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editor’s pick: cookina mats

June is the height of grilling season and, as I wrote in the June Housekeeping column, diligently cleaning your barbecue grills is key to producing mouth-watering eats – or so I thought. I’m a lover of a juicy shortcut, and Cookina grilling sheets offer just that: The reusable flexible mats can be placed right over the grills and cooked upon up to 550° F.  The grills themselves remain in pristine condition (no need to scrub burnt-on food off with a heavy-duty metal-bristled brush) and there is no issue with juices dripping into the interior of the grill. What’s more, the mats’ non-stick surfaces mean you can skip the cooking oil, and a quick wipe is all it takes to cue up the ‘cue from meats to veggies or fruits without any flavour transfer. They even come with ridges for those all-important grill marks! When you’re done, just wash with dish soap and warm water, dry and roll them up for simple out-of-the-way storage. Happy grilling, everyone!

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Have you tried this innovative product? Tell me all about it, and share your results on social media with the hashtag #WhatsOnYourGrill. 

 

order in the media room

No matter how well decorated, a media room or office loses its style factor once you factor in the colony of tech boxes connected to the TV or computer by a tangle of cords. Whether it’s the cable box or game console, the internet router or an external hard drive, what the tech lover in you craves, the decorator in you hates. That’s why I’m thrilled to have chanced upon HIDEit Mounts. The company makes affordable discreet holders for all those ugly tech accessories that you can mount up and out of the way. Some are made to hide on the wall behind your flatscreen, others can hang off your monitor. All of them solve the issue of unattractive electronics cluttering precious console and desktop space – because after all, those zones are best reserved for the likes of a pretty vase of flowers or a picture frame holding a sentimental snapshot. Am I right?

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decorating with farrow & ball ranelagh wallpaper

Many people I know are timid when it comes to wallpaper but I am not one of them! I adore wallpaper. When I renovated my condo a few years ago, I enveloped the front foyer in a pretty tree-themed pattern and five years on, I have not tired of it.

My husband and I recently bought a new home and I was beyond excited to decorate, to mark our new space with the personal touches that would really turn our house into a home. First things first: Wallpaper! I’d long yearned for the opportunity to use a particular Farrow & Ball wallpaper in my home and the time finally arrived. The pattern, Ranelagh (BP 1847), features an architectural diamond trellis border with a delicate foliate motif.

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places to go, people to see: one of a kind spring show

Ah, what a fine Saturday morning it is. So bright and full of opportunity. What to do with this beautiful day, you ask? Head down to the One of a Kind Spring Show, of course! On until tomorrow, the exhibit boasts unique handmade wares from 450 Canadian artisans. Here are a few of my favourite things, starting with Senay Studio!

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spikes anyone?

Hello drama! Loving this spiked napkin ring – perfect to glam up your next top top. Every host with the most knows it’s all about the details. Read on to learn more.

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we stopped by: stone tile

The design ladies and I stopped by Stone Tile last week for a tour of the newly designed showroom and it’s safe to say I fell in love with pretty much every new collection. Check out some pics from our tour and try not to drool over the gorgeous tiles and flooring that Stone Tile has coming out in the near future.

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add some greens to your gallery wall

Think outside the box and hang some greenery as part of your next gallery wall. I love these hexagon white planters – they are graphic but simple. Perfect to add some life amongst your frames. Click on to learn more.

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we stopped by: barrymore furniture

Ann Marie, Stacy and I were all pretty excited when we were invited to stop by the Barrymore Toronto showroom earlier this week. Not only did we get a lovely tour around the showroom, we also got a sneak peek at the workshop…where all the magic happens! Seeing how furniture comes together has always fascinated me. Here are some of my favourite behind-the-scene pics that show some of the key steps in Barrymore’s process. Read on to see more!

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places to go, people to see: art shoppe

Time flies. Art Shoppe has been a staple in Toronto’s design landscape for 78 years. Steeped in history, the family owned business has a long list of clients, including the Toronto international airport and the Toronto telegram building. Good news, bad news: The historic Yonge and Eglinton location shut it’s doors a few months ago (not surprisingly, the site already has a condo project in the works). But the great news is that it’s found an arguably better home in the Castlefield design district and is settling in quite well. The new showroom retains the signature Canadian-made and European-imported Art Deco-inspired collection that its customers know and love. Situated among other great design shops, the new location makes for a great day trip destination – the in-store cafe, set to open in the spring, will be a great spot to lunch among stylish furnishings. Here are some snapshots of the iconic landmark address over the last seven or so decades. 

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decor vs. fashion: ace & jig table runner or scarf?

I’m in love with Brooklyn-based clothing brand Ace & Jig. Everything its designers (Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson) produce is just so beautiful. Even better, the duo designs their own textiles, which are loom-woven and hand-dyed in India, and boast pretty bohemian patterns and rich, exotic colours. Needless to say, I’m thrilled that Anthropologie now carries a collection of home goods from Ace & Jig, including a toss cushion, quilt and the loveliest table runners.

For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion, which would you choose: An Ace & Jig table runner or scarf?

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