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summer pizza

Summer is one of the busiest times of year around our house. I am always on the lookout for simple recipes I can throw together last minute. This is a perfect recipe for entertaining, it has a handful of ingredients, and only requires a few minutes on the grill, just make sure you have enough when guests ask for seconds!!!

PIZZA copy 2 summer pizza

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italian village for sale on ebay

Have you ever considered Ebay for your real estate enquiries? Maybe you should. I will now, at least.

Ebay Italy must have been experiencing some high volume traffic recently. After all, it’s not every day you can bid on an Italian alpine village for less than what a two-bedroom condo goes for in Toronto.

ebay italian village italian village for sale on ebay

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fab find: vintage-style cake stand

Fab find
Fallen pleats cake stand, $48; Anthropologie.
anthropologie cake stand fab find fab find: vintage style cake stand
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cake decorating: the petal cake

My lovely niece celebrated a milestone birthday last week. She turned one! Which meant that it was the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at a new cake. I’ve tried the ombre rose cake and the pastel swirl cake but this time, I was eager to try the petal cake.

As always, I spent hours researching this cake online. There are lots of blog posts out there with tips to help you perfect the look. And I also watched a few YouTube tutorials like this one from Leslie Green and this one from The Boy Who Bakes.

Once I had done my research, it was time to get started!

I used three cakes so that it would have enough height to show off the ombre effect. Once the cakes were baked and cooled, I gave the cake a crumb coat and let that set before starting with the petal cake icing technique. Here’s how it looked with just the crumb coat:

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take me back to brooklyn

Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Brooklyn with some media friends to check out the west elm Holiday 2014 preview. First off, for all you west elm fans, get ready for some fabulous new items this coming holiday season. I can’t post anything too detailed just yet, but stay tuned in the next few months. I fell in love with pretty much everything they showed me! Here are some pictures I snapped from the whole trip – a whirlwind 24hrs. It was my first real venture into Brooklyn…and I’m dying to go back and explore some more.

Bridge take me back to brooklynView of the Manhattan Bridge just down the street from the west elm head office. There was actually a giant TV screen playing the US world cup soccer match set up under the bridge!

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if I could decorate Eugenie Bouchard’s club house

I’m a pretty diehard tennis fan. I use to play in my youth, but have put it on the back burner due to my young trio of kidlets. For good luck I even brought out my tennis handbag. Below I’ve chosen a few preppy inspired items for the home or clubhouse.


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places to go, people to see: bacardi festival libre

Take advantage of patio weather before it’s gone. Sure, you love your local bar, but the city’s largest licensed outdoor patio is worth checking out. Paying homage to its boozy heritage, starting today at 2 p.m., Toronto’s Distillery District is playing host to a three-day festival celebrating the rum cocktail and the rich Cuban culture that bred it. Organized by rum authority Bacardi, the Festival Libre will populate the cobblestone streets of the historic Canadian site with music, dance, art and food you’d more often find on the streets of Havana. Here’s a glance at what you can expect. (Not a Torontonian? Don’t worry. The festival will touch base in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal before summer’s over.)

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5 recipes to try this weekend

Friday, my long last friend! It’s so good to see you again!

What are you up to this weekend? Whether you’re having friends over for a fun backyard barbecue or you’re just hanging around at home, these 5 great recipes are all perfect for long, hot summer days. Try any (or all!) of them to impress friends or simply to try your hand at something new.

chocolate layer cake 5 recipes to try this weekend Easy chocolate layer cake
A tale as old as time, the meant-to-be combination of chocolate and vanilla is on display in this stunning layer cake.
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decor vs. fashion: blue and white chair or dress?

In preparation for the first weekend in July, we’ve rounded up the only two items you need to be searching for this afternoon. Here are your blue and white decor and fashion choices for a weekend splurge:

Option A: A blue and white lounge chair from Restoration Hardware completes your outdoor furniture set, just in time for your next patio party.

Option B: A formal navy and white ruffle dress by Badgley Mischka is perfect for the summer wedding you’re attending this summer.

Using a dream budget of $750, which piece would you choose–the blue and white chair or dress?
blue white lounge chair dress decor fashion decor vs. fashion: blue and white chair or dress?

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ikea russia wins instagram with ps 2014 campaign

We at Style at Home are avid Instagrammers, but this week we tip our hat to IKEA Russia for harnessing the power of this popular app and creating an Instagram website for the new PS 2014 collection. Honestly, I’m willing to just give them my hat because this is the greatest creative in-app advancement since the developers added photo editing and video capabilities (which, really, wasn’t breaking the mold anyway).

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