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diy projects: 5 things to spray paint gold

As a DIYer, part of the beauty of ‘doing it yourself’ is seeing something transform before your eyes.  Often times that transformation requires days or weeks, and sometimes months.  On the other hand, sometimes a transformation happens right before your eyes thanks to a can of spray paint.

Spray paint is the closest thing to magic I’ve found.  There is a huge array of colours to choose from, matte or glossy finishes, and even metallic.  My personal favourite is gold.  A little gold spray paint goes a long way to dress things up.

If you’ve got a few minutes, here are five fun items to whip out the spray paint for.  In a few quick coats and not much effort you’ll witness a  magical transformation right in front of your eyes.

Style at Home Heather In Heels DIY spray paint Rustoleum diy projects: 5 things to spray paint gold

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5 easy no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas

Put down those carving tools, there’s a new way to decorate pumpkins and it’s taking the internet by storm! Gone are the days of scooping, carving and candles. Say hello to paint, glitter and googly eyes!

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If you’re thinking of spending the weekend decorating pumpkins for Halloween (but want to skip the mess), why not check out these five creative no-carve pumpkins.

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stop what you’re doing and watch scott mcgillivray bond with a stray kitten

I’m going to make a bold claim here. It does not matter if your day has been bad, good, or great, because it’s about to get way better!

Enjoy a serious injection of cute this afternoon thanks to our regular contributor and expert handyman Scott McGillivray as he bonds with a stray kitten found onsite while shooting his HGTV show Income Property.


For more of Scott’s tips and tricks on how to save by maintaining your home, check out:

4 ways to save with an eco-friendly home
How to: Renovate your laundry room
6 tips for avoiding renovation mistakes
4 quick weekend updates
How to: Add or expand closet space


bluebellgray at hudson’s bay

Spring is in the air at the Hudson’s Bay Company with the arrival of bluebellgray, a Scottish textile company run by the fabulous Fiona Douglas. Based off of her own colourful watercolours, these designs have been digitally printed onto natural materials which are then made into bed linens, pillows and furniture. Amanda Etty and I had the pleasure of meeting Fiona a couple weeks ago and seeing the whole line in person. Read on to learn more about the company and to see a few snap shots from our visit!

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celebrity chef tyler florence unveils his new cookbook

Count on Tyler Florence to make even the most daunting of dishes seem simple. The celeb chef and restaurateur showed off his master cooking skills at this year’s Delicious Food Show in Toronto – and it wasn’t long before stomachs started growling, the audience’s not-so-silent plea for a bite.

tyler florence celebrity chef tyler florence unveils his new cookbook

The renowned chef cooked up a stuffed porchetta in what felt like minutes, accompanied by a buttered turnip puree and apple mustard. The recipe can be found in his latest cookbook, Inside the Test Kitchenwhich hits book stands next week.

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kitchen cravings: structure bakeware

I think it’s safe to say that Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend officially rings in baking season (for those of us who aren’t year-round bakers). I got a sneak peek at a brand new collection of bakeware from Quebec-based Trudeau, and lovely readers, I think you’ll be as pleased as I was.

The Structure collection features everything you love about silicone bakeware – non-stick and flexible properties ensure muffins and loaves easily pop right out of their pans – plus the added bonus of a reinforced steel rim for secure handling. Your baking lives just got a whole lot easier!

StructureBakeware kitchen cravings: structure bakeware

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fab find: loop side table

I’m blown away by the affordable price of this side table. Shaped like a coiled rope, this table has a 15″ diameter glass top, the perfect size for any small space. You can cozy it up to a sofa or use it as a nightstand in the bedroom.

Read on to learn more about this week’s Fab Find!

Loop Table Umbra fab find: loop side table

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decor vs. fashion: faux fur toss cushion or scarf?

Soft and luxurious faux fur is having a moment this fall, and with good reason. I’ve been seeing the coziest accessories everywhere, and have been daydreaming about spending days cuddled up in them. For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I can’t decide whether I’d like like to dress my sofa in faux fur or myself!

What do you think – if you had $75 to spend this weekend, which would you choose – a faux fur toss cushion or scarf?

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united way is under way

The United Way campaign kicked off at the TC Media offices on Tuesday with a successful pancake breakfast, sponsored by President’s Choice, Ace Bakery and Nespresso. For those who don’t know, the United Way is a worldwide not-for-profit movement (in Canada, more than 100 communities have an active organization). Each United Way raises support locally, directly responding to the needs of the community.

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places to go, people to see: delicious food show

If your mouth is watering just looking at the image below, chances are you’re a foodie. If you like to eat as much as I do, the Delicious Food Show is for you. Yummy treats will be available for the tasting from more that 200 exhibitors, and over 50 live demonstrations will have you walking away a culinary pro. Well, almost. But some of the nation’s most renowned chefs – including Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes and Roger Mooking, among others – will give workshops of their own recipes, revealing their tips and tricks. So your cooking game is bound to improve. What else can a food lover ask for? Hosted by Food Network Canada, the show runs from October 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Check out the event website for more info and to buy tickets at a discounted rate. Children under 12 get in free, so make it a family affair!

DeliciousFoodShow places to go, people to see: delicious food show Photo courtesy of the Delicious Food Show. 


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