor’s pick: white and gold nespresso cups

With my recent love affair with Nespresso coffee I’ve become somewhat obsessed with anything and everything from the company. While shopping for their coffee capsules the other day (I always buy Kazaar, Dharkan and Ristretto – the three strongest ones) I spied these pretty porcelain Premium Gold Ring Espresso Cups designed by Christian Dhion.

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