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leaf throw pillow

Fab Find
Leaf throw pillow, $27.90; aStore on styleathome.com.
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how to: make 30-second sorbet

I recently added the De’Longhi Triblade hand blender to my kitchen, a tool I’ve never used before.

sorbet hand blender how to: make 30 second sorbet

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modern decor for babies

039 modern decor for babies

When I was designing my nursery I came across Monte, a Canadian manufacturer who makes gliders that fit into more modern home decor. It was refreshing to know that there were companies out there that took modern approaches to baby items. Although we didn’t get our glider from them, we bought our son Oscar this little Cubino chair from them for our TV room. Oscar is already in love (see him pictured above in it!)

I fell in love with the the charcoal and green colour combo as it was soft and soothing and went with the rest of the decor in our house.

Monte Cubino Chair, $109 + shipping.

Lindsay Stephenson is one of our guest bloggers, who has her eye on all things fabulous in Toronto. When not scouting out the coolest stores and the fabbest finds in the city, Lindsay runs a stationery business (Penny People Designs) and blogs about her life and home decorating projects on Aubrey & Lindsay’s Little House Blog.

pretty vases

Fab Find
Discord vases, $9 – $39 US; West Elm.

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taking the plunge: my first bite of a deep-fried oreo

Having lived in Toronto for only a handful of months, there are a lot of places that I have not yet had a chance to visit. I was told by a myriad of people that going to the CNE was a must. With only a few weeks of warm weather left, I finally made my way to the Ex this past Sunday.  I saw the farm animals, walked through all the attractions and games and, maybe most importantly, had my first bite of a deep-fried Oreo.

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de’longhi kitchen appliances

Who doesn’t want to add a little luxury to their every day life?

Whether you enjoy an early morning cappuccino, a delicious panini lunch or a fresh batch of french fries, De’Longhi has you covered. Consider these five fabulous luxe appliances an investment because they are chic, top of the line, and simply make your life easier.

delonghi coffee makers delonghi kitchen appliances
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kate spade notepad

Fab find
Striped notepads, $12 US for each; Kate Spade.
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decorating trend: chevrons

Untitled 18 decorating trend: chevrons

Chevrons are so popular these days! From pillows to handbags, the pattern isn’t exclusive to either home decor or fashion. When I was coming up with my new stationery line for the Fall/Winter collection, I was obsessed with the chevron pattern. But I was also really inspired by the awesome colours that I’m seeing in interiors, bright bold 80s colours – so I made my version of the chevron pattern and created the Mod Chevron Card [no 1 above]. It’s actually one of the best selling cards in my shop, so I guess I’m not the only one gaga for this print! Here are some other things I adore in Chevron.

[1] Chevron Mod Card $1.20 each via The Penny Paper Co. [2] Mountain Peaks Bath Basket, Short, $88 at Anthopologie [3] Chevron Bag $42 on Etsy

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Lindsay Stephenson is one of our guest bloggers, who has her eye on all things fabulous in Toronto. When not scouting out the coolest stores and the fabbest finds in the city, Lindsay runs a Stationery Shop, The Penny Paper Co, and blogs about her life and home decorating projects on Aubrey & Lindsay’s Little House Blog.

sneak peek: cb2 coming to toronto

It has been a long time coming now, but it’s worth the wait!

cb2 cookies sneak peek: cb2 coming to toronto

Though CB2 was supposed to arrive this summer, it hasn’t officially landed in Toronto yet… BUT they did share a sneak peek with us last night! True to CB2 form they brought their signature modern designs, showcasing pieces that add function and comfort to your home, with that perfect pop of colour.

So, friends, want the inside scoop??

Here’s a preview of what’s to come and, of course, the all-important when and where!
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win: great back to school supplies from indigo

I was never one of those kids who dreaded going back to school. On the contrary, I eagerly awaited my first day back, excited about all the possibilities the new school year promised. I enjoyed school, both the academic and the social aspects of it. I enjoyed learning. And I enjoyed the back to school shopping! It was never anything extravagant – but I can still remember the excitement to stock up for the coming year – especially shiny new school supplies! You know, replace my old pencil case, get a new set of Laurentian pencil crayons (this may have been the highlight!) and a new Finder Binder – please tell me you remember Finder Binders! Oh, I’m nostalgic just thinking about it!

As back to school season rolls around again, kids all around the world are getting ready to hit the books, some more excited than others, I imagine. If you’re one of them or have kids that are heading back, we want to hear what your best strategy is for staying organized during this notoriously hectic time of year. Leave a comment below with your best back-to-school organizing tip and you’ll be entered in our contest to win one of two great prize packs from Indigo. I’ll choose the two winning responses on September 7, 2011. Here’s what’s up for grabs:

back to school contest1 win: great back to school supplies from indigo 1 Kraft Notebook – Off the Record, $8.99
2 Classic All Out Of Pad, $7.50
3 In My Humble Opinion Inner Truth Journal, $19.99
4 Status Update Sticky Notes, $4.00

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