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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Holiday Cheer Series: 2013

Are you ready to pick it up a notch this Christmas? Girl, I got you.

The ultimate look for Glam lovers, this red, white and silver Holiday colour scheme is the perfect mix of bold contrast and sophisticated sparkle - and not a tacky ornament in sight. The more over-the-top you go, the better you pull it off. Time to dust off that three foot white peacock!

For your dream Glam tree, start with a synthetic white tree and wrap with over-sized white garland or ribbon. Then start layering in opaque white ornaments {or sparkly white poinsettias!} to complete a very textured, modern, white-on-white look. Throw in punches of silver to polish off the overall Glam feel. You'll then be left with an absolutely stunning tree. {Extra bonus points for topping your tree with a large animal, haha!}

Red, a classic Christmas colour, spices things up and keeps your decor from looking too cold. Paired with white and a dash of silver... a recipe for success!

If you have large scale ceiling fixtures at the ready, hang an assortment of large clear snowflakes in different designs, sizes, and heights. This modern play on the 'winter wonderland' theme catapults your decor expertise miles ahead of your competition {namely, that friend of yours who nicknames themselves Martha Stewart, or your obnoxious and judgmental second Aunt twice-removed who complains about the water spots on your silverware}.

Here are a few other examples of inspiring red, white and silver decor;

I hope you've enjoyed this year's installment of Holiday Cheer! Which is your favourite look so far?

Stay classy,

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Monday, November 30, 2015

A hit of hipster with a dash of whimsical? Sign my up. I can not get enough of my current style obsession, so I decided to throw in an inspirational Indie-vintage post just for shits and giggles. Every image listed above gives me the warm and fuzzies. Don't you just want to get lost in an enchanted forest, make a rose crown, and skip through tall grass into the setting sun? Yes, yes, YES! 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Holiday Cheer Series: 2013

I'm a sucker for a good 'Theme' tree each Christmas season, and this may just be the cutest thing I've ever had the pleasure of decorating.

If you're looking to step outside the box this season, why not pay homage to your inner child who believed in magic and fairy dust? This sweet look comes alive with soft greens, champagne golds and butter yellows. To achieve the whimsical garden feel, we draped soft white orchids like garland on a flocked tree, and strategically placed cream calla lillies in between certain to branches to make it look like there is indeed a garden growing from within the tree. To add some sparkle, glittered green holly, leaf ornaments, and golden birds were layered in. The garden look was complete with dragonflies and butterflies, and of course, the fairies.

If you're not feelin' the rather youthful theme, the bones of this design looks darling with or without whimsy accents. The softness of the green, white and yellow envelopes you in warmth, which is a great option for those who don't appreciate the 'high-contrast-bold-colour' {I'm lookin at you, red & green!} Christmas decor but still want it to feel classic.

This look is tailor-made for any home with rustic influences. Here's a few spaces that best suits this colour scheme;


Hope you enjoyed!

Stay classy,

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Holiday Cheer Series: 2013

November has arrived, and I'm instantly in Christmas mode. I have no shame.

The main ingredient to my madness {and thus enabling my addiction} is my job, where every year we close the shop doors for Halloween and completely transform the showroom into a winter wonderland. By the time November 1st rolls around, I'm already covered in glitter and humming a Christmas classic.

In attempt to help you ease in to the impending holiday season, I'll be showcasing different on trend looks for Christmas 2013. By the time December rolls around, you'll be fully equipped and practically spoon fed with plenty seasonal inspiration for your own abode.

Layers of turquoise and celadon blue, popped with crisp white, give a twist to the classic blue scheme {usually paired with silver}. If you're looking to update your decor and impress your neighbors, this unexpected pairing of blues goes a step beyond the current Christmas trends. The punch of turquoise instantly adds life and vibrancy, where the white & celadon soothes the space, creating a perfect balance.

If you're a lover of shabby chic or Cape Cod cottage design, pair this scheme with rustic woods in washed out tones, and layer whites on whites {easily accomplished with dishware and linens} to enhance this look.

Craving more inspiration, here are some examples of different expressions of this colour scheme;

Shabby Chic: Janet Coon @ ShabbyFufu showcases a more subdued expression with a delicate sprinkle of Christmas themed decor.

Styling by Leslie Shewring via Decor8

The perfect celadon baubles @ The Bottom of the Ironing Basket 


What trends have caught your eye for this holiday season?

