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editor’s picks: one of a kind spring 2014 show

Yesterday morning I had the chance to head to the One of a Kind Spring 2014 show and boy was it worth the trip!! On top of all the regulars, there were 150 new artists at the show this year. Filling the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition place, roughly 450 artisans total are showcasing their handmade creations – from jewellery to dresses, note cards to prints, specialty coffees to candy apples and much, much more. Check out some of the booths that caught my eye.

Mitani editors picks: one of a kind spring 2014 showMitani

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a chic retreat: my master bedroom

The master bedroom was part of our second floor addition, and while it’s not a huge space, it more than serves its purpose as a luxurious room to relax and rejuvenate in with a king size bed, small vanity and a bank of dressers for tons of clothing storage.

 

master after a chic retreat: my master bedroom

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new art obsession: whiteout workshop at the one of a kind spring show

The One of a Kind Spring Show opened its doors to Toronto artisan lovers today and, as always, it was an overwhelming (and expansive!) display of art, fashion, stationery, housewares, specialty foods, furniture and more. It’s a dangerous place when there are specific items you’re looking to find. And even more dangerous when you don’t!

In my case, I’m always on the lookout for new art on a budget to fill my embarrassingly barren apartment walls. Cue: Whiteout Workshop.

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editor’s pick: office organizing magazine holders

So I have a problem. I feel like my desk at work is completely showing me up. I am usually a very organized person, and I like things to be neat and tidy. But lately I feel as though things are getting away from me. Every morning I come in to piles of paper littering my desk – forms to be signed, layouts to read or write, invoices to file, etc., as well as a piece of fruit from the day before that I didn’t eat, or a book that someone has left for me to look at. Here’s just an example.

my desk editors pick: office organizing magazine holders

My leaning tower of Style at Home and Canadian Gardening magazines

Ridiculous, right? I have now decided that I need to tackle this problem asap, and I’m going to start with this pile of magazines. I had a few free moments today and went online to investigate my options for magazine holders. Besides the plain white ones, the plain wooden ones, the plain plastic black ones and the DIYed ones done over with paper I found these.

mag holders editors pick: office organizing magazine holders

Magazine holders from Happy Forsman & Bodenfors in Sweden

Perfect! They are from the firm Happy Forsman & Bodenfors in Sweden that designed them for the Swedish Museum of Architecture. They represent different styles and periods of buildings found in the city and when placed together form a cityscape. I think they look like the DoodleArt posters I used to do as a kid, and I’m completely smitten. Do you remember those? You’d get a poster with all kinds of hidden pictures and you’d have to colour everything in any way you wanted. Loved them! I think these will be my new obsession. Don’t they look like DoodleArt to you?

editor’s pick: custom pet toss cushions

Taxidermy may be out (wait, was it ever really in!?), but fear not! There’s another way to immortalize your unique, fluffy little loved one: with silk-screened toss cushions, obviously!

Custom Pet Pillows 1 editors pick: custom pet toss cushions

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editor’s pick: nespresso on the road

I’ve written a few times about my obsession with Nespresso over the past month, but nothing prepared me for how much I would love to use it as I did at a horse show last week. A horse show you ask? I know that it sounds odd, but sure enough, I dragged along my incredible Nespresso UMilk machine to the Poplar Place horse trials in Columbus, Georgia last week. My horse Fleur was stabled at the show with a number of my friends’ horses. We had a separate stall where we kept all of the tack and snacks. And, of course, I couldn’t possibly spend a day without my beloved Nespresso machine. Note the wipe board in the background with the ride times of each of the horses written down.

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shoe-inspired decor: black and white stripes

Black and white stripes are a dramatic choice, whether in the clothes you wear or as a statement in your home. This week’s shoe-inspired decor (or is it the other way around?) features this bold look: horizontal black and white stripes.

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editor’s pick: bkr water bottle

Bright and modern, California-made BKR water bottles are glass with a colourful silicone sleeve, so they’re safe from breaking.

bkr water bottle 01 editors pick: bkr water bottle

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6 gorgeous geometric pillows from scout and whistle

While the season is struggling to transform from winter to spring, I’ve found seasonal solace in Scout & Whistle. This design duo, Vanessa Boer and Darren Pasemko, creates great cabin-style housewares that I love for any season up at a cottage or to cozy up your home.

I first stumbled across this online shop on Etsy after falling in love with their geometric throw pillows. I’ve chosen my top five, but am having trouble narrowing down to just one favourite! Which one do YOU like best?

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editor’s pick: children’s bedding

Over the past year since my daughter went into a “big girl” bed, I have learned a lot about children’s bedding. What you like and what your child likes are very different!  Children want their bedding to be bright and embellished with patterns of their favourite princess or superhero. Needless to say, this is not what my first pick would be. So my search began for whimsical but parent-friendly patterns. Check out my finds.

 

T WithoutZoom editors pick: childrens bedding

Mini print percale bedding, Garnett Hill

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