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Take a Peek ~ Anne Sportun’s Haliburton Escape

July 30, 2012 Laura 0

Even the most avid urban dweller needs a break from the hustle and bustle (and the heat) of downtown in the summer. Luckily in Toronto we are surrounded by amazing cottage country.  And if you’re lucky enough to have a cottage, or know someone who does, there is no better …

Chickens in the City

June 5, 2012 Peter 1

The only chicken talk we usually hear in downtown Toronto involves pecking order, hen parties, or nest eggs.  Well now there’s a new movement afoot, urban chicken coops!  Many urban dwellers want to take the local-food movement one step further and take the plunge into sm …

Recipe ~ Homemade Butter

May 17, 2012 Laura 1

Sometimes it’s the simple things that really stand out. Like this homemade butter. If you’ve never made your own butter, give it a shot. It’s fast, really simple and far superior to its store bought equivalent. It’s not always practical to use homemade butter for ever …

Take a Peek ~ Piraeus, Greece Gem

May 6, 2012 Laura 0

Being a design blog junkie, I come across many images of houses that I love every day. And being a Pinterest junkie (do you see a pattern here?) I Pin those images to my boards, and ‘visit’ them on a weekly basis. I noticed recently that some of my favourite images were f …

Urban Gardening

April 17, 2012 Laura 1

Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to start thinking about how we are going to maximize our tiny backyard and collection of planters for this gardening season. Although most of us here in downtown Toronto don’t have large plots of land with rows and rows of …

Urban Living: Friend or Foe?

April 14, 2012 Peter 1

Cities sometimes get a bad rap. You know, the ‘inner city’ or the ‘dark satanic mill.’ Negative impressions of cities generally involve images of people packed in like sardines, pounding the hot concrete all day. We have a different view: that cities are the best and …

My Faves ~ One of a Kind Show

March 30, 2012 Laura 2

I hit up the One of a Kind Show yesterday to check out this year’s bounty of artisanal goodies and handcrafted objects.  I scoured every aisle, occasionally stopping to refuel on maple syrup treats, jam samples and other goodies from the flavours section. It’s a tough j …

Recipe ~ Fig, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Salad

March 22, 2012 Laura 0

With spring in the air the cravings for soupy, stewy comfort foods are subsiding and being replaced by a yearning for fresher, lighter fare.  I love experimenting with different ingredients to create a variety of salads and sandwiches for spring lunches or BBQ parties, but o …

Take a Peek ~ Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Retreat

March 15, 2012 Laura 2

For quite a few years now I’ve been dreaming of my future cottage.  Nestled in the woods, somewhere north of Toronto on a lake is a piece of land with my name on it.  I’ve drawn up floor plans, picked finishes, and spent countless hours imagining what the space will fee …

Spring Facelift

March 12, 2012 Laura 0

With spring right around the corner, and the weather here in Toronto freakishly warm, I’ve started thinking not only about the changes going on outside, but also what changes need to happen inside! There’s the dreaded spring cleaning, which is a total love/hate relationsh …