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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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decor vs. fashion: floral duvet or dress?

Spring is officially in the air, ladies and gentleman! With pretty flowers just beginning to break ground, it’s time to bring spring into your home and wardrobe with a beautiful cherry blossom print. Decorate with florals using Amara’s pink cherry duvet cover or add a sartorial garden to your wardrobe with Lipsy’s petal print sundress this season.

If you saved up $100 for a spring shopping spree, which item would you pick–the cherry blossom duvet or dress?
decor fashion spring florals decor vs. fashion: floral duvet or dress?
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home library: homemade cleaners

I’m far from an earth goddess, but I do worry about the chemicals I come in contact with – especially in my cleaning products. In the last decade, there’s been a clear shift toward greener horizons in the home-cleaning category. But, for the most part, the price points are still higher than conventional products and, in a world of deceptive ad lingo, I always wonder just how environmentally friendly the products are. Well, in their book Homemade Cleaners, authors Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford have got the answer: make your own cleaning products from recognizable ingredients, most of which are already in your kitchen cabinets.

Homemade Cleaners OBrien and Ford home library: homemade cleaners

Homemade Cleaners by Mandy O'Brien and Dionna Ford (Ulysses Press, $18)

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decor vs. fashion: yellow rug or skirt?

If you’re thinking of going retro this spring (imagine Now and Then and Mad Men style), you have two options for boosting the look of your home and wardrobe.

Option A: Decorate with yellow using a yellow floral-patterned rug.

Option B: Give your spring style the mod look using a high-waisted yellow and lace mini skirt.

If you had $500 to spend on a spring upgrade, which would you choose–the yellow rug or skirt?
yellow skirt rug decor fashion decor vs. fashion: yellow rug or skirt?
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editor’s pick: ostrich-feather pen

Everyone needs to make a purely indulgent purchase from time to time. And if you’re looking for an excuse, I’m a queen of making them. (Need an excuse to update your artwork, even though the existing piece still perfectly fits your room? Life’s too short to not live with what you love. Want a reason to buy a third pair of sparkly gold shoes? They’re on sale – they’re basically free! Craving that bottle of black truffle olive oil straight from France? It’ll probably inspire you to eat more salads! Besides, isn’t your birthday sometime this year? Go for it!)

I’ve been coveting this over-the-top ostrich-feather pen by French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela for quite some time, but without a wedding on the horizon – and being someone far more likely to write with a keyboard than with a pen – it just didn’t feel like a practical purchase.

But, hey! It’s National Letter Writing Month, and I probably need something to celebrate the occasion, so I think I’ll indulge. Just think of the whimsy and texture it’ll add to my desktop! Think of the inspired letters I’ll write! Maybe I’ll even channel my inner Shakespeare and pen a new novel? Decision made! I was meant for this pen and it was meant for me.

Ostrich Pen editors pick: ostrich feather pen

photography, totokaelo art-object

 

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summer decor: andrew richard designs

With the warmer weather finally showing up (most days that is…), it’s time to get your outdoor space in order! For me, that means laying down my IKEA floor tiles, wiping down my small scale patio furniture, and hanging up my string bulb lighting. For future Morgan and for others who might have a bit more space to work with (my 4′ x 12′ balcony has it’s set backs), gearing up for Summer might mean finally investing in some comfortable, stylish and lasting pieces! Ann Marie and I had the pleasure of popping into Andrew Richard Designs recently to take a peak at their new 2014 styles.

Vision Collection summer decor: andrew richard designsimage via. ARD – Vision Outdoor Leather Collection

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5 spring essentials from the dollar store

Those nice days we’ve recently had (temperatures reaching a balmy 8°C!) have got me in the mood for Spring with a capital S. So when I walked into the dollar store on my lunch hour today, I was instantly drawn to the bits and bobs on display that made me think of warmer days ahead. Cheap and cheerful, here are my top 5 must-haves.

Flowerpot 5 spring essentials from the dollar store

Painted pot just the size for my kitchen windowsill or my lounge-side table in the backyard.

1. Flowerpots. Painted terracotta versions (like this one for $1.25) are just about a dime a dozen. Buy them already decorated or paint them yourself – they’re super easy and fun to create. I vary their sizes and shapes for the annual container display on my patio.

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3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a total card junkie. I’m not even great about writing cards, I just like collecting them and knowing they’re there for whenever an occasion arises. And National Letter Writing Month is an occasion for letters like no other (except Christmas season perhaps). The last in my roundups of cute cards to help with your correspondence for National Letter Writing Month is three illustrated boxed variety packs, so you can choose the card that best matches the recipient!

 

 

Fox Cards 3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month
Studio Oh! Woodland Creatures Set, $14 (set of 12), Indigo.

 

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decor vs. fashion: gold chair or sandals?

For Spring 2014, it’s out with the old and in with the new. (Spring cleaning for the win!) Ditch your bulky winter accessories and welcome spring with two pieces of gilded charm–an antique armchair with engraved gold trim and beige suede sandals with a gorgeous metallic strap. Use either piece to bring spring into your home sans the use of traditional florals and pastels. Cool, right?

You’ve received a $700 spring bonus at work–which item would you splurge for, the gold chair or sandals?
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stylist staple: ikea hotdogs

I frequent Ikea quite a bit – minimum once a week. I know to some of you this might be too often (especially during the weekend crush), but to a stylist/decorator it is just a fact of life. With this often comes needing to pick-up something quick to eat. My go to is the Ikea hotdog – not the greatest thing to put in your body, but tasty and convenient when on the run. I like to wash it down with the Swedish Lingonberry drink. If only they had dill pickles to top it off.

hot dog stylist staple: ikea hotdogs

Anyone else have a favourite food item at Ikea?

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