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win a $200 gift card from posterjack!

I’ve always loved printing off my own photography and making my home a personal art gallery with my own prints hanging on the walls. However, it’s always seemed that the mainstream stores never crop it to the proper size and custom can get rather expensive.

Enter — the answer to my photo woes. This photo enlargement site has been the absolute easiest way for me to print of photos in large scale. The material options are endless as well — photo paper, canvas, peel-and-stick, custom framing or collages.

Want to know the best part, though? Besides the fact that it’s a Canadian company, Posterjack is super affordable. You can get a 24″ x 36″ print on photo paper for only $20 (even cheaper than the big box stores, who don’t do as good of a job either).

Here are a few prints I got done for my own house {keep reading to see how you can win $200 for Posterjack!}:

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I took this photo of my friend Ashleigh (former Style at Home associate art director) on a weekend roadtrip to Gananoque last fall. I just love how the silhouette turned out.

posterjack hermitage win a $200 gift card from posterjack!

The photo in this image is at the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam. I was wandering around and found a quiet corridor with breathtakingly large light fixtures.

posterjack cowboys win a $200 gift card from posterjack!

I took this picture of my boyfriend when we were in Dallas a couple of years ago for the Cowboys Thanksgiving game. I figure this is a much more attractive way to show team spirit in the house than by hanging a jersey on the wall!

posterjack maastricht win a $200 gift card from posterjack!

One of my favourite photos, I took this when I was in Maastricht, Holland, for The European Fine Art Fair. I love Dutch architecture and this shot really reflects that European charm.

Now here’s the fun part — Posterjack has given us a $200 gift card to present to one lucky reader! Such an awesome prize because you could gets tons of photos printed or go big and get a mega-sized canvas.
To enter to win, just leave a comment {with an image if possible} telling me about your favourite photo you’ve ever taken {you can link to it online, as well}.

Good luck!

*Contest closes April 29th, 2011 at 12pm EST. Open to all residents of Canada, except those in Quebec. Not open to any Transcontinental Media employees, their families, or any other persons with whom they reside.

toronto shopping: manor

I was so honoured when I was invited to be a contributing guest blogger for Style at Home. Some people may know me from my blog, Aubrey & Lindsay’s Little House Blog, where I tackle DIY projects and decorating in the home I share with my husband Aubrey and new baby boy Oscar. Some may also know me from my stationery and art business, Penny People. And if you don’t know me, you’ll quickly find out that I’m on a constant lookout for inspiration for my home and art.

One way that I find inspiration is visiting shops throughout the city. There are a few in Toronto that are so wonderfully curated that you can’t help but find inspiration for your home just by admiring the vignettes they create. Even if you don’t live in Toronto, these photos will hopefully inspire you as they do for me!

One of my favourite shops in the city is called Manor. It sits on the corner of Yonge and Golfdale in Toronto’s Lawrence Park neighbourhood.

manor toronto shopping: manor

Manor is packed with amazing little goodies that are perfectly bunched together.  I’ve never gone in and not found something I loved — in fact, I usually want to take it all.  So here are some of my favourite vignettes from the store. It’s not an inexpensive store, mind you, but if you’re looking for a special piece, you’re likely going to find it here.

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1 The alabaster lamp had me at first sight for its height and simplicity. I also really love how those two yellow vases were paired against it.
2 I’m a sucker for architectural prints and also for this wall colour (Benjamin Moore HC-157 Narragansett Green).
3 The collection of little circular mirrors would be a perfect way to spruce up an empty wall.
4 One of my favourite vignettes is a collection of faux allium flowers with a natural wood coffee table, woven basket and high gloss tray.
5 Little dishes to hold your butter – perfect for a hostess gift.
6 You’re likely to see zebra print in lots of awesome colourways, but I fell for a new take, this gorgeous pink and taupe paired against the coral print in the back.

Want to see more finds from the store? A chandelier from Manor hangs in our son’s room and our TV stand is actually a coffee table from the shop.

Manor, 3377 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario;. 416-544-1700
Closest intersection: Yonge and Lawrence
Neighbourhood: Lawrence Park

typography art

A couple of months ago my friend started a little thing called “Wine, Cheese and Documentaries”. It’s a night spent with wonderful friends, sipping wine and devouring cheese and other goodies while watching…you guessed it, a documentary film! Yesterday was Round 2 of WCD. We watched Helvetica, an independent film on fonts, typography and the graphic design industry. As a wannabe graphic designer, I found the film both fun and fascinating. Given the surge of typography art work popping up in homes across the globe, it was definitely relevant to interior decor. Designers and home owners alike are using them to instill a quirky and dynamic sensibility into their interiors. The best part is that graphic posters, like  the ones shown below from Ikea, offer big impact at a small price tag.

1 – you’ll be seeing red with the Olunda Picture by Ikea ($59.99 CDN, 69W x 93L x 5H cm). I love how restraint meets rage in this bold typography print!

