Add this sweet apricot-glaze to tonights pork tenderloin dinner.
Give your usual pork tenderloin dinner an update by adding a sweet and savoury apricot-glaze.
1 In a small saucepan, stir together the jam, mustard and maple syrup.
2 Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
3 Remove 3 tablespoons of the glaze to a small bowl and set aside.
4 Sprinkle the pork with the salt and pepper; brush all over with the glaze.
5 Place the pork on a greased grill over medium-high heat; cook, turning occasionally and brushing with some of the reserved glaze during the last minute of cooking time, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 160 ̊F, about 18 minutes.
6 Meanwhile, add the apricots to the grill, cut side down; cook, turning frequently and brushing with the remaining reserved glaze, until the fruit is softened and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
7 Remove the pork and apricots from the grill; let the pork stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
8 Sprinkle with the basil and sage and serve.
A glam bachelorette pad with a beach-inspired design
A 500-square-foot condo in the city is transformed into a stylish, tropical oasis.
Growing up, decorator and stylist Laura Collins would often rearrange the furniture in younger sister Jennifer’s bedroom. “My room was always a mess,” says Jennifer. “Almost weekly, Laura would come in, switch the furniture around, organize and make it look pretty again.” So when it came time to furnish her first bachelorette pad in Toronto, Jennifer didn’t hesitate to ask for help from her big sis, who started with a mood board that evoked a sun-drenched Florida beach house. It was a style Jennifer sought not only because it reminds her of frequent family vacations down south, but also because she admires her sister’s beachy-glam Toronto townhouse (featured in Style at Home’s June 2014 issue), which boasts a similar eclectic coastal aesthetic.
Immediately, Laura identified aqua, brass and flamingo pink as key colours for the 500-square-foot space’s fresh, fun look. “My sister is my favourite client ever,” says Laura. “She trusts me – she knows this is my area of expertise.” Indeed, Jennifer purchased almost everything on the mood board within a week of moving in.
Though the space is small, Laura picked out standard furniture instead of condo-sized options. “Larger pieces make it feel more grand and livable,” she says. But of all the furniture in the space, the brass bar cart, set in front of the balcony doors and decorated with tropical details, is Jennifer’s favourite. “It reminds me of being somewhere hot,” she says. “I wake up, sit on the comfy sofa with my cup of coffee and see the sun shining in. It makes me feel like I’m in a beach house. It’s exactly what I wanted.”
Brass, aqua, turquoise, a hint of kelly green and a spattering of flamingo pink against the neutral white backdrop lend a refined vintage tropical vibe to the main living area of homeowner Jennifer Collins’s Toronto condo.
Framed prints of exotic beaches, a robin’s egg blue task lamp and a carefully edited selection of tropical-feel objets add freshness to the desk.
The kitchen is compact but features all the essentials, including a microwave tucked under the counter, a slender fridge and a peninsula offering enough seating to eliminate the need for a formal dining area.
A vintage brass tray topped with pink tumblers in the kitchen links to the brass bar cart with flamingo-themed items in the living area on the opposite side of the space.
Decorator Laura Collins (right) sits with her sister under a vintage Turner flamingo print.
1 Calypso tray, Rosanna, $32. 2 Amir toss cushion cover in Azure, Tonic Living, $45. 3 Industrial task lamp in White, West Elm, $119. 4 Kivik loveseat with Dansbo fabric in White, IKEA, $529. 5 Lucette bar cart in Gold, Pier 1 Imports, $430.
2016 home tech trends that will change how you live
Forget boxy and boring designs, not to mention wires. The latest portable Bluetooth speakers are attractive in design, and let you listen to tunes from anywhere in the home, effortlessly streaming from a mobile device or computer. With the Bose SoundTouch 10, guests can easily connect and play back songs from their own device playlists as well. If you use Spotify, station control will soon be integrated into the Bose SoundTouch app providing instant connection between the music service to your home. The unit is minimalist in design, with playback and six preset buttons on the top for one-touch access to your favourite tunes, from soothing jazz to upbeat pop. Bose SoundTouch 10, Bose, $219.99.
While they’re personal devices by definition, tracking activity and delivering smartphone notifications, did you know that many smartwatches can control tech gear in the home as well? For example, you can use the sleek Samsung Gear S2 to control music playback on your smartphone. The company is even developing integrations that allow your watch to connect to other home gear and even cars. Through a partnership with BMW, you may soon be able to check your vehicle’s battery status and control its navigation system through the watch, and then some. Samsung Gear S2, Best Buy, $399.
Believe it or not, security cameras can be sexy. Well, their functionality is certainly appealing – being able to monitor your home while you’re away and alert you if anything is amiss. Looking at it, you’d never know the Canary wireless indoor HD IP camera is such a device. But it can stealthily keep watch of the home, and record motion detection. It can even learn to discern between an active pet and an actual intruder. Canary All-in-One Security Wireless Indoor DH IP Camera, Best Buy, $270.79.
When it comes to heating and cooling, there are arguably two main concerns: regulating the temperature (especially when you’re away) and saving money in your home. With the Nest Smart Thermostat, you can remotely control temperature, set an “away” temperature that kicks in when it senses you aren’t home, and have it learn your daily habits over time to adjust accordingly. Maybe you leave for work every morning at 9 a.m. and it will drop the heat a few degrees until about 4 p.m., when it kicks it up a degree or two in anticipation of your arrival back home. And is there anything better than being greeted by a warm and cozy home? Nest Smart Thermostat, Nest, $249.
