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wall decals

We’ve posted about Urban Walls‘ decals before (August 2012), but I can’t resisting posting about them again. The ones I’m particularly inspired by are the small wall decals that can be installed to look like patterned wallpaper. And the best thing is you can do it yourself. Unlike regular wallpaper which is more permanent (and difficult to install) these can be removed easily if you want to change your look.

The stars below would look great in a number of rooms – a sophisticated nursery or stylish powder room come to mind…

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gwyneth knows her kitchens

Clearly our girl Gwyneth knows her way around a kitchen having written 2 cookbooks: My Father’s Daughter and It’s All Good. But what is also clear to me is she has great taste in kitchens. This kitchen was designed by Windsor Smith – one of my favourite designers. I’m not sure if she designed it with Gwyneth in mind, but either way I’d love to spend a lot of time here. We’ve featured Smith’s work before on our website. Do you think Gwyneth and Chris cooked amazing meals while listening to music together? I must admit I’m a little sad about their recent “un-coupling”, are you?

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Photographer Michael Wells, Designer Windsor Smith

For another fun blog about Gwenyth Paltrow’s style, check out Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin’s shopping list from Gwenyth’s famous

editor’s pick: top 5 ikea kitchens

It’s no longer a secret that interior designers love IKEA cabinets for their quality and customization. Behind their stylish closed doors, IKEA cabinets have some of the best space saving and organizational units on the market. Here is a round up of some of fantastic IKEA kitchens that have all been featured in Style at Home.

industrial bistro island1 editors pick: top 5 ikea kitchensOrsa birch cabinets sprayed in grey, designed by Ingrid Oomen

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one of a kind show: wood picks

I just can’t get enough of the Canadian talent at the spring 2014 One of a Kind Show & Sale, which is open until March 30. In addition to the artwork pieces that I was coveting yesterday, check out my favourite wooden pieces, big and small. Exposed wood is the go-to if you’re trying to bring a rustic, casual feel into your home. Check out my top picks for wooden pieces from the show.

Wife and hubby team Jenn Mezei and Gavin Cond of Otis (named after their puppy) create funky takes on the traditional Adirondak chair. Gavin builds them and Jenn paints. Believe it or not, the business grew out of Jenn’s art school project!

Otis chair one of a kind show: wood picks

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fab find: mid-century task lamp

I blame (thank) Jessica Waks for my love of all things brass! What a glamorous and gorgeous metal. It looks great as kitchen cabinet pulls or as a show stopping faucet in a powder room. I love how it’s used on this stunning new task lamp from West Elm.

West Elm light fab find: mid century task lampImage via West Elm

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6 laundry room essentials

Another Friday, another weekend ahead of chores. Laundry is usually the first task I tackle on the weekends. And while I don’t mind doing laundry, it’s still a chore and one that I’m happy to finish each week. But I find that if you create a space that’s pretty and that you don’t mind spending time in, then it’s easier to face the task at hand. So, if you need some inspiration to make over your laundry room, here are 6 essentials that’ll help:

west elm soiled garments laundry bag 6 laundry room essentials
Izola Cotton Laundry Bags – Soiled Garments, $45, West Elm
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one of a kind spring show: 7 textile designers to love

No matter what I plan on looking for at the One of a Kind Shows, I inevitably find myself stopping at every textile booth on the floor. From tea towels to bedding to bags, there is a print that will catch your eye.

What I’m finding more and more at each show is the diversity in products, using these designs on everything from paper to clothing to accessories and materials, such as wood. I’m always inspired by showcasing items in unique ways. Even something as simple as framing a beautiful scarf can create interest. So, with that in mind, here are seven talented textile designers to keep an out for at the show this week.

1 Jenna Rose Textiles

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decor vs. fashion: white wallpaper or dress?

Enough with the white stuff already—on the ground, that is! We may be done with the fluffy white snow, but we’re just getting started for spring with wonderful white accessories. Whether you want to decorate with white (Graham and Brown’s patterned wallpaper is a must have) or hope to step out in a new white dress (Forever 21′s delicate lace number should do the trick), prepare for spring with this fresh and modern shade.

You’ve set aside $35 to spend on yourself this week. Do you choose the white wallpaper or dress?
decor vs fashion white wallpaper dress decor vs. fashion: white wallpaper or dress?

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5-minute meal idea: ricotta and asparagus tart

By Thursdays I’m burnt out – groceries are getting low and so is my energy for making dinner after another long day in the office. As such, I love creating simple, easy-to-prepare dishes that take very little effort but still taste great. This ricotta and asparagus tart is something I threw together using basic ingredients I had in my fridge. It takes only five minutes to prepare and it tastes great.

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one of a kind spring show: artwork picks

More than anything else in your home, your artwork should reflect who you are. It might be the last thing that someone would ever expect you to choose, but it belongs in your home as long as it speaks to you on some level. With 150 new artisans, 2014′s spring One of a Kind Show & Sale, on through March 30, offers plenty of unique Canadian-made options. Here are a few that spoke to me, each in its own way.

This photograph by Patrick Lajoie of Caledon, Ontario made me stop dead in my tracks. In addition to some bright hues, it has such beautiful graphic appeal. I love that an ordinary subject – a crowd – appears so engaging. The blurred image becomes clearer toward the centre, creating a natural focal point.

Patrick Lajoie art one of a kind spring show: artwork picks

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