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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

It’s time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I’m always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you’re an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday’s highlight is Carole Tanenbaum’s dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don’t make it to AGO’s store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn’t already.

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decor vs. fashion: colourful striped artwork or sweater?

Multicoloured stripes are such a happy pattern, don’t you think? Especially when the skies are grey and the weather’s weary, the vibrant pattern is certain to brighten up the day. I came across this gorgeous artwork from Jayson Home, and while it’s a splurge, it’s a statement piece for neutral rooms that need something extra.

If money were no object, which would you go for, artwork or a sweater? DecorVsFashion_ColourfulStripes

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new-use tuesdays: oranges

I don’t know about you, but I adore oranges. They’re so refreshing in summer, yet have enough substance to make a filling winter snack. And breakfast – who eats that meal without some OJ? So this week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on the citrusy fruit. If you don’t have a fridge-full already, here are three out-of-the-box uses that might convince you to load up next time you’re at the grocery store.

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6 great bathroom sconces that never were

Deciding on light fixtures is one of the more difficult things when designing a room – or at least for me.  When I started designing my family bathroom I knew I wanted it to have a nautical feel – utlitarian yet chic – both comfortable for children and adults. The lights in my bathroom really help set this tone. It took me a while to find the right lights, but after consider these 6 others options (see below) I landed on Serena and Lily’s Beacon sconce in “carrot” seen here:

 

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diy christmas: holiday decor hacks

We had Halloween and then BAM! Christmas is everywhere.  Every year we are surrounded by amazing decorations and I for one am always inspired.  What doesn’t inspire me is the though of opening my wallet to pay for something I could easily make myself.  All I need is a little know-how.  And for that I look no further than my fellow Canadian inspirational content creators (aka bloggers).

Here are ten bright ideas to help make your Christmas a little brighter, lighter on the pocket book, and unique.

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wallpaper for a monsoon

Recently I made a trip to the designer showrooms in search of new wallpaper samples for a project I’m working on. While at Bilbrough I found a new collection by Chivasso called Monsoon. Tropically inspired, brightly coloured and looking like grasscloth it could perk up any room on a cold dark November day, but the great thing about this wallpaper it is vinyl – so it could really go anywhere.

Here are some shots of it:

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this product belongs on every book lover’s wish list

I consider myself an avid reader. Whether I’m invested in a novel on my daily commute to work or find myself flipping through a magazine come Sunday morning, words are always present. It goes without saying then, that losing your place on a page (and proceeding to skim over the same sentence at least five times) doesn’t exactly make for a thrilling read. Good news: I’ve come across a product that will solve this book burden forever more.

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trim your tree with these adorable ornaments

Growing up my family tree (real, never fake!) was quite a mishmash of decorations, decorated with pretty much every ornament my brother and I made as children, mixed with gorgeous glass ornaments my mom collected over the years. It was a little bit glam (stunning pink glass bulbs are still my fav!) and a little bit not-so-glam (picture popsicle stick reindeer and pinecone/sparkle grade 2 masterpieces). These days I’ve been starting to collect ornaments for my own tree and am always on the hunt for some whimsical pieces. I’ve picked up vintage glass bulbs from markets over the years but continue my hunt for those ‘cute’ additions – reminiscent of my younger years, but with less craft glue involved! Here are some of my fav. picks.

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decor vs. fashion: girly pink bows

Have you seen the Kate Spade New York for GapKids collection? The limited edition pieces are bright, pretty and ideal for the upcoming holidays. I adore the girly flourishes like bows, gold glitter and shiny graphic letters, and was super-excited to spot a coordinating toss cushion from The Land of Nod.

So, which would you choose for party season: a toss cushion with a pink bow or a crossbody bag?

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easy ideas for a sparkling wine and fondue holiday party

When it comes to holiday parties, I veer toward the approach that simpler = better. Parties that take minimal effort to pull together not only leave the host feeling relaxed, but guests, too. This year, I’d like to invite my friends over for a sparkling wine and fondue party. Inspired by a Jackson-Triggs après ski party that I attended, here are four easy steps (and two recipes).

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