Friday, November 30, 2012

{a few of my favorite things № 03 | j crew for him}

Happy Friday!

Hope your week is ending well. I wanted to thank you for all your helpful comments about making-over my little curbside find yesterday! Your tips were awesome; I think I now know which spray to use, and Ronda even had the great idea to add finials to the caps, love that! I'm looking into these ones from Lee Valley.

To end your week, another gift guide - this time it's all about him. I found that J Crew was the perfect one-stop shop for the boys:
Love that cardigan. I know my hubby probably thinks he already has too many, but you can never have enough cardi's right?? Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

{trash to treasure: my curbside find}

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts this week - work has been heavy but I am ploughing through. I promised to show you guys a peek at my little curbside find, so here is the super cute brass bench I shoved into my trunk faster than you can say PULL OVER! Seriously, I nearly gave myself whiplash when my eyes locked on this fab FREE find. Good thing was that hubby was driving and was willing to indulge me and make a quick U-turn! Even though he thought I was crazy, he happily shoved it into the trunk ... it's a DIY just waiting to happen:

Cute right? But a closer look would show that it's covered in rust and needs major TLC. So here's where I would love your advice - sand and spray with a metallic finish? Any expert tips on removing rust from metal? Any favorite metallic finish spray you have used that looks close to real metal?? So far I'm considering these from Valspar, Rust-Oleum, and Krylon.
And fabric for the seat! I'm considering placing the bench in my entryway - which has got me thinking I want something with a bold touch of whimsy. My ULTIMATE dream would be Scalamandre's zebra fabric in black - but the black wallpaper colorway doesn't exist as a fabric yet!! :(
I love the modern take's on toile that I've been seeing these days, and blue & white could be a fun addition of color {above is Lee Jofa's Willow pattern}. Another favorite of mine is Schumacher's Shantung Silhouette in smoke - I've been dying to use it somewhere for some time now!
Would Scalamandre's zebras in another colorway be fun? My entry pretty much has no color thus far.
Or a modern take on toile?
Or my beloved Shantung Silhouette? I adore the scale:
What other fun & whimsical fabrics do you think I should consider? I'd really love your suggestions, I'm not stuck on any look right now. And any rust removal & re-finishing tips you can give me are MUCH appreciated also!
Have a great Thursday :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

{a lustworthy library...}

A library is high on my 'dream home' wishlist - just this past weekend I was out shopping with my mom and we spotted a stunning bookcase complete with rolling ladder and we both swooned! So, when I came across the library of Carla Fendi's chic Roman apartment as featured in Architectural Digest, my jaw dropped! It has so many of the elements I would want:

Yum! Ok, let's dissect here - the back to back sofas, woodwork detail in the moldings, the walls of books & fab ladder, the fireplace, different conversation spots around the room, art and sculptures, and this lacquered desk & double glass doors to the veranda:
Yup, I could work/read/live in this space. How about you?
Love it! I adore how the back to back sofas anchor the entire space. And I love the cozy look of the pair of armchairs by the fire :) Oh, and the artwork by Pablo Picasso above the fireplace isn't too shabby either! To see more of the apartment, hop over here.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

{noteworthy: framework mag}

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. For your weekend leisurely reading pleasure, I'd like to introduce you to framework magazine. It's chock-full of great fashion, decor, travel & recipes - the makings of a great lifestyle read. And better yet? It's straight from my hometown, Vancouver! Click here to start flipping through this virtual glossy.

Vancouver blogger Monika of The Doctor's Closet
Lovely, no? And if you are just discovering framework - lucky you, there are 6 issues in the archives for you to peruse!
PS. Fellow Vancouverites - if you've got the day to spare, there is a fabulous 'Homes for the Holidays' tour of 5 elegantly decorated homes on Vancouver's westside today from 11-4pm.

Friday, November 23, 2012

{a few of my favorite things № 02 | west elm}

Happy weekend! And for many of you, happy LONG weekend!!

