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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?

diy grid paneling

I’ve always loved paneling, especially grid paneling. It seems to elevate a home by adding depth, class and interest. But as many of us already know, it can be pricey!

Lately, I’ve been inspired by so many beautiful rooms out there that I had to try it myself. But to do it in a way that would cut the cost, not the impact! Here’s what I came up with.

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sneak peek: indigo 2011 holiday collection

This week, I attended Indigo‘s holiday preview event. The Indigo team set up a beautiful space, filled with all the latest candles, plates, pillows, gourmet goodies, books, and home decor items that make the store such a great go-to place for pretty accessories. Also present were celebrity chefs Mark McEwan and Trish Magwood, who both released new cookbooks this year!

Here are a few of my favourite home decor items from the event – they will all be in stores in the next coming weeks.

 

Indigo2 21 sneak peek: indigo 2011 holiday collection Check out Mark McEwan’s newest cookbook Fabbrica and Trish Magwood’s In My Mother’s Kitchen – both great gift ideas for any foodie.
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dried black sola flower vase filler

Fab find
Dried black sola flower vase filler, $12.98 (set of 14); Pottery Barn.
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coach house shortbread company

With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas for friends and family.

No matter how much time you give yourself, we all know the feeling of just not knowing what to get someone. When I made my way to the opening of a retail space for Coach House Shortbread Company, a Toronto-based baker who specializes in a variety of handmade, buttery shortbread goodies, I immediately thought that these were a perfect gift idea.
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trend: dipped is in…

I’ve been seeing this trend popping up everywhere I turn. It’s a fun and fresh way to add a splash of colour and contrast to your furniture and accessories.

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pumpkin taper candle holders

Fab find
Pumpkin tiny taper holder, $19.95; Williams-Sonoma.
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subtle dining with a dash of drama

Creating a cozy dining room that will stand the test of time can be tricky. The best way to achieve a classic, yet current, look is to introduce subtle, neutral elements that are rich in texture, plus a hit of colour to up the drama factor.

Provide, located in Vancouver, carries a number of gorgeous designer lines. If you live in the area, then you’re lucky enough to be able to visit them in person. If not, you can visit them online and take a look at their carefully curated collections of home decor.

Using pieces from the Chilewich and Niche Modern collections, I’ve crafted my idea of a dream dining room.

This tablecloth introduces subtle texture & pattern, without being too busy.

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Chilewich Croc-Sand Tablecloth

Take your cues from their styling and top it with smoked glass dishware. You can find great vintage smoked glass collections at antique shows, vintage shops and even thrift stores. Mixing high-end pieces with thrifty ones creates an eclectic and layered look. If done correctly, no one will ever be able to decipher the two.

Next, bring the drama with these jewel toned, smoked glass pendants. A small hit of colour is all you need to take an otherwise neutral space from bland to bold.

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Niche Modern Pharos Pendant – Chocolate, Crimson, Smoke, Plum and Amber

Group several of them over your table in a straight line, or gather them in the centre and hang them at varying heights to create a really dynamic statement.

Lia Fagan is an interior designer and the creative mind behind Mod Pieces, an online boutique, specializing in restyled vintage lighting. When she’s not in her studio, she’s offering up tips for how to “design outside the lines” on her blog, Mod Nest.

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