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decor vs. fashion: blue shower curtain or dress?

Do you feel like your bathroom design is missing that special something? If so, you could use a new shower curtain. Try Lands’ End’s blue and white cotton shower curtain to add vintage charm to your home. And if your stylish bathroom has it all, upgrade your wardrobe this spring with a blue ombré dress from ModCloth. Whether it’s the bathroom or the closet, the decision is up to you!

If you had $80 to spend this week, which would you choose–the blue shower curtain or dress?
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happy national chocolate chip cookie day

So, our friendly neighbours to the south are celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day today. That was pretty pleasant news to wake up to this morning! And even though in Canada, this is not a nationally recognized day to hail the chocolate chip, I say, why miss out on such a good thing?

So, in honour of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, I thought I’d share the recipe for the BEST EVER chocolate chip cookies. No seriously, that’s what they’re called.

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new in toronto: the good press

If you’re looking for me this summer, you’ll likely find me hanging out at The Good Press. This healthy juice bar in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood was launched this week by Andrew and Leila Ois, the sweetest husband and wife team. Their cold-pressed bottled juices feature innovative, delicious and nutrient-dense fruit and vegetable combinations (My favourites are Pear Me The Details, Ruby Tuesday and the cold-pressed watermelon juice).

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anchor’s away

Nautically inspired decor continues to be one of those trends that keeps resurfacing season after season. It has come a long way since the “ship in a bottle” decor that used to adorn every captains chambers and has become the staple of every cottage from the Hamptons to the Muskokas. Blue and white stripes will always be  synonymous with sailing and ocean culture, recently fresh interpretations such as rustic rope decorated mirrors and youthfully designed matchboxes for your interior will have you saying “Ahoy Matey”…..

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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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