#IDS13 The Interior Design Show (Update)

The show was AMAZING!! We were super excited to see all the new and upcoming designs for 2013/2014.  We saw and Loved so much that we want to show you everything that was there! Seeing as how that would go on for forever, we’ll just give you a glimpse of our fav’s. 🙂

#IDS13 - Andrew Richard Design copyAndrew Richard Designs – LOVE their Patio Furniture!!!  Check out their showroom over at King East.

#IDS13 - Cera Gres copy

Cera Gres – Was Very impressed with their porcelain tiles. The wood grain pattern of these tiles are simply gorgeous.

#IDS13 - uRBAN BARN copy

Urban Barn – This is one of Sarah’s favorites. Beautiful Rustic and vibrant furniture/decors.

#IDS13 - iKEA copy

Ikea – The Ikea showcase was phenomenal! Their booth featured a stylish restaurant concept kitchen and oversize island. The dark window frames and copper bath tub were our favorites.

Here are some of our most desired/faves. I know, so many favorites!

#IDS13 - Frankys piks copy

#IDS13 - Sarah's Picks copy


#IDS13 The Interior Design Show

IDS will be hitting Toronto Jan 24-27 this year and you can be sure that it will be one you don’t want to miss. This is their 15th year doing the show in Toronto and Sarah and I are both extremely excited for this year’s show since it’s our first one since last year’s King East Design District Event. But I’m betting it won’t be our last!


The Interior Design show is an annual event that was started by Steven Levy in 1998.  The show features over 300 of the most influential architects and designers. This year’s event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Ontario.

Some of the designers we’re really looking forward to seeing are…

John Gidding                             Oki sato                                Phillpe malouin

Christiane Lemieux- dwell studio       Andrew Richard designs                   Cambria

Lately, Sarah’s been on the hunt for a new rug. She mentioned that she wanted something with a funky and modern design but with a color that’s not too feminine. We’ve been thinking about a navy blue rug perhaps? We’ll see if we can’t find something that’ll meet her requirement at the show 😉

The Opening Night Party will be an awesome event to make it out to as well with live performances by The Soul Proprietor, Eon Sinclair of Bedouin Soundclash, and more! The party will be catered by some of the many awesome restaurants of Toronto.


How to: Snowboard Set

It’s Christmas Eve and we’re finally starting to get a little bit of the white stuff here in Toronto. There are high hopes for a white Christmas but it’s looking more like a green one in the forecasts. However, the ski resorts around the area have begun to open their runs and many are already operational.  We’re planning on making a trip to Blue Mountain on the 26th so hopefully we get some more snow before then!!  If you’re heading out to the slopes, remember to keep warm and stay safe.

Here is Franky’s choice for his 2012/2013 season Snowboard Set.

franky's set

Board : Ride Kink

Bindings: Drake MTX Axis

Boots: Solomon Dialogue

Choosing a Snowboard

The ‘Kink’ model made by the company Ride Snowboards is an amazing all around freestyle board. It’s good for hitting the park/rails and for just free riding.  This one is a 156cm board, perfect for my height. When choosing a snowboard, it is important to note the size/length of the board. A longer board will pick up speed easier and a shorter board is better for more control.

The Chin Test

An easy way to determine what height is perfect for beginners is to :

  1. Stand the snowboard up vertically
  2. Match to the weight of the bottom of your chin

Basic RGB

Choosing the Boots

There are many different snowboarding boots out there and they are measured by a flex rating. The key to choosing the perfect boot is to first determine where you are going to ride. A softer boot with more flex is preferred by beginner/ park riders. A stiffer boot will provide a quicker response for mountain and freeriders.

Traditional lace – Regular shoe laces.


Quick Pull – Independent tightening that easy for re-tightening with gloves on.pull

Boa – Easiest method of tightening by turning a knob.boa

Choosing the Bindings

There are two main types of bindings for snowboards. Traditional straps and Step in bindings.  Step in bindings are like the ones available on skis. They are easy to get in and out of. Strap in bindings usually have 2 straps per binding and work on a buckle system. Choosing the type of binding the is right for your is similar to picking the right boot. It all depends if you want something for the Park, the mountain or for just free riding.

Feature on ” So Canadian eh? “


We are SO Honored to be featured in today’s edition of Hodge Podges’ So Canadian, eh? series!! Thank you to @hodgepodgeblog for the awesome article. Hodge Podge was one of the original blogs that inspired us to start blogging ourselves. We’re absolutely thrilled and this has definitely made our DAY!


Toronto Food and Wine Expo

WOW….Franky and I are really feeling super lazy today after a VERY filling and tasty day at the Toronto’s Food and Wine Expo.

