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behind-the-scenes: style at home collection launch event at the ritz-carlton toronto

Last Thursday morning we celebrated the launch of our new Style at Home Collection at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto, Ont. With a beautiful breakfast buffet laid out, guests were at their leisure to discover and enjoy the collection around the stunning two-bedroom suite.

sah collection bedding behind the scenes: style at home collection launch event at the ritz carlton toronto

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summer decor: andrew richard designs

With the warmer weather finally showing up (most days that is…), it’s time to get your outdoor space in order! For me, that means laying down my IKEA floor tiles, wiping down my small scale patio furniture, and hanging up my string bulb lighting. For future Morgan and for others who might have a bit more space to work with (my 4′ x 12′ balcony has it’s set backs), gearing up for Summer might mean finally investing in some comfortable, stylish and lasting pieces! Ann Marie and I had the pleasure of popping into Andrew Richard Designs recently to take a peak at their new 2014 styles.

Vision Collection summer decor: andrew richard designs image via. ARD – Vision Outdoor Leather Collection

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decorating: 5 tips for the perfect country bedroom

Over the years country decorating has evolved.  The look is no longer just pine Canadiana antiques and patch work quilts. Country decorating now is all about the mix.  I have taken classic country ticking fabric and traditional black iron bed frame and paired them with an unexpected modern ombre rug and block print fabric.

sakura denim wl index 700x542 decorating: 5 tips for the perfect country bedroom

Sakura col. denim, Galbraith & Paul available through Y & Co. 

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editor’s pick: 3 fun graphic wallpapers

I’m still celebrating National Letter Writing Month (being a literary nerd, it feels only natural), and today, the letter-writing is on the walls. Literally.

York Wallcoverings boasts a beautiful selection of wallpapers that pay homage to the lost art of letter writing and, when used in an office area, they may just inspire more handwritten correspondence – outside of letter writing month! Here are a few of my favourites.

 

 

york wallcoverings 5 editors pick: 3 fun graphic wallpapers

Sculpted Surfaces III Collection Manuscript in Cream on Black, $80 US per roll, York Wallcoverings.

 

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drink recipe: the perfect cafe mocha

This weekend I created a delicious hot morning beverage using 3 simple ingredients: espresso, hot chocolate powder and milk. I was in the mood for coffee, but wanted something a little sweeter, so I made my own cafe mocha! The results were delicious and it was super easy.

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5 spring essentials from the dollar store

Those nice days we’ve recently had (temperatures reaching a balmy 8°C!) have got me in the mood for Spring with a capital S. So when I walked into the dollar store on my lunch hour today, I was instantly drawn to the bits and bobs on display that made me think of warmer days ahead. Cheap and cheerful, here are my top 5 must-haves.

Flowerpot 5 spring essentials from the dollar store

Painted pot just the size for my kitchen windowsill or my lounge-side table in the backyard.

1. Flowerpots. Painted terracotta versions (like this one for $1.25) are just about a dime a dozen. Buy them already decorated or paint them yourself – they’re super easy and fun to create. I vary their sizes and shapes for the annual container display on my patio.

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debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

I’m in the midst of debating my tub scenario – first off it has to fit into a 3-walled alcove situation. So the front portion of the tub is exposed. I have seen 2 ways of doing this – one where you finish the front of the tub with either tile, wood or stone. The other way is to do one with a built-in apron. What are peoples thoughts on this? Here are images of both:

Apron sided tub. This one is from Kohler:

apron tub debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

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fab find: slate cheese board

Fab find
Black slate cheese board, $28; Fab.
wine cheese board fab find fab find: slate cheese board
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erin’s pick: jo malone’s ltd edition home fragrance collection with michael angove

When Jo Malone collaborates with artists and designers the results are always perfection. Such is the case with a just-launched limited edition home fragrance collection that has been produced in collaboration with Welsh fine artist Michael Angove. The packaging of this elegant new collection is a departure from Jo Malone’s minimalist packaging. Michael Angove designed a pattern for both Jo Malone’s classic orange blossom and blackberry fragrances that are as beautiful as the products are deliciously fragrant. My favourite product from the collection is the Orange Flower Scent Surround Diffuser. $95 (165 ml) exclusively at Holt Renfrew.

 

 

20140407 121854 erins pick: jo malones ltd edition home fragrance collection with michael angove

photography by Erin McLaughlin

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etsy pop-up shop at indigo

Love Etsy and Indigo? Well, now you can get the best of both worlds – a curated selection of Etsy products will be available online and at select Indigo stores. The collaboration features a range of diverse goods from seven Etsy sellers from North America, including chic fashion illustrations from The Aestate, hand-poured soy candles from Toronto’s own Smells Like Canada and handwritten chalkboard cards from Lily & Val. Here, are my favourite picks from each of the talented Etsy artisans.

lolita print etsy pop up shop at indigo

Lolita Print by The Aestate, $29

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