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new-use tuesdays: ice cubes

It’s as beautiful as it is functional. It cools, it soothes, it sparkles. No self-respecting hostess would ever be caught without it. For this weeks’ new-use highlight, I’m turning the spotlight on ice, ice, baby! Whether you buy it in bulk or make it yourself (perhaps in a fun shape, like one of these?), it’s an undeniable must-have and it’s got more uses than you might think. Check out a few of them below.

plastis ice cube tray  IKEA new use tuesdays: ice cubes

Plastis ice cube trays, $2 each, IKEA.

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host gift idea: piebox

Pie holds a special place at my Thanksgiving table. While I’m not a turkey dinner person (I know!), I always look forward to the dessert course, and pie always pleases. If you’re making the effort to bake your own pie – be it pumpkin, pecan or apple – you’ll want it to arrive in one piece. This simple and attractive pine Piebox, handcrafted in Chicago, is the storing and transporting solution.

PieBox host gift idea: piebox

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fab find: a little princess

If you haven’t read this book, I strongly recommend you do! Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, it’s one of my all time favourite stories from my childhood, but would be a great read at any age. You can only imagine how thrilled I was to see this gorgeous hardcover version (and how beautiful it will look styled on my bookshelf)!

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editor’s pick: the game of things…

I know, I know…this isn’t really ‘design related’. BUT I love board games and when I was sent a press release about ‘The Game of Things’ I just had to share. This game isn’t new, it’s celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year actually, but it’s a blast! For anyone who hasn’t ever played, I recommend you try it out – it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh. Perfect for those upcoming holiday parties or for fall weekends when your family just wants to bundle up and stay inside with a cup of tea.

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decor vs. fashion: copper pendant light or necklace?

Copper is, without a doubt, having a moment this fall. And whether you’re looking for traditional copper pots à la Downton Abbey or a sleek copper barware (Check out this set from Target!), you can be sure that the metal’s warm shine is undeniably timeless. I compiled my favourite copper items in the October issue of Style at Home and fell for the standout Perforated Metal Industrial pendant light from West Elm. I used it as the jumping-off point for this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post.

So, if you had around $90 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a copper pendant light or necklace?

DecorVsFashion PendantLightorNecklace decor vs. fashion: copper pendant light or necklace?


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4 easy one-pot meal recipes

When it comes to cooking a large meal there’s one thing I haven’t quite mastered yet, and that’s timing. Because of this, when I’m on the hunt for a new recipe, I usually try to find easy one-pot meals. This way, I don’t have to worry about something overcooking, and it cuts down on the amount of dirty dishes.

If you feel you can relate, or are simply looking for a new recipe to serve family, friends or dinner party guests, why not give one of these tasty one-pot meals a try.

sah blog one pot recipe cannelloni 4 easy one pot meal recipes {Photo: Edward Pond}

1 Cheese cannelloni with spinach and artichokes
A one-pot recipe for cheese cannelloni that’s bursting with taste.

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behind the scenes: diy wrapping paper

It’s getting to be that time of year again…the holidays. Which means presents. Which means wrapping! Last year, the Design Team created 4 different styles of DIY wrapping. This year, I looked to some of my favourite wallpapers for wrapping inspiration. And since our November issue is now available, I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pictures from my crafting. It was a ton of fun and not that hard to do (I promise). These would be great crafts to do with kids! Read on to learn more about the steps and to see some progress shots from the shoot!

Wrapping Front behind the scenes: diy wrapping paperphotography Ryan Brook

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3 easy diy decor ideas: budget hack edition

Fall is most definitely upon us.  Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away and the fall colours are in full force.  There is no denying what’s next.  And I won’t say it…saying the W word right now feels way too soon.

Where summer is all about bare feet, flip flops, and cold drinks, fall is thick socks, cozy blankets, and warm drinks.  It’s also a time to make the house a bit cozier too.  Article after article, beautiful pin after beautiful pin, show homes with throw pillows and rugs to make the house feel hibernation-worthy. It’s just the price tags that send a shiver down my back.

If you want to warm your house up without breaking the bank, here are three easy DIY projects to help save you money.

Heather In Heels DIY roman blinds via @StyleatHome 3 easy diy decor ideas: budget hack edition


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editor’s pick: bluebellgray

A few years ago, I happened across a virtual tour of Fiona Douglas’s lovely Glasgow, Scotland, home. I soon discovered that Fiona is the owner of and artist behind Bluebellgray, the most wonderful line of painterly textiles. It was immediately enchanted by Bluebellgray’s vibrant watercolour floral toss cushions and tapestries, but disappointed that I’d have to shell out hefty shipping and customs fees in order to have them in my home.

BluebellgrayTossCushion editors pick: bluebellgray

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