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Anthropologie Is Here!

Anthropologie Is Here!
Four styling tricks from the first Canadian store.

Before the new Anthropologie store opened last week in Toronto, I was there with photographer <a href="http://www.michaelgraydon.ca/">Michael Graydon</a> to shoot the interior for the August issue. A full year ago, the news that one of our favourite U.S. shops was finally coming to Canada rang through <em>House &amp; Home</em>&rsquo;s halls and we&rsquo;ve been anticipating its arrival ever since. The store is teeming with clever stylist tricks that instantly create a moment or mood. These are four of my favourites that are easy to do.&nbsp;&nbsp;
Michele Costa is the store&rsquo;s uber-creative display coordinator. She spotted this vintage window frame curbside in the store&rsquo;s neighborhood and used it to craft this charming DIY wall art. The writing is done in chalk. For something more permanent, Michele suggests using a paint pen.

Spools of thread found at <a href="http://locator.goodwill.org/">Goodwill</a> become a fashionable decorating hit. Perfect for a dressing room or to break up a stylista&rsquo;s bookshelves. Here, they&rsquo;re displayed on a vintage drawer turned upside down.

For a country table centerpiece, Michele turned pop can tabs into buzzing bumble bees by first spray painting them yellow, then looping a strip of white muslin through one of the openings for wings (a dab of hot glue holds it in place). Attaching each tab to wire that has been hand-twisted in a looping pattern makes the bees look like they&rsquo;re flying around the potted herbs that act as the base.&nbsp;

Give rooms a summery look by filling shapely bottles with sand and displaying them in groups atop mantles, tables and shelves. Sand is sold at most hardware stores. The bottles are available at <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/e4x/i18n.jsp?cm_mmc=Google--Canada_Brand--anthropologie--Broad+Ad_1552619396|-|100000000000000057481&amp;cm_guid=1--100000000000000057481-_-1552619396">Anthropologie</a> for $33 to $79.

<a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/e4x/i18n.jsp?cm_mmc=Google--Canada_Brand--anthropologie--Broad+Ad_1552619396|-|100000000000000057481&amp;cm_guid=1--100000000000000057481-_-1552619396">Anthropologie</a>
19 Clock Tower Road
Shops at Don Mills
Toronto
416-449-6666
<em>Photo credits:
1-4. <a href="/blogs/author/27">Kimberley Brown</a></em>

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DIY Cool Stools

DIY Cool Stools
Turn tables into stools with paint and wallpaper.

One of my all-time favourite hobbies is to trawl local thrift shops and Goodwill stores for treasure. Sure, I come across a lot of junk (ahem…Granny’s doll-shaped toilet paper cover; posters of New Kids on the Block). But every once in a while I’ll spot a gem, something that stops me in my tracks and begs me to take it with me. I believe in heeding this cry for help and carting these finds home. I find they make my place feel a little more lived in, a little more interesting, and a little less big box.

Value Village side tables

I was in my local Value Village a while back and scoped out this pair of dynamite side tables that I'd transform into stools. Sure they’re a little banged up — but aren’t we all? Just slap on a coat of paint and you’re good to go. I like them in black so I’d use a high-gloss quart of Para Paint's high gloss Tuxedo (P5249-85). Snappy name! Try tucking the pair under a clean-lined console, like Ikea’s Malm Dressing Table in black-brown. Pile the stools up with books or use them for extra seating when entertaining guests.

Ikea Malm Dressing Table in dark-brown

For a softer approach, try wallpapering the top of the stools in a small-scale print from The Wallpaper Company (buy online, or The Home Depot carries select patterns). WC1280609 is a great option that is small enough for stools. Try painting the bases a fresh blue/green like Para’s Lena Pass (P5028-34). At the foot of a bed with pure white linens, they would look so elegant.

mint green decorative wallpaper

Photo credits:
1. Michael Penney
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Ikea
3.
The Wallpaper Company

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Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!
Get comfy with the new and improved H&H website.

