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places to go, people to see: art shoppe

Time flies. Art Shoppe has been a staple in Toronto’s design landscape for 78 years. Steeped in history, the family owned business has a long list of clients, including the Toronto international airport and the Toronto telegram building. Good news, bad news: The historic Yonge and Eglinton location shut it’s doors a few months ago (not surprisingly, the site already has a condo project in the works). But the great news is that it’s found an arguably better home in the Castlefield design district and is settling in quite well. The new showroom retains the signature Canadian-made and European-imported Art Deco-inspired collection that its customers know and love. Situated among other great design shops, the new location makes for a great day trip destination – the in-store cafe, set to open in the spring, will be a great spot to lunch among stylish furnishings. Here are some snapshots of the iconic landmark address over the last seven or so decades. 

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7 steps to brewing better coffee

Chris Chekan, founder of Monarch Methods, designs sleek copper pour-over kettles with efficiency and brewing precision in mind. I asked him about his favourite way to brew coffee – the pour-over method, obviously – and how to do it in seven steps for a better cup of joe, every day.

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smoothie essential: take it to go

Having recently jumped on the ‘smoothie’ bandwagon, I think these travel drinking glasses are going to become my newest obsession. They are dishwasher safe and you can purchase white lids to go with them, making it easy to take any drink with you. Read on to learn more about these trendy tumblers.

 

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editor’s pick: ace & jig for anthropologie

Anthropologie just launched a home goods collection with Brooklyn-based Ace & Jig by designers Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson (I posted its table runner in last Friday’s Decor vs. Fashion post), one of my favourite clothing brands. It’s easy to live in its comfortable printed dresses. Although the pieces are a bit of a splurge, they’re the clothes that you’ll reach for when you’d like to feel both comfortable and pretty. I imagine that the home goods collection will have the same effect in your rooms.

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a beautiful way to stay organized in 2015

Is staying organized one of your 2015 goals? I feel like I’d be better at keeping my days straight if my calendar was as pretty as this one! Read on to find out where this work of art is from.

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all images via. Julie Song

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Craving sunshine? This Canadian design studio will brighten spirits

Late last year, I met an artisan whose craft I instantly admired. She’s a Toronto-based textile designer and her brightly-coloured prints are the perfect remedy for those of us coping with outside temps in the negative double digits. So if you’re like me and would rather dream of sunshine than surrender to the cold, slip on your sunnies and take a peek at these super stunning products by Senay Studio:

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decor vs. fashion: ace & jig table runner or scarf?

I’m in love with Brooklyn-based clothing brand Ace & Jig. Everything its designers (Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson) produce is just so beautiful. Even better, the duo designs their own textiles, which are loom-woven and hand-dyed in India, and boast pretty bohemian patterns and rich, exotic colours. Needless to say, I’m thrilled that Anthropologie now carries a collection of home goods from Ace & Jig, including a toss cushion, quilt and the loveliest table runners.

For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion, which would you choose: An Ace & Jig table runner or scarf?

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weekend project: tidying up with marie kondo

Have you heard of Japanese tidying consultant Marie Kondo? She believes that decluttering your home will change your life. While there was once a three-month waiting list for her services (she’s now focusing on training others in her approach), you can tidy your whole home using her “KonMarie” method thanks to her bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

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kate spade saturday + west elm are a match made in heaven

Like peanut butter and chocolate, some things are just meant to go together. So when two of my favourite brands, West Elm and Kate Spade Saturday, announced their new partnership, I went a little weak in the knees. Talk about a match made in heaven. Kate Spade Saturday is bringing a dose of chill weekend whimsy to West Elm’s contemporary furniture collection. The new line features furniture, bedding, rugs and accessories, all in Kate Spade’s signature look – bold, bright hues and playful patterns.

Here are a few of the items in the collection that caught my eye:

kate-spade-saturday-west-elm-duvet Kate Spade Saturday Floral Duvet Cover + Shams – Habanero
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go big or go home

Talk about tall! Ranging in height (the tallest being 30.5″ high!), these pyramid candle holders would bring a fun dose of drama to any space. Use them together as a trio on a coffee table, or showcase a couple of the smaller sticks grouped on your living room mantel. Read on to learn more about these stunners.

 

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