Here's a little list of a few of my favorite gift ideas from a store we Vancouverite's are very excited to FINALLY have here in town - West Elm. I think it's the perfect spot to find gifts not only for family & friends but also for the party hostess, neighbours, clients & co-workers.
I'm curious to know, will you be hitting up the Black Friday sales? Maybe just online?? It seems there are so many great deals to be had! J.Crew has 25% off with the code COLOR25, and 20x200 has an amazing Cyber Monday deal coming up so watch for that. I also learned from Sarah of Flourish Design + Style that Rugs USA has a 75% off sale! Finally my dear friend Arianna over at Arianna Belle Organized Interiors has added new styles to her gorgeous pillow shop and is offering 10% off all pillow covers with coupon code SSCM12 from Nov. 24-26. Perfect time to tick things off of that Christmas list!
Hope you all have a great weekend!! Next week I'll give you a peek at something I happened to find on the curb the other day and quickly snatched up to come live with me! I think my hubby thought I was crazy when gasped 'What is THAT??' and I asked him to quickly pull over and open the trunk ;)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

{house tour: bold whimsy}

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends south of the border! Hope you are having a wonderful time with family & friends & lots of yummy food.

Today I'm being inspired by the over-the-top glamour and whimsy of this Toronto home belonging to creative director of NH Design, Colette van den Thillart. The first image I came across in this months H&H magazine was the living room of Colette's home; the perfect paneling & moldings combined with the interesting furniture layout, lavish tabletop vignettes, and that amazing artwork by Canadian artist James Lahey is quite a sight! I only wish there were more views of this room!

The space above is home to the television - doesn't it look cozy? Another angle gives us a view of the massive custom-made sectional {click to enlarge image and get a better look}:

Love the touch of whimsy through the portraits of Colette's daughters.

Super cute use of a dress as a headboard - something like when we talked about framing vintage clothing.

What a dreamy bedroom! I could get used to that - adore the settee at the end of the bed.
Pretty isn't it? And I love that there are so many layers of interest. And a good mix of old and new too!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

{marcus design around and about ...}

Today I'm over on one of my favorite blogs - La Dolce Vita - sharing the first installment of my new series entitled 'Dissecting the Details.' For each post I'll be focusing on one designer and deconstructing their signature style in a specific room. First up are the entryway designs of NY-based interior designers, Christina Murphy. Hop over to take a closer look at all the details that make up a glamorous signature Christina Murphy entry!

Also, I have to give a huge shout out to one of my blog besties, Christine of Bijou and Boheme! As you most likely already know, she writes a monthly column for one of my favorite magazines, Style at Home, and this month she lists her favorite blogger art shops. I'm super honored to have my etsy shop included in the curated group of uber talented artists that Christine put together! {click to enlarge article}
And finally, I'm excited to be contributing to Rebecca's uber stylish blog Young Sophisticates - she's got such an eye for fashion. You can see my 'Runway to Room' column looking at cozy cable knits perfect for fall here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

{deconstructing the 2.55}

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's legacy is a rich one: the little black dress, Chanel No.5, and of course the quilted 2.55 handbag. According to Wikipedia, it was in the 1920s that Coco Chanel became tired of having to carry her handbags in her arms and decided to design a handbag that freed up her hands. Inspired by the straps found on soldiers’ bags she added thin straps and introduced the design to the market in 1929. Chanel later decided to update her handbag, and the resulting design was called 2.55 after the date of release, February 1955. Let's take a closer look at this iconic bag:
  • The bag originally came with a front lock called the Mademoiselle Lock; it's only been since the 1980s that Karl Lagerfeld's versions included the double CC logo enclosure we are all familiar with.
  • The House of Chanel released an exact copy of the original 2.55 in February 2005 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original. The “Reissue 2.55” is a term now commonly used for all handbags resembling the original 2.55.
This 'It Bag' is truly an investment piece - a collectible that will be passed down from generation to generation. It has barely changed in 57 years - a true testament that it will not loose it's relevance to modern design. Other styles of the moment really can't compete with the 2.55. In the words of Coco Chanel herself - "Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
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