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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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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Monday, November 14, 2016

Mini-Makeover | Navy Blue In The Dining Room



I have always been smitten with navy blue furnishings - especially sideboards and dressers. I find myself pinning and saving screenshots of deep navy pieces all the time! So when it came time to decorate my own dining room I knew I had to go navy. Here's a few of my favorite inspiration shots:



Now this next photo made my jaw hit the floor - this image saved from the always-inspiring Meredith Heron's IG account has been sitting on my phone for probably a couple of years. I knew I'd never be able to afford an amazing bespoke piece like this, but I was dreaming of it for some time:


Have mercy! The gold & navy combo and that bamboo trim! I was in love. So I spent countless hours searching for "bamboo" in the furniture category on Craigslist. I eventually found this little veneer-covered diamond in the ruff:


I know what you are thinking! That does not look like your inspiration photo Nancy ... and you are right. But I thought there could be a bit of potential if I could just cover up that sad veneer. I ended up getting the dresser for $85 Canadian dollars (which is like the equivalent of $3 US haha) so I knew I had not much to lose in trying. I turned to the FAT Paint Company's Navy State of Mind from the Amanda Forest Collection after seeing many other great DIYs online.


Because I was working with a smooth veneer surface, rather than a natural wood, I had to prime. Normally with FAT Paint you can skip this step, but I needed to ensure MAX adhesion to a slippery surface. What I ended up using was called a gripper primer (many brands make this) that is meant for outstanding adhesion to glossy surfaces. After that initial step I followed the how-to instructions on the FAT Paint site. Tips I'd pass on if you are wanting to try a project like this is 1) don't use a foam roller, the paint works best with a soft fluffy roller meant for smooth surfaces 2) don't sand inside, the dust will go everywhere 3) multiple thin coats is best!

You'll see on the right below that I began sanding the drawer-fronts, and normally with wooden furniture the sanding creates an ultra smooth finish to this chalk-style paint. Because my piece was covered in veneer the sanding finish was not exactly the look I was going for as you could see some visible streaking, so I opted to leave the drawer fronts un-sanded and instead applied a FAT Paint natural wax coat to achieve a finished look.



I painstakingly painted on the gold trim of the bamboo by hand (the word PAIN is in paint for a reason). And the results, (with a little glimpse into my dining room - more to come soon!):

Gold hardware via Lee Valley, Beach Sunshine print via Artfully Walls, Jean Baptiste Geometric print via Kerrisdale Design Inc., mirror via Thomasville


That's my little teaser peek for now! And although my dresser was under $100 and will never be quite as stunning as my inspiration photo, I've achieved the look I was going for in the space and I am really enjoying it. I haven't accomplished many DIYs since baby Marcus was born but I feel like the work of painting this dresser was well worth the effort! What do you think, would you add navy to your dining space?
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

One Room Challenge Week 6 | The Final Reveal



Here we go, the big reveal day! Thank you for stopping by, and if you are new here I hope you will stay & have a little look around. My name is Nancy, and I'm a design enthusiast who has been blogging since 2010, first as a bit of an escape from the pressures of grad school, then as a way to document reno #1, and more recently reno #2 (more on that front soon!).

First off a huge thank you to Linda of Calling It Home (she created this amazing challenge!), thank you to House Beautiful for sponsoring, & thank you to all the amazing partners that helped us beautify the space. I count myself pretty darn blessed to have been part of this ORC. Now, I'll let the "before" & "after" photos speak for themselves, and I will reference sources throughout as well as a complete list at the bottom of this post. (All photography of the "after" space was taken by the lovely and wonderfully talented Tracey Ayton - if you are a designer located in the Greater Vancouver area you will want to get familiar with her stunning work as soon as possible! Thank me later).

Here is where we have come from, the 'humble beginnings,' so to say:


And now to THIS:


So many things to love! I just adore the claw foot tub and the flanking stools, with such a practical function beyond all the pretty. Because this room gets a lot of light the grey Romans from Tonic Living were a favorite addition, they'll save a few Chanel lipsticks from melting in the summer sun! (Sources: Paint color is BM Oxford white, Roman shades, garden stool, white banded towels, Freeport Turkish towel, faux ostrich stool, orchid cache pot).


The shower was once a dark and dingy space, boxed in with a thick metal frame:


Now the glass carries up to the ceiling, increasing visual height tremendously! (Sources: French accent chair, Pyne Hollyhock pillow, Aurum sand No. 3 artwork by Julia Contacessi, Turkish towel).



And I can't get enough of the reflection in the gorgeous gold beaded mirrors, that Arianna Belle pillow is eye-catching from every angle:


Many of you have asked about the materials used in the space. I think we've successfully mixed marble with man-made porcelain and quartz for durability. Here's a little list for you, all purchased through Creekside Tile: shower walls are porcelain marble 12x24 in Verona Calacatta, shower base is moonstone polished, backsplash and shower inset are 1" hexagon in Calacatta, basket weave on main floor is Oriental white and moonstone, and pencil trim is Calacatta.


Where there was once a large builder basic mirror:


We now have the airy & polished appearance of two side by side mirrors:


Because we weren't venturing into electrical work on this project, I had to get creative to visually fill the space between the 2 mirrors. In came this stunning Currey & Co. brass and marble lamp from Bellacor, which will actually provide an extra layer of lighting in the evenings. To me it feels like the perfect solution when a wall sconce is not possible! I followed their helpful Lamp Buying Guide to make sure I had the right sense of scale for it's needed function. And I'm thrilled with the mixed metals in the room as well:


I also really wanted to have a hand in the tiny details of the space. I added one more dash of blue & white with this lovely wallpaper called Three pm from Milton & King as a drawer liner. Why not wake up to a burst of pretty pattern every morning?


The overmount sink & tile counters were difficult to keep clean in the old bathroom:


And now it's like a dream! Our pick of vintage style cross-handles on the faucets added charm (Sources: faucets, knobs):



Another vintage element is the tub caddy - again, form meets function!



This handmade-to-order orchid cache pot from Jill Rosenwald is like the icing on the cake. It's so gorgeous, and it's these subtle touches that make a room special. You can select your color for every one of her stunning handmade ceramic pieces - I just want to make these my Christmas gift to everyone I know!!




A huge sigh of relief! And a big thank you to the generous ORC sponsors who helped provide key décor elements.

 Gold beaded mirrors (Lamps Plus) | Aurum Sand No. 3 art by Julia Contacessi (Minted) | Roman blinds and Freeport Turkish towel on tub (Tonic Living) | Grey-banded cotton towels (Annie Selke - Pine Cone Hill) | Pyne Hollyhock pillow (Arianna Belle) | Orchid Cache pot (Jill Rosenwald) | Brass & marble lamp (Bellacor) | French accent chair, blue & white garden stool, Tub caddy and Tissue holder (ATGSores) | Turkish towel on hook and Faux Ostrich navy stool (Joss & Main)

Thank you so much for following along, cheering me on through your messages here and on social media, I truly mean it when I say I feel blessed to be part of such a supportive & enthusiastic creative community. It enriches my life daily, so thank you to all of YOU! (And if you are just catching up you can view posts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for the whole process).

I am so excited to check out the other 19 spaces today, it's been a pleasure to follow along with them and an honor to be part of this talented fall line-up:




Don't forget to also check in with the Guest Participants (literally dozens of gorgeous rooms to see!), and if you were watching things from the side-lines and wishing to give this crazy 6 week adventure a shot, think about joining in the fun for Spring 2017! xox

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