Tuesday, June 19, 2012

{book review: segreto secrets to finishing beautiful interiors}

I was so excited to recieve the gorgeous design book 'Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors,' from talented artist and owner of Segreto Finishes {a decorative painting firm based in Houston, Texas} Leslie Sinclair. It's the perfect adition to any coffee table. This oversized 300 page beauty is filled with breathtaking rooms and secrets from Leslie herself on how fine finishing can transform a room.

To me, one of the signs of a beautiful book inside & out is when the cover beneath the dust jacket is also gorgeous! That's attention to detail.

Not only is this a gorgeous book, it is educational & filled with exceptional photography:

This visual treat is filled with elegant, classic & timeless spaces, and I found so much inspiration throughout.To purchase the book click here, & to see more of Leslie's work and inspirations check out her blog Segreto: The Secret To Beautiful Living. She also has an interview you can listen to on The Skirted Roundtable.


Monday, June 18, 2012

{my week in pictures ...}

Happy Monday everyone! We're back at it, and I have to say I'm feeling decently rested after the weekend which isn't typical for me. I thought I'd share bits of what's been happening around here lately:

Well my grad came and went and it was really fun to celebrate with family & friends, here I am in the fancy schmancy get-up we had to wear ...

Nice hat hey? Definitely not the most flattering, but the PhD Regalia actually originated in the monasteries of the Middle Ages, and the 'hood' {draped over my arm in the first photo}was originally part of the monk's habit - a carryall for food or other small items. Funny but kinda cool!

My home is super fragrant right now as it is filled with flowers from family & friends, including some of my favorites like peonies and orchids! I'm praying I can keep the gorgeous orchids alive. Tips anyone?

Little Yoki is getting comfy in our home, she's learning quickly but of course we still have a few things to work on! It's easy to lose patience when you are standing outside in the pouring rain waiting for her to go to the bathroom, but all of her puppy snuggles & kisses make up for it :)

I was excited to be included in an article for the Canadian Press with a Canadian I very much look up to, Michael Penney! The article high-lights the trends in summer fashions and how they translate into your home. You can read it HERE.

And finally, speaking of 'fashion meets decor,' I'm guest posting over at Tim Lam's fabulous blog Design Maze today! I'm sharing a little color inspiration. Who doesn't adore a dose of mint & gold? Head HERE to see more.

Have a great start to your week!

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