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Fairytale Wedding Cakes

I admire artistry of all kinds, but only recently have I come to really appreciate the beauty of cake decorating. Not the kind of simple techniques I learned as a kid (although those are fun) but the real beauty that comes from trained artist creating beautiful works of art. As I’ve been hunting around for […]

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Interior Design Measurements

I’ve worked in the interior design industry for almost 20 years now, and in those years the same questions have come up over and over and over again. How big should my dining room fixture be? How high should I hang my art? What size rug should I get? Questions about sizes and measurements are […]

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Fitness

8 Reasons to Try Hot Yoga

Let me start by saying that hot yoga is not for everyone. Most of the people I suggest it to refuse to even try. The thought of exercising in the heat and humidity turns them right off. To each his/her own, obviously, but I think that saying ‘no’ without giving it a chance is a […]

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The Taste of Nostalgia: Twinnings Black Currant Tea

We had a tradition in my house growing up. Every night before bed my mum and I would have a cup of tea. For a long time it was orange pekoe, then for awhile it was earl grey, and then we discovered our absolute favourite, Twinnings Black Currant. A black tea with a subtle fruit […]

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What is Forest Bathing?

I am a huge proponent of spending time with nature. Be it the beach, the mountains or the forest – particularly the forest- being outside and away from the city leaves me with a sense of clarity, connection and relaxation I can’t get any other way. In fact, I try to get out into the […]

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Photo of the Day: Gold Powder Room

Hello lover. I took this photo at the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto a couple of years ago and just stumbled upon it again today. The gold wall treatment wowed me then and it still wows me now. I wish – oh how I wish! – I could remember who this display belonged to. […]

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Fitness

10 Tips for New Runners

I am not technically a new runner. In the last 10 years I’ve run six half marathons and one full marathon. However, after every run that I’ve completed I’ve taken a long break from running. Like at least six months, and sometimes more than a year. So every time I start up again I feel […]

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8 Reasons Why Dogs are the Best

Four months ago I brought home a 3-month old rescue puppy.  Best. Decision. Ever. It had been three years since my 14-year-old Siberian Husky passed away and I had been terribly lonely without a four legged friend in the house. Circumstances prevented me from getting another dog until this past summer, and now that I have […]

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The 20 Minute Room Makeover

Are you the kind of person who gets bored with your decor? I am. I love all of my stuff but I get tired of looking at the same things in the same place every day. So in order to liven things up, I give my rooms regular mini-makeovers. Rearranging Furniture Every couple of months […]

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Christmas in New England

What is it about Christmas decorating that’s just so darn nostalgic? All it takes are a few wreaths and some twinkle lights and everything feels all warm and fuzzy. And if there’s one place that does Christmas nostalgia like no other it’s New England. From the charming homes to the general stores to the covered […]

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