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fab find: printed tea towels

Fab find
“Cooking is Love” tea towel, $15.99; Shop Ruche.
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container garden 101: planting

After selecting the suitable plant materials for your container garden, it is now time to place them into their new home.  I am using annuals for the tall planters, so all I need to do is to put them in the planters.  Now for the low planters, I have selected Silverleaf Dogwood for an attractive, low maintenance, privacy screen.  Since they are perennials, I want to make sure they will survive our harsh winter conditions and come back next year.

Today, I am sharing a few tips I picked up from the garden expert at The Home Depot.

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a flower’s power: how to be fierce with florals

Florals. Where do I begin? For most of my adult life I have been of the conviction that flowers and anything remotely floral belongs in the garden and the garden only. Being an 80s child and somewhat of a tomboy, I often suffered the extreme discomfort of many a floral fashion blunder – theatrical bridesmaid dresses, cutesy Laura Ashley day dresses and flawless floral bedding selected by my well intentioned mother, just to name a few. Truth be told, I have often joked about “florals” being my personal F-word.

Today this predictably pretty and ultra feminine motif has turned frisky and fierce – it’s all about less structure and a more organic, large scale and fluid look. Florals have taken on a new life and blossomed into a form that’s experimental – “flower power” in its true spirit.

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photo by Ruven Afanador

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photo by Ruven Afanador

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decor vs. fashion: white futon or clutch?

Decorating with white is a classic spring favourite for design mavens and fashionistas alike. Whether you prefer to redecorate your living room with a new white futon or upgrade your wardrobe with a clutch you’ll wear all season, wonderful white accessories are the best way to bring a fresh perspective to your life this spring.

Spending your monthly budget of $200 all in one place this week, which would you choose–the white futon or clutch?
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container garden 101: plant materials

With more people buying condo as their first home or downsizing after retirement, we all have to adjust and learn to live with limited outdoor spaces. Since having a lush garden with mature trees are out of the question, an easy to care container garden is the go-to option for today’s urban living lifestyle.

Today, I would like to share with you a few tips I picked up from the expert at the Home Depot garden centre.   From a crash course on a variety of plant specimens to which ones are suitable given sun exposure, maintenance requirement, I have got my answers for this balcony in desperate need of greenery.

 

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contemporary canadiana

Cottage season is here, and with that comes reinvention, refreshing, and sometimes revitalizing old digs. The classic cottage that we all know and love has wood panelling, rustic finishings, and of course the beloved Bay blanket on display. This year why not try light wood throughout, softer hues, and modern decor? Here are some of my picks for a new twist on an old favourite.

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fab find: porcelain berry baskets

Fab find
Porcelain berry baskets, $19.21-29.59; Williams-Sonoma.
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5 things to try this weekend

Oh, TGIF. It was a short week but somehow it feels like it’s taken forever for Friday to roll around. But now that the weekend is here, I’m looking forward to finding some time to get things done. Some practical (like cleaning and cooking) and some fun (like maybe spending some time in the kitchen and whipping something up!) How about you?

Here are five things you can try this weekend:

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Decorate with flowers
PHOTO: Virginia Macdonald

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icymi: this week’s top 5 posts

Some of you may say beige is boring, but interestingly a calm and inviting neutral interior was our top post this week. Followed by a simple and budget-friendly before and after reveal, beautiful bedrooms and essential organizing ideas, here’s what dominated our social media accounts this week. Which story was YOUR favourite?

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decor vs. fashion: polka dot pillow or shirt?

What’s black and white and printed all over? You guessed it–a beautiful polka dot throw pillow from Society 6 and a sheer blouse from Forever 21. As spring slowly gives way to summer, both of these stylish monochromatic pieces are essential to your home decor and wardrobe. The only catch? You won’t be able to take your eyes off of either accessory.

If you had $20 in change to spend this week, which would you choose–the polka dot pillow or shirt?
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