Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday's Favs To Follow

Amanda Evans is one of my favorite local Vancouver-based designers to follow - she has a luxe design sense that draws me in! As the principle designer at Twenty One Two Designs, Inc., she's my pick for this weeks favorite to follow - her instagram account is chock-full of gorgeous inspiration, her design projects and selections, and even a lovely peek of her sweet son here and there.

(photography by Tracey Ayton)
(photography by Tracey Ayton)

Amanda Evans for Once A Tree Furniture (photography by Tracey Ayton)
Amanda Evans for Dinner by Design 2015
Hope you all have a fantastic summer weekend, à bientôt!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Work From ElizabethKimberly Design

I'm always happy to stumble upon new work from my favorite designers, and ElizabethKimberly Design is no exception. The duo created a home that was one of my ALL TIME FAV house tours to feature on my blog. So when I started to see a few peeks of their recent projects through the high-end builders Jackson & Leroy's instagram, I fell in love (especially with that stunning vestibule pictured above). ElizabethKimberly Design is recently collaborating with Establish Design as well, so be sure to follow along for even more design goodness to come!

Ahhhh the soft minty-turquoise of that door!

If I told you to combine crystal knobs, brass pulls, and nickel knobs and pulls all in one kitchen, you would think I was weird right? But look how good it looks!!

It's all about the ceiling details in this office ...

Lots of details to love here! An I love how every room is the perfect mesh between classic and fresh. See more from ElizabethKimberly here.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bathroom Bliss | An Organized Vanity

It'll be a while yet until we can tackle the renovation of our Master Ensuite - but I'm finding I'm already daydreaming about all the fittings, tile, and hardware I will choose when the time comes! So when I came across the Kohler Tailored Vanity Collection, I knew I had to tuck away the inspiration in my "dream home files." It's all about form meets function, and thoughtful design. With a little more research I found some great examples of just how creative and innovative these vanities really are:

Kristin of Hunted Interior designed this fabulous classic bathroom, all black & white and brass, and she showed us some of the magic of these tailored vanities with how much they can really store! She incorporated a roll out drawer and an electrical outlet shelf; that would be a MUST for me (hair straightners anyone?).
And I loved her idea of a recessed medicine cabinet, maximizing hidden storage especially when working with small amounts of counter space.
Kristin of Bliss At Home also used a Tailored Vanity in her bathroom, just look at all that smart storage, this makes my overly-organized-side so so happy:
Particularly loving those roll out drawers and electric outlet shelves again. And then there's a drawer divider that comes with 3 dividers for changing function, just smart!

You can view all of the Kohler fittings in this Delft Blue Bathroom, a blue & white space designed in collaboration with Molly Hatch. I love the idea of a simple process where you first select your vanity style, then counters, sinks and faucets, and finally your custom storage options and accessories. All of these fantastic storage ideas will definitely be something I'll come back to for my own future reno!

1- Zara Home blue & white bath accessories 2- Kohler Damask Tailored Vanity 3- Blue Carrera marble tiles 4- Kohler roll-out appliance storage  5- One Kings Lane ginger jar 6- Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover 7- Scalamandre China Blue 8- Kohler adjustable shelf with electric outlets 9- Kohler cabinet drawer divider 10- Kohler medicine cabinet

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Design Inspiration | Dark Greens

Naomi Watts home via AD
This isn't your 90's green people - call it forest, hunter, emerald, whatever you like - dark greens are officially making a huge comeback. It's a jewel-toned, rich, and quite luxe version of the hue. Let's start with one of my favorite designers Meredith Heron who has been selecting gorgeous greens for her own home as well as her clients, trust me when I say you need to be following along with her sneak peeks of a project on Instagram - three words: Green Lacquered Kitchen!

