Monday, April 30, 2012

{4 kitchen desk ideas}

I love having a little kitchen desk in our home. It's a great spot to sit & write grocery lists, stash receipts and mail, and of course it's an opportunity to create a vignette! Here are a few ideas I love for this practical nook:

1 If I ever get the chance to build my dream home I think my first wish would be to have a nice sized window to bring in natural light above the kitchen workstation. Built-in sconces or a lamp would create perfect additional lighting for the evenings:

Effie Genovese via Style at Home

2 If you don't have the opportunity to look out of a beautiful window, creating visual interest with a bulletin board is a nice alternative. It's pretty and it's practical!

A statement chair really adds omph to this corner of an overly 'utilitarian' space, and I'm loving the gorgeous Alexandra quatrefoil chair from Suzanne Kasler's line:

4 I love the idea of organization through small drawers or cubbies. Wouldn't it be fun to designate a mail/homework cubby for each family member, each labelled with a custom silhouette like the ones below?

left: via House Beautiful, right: unknown

Do you have a kitchen workstation? Does yours happen to incorporate any of these features? Any ideas I missed? I'd love to hear!

Friday, April 27, 2012

{news in the world of fashion}

Happy Friday friends! I'm excited for the weekend, you too? I'm hoping to head out for a nice walk along the seawall to enjoy the water & sun with my hubby.

Here's a bit of a round up of what's been happening this week in the fashion world:

First up, Vancouverites rejoice! We finally have a J. Crew!! Doors opened earlier this week at the Robson street location. This is the second J. Crew in Canada, and I'm so happy to see that we are finally catching up. I smell a shopping trip in my near future :)

J. Crew Fall 2012 line

Speaking of J. Crew ... did you see that Jenna Lyons recently had a look-alike model at the showing of her Fall 2012 line? She claims this was unintention ... you be the judge.

I LOVED reading through this list of '29 of Fashion's Biggest Mysteries Solved' on Refinery29 this week ... I learned so much! Did you know BCBG stands for 'Bon chic, bon genre,' meaning 'good style, good attitude.'  Hop over to find out things like 'why the red sole'? and 'why houndstooth is called houdstooth'?

Did you hear that Fashion Television is ceasing filming? I am so sad, this has been a staple in my Canadian TV viewing nearly my whole life. I have memories of me and my dad watching the runway shows and just gasping at the couture gowns that were more like sculptural art than wearable garments. Jeanne Beker brought young Canadians a taste of the behind the scenes happening at every major show for the passed 27 years. She brought the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Oscar de la Renta into Canadian living rooms. I'm really going to miss this show! Goodbye Fashion TV, you will be greatly missed.

The beginning: Jeanne Beker then {1985}

And now {2012}

One of Fashion TV's final installments included following The Coveteur for a sneak peak into the wardrobe and home of Canadian interior design guru Brian Gluckstein. He's got quite the collection, I must say! And newer photos of that iconic library bathroom of his were so fun to see ... it's got to be my favorite bathroom of all time!

Beautiful! Get's me every time. I wish you all a fabulous weekend, see you back here on Monday!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

{the anatomy of a windsor smith kitchen}

I love Windsor Smith's work ... ALL of it. She's got the magic formula of mixing classic bones + an amazing wow factor down pat! But there is something extra special about a 'Windsor Smith kitchen,' don't you agree?

via Rue

via Veranda

Ooh, that's a whole lot of kitchen pretty. Let's dissect, shall we? What must a Windsor Smith kitchen include? Gobs of marble is a good start, a tiny touch of rustic glam through a wide-planked wood floor or a large marble-top french table, a mix of seating styles that could include this navy brushed side chair and Windsor Smith's own slipcovered wingback chair, a ceiling pot rack for added charm, and of course two oversized black drum-shade light fixtures for that WS wow factor!

Yep, I could live like this :) Could you picture it?

One more thing! I'm excited to be visiting Victoria's lovely blog vmac + cheese, participating in her Behind the Scenes series today, hop over to learn a little more about me, like which 4 books I hope to read this year and what keeps me blogging.

I also guest blogged over at the fabulous & fellow Canadian Designwali blog a couple of weeks ago, sharing a spot of color in my home that brings a smile to my face. Thanks to both wonderful ladies for having me!

Monday, April 23, 2012

{house tour: via christina murphy interiors}

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great couple of days off.

As I mentioned on Saturday, I am a big fan of Christina Murphy's work {look for a gorgeous spread from her in the May issue of House Beautiful!}. Here is another beautiful home recently added to her portfolio:

She is all about the details and her work is so fresh! I also love that she updates her website frequently! So fun to hop over every now and then and find something new :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

{happy sunday + bedroom pretty}

Hope you are enjoying your weekend! I have to tell you, I have been having a very relaxing couple of days, for the first time since Christmas break pretty much. I slept in yesterday and I'm feeling better than I have in as long as I can remember! These bedrooms have a soft & relaxed vibe to match the restful bliss I am feeling:

via BHG as seen on La Dolce Vita

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

{weekend reading ...}

The latest issue of TradHome is out, be sure to click through & start flipping because it is filled with eye candy! Perfect weekend reading in my opinion :) I especially loved viewing the versatile and stunning spaces designed by the '10 New Trads'; the list includes some of my favorite designers such as Christina Murphy, Palmer Weiss, and Grant K. Gibson.

You can vote for your favorite of the '10 New Trad' designers and be entered to win $1000 & flip through the full issue here.

Happy weekend reading! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

{designer profile: daun curry}

I only recently learned of the work of Manhattan-based interior designer Daun Curry through one of my favorite blogs, The Zhush. What a portfolio! I'm quite smitten with her bold and eclectic style:

Have you ever seen high-gloss walls as perfect as these?

Love those herringbone floors:

It's that fabulous Fornasetti wallcovering, how quirky and fun!

Drooling? I sure am. If you'd like to see more of Daun's work hop over to her beautiful and extensive portfolio here.

Wishing you all a wonderful & relaxing weekend!

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