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Well hello (again)

5 months ago

My name is Rachel and I’m a Toronto tech girl, writer and social media wrangler. I’m also an avid decorator, entertaining enthusiast and design junkie. This is a blog about interiors, fashion, food, art, dogs and anything else that just happens to strike my fancy. I’ll be sharing ideas, inspiration and other assorted interestingness as I indulge my obsession […]

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Pantone Greenery – Colour of the Year 2017

7 months ago

With 2016 (finally) drawing to a close, it’s time to focus on the fresh, new year ahead; and nothing could be fresher than Pantone’s Greenery, which has been appointed Colour of the Year for 2017. Although I’m personally more partial to darker greens (especially emerald and malachite), I must admit this zesty spring shade is growing on […]

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Man Cave Monday – Art Picks

7 months ago

I’m always on the hunt for “man cave” stuff I can use to help my two brothers decorate. As such, I thought it might be fun to start sharing a few of my favourite finds each week. Welcome to Man Cave Monday! To get the ball rolling, here are my top art picks for a sweet, sophisticated […]

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Stylish Stocking Stuffers

7 months ago

Who says stockings are just for kids? Here are my top picks for the most stylish grownup stocking stuffers around (naturally in my favourite colour palette of black, white and gold, with a shot of festive red for good measure). 1. Compartés x Kelly Wearstler Marblized Chocolate 2. Olivina Brass & Marble Candle 3. Eccolo Marble Notebook 4. […]

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Design Crush: Oversized Lighting by Abigail Ahern

10 months ago

My favourite British interior designer right now is probably Abigail Ahern. Known for her Bohemian-meets-rocker glam spin on interior design, Ahern has a lot of irons in the fire. In addition to her eponymous London-based design firm, she operates an online store devoted to her favourite home goods, from vegan leather club chairs to vintage Berber […]

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Canine Cottage Packing List

11 months ago

In truth, I was in denial. It wasn’t until Amazon deduced from my purchasing history that I might be interested in kangaroo jerky that I finally admitted how much sh*t I was buying for my dog (or rather, my family’s dog). Since George took over the house this past January, I’ve logged several hours of […]

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Friday Favourites

12 months ago

I can’t believe how fast this summer is speeding by. Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time for me to dole out a few of my favourite links, posts and design finds. (Image via Almost Makes Perfect) With not one but two kitties, keeping plants alive around the house is always a […]

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Chinoiserie Chic: Affordable Alternatives to Gracie and de Gournay Wallpapers

12 months ago

An iconic statement of interior indulgence, hand painted chinoiserie wallpapers by American company Gracie and its British counterpart de Gournay are the cream of the crop. Aerin Lauder notably has Gracie wallpaper adorning the dressing room of her New York City apartment, while Tory Burch similarly selected Gracie for the entryway of her 9,000 square foot pad at the Pierre Hotel. […]

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Art I Like: Beth Hoeckel

12 months ago

I don’t know about you but I seriously can’t get enough of these surreal collages by Baltimore artist Beth Hoeckel. Fortunately, her prints are available on Society6, so you can enjoy Hoeckel’s work offline as well! Here are just a few of my favourites:  

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Art I Like: Isabel Castillo

1 year ago

I thought it might be fun to share some of my favourite morsels of art and design inspiration. First up: these phenomenal illustrations by Isabel Castillo I spotted on Refinery29!  

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Design Inspo: Dog-Friendly Foyers

1 year ago

Dog-designated areas may seem like an interior design nightmare, especially where the foyer is concerned — after all, who wants to see a tangled mess of leashes as soon as you walk in the door? When done right, however, dog-friendly foyers can be shockingly sophisticated. Case in point: (Image source unknown) Fortunately, it’s easy to create […]

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Celebrity Design Inspo: Ellen DeGeneres

1 year ago

After I caught a glimpse of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s jaw-dropping Beverly Hills complex on Architectural Digest, I thought I’d put together a fun little design board to show you how to make her impeccable style your own: SOURCES: Serge Mouille three-arm ceiling lamp, available at Design Within Reach / Vintage Chokwe mask, […]

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Little Things I’m Loving Lateley

2 years ago

Hi friends! I thought I’d share a few things I’ve been loving lately, both locally and in the wider world. Toronto Bread knots at Buca (Image via Post City Toronto) If you follow me on Yelp, you’ll know that I had a very conflicted experience at Toronto’s meat-centric foodie haven Buca, which got all sorts […]

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Vegan Italian Apple Cake

3 years ago

(Image via Chloe Coscarelli) Before I proceed to share my experience with the most epic apple cake of all time (vegan or otherwise), there are a few things you should know about me: I do not cook or bake. Ever. I’m vegetarian but have lately been experimenting with vegan alternatives to animal byproducts. It’s been […]

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Je Suis Charlie

3 years ago

In light of the tragic shooting at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris on Wednesday, I have decided to defer this week’s scheduled post and instead share a few of the responses from cartoon artists around the world: (Illustration by David Pope) (Illustration by Ruben L. Oppenheimer) (Illustration by JM:o) We are with you Paris. […]

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Sparkly Ideas for New Years Entertaining

3 years ago

My favourite way to ring in the new year is making dinner parties with friends. Good food, good drink, good company, no cover. Need I say more? For those of you planning a holiday pow-wow of your own tonight, I thought I’d share some of my favourite sparkle-centric ideas, ripe for New Year’s Eve entertaining. […]

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Surprise Party Planning for Newbies

3 years ago

My biggest undertaking by far this holiday season was the surprise welcome home dinner I planned for my brother, who recently moved to Israel but was able to manage a return trip to Canada for Christmas and Hanukkah. This was the first surprise party I ever planned solo (earlier this year, I helped coordinate a […]

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Ultimate Stocking Stuffers 2014

3 years ago

I’m going to tell you something about myself: I have this really weird obsession with parcels. Care packages, gift baskets, swag bags, stockings, the works. When I was little, my favourite part of birthday celebrations was putting together goodie bags for the other kids to take home. There’s just something about curating little odds and […]

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Vegan Holiday Gift Guide 2014

3 years ago

For the briefest moment, I thought I had struck gold. The texture was perfect; the taste, comforting and familiar. As I bit into my Okanagan Soya Co. grilled cheese sandwich, I was delighted, inspired and convinced that I now possessed the power (and more importantly, a legitimate cheese substitute), to become vegan on the spot. […]

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My Fantasy Party Closet: Gift Wrap Edition

3 years ago

One of my favourite forms of background noise is Modern Family, which I’ve been binge-watching on shomi over the past few weeks.  In a particularly hilarious episode, Mitch and Cam were chided for storing all their tools in a pillowcase, while simultaneously dedicating an entire closet to gift wrap and party supplies. If you stopped by […]

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Happy Hanukkah!

3 years ago

It’s now past sundown, which mean Hanukkah has officially begun in my timezone. Here are a few of my favourite finds for a style-savvy Festival of Lights: This silver-plated brass menorah from Ricci Silversmiths is available at Barneys for a steep $650. It definitely isn’t in my budget this holiday season, but is breathtaking nonetheless. […]

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Let’s start at the very beginning

3 years ago

As I’m sitting down to write my inaugural entry, I can hear the clanking of metal as my kitties wrestle breakfast out of their food bowl. Outside it looks like the innards of a snow globe. I am easily distracted by the bajillion tabs open on my Internet browser: a few particularly luscious websites I’ve […]