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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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A Food Fest

Thanksgiving always revolves around delicious food. It's about sitting around the dining room table in the company of family and friends while countless mouth-watering dishes parade down the room. All week long, everyone has been talking about the yummy recipes they would be concocting for their family celebration. So in honor of this magnificent yearly feast, I want to dedicate this post to, yes, FOOD. So as a treat to you, I want to give you a tasting of the gorgeous work from one of my favorite food photographers Anna Williams. But before I go and get ready to take the train to my friends' house in Upstate New York (where I'll be celebrating the holiday) I want

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Setting The Mood

Tomorrow is a very important day for us living in the States. It's a day of reflection and being thankful for all that life has to offer. Everyone is getting ready for the big family gatherings and making sure all is in place for the celebration. We all want to make this day a special one and have our homes dazzle for the guests. But for those of you that still haven't decided how to dress your table, here are some beautiful and inspirational images by food and lifestyle photographer Anna Williams.

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Old Meets New

The last thing you expect when driving by this Victorian house is that when opening the front door you'll be welcome by incredibly modern and minimalist interiors. The renovation of the house, by San Antonio based Poteet Architects, is simply impeccable. Although they kept some of the original architectural details, they were brought up to date by just painting them white. The contrast between the ebony floors and the crisp walls and trims create an ideal setting to showcase all the furnishings. I'm mad about the “STAY” artwork in the living room made of roses of different shades of blue. It adds the perfect kooky touch to the space. I think it's great when old and new meet in the middle to create a harmonious home such as the Capps Residence.

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A Show of Tiles

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Holiday Gift Guide: part 4

Growing up, my favorite part of the holidays was the anticipation of opening up all my presents. I remember sneaking up under the tree any chance I got to shake the gift boxes and try to guess what was in them. The best thing about it, is that I don't remember ever being disappointed with the things I got. The trend these days it to give kids anything and everything electronic. I think they're missing out on some of the joy that old fashion toys can also bring. When gathering the ideas for this list, I kept that in mind. I'm sure that any of these goodies will make kids very happy. Stay tuned for next week's list of environmentally friendly treats.

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A Tally of Two Cities

After New York, Paris is my second favorite city in the world. Both are magical and stimulating and have that je ne sais quoi that makes my heart beat faster. As very important international destinations, Paris and New York are recognized by very particular icons. Vahram Muratyan, a lover of Paris wandering through New York's infinite details, has come up with a wonderful and humorous way of comparing these two capitals through a “visual but friendly match seen by clichés and contradictions”, called Paris vs. New York. I personally think they're genius. The prints can be purchased here. Enjoy!

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Effortless fabulosity

Are you looking to add some coolness to your pad for the holidays — in no time and without breaking the bank? Look no further. With these Blik Wall Decals you'll be able revamp any room in a flash. You don't need to be an electrician or handyman to install these nifty and innovative removable surface graphics. You can even have a different headboard every season if your little heart so desires.

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Mark your calendar

Right around this time, we're used to going into stores and seeing a zillion very predictable wall calendars. They're usually the same size but different motives: from flora and fauna to shirtless firemen and hot sexy mamas. But because of the use of BlackBerrys and iPhones, less and less people are depending on them. Consequently, calendars have had to evolve, thank God! We're seeing new concepts and nifty ideas emerge to make the new generation more appealing to everyone. They're now more than just day organizers, they're must-have accessories for our home decor. I guess the promotional calendars given out in stores at the end of the year have come a long way. Here are some of my faves.

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