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foxes are the new owls

Remember when every store you went into had some sort of Owl decor? Well bye-bye owls…Foxes are in! Amanda Etty was ahead of the game calling this trend out back in the January 2013 issue, and it’s still going strong! I’ve been out and about checking out what’s new and foxes are taking over the shelves. Here are a few of my favs.

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bluebellgray at hudson’s bay

Spring is in the air at the Hudson’s Bay Company with the arrival of bluebellgray, a Scottish textile company run by the fabulous Fiona Douglas. Based off of her own colourful watercolours, these designs have been digitally printed onto natural materials which are then made into bed linens, pillows and furniture. Amanda Etty and I had the pleasure of meeting Fiona a couple weeks ago and seeing the whole line in person. Read on to learn more about the company and to see a few snap shots from our visit!

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decor vs. fashion: faux fur toss cushion or scarf?

Soft and luxurious faux fur is having a moment this fall, and with good reason. I’ve been seeing the coziest accessories everywhere, and have been daydreaming about spending days cuddled up in them. For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I can’t decide whether I’d like like to dress my sofa in faux fur or myself!

What do you think – if you had $75 to spend this weekend, which would you choose – a faux fur toss cushion or scarf?


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places to go, people to see: delicious food show

If your mouth is watering just looking at the image below, chances are you’re a foodie. If you like to eat as much as I do, the Delicious Food Show is for you. Yummy treats will be available for the tasting from more that 200 exhibitors, and over 50 live demonstrations will have you walking away a culinary pro. Well, almost. But some of the nation’s most renowned chefs – including Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes and Roger Mooking, among others – will give workshops of their own recipes, revealing their tips and tricks. So your cooking game is bound to improve. What else can a food lover ask for? Hosted by Food Network Canada, the show runs from October 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Check out the event website for more info and to buy tickets at a discounted rate. Children under 12 get in free, so make it a family affair!

DeliciousFoodShow Photo courtesy of the Delicious Food Show. 


editor’s pick: the game of things…

I know, I know…this isn’t really ‘design related’. BUT I love board games and when I was sent a press release about ‘The Game of Things’ I just had to share. This game isn’t new, it’s celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year actually, but it’s a blast! For anyone who hasn’t ever played, I recommend you try it out – it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh. Perfect for those upcoming holiday parties or for fall weekends when your family just wants to bundle up and stay inside with a cup of tea.

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behind the scenes: diy wrapping paper

It’s getting to be that time of year again…the holidays. Which means presents. Which means wrapping! Last year, the Design Team created 4 different styles of DIY wrapping. This year, I looked to some of my favourite wallpapers for wrapping inspiration. And since our November issue is now available, I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pictures from my crafting. It was a ton of fun and not that hard to do (I promise). These would be great crafts to do with kids! Read on to learn more about the steps and to see some progress shots from the shoot!

Wrapping-Front photography Ryan Brook

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fab find: ikat frames

Like most of you probably do, I now take the majority of my photos on my iPhone and upload a lot of them to Instagram… I’m borderline addicted. With more and more company’s now offering to print Instagram images (like Black’s), this week’s Fab Find is the perfect frame to highlight some of these captured moments!

Inspired by textile weaves, these photo frames (for 4″ square shots) can add a powerful and bright border to any insta-image.

The-Cross-Frames image via. The Cross

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editor’s pick: rooms i love

This is one of my favourite kitchens that we have featured, designed by Sam Sacks. I love the mix of white, marble and warm wood tones. And don’t even get me started on that floor! When I finally buy a house, I’m using this space as inspiration.

Sam-Sacks-Kitchen Photography Virginia Macdonald

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fab find: 2015 colour wheel calendar

Is one of your New Years Resolutions to get more organized? It’s always one of mine. Put a colourful (HA!) spin on 2015 (#seewhatididthere) with this ultra bright wall calendar.

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5 quick and simple decor updates

Feeling the urge to redecorate but don’t have the time or budget to do so? Here are 5 quick and simple decor update ideas to satisfy your craving without breaking the bank!

erin-living-room Photography Virginia Macdonald

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