Thursday, August 28, 2014

Steven Gambrel ~ Manhattan Apartment

Hello Thursday! I have found myself to be more and more drawn to spaces that are splendid in architectural details, lavishly decorated with stunning furnishings + lighting fixtures, and rich in bold, vibrant colors.  So my heart skipped a beat (or maybe a few beats) when I saw this absolutely magnificent apartment in Manhattan by Steven Gambrel inspired by a glamourous bar at the Mayfair Hotel in London featured in the August issue of ELLE DECOR!    

It is hard to believe this 5,000 square feet luxurious appartment was lacking architectural before Mr. Grambrel worked his magic to create this breathtaking master piece.  For a first impression, we have an incredible Venini chandelier paired with a high gloss ceiling in ink, amazing moulding details on the walls and ceiling, a custom diamond tufted bench with luxe velvet + exotic wood frame, and a sculpture on a marble stand as the ideal conversation piece. 

image via ELLE DECOR
The living room features a creative furniture layout to incorporate various functions in the space: lounging on the boho inspired tufted sofa, cozy corner with a timeless classic sectional for intimate conversations, and an antique desk and chair next to the window for light paper work. 

At first glance, this living room reads as a bright, colorful space.  But if you remove the pillows and other decoriative accents, it is actually a fairly neutral room.  Once again, if you are afraid to commit to bold vibrant colors but are dying to inject small doses in your home, use them as decorative accents!

image via ELLE DECOR
See my point? We have ochre, malachite green, and raspberry fuschia all in one shot.  Are your eyes also drawn to the sumptuous space in high gloss dark plum at the back? The art work in the adjorning room echos the vibrant accent colors in the living room.

image via ELLE DECOR
Wow ... and WOW! We have lacquered walls and ceiling in jaw dropping purple and red in the library!  The use of brass via the lighting fixtures (sconces, the chandelier, table lamps), and furniture pieces (side tables) is perfect as they just pop right off these delicious walls!  As if the walls are not daring enough, Mr. Gambrel also brought in a classic chesterfield upholstered in plush velvet in the shade of radiant orchid!

image via ELLE DECOR
The dining room and kitchen are up next, and they share a lighter palette of soft, creamy caramel and subdued, sophisticated grey.  The wall of built-ins with a combination of open and closed storage offer high style and practical spots to house the china.  The pop of orange via the dining table energizes the room and I love how it contrasts against the charcoal grey backdrop.

That vintage chandelier ... I DIED.

image via ELLE DECOR
This classic grey and white kitchen is brought to live with pops of orange (tie-in with the dining room), mod black and white details such as the graphic floor + an iconic chandelier by Serge Mouille, and do I spy a brass stove and apron sink?  

image via ELLE DECOR
Plum and orche, this room hits just the right note as we slowly say goodbye to the summer days.  My absolute favourites here: the pair of crystal lamps and the agate roman blind.  If you want to bring a little agate galore to your life, check out Tonic Living.

image via ELLE DECOR
The study and the vestibule both have a masculine vibe with an art deco flair thanks to the immaculate trim work and the vintage Italian console + Swedish chandelier.  For a glance the cabinet panels look like wood, they are actually silk wallcoverings!    

image via ELLE DECOR
Here comes the master bedroom.  Are we still in Manhattan? I thought I was in a country estate in southern France! The four-poster bed, the panel with nailhead details on the walls, the use of purple trim on the luxe creamy sink drapes, the art deco pedestal table, just to name a few ideas I am keeping in my notebook.

image via ELLE DECOR
Speaking about taking note, I am also on the hunt for ideas for a guest bathroom.  This powder room caught my eyes immediately with the deco inspired frosted door with polished chrome trim, black and white mable trim and panels on the lower half of the wall, and graphic showstopper on the floor.

image via ELLE DECOR
What do you think about this spectacular appartment designed and decorated by Steven Gambrel for a well-travelled couple? If this one is on the market for sale and I just won a lottery, this appartment is now SOLD ... to me! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Fun ~ 08.24.2014

Hello Monday and what a beautiful day out! That's exactly what I need on Monday to keep my spirit high after a fun but busy weekend!  Jordana and I hosted our first garage sale in Waterloo on Saturday.  Despite the cloudy morning, we had a great turnout and quite a few of our items now have a good home.

Here are a couple of snapshots from Jordana.  Isn't this table + chair set just perfect for a chic, cozy cottage? A table and 5 chairs are available for grab for only $250!  I have tried it out and these chairs are super comfy!  

