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my european adventure: parisian inspiration

My first day in Paris was a long, but worthwhile whirlwind. After traveling for 16 hours, including flights and layovers, I arrived with several other members of Trafalgar tour group. I had just enough time to drop off my bags at the hotel (and try to convince myself I really was in Paris) before heading out to acquaint myself with the city.

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my european adventure: provence and tuscany

This weekend I’m embarking on my first trip to Europe and I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe how I feel. If you can somehow squash the words excited, anxious, happy, and elated into one adjective you may begin to understand where I’m at.

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win: $700 panasonic lumix camera prize pack

Okay, so there’s no denying that we live in the age of technology. But out of all the electronic advancements, cameras have to be one of the industry’s leading consumer products. They’re always striving to be faster, more powerful, and much more user-friendly. They’re in our hands, phones and computers. We use them to visually document our life – constantly. And we spend hours looking at and sharing photos online.

What would we do without cameras?

Well, now you don’t have to ask because here’s your chance to win one!

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peppermint bark from homesense

It’s hard to believe that today is the first day of November and that the holidays are just around the corner!

Have you started planning your holiday festivities? If not, a little piece of fragrant peppermint bark always helps put me in the holiday spirit.
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fab find: feather wreath

Fab find
Feather wreath, $19.85; West Elm.
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centro garden opens its doors

This past Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend the VIP opening party for Centro Garden, a new living design and style store located at 437 Brant Street, in downtown Burlington, ON.

I really haven’t been this excited to see a business succeed, since starting my own. Centro’s tagline, “Live Outside Inside”, is not only based on the concept of literally blending indoor and outdoor living, but also, on the concept of bringing the best of the outside world, inside, to yours.

In their words, this means “placing the garden into the living room and the den on the patio for a more inspired and enriched lifestyle experience” and introducing items “made or found around the corner or around the world”.

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free pottery barn interior design classes

Looking to decorate your home?
Always dreamed of being an interior designer?
Then head to Pottery Barn!

pottery barn living room free pottery barn interior design classes

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before and after: bathroom makeover

Two months ago, I set out with a mission to makeover my former condo’s bathroom with a barely there budget of under a thousand dollars. 1k may seem like a lot, but it’s amazing how quickly paint, flooring and plumbing can eat away at that stash of cash. A charming concept image inspired the classic meets mod-industrial aesthetic I was envisioning for my drab and dated bathroom. Here’s a look at the before:

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rococo noir cake pedestal

Fab find
Rococo noir cake pedestal, starting at $38 US; rosannainc.com.
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visit bookhou at the one of a kind christmas show & sale

With the holidays sneaking up on us, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping.

A go-to shopping destination for many is the One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale, here in Toronto. It’s happening from November 24 to December 4 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

One of my favourite local independent design shops, Bookhou, will be exhibiting this year. You can check out their display at booth O-07 or pop by their storefront at 798 Dundas St. West in Toronto.

Bookhou is a multidisciplinary studio, specializing in letterpress, wood and textile works.

These are some of my fave wood pieces from their current line…

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Flock Mobile – $160

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Steam Bent Table Sled - Contact for pricing.

Talk about to-die-for! Their original textile designs have been adapted to suit pillows, bags, tea towels and more.

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Large Pouch, lines/rain – $40

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Lines Pillow – $45

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Oblong Pouch – $19

Their muted colours and graphic prints have a warm and cozy feel, with a bit of an edge, making their pieces the perfect choice for these chilly fall and winter months.

Will you be attending the One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale this year?

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