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foodie visits

Being pretty new to Toronto, I’ve been exploring the city left and right for the past couple of months. The best place to start for me has been the farmers’ markets.  My favourite, so far, has been the one at Evergreen Brick Works.

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Filled with all the seasonal produce you can think of, local artisans, a garden market and plenty of homemade goods to nibble on, it’s a great place to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning.

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If you shop at supermarkets most of the time, it’s sometimes hard to remember that fruits and vegetables are not meant to be perfect round and shiny. The produce at the Evergreen market is a great reminder of what food should taste and look like! The tomatoes are beautifully uneven in shape, the lettuce is organically grown and the carrots are bountiful and filled with different hues of orange and crimson. Here are a few of my food photos from this past weekend.

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Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 9AM – 1PM
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario

Jennifer Bartoli is a Toronto-based food writer, photographer and recipe developer who grew up in Paris. Her longstanding passion for food took her to New York City, where she studied at the French Culinary Institute. For delicious recipes and more, check out Jennifer’s blog Chocolate Shavings.

duke of york dinnerware

Fab find
Duke of York dinnerware, $3.99-$5.99 per piece; HomeSense.
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benjamin moore community restoration program

I love a good restoration project. Life at Style at Home means you’re always thinking of ways to renovate and DIY your home to make it that much more beautiful and fab. But what about your community?

Think about your neighbourhood. Do you ever pass a community service or historic building that could use a little TLC? Benjamin Moore has. And they’re doing something about it.

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Exterior of the Boat and Heritage Centre in Muskoka, ON.
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how to: keep your cool in the shade

As fun as soaking up the sun can be in the summer, it’s less than ideal for an entertainer, their guests, or their food to roast in the heat. Whether you’re entertaining or unwinding with a book in the backyard, it’s always a good idea to have a place where you can escape the elements – rain or shine!

A sheltered nook creates the perfect retreat to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. There are numerous ways to create a chilled outdoor oasis. So don’t sweat it… we’ve got three tips to keep you cool:

shade umbrella how to: keep your cool in the shade
1 Umbrellas
Both classic and timeless, umbrellas are a great option to create shade during the summer. Instead of being confined to putting your umbrella in the middle of your table or lounge area, explore the use of cantilever umbrellas. Using two square 10’ x 10’ umbrellas, side by side, looks very chic and maximizes your shade area, while making a strong presence.

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2 Pavilion
Pavilions are a great option for creating shade if you have the space.  Ideal for defining an outdoor area, pavilions create an intimate environment for outdoor entertaining or provide protection from the sun for your family to play under. Combined with a comfortable sectional and low table, a pavilion creates a perfect backyard retreat.

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3 Awning
An awning is a great space saving alternative to traditional shade products. When you don’t have a lot of room, an awning gives you the freedom to have shade and shelter when you please, at the twist of a handle.

Designer and entertaining expert Andrew Bockner is the owner of Andrew Richard Designs, a Canadian luxury furniture brand celebrated for its materials and designs. Andrew Bockner creates custom, unique experiences to enhance both the space and lifestyle of his customers.

pretty pendant lamp

Fab find
Fillsta pendant lamp, $29.99 for 35cm; ikea.ca.
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5 new products from fresh home elements

Love shopping for home accessories, but hate the price?
Desperate for more storage, but don’t have a lot of space?

Fresh Home Elements (FHE) has the answer: affordable and functional designer home accessories. Though it’s not a brand new concept, Adam Schachter and Jonathan Levy, owners for the FHE Group, are determined to up the ante with creativity while keeping price points low. What more can you ask for?

Their contemporary designs fit stylishly into your home decor while adding incredible function, whether that be extra storage, seating or cleaning. Check out five of the latest products from FHE and see why you (and your wallet) will love their home furnishings!
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store spotlight: the jacaranda tree

If you are ever in the Mt.Pleasant and Eglinton area of Toronto, I encourage you to pop into one of my favourite little stores, The Jacaranda Tree. It is my go-to store for hostess gifts if I am attending an event, or looking for a perfect gift for a family member or girlfriend.What I love about the store is that it mixes items that are manufactured present day, with antiques. The result is a little shop that is bursting with must-haves for your home. From vintage china, body lotion, furniture on the second floor, and linens, this little store is filled with beautiful pieces.

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shopping for new hardwood floors

I don’t know if any of you have ever been in this position but the past few years have been tough ones for me and my family. My father passed away in March 2009 and it’s been a long and difficult journey of recovery and healing. Overcoming the overwhelming grief has not been easy and now, two and a half years later, we’re still struggling to understand and accept.

But life has a way of pulling you along, even when what you want most in the world is just to stand still. My mother has finally reached the point where she is ready to sell our family home and move into a smaller, more manageable space. We finally found a condo that was perfect for her – large and spacious with an incredible ravine view. The size and layout of the space were ideal but the decor – not so much. We decided to take the condo anyway, and renovate it from top to bottom to turn it into a space that she’d love for the years to come.
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elegant vanity tray

Fab find
Cut lace vanity tray, $24 US; Urban Outfitters.
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a cup of coffee at cafe myriade

Since moving to Toronto, there are a lot of Montreal food spots that I find myself really missing. On the top of my coffee shop list is Café Myriade, a quaint little store near Concordia University. In a small but cozy locale, this coffee shop carries a myriad (pun intended!) of specialty coffees and some of the best pastries I’ve had in town.

cafe myriade latte a cup of coffee at cafe myriade
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