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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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weekend casserole recipe: baked pasta with mozzarella, tomatoes and turkey sausage

I love our recipe developer, Claire Stubbs. I have worked with her for many years and she is smart, sassy, hot, and knows how to make a mean meal. Her recipes for Style at Home are easy, accessible and ridiculously delicious. Every one I’ve tried has been a huge success. So when I’m looking for something no-fuss to make (and that’s going to get me a lot of compliments!), I know where to turn, especially on weekends when I have a little more time to get something on the table. My favourite dish of all time is on deck for this Saturday night, when we have friends coming over for dinner.

Baked Pasta by Claire Stubbs weekend casserole recipe: baked pasta with mozzarella, tomatoes and turkey sausage

Photography by Edward Pond

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how-to: make your own fabric bunting

I made this fabric bunting for my niece’s bedroom, but it would also make a great addition to a craft room. I used fabric remnants in corresponding colours to create my bunting – it really is a great way to use all those random scraps of fabric! Follow these easy steps to make your own. You just need to be handy with a sewing machine.

bunting how to: make your own fabric bunting

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healthy breakfast idea: skinny strawberry smoothie recipe

If you’re after a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast, look no further than this light and healthy smoothie recipe made with juicy strawberries, fat-free yogurt and energizing chia seeds. If you long for the sweet satisfaction of a strawberry milkshake, but loathe feeling sluggish when it’s all gone, this is the breakfast for you.

strawberry shake 550 healthy breakfast idea: skinny strawberry smoothie recipe

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one of my favourite kitchens of all time

I’ve always loved this kitchen – the mix of modern and rustic elements is just right. The wall of subways, the dark ceiling beams, the amazing chandelier, the live edge table… I could go on. I also love the unique over the top styling with gourds and green leafy veggies. For me this is up there as one of my all time favourite kitchens.

 

 

kitchen with ochre1 one of my favourite kitchens of all time

Photography Lincoln Barbour, Design Jessica Helgerson


artwork: 3 classic film stars

I’m a big lover of classic film. If I pass by an old black and white film on TV, you can bet I’m going to stop. Chances are I’ve seen it before (many times) but I’ll still watch again. I love the classics. Just the look of a black and white film fills me with nostalgia and transports me back in time to my childhood, the time when my mother introduced me to so, so many of the great films of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

I love black and white films and I love the stark contrast of black and white in decor so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this special collection of artwork from Ralph Lauren Home.

cary grant artwork: 3 classic film stars

Cross-Legged Cary, $595.00
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editor’s picks: one of a kind spring 2014 show

Yesterday morning I had the chance to head to the One of a Kind Spring 2014 show and boy was it worth the trip!! On top of all the regulars, there were 150 new artists at the show this year. Filling the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition place, roughly 450 artisans total are showcasing their handmade creations – from jewellery to dresses, note cards to prints, specialty coffees to candy apples and much, much more. Check out some of the booths that caught my eye.

Mitani editors picks: one of a kind spring 2014 showMitani

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a chic retreat: my master bedroom

The master bedroom was part of our second floor addition, and while it’s not a huge space, it more than serves its purpose as a luxurious room to relax and rejuvenate in with a king size bed, small vanity and a bank of dressers for tons of clothing storage.

 

master after a chic retreat: my master bedroom

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