Yesterday was our first time attending this event and we were really surprised with the turn out. Everything looked AMAZING!! Words can’t describe how delicious the food, wine and cheese were at the expo. Not only were we eating AND ‘drinking’ (A LOT), we also learned quite a bit about the wines from different regions, cheeses and liquors.  All in all, it was really fun and exciting experience, so much so that we didn’t want to leave at all!

As soon as you walk into the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, you are greeted with a complimentary small wine glass for you to carry around to sample from the different vendors.  “Sampling Tickets” can be purchased at $20 per sheet of 20 tickets, and you can taste/try as many or as little samples as you like.

I (Sarah) spent most of my tickets at the Mott’s Clamato Caesar booth b/c they were SOOOO good. The bartender made the most delicious Bloody Caesars I have ever tasted. It had the perfect balance of vodka, clamato juice, tabasco sauce, worcestershire sauce (FYI, I can NEVER say this correctly), celery salt AND the best part……  “The Extreme Bean“. I swear to you, these are the most YUMMIEST tasting pickled string beans and olives  EVER. I need to order some of these so all friends can try. I can’t stop thinking about them after sampling them yesterday. By the way, here is a recipe I found from Mott’s Clamato website for How-to make their perfect Bloody Caesars. I think I need to make myself one tonight 🙂

This was MY (Franky) favorite booth. This delicious Whisky is called “Black Velvet“. We sampled this new blend of whisky which is infused with a warm roasted caramel flavor. I know how it sounds fellas, but trust me, our friends and I didn’t sample just one. In fact, I ended up picking myself up a bottle today! It was too delicious and couldn’t stop myself from “sampling” more. The flavor of this caramel whisky is very smooth. You have to try it to believe it. Black Velvet has a recipe featuring their caramel whisky call “caramel sunset” and you can find the recipe here. You can currently find these bottles at selected LCBO stores

More photos of food,wine,cheese…
Maritime Lobster  (Awesome lobster ice sculpture!)

Hank Daddy’s Barbeque (they had a pulled pork parfait, and it was BOMB)

Ruelo Patisserie (They just opened a 2nd location on Yonge and Eglington)

Asahi Sake (Did I mention, Sake is one of my favorite drinks 🙂 )

We ended our day by winning a small bag of whole coffee beans via Merchant of Green Cafe.

Sarah and I had such a great time at this event tasting good wine/liquor and sampling awesome food with our friends. What more could we ask for!? If you didn’t get a chance to visit this year’s Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, not to worry, because it will happen again next year.

How2home  is not  sponsored to talk about these products. These opinions are all ours, based on what we tried and loved 🙂 .

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo

Soooo Excited!!! the GFWE (Gormet Food and Wine Expo) is in town this week and we are going to check it out Today!  The Expo is an annual event that is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.


This year’s show is set to include a ton of exciting features. We want to do it ALL! Just looking at our itinerary, I know it’s going to be a packed, but fun-filled day!!

2012 Celebrity Chef Spotlight
2012 Connoisseur’s Corner
2012 Entertainment Highlights
2012 Fine Wine Tasting Lounge
2012 Food Network Stage
2012 Gourmet Gala
2012 Nine of Dine Awards
2012 Spiritology Pavilion
2012 TAG VODKA Speakeasy Lounge
2012 The All You Need is Cheese Stage
2012 Vintages Highlights

Halloween in Listowel

What an AMAZING Halloween weekend! Special Thank you to Carol and Chris! We had a great time celebrating Halloween this year in Listowel (our “home away from home“). To be honest, I’ve never actually carved a pumpkin before until this weekend! I know you must be surprised at how well they turned out right?! Well that makes 2 of us! LOL. BUT, I have to admit, it sure was A LOT of fun. Franky and I will definitely be doing this again next year :).

Mine is the pumpkin on the left and Franky’s is one to the right 🙂

The house was decorated with tons of spooky home-made decor. All around the house the spirit of Halloween possessed every room   ~oo0oo0OOOo0o~~~

These little petite pumpkins are so adorable! They were the perfect accessories to hang from the halloween centre piece. (courtesy of Carol :))  We’ll show you a tutorial soon on how to make these little buggers.

Outdoor Decor !

Anyone interested in some cat litter, eyeballs, brain food and stewed worms? 🙂

Everyone looked fabulous in their costumes!! Honey Boo Boo and Mrs.Doubtfire were our absolute favorite costumes this year, there was also Lex Luthor(Franky), Master of Disguise, d’artagnan (Musketeer), Gone with the Wind, Batgirl, Pirate Captain, Edward Scissorhands…just to name a few.

What are YOU going to dress up as this Halloween??