Tag Archive | "Patio/Outdoor"

Marcelo & Magela Take it Outside

Thursday, June 6, 2013


It's always a pleasure to revisit a home I've blogged about before although in this case it's the outside that's been transformed since my last visit. Marcelo Palacios is a professional landscaper (Landscaping De Sol a Sol) which means that his summers are busy with little or no time to get away with his wife and design partner, Magela, and their two young children. The solution was to turn their own home into a weekend oasis where everyone could play and relax and make the most of summer.

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Wake Up Your Patio

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Fran from Palmyra Design in Milton, Ontario, was in touch to let me know about a new shipment of patio umbrellas she has just received from Jaipur, India. Available in several styles -- from super-bold patchwork to quieter block-printed paisleys and florals -- these exuberant umbrellas are guaranteed to wake up your patio and add a groovy global vibe to your next outdoor gathering. You won't find these at Homesense.

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I Resolve to Relax More

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


After eight days on the road in India I finally hit a wall today and put the brakes on site seeing. Enough already! Our hotel, the Udai Kothi, boasts a breathtaking rooftop pool deck with a gorgeous view over Lake Pichola and that's where I spent my afternoon. The sky was unblemished by clouds and the poolside temperature hovered around 26 degrees celcius. Can you blame me?

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A Month in Provence

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Yesterday I was invited for tea by a couple I've gotten to know through the blog. Among other things, they wanted me to see their front garden, which, for one glorious month each year, transforms their yard into a glimpse of Provence. The tall, deep purple flower spikes aren't lavendar but Woodland Sage (Salvia X Sylvestris); the flowers have little or no scent but they are definitely a feast for the eyes. What a pleasure, not just for the homeowners but for all of their lucky neighbours.

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D.O.T. Furniture: Bargain Brand Goes Elite

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


There's nothing high-end about the D.O.T. Furniture brand, at least there wasn't until it opened its new location at the corner of Davenport Road and Dupont Street, just a stone's throw from Toronto's swish Designer's Walk. Featuring three floors of furnishings, much of it geared to the outdoors, D.O.T. Elite represents the retailer's attempt to raise its profile and its game. The showroom styling leaves a lot to be desired, particularly the lower level which looks more like a storage locker than a display space, but there are some good-looking pieces down there. In fact, I was quite taken with many of the store's outdoor offerings, especially the sexy DaVinci resin wicker set above and below with it's fab infinity sign coffee table.

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