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bold and colourful summer accents

For a lot of people (including myself) bright colours are often hard to commit to in a home! I’m all for neutrals (have you seen my apartment?!) however I am a firm believer that having fun colourful accents is key to finishing off a room. For neutral lovers trying to venture into the colour world, one of the easiest places to start incorporating bolder shades is on your patio! I recently did a segment on the Marilyn Denis show all about fun, new colourful outdoor furniture & accessories. Take a look to see some of my favouirte pieces coming out and where I suggest using them.

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calligraphy workshop with hallmark

I spent yesterday morning with Hallmark and Post Calligraphy honing my handwriting skills. The workshop was held at the new Hopson Grace event space which was light and airy and perfect for this type of thing. Have a look at some of the shots from the workshop: hopson grace calligraphy event 1 calligraphy workshop with hallmark

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spring on clean


Confession time: Spring cleaning is not my forte. I love to zero in on one problem area and give it the necessary elbow grease to get it pristine again. I always feel so accomplished afterward and I’m done before I know it. But a top-to-bottom clean is such a big task that I find myself cutting corners, coming out of the experience as drained as I’ve ever been but without any sense of accomplishment. So this year, having stalled for a couple of week, I decided to think outside the box and invite a cleaning service (not the easiest thing for a housekeeping columnist to admit, but there you have it). I had serendipitously chanced upon Aspen Clean‘s booth at the Green Living Show a few weeks ago, and decided to give it a try.

Aspen Clean spring on clean

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the experts have spoken

Are you a wannabe foodie (like me)? If yes, you’re going to love this book! Offering suggestions of ‘Where Chefs Eat’ in pretty much every major city (No but seriously – this book recommends 3000+ places). Read on to learn where you can grab a copy of your own!
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eat more fruit

Berry baskets are nothing new…BUT I love when I stumble upon new designs and shapes. You’ll often see the classics, like the two on the right in the image below – but rarely have I found full sided ceramic baskets. I was so happy to find this collection online. Read on to see where to buy. It’s a larger size (just under 6″ square) so it’s quite a practical size for storing food in your fridge or kitchen pantry.
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bunny love: fun and frisky .. and just in time for spring

Since spring is certainly not in the air these days, I’m drowning myself in bunny love. Thank you Hunt Slonem.

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image courtesy of sohautestyle.com

Groundworks for Lee Jofa has introduced a new collection featuring Hunt Slonem’s signature bunny paintings and it is a feast for the eyes.

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image courtesy of Lee Jofa

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we stopped by: umbra

Walking into the Umbra store located on John Street in downtown Toronto pretty much feels like you’re walking into a playground. Not only is the interior of that store gorgeous, but the products are all just so fun! The different colours and contemporary shapes draw your eye around the store and the next thing you know you’ve been in there for an hour. The design team and I stopped by the Umbra store for a tour and snapped a few pics of some of our favourite items. Read on to check out the rest of our highlights.

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so pretty you almost don’t want to use it…almost

Step aside boring white plastic hangers! Check out this gorgeous triangular scarf organizer. Designed by Laura Carwardine, the geometric openings are meant to store scarfs and accessories, and when left unused the hanger provides visual interest to your closet. Made from metal, this beauty is the hip new way to organize your closet!  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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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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