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cookbook giveaway: joe beef

If you love to indulge in good comfort food and are in Montreal, you must check out Joe Beef. This small restaurant has become emblematic of Little Burgundy, a quaint Montreal neighbourhood with many antique stores and small cafes. Joe Beef draws both local and international crowds who come to sample no-fuss rustic food in a homey setting.

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It’s pretty difficult to get a last-minute table (especially with the recent success of the Joe Beef cookbook!), so think ahead if you want to try the restaurant. And for all of us who can’t make it to Montreal right away, we have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky reader! Read on for details on how to enter. Read the rest of this entry »

fab find: linen tea towel

Fab find
Linen fruit tea towel, $18 US; Slide Sideways on Etsy.

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one-on-one with Tommy Smythe

Every so often, these moments come along that you just know are going to stick with you forever. My one-on-one chat with Canadian interior designer and TV personality Tommy Smythe earlier this year was certainly one of these moments. Tommy is the witty and well-loved design partner to Sarah Richardson of Sarah Richardson Design. Together they’ve starred in several hit decorating shows, including HGTV’s Sarah’s House and Sarah 101.

Last year, I was flying high from simply watching Sarah present at the 2011 Winnipeg Kitchen Bath & Renovation Show (check out the scoop on Sarah’s presentation HERE). Little did I know that I would be peppering Tommy at this year’s show (KBR12) with all of the questions that I had been dying to know since I first watched him and Sarah on Design Inc. many years ago.

To my delight, Tommy was every bit as sweet, inspiring and authentic in person as I had known him to be on TV. Read on to learn exactly what makes Tommy tick!

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oscars 2012 countdown: party decor inspired by the artist

It’s almost Oscar time, but we still have time to be inspired by one more Best Picture nominee!

Having already taken our decor ideas from the southern sets of The Help and the French charm of Midnight in Paris, we can now look at a Hollywood-based film just in time for the celebrities to take on Hollywood Boulevard this Sunday.

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oscars 2012 countdown: party decor inspired by midnight in paris

Sunday is fast approaching, which means Oscar night is just around the corner! We’re counting down the days and thinking of fun and fabulous ideas for the perfect Oscar party at home.

So far we’ve covered party invitations, Hollywood decor ideas, and nominee-inspired themes. Yesterday we traveled to Mississippi in the ’60s to transform your home into a southern oasis based on the Best Picture nominee The Help. But today we take our inspiration from the sets of another Best Picture candidate – Midnight in Paris.

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easy coffee table diy project

If you’re trying to decorate your home on a budget, DIY projects are often the way to make it happen. After desperately looking for the perfect coffee table for a few months, I couldn’t seem to find what I wanted at my price point. Living without a proper coffee table has its own set of challenges so it was time to find a solution. I stumbled upon a great roundup that listed a variety of ideas to embellish IKEA furniture on Apartment Therapy – I was immediately sold!
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oscars 2012 countdown: party decor inspired by the help

Yesterday I shared some party decor ideas to give your home a chic look to reflect the glitz and glam of the Oscars. But to truly reflect this year’s Academy Awards, why not pull inspiration from the 2012 nominees?

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Today is all about southern comfort with ideas inspired by one of the Best Picture nominees The Help. It only takes a few decor accessories to transform your space into a Mississippi home straight out of the 1960s.

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oscars 2012 countdown: party decor ideas

Continuing the countdown to the 84th Academy Awards, we’re still gearing up for a fabulous Oscars party at home! Now that you have your Oscar party invitations sent out, it’s time to think about some glamorous, Hollywood-inspired decor ideas to set the mood.

You don’t have to erect towering, gold statues in your front hall to achieve the perfect setting. All it really takes are a few fun accessories. Here are five ideas to inspire your own Oscar party decor for this Sunday.

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oscars 2012 countdown: party invitations

With the 84th Academy Awards coming this weekend, I’ve got glitz and glam party ideas on my mind. Inviting friends and family over for an Oscars party is a fun way to enjoy the event and spend a Sunday evening.

But before you even get your red carpet rolled out, start the buzz around your fabulous fete with these Hollywood-themed invitations:

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fab find: jane austen mug

Fab find
Jane Austen mug, $16 US; Brookish on Etsy.
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