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Karoto, the Vegetable Sharpener, Peeler and Curler

karoto sharpener and peeler

karoto sharpener and peeler
photo: Karoto for Monkey Business $15 USD

If you are looking for a small and unique hostess gift, have a look at Karoto. When Israeli-based designer Avichai Tadmor imagined Karoto for Monkey Business he started by enlarging the basic pencil sharpener. He then added a vegetable peeler to one end. The end result is a 3-in-1 kitchen gadget that lets you peel, sharp and create curly ribbons from vegetables.

Available in yellow or black, Karoto makes it easy to style carrots, zucchinis, cucumbers for a vegetable platter or a salad. And the best things is that everyone will be able to give you a hand with your food preparation.

You can watch this short video to see Karoto in action. At $15 a piece, you may want to stock a few for your small Christmas gifts.

+ via designboom


Must Haves for a Picnic at the Park or in your Backyard

old school English picnic at the park

old school English picnic at the park
photo: Paul Raeside for Elle Decoration UK – August 2012 

The weekend goes hand in hand with a picnic. I love the old feel of this English picnic at the park filled with comfy textiles and pretty enamelware. Start by looking in your closets and your mom’s closets to find props to reproduce that look.

If you have the luxury of living in a calm backyard, make it more a retreat by positing a Bistro dining set under a large tree. It look so great in yellow. I feel in Provence every time I see a French Bistro set. I beat that it would become your ideal spot to drink your morning coffee, eat a late lunch or sip a cocktail before dinner. The best part is that it is an inexpensive look. I found these items on sale.

picnic in your backyard with a french bistro dining set
Fiori Melamine Collection $3.49 to $12.59 CAD on sale at Stokes | Glass Beverage Dispenser $69.99 CAD at Home Sense | French Bistro table and chairs $58.50 CAD on sale at Sears

Now that I shared my plan for this weekend. What are yours?


My Must-Haves at Fish Eddy for Spring and Summer Entertaining

sunday brunch

party glasses like1959

Shown here: Party Glass $5 USD

Fish Eddy introduced a new line of party glasses that are simply too adorable to ignore. I imagine myself drinking juice or iced tea in any one of the 4 cheerful mod tumblers this summer.

I compiled the things I like for a cozy brunch at home from a metropolitan look to the girl ion the garden. I love the golden yellow of the egg tray holder.

sunday brunch

Shown here: Take 5 Dishtowel Pair $14.95 USD | Golden Egg Holder Tray $9.95 USD |  Milk Bottle Robin Egg 8 oz $6.95 USD | From the Charley Harper Collection designed by Todd Oldham for Fish Eddy School of Fish Tray $32.95 USD, Sunset Glass $5 USD Charley Harper Orange Fish Coupe Plate $14.95 USD |  Take 5 Mug $10.95 USD and plate

Shopping at Fish Eddy is definitively on my to-do list for my next trip to New York City. They are located on Broadway at 19th Street. If you do not live in New York, you can always shop at their online store.


Frog Mini-Cakes and a Summer Party Theme

frog cakes

frog cakes

I spot these adorable frog cakes when it was pouring rain but I immediately thought of a bright sunny garden party. They are so joyful. She used plain licorice sticks to create the grass around her mini-cake. Use dariole or baba molds to bake your individual mini-cakes. You could bake them for a kids birthday party, a baby shower or to become the center of attention of your annual summer BBQ.

Yellow Summer Theme

yellow summer theme

If you plan to host a BBQ at the lake and a pool party for Memorial Day or Victoria Day, you may wish to include those ideas to your party decor. Greet everyone with pairs of flip flops neatly stored in a bucket.

Keep your floral arrangements simple. You could display loose flowers in milk jars or any clear glass bottles that you have. Opt for seasonal flowers, if you can.

+ Frog Cakes from Le blogue d’inspiration de Canal-Vie
+ Reception Details from Elizabeth Beth Designs – styled by After Yes
+ Urban Rooftop Wedding from After Yes


Citrus Centerpieces by O.XIDE Design

citrus centerpieces by o.xide design

citrus centerpieces by o.xide design

For this event, O.XIDE Design gave a modern twist to fruit and floral arrangements. They feel fresh and inviting. I like them a lot! They used white vases as pedestals. Look for casual chic centerpieces like those whenever you are planning a special brunch or dinner party.

citrus centerpieces with a tall arrangement for a drink station

I am taking notes for designing my drink station. If you plan to make your own, you will need a tall glass cylinder vase to execute it. Aim for vases that are 2 feet or more. Your local florists are a good place to start shopping for tall glass vases.

