Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The 2nd Annual DX Design Auction + #Giveaway

Hello Tuesday! Are you obsessed with iconic designs and dream to outfit your home with a piece or two statement pieces to cherish for years to come? Then you will have to come to the 2nd Annual DX Design Auction on June 14th!

Taking place right on the historic Trading Floor at the Design Exchange, the live and silent auction features a curated selection of sought after home furnishings and decor with 100% of the proceeds supporting the museum toward exhibitions, talks, workshops, and youth education programs, demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life.

Looking through the list of featured auction items, here are my top picks for a vibrant, whimsical home:
images courtesy of Design Exchange Design Auction
As for my next sleek, contemporary living room, I am loving this look!
images courtesy of Design Exchange Design Auction
Tickets to the 2nd Annual Design Exchange Design Auction are available and thanks to DX, I am hosting a giveaway! One lucky winner will be coming to DXDA on June 14th and that person could be you! Simply check out the list of auction items, pick your favorites, and leave me a comment. For additional entries, follow both Design Exchange and Design Maze on instagram and repost my Design Exchange Design Auction pictures with #DMxDXDA!

Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday June 13th!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Style At Home Blog ~ Summer 2016 at Indigo

Hello Tuesday! What a beautiful day out with bright blue sky and not a cloud in sight.  I am so imagining myself lounging by the deck with a refreshing summer drink and savoring every minute of summer before good old winter waves at us again.

Summer living is all about enjoying life, entertaining with friends, and so why not do it in style? Indigo has done an amazing job this year with its home and style collections, and I am sharing my favorites on Style at Home Blog today!


I love blue and white (in case you haven't noticed yet) and here is one of my favorite shots at the Indigo summer preview.


Chris loves camping in the woods by the lake ... think he will be inspired to camp in style this year? 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring / Summer 2016 ~ HomeSense Edition

Hello Wednesday! It maybe cloudy or even rainy out today but it doesn't dampen my spirit after days of sunshine and a forecast of above 25C for days to come.  We all know that the May long weekend means: spring gardening, opening up the cottage, and more importantly, it is time to shop for fresh home accents to welcome the summer months to come.

Today I am taking you to HomeSense and sharing some of my favorite picks from its spring / summer 2016 collection!


Bold, vibrant, and textile, who doesn't want a tropical paradise right at home?


This richly patterned collection is filled with pops of bright colors.  The embroidery motif on pillows (who doesn't love pineapple?), the tassel details on the curtains, and the tightly woven tribal inspired table linens give this collection a handcrafted, global traveller appeal.  

These colors just put a smile on my face.  What do you think?


A classic nautical aesthetic is always in style and for this summer, HomeSense inspires us with its seaside, breezy beachy collection.


Stripe, polka dot, ikat, tie-dye, marbleize, the timeless blue and white palette truly stands the test of time and really, don't you want it all? Accented with natural wood and fresh greenery, this serene corner is my next best alternative to an immediate getaway to Santorini!



Just like chairs, I am also addicted to side tables.  The buyers at HomeSense have outdone themselves this season with so many incredible pieces at amazing prices.


Quartz, agate, marble, the choice is yours! I am obsessed with the trio of puzzle-like marble side tables.  Not sure where to put them but they are very Kelly Wearstler, and for $100 a piece, this trio is too good to pass up.


Turning our attention to outdoor living, for those who live with less than 100 square feet of outdoor space, this sexy and graphic 3-piece set scores A+ for both style and scale.  Can't keep our plants alive (speaking from experience here)?  These faux fiddle leaf fig trees are so real looking and they will never lose a leaf!


Lighting and music are two key elements to any summer party and these cool outdoor light and wireless speaker (they change colors too) with a sleek silhouette had me at hello! Looking to create your own container garden? I am crazy about this garden tool set and a super chic porcelain white planter with a sophisticated brass base on the bottom right.


For those who have a little more space, how fashionable is this grey and white houndstooth set?  Your neighbors will be jealous!


So is your home ready for summer? I would love to hear what strikes your fancy this summer!


Monday, May 16, 2016

One Room Challenge ~ Spring 2016

Hello Monday! One Room Challenge is back and I am blown away by all the design talents with their incredibly chic and stylish transformations.  This twice a year design challenge is hosted by Linda of Calling It Home and since inception, it has showcased over 1,000 makeovers with many of them being featured in international acclaimed publications including this season's media partner: House Beautiful.

