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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”:

ywca makeover before toronto ywca overnight makeover

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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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Design No. 1

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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!) …

brookfarm general store collage3 fab finds from brookfarm general store
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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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