Saturday, October 30, 2010

{jax does design}

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are enjoying a leisurely weekend thus far. If your spending time cruising around the blogosphere on your days off I hope you'll pop by my good friend Kelly's new blog JAX does design.

Kelly formerly headed up DesignTies with Victoria but has recently branched out on her own and her blog is a daily MUST read for me! Here's a DIY she posted last week to entice you:

Love the layered mirror look? Kelly acheived this glam look in her stunning dining room:

Need further enticing? Well, Kelly is hosting a FAB giveaway this week: a FREE blog design from Aqua Blue Sunrise! Head over there now to enter, but keep in mind that I'll be keeping my fingers crossed till the contest is over cause I WANNA WIN! Bonne chance everyone :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

{fashion meets interior design}

As it gets colder outdoors and we pull out our warmer clothing, my mind always turns to knits. And this fabulous fabric can very clearly translate into our homes for fall. I love being wrapped in a chunky knitted scarf {the only thing I know how to knit myself!} on a crisp and chilly day and I love the texture and warmth that knitted pieces can bring into any interior.

Elle Canada

via Katy Elliott

Poufs - Flocks, Pillows - Lutz & Patmos and West Elm, Scarf - Layers of Meaning, Pillow - 18 Karat

Whether it's a knit throw or a sweet little button-clad pillow, I am digging these knits! Maybe it's time to take my knitting skills beyond the basic scarf, though I'm not so sure I could reach giant-knit-pouf status!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

{the decorista: my six to bliss}

Today I am thrilled and honored to be featured in Ashlina's series 'Six to Bliss' over at The Decorista! Ashlina's fabulous blog is a daily-must read for me and I never fail to find inspiration there. If you don't already follow along, you are missing out! While you are visiting be sure to check out her brand new uber-chic website. Check out my own personal Six to Bliss here.

A big thank you to my LA BFF Ashlina for having me :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

{adding to my 'dream house' files}

I have a file where I tuck away pictures that totally resonate with me, images of spaces that I want to come back to when I {hopefully} renovate/build my dream home one day! Hey, a girl can dream right?

Well, this home that I am posting fits perfectly into this category. EVERY room in this house is going to be tucked away into my 'dream house' file. I just about melted when I laid my eyes on it in this months Style at Home. Designer Colleen McGill added sparkle and flair in a sophisticated way with lucite, silver, and crystal. The paneling is perfect, and the creamy white and grey palette makes my monochromatic-loving-heart swoon! {images via McGill Design Group and Style at Home}.

And here it is in the magazine, all dolled up for Christmas:

And the entry way is my favorite part, funny thing is that it reminds me so much of another photo that I have had in my dream house file for a couple of years now, check it out:

Notice the similarity? I die for this look! The oversized mirror all the way to the floor with a table/counter placed in front is nothing but glam. Go big or go home! So needless to say, I must have this look somewhere in my home one day.

I have also always been drawn to the tufted banquette, and there's a lovely example of this in the living room:

Isn't it stunning? So, do you have a 'dream house' file, or am I the only crazy one? Spill the beans cause I am dying to know!

Friday, October 22, 2010

{i heart all things grey + tufted}

After spending some time organizing the inspiration files on my computer, I came to the realization that I have a minor obsession ... with all things grey and tufted! It doesn't matter whether it's a headboard, a chair, sofa, settee, or ottoman, I love them all! I love grey, every wall in my house is a different shade of grey. I love tufting, it's so classy and sophisicated. Put the two together and I am swooning! So I thought I'd share my small collection of images with you ... after all, maybe I'm not the only one lusting over this lovely tufted goodness...

So I think it's safe to say my love for grey tufted pieces isn't going any where. I think I'm dreaming about those grey dining chairs above, they would be perfect in my dining room! Hope you enjoy your weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

{a very sweet penthouse suite}

November's issue of Style at Home is filled with great stuff, and a featured Toronto urban penthouse particularly caught my eye. Designer Sasha Josipovicz filled this home with bold and classic pieces. White walls let the artwork sing throughout, except in the dining room where luxurious Japanese steel blue silk creates a dramatic feel. I love the fresh and classy feel of this space, I could see myself in this lovely penthouse suite any day!

What I think I love most about the gorgeous living room is the restrained pops of saturated color, it is so classy and sophisticated!

