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Archive for September, 2008

A friend recently sent me a gorgeous, personalized thank you card and as soon as I opened it, I knew I’d just discovered something for an upcoming blog entry. I’ve professed my love for pretty paper and stylish stationery many a time before but with so many fabulous options out there, it’s hard to choose just one to gush about. Today, I’m swooning over the gorgeous designs from Haute Note. This Vancouver-based company makes beautiful note cards and invitations and I love that you can personalize them. Simply pick a design and then personalize it with your name or a phrase like Thank you from Natalie. You can choose from six different fonts and if you can’t decide on just one design, you can mix and match and create a custom order. A packaged set of eight cards and nine envelopes (just in case, they say), costs $24. They’re perfect to have on hand for those occasions when you want to send something special and they also make a wonderful gift. Order online at hautenote.com.

Visit us at the Style at Home Show, Oct. 17 to 19, at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Go to styleathomeshow.com for more information and to order tickets.

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Buying a condo is a big investment! And before you make your final decision, there are so many questions to ask. Do you know everything you need to know? In case you’re a) in the market and b) a little uncertain about all the costs involved, check out our condo-buying guide; it’s full of helpful information about real estate prices, maintenance fees and resale value. Plus, we’ve got 25 insider condo buying tips on everything from starting your research to making an offer (and everything in between). If you’re selling a home too, check out our 10 inexpensive home selling tips. We’ve got some great advice for giving your home a bit of extra flair to make it more attractive to prospective buyers.

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Print, scan, copy – this Kodak printer does it all! I’ve already blogged about it (see here) but we’re giving one away at styleathome.com so you should hurry and enter the contest. You can enter once a day so what are you waiting for? Click here to enter. Good luck!

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They say a picture speaks a thousand words and this one says ‘cold nights and hot drinks’. Summer isn’t even over officially yet but I’m not fooled. Autumn is on its way with winter quick on its heels. I can see them both, just waiting around the corner, giggling and waiting to pounce the moment my back is turned, those sneaky little devils.

Get your home ready with beautiful fall and winter accessories like these gorgeous Lima Alapaca throws from Crate and Barrel. Handwoven in Peru, these beautiful blankets come in a variety of cozy colours like plum, chartreuse and charcoal.

Available at: Crate and Barrel
Price: $169

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OK, we all know that custom-made drapery is preferable to ready-made. But let’s face it; sometimes there just isn’t the time and money to invest in the process. And if this is the case, you needn’t worry about leaving your windows (gasp!) naked, for all your neighbours to spy on your every move. Nor do you need to spend a small fortune to outfit them in stylish, pretty fabrics. Many stores now offer a wide variety of window coverings that are available at more than reasonable prices. Drapery options have come a long way and I love that there’s so much to choose from. I love these incredibly inexpensive options from Linens ‘N Things. The Bellingham Window Curtains (pictured left) are modern, featuring a contemporary stripe pattern and cost between $49.99 and $59.99. And they’re machine washable. I like that! The Moda Contempo panels (pictured right, $59.99) feature European blind-stitched hems, are dry-clean only and come in five elegant neutrals. Freshening up a room just got a whole lot easier with these inexpensive options.

For more, check out these stories:
How to: Clean window coverings

8 trends in window coverings
How to: Choose drapery

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For some, a rug is a functional item to warm the floors, cover a stain or delineate a space. For others it’s an afterthought; a nice-to-have-but-not-necessary addition to a room. For others still, a rug is a statement; a bold declaration about style and aesthetic. It might be the special piece that an entire room is designed around or a find so beautiful it’s a guaranteed conversation starter. And for these people, there’s The Rug Company. With handmade designs from world-renowned designers like Vivienne Westwood and Diane Von Furstenberg, these fabulous rugs take rugs to a whole new level. And they’re super-exclusive, too, with stores in a handful of cities worldwide: London, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Madrid, Moscow, Brussels, Copenhagen, Mexico, Oslo, Stockholm and Hong Kong. I can’t think of any better reason to hop on a plane to say, Barcelona, to check these beauties out.

For more information, visit: therugcompany.info

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