Sunday, February 28, 2010

{field trip: lottery show home}

We took a little field trip to a lottery home in White Rock a few weeks back. The interior design was done by Kelly Deck. It was a great house and I took a few pics of some of my favorite ideas. I am always drawn to moldings and paneling, and there was a great example of a simple but impactful paneling on the walls in a grid, I have always wanted to do something like this as a feature wall in my dinning room:


This was in the basement believe it or not, which led to a gorgeous guest bedroom that was nice enough to be the master bedroom:



I think the paneling could be too much if it was all over in a not so large room, but a feature wall or two could be quite nice! And I bet this could probably be an inexpensive project if you used strips of MDF. Then, just about 500 hours of careful measuring, and a quick lick of paint and you’re done! Hmmm, maybe I can convince my husband…. :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

{tufted headboard}

Tufted headboards have been all the rage for a couple of years now, and I really love how they create such a tailored and classic look. I was on the hunt for one last year and came across several gorgeous beds in various magazines. Below you can see examples from Hickory Chair ($5500), Restoration Hardware ($2855), and Crate and Barrel ($1500) (left to right):


Here’s another pretty example in a room featured in Style at Home:


These beds are fabulous, but they were all a bit outside of my budget! So low and behold, I found a steal of a deal at none other than Costco! The headboard we bought is actually still available online at either www.costco.ca in Canada or www.costco.com in the States. Keep in mind it is not a whole bed as some of the examples above are, but the headboard alone is only $339.99, and you can really create the same look!



Here you can see the headboard in our master bedroom, I would show you the whole room but it is very much a work in progress!! Our bedding is from The Bay, it is from the House & Home collection by Lynda Reeves. I absolutely love Moorish tile prints, so I had to have some pillows with that pattern. I have no bedroom furniture yet, but maybe I will do a wishlist soon to show you what I envision.


Below is a room designed by Sarah Richardson for a lottery home in Vancouver that I actually found after I chose this headboard! Sarah...I think we are soul-sisters :)


Don't these pics just make you want to curl up with a good book? Have a happy and cozy Saturday evening :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

{i heart kwid}

I know I've said it before, but I have to say it again! I love Kelly Wearstler's dramatic designs. I think she has mastered the art of the unexpected. There are always elements to her rooms that I would never have even thought of, but they work amazingly! I was flipping through her book, 'Modern Glamour' last night, and thought I would share a little bit of KW eye-candy with you:


I think this space is one of my favorites. I love the mirrored table, and the richness of the wood. A few feminine accessories never hurts either!


What a neat idea having free-standing mirrors in front of a window in a bathroom! Now that is good makeup lighting!! Nice hardware too hey?




So beautiful! I think the floor to ceiling tiling is so bold. I hope these pics inspire you as much as they inspire me :) Happy Wednesday!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

{an exciting find}

Have you ever looked in your favorite magazine and thought to yourself, ‘Why can’t I find similar styles of furniture to what I see in these pics??’ I personally always feel this way! I was lying in bed looking through the March issue of Style at Home (great issue!), and I came across a little mirrored side table that I fell in love with (in the far corner with the chrome lamp on it, I even excitedly pointed it out to my half asleep husband):



Isn’t that room gorgeous? I especially love the punches of blue. After seeing that cabinet I thought to myself, I can never find neat items like that at a reasonable price! The amazing thing was that the very next day I happened to be scoping out what was new at HomeSense, and right when I walked in the door, it hit me in the face!!! What a great find, I couldn’t believe how much it resembled the table I had drooled over just the night before. If you live in the Vancouver area, I believe the table could still be findable (it comes in black, white, silver, or orange), and it is 250 dollars, probably a fraction of the price of the one in the magazine. I also got inspired by another Style at Home issue from nearly two years ago that featured a gorgeous room done by Sarah Richardson. Her room showcased these super cute little tufted chairs you can see are very similar to the ones I found. The pretty little pillows I have sitting on my chairs were sewn for me by my wonderful and talented friend Laura. Check out the gorgeous vintage buttons she found!



Sarah's Room:



I now need to pick the perfect accessories for the table, I just put a lamp I already had on top for now, although I really like the chrome-based lamp in the magazine pic. But I also think I need to add something with color.

