Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday's Favorites To Follow



One of my favorite design firms to follow is LA/Seattle-based Massucco Warner Miller. Co-founders Julie Massucco Kleiner & Melissa Warner have truly mastered neo-traditionalism, and I am always so excited to re-visit their website and stumble upon a new inspiring project! The grasscloth-clad bathroom below recently stopped me in my tracks so I had to share it with you, along with some of my other favorites.

I just adore the combination of the dark hex tile, the wallcovering, and the tortoiseshell mirror. Shiplap up half the wall is also a very practical & pleasing choice.


Another element these ladies utilize with expert eyes; bold color! I just love the pop of these lacquered cabinets:



Of course the behind the scenes photoshoot prep is always fun to follow along with on instagram:





A recent LA project:


Oh an the little peeks at their LA design studio, what a pretty site! The black scalloped awning, and the hint of Fornasetti through the windows ... it doesn't get any more chic than that!


Be sure to follow Julie & Melissa on instagram, and get a look into their extensive portfolio on there website here. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday Inspiration From Tory Burch



When it comes to tablescapes and floral arrangments, I adore everything that Tory Burch does. She is an expert entertainer in my books! I love her approach to color and all-American prep, so I thought it appropriate, on our American friends Thanksgiving Day, to share a few of my Holiday favorites from Tory.

She mentions that "[r]eal flowers make any room or table that much more beautiful." And in color palettes you'd never think to use, but they look so incredible!


Tory explains, "[f]or Thanksgiving, we use our vintage Imari china which has red and blue in it, so I like to pick up on those colors with dahlias, garden roses, hydrangeas and Ilex berry branches from the farmers market. For table centerpieces, I keep it low and flat so people can see each other and conversation flows. And tall holly branches like Ilex make a dramatic statement in hallways or entryways (and make sure to keep small childern and pets away from the berries) - via Tory Daily.


I also loved this 'not so floral' take on a centerpiece:


A fireplace in the dining room is oh so cozy chic:


Love the Tory Burch Lettuce Ware collection:



Love the tiny touch of pumpkins for this Thanksgiving table:


Hope you enjoy your day of family & feasting! And to my fellow Canadians (and Australians, and probably many others ...) we will be feasting on Christmas turkey in no time! The countdown is officially on ;)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Decor Inspiration | Idea Houses 2016



Have you been taking notice of all the amazing show homes recently on display? It's quite an amazing thing when you get several well-established designers together and tell them to go over-the-top to raise money for a great cause. I only wish I lived in NYC or the southern states so I could view these beauties in person.

First up, the Holiday House NY 2016 in Soho just opened for public viewing, and the dressing room by Patrick McGrath is one space that really caught my attention:



This chic powder room stopped me dead in my tracks! That tortoise shell mirror!!


Every hall way and vignette looks lovely in this home:



Another recent show home to open is the Atlanta Holiday Home. Here, you won't even make it inside before you are wowed. Just look at those giant magnolia wreaths and garland!


Photo via Peachtree Roadies



Photo via Sherry Hart

In the Southern Living Idea House in Birmingham Alabama, Bill Ingram Architect showed us that green in the kitchen is still a very good thing! (Sherwin Williams Evergreens).



The lovely living room by Mark D. Sikes was also a show-stopper, I have always loved back-to-back sofas:

Photo via Stephanie Sabbe


And the stunning niche with the free-standing tub styled by Lauren Liess has made the rounds:


Endless inspiration here. Have you been stalking images of these amazing homes? Visit these or any other show homes in your area? I'd love to hear!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Tablescape Inspiration | Casa De Perrin



The Christmas season is nearly upon us! And for my lovely friends South of the border, it's your big Thanksgiving long weekend in a matter of days. With Holiday's on the brain, I thought I'd lend a bit of inspiration through an Instagram account that has inspired me greatly (I even turn to their images when setting my flatware)! Casa De Perrin, an LA-based luxury tabletop design brand, is everything my Holiday-feast-loving heart could wish for. Here are a few examples that I adore, especially those that include gold flatware, and stunning made-in-Italy chargers (which you can rent as well).

Who would have thought of a muted & earthy blush for a Thanksgiving table, but doesn't it look stunning?


Add blue & white, you can virtually never go wrong:


Casa De Perrin does gourds & mini pumpkins in the most LUXE ways I've ever seen:


Again with the blush tones, if I told you to paint your pumpkins pink would you think I was crazy? But just look how good it looks with the matte grey, white, and the touch of succulent plants!


The Florentine chargers are an elegant addition to any festive table;


And after Thanksgiving has come and gone, maybe it's time to dive into some traditional red & green.


I also loved this last table for the addition of tiny LED battery operated lights, how wonderful would the ambience be from their glow!



Hope that gives you a few ideas for your own table. I love an excuse to 'extra-decorate' ;) To see more from Casa De Perrin, visit their website and ever-inspiring instagram account. Happy Holiday-ing!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Textbook Tuesday | Paris by Ladurée: A Chic City Guide



Beautifully illustrated, and packaged as a small easy-to-carry soft cover, the new city guide "Paris by Ladurée" from Vendome Press lists 200 of the best addresses in the City of Light. In the guidebook, Ladurée shares the ultimate curated collection of where to stay, where to eat, and where to shop. The iconic Parisian patisserie was founded in 1862, and has gained so much international recognition that it has expanded to 25 countries around the world. My first Ladurée experience, I am happy to say, was in Paris:


But I am even more thrilled to have a new location in my very own city of Vancouver! A little slice of Paris around the corner.

A snapshot from a visit we made in the summer

Starting him off on fancy treats early :)

What I love about this delightful pocket-sized city guide that Ladurée has published is the four easy to navigate sections, "Cuisine," "Fashion and Beauty," "Interior Design," and "Culture." In it's sections are all the must-see mandatory Paris classics, but also the favorite spots of locals that are lesser known to tourists. It feels like you would have the in-the-know information that all the locals have. My only wish was that I had this guide on my last trip!





The photography, by Pierre-Olivier Signe, is as charming and captivating as Paris gets:



I will definitely be adding all of the Interior Design recommendations to my must-see list for my next trip to Paris!



I think Paris by Ladurée would make the perfect gift for the upcoming Christmas holidays, I picture it to be the perfect hostess gift for the season! I for one will be sure to carry my copy along the next time I make it back to the one of my favorite cities in the world.

*A thank you to Vendome Press for the copy to review

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