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wrap the perfect gift with gift horse & co

There’s just something about a beautifully wrapped present that makes gift giving extra special. If you’re someone who loves getting creative when it comes to birthday or holiday gift wrapping, then you’ll love Gift Horse & Co.

Newly launched, this premium gift wrapping subscription-box service offers members wrapping papers, ribbons and embellishments for stylish gift giving all year long.

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Founded by expert gift stylist, Corinna vanGerwen, each box contains a selection of  unique products to help you create beautifully wrapped presents.

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editor’s pick: summer vacation playhouse

How fun is this tablecloth playhouse? It’s almost summer vacation time for the kiddos, and this secret hideaway is perfect for both indoor and outdoor fun. It’s such a simple yet GENIUS idea from Etsy seller StripedCoast – and the kids will love it!

TableclothPlayhouse 2 editors pick: summer vacation playhouse

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cottage fun: design inspirations

Chris and I rent our favourite cottage once a year to spend  time with close friends right by the water.  Hanging out by the deck, enjoying homemade mimosas, and of course gathering around the campfire with s’mores are all high on my ”To-Do“ list.  I would love to have my own cottage one day and have been collecting design ideas + inspirations for future references.  So I thought, why don’t I share with you some of my all time favourite cottages?

First up is this super stylish and chic private getaway for Dee Dee Taylor Eustace.  Being a professional interior designer and architect means Dee Dee knows how to push the boundaries to create the ultimate sanctuary of her dreams.  My favourite elements from Dee Dee’s cottage: the cedar shingles stained in navy blue (both interior and exterior), the eclectic mix of furniture pieces to give the space its character, and the classic yet cozy powder room.

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primary colours

One of the first colour schemes we learn to love are blue, yellow, and red. With those three colours we are taught that by mixing one with the other we can create virtually any hue we dream up. Commonly we associate blue, yellow and red with toddlers, recently I have seen this famous combination used in more sophisticated, mature ways. Now these spaces are somewhere I could definitely “play, laugh, and grow” in! icon wink primary colours Primary Colours copy primary colours

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nursery decor: cute cribs

There’s going to be a new addition to my family come September, and although there are lots of worries and concerns constantly running through my head as a first time mum-to-be, there’s no question about what sort of aesthetic I want to achieve in the nursery. I’m keeping the gender a surprise, so instead of incorporating a scheme of soft pinks or handsome blues, I’ll be going with a more neutral look. The most important piece in the room is the crib, of course, and I know I want something that’s white and very simple in design. There are so many options out there, so I thought I would share three favourites that I’ve come across.

Jenny Lind 2 300x200 nursery decor: cute cribs

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fab find: ice cream sandwich pan

Fab find
Nordic Ware ice cream sandwich pan, $27.40; Crate & Barrel.
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5 easy bridal shower decor ideas

It’s wedding season! Whether you’re a family member, close friend or in the bridal party, planning a beautiful bridal shower might be on your to-do list.

You’ve sent out your invitations, picked out your party menu and carefully studied the Style at Home Ultimate Wedding Guide. What’s left to do? The decorations, of course.

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If you’re looking for bridal shower decor that won’t blow your budget, check out these pretty and inexpensive ideas.

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easy summer style essentials

Summer officially starts this weekend, so let’s talk about warm weather style.

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win: a farrow and ball paint diy book

When it comes to the cheapest and easiest way to perk up your home decor, paint always wins the argument. It was true years ago and certainly held true during our Decorating on a Budget live Twitter chat last week!

From your walls to flea market finds, a fresh coat of paint can create a world of difference. And Farrow & Ball took this to the next level. In a new book, they showcase 21 DIY projects that prove that paint is not only an affordable way to update  your decor, but can also make a standout customized statement piece. Been craving getting crafty? You’re in luck because we’re giving away this book to one lucky reader! Read on to see how you can win.

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mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

So, have you found your Summer Song yet? That song that seems to be on repeat, and when you hear it, you open the sunroof, turn the volume up, throw your hands in the air and just sing along? The one that accompanies your barbeques, pool parties, beach days and every long drive? I’ve got a lot of contenders, but haven’t yet decided on the finalist. THE Song.

But in an effort to help everyone discover their Summer Song, here are some playlists to accompany your activities this weekend.


Garden State Screen Cap mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

Screen cap from one of my favourite moments in Garden State


1. What I’ll be doing: Enjoying an afternoon in the garden (hopefully getting some gardening done)
What I’ll be playing: A Garden State of Mind
Featured artists: All the best crooners: Joshua Radin, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie The Shins and Zero 7.
Why it’s perfect: Inspired by Zach Braff’s movie Garden State, the playlist is soothing and relaxing, mixing folk and soothing electro. It pairs perfectly with a quiet day in the yard, sun shining, birds chirping and a refreshing glass or rosemary-cucumber water in hand.



Viceroy Skyler Greene Photography mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

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2. What I’ll be doing: Sunning on the beach at Toronto Island
What I’ll be playing: Viceroy’s Remixes
Featured artists: Sing-along-worthy remixes of songs by artists you know and love: Maroon 5, Passion Pit, Montell Jordan, Two Door Cinema Club, Lady Gaga and Mark Morrisson.
Why it’s perfect: Viceroy’s motto is “summertime all the time” and his synth-pop sound featuring steel drums and peppy make-you-dance beats has easily become my soundtrack to summer.



Mike Bloomberg mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

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3. What I’ll be doing: Hosting a summer barbeque
What I’ll be playing: Gracie Mansion Backyard BBQ
Featured artists: A great mix of hits from Blues Traveller, Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Jason Mraz, Hootie and the Blowfith and Gotye.
Why it’s perfect: Curated by Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City from 2002-2013, as the soundtrack to summer at Gracie Mansion (the official residence of the New York mayor), this mix tape is chock-full of upbeat crowd-pleasers guaranteed to have guests tapping their feet and singing along.

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