Any tips on what accessories would look great on this cabinet? I would love to hear your suggestions. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

{creating your own custom art}

A couple of years ago, while shopping for my wedding dress, I came across a large print hanging on the wall in a shop in Vancouver that I absolutely loved. I came home and searched the internet to see if I could buy a copy. Turns out a copy of this print would run close to $400!! So, I decided to try to paint it for myself. You can see below it is a bit different than the original (on the left), but it's close enough, with my own spin on it:



I was able to by a large size canvas that now hangs in our kitchen eating area, and I am pleased with the results. Just for fun I included a pic of the eating area before we bought and renovated our home:





I think it is a great idea if you cannot afford some of your favorite art pieces, you can even put your own personal touch on it this way. Or if you wanted it to be a perfect copy you could trace the photo with an art projector. I have several other painting projects on my list for other places in the house, hopefully I will give this hobby more time and get to them soon :) Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

{making an entrance}


We have a little 1980’s rancher that needed a lot of love when we first moved in a couple of years ago. And it is still a work in progress! I figure what better spot to show you first than the first thing you see when you come in! Here is our front entrance, before and after the work that we had done. The before pics are from the first time we viewed the house before we bought it. (Note: you can click on the pics to enlarge them).


Check out the gold sconces on the wall, what a blast from the past!



We painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s 'Revere Pewter', one of my favorite paint colors.



You can see below that we had the cedar ceiling covered over with drywall, it made the entry way so much brighter!



Mirror: Thomasville, table: Costco, rug: Bowring, wall sconces: Home Depot, table-top accessories: all from HomeSense.

It feels much more like home now, and a lot less like a time warp back to 1986! I will continue to post some of the changes we have made thus far, and hopefully some new projects we will take on as spring approaches. Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, February 8, 2010

{these are a few of my favorite things}


So this is my very first post, I thought it would be fun to start out with a list of my most favorite things!

Top 3’s - Like all ‘top’ lists this one is purely “IMO” (In My Opinion). These are people and places that, for me, extract the best from the physical world of interior design, and convert it into inspiration. (Side note: being from Vancouver, I tried to keep it mostly Canadian!)

Interior Designers

1. Sarah Richardson – She is one of the greatest Canadian designers! I love her aesthetic, and she has impeccable taste. Her furniture line is amazing (sold at Liberty). One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon is go out to show homes and hospital lottery houses, and Sarah has designed at least three lottery homes in Vancouver over the last few years. Here are pics from two of those homes:




2. Brian Gluckstein – Props to Canadian designers again! He doesn’t just design your sheets from the Hudson’s Bay Company, he is quite an amazing interior designer. Below is one of the most glamorous bathrooms I’ve ever seen. What a grand idea, a library in a bathroom!



3. Kelly Wearstler – She is known for her bold and over-the-top sensibility, and while I probably would not consider myself as bold, I love her glamour and sophistication and can always be inspired by elements of her rooms. Example: I absolutely die for the curvy shape of this yellow chair…though I may choose a neutral shade!



If you don’t already have a copy of it, I encourage you to grab her book, ‘Modern Glamour.’ I always turn to it for major inspiration!


Vancouver Décor shops

1. Liberty – My #1 fav place to shop and be inspired. I swear I could be happy walking out with absolutely anything from that store. I could furnish my entire home in one outing {if I had the moolah!}. Tip: get on there emailing list and you will always be updated when sales are on!


2. Chinz&Co. - Another inspiring place, I always enjoy the displays they put on at Interior Design shows in Vancouver.


3. HomeSense - Yes, I really mean HomeSense. So great for random finds, and I always stumble upon accessories that are at a much better price but comparable style and quality to higher end stores.



Decor Magazines








Design TV shows

1. House & Home TV – Lynda Reeves tours amazing homes on this show, I was always upset that it did not come on TV very often, but now they have online episodes you can watch any time!

2. Sarah’s House – Sarah’s House season 3 starts on March 9th on HGTV Canada, and in April on HGTV USA. Apparently Sarah literally buys a farm!



3. HGTV’s Top Ten – A great show which airs on HGTV and showcases Top Ten lists of various Canadian and American rooms.


So there you go, some of my most favorite things, now you know a bit more about my style and what really grabs me. Did I miss any of your most favorite inspirations? Stayed tuned, my next posts will include before and after shots of some of the reno’s we have done so far in our home. Thanks for stopping by!

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