Monday, June 24, 2013

{house tour: via chango & co.}

The New-York based design firm Chango & Co. are new to me, I stumbled upon their work on Pinterest recently. After perusing their gorgeous portfolio I fell in love with the stately home in Old Westbury:

Beautiful millwork, lots of feminine touches, it's all right up my alley. You can see even more images of this home on the Chango & Co. website.
Hope you have a great Monday!

Friday, June 21, 2013

{happy friday + hello summer ...}

Happy end of the work week! It's the first day of the summer season, even though you wouldn't know it here in rainy Vancouver. I'm crossing my fingers that we will be seeing the sun very soon! Truth be told, I'm day-dreaming of sitting poolside or on a beach somewhere on this first day of summer, preferably with a cold smoothie and an iPad to catch up on all my favorite blogs ... shall we day-dream together?

Yep, that looks about right ;) I hope it is sunny where you are! Enjoy the weekend xo

Thursday, June 20, 2013

{round entry tables ...}

One of my most favorite foyer looks is the classic round entry table. Where there is room for one, it gives such a grand and beautiful look. I'd top mine with piles of books and a giant blue & white pot filled with orchids. Yum. Here's a round up of some of my favs that I have saved:
left - Nathan Egan; right - Mark D. Sikes
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left - unknown; right - Decorator Archive
And it doesn't have to be in a MASSIVE entryway - designer Jennifer Dyer accomplished the look with a petit table in her bungalow entry:
This entryway look is on my dream home must-have list, is it on yours?

{another year older ...}

Today is my 31st birthday. I'm excited about being 'into my thirties,' but also sad to say goodbye to 30 as it was a milestone year for me. Really 29-31 have been eventful, finishing my PhD, getting a 'real' career job, travelling Europe, all kinds of good things. I pray that the year to come will bring all kinds of new adventures my way! I'm figuring myself out more and more {which I think is characteristic of this decade, right?}, and I want this coming year to be focussed on taking ownership of my personal health, wellbeing, appearance, all that good stuff. There ... I put it out there on the internet so I have no excuses ;)
Thank you for continuing on this journey with me and for all of your friendship & support. You truly mean the WORLD to me!!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

{fashion inspiration: the summer romper}

Could you see yourself in a romper this summer? They seem to be just about everywhere, and I'm attracted to the idea of a 1 piece outfit that looks so chic & pulled together! How much easier could it be?

I don't yet own a romper but I think this summer I'm going to give one a try. I'm particularly smitten with the collared Michael Kors version, paired with gold strappy sandals it could be so effortlessly chic :) Will you be giving the romper trend a try? This Friday is the first OFFICIAL day of the summer season!

Friday, June 14, 2013

{a luxe chicago remodel ...}

Happy Friday! Woot, it's nearly the weekend!!

To end off your week with a heavy dose of pretty, here is a recent project by the fabulous Summer Thornton - a chic and Hollywood glam redesign of an 1890's Chicago home. It has so many elements that I am obsessed with:

A library-esque dining room ... must happen at some point in my life!!

Everyone knows I love a good Scalamandre zebras room:

Is that a La Cornue range I see?? Dying ....

Now that's some good stuff, if I do say so myself. To see more of Summer's beautiful projects, head over to her portfolio.
Happy weekend!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

{lusting: plug-in wall sconces}

I ADORE the look of chic wall sconces like the one in the gorgeous office of designer Karla Amadatsu above. But sometimes it's not easy to have the electrical set-up to place the sconces wherever your heart desires - enter plug-ins! These handy versions can be placed anywhere an outlet is nearby, perfect for the bedside, library, or flanking the living room sofa:

left: Sarah Richardson, right: unknown
Such a gorgeous look, with relatively no installation hassle! Have you used plug-in wall sconces before? Here are a few that tickle my fancy:
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3 / 4 / 5
I am particularly smitten with the black shade/brass number. Wouldn't it be so chic in an office/library setting?
Have a wonderful day everyone, and thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

{wedding season is upon us...}

It seems I'm seeing wedding inspiration everywhere these days! From the latest e-mags, to blogs, to my own family: my baby brother Andrew {who's not such a baby any more} is about to be wed in 3 weeks time! I'm excited to be a bridesmaid & celebrate with all of our family and friends. I always wonder what I would have done differently if I was getting married today, it's been almost 6 years, and let's just say ... there was no Pinterest back then! :)

Here's a wee bit of summer wedding pretty for your Tuesday:

How gorgeous is this storefront from the latest issue of Lonny?

Do you have summer weddings to attend? Perhaps your own??

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