Ikea Olunda Picture Alphabet typography art 2 – get more for less with the Kort Art Cards by Ikea ($4.99  CDN/ 5 pack, 13 x 18 cm). Plunk them into an inexpensive frame and you’ve got punchy art for pennies!

Ikea Kort Art Card Swedish Places typography art

3 – paint by number takes on new meaning with the Bild Poster by Ikea ($10.00 CDN, 51W x 51L cm). Count on this clever collage to deliver a curated feel in your home. Ikea Bild Poster typography art

Art is all in the eye of the beholder. These days, art can literally be anything! So what’s your fav style of art? Oils, acrylic, mixed media, digital…leave us a comment and let us know!


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

domison debuts in toronto

Toronto just got a little more family friendly and a lot more design savvy! Last night marked the official landing of Domison in Toronto, bringing design tag team My and Thien Ta Trung with it. Their new flagship store, located at 35 Jarvis Street, in the furniture district of downtown Toronto, means these sibling designers are finally branching out from their Montréal hub. I was fortunate enough to get a first peek at the collection on my own home turf.

The name Domison evolved from a combination of the words “domicile” and “maison”, though it seems just as much a philosophy as it is a play on words. The goal for this furniture boutique is to offer strong, well-designed pieces at affordable prices that can make your house a home.

domison livingroom domison debuts in toronto

My and Thien are known for their modern aesthetic and their fabulous design and craftsmanship, all of which is evident the moment you walk into the showroom. The furniture and decor accessories are a balance of avant-garde pieces with clean lines and bold pops of colour and intricate details.

domison yellow couch domison debuts in toronto

The neon yellow sofa sits at the front of the store, nearly spanning the entire length of the platform it’s presented on. Its size, geometric shape and intense colour make it an incredible showstopper piece to start off the space.

domison blue bench domison debuts in toronto

I can’t get enough of the bright colours! They are used thoughtfully, as accents and statement pieces, so the pops of yellow, blue and orange really grab your attention as you move through the showroom.

domison tie lamps domison debuts in toronto

The decor accessories mesmerize me. While the furniture tends to stick to clean lines and geometric shapes, the accessories lovingly play with shape and texture. These table lamps, made out of plastic cable ties, are one of my favourites.

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Speaking of playing with shapes and textures, this paper tree installation is unbelievable. It’s actually the handiwork of Paprika, a graphic design and strategic marketing firm, who also designed the posters and media kits for the store.

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With a new location in a new city, the designers will be dividing their time between both Domison stores. For now, My will return to Montréal while Thien stays in Toronto to nurture their newest venture, so be sure to stop by to say hello and check out their latest collections. The designs will be coming from their Montréal studio and, according to Thien, we can expect new pieces each month.

Where these two will go next is not certain at the moment, but this is definitely not the end of the road. With their focus on the opening of this store, they also look forward to future expansions across Canada and beyond in hopes to bring Domison designs to all homes.

What do you think of the Domison aesthetic?

colourful canadian-made cushions

Fab find
Handmade pillowcase, $25 US each; Milk & Cookies Canada on Etsy.
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fab find cushion pink colourful canadian made cushions

I’m always on the hunt for new cushions to change the look of my home, but can’t bring myself to pay over $60 for one. You sit on them, lean on them — in a few month’s time, that throw pillow is not going to look like you paid $200 for it.
I can’t get enough of these cushion covers that I spotted on Etsy. Handmade in Toronto by Milk & Cookies Canada, the colourful cushion covers sell for $25 US a pop, but you can also get some styles for $20 US each. If you do want to go the designer route, they also have fabrics from DwellStudio ($35 US each) and Kelly Wearstler ($75 US each).

What’s the most that you’ve paid for a throw pillow?

samsung digital cameras

When I was invited to check out Samsung’s latest digital camera lineup, I admit I wasn’t expecting to be blown away. Samsung is known for TVs, not cameras, right? Well, they wasted no time in showcasing innovative new products that proved that Samsung is a legitimate player in the lucrative digital camera business. Here are some of the features you’ll find on new Samsung cameras, that make them some of the most innovative on the market:

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Cool feature: This compact digital camera features ‘Two View’ – dual LCD screens, one on the back and one on the front so you can see yourself when you’re taking that self-portrait to upload to Facebook. Love it!

samsung landscape samsung digital cameras Samsung WB210
Cool feature: This camera can take a seriously wide angle shot. You don’t need to lug around a heavy SLR to get a great panoramic photo. It’s got a 21mm ultra-wide, 12x Super-Zoom Schneider-KREUZNACH lens – and if that sounds like Greek to you, it just means that you’ll get a wider, deeper perspective with crystal clear sharpness.

