Monday, September 14, 2015

Gender & Nursery Reveal!

The past few months have been chaotic, exciting, overwhelming ... I could go on and on! As I recently posted, we are expecting a little one in January and our home reno is in full swing. Put those two life-changing events together and it's a little crazy. But thank God, we are doing our best and taking each day in stride. I KNEW I wanted to find out baby's gender before their arrival - I'm the kind of person that likes to plan and have everything prepped, and the thought of decorating the nursery was enough for me to know I had to KNOW! So we promptly planned for a gender reveal party with our family ... only the first ultrasound baby was shy and we couldn't see! Off we went to a 3D ultrasound, had the tech put the gender into a sealed envelope so we couldn't see it in the impersonal/clinical space of the office, and took it to a cake-maker so we could be surprised together with loved ones.

Before I was super-obviously sporting a bump, I also planned a family session of photos with Yaletown Photography ... knowing that this would be the last time before our family grew, and last fleeting moments of just Nick and I as a couple. It's a strange thing to feel fearful of losing the only thing you know, but also knowing you are going to be gaining something beyond your wildest dreams.

Ok, back to the cake! I know I'm holding you in suspense here ...

Hello World cake topper via The Swank Social
The cake-dots on the inside were BLUE .... baby on the way is a BOY!

Truth? I already had a design plan in mind whether baby would have been a boy or girl :) And while I promise this blog will by no means be turning into a mommy/baby blog ... I think nursery décor is pretty fitting around here. It's something I've long thought of WAY before I was even ready to begin thinking about having children of my own. Here's my mood board so far:

Chandelier via Shades of Light | Fornasetti Nuvolette via DecoratorsBest | Vintage Roadster via Indigo | Crib via Dwell Studio | Leather bookends via Serena and Lily  | Artwork via RH | Pillows here, here, and here
I'd like to do one wall in the Fornasetti Nuvolette wallcovering, back in July I posted on my obsession with this paper and *hinted* that I would be using it in a special room :) I haven't quite decided which grey to use to complement on the other walls, but you can see my inspiration pic below for the look I'm going for:

I love the look of brown leather with this paper as above, and touches of brass like the hardware on this crib:
Black and white buffalo check is a must, and after seeing the gorgeous sofa in Coco Rocha's nursery from One Kings Lane, I knew I had to use this pattern!
And finally, a mix of pillows will be a must, I'm liking the idea of a sofa instead of a rocking chair (thoughts?) piled with pillows! We haven't chosen a name yet, but when we do I can pick out an initial monogram pillow to add to the bunch ...

So what do you think so far? And one thing I'd love is for you to chime in on what you think a baby NEEDS and must be included in the room ... I'm pretty clueless on that front! Thanks for reading through this lengthy post ;)

Friday, September 11, 2015

House Tour | Princess Margaret Showhome 2015

The Princess Margaret Hospital Lottery prize showhome wows once again. Brian Gluckstein designed the 6, 587 square foot luxury Oakville home valued at a cool $4.2 mill. So what do you think, would you be excited to win it?

I like the old-world charm of the brick exterior and black steel windows. I'm also a big fan of the large-scale wall mural in the living room, the Fornasetti wallpaper in the little's bathroom, and all of the luxe furnishings (which by the way you win with the house!). To see a previous years' show home, hop over here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Designer Profile | Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder's extensive portfolio speaks for itself. I really don't need to give her an introduction, however you like know her for more than her interiors; her wallpaper and fabric lines are as chic as her spaces! I'll let you take a scroll through some of my favorite Katie Ridder-designed rooms:

Drama in the powder room is always necessary:

Love the use of chartreuse below!!

This navy dining room really caught my eye, I think it's the fact that the entire room including the ceiling, is enveloped in this jewel tone:

Love the drama in each of these rooms; the impeccable choice of furnishings and fabrics add such sophistication! To see more from Katie you can hop over the La Dolce Vita blog today, where I dissect 4 key elements that the designer uses in her home office/den spaces. And to see more from her complete portfolio head over here.
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