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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.

toronto ywca overnight makeover

Ever wonder if it’s possible to renovate an entire room in just one night?

Well, a group of volunteers, along with HGTV’s own interior design, Lisa Canning, and contractor, Christian Pavey, proved it’s possible!

This handy team joined with Jergens to makeover the Toronto YWCA Women’s Housing community room overnight. And just to give you an idea of the challenge they were faced with, here’s the “before”:

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decor trend: owl-themed acessories

Owl-themed accessories have been popping up in so many home decor stores in the last few months: from pillows, clocks, plates, and beauty accessories – they’re everywhere!

Owls are not usually an animal I find particularly endearing but all of these items look adorably quirky.
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store spotlight: burnett

Ever come across a shop that just drops your jaw?

A while ago, I stopped into a well known Toronto store called Burnett – and haven’t stopped thinking about it ever since. The owners, Gord and Cathy Runge, are known for turning vintage furniture into modern pieces by changing hardware and using some paint. And the results are quite dramatic. Read the rest of this entry »

even more pink products for breast cancer awareness

Our October issue included some fabulous pink products that support Breast Cancer Research and Awareness, so I thought I would share some additional products that help you give back in style.


Taymor Bath Set even more pink products for breast cancer awareness

Taymor will contribute a minimum of $50,000 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with proceeds from their limited edition 3-piece boxed bathset, which retails for $34.99 and includes a 24” towel bar, towel ring, and toilet paper holder, packaged with a bonus white luxury hand towel.

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guess the world’s most popular colour

According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Dulux Paints, blue is the most popular colour worldwide. It turns out that blue is the favourite colour of more than half of the world’s people, with 42 per cent of males and 30 per cent of females citing blue as their top colour choice. The survey also revealed that blue is the colour least disliked by most cultures.

blue1 guess the worlds most popular colour Light blues can add a calming, soothing effect to a space.

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win: holiday cards from cartolina cards

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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