Use your favourite apples in this tasty tart recipe.
Use your favourite apples in this tasty tart recipe.
Serve this delicious apple tart with maple whipped cream any day of the week.
1 In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt; place 1 tablespoon in a small bowl and set aside.
2 Add the apple and flour to the remaining butter mixture, tossing to coat; set aside.
3 On a large sheet of parchment paper, unroll the pastry; fold the pastry in half and roll out to a 1 5" x 6" rectangle. Lifting the parchment along with the pastry, transfer to a large rimless baking sheet.
4 Preheat the oven to 400°F.
5 Whisk the egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water; lightly brush some of the mixture over the edges of the pastry. Fold the edges over all around, pressing to adhere. Brush the remaining egg yolk mixture all over the pastry, then prick the centre all over with a fork.
6 Arrange the apples, overlapping slightly, in two rows over the centre of the pastry. Brush the apples with the reserved butter mixture.
7 Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden and the apples are tender and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
8 Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the thyme; allow to cool slightly.
9 Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the whipping cream with the maple syrup using a hand-held mixer until stiff peaks form; serve with the warm tart.
A kitchen with subtle contrasts and country character.
Designer Ali Budd gives a Toronto couple the best of both worlds: a family- (and dog-) friendly home that boasts modern sensibility as well as country flair.
When the couple enlisted Ali Budd, the designer asked Michele to provide photos of what she loved and didn’t like. A binder full of clippings verified that Michele prefers clean lines and all things cottage. “The challenge was giving them something that feels fresh and contemporary and appropriate for the city but at the same time has that cottagey country vibe,” says Ali.
An addition on the back of the house allowed homeowners Michele Foster and Aaron Harlang to expand the small kitchen, which now features an eat-in area with a child-friendly faux-leather-upholstered banquette. To enhance the room’s visual flow, the table was made from the same quartz as the countertops. The lantern-style pendant light complements the kitchen’s modern-country aesthetic. “To me, a lantern is quintessentially country, but this one is done in a more contemporary style,” says designer Ali Budd.
Painting the island pale grey gives the all-white kitchen a distinctive touch. The black metal pendant lights and farmhouse-style stools lend contrast and country character.
The inset marble mosaic backsplash tiles surrounded by decorative tile trim create a pretty focal point above the range in the kitchen. “I used the same marble as the subway tiles so it wouldn’t look too busy,” says Ali. Glass-fronted doors add airiness and break up the expanse of white cabinetry.
Opening up the main floor was the first step in creating an airy, functional space for the young family. And an 800-square-foot three-storey addition provided ample room to expand the small, outdated kitchen. “I would periodically use our oven for storage before,” says Michele. “We also had a little table that only sat two people.” Now the kitchen boasts a large eat-in area defined by a built-in banquette, which seats about five people and offers plenty of drawer space.
The kitchen’s eat-in area was the perfect spot to subtly inject a bit of red. “Michele wanted to add it somewhere but was afraid of committing to it,” says Ali. “So I thought that was a great place to put in a little pop because it’s not front and centre.”
Durable indoor-outdoor striped fabric covering the family room’s armchairs adds a bit of whimsy and fun. The custom-made barnboard coffee table is both rustic and polished.
That same rustic-meets-clean-lined aesthetic is carried throughout the main floor. In the dining room, a polished live-edge black walnut dining table is paired with classic linen-upholstered chairs. The family room is designed for lounging, with a sleek sectional and barnboard coffee table. All textiles, including the striped armchair fabric, pass the pug-hair test. “I tested about 20 fabric samples on one of my own pugs to see which showed the least amount of hair,” says Ali.
A bench and rug define the entryway, which is open to the rest of the main floor. Wainscotting along the staircase adds architectural character. “Michele wanted it somewhere, and because there’s not a lot of wall space on the main level, we installed it up the stairs,” says Ali.
THE REVIVAL OF THE CLASSIC COCKTAIL
Sip and sample with Style at Home and Canadian Living as we shake up your workweek at Crate and Barrel! Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum, authors of A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails, will demystify the art of creating the perfect cocktail right before your eyes.
Be inspired by décor tips and learn savvy ways to host a stress-free party from Style at Home home & style director Ann Marie Favot and Canadian Living editor-in-chief Jes Watson.
Enjoy an event-exclusive 20% discount* in store.
* Furniture and other exclusions apply. See store for details.
All guests will receive a GIFT BAG valued at $150! Includes a signed copy of A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails.
