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get the look: paris café style

It’s been almost one year since I visited Paris, and one of my fondest memories is relaxing at the charming cafés that dot the streets where small bistro tables crowd the sidewalks and the chairs are positioned for prime people watching.

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palm beach inspired

As the warm weather sweeps over the city of Toronto, I am feeling inspired by design references of more exotic climates. One of my biggest design influences is Palm Beach, Florida. The pastels, art deco, and botanical motifs found throughout the many stunning interiors leave me wanting to kick back on a lacquered bamboo chair while sipping a daiquiri…. Pure bliss!

SAH PALM BEACH 23 palm beach inspired

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book review: rachel ashwell couture prairie

Anyone who’s ever seen decorating icon Rachel Ashwell knows that she’s more at home in well-worn jeans and cowboy boots than anything else. So it really comes as no surprise to learn that her latest book, Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie ($44, Cico Books), centres around her purchase of a small hotel in Round Top, Texas, that she’s transformed into a shabby-chic haven called The Prairie for like-minded people who make the trip to the Round Top antiques fairs that happen three times per year, as well as those who just want a quiet getaway at a rustic-meets-sophisticated country inn.

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RACP Lilliput Lodge book review: rachel ashwell couture prairie

The Seabury Suite in Lilliput Lodge

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editor’s pick: button candies

Those of us with both a sweet tooth and a yen for all things crafty will love these sugar candies made by Andie’s Specialty Sweets.

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travel inspiration: fabulous front doors

Growing up in the metropolis of Toronto – fondly referred to as the “Concrete Jungle” by many – it was definitely an eye-opening experience travelling to Europe. I’m slowly conquering the continent, trip by trip, and from what I’ve seen so far, the variety of design inspiration from country to country is endless.

On my first trip to France in particular I became obsessed with, of all things, doors. With such grand and ornate architecture around every corner I suppose it makes sense that the doors will live up to this standard, as well.

From size to colour to intricate details, these four doors prove that choosing a front door makes a huge impact when it comes to enhancing your curb appeal, whether it’s the door’s design or choosing the right colour for your door.

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meyer lemon olive oil cake

The April issue of Style at Home (on newsstands now) features my trip to Napa Valley. I mentioned that I brought home the most delicious blood orange olive oil from Round Pond Estate. I’d like to share Round Pond’s recipe for a light and fluffy olive oil cake. This one uses their meyer lemon-infusion; I substituted it with the blood orange one, since I had it on hand.

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hotel chic: tommy hilfiger’s raleigh hotel pool

Who doesn’t love the idea of celebrity fashion designers getting involved in home decor? After all, they’ve been doing it for years. So when  the decor crowd heard that Tommy Hilfiger, the famed fashion designer who has been translating his classic American style from the runways to the home for years, is in talks to take on the historic Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Florida, they were thrilled. Hilfiger plans to buy and renovate the iconic luxury hotel. But one thing we hope Hilfiger doesn’t change is the Raleigh’s gorgeous pool.

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place to visit: sugar shack

Ah, it’s that sweet, sweet time again – maple syrup (also known as “sugaring off”) season. The timing varies every year, but it usually happens sometime after the end of February. The sugar shack experience is more than just tasting loads of maple syrup – if you’re in Quebec, you’ll likely get to enjoy a traditional meal of pea soup, ham, baked beans, potatoes, cretons (a pork spread similar to pâté), omelettes, gherkins and sugar pie (these are the highlights but there’s much more).

constantin sugar shack place to visit: sugar shack

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jw marriott at la live

It’s the final day of our virtual tour through Los Angeles and we’re wrapping the week up with one last hotel recommendation: The JW Marriott at LA Live.

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This gorgeous new property, which is linked to its sister property, the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, is in the heart of the action in downtown LA. It’s situated smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles’ entertainment hub. It’s just steps from the LA Convention Centre, the Staples Centre and the Nokia Theatre, where awards shows like The People’s Choice Awards and the American Music Awards are held each year. Bright lights and a constant flow of people through the area make this spot an exciting place from which to observe Los Angeles.
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book review: hearst ranch

One of my favourite places to go when I visit California is Hearst Castle, otherwise known as San Simeon, La Cuesta Encantada or “The Ranch” as its owner, media giant William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) affectionately called it. Perched high above San Simeon Bay on the state’s Central Coast, the castle and its guest houses are the main attraction for visitors, but the surrounding property (originally about 250,000 acres) is a working cattle ranch, and has been for more than 150 years.
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