Stay classy,

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

I was perusing mindlessly as one usually does on a Tuesday morning, and came across one of the featured articles for the week showcasing examples of tubs within the shower perimeters.

The article poses an interesting perception of an old classic that is now picking up speed in the design trend pool. The concept of the 'wet room', where you would have a shower enclosure that also houses the bathtub, has been done for hundreds of years. It's old news for scandi-nordic styles, and in many European countries where space was rather limited. Now, the North American culture {who in some cases have more room than they know what to do with} is loving this 'Wet Room' look just for the sheer wow factor and bragging rights.

Is it practical?

I feel quite divided on the subject. Sure, it looks bad ass. Your kids can splash about in the tub all they like without the slight care in the world. But what once was a perfectly-squeegeed glass now has soapy water droplets everywhere. Without showering soon thereafter, those pesky drops will cake on the glass in a not so lovely way. Am I just crazy here?

Also, it's obvious that shower floors are slippery. In this 'wet room' case, the flooring will have to be tiled to accommodate the entire shower and tub surround. No surprises here. Whereas you may not notice such a slippery floor while you're in shower-mode {90% of the time you're standing up straight and in one fixed position}, the acrobatic know-how necessary to climb in and out of a tub on a wet shower floor without cracking your scull open raises a red flag. Or maybe I'm just extremely accident prone.

What are your thoughts on the 'Wet Room' trend?

Stay classy,

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

TGIF! Feel like drooling over somebody else's home? Well then, do I have a treat for you! I got to assist my boss/design guru {a.k.a my Yoda} with this gorgeous project, and I couldn't wait to give you guys a sneak peak! Without further ado, let's jump right into it.

Our clients wanted their new home to showcase family friendly materials that are low maintenance but high on design. As with all our coastal inspired clients, the water colors resonated in their personal life so it was natural to work with a fresh turquoise and softer celadon color as an accent color against a base of crisp and soothing greys. The focus of the design was around the hub of the home which was the "great room." Maximizing a seating solution that catered to the large groups that often congregate at this beautiful home offered an opportunity to do something unique and unexpected like side by side custom chaise lounges. Special touches were sprinkled throughout the living and dining area, and the entrance.

Since Interior Designers are usually paid by the hour, we rarely get to touch the most commonly 'forgotten' spaces in our client's homes, mainly because they would rather spend the money elsewhere. But in this case, we got to have a little fun and start hot out of the gate with this Entry. Who doesn't love a blue front door?! All your friends will be jealous! Tying into the blue theme was the Chilewich utility mat - that can withstand anything mother nature has to offer - and some fun yet strategically placed toss cushions. And by strategic, I mean that they aren't usually there. We just needed it to look pretty for the time being ;)

Adding a hint of glam, the Star-burst Mirror and metal coat rack draw the eye up to really give the small space the pizazz it needs. The blanket box, made of reclaimed Pine, completes the space perfectly to act as a bench and also provide some nifty shoe storage.

Got kids? Here, have an atomic-bomb proof upholstered sectional. Well, technically that doesn't exist, but here's the next best thing. We have a full sectional wrapped in a grey linear fabric that has threads of Olefin (commonly used as outdoor fabric) and Polyester. This bad boy is as easy to clean as you can get with upholstery.

We also shook things up with throwing in two side-by-side chaises across from the main sectional seating (I've hinted to the idea once before in my Throwing Out the Rule Book post). Why? Because we can.

 Photography courtesy of Leo @ Lion Light Photography
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In the dining space, we mixed and matched woods to create a really cool, relaxed vibe. We've paired reclaimed wood side chairs (aka the "kid" chairs - pre distressed so if they bang it up themselves no one will actually know!) with two badass leather beauties on the ends. Sophisticated New Yorker meets Rustic woodsman.

Now you're thinking; how the heck do you come up with this stuff? 


What can I say, we like to shake things up.

Hope you enjoyed taking a peak at the project!

Stay classy,

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Greetings Cyber-universe!

You, fellow internet peer, have somewhat mysteriously landed upon my blog. Welcome. Not too much to show you at this point, so hopefully my snazzy chevron background leaves a good impression.

After a lot of thought (mostly doubt), I've finally decided to dive back into the blogisphere, in hopes of satisfying my constant craving for creative stimulation. At this point, I can't say with certainty that I will produce any kind of material worth reading, so this is going to be a bit of a gamble on your part. Maybe if we stick together, something awesome will happen.

You may as well pull up your chair and get comfortable, this may take a while.

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