Sometimes when we're putting an issue together, great stuff gets left on the cutting room floor — just like in the movies. And as much as I might like them, some photos just don't make it into the magazine story.
That was the case with these photos below that I worked on with our food editor Eric Vellend, food stylist Sasha Seymour, and photographer Michael Graydon. These three were probably my favourite from the photo shoot, so it was especially hard to see them go, but it's fun to share them with you now.
The first is a lovely photo of Eric's silken tofu dish. I love the graphic blue-green art in the background. The gorgeous bowls are from a Toronto ceramist called Clayshapes. If you can believe it, the surface those bowls are setting on is an old-school locker!
This second photo features another bowl from Clayshapes. I love the painterly colouring on it. We shot this as a possible opening page to the food section. Gosh, those eggs are beautiful.
This supermodel is actually Eric, wearing my husband's bow tie!
Pick up our January 2013 issue to see which photos did make the cut.
See our Asian-Inspired Dishes if this blog post made your mouth water.
When our two-year-old son Miles started climbing out of his crib, my husband and I knew it was time to start thinking about creating a room for him. His nursery, a teeny space, roughly 8 feet by 10 feet, didn't offer any room for play, toy storage, and all the other stuff a busy preschooler needs.
The solution was to let Miles take over the little used spare room.
The spare room has a bit more space. It also has a nice south-facing window, and a little space for playing on the floor.
It has a decent closet, but sadly, the majority of it is hidden behind lathe and plaster — not such a great use of space, unless you have a four-foot-long arm! Also, the window is drafty and leaks occasionally (about once a year) when the rain blows a certain direction. Not a great feature either.
But with a small budget and designer Cameron MacNeil, we started operation "big boy room."
1. Replace windows in both rooms. We replaced both windows with affordable vinyl windows from Ply Gem. We selected the Elite Series Ambassador windows. With their triple weather seal and Eco 5 glass, we could bid farewell to leaks and drafty breezes.
2. Invest in creating a real closet in Miles' new room. The plan is to break down the lathe-and-plaster enclosed closet and build in Pax units from Ikea. We love the look of the Pax units with birch interior and white Pax frames. My idea is to prime and paint out Ikea Ballstad flat doors the same colour as the room (Pavilion Gray (242) by Farrow & Ball) for a seamless look that will help make the room seem bigger.
3. Paint the back wall of Miles' new room black. I have a feeling it might make the whole room feel bigger and add loads of impact to the small space.
4. Find a new use for the old nursery. Could a space this tiny make a good TV den?
The end result?
Well, this one is a cliffhanger, folks! Tune into H&H Online TV for the results. And I'll be sure to share all the details in a follow-up blog post soon.
Get Stacey Smithers' holiday decorating tips.
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There are a few simple things you can do to get your home holiday-ready. Here are five easy ideas to make this holiday season more special than stressful:
1. Tie jingle bells to your door — such a lovely noise to welcome guests.
2. Plant paperwhite bulbs. Sprouting bulbs always lift my spirits on grey winter days.
3. Mass together baby's breath for a simple snowy centrepiece.
4. There's nothing like old-fashioned cutout snowflakes hanging in a window to give any room some holiday magic.
5. Keep a stack of cosy throws and blankets at the ready for snuggling up.
See our Christmas & Holiday Guide for more decorating tips.
1a. Smitten in Cleveland blog
1b. Lissy Lou blog
2. Head Over Heels blog
3. Indulgy blog
4. Bugs and Fishes blog, photography by Lauren Howard
5. Le Marché St. George via Hearts Together blog, photography by Klee Larsen
The video was directed by Roman Polanski and stars Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter.
The story of therapist and patient is simple enough, but the decor — oh, the decor! The desk lamps, carpets, fainting sofa and sconces are classic and timeless — just like Prada. I love the lavender and crimson number on Helena, too.
See more runway to room trends in our photo gallery.
Video and photo credits:
Courtesy of YouTube
Who doesn't love a screen door letting in a lovely summer breeze when the weather heats up? Well this year, I'm thinking of finally biting the bullet and installing one in our house. Currently we have the standard white vinyl storm door, but I can't help but wonder, how hard can it be to replace it with a charming classic cottage slammer like the one below?
I will let you know! I plan to paint this one out in a bright colour — apple red, mustard yellow? Thoughts? The exterior door behind it is black. Wish me luck!
For more door inspiration, see our Front Yards With Curb Appeal gallery.
1. Prairie Screen Door (#08855856), Rona
Tabletop styling for the magazine has me searching high and low for amazing dishware, but amid all the china and porcelain I always find myself coming back to textured ceramics.
Especially Michelle Kosoy's work. I love the clean colours and elegant shapes of her work.
You can see how I became smitten. Michelle Kosoy and Pierre Bouchard are a husband and wife team — she's a potter, he's a glass artist — who run a studio/retail gallery at 651 St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto. Be sure to check it out if you're in the area this weekend!
Watch an Online TV interview with Michelle and Pierre.
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