Apr 21, 2009
anthropologie's natural finds
Apr 21, 2009
anthropologie's natural finds
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Enjoy this recipe during the week or on the weekend.
Enjoy this recipe during the week or on the weekend.
This recipe is simple enough to serve as a casual weeknight family dinner, but flavourful enough to offer to guests when you’re entertaining on the weekend.
1 Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
2 Serve with nacho chips, sour cream, grated cheese, lime wedges and fresh cilantro, if desired.
Party Pointer: This is a great dish to serve for Super Bowl Sunday or Hockey Night in Canada, along with cold beer and crisp nacho chips.
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Excerpted from Gatherings: Bringing People Together with Food by Jan Scott & Julie Van Rosendaal. Copyright © 2014 Jan Scott & Julie Van Rosendaal. Excerpted by permission of Whitecap Books, Vancouver. All rights reserved.
How to: Hang wallpaper
Peruvian Mirror, West Elm.
Brighten up your blank walls with these eye-catching accessories.
Faced with the prospect of filling blank walls, most of us think of traditional framed artwork. And there’s no doubt that framed art is a beautiful way to decorate your walls. But there are many appealing alternatives, too! From shelves and mirrors to clocks and sconces, there are plenty of ways to bring your walls to life. Here are 10 of our top suggestions!
Don’t just hang art on your walls. Turn your home into your own personal art gallery by printing, framing and hanging your own photography. Artifact Uprising can help you take those beautiful vacation photos off your digital devices and turn them into art gallery-worthy pieces by printing them on premium archival paper and offering a variety of frames and mats to best suit your photo and your home’s decor. Gallery Frames, Artifact Uprising, $99.
Framed art isn’t the only thing to hang on your walls! There are so many ways to dress your walls stylishly and these gorgeous monogrammed hooks are a perfect example. Add colour and interest to a foyer, hallway or even a bedroom with these beautifully crafted hooks, which will add both form and function to your walls. Whimsy Monogram Hooks, Anthropologie, $16.
Mirrors are a great option for decorating a wall but a cluster of mirrors is a statement. We love the ornate decorative flourishes of these mirrors, hand-carved by Peruvian artisans. Made with timber from the Amazon and finished with non-toxic paint, these pretty mirrors will add style to any wall in your home. Peruvian Mirrors, West Elm, $199.
Put that blank space on your wall to work by installing these gorgeous marble shelves. Made from a Carrara lookalike white and grey marble with brass-finished metal brackets, these shelves not only look great in their own right but they’ll provide the perfect spot for you to display artwork, books and other objets that need a home. Marble Wall-Mounted Shelves, CB2, $59.95.
Feature walls are a great way to add visual interest to a room and really make a statement. You can create a feature wall by painting it a different colour from the others, wallpapering it or simply hanging a tapestry, if you prefer something less permanent. This bold cotton tapestry will summon thoughts of tropical vacations as you drift into slumber. Assembly Home Banana Leaf Tapestry, Urban Outfitters, $72.
This generously sized piece will add a sense of drama to the room in which it’s hung. Made from pounded iron, this piece features an intricately etched design and an antiqued brass finish. It’ll be a conversation starter, that’s for sure! Decorative Metal Disc, Pottery Barn, $249
These keys, locked behind the glass of a shadow box, can spark imagination as to their origin. Each key is a reproduction of a vintage original that was found as part of a private collection. Each one is unique and displayed behind glass, and becomes an interesting and intriguing piece of artwork. Key Shadow Boxes, Restoration Hardware, $99.
A clock almost seems quaint and retro these days since many of us rely on our phones to tell the time. But clocks still have a place in our homes, especially when they’re beautifully designed timepieces like this one. Hanging from a leather strap and mimicking the style of a captain’s mirror, this walnut wood veneered wall clock makes a great decorative touch to your home. Umbra Canteen Clock, Indigo, $120.
