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places to go, people to see: gladstone celebrates 125 years

It might not be on your Facebook feed, but there’s a big birthday coming up. That’s right, one of the landmarks of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhoods, the Gladstone Hotel turns 125 this year. Built in 1889 by local architect G. M. Miller, the iconic Romanesque Revival building is the city’s oldest continually operational hotel, and to honour this milestone, it’s putting on an exhibit called THEN | NOW | NEXT. On now through October 5, the exhibition celebrates the arts and culture hub’s lengthy history as well as its promising future through sensational stories and rare photographs. Make a plan to check it out this weekend, or put it in plan to attend next Thursday to catch the unveiling of a heritage plaque.

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Image provided courtesy Gladstone Hotel.



liven up your bathroom

Sick of standard white bath towels? Give your bathroom a little personality with these whimsical bath linens. They offer a fun pop of colour too. Click to see more!

Ikea bath sheet liven up your bathroom

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editor’s pick: 808 audio wireless speaker

Earlier this year I was on the hunt for the perfect speaker that would work for my small bachelorette apartment, but also be transportable on my travels all year round.

Most of the speakers I looked at before were fantastic products from reliable brands, but they were a bit out of my price range. There were also concerns that investing in an expensive speaker would make me hesitant about traveling with it on snowboarding trips or taking it to the park or the beach.


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fab find: ikat frames

Like most of you probably do, I now take the majority of my photos on my iPhone and upload a lot of them to Instagram… I’m borderline addicted. With more and more company’s now offering to print Instagram images (like Black’s), this week’s Fab Find is the perfect frame to highlight some of these captured moments!

Inspired by textile weaves, these photo frames (for 4″ square shots) can add a powerful and bright border to any insta-image.

The Cross Frames fab find: ikat framesimage via. The Cross

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5 satisfying sunday football recipes

It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing colours and fantasy football leagues are in full swing. That’s right, football season has returned.

If you’re hosting this Sunday’s festivities, why not serve one of these delicious recipes. Easy to make and great for large groups, your guests will be so impressed (and full of tasty food) they might just consider trading your rookie bench warmer for their first round draft pick.

sah blog recipe bean dip 5 satisfying sunday football recipes
Roasted red pepper bean dip with harissa pita crisps
This delicious dip might just become your new favourite mid-afternoon snack.

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decor vs. fashion: eyelet bedskirt or dress?

Although summer’s definitely winding down, I’m still grasping on to my lighter layers. Soon it will be all wool and denim and down. Eyelet is one of those great breezy patterns that’s meant for summer, but is perfect when you’re transitioning to fall – just pair it with warmer fabrics. I spotted this eyelet bedskirt at Anthropologie and it quickly inspired this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, which is all about dainty eyelet.

So, if you had around $150 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: an eyelet embroidered bedskirt or an eyelet dress?

DecorVSFashion Eyelet decor vs. fashion: eyelet bedskirt or dress?

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places to go, people to see: the cure apothecary

Got a dinner party to attend this weekend? Stop by The Cure Apothecary, Queen West’s brand new organic skincare hotspot, for a unique hostess gift. It’s hard to decide which is more appealing, the curated product lineup – including brands like John Masters, One Love, FarmHouse Fresh and L’Aromatica, among others – or the country chic interior. The good news is you can have it all: Choose a winning token for the host while touring the adorable shop, which opened its doors just last week. Check out a few images of the store and what it’s got to offer below.

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cubbys for all ages

Who says you have to stop using cubbyholes after kindergarten? Meet Soapbox – a ready to assemble, no tools required furniture line that carries a great mix of modern, minimal pieces.

Soap Box cubbys for all agesimage via. soapbox

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editor’s pick: jonathan saunders rugs

When deocr meets fashion, the result is almost always fabulous, and Jonathan Saunders’ floor covering collection for The Rug Company is no different. The Scottish designer is known for his bright colour choices and tantalizing prints. He didn’t hold back while working on the collaboration, creating four styles that pair bold hues in bolder combinations on captivating patterns. The price points are a little steep for this fashion and decor lover (my place isn’t quite as palatial as the below), but a girl can dream. Check out the four patterns and the inspirations behind them.

DC JS NOUVEAU R PORTRAIT editors pick: jonathan saunders rugs

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editor’s pick: rooms i love

This is one of my favourite kitchens that we have featured, designed by Sam Sacks. I love the mix of white, marble and warm wood tones. And don’t even get me started on that floor! When I finally buy a house, I’m using this space as inspiration.

Sam Sacks Kitchen editors pick: rooms i love Photography Virginia Macdonald

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