After being positively captivated by this space, I was thrilled to read designer Margot Austin's recent blog post for Style at Home. Her post goes through the details of demystifying the styling of this space for a photoshoot. I loved how she broke down exactly how she placed the furniture, changed up the art, added color with flower arrangement, and plumped the pillows to perfection! If you've ever wondered how the experts get those perfectly styled shots, you NEED to read this article, I ate up every word!

It was neat to read that often it was just a matter of moving a piece from one room to another, and that many of the homeowners own accessories were utilized for the primping process.

Here's an example before & after from Margot's post, you can see what a difference the art and flowers make in the space, go to her post for all the juicy details!

{the zhush: my fabulous fall finds}

Today I am thrilled and honored to be participating in Sue's lovely series 'Fabulous Fall Finds' over at The Zhush! Sue's inspiring blog is a daily-must read for me, and she is one sweet and talented lady. If you don't already follow The Zhush, you are missing out! Check out my Fab Fall Finds here, where I'm showcasing items on my wishlist for my home and my closet! A big thank you to Sue for having me :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

{interior design show west 2010}

A terrific time was had by all at the IDSwest this year! Inspiration oozed from all of the displays and the talk by Sarah and Tommy was a definite highlight. They had the audience entertained and engaged the entire hour. The Q & A session started out with a few exciting announcements: Sarah's fab new show, Sarah 101 starts in January and Sarah and Tommy are in the midst of filming Sarah's House 4! Woot woot! Sarah 101 will be 13 episodes worth of a 'crash course' on how to tackle various projects in your home, and for Sarah's House 4 the designers are heading to the suburbs! They'll be showing us how to personalize a newly built home in a restriction-laden subdivision.

I'm a long time SR fan, I've been watching her on TV for 10 years! When all the other kids in high school were out partying I was at home learning how to sew the perfect throw pillows on Room Service! So I snuck myself into the front row for the show, that empty seat beside me is my husband's ... yes it's true, poor guy came with me, he's the best hubby in the world!

The design duo tackled 'FAQs from their F.A.N.s,' {as Tommy put it} that had been posted via Facebook. I was thrilled that my question was the third one answered! I had asked, 'Have there been instances when you were inspired by one particular piece that you design a whole room around that special piece? Would you say fabric is normally your jumping off point?' Here's Sarah's answer:

I was all-ears when Sarah addressed a question about how to get into the field of design, she explained that it's a personal choice whether or not to complete schooling {both her and Tommy had not}. If you choose not to, you need to stay on top of what is going on in the field, you need to have passion, and she really emphasized to keep up on what is new! I kept thinking, blogging helps you do just that doesn't it? If you have already attended design school, Tommy explained your school portfolio usually isn't enough to get you hired, he suggests adding images to it that define your style and explain what your personal taste is.

Here's me hanging out with my new BFF ... okay maybe that's not exactly how it went down. Sarah was gracious enough to stick around and snap some photos with fans. Thanks Sarah! And there's Tommy in the background, wish I could have caught him for a pic too!

Other Q & A's I enjoyed: How do you add personality to an all-white kitchen?

Sarah's tips: Change up the lighting, paint the walls {not white!}, accessorize with color, add interest with fabric window treatments. Here's an example of an all-white kitchen that got a makeover on Design Inc., the after immediately reads red!

How do you decorate a very long hallway?

Sarah dealt with this issue in the farm house, and her solution included adding paneling half way up the walls to break up the height, using grasscloth to add texture on the upper portion of the walls, and have pendant fixtures which hang down into the space to allow your eye to be stopped at several points down the long expanse. Love it!

Some of the highlights from the exhibits:

The media lounge and booth by The Cross was by far my favorite display. The pretty poufs were stacked every where and all of fabrics used in a collage on the walls were fantastic. And that Iguana wallpaper by Timorous Beasties? Fab.

HOMEdelight Furnishings had a lovely palette of gray and purple, and check out the light fixtures!

I took this pic for my friend Kelly over at DesignTies, I think IKEA knows that they are on to something with the bold and pretty Maskros chandelier.

A beautiful little white chair with black piping from Liberty, wish I coulda taken her home with me :( Maybe I should take Tommy's advice, buy expensive things and eat noodles for the rest of the month ... :)

The fixtures over at Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre were just like jewellery, gorgeous! And they had an amazing piece hung over a freestanding tub. With a mirror and spot light placed on the ceiling above, it looked like the chandelier went up to heaven!

Parliament proved that equine-inspired art is still a big trend:

Loving the tree stump trend? Here's a pretty little version in gold from Mint, opening this fall in Vancouver:

So there you have it! My take on the IDSwest show, I already can't wait till next year!

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