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Samsung SH100
Cool feature: This camera’s Wi-Fi capability makes it seriously cool but the best part isn’t even that you can share your photos with friends, family and other Wi-Fi enabled devices. The best part is that it has an Auto-Backup feature – meaning you can wirelessly download photos to your computer with the touch of a button. No hunting for wires and cables to free your photos from the camera. Now THAT’S cool!

chair makeover in progress

After heading off to Aruba and Curacao for a week of rest and relaxation, I was delighted to come home and get an update on the chair I’m getting refinished. The craftsmen over at Carrocel Restorations were fantastic with taking a ton of pictures throughout the process, so I got to see how much they actually stripped it down. Here are a few of the snaps they took — I can’t wait until it’s finished!

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chair paint chair makeover in progress
chair fabric chair makeover in progress
How do you all like it so far?


dresser re-imagined

I was mulling over what to do with the vintage dresser in my living room for quite some time. I bought the dresser almost 3 years ago at a garage sale for just 15 bucks. The dresser’s top was badly scuffed and scratched, but it was still the deal of the century.

After using it heavily the past few years, the dresser was starting to show its age. I had a couple of ideas for sprucing up my prized piece, but all of them demanded more time, work and commitment than I was willing to offer. When I snagged a set of pink felt placements from the clearance bin at a big box store, I instantly imagined them pieced together to form a runner for the top of my dresser. I loved the placemats’ optical laser-cut design, which happened to mimic the circular motif of the wallpaper in my living room. I was lucky – 5 placements fit the 60″ wide dresser perfectly so no trimming was required.

Living Room Dresser01 dresser re imagined

Living Room Dresser02 dresser re imagined

I love the punchy, vibrant effect of the placemat runner against the walnut wood dresser. The placements hide the scratched surface and make such a statement in the room. The best part is that the entire project cost me only 3 bucks! How’s that for savvy decorating! I’d love to hear about your savviest weekend project. Leave a comment and let us know!

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

lacquer nut bowl

Fab find
Lacquer nut bowl, $4 each;
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Guest post by Elaine Song

I usually gravitate towards shades more than colours. Most often you’ll see me dressed in black, white or grey. Needless to say, my home decor tends to run on the safe side with neutral tones, but this doesn’t mean I don’t love me some colour — I just tend to use it in punchy accents. I was instantly drawn to these lacquered wood bowls from West Elm. The high-gloss finish offers bright colours and shiny metallics that not only add that delicious pop to a room, but also allow you to customize these accents to your own style and decor. Use them for food, displays, jewelry, keys, or loose change — it’s up to you!

bloggers give back: garden design

You may have heard about this – it’s slowly trickling through the grapevine thanks to Twitter, blog sites and the like – so forgive me if I’m sharing what you already know! It’s just that I’m so thrilled to be participating in Bloggers Give Back. Lindsay from Aubrey and Lindsay’s Little House Blog is the brains behind the operation. She has rounded up a bunch of amazing bloggers from Canada and beyond to re-vamp the overgrown, backyard garden at George Herman House, (a charity which offers supportive programs and safe housing for women with emotional and mental issues). *Side note: If the name “Aubrey + Lindsay’s Little House Blog” is ringing a bell for you, it’s probably because Lauren just profiled Lindsay’s blog a couple of weeks ago. Click here to revisit Lauren’s awesome post!

To set the project in motion, each of the participating bloggers were asked to create a mood board to illustrate their vision for the new garden design. I had so much fun creating my mood board. Not only did I stumble across some gorgeous products, but it also provided me with a much needed escape from the lousy weather we were having in Winnipeg! The jumping off point for my garden design concept was the fresh, yet classic Roxo Outdoor Series by Ikea. I love the beige and white striped cushion cover and white frame of the Roxo Easy Chair. It has a bit of a nautical vibe, without screaming “sailor”! The punch of green on the bistro chair keeps things lively and exciting.

Ikea Roxo Outdoor Easy Chair bloggers give back: garden design

Roxo Outdoor Easy Chair (in Beige), Ikea

Ikea Roxo Chair Green bloggers give back: garden design

Roxo Chair (in Green), Ikea

Just like it is with any indoor room design, no garden design is complete without some fab fabric accents! I selected these vibrant outdoor pillows from Tonic Living. I just love the pillows’ juicy colours and bold patterns.

Tonic Living Outdoor Soho Kiwi bloggers give back: garden design

Outdoor Pillow, Soho (in Kiwi), Tonic Living

Tonic Living Outdoor Soho Mink bloggers give back: garden design

Outdoor Pillow, Soho (in Mink), Tonic Living

Tonic Living Outdoor Cool Stripe Sorbet bloggers give back: garden design

Outdoor Pillow, Cool Strip (in Sorbet), Tonic Living

I hope this was a good teaser for you as you wait for spring to bloom! For more teasers and pleasers, check out all of the bloggers’ garden mood boards on the Bloggers Give Back website. Then leave us a comment sharing which design is most “you”!


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

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