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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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tips for DIY garden-inspired flower arrangements

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I happily attended a flower arranging workshop hosted by flower shop owner Alison Westlake of Coriander Girl and urban flower farmer Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard. I’d like to share a few tricks of the trade for creating your own garden-inspired flower arrangements at home.

FlowerArranging 4 tips for DIY garden inspired flower arrangements

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contest: win a nespresso limited edition colombian terroirs prize pack

Spring 2014 is certainly bringing us showers (in Toronto, ON, at least), but did you know it also brings a delightful caffeinated surprise?

This season, Nespresso released two limited edition Colombian coffees. Featuring two very different blends from two opposite regions, the Colombian Terriors offers consumers a taste of the country’s Arabica variety. Cauca, from the southwest region, is described as fruity with winey aromas, complex and aromatic. While the Santander, from the northeast region, is more rounded and balanced, with notes of toasted bread and sweet caramel.

To accompany this launch, Swiss graphic designer Werner Jeker illustrated two limited edition espresso cups to represent the two terroirs. The cups even come in a gift box that transforms into a capsule dispenser for the Nespresso U machine. I love a multi-functional twist!

And, to make things even better, we’re giving it all away to one lucky winner! Read on to find out how you can win.

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places to go, people to see: kids tiff festival

Parents, mark your calendars. Plan to take your budding film critic or cartoon whiz to the TIFF Kids, on from April 8 to 21. The Toronto-based international film festival has developed into the most important North American event of its kind since its inception in 1997. Children get a rare opportunity to watch quality films not previously shown here, many of which won’t be available in the city again. With a goal of promoting cultural diversity, the festival allows viewers to engage with special guests, such as filmmakers, to further explore themes and concepts through active discussion. With animations, musicals and so much more, your little one is sure to have fun while getting cultured. But don’t take my word for it; ask these two adorable past attendees!

Sonia Recchia WireImage Getty for TIFF places to go, people to see: kids tiff festival

Sonia Recchia, WireImage/Getty for TIFF

 

 

3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a total card junkie. I’m not even great about writing cards, I just like collecting them and knowing they’re there for whenever an occasion arises. And National Letter Writing Month is an occasion for letters like no other (except Christmas season perhaps). The last in my roundups of cute cards to help with your correspondence for National Letter Writing Month is three illustrated boxed variety packs, so you can choose the card that best matches the recipient!

 

 

Fox Cards 3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month
Studio Oh! Woodland Creatures Set, $14 (set of 12), Indigo.

 

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matte collection by le creuset

This spring, renowned cookware company Le Creuset is offering their much-coveted baking dishes in a dreamy matte finish.

Le Creuset Matte Collection 3 matte collection by le creuset

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chair of the moment: bkf chair or butterfly chair

I’ve been seeing this chair around recently. It’s a design classic. I’ve never actually sat in one, but I would imagine it is very comfortable once you get in, but tricky to get out of. Having done a little bit of investigating it looks like its roots are Brazilian. The originals were made out of leather, but I’ve seen it in canvas and really like like the look too. Currently CB2 is carrying the 1938 Tobacco Leather Butterfly Chair. It looks similar to the original and is very chic.

1938 leather butterfly chair chair of the moment: bkf chair or butterfly chair

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colour trend: pearl white

We all love pearls, don’t we? The rich and glossy texture combined with a beautiful reflective quality. And that’s why it’s no surprise to me that pearl white is hotter than ever. Here are three must-have objects in spring’s favourite hue!

Number ONE: The KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-quart bowl-lift stand mixer in Frosted Pearl White.
Standalone 1175X1290 colour trend: pearl white

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decor vs. fashion: gold chair or sandals?

For Spring 2014, it’s out with the old and in with the new. (Spring cleaning for the win!) Ditch your bulky winter accessories and welcome spring with two pieces of gilded charm–an antique armchair with engraved gold trim and beige suede sandals with a gorgeous metallic strap. Use either piece to bring spring into your home sans the use of traditional florals and pastels. Cool, right?

You’ve received a $700 spring bonus at work–which item would you splurge for, the gold chair or sandals?
gold chair sandals decor fashion decor vs. fashion: gold chair or sandals?
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capture your dream space: renderings by designer michelle morelan

You know exactly what you want it to look like – your dream space. It might be a luxurious master bath, a romantic bedroom or the ultimate moody library. You have everything planned out down to the cabinetry hardware or floor stain. You might have a magazine cutout hung at your desk or maybe you’ve got a carefully curated Pinterest board. But, whether its a tight space or a tight budget you’re working within, it’s a dream you have to put off until you get a raise or win the lottery (just how extravagant is this space?). What if I told you you could have it in a matter of weeks? Okay, not it exactly, but a beautiful rendering of it, like this one.

Michelle Morelan Design bathroom rendering capture your dream space: renderings by designer michelle morelan

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