DIY: Back-to-School Desk Accessories

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DIY: Back-to-School Desk Accessories

I know it doesn’t seem possible, but somehow, summer is drawing to an end. Students everywhere know what that means – it’s back to school! On an episode of Suite Living, I show three super easy DIYs to jazz up your work station. Just because a desk is for work doesn’t mean it can’t be playful. I say, ‘out with the boring, in with the vibrant and fun!’   THE PROCESS The Trays These customized trays are a really great way to keep everything neat and tidy on your desk. As my mother always said “ A place for everything, and...

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DIY: Wrapping for Boxes and Gift Cards

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DIY: Wrapping for Boxes and Gift Cards

Wedding season is officially in full swing. If you’re not the lucky bride, that means it’s gift-giving time! On an episode of Suite Living, I show two easy, yet super cute ways to wrap your gifts for the happy couple. Wedding gifts are usually packaged in one of two ways: an object in a box or a gift card in an envelope.   THE PROCESS The Box   First, let’s wrap the box. For this project, you’ll need two types of ribbon – both different colours and different widths, scissors and clear double-sided tape. This gift box is...

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DIY: Watercolour Wedding Napkins

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DIY: Watercolour Wedding Napkins

There’s no doubt about it – watercolours are a huge trend for this year’s wedding season! On an episode of  Suite Living, I demonstrate a super easy way to incorporate the trend into your entertaining tablescapes. Now, I love clean, white table linens just as much as the next girl, but maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit with some colour – and by colour, I mean watercolour.   THE PROCESS For these watercolour napkins, you’ll need plain white cloth napkins, two spray bottles, water and two colours of watercolour paint. If...

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DIY: CUSTOMIZED EMBOSSED STATIONERY

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DIY: CUSTOMIZED EMBOSSED STATIONERY

With today’s technology, hand-written notes are few and far between. But, especially with wedding season in full force, why not kick it old school with a pen and paper?! On a webisode of Suite Living, I demonstrate how to transform ordinary, blank cards in to customized, classy stationery. Customized stationery – everything from thank-you cards to wedding invitations – can get really expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! Scroll through this step-by-step process and see just how easy and inexpensive it can be!   THE PROCESS All...

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DIY: Etched Monogram Glassware Gift

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DIY: Etched Monogram Glassware Gift

Whether you’re in need of a hostess gift, a shower gift or any gift for that matter, giving something with a personal touch is always a hit! On an episode of Suite Living, I demonstrate how to transform inexpensive glassware in to a really lovely, personalized gift by adding an etched monogram. For this project, you can use any type of glassware – a pitcher, a set of glasses or even a vase. For my gift, I’m going to use a bedside carafe and glass.    THE PROCESS In addition to your glassware, you’ll need adhesive stencils, a small...

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Home Grown Favourites for Canada Day!

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Home Grown Favourites for Canada Day!

Hurray! Summer is finally here! Most Canadians have been looking forward to this warmer weather over the course of a very long, frigid winter. In fact, ‘frigid’ doesn’t really describe it very well, does it? Frankly, ‘polar vortex’ sums it up much more accurately… brrrrrrrrrr. So, with Canada Day fast approaching (and with it, the unofficial kick-off to summer), I thought I’d show my patriotic side by sharing a few of my favourite Canadian-themed products, all of which are based right here in the True North. While some of these...

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Interview: Kate Thornley-Hall

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Interview:   Kate  Thornley-Hall

Given that Kate Thornley-Hall, celebrated Toronto-based interior designer, is currently promoting her new décor textile line, ‘The Cayman Islands Collection’, it’s not surprising that she greets me for our interview in crisp, white jeans and a flowy, cobalt blouse. As we sit down to tea on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace, a passing comment immediately bonds us over our mutual habit of impromptu list-making. “I’ll wake up at 5:00am for no reason,” she explains, “and then make a list of 7 000 things I need to do.” Perhaps...

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Decorating a Pretty Powder Room

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Decorating a Pretty Powder Room

Dear Sarah, I have almost finished redecorating our home and it really suits me and my husband since we both like classic decor. The last room to be addressed is our main floor powder room. Since my husband seldom uses that room, I want it to be more feminine and pretty. I just don’t know how to do this without using ornate chandeliers and fussy curtains. Can you help? - J.C., Oakville, Ontario

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#trending: Gingham Style!

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#trending: Gingham Style!

I know, I know – “Gangnam Style” is now a little passé, but I simply couldn’t pass up a good play on words! When I think of gingham, I immediately picture one of Hollywood’s most adored characters – Dorothy of Wizard of Oz fame. I loved the innocence that was portrayed through her voice, her demeanor and her iconic blue and white gingham dress.

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Toddler Nursery Design Ideas

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Toddler Nursery Design Ideas

Dear Sarah, I’ve recently moved into a new home with my twins, Lilah and Cameron. They are ready to graduate to “big-kid” beds and will continue to share a room, but I’ll be starting from scratch with decorating. I’m not crazy about traditional pink and blue colour schemes or “themed” wallpaper or decals. I’m not sure how to give my children a bedroom that feels like a “kid” space while still keeping it fresh and calm enough to blend with the more sophisticated feel of the other rooms in our home. Help! - Chuck R.,...

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