Anyone else have a love-hate relationship with renovating? I was definitely not feeling the love when we camped out in our living/dining room while the kitchen was torn apart, and we cooked our meals with a rice steamer, toaster oven and electric frying pan. Or when we ripped out a damaged ceiling, puffing clouds of plaster dust so far and wide that I had to sweep the kids' foreheads clean before I kissed them goodnight.

After one hair-raising day at work, I remember walking in for the first time on our newly redecorated living/dining room. Reclaimed brick wall. A rustic chandelier lit by two dozen candles. It wasn't that everything was so lovely and new &mdash; that struck me a few weeks later when the credit card statement arrived. It's that everything was us: a fireplace built from reclaimed wood. A sofa without the usual toxic stew of finishing sprays. Bookshelves laden with addictive stories that had us turning pages late into the night. As soon as I opened the door that day, I felt my shoulders instantly loosen.

Remodeling houseandhome.com was a classic reno story. Big dreams. Tight budget. Part comedy, part tragedy. In this case, the people made it an absolute joy: about a dozen talented staffers and interns have been working days, nights and weekends to build this great new site. We did it because, frankly, a month is an awfully long time to wait for each copy of House &amp; Home magazine. Now you can get a daily design hit as we wait for the next issue to land with a satisfying thwack.
Your favourite <a href="http://sqltest.hhmedia.com/video">videos</a>, <a href="http://sqltest.hhmedia.com/design">articles</a> and <a href="http://sqltest.hhmedia.com/forums/">forums</a> are all here. But we've added great new features too, such as the <a href="http://sqltest.hhmedia.com/food/recipe/finder">Recipe Finder</a> we (selfishly!) created to make planning dinner parties easier. And the <a href="http://sqltest.hhmedia.com/design/galleries">Galleries</a> of gorgeous room photos to inspire you into the wee hours. And as weird as it sounds, one of my favourite things about the site is the Search: type in what you're looking for, then decide what format you want. Articles? Photos? Videos &mdash; or all three? As for the <a href="http://sqltest.hhmedia.com/blogs">blogs</a>, ours are pretty, of course, but they also do what H&amp;H does best: connect you with inspiration and resources to make your space your own.
So please come on in, make yourself comfortable and linger a while. We hope the site makes you feel right at home.
Trish Snyder
Online Editorial Director
P.S. We tried to sweep up all the dust after the reno, but you know how hard that is. If you find anything that looks odd, please <a href="mailto:gmcauley@hhmedia.com?subject=H%26H%20Website">email us</a> (thanks to your speedy feedback, we're working hard to sort out a few login bugs). And we'd love to know what you think &mdash; try the new Comments boxes throughout the site.

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Creating A Stir

Creating A Stir
A peek into the homes of our editors.

Our blog may be brand new, but our editors/bloggers have already been creating a stir online. Recently, Style Editor Sarah Hartill and Senior Editor Meg Crossley had their homes featured on design*sponge.

Click here for more of Sarah's home.

Click here for more of Meg's home.

Stay tuned for a look at the home of H&H Assistant Style Editor/Blogger Michael Penney, as well as an interview with pioneer blogger Grace Bonney of design*sponge in our upcoming June issue!

Noteworthy: the tours and interviews at design*sponge were compiled by Poppytalk, featured as one of H&H's Favourite Canadian Design Bloggers in the January 2009 issue.

Photo credits:
1-2. Sarah Hartill

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Editor's Pick: 18Karat Pendant

Editor's Pick: 18Karat Pendant
A modern pendant lamp.

scissor hinge pendant light

Brand new wicked cool pendant from 18Karat. I came across this lamp at the Spring Toronto CGTA Gift Show and I absolutely fell in love when I saw it. I stood there for quite some time trying to find a spot in my house to hang it!

 

Photo credits:
1-2. 
Scissor Hinge Lamp, 18Karat

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A Basement Renovation

A Basement Renovation
Read H&H staffer Meg Crossley's blog posts.

