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Do you remember this copper display rack DIY? Clearly, I'm still hooked on copper in the kitchen!

I love this super simple DIY featured on the Remodelista website (originally posted on the Finnish blog Bambula). I think I might tackle this one myself and inject a little hit of warm metal into my kitchen.

For the full how-to, check out Remodelista's post. (For those fluent in Finnish, Bambula's blog post has detailed instructions!)

Photo credits:
1, 2. Bambula blog

Author: 

Reiko Caron

While perusing one of my favourite blogs, Riazzoli, I stumbled upon a DIY that's so simple, it requires no explanation. It's a magazine rack made from a towel rail! I should've thought of that...

Install multiple racks in a column configuration: the repetition gives a more orderly look. If you're looking for long, stainless steel rails such as the ones shown here, you'll want to pick up the GRUNDTAL rail at Ikea. Too easy, right?

Photo credits:
1-2. Stil Inspiration blog

Author: 

Reiko Caron

For years I've been receiving the Zara Home newsletters from the UK, and have been hoping the international retailer would someday bring it's effortlessly-chic European housewares to Canada — and it finally has.

I took a trip to Yorkdale Mall this week to take a peek at the new store. Situated right accross from its fashion counterpart, the Zara Home boutique was packed floor-to-ceiling with home and lifestyle accessories. The highlight for me was definitely the large selection of bedding and linens. Like a decorator's candy store, there were many different styles of cutlery, dinnerware, bathroom accessories, rugs, side tables, candlesticks, you name it. Their kids section was lovely too — sweet but not too sweet. Here are a few pics in case you haven't had time to check it out yourself:

For those of you who can't access a Zara Home retail store, check out their website to fulfill all your shopping needs (they now ship to Canada!).

Photo credits:
1. Zara Home
2-5. Reiko Caron

Author: 

Reiko Caron

With so many small condos out there, it may time to rethink how we use furniture. If you're living in one of these tiny condos or apartments, don't run out and buy everything "condo-sized" before you've taken a good look at all your existing pieces and tapped into the right side of your brain. Here's a terrific example I found, where two rather large bedside tables were placed side-by-side, creating a full-length sideboard.

Your condo's bedroom may not accommodate all your furniture, but your hallway or living room probably will!

If you're loving the look of this room, you should take a better look at this Milan apartment. It's spectacular.

Photo credit:
Yellow Trace blog, design by Dimore Studio, photography by Emanuele Zamponi, Davide Lovatti and Beppe Brancato

Author: 

Reiko Caron

It's mid-July, and in magazine world, that means Christmas. Although none of us can ever be prepared for the deluge of gingerbread and tinsel in 30-degree weather, we're always happy to get a glimpse of what's to come.

Our latest preview was hosted by the talented team from HomeSense, who never fail to impress. Here are some of the great pieces you should keep an eye out for come fall. Let's begin with furniture:

Expect to see some great pieces from Drexel Heritage (brown-and-brass hutch), oversized rustic storage, cosy settees and smaller, Scandi-style pieces for the home. That little grey chair and ottoman are the perfect size for condo living.

The rugs were quite impressive as well. Here are a few standouts:

Here's a Thom Felicia for Safavieh rug (above). Not nearly as pricey as you'd think!

These cosy neutral rugs are sure to warm up any space. I love the striped, fringed rugs. So Scandinavian!

And of course, HomeSense always shines in the accessories/gifts department:

Beautifully framed fabrics and gemstone bookends make perfect gifts.

Warm-metal cutlery looks gorgeous on a holiday table. This set is actually affordable!

I loved HomeSense's solution to a drab office: jewelry boxes! Paperclips never looked so good...

Keep an eye out, as I've already spotted a few of pieces of their fall collection on store shelves. Happy hunting!

Photo credits:
1-10. Reiko Caron

Author: 

Reiko Caron

Gallery walls can be tricky, especially when displaying art of varying sizes. Hanging multiple frames can be an art in itself (or a real pain, in most cases), so I was thrilled to stumble upon this room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber, showcasing a stunning gallery wall that could not be easier to execute.

This solution is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to fuss over the layout: use the same frame, same mat, and stack all the artwork close together, avoiding any spacing between frames. It's a no-fail coordinated look with high-impact. I love it!

Photo credit:
Architectural Digest, photography by William Waldron

Author: 

Reiko Caron

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