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new-use tuesdays: nail polish

Even the most low-maintenance among us have a bottle of clear nail polish in a drawer somewhere. If your nails aren’t seeing much of it (overdue for a mani-pedi?), you can still get some use out of your nail polish. Check out a few other surfaces around the house that could use a quick coat.

Spring lineup Vinyl new use tuesdays: nail polish

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behind-the-scenes: our colourful special issue

Have you picked it up yet? Our newest Special Issue is now on stands and it’s All. About. Colour!! One of my favourite stories is about bookcase styling, which I worked on with the talented Stacy Begg. Check out a few behind the scene pics from our shoot! Here’s Joe Kim, our photographer, working his magic on the bold black and orange ‘Man Den’ shelving unit.

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fab find: embroidered bath towels

Fab find
Typeset embroidery towels, $7-18; Simons.
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inspiration: modern outdoor space

Do you have a backyard? I live in a condo with a postage-stamp balcony, but I’d love to deck it out this summer. I’d like to create a space to relax, read magazines or enjoy an evening cocktail. I’m inspired by this 400-square-foot rooftop oasis, which boasts a living area, a dining area and an outdoor kitchen – much more than I’d ever have the space for. I love the combination of comfy wooden furniture, sleek contemporary accents and plenty of greenery. And those hanging lanterns are amazing! They’d look so romantic at night when they’re lit up.

modern backyard lounge inspiration: modern outdoor space

icymi: this week’s top 5 posts

Spring blooms and pretty floral arrangements dominated this week. Throw in a few gorgeous neutral interiors and some laundry room renovation tips and you have our top stories from the past week. Check them out below!

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places to go, people to see: one of a kind online

The One of a Kind Show has been offering unique artisanal wares to Torontonians for nearly four decades. The massive twice-a-year fair is something many of us anticipate with bated breath. But you need not hold your breath any longer; the organization has launched an online store. Now, all through the year and across the whole country, lovers of all things handmade can shop beautiful designs by hundreds of artisans. You can scour the site for hours – I speak from personal experience! – but just to give you a taste of what’s on offer, I’ve complied a group of great gift ideas for mom (it is Mother’s Day this Sunday, after all).

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Clayshapes Pottery ceramic Mother’s Day Ring Dish, $14 each.

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decor vs. fashion: orange vase or top?

Think you can’t pull off bold orange? Think again! From the showrooms to the runways, tangerine orange is a major colour trend to be diving into this season. Inspired by the rich hues of a ripe and juicy orange, Zara Home’s kitschy vase and Joe Fresh’s vibrant blouse are both stylish must-haves for any woman attempting to upgrade her spring decor or wardrobe this month.

You find yourself with an extra $40 to spend this week. Which would you choose–the orange vase or shirt?
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store opening: black rooster decor

It has been 1 week since the grand opening of the hottest new store to hit the Leslieville strip: Black Rooster Decor. Being a well known website already, Nina (the fabulous owner) decided to venture further and open her first store front location. Located at 1025 Queen Street East in downtown Toronto, the store compliments the online shop well, offering a range of super chic and trendy household goods. Since Mary mentioned her fav picks in her blog post earlier today (can you tell that we went to the store together and are equally as obsessed!), I wanted to share some of my favourite items too.

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sea critters: how to make a splash with ocean inspired decor

If going nautical doesn’t float your boat, maybe this trend will – sea critters. From whales to barracudas and octopi, underwater life is the inspiration for many new looks this summer. These looks range from whimsical to graphic and sophisticated. If you’re looking for new ways to freshen up your home décor for summer, cast away anchor motifs, coral accessories and rope detailing and opt for something a little more adventurous.


underwater whimsy

When you’re going the whimsy route stick to a few key pieces that are bold and unexpected. Layering too many loud items together can look like you are about to throw a theme party. Be selective, choose where you want to make a splash.

Add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor entertaining with this playful whale cooler and striking sea critter tableware from Pottery Barn.

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Whale Serve Cooler, $139,

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style destination: brooklyn

The June issue of Style at Home (on newsstands now) features my favourite spots in Brooklyn, NY, specifically in the Williamsburg neighbourhood. Although I only spent a day in Brooklyn, it was packed with delicious food and amazing shopping. Read on for more highlights, including my favourite places to eat, shop and sightsee.

Seersucker, Carroll Gardens
Go for one of the hands-down best brunches you’ll ever have. The food is seriously delicious here – in fact, I’ve already raved about their buttery biscuits on this blog, HERE. The atmosphere is quaint yet bustling, and the interior is a bit modern and a bit country.

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