Friday, August 1, 2014

Inspiration + Bright Bazaar Book Winner!

Hello Friday! Are you excited about the long weekend? The weatherman is forecasting a chance of thunder shower on Saturday but total sunshine on Sunday, so I am super excited about the weekend and packing my bathing suit with me to Waterloo.

I will also be taking some photos of Project Balcony ... Version #2 I must say, because I did do a version with all the fab finds from WINNERS.  I would have stopped at Version #1 if it wasn't for Chris who has expressed "concerns" about the chairs being a little tight.  Anyway, Version #2 is fresh and fabulous and I can't wait to share the end result with you.

Speaking about fresh, rejuvenating spaces, I am totally crazy about the rooms created by the super talented LA Interior Designer, Orlando Soria of HOMMEMAKER.  He is also an amazing DIY expert who came up with the ingenious ideas for this Pig Wall home office and graphic door makeover.  

images via HOMMEMAKER
Want to meet Orlando? Chech him out at HOMMEMAKER!

images via HOMMEMAKER
The inspiration doesn't stop here.  Today is also winner announcement day for the Bright Bazaar Book!
image via Bright Bazaar
The lucky winner who gets to take home this color-filled inspiration read is Jennifer!! Congrats and please email me your contact information and a fire ball of colors will knocking on your door in a few days!  

image via Bright Bazaar
Happy long weekend friends!! xoxo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend Fun ~ 07.27.2014

Hello Tuesday! How was your weekend? I was in Waterloo wrapping up more rooms at #ProjectChris and doing one of my absolute favourite thing: decorating! We are finally in that phase of the project where I get to shop for + try out different accessories.  I focused my attention in the bathroom and a couple of vignettes in the living room.  Here is a sneak peek of what happened on the weekend.

I am toying with the idea of adding wall decals from Urban Walls in the bathroom.  Remember these little pine trees? Now that the art pieces are up, I am wondering if the stars would be a better choice.  What do you think?

The weather was a bit unpredictable on the weekend.  The weatherman had forecasted the days to be rainy and cloudy.  It turned out to be a mix of sun and cloud with just a touch of raindrops on Saturday.  So Chris and I decided to go for a walk and that was when we discovered the food truck fair in Waterloo! 

Nothing beats a street festival with live music and tasty food.  I love this poutine with schnitzel by Rotstein Fresswagen!  I think they should come to Toronto!  For more information on where Rotstein Fresswagen will be next, check them out on Facebook.  

And the weather took a real turn on Sunday late afternoon when we were solidly covered with a HUGE dark thunder cloud.  Chris was determined to BBQ all the food we'd prepared, and neither the lightening or tornado warnings could stop him.  So we put on our raincoats and stood by the BBQ in torrential rain for a good hour.  The reward: a delicious labour of love!       

Trying to put the rain behind me and wishing for a brighter and warmer summer got me looking at the new series by Gray MalinBarcelona.  I have been a big fan of his photography and this Barcelona Swimmers shot had me at hello.

Instagram is truly a wonderful spot for inspiration and sources for decoration.  I love this sketch by Jessica of the Aestate!  You may just see it at #ProjectChris real soon!

images via Gray Malin / the Aestate
Just like me, my pal Igor of Happy Interior Blog loves to create (and change up) vignettes at his home in Munich.  I am loving these latest shots!! If you want to see more of his home + his tips on travels, be sure to check Igor out on Facebook

images via Happy Interior Blog
You know what else is super exciting? Sarah has been hinting on instagram she might be in for another round of Sarah's Cottage!!  #fingerscrossed

images via Sarah Richardson Design
It is time to run! Have a great one friends!! xoxo

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Style at Home Blog: Summer Garden Party

Hello Thursday!  It's gorgeous outside and I thought why not taking you behind-the-scene to some of my favouties at my summer garden party.

From simple center pieces, personalized tags, to refreshing signature drink, I am sharing my tips on Style at Home Blog today.

Are you planning a summer garden party? I am planning antother one in August!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Home: Will of Bright Bazaar + Giveaway!

Hello Tuesday!  Are you enjoying the bright sunny sky? This is the summer we have been waiting for and I sure hope it is here to stay.  In fact, I love the sun and the heat so much that I am planning to take 1/2 day today to stay outside and just live a little!

Speaking about how the bright sun rays cheer me up, this fabulous home of Mr. Bazaar (a.k.a. Will of Bright Bazaar) definitely puts a big smile on my face even when there is a blizzard outside my window. It is filled with radiant hues, playful decor details, and most importantly, it is a home built with love by Mr. Bazaar and his husband Toby.

images via Bright Bazaar, photography by Andrew Boyd
I have been a big fan of Will for a long time.  Bright Bazaar is one of my daily must-reads and I am so happy to have met up with Will last Christmas in Germany for Christmas markets! Will is fun, full of energy, and he is always ready for another dose of bright colour + design inspiration! 

