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pretty novelty mugs

I just can’t get my day started until I’ve had my first cup of tea. For many people, it’s a cup of coffee that revs their engines but for me, it’s a cup of English Breakfast tea. Served in the perfect mug, one that’s just the right size, a cup of tea is my ultimate comfort, morning and night. With more and more novelty mugs available, it’s hard to choose just one but here are some of my favourites:

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decor vs. fashion: red striped rug or t-shirt?

There’s a new book that’s en vogue among the style set this month: How to be Parisian Wherever You Are. Have you read it yet? It’s written by four friends – Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas – all lovely bohemian French women. The book offers lifestyle, beauty, fashion and food and entertaining tips with a dose of wit and a dash of cool.

This week’s Decor vs. Fashion post is inspired by How to be Parisian Wherever You Are and features quintessential French stripes in bold red. So, if you had around $150 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a red-striped rug or t-shirt?

DecorVsFashion RugorShirt decor vs. fashion: red striped rug or t shirt?

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eco-friendly flooring: cork

We recently had the opportunity to take a sneak peek inside the home of interior designer, Vern Yip whose newly redesigned New York City home included the installation of cork flooring. We think it looks great! Which made us want to learn a little more about this stylish and environmentally friendly flooring option.

cork flooring vern yip home eco friendly flooring: cork

With a wide variety of newfangled flooring options available, choosing the right floor material for your home means finding one that’s just right for you and your space.

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fall style essentials

Fall officially began this past weekend, so let’s talk about cool-weather style.

FallStyle RusticCasualDecor fall style essentials

Rustic casual fall decor inspiration, and tabletop ideas for your next dinner party.

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fab find: combi tea light holders

Everyone seems to be a fan of mixing metals these days (myself included), so why not mix other materials too! Like these contemporary tea light holders whose design combines glass and cement.

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places to go, people to see: 3d parti festival

With a high concentration of quality designer showrooms – from Kiosk to Klaus, UpCountry to Studio b – King Street East has long been a destination for interior designers and decor enthusiasts alike. The tastemakers of the district have come together to create King East Design District (KEDD), and the collective plans to announce itself with a bang: A neighboughrhood-wide contemporary design festival called 3d parti. The one-day event will be held this Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and span from Church to Parliament along King and Adelaide streets, transforming the area into a life-sized public art gallery. Patrons can expect to be wowed by 15 art and design installations, including work by Toronto’s own Thrush Holmes. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity.

THRUSH HOLMES DEATH VALLEY LOVERS MM WITH NEON ON PANEL 84X120 2013 36K places to go, people to see: 3d parti festival

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decor vs. fashion: napkins or backpack?

I love dandelion (or mustard, or goldenrod, if you will) – it’s such a warm yellow that’s perfectly suited to cooler temperatures. For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I found these simple linen napkins with amazing colourful trim (here, in mustard), and matched them to a sunny yellow backpack.

So, if you had around $50 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a set of linen napkins or a colourful backpack?

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places to go, people to see: gladstone celebrates 125 years

It might not be on your Facebook feed, but there’s a big birthday coming up. That’s right, one of the landmarks of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhoods, the Gladstone Hotel turns 125 this year. Built in 1889 by local architect G. M. Miller, the iconic Romanesque Revival building is the city’s oldest continually operational hotel, and to honour this milestone, it’s putting on an exhibit called THEN | NOW | NEXT. On now through October 5, the exhibition celebrates the arts and culture hub’s lengthy history as well as its promising future through sensational stories and rare photographs. Make a plan to check it out this weekend, or put it in plan to attend next Thursday to catch the unveiling of a heritage plaque.

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Image provided courtesy Gladstone Hotel.

 

 

liven up your bathroom

Sick of standard white bath towels? Give your bathroom a little personality with these whimsical bath linens. They offer a fun pop of colour too. Click to see more!

Ikea bath sheet liven up your bathroom

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editor’s pick: 808 audio wireless speaker

Earlier this year I was on the hunt for the perfect speaker that would work for my small bachelorette apartment, but also be transportable on my travels all year round.

Most of the speakers I looked at before were fantastic products from reliable brands, but they were a bit out of my price range. There were also concerns that investing in an expensive speaker would make me hesitant about traveling with it on snowboarding trips or taking it to the park or the beach.

 

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