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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Sarah’s Style: Decor For Two

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Sarah’s Style: Decor For Two

Dear Sarah, My girlfriend and I are moving in together and have chosen a new harbourfront condo. We are both super excited to be starting a new chapter in our lives! Now that we are in our mid-twenties and settled in our careers, we feel that it’s time to say goodbye to our cheap student furniture and start fresh. The problem is, we don’t know how to furnish and decorate our new home to be both masculine and feminine. Can you give us some ideas to make a home in which we both feel comfortable (and grown up!)? - Dan R., Toronto.

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SARAH’S STYLE: IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME

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SARAH’S STYLE: IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME

The ‘key’ motif (formally referred to as the ‘fret’) is a continuous, linear and geometric pattern. Although its application is found across diverse cultures and over several millennia, we most commonly associate it with the architecture and ornamentation of ancient Greece. The Greek variation is thought to have been inspired by the breaking waves on the Aegean shores; it depicts a fluidity and consistency of movement suggested by the waves as they endlessly roll back upon themselves. The ‘Greek Key’ was frequently carved into the...

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Sarah’s Style: Along Came Poly(hedron)

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Sarah’s Style: Along Came Poly(hedron)

There’s something oddly satisfying about mathematical certainties. As an interior designer, I’m often manipulating shapes and solving visual imbalances to create a pleasing result; the geometry of a space is as important as the décor. A quintessential example this mathematical precision in a three-dimensional form is the polyhedron. (In case your memory doesn’t stretch back to grade 9 math class, a polyhedron is a 3D shape that has multiple faces joined by straight edges).

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