PLUS one lucky guest will WIN a Renee Bar cart (approx. retail value: $799).
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Thursday September 29
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Crate & Barrel Store
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
3401 Dufferin St., Toronto
Check out these must-follow design accounts on Pinterest.
Check out our list of Pinterest design accounts you need to be following.
When it comes to looking for design inspiration, we’re as smitten with Pinterest as the next gal! Since its launch in March, 2010, Pinterest quickly became the go-to source for all things beautiful for designers, bloggers and anyone looking for an injection of creativity in their lives. With over 100 million monthly active users, it’s hard to navigate your way through all those accounts to find the ones that offer up the best ideas but we’ve rounded up a list of our favourite 10 design accounts to follow on Pinterest to get you started. But before we begin, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our own account @styleathome and that of our design editor Anne Marie Favot, whose beautifully curated boards show off her signature style!
OK, ready to get pinning? Follow these 10 design accounts on Pinterest for inspiration:
Of course we love everything Canadian sweetheart Jillian Harris does and her Pinterest account is no exception. Follow Jillian for design ideas (natch!) but also get a close-up look at some of her favourite looks, from vintage to rustic Italian to cozy cabin style. Plus, since she’s expecting her first child, you’ll also get a look at her nursery decor style and baby fashion, too!
Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm has one of the most delightful Pinterest accounts you’ll find. Her ‘For the Home’ board features over 7,000 pins with stunning decorating and design ideas and before you know it, you’ll have jumped down the rabbit hole and forgotten all about dinner. Eden is also an incredibly talented baker and DIY-er, whose gorgeous creations accomplish just what she sets out to do: Add charm to everyday life.
Meg’s design boards are broken down by room and each board shows off her penchant for simple, understated design choices. You’ll find lots of black and white with only a few pops of colour throughout; the room photos she pins are soft and serene, the ultimate spaces for rest and relaxation.
Holly Becker of Decor8 is considered one of the pioneers of design blogs, having launched hers in 2004, well before the Internet was flooded with them. But it’s no surprise that she quickly became one of the leading voices on design; her eye for details that make the ordinary extraordinary has earned her a reputation as a design doyenne to watch. Her Pinterest account is a carefully curated collection of images and ideas about design, food and DIY but some of her boards get far more granular, like the ones specifically on ceramics or product packaging.
Victoria Smith pens the blog SF Girl By Bay and describes herself as a blogger, photographer, photo stylist, design junkie and bonafide flea market queen. SF Girl By Bay is a leading west coast design blog and her work has been featured in numerous publications including Domino, Architectural Digest, Gourmet and Bon Appetit. Look to her Pinterest account for 148 boards (at the time of publication) for some serious design inspo. We’re particular fans of her boards dedicated to specific colours.
Board after board of pretty, pale pastels are the first thing you’ll notice on Jacquelyn Clark’s Pinterest account. Most of her boards feature interior design ideas but peppered throughout, you’ll also find food, fashion and travel. But our favourite? It’s her ‘Vignettes’ board, which features endless ideas about how to style a vignette in a forgotten corner or overlooked space in your home.
If you’ve ever checked out Monika’s site MonikaHibbs.com or followed her on Instagram, then you know that she just oozes style and sophistication. And her Pinterest account is no different. Monika brings style and sophistication to everything – décor, food and fashion in particular. Her Pinterest boards are a visual delight, especially if you love white, gold and blush, a timeless colour combo that you’ll learn how to use to great effect.
Em Henderson’s design strength, she says on her blog, is mixing eclectic styles on a moderate budget. She’s a spokesperson for Target so knows a little something about creating a home you love without breaking the bank. Her Pinterest boards feature a mix of high and low finds that come together to create an achievable style. But we love her ‘My Home’ board, which pulls back the curtain and gives us a sneak peek into Em’s home, her style, her favourite rooms, products and more.
Montreal-based Gabrielle Savoie of Savvy Home describes her blog as “an online decor destination influenced by a love for the coastal lifestyle, mixed with the tradition and comfort of American design.” As such, her Pinterest boards feature a gorgeous mix of original and curated photography showing off some of the best coastal design – from the Hamptons to Palm Beach.
With over one million followers on Pinterest, you can bet that Justina Blakeney is doing something right! Unlike many of the other Pinterest accounts we’ve featured, which favour soft, subtle and mostly neutral colour palettes in their interior design, Justina’s account is alive with pattern and colour. And if you love her style so much that you want to bring some of it home with you, you can! She’s recently launched a new line of wallpaper with Hygge and West.