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Housekeeping: removing red wine stains

Throwing a dinner party in an all-white interior can be quite stressful (that’s my all-white home below!) Even though you may want to only serve white wine and soda water you can’t or your guests are going to think you’re crazy! Up until now I have entertained guests my home and just hoped for the best. Until now. Recently I was at an OxiClean event and I found the answer on how to prevent red wine from staining on my upholstery and carpeting.

favot livingroom Housekeeping: removing red wine stains

Photograph by Stacey Van Berkal


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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diy: simple and thoughful gift idea

I know I’m biased…but I have some pretty crafty friends! Two of my best friends, Laura and Kelly, had lived together for years up until a few weeks ago when Kelly moved in with her boyfriend. Missing her roomie already, Laura made the cutest (and relatively simple) housewarming present for Kelly’s new pad.

Carrots diy: simple and thoughful gift ideaPhotography by Laura Scadding

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new-use tuesdays: sugar

Hey there, sweet stuff! If you have a sweet tooth like I do, this week’s new-use feature is for you. I’m putting the new-use spotlight on my all-time favourite food group (kidding – okay, half kidding): sugar. Check out a few other handy ways you can utilize this pantry staple; just don’t share these tricks with your neighbours – they might drop by for a cupful of sugar that much more often!

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the new onion ring

I was over at my friends’ house on Saturday night. They cooked up this interesting take on onion rings – leek rings. Crispy and light like an onion ring, but healthier maybe. My friend lightly breaded them in flour and then fried them. Delish.


leeks the new onion ring

sister parish’s go to drink: vodka and clamato

I’ve been reading Sister Parish: The Life of Legendary American Interior Designer. Mrs. Parish was a famous decorator – she helped Jackie Kennedy decorate the White House and she ‘s also known for establishing/founding the American country style. The book shares little tidbits of information gathered from old colleagues, friends and family.  One item that is sticking with me is her drink. It says she enjoyed bourbon, as well as vodka with a splash of Clamato. I thought Clamato was a Canadian thing, but clearly it was available in the US. I don’t think it was a caesar, more like a martini, as it sounds like the Clamato left the vodka looking pink. I mixed one up myself and it was not bad a little salty. Has anyone else tried something similar?

clamato2 sister parishs go to drink: vodka and clamato

behind the scenes: bench update

At photo shoots we often have to make some quick changes. Usually nothing too major, but the below is a prime example of making a simple swap! Here’s a behind-the-scenes pic I took of Ann Marie, Alex and Virginia updating my faux fur bench at my apartment shoot. As much as I loved the grey faux fur, we wanted to bring in a bit more colour to the space. Luckily we had some bright fabric samples on hand…so it was out with the old and in with the new!

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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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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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4 gorgeous spring table linens

The spring entertaining season is finally upon us. Party planners rejoice! I’ve been seeing a ton of great table linens in the stores these past few weeks. Here are a few of my favourites. I’m really digging the pale hues and simple patterns. Incorporating any of these in your spring table setting will add instant elegance with a dash of whimsy! Great for a spring time soiree.

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