Some fabulous items are still available for grab.  Please do contact us if you are interested!  Sorry the metalic raspberry pretty is now at home with me.  

If you follow me on instagram, you probably have seen a couple of sneak peeks of the living room at #ProjectChris.  I've decided to take pictures one room at a time (the luxury of photographing your own space), so I get to enjoy the process for even longer!  Here are a few of my favourite shots from the phone ... sorry a little grainy.   

Hope you enjoy the sneak peeks and please do let me know what you think!
Happy Monday friends! xoxo

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garage Sale ~ 08.23.2014!

Hello Thursday!  Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am (after recovering from a dry cough I picked up while camping last week), and I am ready to co-host a fabulous garage sale with Jordana of White Cabana in Waterloo this Saturday!

my portrait: Donna Griffith
We have a fantastic line up of items waiting for you to take them home.  From classic windsor chairs, chic scandinavian chair with canvas seat/back + leather detail, to vintage two drawer dresser crafted with incredible details (just add new pulls as your personal touch), and whimical kid-size horse merry go around (sensational in a kid's bedroom), don't you want them all in your house?

The weather this weekend is looking good and whether you are in the area or you are planning a trip out west (lots to must-visits in Waterloo, check out Jordana's top picks here), be sure to come by and say hi!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Camping Fun ~ Summer 2014 Edition

Hello Tuesday! So I have survived yet another camping trip.  For those who knows me, I am not exactly the outdoorsy type.  I am good with hiking on trails and staying in a log cabin, but battling with bugs 24/7 really isn't my cup of tea.  As it turned out, bugs were the least of my concern on this camping trip.  Rain, lots of it, pouring down as the sky opened up on the weekend + a well below seasonal temperature were my real enemies on this chapter of Camping Fun ~  Summer 2014 Edition.

Instead of focusing on the negatives, I did get one nice day and check out what nature has to offer!

Nothing beats the first ray of morning sun coming through your tent (especially after a couple days of rain).  What a sunrise! 

Getting up early in the morning also means capturing shot like this.  The lake was so calm that it acted like a huge mirror to reflect the trees and bright blue sky.  This image with the waterlily patches reminds me of Monet.

After enjoying a few hours of sunshine on the rock, it's time for sunset.  Breathtaking right?

I am a big fan of camp fire.  In fact, that's one of my most look-forward-to element on camping trips.  Check this out, the fire was pretty excited too!

Here is my favourite shot from this trip: a bow-tie right in the middle of Muskoka! How fashionable is Mother Nature!

Do you enjoy camping? I would love some tips for the next trip!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

HomeSense ~ August 2014 Edition

Hello Thursday! My camping trip (aka a real battle with bugs) is happening this morning, 5:30am to be exact, and I should arrive at our camp site before 1pm.  On the bright side, the weather forecast is looking promising for the next few days … but I am still not sure about the super early morning call, the hours of driving, and the meet & greet with those active flies and mosquitos.

So I thought why not sharing with you some of my favourite finds at HomeSense to keep me in a good mood.  Mirror reflects light and adds sparkles, which helps visually expanding a small space or brightening up a dark corner.  If you are looking for some fabulous pieces at unbeatable prices, check out what I've found at HomeSense!!  Antiqued mirror side table with a polished chrome base, a pair of beautiful Venetian-style mirrors with delicate floral edging details, and hello glam round mirror with incredible frame + mirror inlay, which one is your favourite?

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know which of these I took home.

Ever since I saw Jessica's stunning foyer & her vintage cloisonné vases, I have been obsessed with handcrafted enamel vases.  Look at what I've found at HomeSense: a rich, bright, and vibrant stunning beauty with a phoenix and peonies design.  #breathtaking! 

These plush velvet beaches with tapered lucite legs are back! I have seen them in green and violet before but this is the first time I've spotted it in this beautiful shade of teal blue.  Here is a perfect pouf to go with the lucite bench.  The various shades of blue and grey complement the teal amazingly and the diamond motif on the pouf also echoes the diamond tufting on the beach! 

Looking for some sensational pieces for your dream walk-in closet or dressing room? Check out this super chic mid-century inspired bench and the set of console + nesting tables! Adding a pair of gorgeous lamps on the console, a sumptuous Chanel print, and a few of these sculptural objects, you've got yourself a luxurious private retreat! 

As for a comfy and stylish reading nook, I am going for this upholstered arm chair in paisley, an oil-rubbed bronze table lamp, and this graphic rug for a pop of colour.  