I am a Reluctant Renovator. The gut job and redux of my 130-year-old Victorian row in Toronto&rsquo;s Little Portugal was featured in the&nbsp;October 2003 issue of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.houseandhome.com">House &amp; Home</a></em>, &ldquo;Diary of a Mad Renovator&quot;, and after that, I swore I would never do it again. Who are those homeowners who finish a house, only to sell it, and buy another dump because they miss having &ldquo;a project&rdquo;? I just can&rsquo;t go there. And so, for a gal who firmly put her reno days behind her, it took something pretty fantastic to get me thinking seriously about the final frontier: renovating the basement.
And it was this:

Believe it or not, this is a basement, and what a beaut &mdash; so clean and organized, nice light, very few bulkheads, white and crisp but with dark floors. I was on this shoot with photographer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.michaelgraydon.ca">Michael Graydon</a>&nbsp;in the summer of 2007 and during the course of the shooting day, I started dreaming about my own little basement and what it could be.
Of course, I have so much less to work with:
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Small space, low ceilings, weird bulkheads, one little window like a pinhole camera letting in a smidge of natural light, you know, pugly, like pretty much everyone else&rsquo;s basement. But if you dream it, the reno will come &mdash; I hope.
Do you think it's possible to turn this space around?
And without spending a tons of cash?
<em>Photo credits:</em><em>
</em><em>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michaelgraydon.ca/">Michael Graydon
</a>2. <a href="http://www.houseandhome.com/blogs/author/26">Meg Crossley</a>
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Spring's Pretty Pastels

Spring's Pretty Pastels
Get beautiful ideas in our Inspiration Board blog.

Like the buttercream chocolates my grandmother liked to dish out thinly sliced on fine china, spring&rsquo;s pretty pastel colours are often served so sugary sweet, anyone past pigtails and fairytales can find them hard to swallow. But it would be a mistake to write off these delicate hues as a childish pleasure.

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.canvashomestore.com">Canvas Home</a>&rsquo;s hand-woven linen pillows in soft pink, moss and vanilla.
Just as my sweet tooth has become more sophisticated &mdash; <a href="http://www.dolfin.be/index.php?lang=En&amp;page=produits&amp;IdCat=5">Do... dark chocolate treats are my&nbsp;preferred sugar fix now &mdash; so too has this soft spring palette.&nbsp;Paired with natural finishes, rich earth tones and sleek modern silhouettes, these colours combine to create a gorgeous, grown-up effect.

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.alessi.com/en/">Alessi</a>&rsquo;s stunning new Tonale dish collection designed by British architect <a target="_blank" href="http://www.davidchipperfield.co.uk/">David Chipperfield</a>.
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For a little sparkle, accessorize drawers with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.anthropologie.com">Anthropologie</a>&rsquo;s glamorous <a target="_blank" href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharse... Ring Knobs</a>. The colours are soft enough to mix the different shades.

The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.roh.org.uk">Royal Ballet</a>&rsquo;s picture perfect set for Les Biches in 2005. The black collars inject a note of sophistication.&nbsp;Adding a few dark accessories to a pale room has the same result.<em>
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In a country estate, New York designer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.srgambrel.com/portfolio/country/sea-captains-house/">Steven Gambrel</a> paired lavender and pale blue. Now I want to, too.

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<a target="_blank" href="http://www.dolfin.be/index.php?lang=En&amp;page=accueil">Dolfin</a>&rsquo;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dolfin.be/index.php?lang=En&amp;page=produits&amp;IdCat=5">pe... dark chocolates</a> are lightly scented with essential oils, including lavender, orange blossom and lemongrass.

