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Pretty & Practical

Home accents that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.


A long soak in the tub is a treasured delight at the end of a long work week — one that shouldn’t be marred by forgetting to grab bath essentials beforehand. The spa-like master bathroom in Empire’s Shabby Chic model is chock-full of accessories that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing: a wooden stool doubles up as a perch for bath towels, while a small woven basket tucked beside the tub keeps essentials like soaps, shampoos and loofahs close at hand.

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1. Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash by Aesop, $51, aesop.com. 2. Potted Faux Succulent with White Pot by CB2, $60, cb2.com. 3. Izmir Striped Fouta Bath Towel in Charcoal by Au Lit Fine Linens, $30, aulitfinelinens.com. 4. Wooden Stool by Zara Home, $70, zarahome.com. 5. Snidad Basket by IKEA, $35, ikea.com.

A need for more storage space is one of the most common kitchen woes. Enter the humble baker’s rack, which gives some of the kitchen’s most hard-to-stash items new life as functional display pieces.

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1. Circa 1900 Caged Baker’s Rack Wide Single Shelving by RH, $2,595, rh.com. 2. Bistro 11.5” Serving Bowl by Crate & Barrel, $30, crateandbarrel.com. 3. Hammered Penny Colander in Copper by Thirstystone for Bed, Bath & Beyond, $20, bedbathandbeyond.ca4. Open Kitchen Stripe Apron by Williams-Sonoma, $21, williams-sonoma.ca. 5. Chambord 34 Ounce French Press in Stainless Steel by Bodum for Crate & Barrel, $55, crateandbarrel.com.

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