For Spring 2016, I have selected my top five favorites.  I don't know about you but I am ready to move into any one of them pronto!  First up is this cozy, chic, and whimsical design studio by Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha.

image courtesy of Waiting on Martha
Mandy calls this a design studio, I call this an elegant and hip home for two with a beautiful mix of timeless classics and pops of whimsical delights! The foyer with its studly console, a pair of upholstered benches with chinoiserie motif + pagoda mirror, and a vibrant hit turquoise from the table lamp leads us to a charming hangout zone outfitted wth a gorgeous settee, a statement coffee table (I would kill for that table), a trio of inspiring bulletin boards, and I LOVE that art by Hayley Mitchell!  

images courtesy of Waiting on Martha
Whether you are looking to lounge, to fix up a delicious bite for your power lunch, or to host an intimate dinner party for 6, this studio does it all!  See all I need is a bedroom + bathroom and this fully furnished studio is my dream condo in Atlanta!

images courtesy of Waiting on Martha 
Up next is another designer from Atlanta, and Kevin of Thou Swell is a high school student!! In 6 short weeks, this aspiring design fireball has turned his dad's master bedroom into a graphic yet restful getaway.

images courtesy of Thou Swell
You all know I love patterns and blue accents (wink at #ProjectChris), so this bedroom by Kevin has naturally caught my eyes.  What I love about his space is his art collection, the sophisticated mid-century accents, and the daring move to paint the ceiling high gloss blue!  The side table vignette is super fun (love that glasses stand) and who doesn't love that full length mirror?

images courtesy of Thou Swell
Speaking about transforming your parents' place in 6 weeks, this living room makeover by Claire of Claire Brody Designs is truly night and day! Don't believe me, check out this dramatic chandelier against the freshly painted white walls for a bold contemporary statement.

images courtesy of Claire Brody Designs
The room feels so warm and inviting thanks to all the natural wood accents (can you believe that's the same fireplace from the before photo?), the pair of chic vintage chairs dressed in golden yellow velvet, and the tribal vibe from the tan and charcoal area rug.  To keep the room feeling hip and current, Claire opted for a pair of mid-century classic loungers, ultra modern lighting fixtures in matte black to up the cool factor, and her art collection is just beyond! I am obsessed with the black & white lady sketch and that framed abstract painting between the two tall windows.

images courtesy of Claire Brody Designs
These super tall windows flood the room with natural light and I love how the photographer captured the essence of this living room with all its refined details and hand-selected accessories.  Great call to raise the drapery panels above the window (and YES to the black drapery hardware) to accentuate the soaring ceiling height and the purple pillows on the loungers add another unexpected element.

images courtesy of Claire Brody Designs
If you are looking for inspiration of a light, sumptuous, and welcoming eclectic space, this stunning living room is it!

images courtesy of Claire Brody Designs
Heading back to Toronto, Sarah of The Curated House gets me every single time wth her breathtaking transformations (laundry room, family room, kid's room, bathroom) and this main floor makeover is no exception!

image courtesy of The Curated House
Pink Quartz is every where and admittedly I do get a little tired of the delicate blush.  Well, I apparently have spoken too soon because this sofa rocks in this streamlined, sophisticated, and luxurious living room!  It is unusual for me to be speechless but Sarah, where do I start?  The drapery, the upholstered armchair, the geometric pillows, the striking artwork, that masculine sideboard, and Sarah's immaculate styling, I simply want it all!

images courtesy of The Curated House
As if making over the living room wasn't busy enough for this talented designer, Sarah decided to transform her entire first floor including the adjacent dining room and the kitchen.  I am crazy about how light and airy the dining room feels with the iconic ghost chairs, creamy white drapery with a beautiful trim accent, elegant wall panel moulding, and a modern dining table in natural wood to bring us back down on earth in this heavenly dining room.  The bell table obviously scored A+ as I also couldn't resist its beauty for my own holiday challenge.

images courtesy of The Curated House
Of course I was hit hard again by Christine of Christine Dovey with this striking master bedroom in her new forever home.

images courtesy of Christine Dovey 
With her impeccable taste, Christine has curated an eclectic mix of antiques and modern classics (in both art work and furniture pieces) that gives this bedroom an instant age appeal, character, and soul.  It is amazing to see how Christine re-interprets the furniture pieces in her previous home including a pair of loungers from her living room and an art deco console from her foyer now feel like they have always been in this master retreat.  

images courtesy of Christine Dovey 
It did take Christine a little longer to complete this room but what a master class on moulding application, wallpaper customization, textile selection, and artist celebration! #Bravo!!

images courtesy of Christine Dovey 
Did you check out the 20 designers and all the linked up participants for the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spring / Summer 2016 ~ Walmart Edition

Hello Thursday! Isn't it just beautiful out now that spring has finally arrived with sunshines and temperature over 20C?  That's why all I can think of right now is to dust off the winter blues and welcome bright colors both inside and outside of our homes with lots of help from Walmart!