A delicious tablescape from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mudaustralia.com">Mud Australia</a>&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.mudaustralia.com/catalogue.pdf">January 2009 porcelain collection catalogue.<em>
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Perk up pastels with a few bright pops, be it a vase of fuchsia flowers, framed art or an accent pillow. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.designersguild.com/all-collections/whitewell-wallpaper/kelsto... Guild</a>.
<em>Photo credits:
1.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.canvashomestore.com"><em>Canvas Home</em></a><em>&rsquo;s hand-woven linen pillows in soft pink, moss and vanilla
</em>2.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.alessi.com/en/"><em>Alessi</em></a><em>&rsquo;s Tonale dish collection designed by British architect&nbsp;</em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.davidchipperfield.co.uk/"><em>David Chipperfield</em></a><em>
</em>3.&nbsp;<em>Anthropologie</em><em>&rsquo;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharse... Ring Knobs</a>
</em>4.&nbsp;<em>The&nbsp;</em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.roh.org.uk"><em>Royal Ballet</em></a><em>&rsquo;s set for&nbsp;</em><em>Les Biches</em><em>&nbsp;in 2005, photography by <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Ballet-House-Bill-Cooper/dp/1840023503">Bill Cooper</a> from <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/02/08/arts/0208-DANCE_index.html">The New York Times</a>
</em>5.&nbsp;<em>New York designer&nbsp;</em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.srgambrel.com/portfolio/country/sea-captains-house/"><em>Steven Gambrel
</em></a>6.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.dolfin.be/index.php?lang=En&amp;page=accueil">Dolfin
</a>7.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.mudaustralia.com"><em>Mud Australia</em></a><em>&rsquo;s&nbsp;</em><em>January 2009 porcelain collection catalogue, photography by <a href="http://bendearnleyphotography.com/">Ben Dearnley</a>
8. Wallpaper from&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.designersguild.com/all-collections/whitewell-wallpaper/kelsto... Guild</a></em></em>

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Current Obsession: OGGI Hot Sauce

Current Obsession: OGGI Hot Sauce
The best hot sauce ever.

In the honeycomb of little jars of condiments at my favourite gourmet grocery shop, I can&rsquo;t say what specifically drew me to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.epicureshop.ca/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=121&amp;idprod...
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.epicureshop.ca/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=121&amp;idprod...
But now I can&rsquo;t get enough of it. It&rsquo;s spicy but deeply flavourful, like that mouthwatering intensity of sundried tomatoes. I add it to every pasta sauce, to soup, to mayo for sandwiches, to avocado for spicy guacamole, to scrambled eggs and omelettes, to Indian dal, to mashed sweet potatoes &hellip; you get the idea.
Usually when I buy some specialty condiment it wastes away at the back of the fridge. Suffice to say, this one is always at the front!
<em>Photo credit:</em><em>
1. <a href="http://www.houseandhome.com/blogs/author/29">Claire Tansey</a></em>

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Mini Trend: Do Not Dispose

Mini Trend: Do Not Dispose
Take-out inspired.

Who could guess that ubiquitous paper plates and plastic cups could be so chic?&nbsp;

Okay, so these products are not your average picnic disposables &mdash; these plates, cups and decanters are meant for &ldquo;keeps&rdquo;.

Rendered largely in glass, white porcelain, and/or ceramics, the trend of designers stealing from the take-out windows is covetable for the clean lines and ability to make you look at the &ldquo;everyday&rdquo; in a new way.

The best part? Both your pocketbook and the planet will be delighted because you definitely won&rsquo;t be throwing these items out.
<em>Photo credits:
1.&nbsp;Paper plates by </em><a href="http://www.passionatelycurious.net/"><em>Virginia Sin</em></a><em>
2.&nbsp;White porcelain cup with silicone lid by </em><a href="http://www.dcigift.com/"><em>DCI&nbsp;Product</em></a><em>
3-4.&nbsp;Glass water bottle and party glasses from </em><a href="http://www.indabatrading.com/"><em>Indaba Trading</em></a><em>
5.&nbsp;Milk Cartons by </em><a href="http://www.abbottcollection.com/"><em>Abbott</em></a>

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An Artful Arrangement

An Artful Arrangement
Fresh and relaxed.

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I thought this image from the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.marimekko.fi/eng">Marimekko</a> catalog was so fresh and relaxed. It's nice to see something as simple as graphic plates hung loosely on the wall &mdash;&nbsp;it makes a great focal point and is an&nbsp;alternative to paintings or photographs.
<em>Photo&nbsp;credit:</em><em>
1. <a href="http://www.marimekko.fi/eng">Marimekko</a></em>

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