Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas From My Home To Yours

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Merry Christmas dear friends! I wish you a fabulous next few days surrounded by your family & friends ... I hope you get everything on your wishlist, and eat too many desserts to count. It's a time of year where we can often get distracted by 'things', all those shiny & glittery material items, we even get caught up in what we're going to wear and how we'll do our nails (I'm speaking for myself here!). But I encourage us all to remember what this season really is all about. It's about showing love to our neighbours, spending time with our families, doing random acts of kindness, and most importantly celebrating the One who gave it all for us. Jesus is the real reason for the season, He's the historical basis for this holiday that we have modernized, and it's something that's easy to forget as I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.

I've been trying to focus on that more and more this year; even when writing my Christmas cards out, shopping for the perfect gifts, or baking batches of cookies for loved ones, I'm trying to remind myself why I am doing all of this. To show love to those around me, to give to those in need, and to celebrate the birth of Christ even through tasks that may seem "commercialized."

Luke 2: 8-12 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Designer Profile | Marianne Simon Design

Happy Christmas week!! I hope you are feeling prepped and ready for the big day! Today I am sharing with you the stunning portfolio of Marianne Simon - a talented Washington state-based designer whose work is truly drool worthy. I love how Marianne has mastered the use of neutrals with so much interest added through millwork, wallcoverings, fabrics, and classic finishes like wood and marble:

Pretty spectacular, non? And I just love following Marianne on Instagram - following your favorite designers means getting sneak peeks of their work before it hits their portfolio or gets published!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fabulous Bathrooms By Meredith Heron

Today I'm sharing one of my all-time favorite designer's work with you, and particularly the fabulous bathroom designs of Meredith Heron. This Toronto-based interior designer has truly mastered the art of intuitive glamour in all of her work, and I think you will immediately agree that the bathrooms below capture her talent perfectly. I adore some of the key elements Meredith employs to create a stunning bathroom space.

First example; she expertly adds texture, depth, and interest by utilizing millwork, grasscloth, and pattern through wallpaper & fabric.Whether it's floor-to-ceiling deep, luscious navy, or half the wall panelled in a tailored onyx, anchoring the room in decadent darks lends to an air of sophistication:

How about warm metal fixtures? I'm so thankful to see brass & other warm metals still going strong. Whether it's through light fixtures, hardware, faucets, or mirrors, Meredith knows how to pick pieces that become absolute showstoppers in the space!

It's quite easy to see that Meredith also has mixing tile patterns & textures down pat. She knows how to play with scale and perspective so that 5 or more tile types are seamlessly combined and your eye rests easily on the overall space. Stunning effect, isn't it?

To see more of Meredith's beautiful work hop over to her portfolio and blog.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Before & After | One Room Challenge Reveals

Happy Friday everyone! Did you catch the fabulous reveals this week for the finale of the One Room Challenge? If you have some extra blog reading time this weekend, sit down with a nice cup of coffee & hop over to view each of participants amazing rooms. Literally every transformation was stellar! Here is a sampling with some dramatic before pictures just to wet your appetite:

This is honestly only a tiny taste! Trust me, you will want to check out all the amazing images of all the spaces on the list here. Have a restful weekend!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Recap | IDSwest 2014

I had the pleasure of attending the annual Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) this past weekend, and there was so much wonderful décor & design to take in! And as a long-time Sarah Richardson fan, having her as the keynote speaker was a definite highlight for me. Here is a little recap of the show:

Did you know that in the past 15 years Sarah has designed 300 rooms over 5 tv series? I've been watching from the very beginning - Room Service, Design Inc (by far my favorite!), Sarah's House, Sarah's Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential. She'll have another Sarah's Cottage airing soon - so stay tuned for that! She also mentioned doing a large renovation on her own home which will eventually make it's way to our tv screens as well :)

Oh, and you can now pre-order Sarah's book 'Sarah Style' which will be released November 4th; it's filled with tips and tricks and is only $20 on Amazon!

And if you are a die-hard fan, get excited because this is happening:

It'll be fun to see what she comes up with! Let's take a look at a few of the other exhibits and products that caught my eye at the show. I loved that brass was still going strong - these chic & whimsical faucets from Cantu were like jewelry:
Another great booth was from Ocean Pacific Lighting Inc, I fell hard for this geometric fixture, and the Lucite & brass combo on the right:
There were a few lovely booths set up for Dinner by Design - showcasing tabletop décor at it's finest. This first one is by the talented Gillian Segal, all the jewel-toned flowers and gold flatware made for a perfect setting:

There was a really fun booth set up by Endeavour Neon Signs, you've likely seen their work in the home office of Monika Hibbs:

And lastly, tartan was a real theme at this years show - every where you turned there was a handsome dash of plaid! Love the touch with these pillows:

How about a sea of tartan? The Montauk Sofa booth was probably the most popular spot to be sneaking in a selfie!!

Those were a few of my favorite things this year; it's always so much fun to get inspired by such creative minds, I already can't wait till the next show!

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