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fab find: colourful kitchen oven mitts

I’ve been surrounded by fun kitchen accessories recently as our October issue (that features a ton of great kitchens!) is about to hit stands. Since it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with hot pink, I naturally gravitated to these Checkered Raspberry Oven Mitts. Such a simple way to bring a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral kitchen. Read on for more details.

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places to go, people to see: canadian national exhibition

With grey days and cool temperatures – and the fact that the whole Style at Home office is busily working on our November “Holiday Decorating” issue – it’s hard to feel like it’s summer. But I’ve got just the ticket for getting into a summertime mood: the Canadian National Exhibition is on in Toronto! Running through the first of September, this year’s festivities include a preview of the 2015 Pam Am Games (which will be hitting the city on July 10), an art exhibit of can sculptures of our mayoral candidates, an old-fashioned saloon, a fleet of food trucks and much more. I’m looking forward to checking out what’s new this year, but my all-time favourite thing to do at the CNE (not counting eating funnel cake, of course) is play the carnival games. The only problem is, living in a tiny condo, I don’t have the space to house the stuffed prizes. (The days of my bed being lined with plush toys are far, far gone.) So, my best advice for the ring toss and Whack-a-Mole aficionados out there is to scout out your desired loot before you play. Check out this beauty I won last year in a game of darts. This darling vintage-inspired metal plaque has held pride of place in my kitchen since last August and I have no intention of taking it down. After all, it does speak to my cooking style!

Take It Or Leave It places to go, people to see: canadian national exhibition

 

feature fridays: instagram inspiration

With each new issue of Style at Home magazine our readers take to social media to share their excitement. Over the past month, we’ve received lots of positive feedback from friends and fans through our @StyleAtHome Instagram account. Since we love seeing our readers enjoying the magazine, we wanted to share a few of our web team’s favourite pictures.

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decor vs. fashion: blue and white rug or espadrilles?

There are only two more weekends left in August, and I’m determined to make the most of them. Since I’m headed to the cottage this weekend, this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post is dedicated to laid-back summer style and my favourite colour combination – blue and white. Savvy readers might recognize these items from my “Trendspotting” column in the August issue of Style at Home!

So, if you had $50 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: An indoor/outdoor rug or beachy espadrilles?

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wedding crafts: glitter-dipped mason jars

It’s official. I’m a Mrs. This past Friday, I got hitched at Belcroft Estates, a tree farm just north of Toronto. Think: Pinterest barn wedding. I wasn’t the type of bride to gush about my big day, but now that it’s all done, I’m excited to share a few of my DIY decor projects. (I use “my” quite liberally since I had a lot of help from my amazing bridesmaids.) Hopefully you get inspired to make a couple of things for your next event, be it a once-in-a-lifetime day or a casual gathering. First up: glitter-dipped mason jars.

mason jars wedding crafts: glitter dipped mason jars

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autumn à la mode: spice up your home décor with these fall faves

“Autumn … the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

There are so many reasons why I love the fall. Sweater weather, foliage reports, the scent of nutmeg and cinnamon …. It is indeed the year’s loveliest smile. Here some of my top picks to help bring classic comfort and style to your home this fall season.

marble & wood cheese boards

Two beautiful natural materials combined in one utilitarian kitchen accessory! Marble and wood cheese boards are the perfect blend of rustic and refined. Best of all, they are timeless and suited for both casual dining and entertaining.

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available at Peaks & Rafters

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available at Indigo

 

hybrid dinnerware collection

The Hybrid dinnerware collection reflects on the historical production of Chinese and European Bone China. The images and colours are equally captivating – guaranteed to strike up a conversation at your next dinner party.

The collection is produced in Tangshan, the renowned capital of Bone China. Each piece is refined by hand. The pieces are sliced in half, creating new hybrids that juxtapose scenes and themes interpreted in the respective cultural imaginary. They symbolize a complex past, when east meets west.

 

Hybrid Collection autumn à la mode: spice up your home décor with these fall faves

available at RADform

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available at RADform

Smeg small appliances

Best know for their retro refrigerators, you can now buy Smeg on a smaller scale with this fun line of small appliances. These 50s style appliances are an easy way to jazz up your kitchen countertop. The collection features two and four slice toasters, kettles, stand mixers and blenders. The Smeg small appliance collection will be available soon at Hudson’s Bay.

 

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photo courtesy of www.smeg50style.com

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photo courtesy of www.smeg50style.com

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photo courtesy of www.smeg50style.com

mason jar accents

There’s no doubt mason jars are a fierce trend. They have proven to be useful for just about anything from flower vases to salad packers. Proving that the trend is here to stay, mason jar accessories like these salt and pepper shakers and shot glasses are new for fall at Indigo. Perfect for a rustic autumn tablescape.

Salt Pepper Mason Jars autumn à la mode: spice up your home décor with these fall faves

available at Indigo

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available at Indigo

 

directoire tibetan wool shag chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

A marriage of comfort and style. This beautiful chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ fall collection was inspired by the classic director’s chair. It is clad in a Tibetal wool shag – does it get more scrumptious than that? It may take a while to cozy up to the price tag, consider it a worthy investment piece for your living room. The frame is available in polished brass and stainless steel at www.mgbwhome.com

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Caitlin Wilson pillows at Indigo

I’ve had a bit of thing for Caitlin Wilson’s textiles for a while. If your not familiar with her here is a link to her website and to a previous Style at Home blog post about her. The exciting thing is that while I was recently trolling the Indigo website I saw these:

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She’s made it to Canada! Is this old news?

 

nutella shortage looming due to low hazelnut supply

Nutella lovers, grab your spoons and unite in panic!

Hazardous growing conditions in Turkey this year are threatening the supply of this chocolatey treat. Thanks to frost and hail storms in Turkey, who controls 70% of the global hazelnut supply, the price of Nutella is expected to rise in the face of a looming shortage.

Think we can at least take comfort in our own home grown crop? Sadly, even Canadians aren’t safe from hazelnut deficiencies. A fungus known as Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB) has spread through British Columbia‘s crop and taking out our local supply.

So, we at Style at Home feel that in the face of adversity should simply indulge. Starting with our favourite Nutella recipes (click on the image to get the recipe).

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fab find: architectural wall hooks

Lots of people are gearing up for fall and back to school season, both of which mean coats and bags will start taking over many homes. Help contain the chaos with these oak wall stumps – a modern update to the more traditional hooks we’re used to. Read on to find out more info.

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decor vs. fashion: gingham sheet set or shirt?

You really can’t go wrong with the laid-back look of gingham (especially when paired with denim). For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I was inspired by Serena and Lily’s wonderfully made bed complete with gingham sheets to find an equally dapper gingham utility shirt from J.Crew.

So, if you had up to $130 to spend this week, which would you choose: a sheet set or a utility shirt? DecorVsFahion SheetsOrShirt decor vs. fashion: gingham sheet set or shirt? Read the rest of this entry »

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