What are some of your latest finds at HomeSense? Love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Style at Home Blog ~ Woodland Adventure

Hello Tuesday! Wasn't the weather just absolutely amazing over the weekend? I sure hope the heat will stay and the sun will shine over the next few days as yours truly head north for a camping trip.  With a mild summer and plenty of rain, a few friends with cottages have told me their battles with the hungry black/deer/horse flies and the mighty mosquitos.

Trying to stay on the positive note prior to being eaten live, I have decided to focuse on some beautifully designed and decorated rooms by two of my favourite designers, Sarah Richardson and Samantha Pynn.

Sarah designed this rustic, chic, and cozy cottage retreat for a couple of boys.  However, it is so sophisticated with the barn board ceiling, the trim work on the walls, the graphic patterns on the drapery panels, the classic wing back chair, and a few pieces of vintage treasures.  This room is no longer only for teens.  It is good for guests of all ages! I would stay here (forever) in a heart beat!

images via Sarah Richardson Design
Camping in Ontario means you will be hanging out by the beaches and diving into the lake for a refreshing swim. This beachside inspired playroom and bedroom outfitted in a blue, red, and white classic nautical palette by Samantha had me at hello! The window beach with ocean blue seat cushions + crisp white pipping, the dramatic stripes on the feature wall, the natural bamboo texture on the shades and baskets, and the painted vintage bed with loads of character ... just to name a few of my favourite things. 

images via Samantha Pynn
So here is a room I put together for a boy (or myself) with a woodland theme in mind.  Head over to Style at Home Blog and read about how I put the board together!

source: star wallpaper / pine decal / rug / bed / grey paint / chandelier / fabrics / pillows / lamp / wood table / teepee
So what do you think? Have you designed a place with a specific theme in mind? I would love to know!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Project Chris ~ Balcony Edition (Take Two)

Hello Thursday! Life is certainly hard after a long weekend especially when you are stuck in an office and the weather is absolutely beautiful outside.  With sunshine + NO RAIN in the forecast for at least a week, I am ready to enjoy this much anticipated summer!

On that note, Project Balcony (Take No. 2, I must say) is ready for business and this time, Chris is totally happy with his space!

Take No. 1 was fantastic and I wouldn't have attempted Take No. 2 if it wasn't for Chris' concerns that the bistro style chairs were too narrow.  Comfort is key in Chris' book, so he "requested" a second makeover.  Here are my Top 3 Elements for this balcony re-imagination:

There are lots of patterns in the space via the custom seat cushion, the pillow, the rug, the screen, and even the basket weave on the chairs.  However, these patterns all work together beautifully with the masculine stripes complemented by the organic circle motif, and what's more perfect than a palm leaf pattern as accent pillow?

Chris loves wood and you will find a healthy dose of these natural beauties via the mid-century inspired chairs (HomeSense), the sleek coffee table (West Elm), and of course our floor (IKEA). I couldn't just have it as woodland all the way, so I added softness through a tightly woven flat weave rug and linen fabrics on the pillows.

Comfortable seating + low maintenance are also very important.  These chairs have a wide seat with a deep curved back, which translates to maximum comfort.  The seat cushions that came with the chairs were upholstered in dark grey and my heart desired a pop of colour.  The end result? A bright pop of  mandarin orange!  By covering the seat cushions in outdoor fabric means we also won't have to worry about those afternoon rain.

With stripes on the floor, I knew I wouldn't want more stripes on the seat but I was madly in love with this orange and cream stripe fabric.  What did I do? I have the stripes sawn into a chevron pattern and use the orange stripe as the "height" and the white stripe as pipping so they read as solid.  The chevron seat cushion also echoes the palm leaf pattern on the throw pillow.    

With so much going on with our daily lives, I want to be able to just relax in this little piece of heaven.  That's why I have kept the accessories as simple as possible.  A bowl of seasonal fruit (these peaches were delicious by the way) and a bouquet of flowers from the local farmer's market were all I needed in this space.

I of course wouldn't resist the temptation of a little shiny at the balcony.  The side table came with an antique brass base + little dots inlay on the wood top, while this large brass lantern with a nautical sensibility offers me a hint of luxe I am after.

So you like this balcony makeover and what to recreate the look? Here are some fabulous products I found online.

fabrics: Tonic Living / chairs / rugs: Dwell Studio / table & screen: Black Rooster Decor / concrete planter: etsy
So friends, are you ready for the summer?