Perfect for corners in your home that could use a bit of illumination, this wall sconce is just the solution, adding light as well as a beautiful decorative element. Made with a metal frame with a polished nickel finish and fabric shade, its minimal, slim profile is ideal if you’re short on space. Monroe One Light Sconce, Horchow, $145.
This photograph beautifully captures an ordinary moment in front of the most photographed sites in the world: The Louvre. If you, like so many, have a love affair with Paris, this gorgeous rendering is one you’ll love to have hanging on your wall. You’ll smile and think of the City of Light each and every time you pass by it. Men in Red Limited Edition Print, Minted, starting at $20.
Buying guide: The truth about thread count
Is there anything better than sliding into a bed laden with good quality sheets? At the end of the day, I can't wait to stretch out under my fresh, soft covers and nestle my face into a good cotton-covered pillow. We spend a third of our lives in bed so quality sheets are key, but how do you get quality for your money? There's no doubt that most consumers believe the higher the thread count, the better the quality, but this isn't entirely true. With the help and expertise of Joanna Goodman, owner of Au Lit Fine Linens, we expose the truth about thread count and what it takes to find quality bed sheets.
What is thread count, really?
Simply put, thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This number is based on the threads woven horizontally ("weft") and vertically ("warp"). Extra threads can also be woven into the weft threads to increase the thread count. These added threads are called "picks" and are added in the overall count, which is how some sheets end up having thread counts in the thousands. This is why the idea that high counts equal better quality isn't really accurate. Consider this: Joanna says most weavers will say the maximum number of threads that can be woven into one square inch of fabric is 500 to 600. Though the number is arguable and, according to Joanna, "depends on the mill you deal with," it gives you an idea of where the line is between single-ply, unpicked weaves and ones that add threads here and there to bump up the count.
What to look for when buying sheets
Joanna lists three things to look for on the label: if it's Egyptian cotton, where it's woven and, lastly, the thread count. While thread count is a bit misunderstood, the buzz around Egyptian cotton is true. "The very best cotton in the world is grown in Egypt. So Egyptian cotton will be of a better quality," Joanna says. She also recommends pima cotton, which is grown in America, "though not quite as exceptional as Egyptian." When it comes to weaving, however, she swears by the Italians as being the "master weavers of the world" due to their "long tradition of weaving" and use of the best Egyptian cotton. Be sure the label says 100% or pure Egyptian cotton though, otherwise it may only contain a small percentage of the good stuff. As for the thread count, look for a minimum of 200. From there, it's all about preference!
What to avoid when buying sheets
Joanna's one key piece of advice is to watch out for extremely low priced, high thread count sheet sets. A complete sheet set with a high thread count for $100 or less is probably not the dream bargain you think it is. As Joanna believes, "you always get what you pay for." The price tag for bed linens will vary depending on the sheet size and what items you're buying, such as a duvet cover, sheet sets, or pillowcases. "A superior quality 200 thread count queen set (including flat, fitted, two pillowcases), made of Egyptian cotton and woven in Europe, could retail reasonably for about $150-$250," says Joanna.
What do you prefer?
After going through the quality checklist, go with what feels best for you. If you're looking for a durable linen, Joanna recommends any percale from thread count 200 to 800. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It's also less likely to pill than cotton satin because it has a denser weave. Love the feel of a cotton button down shirt? Joanna advises a crisp, dense 200 thread count percale. Prefer a silkier sheet? Go for a 300 to 600 cotton satin. If you want lighter sheets, Joanna says, a 400 thread count sheet can be soft and light, while an 800 percale would be soft and dense. The higher the thread count, the more likely multiple-ply thread is used or picks are added, making the fabric denser and heavier.
Now you know that quality is not just about the number, so don't let numbers rule your bed! Remember what to look for on the label and be wary of too-low prices for supposedly high quality items. Beyond that, go with what you prefer. Get a good feel of the sheets before buying. Whether you're unzipping the packaging or lying down on a display bed, make sure the fabric feels good against your skin and soon you'll be having sweet dreams!
Find out how to keep your new linens crisp and clean with our tips to whiter-than-white sheets.