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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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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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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