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royal wedding countdown: jonathan adler candleholder

Countdown to the Royal Wedding — 4 days left!
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Jonathan Adler King of Hearts candleholder/bud vase, $42 US,

Love, love, love this dual purpose candleholder from Jonathan Adler (it can act as a bud vase, too). Standing about 8″ high, the candleholder is made in Peru from brown stoneware, which you can see peeking through the white glaze. Plus, you can take your pick from the king on one side, or the queen on the back. So original, but would you expect anything less from Mr. Adler?

Stay tuned for TV Guide’s Royal Wedding Special Issue, edited by Style at Home’s Erin McLaughlin — available May 9th!

royal wedding countdown: processional map

Countdown to the Royal Wedding — 5 days left!

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Royal Wedding processional map, $65 US (pre-order); HouseThatLarsBuilt on

I saw this sweet Royal Wedding processional map over on Sarah Gunn’s Wall Candy blog and thought it was an adorable collector’s item for the Royal Wedding. The route shows the ride that Wills and Kate will take from Buckingham Palace to Westminster. It’s actually a giclee and letterpressed print — you can see more of the detail at the seller’s Etsy store.
Where would you hang this?

Stay tuned for TV Guide’s Royal Wedding Special Issue, edited by Style at Home’s Erin McLaughlin — available May 9th!

royal wedding countdown: collector’s plate

Countdown to the Royal Wedding — 7 days left!
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‘It Should Have Been Me’ bone china plate, $32;

Okay, so we all love Kate and she’s completely fabulous, but don’t we all secretly wish it had been us? This sassy, bone china plate from KK Outlet stands out amidst all of the other celebratory items that commemorate the Royal Wedding — it’s nice to have something with a little bite.

Stay tuned for TV Guide‘s Royal Wedding Special Issue, edited by Style at Home‘s Erin McLaughlin — available May 9th!

eco easter eggs

It’s time to get your Easter egg-dying skills on and these products below are perfect to assist in your dying process! I love the eco-egg kit, which allows you to create beautiful colors using non-toxic dye made from plants, fruit and vegetable extracts. How cool is that?! The adorable ceramic egg crate is a great way to show off your perfectly dyed Easter eggs. When Easter is over, you can reuse the crate to hold fresh eggs in the fridge! All of the items can be purchased at West Elm.

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Eco-Eggs, West Elm, $8.00.

EggCart eco easter eggs

Ceramic Egg Crate, West Elm, $12.00.

back to school

Yesterday, I set aside my to-do list and the heaping mound of project work on my desk and went back to school.

I was thrilled (okay, maybe a bit terrified as well) to present about my career in the interior design industry at the 2nd Annual Oak Park High School Career Symposium. To be honest, I felt a little inadequate. I mean, what could  I possibly share that would capture the interest of high school students past roll call?

To get myself in the right frame of mind, I turned to Restoration Hardware’s Baby & Child Collection and fell in love with these lovely vintage style school house images!

Restoration Hardware Vintage Schoolhouse Play Table back to school

I am gushing over this play table. It’s so raw and industrial looking, yet it’s kid friendly too. Wrapped in sheet metal, this table top can take a lot of abuse! Vintage Schoolhouse Play Table, Restoration Hardware Baby and Child, $449 USD.

Restoration Hardware English Schoolroom Desk back to school

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I love everything about this schoolroom desk. The Driftwood finish, silver accents and distressed details…what child could possibly fall asleep in an adorable desk like this? English Schoolroom Desk, Restoration Hardware Baby and Child, $599 USD.

Restoration Hardware Moon Desk Globe back to school

And finally, I was delighted when I came across this new globe, which is so stylish it can double as sculpture. I don’t know about you, but I would have definitely caught on to Geography quicker had I studied a gorgeous globe like this one!  Moon Desk Globe, Restoration Hardware Baby and Child, $59 USD.

Question: Why did schools ever lose their charm and character?


Amy Walters is a Winnipeg-based design enthusiast and blogger. For more design inspiration from Amy, check out her blog aDESIGNdock.

royal wedding countdown: stamp rug

Countdown to the Royal Wedding — 8 days left
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Stamp rug, £695; Rockett St George.

Put a royal stamp on your home with this graphic rug. I love the way it looks hung on the wall in the picture above, but it would also look great in a foyer or dressing room. Available in 120cm x 100cm, but the retailer can do custom sizes as well.

inVU celebrates earth day with 15% off

Thinking of a little spring makeover for a tired piece of furniture in your home? Take it over to inVU Drapery Co. and get a sweet discount on earth-friendly fabrics and reupholstery services.
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In honour of Earth Day (April 22nd), inVU is offering a 15% discount on their eco-friendly fabrics. You can also get 15% off the reupholstery services if you bring in your own furniture and use an inVU fabric.
Just pop into either the Toronto store or 9,000 sq.ft. Mississauga location to browse the extensive selection of fabrics.

Will you be celebrating Earth Day?

royal wedding fever: have you got it?

I have to say: I haven’t exactly been gripped by royal wedding fever. But as the date of Kate and William’s wedding draws closer, I find myself reading more blogs about the upcoming nuptials, flipping through tabloids at the newsstand and wondering (gasp!) what Kate’s dress is going to look like.

So in honour of the big day, here are some things to put all of us in the mood:

royal wedding book royal wedding fever: have you got it? William and Kate: A Royal Love Story,, $19.79.

royal wedding tea royal wedding fever: have you got it? Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Classic Tea, Williams-Sonoma, $14.95.

royal wedding teacups royal wedding fever: have you got it? Amelie Teacups,, $49.99.

royal wedding biscuits royal wedding fever: have you got it? And what goes better with the perfect cup o’ tea than delicious biscuits? Try this recipe for Lemon Spritz Cookies, developed by Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille.

For more fun, check out these 15 royal wedding-inspired decor finds!

I don’t think I’m getting up at 3am to catch the pre-wedding festivities. Are you?

toronto shopping: midge

There are about a handful of stores that can completely draw me in just with their window displays, and Midge {a floral and gift shop here in Toronto} is one of them.

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Walking by the store last week, I smiled when I saw their window.  A collection of bath sponges in the shape of carrots were grouped together in a tall glass vase. What an easy centerpiece to re-create! One item grouped together in a simple way like this makes the ordinary seem pretty fantastic.

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Photos from my visit
Carrot shaped bath sponges, $4.95 each

2 & 3 A collection of potted orchids fill the store. I simply adore orchids and think that they look stunning in a house, instantly bringing to life a room. I sadly can’t keep mine alive, but when I do decide to try it again, I think I’ll be visiting Midge as the prices were quite reasonable.

If I’m going to a party or a dinner at a friends house, I usually skip the wine and bring an arrangement of flowers for the hostess. At Midge, their specialty is flowers, so take a peek at their fridge of ready-to-buy arrangements.


651 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto
(416) 488-0875

Lindsay Stephenson is our guest blogger 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 graphic design business (Penny People Designs) and blogs about her life and home decorating projects on Aubrey & Lindsay’s Little House Blog.

sunflower coral planter

Fab find
Sunflower coral planter, $19.95; Crate and Barrel.
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Keep your spring blooms outside or bring them indoors with these glazed terra cotta planters. The charming colours and sunflower graphics balance the rustic freeform rim to make these the perfect pots for some fresh new florals.
What are your favourite flowers?

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