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Harley Pasternak’s essentials for a healthy kitchen

Last week, I sat down with celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak to chat about his latest book, The Body Reset Diet, and his brand-new Power Blender. Here, I’m sharing Harley’s top three essentials for a healthy kitchen. Read on to find out what they are – I wholeheartedly agree that every budding home chef should have all three of them!

HarleyPasternak Harley Pasternaks essentials for a healthy kitchen

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new-use tuesday: pillowcase

As the work day winds down on this frigid day, all I can seem to think about is snuggling in my bed. My sheets aren’t quite as stylish as these Marimekko Kullervo ones from Crate and Barrel, but that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about laying my head on my feathery pillow. There is only one use in my sights for my pillowcase, but here are three alternate uses that might surprise you.

 

kullervo grey sheet sets new use tuesday: pillowcase

Queen Marimekko Kullervo sheet set in Grey, $180, Crate and Barrel.

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fab find: mansour silver dishes

Looking to channel the vibe of our November Holiday feast? We found some aluminum dishes that will give you the look of old world silver, without breaking the bank! Read on to learn more.

fab find mansour dishes fab find: mansour silver dishes

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goodge place: a new vancouver design store worth visiting

Listen up, design enthusiasts: A home decor shop is opening its doors tomorrow in Vancouver’s South Granville district, and it’s no ordinary store. The boutique, called Goodge Place, is named after a charming street in London, England. That said, it should come as no surprise that most of the merchandise is sourced from there too.

Goodge Place goodge place: a new vancouver design store worth visiting

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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

It’s time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I’m always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you’re an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday’s highlight is Carole Tanenbaum’s dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don’t make it to AGO’s store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn’t already.

IMG 1518 places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

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decor vs. fashion: colourful striped artwork or sweater?

Multicoloured stripes are such a happy pattern, don’t you think? Especially when the skies are grey and the weather’s weary, the vibrant pattern is certain to brighten up the day. I came across this gorgeous artwork from Jayson Home, and while it’s a splurge, it’s a statement piece for neutral rooms that need something extra.

If money were no object, which would you go for, artwork or a sweater? DecorVsFashion ColourfulStripes decor vs. fashion: colourful striped artwork or sweater?

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new-use tuesdays: oranges

I don’t know about you, but I adore oranges. They’re so refreshing in summer, yet have enough substance to make a filling winter snack. And breakfast – who eats that meal without some OJ? So this week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on the citrusy fruit. If you don’t have a fridge-full already, here are three out-of-the-box uses that might convince you to load up next time you’re at the grocery store.

oranges new use tuesdays: oranges

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6 great bathroom sconces that never were

Deciding on light fixtures is one of the more difficult things when designing a room – or at least for me.  When I started designing my family bathroom I knew I wanted it to have a nautical feel – utlitarian yet chic – both comfortable for children and adults. The lights in my bathroom really help set this tone. It took me a while to find the right lights, but after consider these 6 others options (see below) I landed on Serena and Lily’s Beacon sconce in “carrot” seen here:

 

bathroom orange sconce 6 great bathroom sconces that never were

 

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diy christmas: holiday decor hacks

We had Halloween and then BAM! Christmas is everywhere.  Every year we are surrounded by amazing decorations and I for one am always inspired.  What doesn’t inspire me is the though of opening my wallet to pay for something I could easily make myself.  All I need is a little know-how.  And for that I look no further than my fellow Canadian inspirational content creators (aka bloggers).

Here are ten bright ideas to help make your Christmas a little brighter, lighter on the pocket book, and unique.

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wallpaper for a monsoon

Recently I made a trip to the designer showrooms in search of new wallpaper samples for a project I’m working on. While at Bilbrough I found a new collection by Chivasso called Monsoon. Tropically inspired, brightly coloured and looking like grasscloth it could perk up any room on a cold dark November day, but the great thing about this wallpaper it is vinyl – so it could really go anywhere.

Here are some shots of it:

pink and tan wallpaper for a monsoon

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