+ O.XIDE Design’s portfolio – photos by Amélie Cousineau
+ 23″ tall Clear Glass Cylinder Vase $22 at Save on Crafts


Pac Man Hothead by Fred and Friends

fred pac man hothead

fred pac man hothead

I almost bought this silicone pot holder in Pac Man shape for my husband tonight. It would make a nice gift for a classic arcade game fan. If you a long time readers on my blog, you may remember the classic arcade cupcake tower I ordered for his birthday.

Plus, silicone pot holders have a major advantage over the fabric oven mitts; they are more hygienic.

+ Pac Man Hothead $12.25 USD at [affiliate link]


Thanksgiving Menu in Yellow and Orange

fall beet salad recipe by chat n' chow

fall beet salad recipe by chat n' chow

The Canadian Thanksgiving is this Monday. I scoured recipes on the Web to compose a tasty, family-friendly menu to celebrate the fall harvesting season.


+ For the welcome cocktail hour, you can’t go wrong with this Roasted Vegetable Spread or Dip by Dara at Cookin’ Canuck. Serve it with an assortment of pita breads cut in triangular pieces, slice of whole wheat baguette and homemade croutons. Provide a second choice to your guests with my 2-Minute Smoked Salmon Mousse Recipe.

+ Start the sit-down dinner meal with a Fantastic Fall Beet Salad. For this recipe, Lauren of  Chat N’ Chow served roasted beet layers with radicchio, endive and crumbles of Gorgonzola. Yum!

Main Course

main course for thanksgiving :: amaretto chicken and chipotle mashed potatoe

+ Why not make a Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes as one of your side dishes? For the second side dish, opt for something lighter like yellow and green beans. Kim of Liv Life adapted a recipe from Cooking Light.


+ If you dare to not roast a turkey, give a try to the Amaretto Chicken recipe by Cathy of Lolfoodie. Her recipe blends the flavor of goat cheese, prosciutto, mushrooms and Amaretto liquor in a wrapped chicken breast. It’s elegant!

desserts for thanksgiving :: pear and apple Galette recipe + pear and apricot tart

+ For dessert, I suggest either the individual Caramel Apple Crostata by Evan at swEEts or the
Apple and Pear Galette by Erin at Naturally Ella. Another option would be the Pear and Dried Apricot Tart at Real Simple.


Yellow and Black Monster Truck Party for a Third Birthday

monster truck birthday party tabletop for a third birthday

monster truck birthday party tabletop for a third birthday

It’s no secret that little boys love monster trucks. When Jennifer Shields of Posh Tot Events received the mandate to plan a fabulous Monster Truck party for the third birthday of a little boy, she made sure the party would be memorable. She succeed! The small details are everywhere.

cupcake stands and lollipops for a monster truck party

Jennifer infused the spirit of the theme in many ways. I like the way she decorated the cake stand with a wheel. And who could resist those lovely monster truck cupcakes?

monster truck cupcakes

Even for a kids birthday party, it is important to set the table properly before the event. As people entered the room, the tabletop design sets the tone. I like how she decorated the back of the chairs with checked flags.

monster truck party labels and party favors

This was an outdoor party. They rented an inflatable play center with a big truck at the top. How cool is that for kids?

+ Monster Truck party at Posh Tot Events
+ Photos by Kristen Alexander Photographer


I Miss the Yellow Hemnes Linen Cabinet

yellow hemnes linen cabinet at ikea :: 2008 collection

yellow hemnes linen cabinet at ikea :: 2008 collection

This is how the inside of a clear glass linen cabinet should look like. I adore all hues of sunny yellow. This is why I am sad that IKEA changed the color of the Hemnes linen chests. They selected a nice hue of red, but I would have liked it had they kept the beautiful yellow that they carried in 2008. They kept the same yellow stripes paper on the back.

red hemnes linen cabinet at ikea :: 2010 collection

If you are looking for a more neutral option, check the EDLAND if you live in the United States. Frankly, I cannot justify the Canadian price. I wonder if there is a mistake online in one of the sites.

+ For Canada: Hemnes linen chests $299 CAD – EDLAND Linen cabinet $649.99
+ For USA: Hemnes linen chests $249 USD – EDLAND Linen cabinet $399.99
+ picture of yellow cabinet via Beauty Geeks


A Boy Bedroom Shows that Small is Beautiful

boy bedroom in a closet

boy bedroom in a closet

Jordan of Oh Happy Day shared the walk-in closet bedroom of her 2-year old son. Jordan did an amazing job decorating the room with flea market finds, IKEA bedding, an eye-catching coat rack, and stylish plush toys. She was not afraid to use colors. Small rooms can be practical. When they are done properly, it will not look cramped. Go have a look at the “It’s beautiful here” coat rack and her flea market shell floral pendant light.

+ photos: Oh Happy Day