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palm beach inspired

As the warm weather sweeps over the city of Toronto, I am feeling inspired by design references of more exotic climates. One of my biggest design influences is Palm Beach, Florida. The pastels, art deco, and botanical motifs found throughout the many stunning interiors leave me wanting to kick back on a lacquered bamboo chair while sipping a daiquiri…. Pure bliss!

SAH PALM BEACH 23 palm beach inspired

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morning surprise: flowering basil

For someone who works for Canadian Gardening magazine, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not particularly well versed in horticulture. But, as it turns out, ignorance really can be bliss. This morning, when I walked over to my mini herb garden (read: one half-dead parsley plant and one fairly lively basil plant) for its daily watering, I was jolted out of my sleepy state by a glorious site. Flowers! My basil plant had sprouted delicate little white blooms.

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cat’s crafts: how to dip-dye curtains

Not sure about you, but I still love the dip-dye trend. I think it’s a great way to spice up basic pieces as well as reinvent secondhand finds. Here, I took inexpensive plain white cotton curtains from IKEA and gave them a splashy pink dye job. Check out how I did it!

dipdye curtains cats crafts: how to dip dye curtains

Photography :: Ryan Brook/TC Media

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4 gorgeous spring table linens

The spring entertaining season is finally upon us. Party planners rejoice! I’ve been seeing a ton of great table linens in the stores these past few weeks. Here are a few of my favourites. I’m really digging the pale hues and simple patterns. Incorporating any of these in your spring table setting will add instant elegance with a dash of whimsy! Great for a spring time soiree.

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editor’s pick: jewellery branch

I recently visited a friend to check out her new condo and fell in love with her jewellery storage solution. A simple silver aluminum branch that’s mounted on the wall is both functional and decorative. And when you can store and display your favourite pieces in one fell swoop, it’s a win-win in my books.

jewellery branch 1 editors pick: jewellery branch

Read on to find out where you can buy it!

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#chatwithstyle: decorating with colour twitter chat roundup

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our live Twitter chat today to talk all about colour! The Style at Home team had a great time sharing our favourite decorating successes and failures when it comes to choosing colour palettes. It’s no wonder a topic like this would provoke such a fun and engaging conversation. Check out a roundup of some of our favourite Tweets and hope to chat with you next month!

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editor’s pick: ostrich-feather pen

Everyone needs to make a purely indulgent purchase from time to time. And if you’re looking for an excuse, I’m a queen of making them. (Need an excuse to update your artwork, even though the existing piece still perfectly fits your room? Life’s too short to not live with what you love. Want a reason to buy a third pair of sparkly gold shoes? They’re on sale – they’re basically free! Craving that bottle of black truffle olive oil straight from France? It’ll probably inspire you to eat more salads! Besides, isn’t your birthday sometime this year? Go for it!)

I’ve been coveting this over-the-top ostrich-feather pen by French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela for quite some time, but without a wedding on the horizon – and being someone far more likely to write with a keyboard than with a pen – it just didn’t feel like a practical purchase.

But, hey! It’s National Letter Writing Month, and I probably need something to celebrate the occasion, so I think I’ll indulge. Just think of the whimsy and texture it’ll add to my desktop! Think of the inspired letters I’ll write! Maybe I’ll even channel my inner Shakespeare and pen a new novel? Decision made! I was meant for this pen and it was meant for me.

Ostrich Pen editors pick: ostrich feather pen

photography, totokaelo art-object


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Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

You know Spring is here (or around the corner) when you start to see outdoor furniture popping up in stores and on websites. Here are two of my favourites: the West Elm Dexter Collection and the new Crate & Barrel Communal and Berkshire Collections. The Dexter has been around for several years and has a lovely aged teak look to it. I also like the rounded back on the bench.

West Elm Dexter Dining Collection2 Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

West Elm

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spring your doors into life: five ways to upgrade your front door

I could not be more pleased with the timing. It’s spring and a renovation project brings me to one of my favorite salvage shops, The Door Store. While the shop carries far more than its name implies, it is here that I am often reminded of the simple, mystical beauty of a great door. Wondering about the shop’s various nooks and corners you quickly realize that you don’t have to embark on restoring a century old door to achieve a look that’s rich in character and design. Here are five easy ways to take your door from drab to distinguished.

1 Choose a bold paint colour

A bold paint colour for your front door gives it immediate presence and personality. Consider a high-gloss finish, it adds depth and be cleaned easily. You can’t go wrong painting your front door in a high-gloss black, it’s a very classic choice and will go with everything. If you are feeling daring, make a statement with any of these bold choices:

Nifty Turquoise by Sherwin Williams

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erin’s picks: 6 of my favourite things in robin’s egg blue

I saw my first robin yesterday. The chipper bird was hopping delightedly on my front lawn. His enthusiasm for spring was contagious so I began thinking about how much I love robin’s egg blue. When I arrived at work this morning a spring collection from the bespoke wallpaper company Galbraith & Paul was in my inbox. And voila! Their beautiful Sakura paper is available in Sea, which is a palette of green and robin’s egg blue.

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Galbraith & Paul's Sakura wallpaper in sea. image courtesy of Galbraith & Paul

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