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I’m all about multi-functional these days. I mean, why invest in three things to perform three different tasks when you can rely on one thing to perform three tasks? Yes, I am of the BlackBerry generation – one device for phone, email, music, calendar … I’m hooked! So when I discovered Kodak’s ESP-5 all-in-one printer, I knew I’d love it. It’s sleek and sexy and so easy to use. So what does this wonder printer do? It prints (duh), copies and scans but what I love most is the three-inch LCD screen for viewing and editing. And, it features memory card and USB slots so that you can view, edit and print your materials, even if you don’t have a computer hooked up to it. When did something as practical as a printer get so exciting? It’s both Mac- and PC-compatible and has space for two cartridges; black and a five-colour cartridge. Perfect for your home office as long as you actually work and don’t spend your day playing with your new gadget!

Available at: Staples Business Depot and London Drugs or online at kodak.ca.
Price: $169.99

Psst! We’re going to be giving one of these fab printers away soon on styleathome.com so keep checking back for our contest!

If you really want to stay on top of cool new tech toys, you should definitely check out our Tech Style blog by Style at Home’s senior editor Corinna VanGerwen.

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I love sending out handwritten notes and cards. I love the whole process of it. I love carefully choosing a card or a piece of pretty paper. I love sharing a few personal words. I love signing off with a flourish, putting to paper the curves and curls of my name, perfected years ago as I sat doodling in one math class or another. But these days, we email. We text message. We Facebook and we MySpace, we instant message and we BlackBerry. We call from landlines, cordless phones and cells. But rarely do we ever take the time to put pen to paper it seems. And with such beautifully designed stationery, it’s really quite a shame. So think about it – pop a note in the mail. These cards pictured above are like a little piece of art that anyone would be thrilled to receive in the mail. Check out fabulousstationery.com for tons more designs.

Plus, take a look at these beautiful stationery options. You’re going to want to write a letter now. Do it.

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Someone told me today that her favourite home decor find is pretty toss cushions. I agree. Pretty pillows and chic cushions in extravagant fabrics just emanate luxury. Throw pillows on a sofa beckon you to join them, luxuriate in them, lounge a little longer. While the pillow pictured here may not exactly be for napping, it’s got such style and whimsy that I just love it! The colourful, bright buttons on a crisp white linen cover are playful and will add a decorative touch to a bed or divan.

Available at: Pottery Barn
Price: $39

Check out more pretty pillows here. Plus, check out an easy project for making your own silk sofa pillow.

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It’s Friday! What do you have planned this weekend? If you’ve got some free time, why not try your hand at some fun and easy crafts? I mean, when’s the last time you made a homemade craft? The images above are of simple projects you can easily make at home. Get those creative juices flowing and rediscover your inner artist. Pictured left to right are: Candle Tepees, Button Lampshades and Dried Leaf Art.

Candle Tepees

Button Lampshades

Dried Leaf Art

For more great craft ideas, click here.

Happy crafting!

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I can’t resist! I just had to tell you about this awesome new contest on styleathome.com! Enter now for your chance to win a Maytag Jetclean II dishwasher. That’s it – nice and simple!

Oh, and if you’re crazy about decorating and design, you might be interested in this contest, too. You could win a great selection of three home decor and design books. Just click here for your chance to enter and win!

Enjoy and good luck!

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Only six days left ‘til the big day! Make your holiday table a stunning statement with simple suggestions for bringing simple hits of colour and life to it. Your table will be dressed to impress, just like you and your guests. The beautiful ideas pictured here are excerpted from the new Canadian Living cookbook: The Complete Christmas Book (Random House, 2007). There are wonderful table setting ideas and crafts, plus recipe ideas for treats that taste even better than they look!

Check out Canadian Living’s step-by-step instructions for adding instant glamour to your holiday table.

Plus, try these three recipes for delish holiday goodies:

Candy cane cheesecake

Nut brittle

Chocolate hazelnut tassies

Looking for more entertaining ideas? Check out the Holiday Entertaining Corner at styleathome.com!

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You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make pretty things at home! This beautiful ornament gets a homemade makeover just by adding some glue and glitter! It’s easier than you think and adds a beautiful personal touch to your assortment of decorations. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s fun to do, especially if you’ve got little ones around to help. Click here to find out how to make this easy Christmas craft.

Plus, get more holiday decorating inspiration here.

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