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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?
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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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places to go, people to see: the good son

Hey Queen West, there’s a new kid on the culinary block: The Good Son. The restaurant, owned by Vittorio Colacitti, who competed in Top Chef Canada‘s fourth season, opened last month. With a focus on organic local and seasonal fare, the eatery features dishes that pay homage to Toronto’s cultural mosaic, but have a distinct Italian flavour. The food is complemented by a curated drink menu that offers new twists on old favourites. And, if you’re in a hurry, you can pop by The Pantry section for a take-out pizza – made on the wood fire oven, of course – or the general-store-esque entrance for an Italian-imported bottle of olive oil. Colacitti wants to make you feel at home, or more likely, like you’re at Mama’s house. Think mismatched furnishings, room-like compartmentalization, time-worn books and trinkets, casual gallery walls, hanging displays of vintage plates, even a fireplace vignette. Because words can only do so much, feast your eyes on some snapshots of the food and decor.

The Good Son 2 places to go, people to see: the good son

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project kitchen refresh ~ casual dining

I have shared with you my idea book on Project Kitchen Refresh with the glamourous kitchen by Jesscia last week.  Today, I am ready to walk you through my game plan for the adjacent casual dining space.

Urban living/lifestyle has changed significantly over the past decade.  Many of us now have our dinner by the breakfast bar or on the sofa in the living room, our outdoor oasis is approximately 100 square feet and it sits 28 stories up in the sky, and our formal dining room is reserved for special occasion.  Since we spent most of our time dining casually in the “eat-in” area of the kitchen, it makes sense to ensure this family gathering space is every bit as practical and stylish as your showstopper kitchen.

This casual dining space by Stacy Begg has everything I dream of.  The dramatic wallpaper as backdrop, the statement chandelier, the comfortable seating that incorporates practical storage, the juxtaposition between timeless classics and edgy contemporary pieces, what is not to love?

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fab find: festive mason jars

Fab find
Juice Perfect glass set, $64.99 (set of 12); Modcloth.
fab find cute mason jar mugs straws fab find: festive mason jars
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New Project: Kitchen Refresh

Ever wonder what to do with an outdated kitchen?  I have one on my case and it belongs to my father.  The place has been mainly untouched for 23 years (I did attempt to give it a mini facelift about 8 years ago) and it is time to give it a fresh new look.

This fabulous kitchen by Jessica Waks sums up the feeling I want to achieve for #ProjectKitchenRefresh.  It is light, airy, cleanlined, and bold with gold accents: a perfect timeless classic kitchen.

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decor vs. fashion: red and white dinnerware or shirt?

It’s almost time to celebrate Canada Day! With the long weekend approaching, treat yourself and your Canada Day party guests to new red and white dinnerware from West Elm, or give your wardrobe a Canada Day makeover with a striped shirt from Ann Taylor. Get ready for your most stylish July 1st (and long weekend) ever!

If you only had a budget of $45, which would you prefer–the red and white dinnerware or shirt?
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diy: simple glitter art

I went through a phase about a year and a half ago where I was semi-obsessed with glitter. It was a messy obsession (and I’m pretty sure my roommate hated finding glitter on pretty much everything in our apartment)…but I just loved crafting with it! My favourite creation is my “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” hot pink piece that I hung above my living room sofa (see it here). It is such a simple craft and really quite fun to make. Experiment with fun quotes and coloured glitter! Here’s another example (which was also my first attempt) that is hung above my bed. Keep reading for more pictures and info on how to make!

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