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decorating with farrow & ball ranelagh wallpaper

Many people I know are timid when it comes to wallpaper but I am not one of them! I adore wallpaper. When I renovated my condo a few years ago, I enveloped the front foyer in a pretty tree-themed pattern and five years on, I have not tired of it.

My husband and I recently bought a new home and I was beyond excited to decorate, to mark our new space with the personal touches that would really turn our house into a home. First things first: Wallpaper! I’d long yearned for the opportunity to use a particular Farrow & Ball wallpaper in my home and the time finally arrived. The pattern, Ranelagh (BP 1847), features an architectural diamond trellis border with a delicate foliate motif.

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bold and colourful summer accents

For a lot of people (including myself) bright colours are often hard to commit to in a home! I’m all for neutrals (have you seen my apartment?!) however I am a firm believer that having fun colourful accents is key to finishing off a room. For neutral lovers trying to venture into the colour world, one of the easiest places to start incorporating bolder shades is on your patio! I recently did a segment on the Marilyn Denis show all about fun, new colourful outdoor furniture & accessories. Take a look to see some of my favouirte pieces coming out and where I suggest using them.

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calligraphy workshop with hallmark

I spent yesterday morning with Hallmark and Post Calligraphy honing my handwriting skills. The workshop was held at the new Hopson Grace event space which was light and airy and perfect for this type of thing. Have a look at some of the shots from the workshop: hopson-grace-calligraphy-event-1

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spring on clean

Confession time: Spring cleaning is not my forte. I love to zero in on one problem area and give it the necessary elbow grease to get it pristine again. I always feel so accomplished afterward and I’m done before I know it. But a top-to-bottom clean is such a big task that I find myself cutting corners, coming out of the experience as drained as I’ve ever been but without any sense of accomplishment. So this year, having stalled for a couple of week, I decided to think outside the box and invite a cleaning service (not the easiest thing for a housekeeping columnist to admit, but there you have it). I had serendipitously chanced upon Aspen Clean‘s booth at the Green Living Show a few weeks ago, and decided to give it a try.


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win tickets to style at home’s VIP kitchen design event

Spring is here and for many of us, that means it’s time to think about updating our homes! From easy seasonal updates to full-blown renovations, there are lots of ways to turn your house into the home of your dreams. And if your kitchen is at the top of your list, then you won’t want to miss this event!

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places to go, people to see: one of a kind spring show

Ah, what a fine Saturday morning it is. So bright and full of opportunity. What to do with this beautiful day, you ask? Head down to the One of a Kind Spring Show, of course! On until tomorrow, the exhibit boasts unique handmade wares from 450 Canadian artisans. Here are a few of my favourite things, starting with Senay Studio!

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lucky finds: 5 bright green home accessories

Lucky Charms cereal may not actually be Irish, but when I first caught sight of the gem-inspired Jonathan Adler brass box below, I couldn’t help but think back to my favourite childhood breakfast…likely because the decorative boxes also come in pink and blue.

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day (and emerald green being a paint colour to covet this year!) we’ve rounded up five bright green accessories that are sure to make a statement.

jonathan adler green box

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spikes anyone?

Hello drama! Loving this spiked napkin ring – perfect to glam up your next top top. Every host with the most knows it’s all about the details. Read on to learn more.

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the experts have spoken

Are you a wannabe foodie (like me)? If yes, you’re going to love this book! Offering suggestions of ‘Where Chefs Eat’ in pretty much every major city (No but seriously – this book recommends 3000+ places). Read on to learn where you can grab a copy of your own!
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tuckered out?

Who wouldn’t want to lounge in bed for hours when you have sheets like these!!?? Available in numerous colours and patterns (with great names like ‘The Stuart’ and ‘The Carter’), these sheets will make any bed 10 x more stylish. Go ahead…give you bedroom a little makeover! Read on to learn more.

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