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places to go, people to see: kleinfeld

If you’re a soon-to-be Mrs., you have to hit up the first Canadian location of Kleinfeld. The New York-based boutique of Say Yes to the Dress fame has opened up its doors in Toronto. Sprawling over 2,000 sq. ft. on the seventh floor of the historic Hudson’s Bay building at the corner of Queen and Yonge streets, the shop is nothing short of spectacular. Complete with glittery lights and walls of stunning dresses, the open-concept showroom features a few choice luxe furnishings to glam it up. It’s the sort of space that makes your heart skip a beat and your stomach flutter a bit, the kind of realm where dreams come true. At least that’s the impression I got at the launch party several weeks ago, when fellow nearly newlywed associate editor Amanda Etty and I stood sipping bubbly, rubbing shoulders with the likes of dressmaker extraordinaire Pnina Tornai. Here’s a taste of what we saw.

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places to go, people to see: through the garden gate

What are your plans for Father’s Day weekend? If you live in or are visiting Toronto, check out Through the Garden Gate. This annual tour is put on by the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) and showcases of some of the city’s most beautiful private gardens. Don’t you love the idea of peeking into strangers’ backyards and taking inspiration for your own garden? I’m definitely into it, since I live in a downtown condo with minimal outdoor space (unless you count my balcony, which is currently housing my collection of potted plants).

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a crafter’s dream: scotch expressions tape

I’m a self proclaimed amateur crafter (I’m slowly getting better, one DIY at a time!), but I enjoy it…and that’s all the really matters! My favourite thing to do is to make cards. From birthdays, to engagements, to sending friendly hello’s – I like to make simple DIY cards that give that extra personal touch. Previously, I have worked with glitter (artwork seen here, wrapping seen here)…but these days I’m on a tape kick. I was thrilled to learn that Scotch has come out with a new Expressions line that has Washi, Masking and Shipping tapes in a ton of fun colours! Read on to check out some of the collection and a few simple quick crafts I did..I just couldn’t help myself!

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new-use tuesdays: rubber band

When you need a secure hold in a snap, you turn to the good old rubber band. It’s reliable, resilient and certainly affordable. For this week’s new-use spotlight, check out a few more uses for this household staple.

Rubber bands Bill Ebbesen new use tuesdays: rubber band

Photograph by Bill Ebbesen

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fab find: outdoor lanterns

Fab find
Colourful Cube lanterns, $34.95 – $69.95; CB2.
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Before shots of my kitchen

Just as the issue is coming off the newstands I found the before shots of my kitchen and dining room. It took a lot of planning and decision making to get it where it is today, but it was well worth it.

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This wall of grey herringbone Arto tiles used to look like this….

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peony crush

With Summer hiding just around the corner, are you enjoying the warm weather with bright sun rays lasting well after 8pm? I am a big fan of the patio season, which makes it almost unbearable to stay inside the office when it is beautiful outdoor.  Luckily I have found a way to cheer myself up in the month of June.  That is right friends, we are in Peony season!

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5 things to try this weekend

It’s Friday and the countdown to the weekend is on! What are you going to do this weekend? If you’ve got a few hours to spare, here are five things to try this weekend:

jewellery 5 things to try this weekend

1 Organize your jewellery
PHOTO: Donna Griffith
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celebrate national doughnut day with our sweetest recipes

Happy National Doughnut Day, friends!

Yes, it’s a thing. A deliciously indulgent thing that requires no excuse to enjoy today. The Style at Home team are certainly no strangers to these sweet treats, having gotten a taste of everything from regular sprinkles to s’mores and maple bacon creations (thanks Jelly Modern Doughnuts!)

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While we leave these tasty concoctions to the experts, we have seven doughnut recipes to help you celebrate this scrumptious day. Which one would YOU love to try?

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editor’s pick: french market totes

French market totes are having a serious moment right now, and with good reason. They’re emblematic of laid-back summer style and market days in the south of France. Read on for two attractive options, and how I use my French market tote.

FrenchMarketTote KaufmannMercantile editors pick: french market totes

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