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Before shots of my kitchen

Just as the issue is coming off the newstands I found the before shots of my kitchen and dining room. It took a lot of planning and decision making to get it where it is today, but it was well worth it.

kitchen off of post11 Before shots of my kitchen

This wall of grey herringbone Arto tiles used to look like this….

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peony crush

With Summer hiding just around the corner, are you enjoying the warm weather with bright sun rays lasting well after 8pm? I am a big fan of the patio season, which makes it almost unbearable to stay inside the office when it is beautiful outdoor.  Luckily I have found a way to cheer myself up in the month of June.  That is right friends, we are in Peony season!

Screen Shot 2014 06 08 at 10.47.15 PM peony crush

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5 things to try this weekend

It’s Friday and the countdown to the weekend is on! What are you going to do this weekend? If you’ve got a few hours to spare, here are five things to try this weekend:

jewellery 5 things to try this weekend

1 Organize your jewellery
PHOTO: Donna Griffith
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celebrate national doughnut day with our sweetest recipes

Happy National Doughnut Day, friends!

Yes, it’s a thing. A deliciously indulgent thing that requires no excuse to enjoy today. The Style at Home team are certainly no strangers to these sweet treats, having gotten a taste of everything from regular sprinkles to s’mores and maple bacon creations (thanks Jelly Modern Doughnuts!)

doughnut day celebrate national doughnut day with our sweetest recipes

 

While we leave these tasty concoctions to the experts, we have seven doughnut recipes to help you celebrate this scrumptious day. Which one would YOU love to try?

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editor’s pick: french market totes

French market totes are having a serious moment right now, and with good reason. They’re emblematic of laid-back summer style and market days in the south of France. Read on for two attractive options, and how I use my French market tote.

FrenchMarketTote KaufmannMercantile editors pick: french market totes

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editor’s pick: jenna kutcher watercolour

It’s no secret that I love collecting art prints. I have a couple different gallery walls around my apartment, including in my living room and over my bed. I’ve recently purchased a few prints from Society6 – including this gorgeous watercolour from Jenna Kutcher.

Lets Be Adventurous editors pick: jenna kutcher watercolourimage via. Society6

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lucite love

Lucite has been trending for the past few years. Since the resurgence of  mid century design spurred on by the popularity of Mad Men, we have seen this versatile material utilized as a home staple. Lucite Table lucite love

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decor vs. fashion: denim pillow cover or blue jeans?

Our favourite ’90s fabric is back! That’s right–blue denim is experiencing a major revival in the world of home decor and fashion this summer. And when it comes to shopping for denim, there are two ways to go.

Option A: Purchase a new throw pillow and use Pottery Barn’s denim cover to add a retro vibe to your modern home.

Option B: Treat yourself to a new pair of denim skinny jeans from H&M–a fashion staple for every woman’s dream closet.

You have $40 to spend this week. Which item would you choose–the denim pillow cover or jeans?
decor fashion denim pillow jeans decor vs. fashion: denim pillow cover or blue jeans?
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places to go, people to see: modern home tour

Have you ever been out for a walk or a drive and chanced upon a stunning modern house? Looking more like pieces of art than houses, these dwellings are nestled all over Toronto, and this weekend you can get up close and personal. This Saturday, June 7, the second annual Toronto Modern Home Tour will grant participants an intimate glimpse of some of the best contemporary architecture and design in the city. The self-guided tour will include at least six homes and run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buy your ticket online here today or tomorrow for $30 US, or the day of at one of the homes on the list for $40 US. Kids younger than 12 get in free, so it’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the family without breaking the bank. Highlights include the award-winning home of artist Charles Pachter, located in Chinatown, designed by Stephen Teeple of Teeple Architects. Built in 2005, the home appears like a stack of transparent cubes – definitely not the dwelling for a messy person!

pachter teeple places to go, people to see: modern home tour

Courtesy of Teeple Architects

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win: irobot scooba floor mopping robot

Let me just start by saying that I hate to scrub floors. I mean, there’s sweeping, there’s vacuuming, there’s mopping, and then there’s Cinderella-like laborious scrubbing. And that cleaning ethic definitely came from my mom.

This woman is so dedicated to keeping her home clean that she hand scrubs the hardwood floors, despite the various easy-to-use mops that have been bought in the past. What can I say? The woman is traditional. It has now gotten to the point where her knees and lower back cannot handle the chore anymore. Thankfully, I could finally provide her a non-painful solution – a hands-free machine that would do the job for her!

irobot 2 win: irobot scooba floor mopping robot

Mother’s Day 2014 marked the day a robot saved my mom’s joints. More specifically, the iRobot Scooba.

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