Meredith Heron - featuring the jffabrics Meredith Heron Collection Vol 1 wallcoverings
and #jfmeredithheron Salute Fabric
It's lots of fun to follow Studio McGee on Snapchat (I'm finally on there as @marcusdesign!), they've been showcasing dark green projects using BM Hunter Green as seen below:
Here's a lovely green-black they utilized in a home office, so rich! (BM Salamander)
A stunning mossy-green tile at the Waterworks showroom on Melrose Place:
Waterworks showroom via La Dolce Vita
And of course I found plenty of inspiration, modern & traditional, on Pinterest!
 Brett Heyman
Watch out for green goodness, guaranteed you will begin to notice it around!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Photographer Q&A | Tracey Ayton

Design: Tracey Ayton
Today I am beyond thrilled to be sharing a little conversation I recently had with one of my all-time favorite Interior Design photographers, Tracey Ayton. There's no doubt you have come across Tracey's work in countless publications; from Martha Stewart to Veranda, House & Home, Style at Home, and Harper's Bazaar, Tracey has established her brand and become a go-to for so many designers in the field.

She's a creative in her own right; the photo above is Tracey's own kitchen designed, styled, and shot by her for the latest Kitchen and Bath issue of House & Home magazine. And here's the thing - she is also one of the sweetest, most genuine people you will meet. If that's not 'having it all', I don't know what is! I was honored to have the chance to interview Tracey and find out more about how she began in the world of interior photography.

Nancy Marcus: What do you love most about your career?
Tracey Ayton: I just love working with people that are passionate about what they do.  When I have the opportunity to photograph someone else’s passion …….. it’s amazing how far the photographs go to inspire others.

NM: What led you to the field of photography?

TA: I took a graphic design course and during the first week of being there, I was failing miserably.  A fellow student recognized that I was struggling and recommended that I drop the course, get my money back and try photography.  I will forever remember that moment and wish I could thank her for suggesting I try photography because she forever changed my life.  Once I started taking photography courses, I was asked to photograph someone’s wedding, which turned into a lucrative business of photographing weddings for 15 years.  After 15 years, it was time to wean myself from the wedding business.  I didn’t even want to look at a camera because I was so “done” with photographing weddings.  I have always loved interior design and immersed myself in every interior design publication ever printed…. well A LOT of them….  While reading one of those magazines one day, I had an “a-ha” moment….. Why am I not photographing interiors????  So, my passion for photography reignited and I never looked back.  In order to get a website up of beautiful homes, I would actually go to some homes that appealed to me in my neighborhood, knock on the door explain to them what I was up to and ask them if I could photograph their home.  Not one single person said no to me.  Yup, it took courage but it worked and in the end it got me published and a roster of clientele.  Someone once told me to figure out who I am and then do it on purpose.


NM: How would you describe your personal style? And do the interiors you shoot influence your own décor choices?

TA: I would say as much as I would love to be “Fancy”, I’m more laid back and casual in my personal style.  I’ve always liked the traditional side of things but more recently am loving the modern beach feel in which my own home is starting to evoke.  I shoot so many different types of decors and it’s really nice to be inspired by all of them.  I can take that inspiration and mix it in with my own sense of style.  I also thrive on finding things that no one else has.

The home of Laurie Phillips
Tracey's own kitchen styled in collaboration with Floralista

NM: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

TA: I have every single Martha Stewart publication …… I’ve poured over the photographs over and over again.  I’d say that her magazines are my textbooks.  I love her!  You can see her influence reflected in both my home and my photography style.

NM: What project are you most proud of?

TA: Recently my husband and I purchased a home, renovated it by taking it down to the studs and designing it ourselves.  We had an architect help us with the drawings and engineering side of things but we knew exactly what we wanted for the design of the home.  Having to work within the existing “foot print” was a bit limiting but I’m pretty happy with the results.  Needless to say, the kitchen has my “stamp” on it so when Canadian House & Home Magazine approached me to see if they could feature it in their Kitchens Special Publication Issue, (July 2016) I was very flattered.  Not only did I photograph it but I styled it too.  The whole experience was so much fun which makes me want to do a lot more styling in my work.

Design: Tracey Ayton
NM: What is your next career venture?

TA: The further I am in my career, the more opportunities arise.  Interior photography has evolved into styling shoots, photographing food and more recently, I have been asked by several people when I will be putting on styling and photography workshops.  So preparing for my first workshop is something that I am super excited about and can’t wait to announce when it will be.

A big thank you to Tracey for sharing this with us! I don't think I am the only one who plans to be signing up for that workshop!! Be sure to hop over to see more of Tracey's work on her website, and all the updates and styling inspiration on her stunning instagram feed.
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