Winter may have only just begun, but we’re already longingly anticipating the return of the warm weather months. And there’s a growing trend toward bringing your tech outdoors. Luckily, there are lots of neat ways to do it, like with Mipow’s Playbulb Garden, a solar and battery-powered light that hides surreptitiously in your garden, secured in the ground through the included stake. Control it from your smartphone, and customize it by choosing from 16.7 million colours to suit your mood or occasion. Since it’s water and weatherproof, there’s no need to wait for summer – you can create a winter wonderland of lights while you build a snowman, too! Playbulb Garden light, Mipow, $39.99.
Imagine a device that will make the coffee for you in the morning or slow cook a meal on your behalf. Yes, it actually exists. Among many items compatible with the Belkin WeMo smart device system is a selection of small appliances, like the Mr. Coffee 10-cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker. Plug it in, download the app, then set a schedule and monitor your brew status right from a smartphone. WeMo Home Automation small appliances, Belkin, prices vary.
Who watches a TV show when it’s actually on anymore? Binge-watching is all the rage and made possible thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Shomi and CraveTV. Plus, devices like the Apple TV or Google Chromecast make it easy to push the content to the big screen if you don’t have a smart TV. With the latest version of the Apple TV, you can even use Siri voice commands to call up programs. Ask it to “find The Mindy Project,” or to search for any movie with actor Chris Hemsworth – all without lifting a finger! Apple TV, Apple Store, starting at $149.
TVs are now welcome focal points in the living room rather than an eyesore. We can thank the latest in sleek flat-screen TVs for their gorgeously detailed display, from television shows to sports, along with photo slideshows, or even works of art. In 2016, we’re going to see more televisions with amped up design characteristics, including sexy, curved bezels. Plus, technologies like 4K and OLED, which promise brighter, bolder, more detailed pictures with higher resolution, like LG’s 65” 65EG9600 OLED TV. LG 65” OLED TV, Best Buy, $4,999.98.
Facilitating the devices and technologies noted on this list requires a super-fast router. Google aims not only to provide lightning speed service with its OnHub router, but also make it ultra-easy for technophobes to set up. Settings and status can be managed from an Android or iOS app. But the best part? You can grant someone remote access (maybe your tech-savvy son or friend) to help troubleshoot connectivity issues. OnHub, OnHub, $199.99 - $219.99.
Not only can you control home lighting from your smartphone, but you can also set the mood through a number of shades and colours: a subtle red for a romantic dinner, or soft blue for late-night quiet reading time. With Philips Hue wireless LED bulbs, you can even take a photo of a piece of furniture in your home, like your couch or kitchen table, and match the bulb’s colour to it. Up to 50 bulbs can be connected to a single bridge and grouped together (build-your-own chandelier, anyone?), or place single bulbs throughout the home. Philips Hue White Starter Kit, Philips Hue, $199.
A kitchen boasting restaurant-design pedigree
Trendy meets traditional in this family home built from scratch.
Homeowner Tanya Krpan (pictured here) saved on accessories by loading the family room sectional with an assortment of ready-made toss cushions.
Tanya isn’t afraid to play with negative space, as seen in the home’s grand entryway. “Normally, you’d expect a mirror or big piece of art hanging above the wainscotting,” she says. Leaving the wall blank and layering small pieces on the console allows the millwork to shine.
Black casement windows and decorative accents create contrast in the neutral space. Tanya scored the vintage coffee table when her office was being redecorated.
The family room’s classic-cool mix feels right for a young family.
The kitchen, of course, is the true star of the show. Tanya’s restaurant-design pedigree shines through in the room’s floor-to-ceiling tiles, mix of open and closed storage and high-end appliances. She opted for white Shaker-style cabinetry and warmed up the space with a walnut island and brass hardware statement lighting and fixtures.
Another bistro-inspired touch was her choice of dark honed-limestone tiles for most of the main floor. “The tile grounds the space since there’s an abundance of white everywhere,” Tanya explains. “And it’s proven great for hiding dirt.”
Everything in the Krpans’ home is designed for everyday life and entertaining, from the large sectional in the family room to the round tables in the dining room and the kitchen’s eat-in area. “It’s more social to sit at a round table,” says Tanya. “You see everyone’s faces.”
Cabinets with glass doors allow Tanya to display her favourite serving pieces and special glassware. She had the back of the kitchen cabinets tiled to highlight this focal point of the kitchen.
Tanya and Jure – with their sons, Ivan, 3, and Cruz, 2 – have recently welcomed a baby girl named Belle.
The living room’s crisp white, grey and black scheme gets an energy boost from fresh greenery, pops of pink and plenty of pattern – check out the Moroccan-style rug, the ikat-print and chevron-patterned toss cushions and the graphic stool fabric.
To offset the costs of the more expensive permanent elements, Tanya was meticulous with her decorating budget. She incorporated secondhand pieces, such as the family room coffee table, and sourced inexpensive art for the living room mantel. Affordable colourful accessories add youthful edginess to the living spaces. “I love the femininity that the splashes of pink add to the living room and family room,” she says. “Plus, by the time I got to the decorating, I was living with three boys!”
In the dining room, Tanya likes the juxtaposition of the modern Sputnik-inspired chandelier with the traditional coffered ceiling. The artwork was a DIY project Tanya and Jure painted together on her 30th birthday.
Though this house has been well loved for years, there’s a sequel in the works: Tanya and Jure are in the process of building a new home. “We’ll keep some of the same elements but go a little more modern in the kitchen,” says Tanya. We’ll definitely stay tuned.