If you have a small yard in the middle of the city and would love give it a beachy destination vibe, look no further because Walmart has everything you need from foldable hammock loungers (extra easy for storage), breezy grassy umbrella (ah lo ha), to brightly patterned outdoor friendly pillows and dinnerware.


For the die-hard canadiana who loves camping and be in nature, how about celebrating Oh-Canada with a patriotic blanket and these faux wood stools + hello pillow for extra comfort?


Now that the outdoor space is taken care of, I am ready to tackle the interiors.  Nothing says summer better than swaying palm / stripe in navy and white paired with sea grass accents for a coastal nautical look.  If you are looking for an affordable instant makeover in your bedroom, this comforter set is it!


Boldly geometric patterns continue to dominate the design arena and Walmart has knocked it out of the park with its super chic pendant, mirror, and accessories against the sleek black and white backdrop.  Best of all, Walmart has an online shop so you can simply click and have your favorite new purchases shipped to your home or for pick up at a Walmart location nears you.  #Bravo!


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Style at Home Blog ~ The Tale of Three Balconies

Hello Monday!  What a beautifully sunny Saturday in Toronto and fingers crossed the sun stays shining for the next few months! Back from #eurovacay means lots of catching up on work but on the bright side, I get to enjoy my second spring in 2016 (one in Europe and one in Toronto).  Best of all, I came home to a fabulous May Issue of Style at Home featuring not 1, not 2, but 3 of my balconies!

Head over to Style at Home blog for my top tips on how to transform your builder basic balcony into an outdoor oasis!

 Case Study #1: Project Rental

image courtesy of Style at Home and Donna Griffith
Case Study #2: Project Chris

image courtesy of Style at Home and Donna Griffith
Case Study #3: my own balcony

image courtesy of Style at Home and Donna Griffith
Happy Spring and be inspired!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring Ideas ~ Designer Day at Elte Market

Hello Wednesday!! I am finally back from my incredible trip to Europe (you can see all about it via #designmazefun on Instagram) and let me tell you: I almost didn't come back! The lifestyle, the culture, the history, and the cafes ... only if I don't have think about the piggy bank!

Well it's time to get back to my Toronto reality and to kick off spring on the blog, I am inviting you to get on the list for a free 20-minute consultation with one of top three designers, Louise Heggie, Jenna Cadieux, and Alisa Bresver at Elte Market this Saturday (April 30th) to give your home a bright refresh!

images courtesy of Elte Market
Sleek, contemporary, and sophisticated, I am loving these high style residential spaces designed by Alisa of Alisa Rose Design, celebrating the beauty of raw industrial elements and the sculptural quality in lighting and furnishings.  

images courtesy of Alisa Rose Design
These lights are just beyond and the sumptuous shades of plum and lilac, need I say more?

images courtesy of Alisa Rose Design
Cozy, stylish, and inviting, Jenna of Cadieux Design is known for her keen sense of design, refined and well-edited palettes, and timeless interiors with an unexpected twist.  I am a big fan of mid-century modern furniture, and Jenna had me at hello with the black and white classic Saarinen dining set with that standout lighting fixture!  The juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity between the X-bench and the stone fireplace are superb.

images courtesy of  Cadieux Design
Full of passion in design and with a mission to create spaces that are truly unique and sustainable to both the clients and the natural environment, Louise Heggie of Designers Toronto will be at Elte Market this Saturday to offer you her insights on how to create the home of your dreams.  Check out these fabulous spaces created by this dynamic design dream team!  

images courtesy of Designers Toronto
Whether you are looking for help to visualize the real potential of your space or the guiding hands to pull together the finishing touches, these talented designers will walk you through everything you need at Elte Market #eltemktdesignerday.  The ladies are currently at full capacity but I strongly encourage you to get on the waiting list (via email: info@eltemkt.com) and bring along your photos, color swatches, and design plans, be inspired at Elte Market, and enjoy some delicious goodies! 

images courtesy of Elte Market
Note: this post is sponsored by Elte Market but all opinions are of my own.