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fab find: fig jar lanterns

Fab find
Fig jar lanterns, $12 each; Anthropologie.

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christie antique show 2012

This past Saturday was the perfect day for the Christie Antique Show. The sun was shining, the ground was dry and the park was packed with treasure hunters.

This is always one of my favourite shows of the season. While you should expect higher price points at Christie, compared to other shows, the vendors showcase their best merchandise ensuring that you take home quality pieces, worth every penny.

 

Here are some of the pieces that caught my eye…

 

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mini makeovers at the brimfield antiques market

The Style at Home team attended the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show earlier this month and if you were following along on Facebook or Twitter, then you got a behind-the-scenes look at our lovely ladies at work and a sneak peek at what the market had to offer.

Our talented design team sniffed out some great finds and then put their skills to use by giving four items quick and easy, no-muss, no-fuss makeovers, using various shades of white paint from Benjamin Moore. Here’s a look:

Originally brass, these candlesticks got a quick swipe of white paint for an updated, refreshed look. A touch of gold lacquer adds visual interest to the base.

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indigo 2012 summer preview

This summer is looking cool and refreshing. The Indigo 2012 summer preview showcased crisp blues and whites inspired by a combination of the Mediterranean decor and lakeside summers in Canada.

Taking a cue from their classic blue-and-white sign, Indigo set up a beautiful courtyard filled with outdoor decor and entertaining essentials for Summer 2012. Here’s a look at our favourite finds from the event.

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pinterest boards we love {patio decor + entertaining}

One of my all time favourite things to do during the warm months is to spend time on patios with friends and family. An afternoon sipping refreshing summer cocktails, nibbling on tasty treats and soaking up the sun along with riveting conversation is perfection to me.

So this week the Style at Home team and I are focusing on pretty patio related boards to help us all to pull together those wonderful elements that make patios a personal outdoor oasis.
Keep reading to discover who these boards belong to and how you too can make the most of patio season!
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fab find: mini magnetic frames

Fab find
Mini magnetic frames, $2.50 each; CB2.
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blogpodium 2012: connecting the design community

One of the best part’s of my job is connecting and working with talented, knowledgeable and influential people in the interior design industry. From designers to editors to stylists, the opportunity to learn is endless and thanks to people like Jennifer Flores and Lindsay Stephenson, this opportunity is becoming more and more available to everyone.

From interior design shows to tweet ups, the decor dialogue continues to grow exponentially. Thanks to online platforms like magazine websites, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and blogs, the talent seen in magazines is becoming more accessible to the mass public. Likewise, talent from all across the nation is being recognized and shared.

Enter creator of Rambling Renovators, Jennifer Flores, and Little House Blog, Lindsay Stephenson. These two passionate and driven women have created something to truly connect the design community on a more personal and educational level in Canada: BlogPodium. I was fortunate enough to chat with co-founder Jennifer to find out the ins and outs of this fantastic event.

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fab find: embossed cream and sugar

Fab find
Embossed cream and sugar, $21.24; Crate & Barrel.

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sister act: see the before…

While Marlie’s condo looks fresh and feminine and full of light now, it didn’t exactly read that way before I got my hands on it.

 

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Before the home office nook was drab and lonely with a shelving unit that blended right into the red floor and a serious amount of wasted floor space…

 

A dramatic wall-treatment from Cole & Son’s Fornasetti collection made what once was an awkward nook into an eye-catching feature. Storage from IKEA is now off to the side to let the wallpaper pattern shine. The stunning second life rug from ELTE doesn’t hurt either…

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aberfoyle spring special antique show 2012

This past weekend, I attended the Aberfoyle Spring Special Antique Show. This show always marks the kick off of antique season, here in Ontario. The dealers have been collecting vintage pieces all winter long, so there’s always lots to take in.

We arrived at 7:00am for early entry and made our way through the crowd. In addition to scoring lots of new (vintage) lamps for the Lamp Orphanage, we discovered a number of other fun finds.

Here are a few of my faves…

 

 

I was able to indulge my chair addiction with these iconic chrome pieces. I thought seriously about bringing some home to complete our dining set, but my man had to reel me in and remind me that we were there specifically on a lamp mission.

 

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