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places to go, people to see: the good son

Hey Queen West, there’s a new kid on the culinary block: The Good Son. The restaurant, owned by Vittorio Colacitti, who competed in Top Chef Canada‘s fourth season, opened last month. With a focus on organic local and seasonal fare, the eatery features dishes that pay homage to Toronto’s cultural mosaic, but have a distinct Italian flavour. The food is complemented by a curated drink menu that offers new twists on old favourites. And, if you’re in a hurry, you can pop by The Pantry section for a take-out pizza – made on the wood fire oven, of course – or the general-store-esque entrance for an Italian-imported bottle of olive oil. Colacitti wants to make you feel at home, or more likely, like you’re at Mama’s house. Think mismatched furnishings, room-like compartmentalization, time-worn books and trinkets, casual gallery walls, hanging displays of vintage plates, even a fireplace vignette. Because words can only do so much, feast your eyes on some snapshots of the food and decor.

The Good Son 2 places to go, people to see: the good son

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project kitchen refresh ~ casual dining

I have shared with you my idea book on Project Kitchen Refresh with the glamourous kitchen by Jesscia last week.  Today, I am ready to walk you through my game plan for the adjacent casual dining space.

Urban living/lifestyle has changed significantly over the past decade.  Many of us now have our dinner by the breakfast bar or on the sofa in the living room, our outdoor oasis is approximately 100 square feet and it sits 28 stories up in the sky, and our formal dining room is reserved for special occasion.  Since we spent most of our time dining casually in the “eat-in” area of the kitchen, it makes sense to ensure this family gathering space is every bit as practical and stylish as your showstopper kitchen.

This casual dining space by Stacy Begg has everything I dream of.  The dramatic wallpaper as backdrop, the statement chandelier, the comfortable seating that incorporates practical storage, the juxtaposition between timeless classics and edgy contemporary pieces, what is not to love?

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fab find: festive mason jars

Fab find
Juice Perfect glass set, $64.99 (set of 12); Modcloth.
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New Project: Kitchen Refresh

Ever wonder what to do with an outdated kitchen?  I have one on my case and it belongs to my father.  The place has been mainly untouched for 23 years (I did attempt to give it a mini facelift about 8 years ago) and it is time to give it a fresh new look.

This fabulous kitchen by Jessica Waks sums up the feeling I want to achieve for #ProjectKitchenRefresh.  It is light, airy, cleanlined, and bold with gold accents: a perfect timeless classic kitchen.

Screen Shot 2014 06 24 at 11.29.08 PM New Project: Kitchen Refresh

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decor vs. fashion: red and white dinnerware or shirt?

It’s almost time to celebrate Canada Day! With the long weekend approaching, treat yourself and your Canada Day party guests to new red and white dinnerware from West Elm, or give your wardrobe a Canada Day makeover with a striped shirt from Ann Taylor. Get ready for your most stylish July 1st (and long weekend) ever!

If you only had a budget of $45, which would you prefer–the red and white dinnerware or shirt?
canada day decor fashion dinnerware shirt decor vs. fashion: red and white dinnerware or shirt?
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diy: simple glitter art

I went through a phase about a year and a half ago where I was semi-obsessed with glitter. It was a messy obsession (and I’m pretty sure my roommate hated finding glitter on pretty much everything in our apartment)…but I just loved crafting with it! My favourite creation is my “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” hot pink piece that I hung above my living room sofa (see it here). It is such a simple craft and really quite fun to make. Experiment with fun quotes and coloured glitter! Here’s another example (which was also my first attempt) that is hung above my bed. Keep reading for more pictures and info on how to make!

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herb garden

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good DIY project! When my girlfriend Shira sent me this charming repurposed dresser she worked on, I couldn’t help but share! For under $200 she was able to create a fabulous outdoor vignette that houses all of her favourite summer herbs, while adding flare to her outdoor space! Here’s what you will need to recreate this look…

photo 1 herb garden

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poppytalk for target: glamorous outdoor entertaining

If you loved the Oh Joy! collection, then you’re definitely going to swoon over Target’s newest collaboration with co-founder of design blog Poppytalk, Jan Halvarson. The Poppytalk for Target party collection is full of bright colours, fun patterns and outdoor decor accessories that might just become part of your summer entertaining essentials.

target poppytalk collection 1 poppytalk for target: glamorous outdoor entertaining

With a few items on my wish list, I can’t wait to view the collection in store. Here are a couple of my favourite collection pieces, now available at Target.
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fab find: canada day printables from etsy

Fab find
Canada Day Party Printables Collection, $10.58; Etsy.
canada day home decor printables etsy fab find: canada day printables from etsy
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5 things to try this weekend

Happy Friday! The weekend’s finally here, which means there’s (hopefully!) some free time in your schedule to get around to those tasks that are on your to-do list, or to try something new. Here are 5 things to try this weekend:

how to remove pet hair 5 things to try this weekend {PHOTO: Virginia Macdonald}

1 Remove pet hair from upholstery
You love your furry friend but the fur all of your sofa? Not so much. Clean things up this weekend with our helpful tips.
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