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Do you prefer the care and personality of a handwritten holiday card over an electronic greeting? If so, this is the contest for you!

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salt and pepper set

Fab find
Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Set, $26.12, Pottery Barn.
Salt salt and pepper set

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fab finds from brookfarm general store

Fall is the perfect time of year to mix up your decor and introduce pieces with cozy texture. But there’s no need to feel tied to the usual autumn decorating elements, like gourds and pinecones.

Brookfarm General Store, located in Brooklyn, NY, knows how to cozy up contemporary interiors. They offer a cohesive line of pieces that bring natural elements indoors in a modern way.

Here are my fave pieces from their online store (p.s. they ship to Canada!) …

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alessi’s fall and winter 2011 collection

Alessi has always been a wonderful resource for stunningly sleek designer kitchenware. Their Fall/Winter 2011 collection is no different. From beautiful stainless steel baskets, to small kitchen tools for everyday use, to vases and flatware, the collection is a real gem and has a wonderful timeless feel.

Here a few of my favourite items from Alessi’s 2011 product line.

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vintage mason jars diy

If you’re like me, you probably love the beautiful colours of vintage glass. I’m not a big antiques collector, but I do happen to love old mason jars. So simple, yet so beautiful. Especially the ones that have gorgeous blue and green tones! However, they can be pricey or hard to find.

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Here’s a great DIY project for creating them yourself! Spaghetti jars never looked so good!

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fleur de lys cup and saucer

Fab find
Fleur De Lys Cup & Saucer, $10; Anthropologie.
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delicious ontario wines

This past Monday I had the pleasure of attending the Taste Ontario! event. Set in the stunning Ritz-Carlton hotel in Toronto, 54 of Ontario’s most talented winemakers were present to talk about their wineries and showcase their local wines.
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elegant gilt charger

Fab find
Gilt charger, $13.83 each; Pottery Barn.
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do or don’t: wood ceiling

One of our Fall 2011 trends is wood, but would you install a wood ceiling?

wood ceiling living room do or dont: wood ceiling

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our facebook readers share their best bathroom cleaning tips

bathroom facebook our facebook readers share their best bathroom cleaning tips {photo via: West Elm}

I don’t know about you, but cleaning the bathroom is my least favourite chore. It’s a job I need to constantly stay on top of and no matter how diligent I am, it always seems to need work. (The biggest drag is my dark hair on my white tile floors. Ew.) My best tip for keeping my bathroom clean is to wipe the shower down after every use. I keep a squeegee on the ledge in my shower and remove all the excess water after every shower, then do a quick wipe with a towel. This not only keeps the shower looking good until cleaning day, it’s a small investment of my time that will keep the grout in the shower clean in the long run. I’ve got small subway tiles in my shower so there’s lots of grout that cannot be ignored. Wiping the shower down daily prevents the grout from becoming grimy.

We asked our Facebook readers for their best tips for keeping the bathroom clean. “Please people, do share! I hate to clean the bathroom,” says Kellie. So – here’s what our readers had to say:

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