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recipe: glazed lemon poke cake

This past weekend was the perfect weekend for baking. I didn’t have a lot to do (for once!), which meant that I was free to relax, browse through all the recipes I’ve saved on my Pinterest board and decide on something to make for friends who were visiting on Saturday night. The winning recipe: This Glazed Lemon Poke Cake from Canadian Living.

lemon cake recipe: glazed lemon poke cake
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3 cards that say “stay in touch” for national letter writing month

Tomorrow marks the start of National Letter Writing Month (who knew that was a thing!?), so I’ll be rounding up some of my favourite greeting cards this week.

Who doesn’t love to receive unsolicited snail mail? So pull up a chair, turn off your computer, put pen to paper and reach out to some of the people you love…the old fashioned way.

Don’t know what to write? With their cute sayings, the cards I’ve rounded up today will start you off in an easy way.

(Don’t forget your stamps!)

Kate Spade Greeting Card 3 cards that say stay in touch for national letter writing month Why Hello There, $25 US (set of 10), Kate Spade New York. 

 

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6 spring must-haves for your home

Oh goodness, it’s so nice to see sunny blue skies in Toronto today (and to finally ditch my level three winter parka). Aren’t you excited for long walks, alfresco meals and leaving your windows open? Here are six must-haves to bring spring into your space.

SpringMustHaves 6 spring must haves for your home

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editor’s picks: bring gwyneth paltrow’s style home

Everyone’s talking about Gwyneth Paltrow. An Oscar-winning actor and fashion designer’s dream. Gwyneth is about more than just Hollywood. We heard of her upcoming “conscious uncoupling” with her partner Chris Martin last week, and we also know about her love of healthy food and her amazing cooking. But did you know that she also retails fashion and decor on her site goop? If you’ve ever wanted to look and live like Gwyneth (and who doesn’t), her website is the place to find out how to do it. Gwyneth launched the online weekly lifestyle publication in 2008 to encourage readers and fans to focus on what’s “real.” The site is brimming with items that all embody Gwyneth’s natural and casual style. Gwyneth works with numerous designers for exclusive limited edition pieces for both your home and closet. I took a peek at it this week and here is my wish list. What I love about  and this Chinti & Parker for goop striped t-shirt is one of those pieces. The exclusive heart pocket tee is $115.00 US and I love it!

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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…

uw decals stars wall decals

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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?

web windsor kitchen gwyneth knows her kitchens

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 goop.com

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 kitchens Orsa 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 lamp Image 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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