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eileen-fisherOne of my biggest pet peeves has to be finding something I love online and then discovering that the U.S. retailer doesn’t ship to Canada. I just don’t understand how cross-border shipping can still be such a problem. Regardless, I love cyber-shopping and getting inspiration from photos, even if I can’t purchase the product. This bedding from Eileen Fisher is just stunning. I adore the muted colour palette and the hand-tufted pure silk comforter.

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I’ve just recently discovered the Museums of Canada website and love the array of products available for purchase online. But first, here’s what the Canadian Museums Association is all about:

The Canadian Museums Association is the national organization for the advancement of the Canadian museum sector. Established in 1947, the CMA has over 2000 members, who include non-profit museums, art galleries, science centres, aquaria, archives, sports halls of fame, artist-run centres, zoos and historic sites across Canada. They range from large metropolitan galleries to small community museums. All are dedicated to preserving and presenting our cultural heritage to the public. These institutions hold our collective heritage in trust for the Canadian public. Millions of art works, objects, specimens and documents are preserved for safekeeping by Canada’s museums. Each year, more than 55 million visitors attend our museums and a further 60 million visit our historic and natural parks.

Great, right? Well, things just get better when you check out some of the beautiful handmade items that are available for purchase on the Museums of Canada site. I’m particularly drawn to the work of Nova Scotia artist Pamela Kinsman, whose intricate and detailed work with glass turns everyday objects into true pieces of art. Pictured left is the Signature Art Glass Vase ($44.99) and I just adore the whimsy of this design. Pictured right is the Signature Tea Mug ($19.99), another exquisite piece with fine gold detailing that gives this mug something really special.

For more, check out: museumsofcanada.com

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The first annual Style at Home Show is really three shows in one. It will combine everything you love about your favourite magazines, Style at Home, Canadian Gardening and Canadian Home & Country. If you live life with style, this one unforgettable event will be your single source for everything that’s fresh and new for your home, inside and out! From the hottest colour palettes to the perfect perennials, The Style at Home Show brings style and the best shopping experience to life.

Explore the possibilities
This exciting new show is both an experience and an opportunity. You’ll be surrounded by new ideas, new products and new ways of achieving the perfect look for your home. Plus you will have an opportunity to meet the experts and receive one-on-one advice from design professionals such as Erin McLaughlin, Editor, Canadian Home & Country magazine and Margot Austin, Senior Design Editor, Style at Home. Stop by and meet the Master Gardeners including Aldona Satterthwaite, Editor, Canadian Gardening and participate in the hands-on activities. Get inspired and find the best decorating buys from the many unique and one-of-a-kind exhibitors.

And don’t forget to visit the Chef’s Kitchen where you can watch the live demonstrations from some of the best chefs including Elizabeth Baird, Food Editor, Canadian Living and meet Glen Peloso. Be sure to check out the celebrity speakers at the Main Stage, including Colin & Justin, Sarah Richardson, Kimberley Seldon, Lynn Spence and Samantha Pynn.

The Style at Home Show is the convergence of ideas, products and experts, everything you need to make a statement and bring your style home.

When: Oct 17 to 19, 2008
Where: Direct Energy Centre, Toronto
More information: Style at Home Show

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Hi everyone!
We’ve got some exciting news at styleathome.com. We’ve just launched a great new contest and you can win some fabulous prizes. Entering to win is fast, fun and easy. We want to see your before and after pictures of a home makeover project, whether it’s indoors or out, and others will vote on the photos they like best. It’s fun and interactive and it’s a great way to show off a home makeover project you’re proud of. First and second place winners will win a washer/dryer pair from Maytag along with laundry products and third through tenth place will win a 12-month subscription to all four of our Home & Garden Network magazines — Style At Home, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Home and Country and Canadian Home Workshop. Click here to check out all the prize details. Ready to enter for your chance to win? Click here!

Once you’ve submitted your entry, you and your family and friends can vote once a day so spread the word.

Submissions Open from: Oct 1, 2008 to Oct 31, 2008
Voting Ends: Nov 14, 2008

Good luck!

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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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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British fashion designer Julien Macdonald may be most famous for his work with Chanel and Givenchy but his eye for design obviously wanders from fashion to home decor with ease. I just love these wallpaper designs of his. Pictured left is Ornate in black and blue and features a gorgeous and intricate baroque-inspired design. I love the drama. Pictured right is Glamorous in black and pink and, well, I think the name says it all.

“This has been an inspiring, refreshing challenge, and I’m delighted with the collection” says Julien Macdonald about his first ever wallpaper collection. “The designs are a true reflection of the influences I experience through travel and my work as a fashion designer. Seeing my signature style of glamour and elegance translated onto wallpaper is an achievement I’m very proud of.”

We love it too, Julien. And if I can’t wrap my body in your clothes, at least I can wrap my walls in your paper.

Available online at: grahambrown.com
Price: $60/double roll

Click here for tips on hanging wallpaper with ease.

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