images via Bright Bazaar
Will's living room is full of vibrant colours that people normally shy from injecting in their home (especially all together in one room).  However, Will has pulled the room together beautifully by dressing the walls and most of the furnishings in soft white, adding strong graphic patterns such as the stripped rug and pine tree wall decals in ink black, while reserving race car red, forest green, and canary yellow as decorative accents.  I also love that Will picked a bright yellow sofa to anchor the room and how the drapes echo the accent colors + accentuate the soaring ceiling height.     

images via Bright Bazaar, photography by Andrew Boyd
Will is also the King of Vignettes!  His creations are always artful and filled with an eclectic mix of personal treasures.  Here is the winning formula for a dynamic vignette: captivating prints, sculptural potteries, and a collection of pillows with basket for textile interest. #BRAVO    

images via Bright Bazaar, photography by Andrew Boyd
This home office is absolutely brilliant.  I love the touch of pastel pink as accent and how it pairs sensationally with the light creamy walls and the crisp white floor.  Here is the trick to using pastel pink in your home without making it feeling like a baby girl's room:

  • inject other pastel colours (in this case a soft minty green) to balance the pink
  • pick streamline, tailored furnishing to add a masculine touch (i.e. sofa in this home office)
  • mix in different textures such as the yellow metal chair, the vintage painted stools, and the striped drapery panels

I also love how Will carries the yellow accent from the living room to his office.  In this case, a zesty mustard yellow via the clock, artwork, and floor lamp.  My absolute favourite in this room? The whimsical rug Will hung up as art! #INSPIRED

images via Bright Bazaar, photography by Andrew Boyd
People always say objects are more pleasing to the eyes in odd number.  Here is how Mr. Bazaar assembles his power of three in this vignette: trio of artwork, trio of flowers + objects on the side stand, and trio of pillows and blanket on the sofa.  Pure perfection I would say! 

images via Bright Bazaar, photography by Andrew Boyd
Our last stop of this tour is Mr. Bazaar's bedroom.  You can tell that Will loves a good nautical vibe with the ocean blue coverlet, the sea map + fish motif as pillows, and the striped drapery that reminds me of a classic sailor look.  Bedroom is the most private and personal space in the house, and Will has filled it with personal favourites and treasures he collected on his trips.  

The result is a restful retreat for a loving couple.  #LOVE      

images via Bright Bazaar, photography by Andrew Boyd
So what do you think? I of course am totally inspired by all the colours, patterns, and vignettes.  But what I admire the most is Will's confidence in colours.

Here is your chance to see more of Will's home + 14 others colourful homes!  I am giving away a copy of The Bright Bazaar Book since I love it so much and want to share with you all.  All you need to do is to leave me a comment of what you love the most at Will's home.

One lucky winner will be randomly picked by the computer on 12am, Friday August 1st!  You can also pick up a copy of The Bright Bazaar Book via Indigo, Amazon UK, Amazon USA.     

images via Bright Bazaar
Happy Tuesday friends! xo

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Contemporary Classics w/ Robyn Young

Hello Wednesday!  You know I love neutral rooms with a contemporary yet timeless appeal.  So my heart naturally skipped a beat when I saw this sophisticated yet cozy and inviting home for this young family of three featured in the August Issue of House & Home.  The homeowners worked with designer Robyn Young of Robyn Madeline Interiors to decorate their brand new home tailored to their tastes, lifestyle, furniture & art collection, and of course baby-friendly.      

image via House & Home
This stunning home has a fine balance between old and new: Robyn's winning formula to add a sense of history, character, and charm to this newly built home. The vintage chairs work beautifully with the new dining table from Ikea.  Though new, the turned leg detail echoes the super comfortable dining chairs in natural wood.

The white walls in this home allows Robyn to display the homeowners' art collection gallery style.  LOVE that abstract art above the sideboard.  Brilliant choice for a white sideboard as it virtually disappeared into the wall: functional and fab design trick.   

This living room is pretty special don't you think? Opens to the dining room, the neutral palette continues into this formal yet inviting living room.  I've always loved this bold, graphic floral and what an amazing facelift to a pair of good quality, mid-century modern treasures inherited from the homeowners' grandmother! Blue and green are the accent colours that bring this living room to life, and I certainly can't get enough of that lucite coffee table!!

image via House & Home
This is certainly the kitchen of my dreams.  All soft white cabinets in classic style pairing with sleek brass hardware, mid-century modern pendants over the island + iconic counter stools, a hit of black with the sconces and most importantly, serene marble that runs from counter to ceiling!    

image via House & Home
The family room is right next to the kitchen and it is the perfect place to lounge and relaxed after a long day.  Accented by navy blue, this white canvas is made to showcase the beautifully crafted furniture pieces (hello Eames chair, super sharp sideboard) and the artwork.  My eyes were drawn to the artwork above the sideboard immediately.  How about you? 

The bright coral lamp is an unexpected touch and it sings with  the pink flamingo print at the corner of the room.  #Whimsy!  

image via House & Home
I LOVE this master ensuite!  The gracious freestanding tub, the details on the vanity wall (door profile, full height mirror with wall sconces, the marble counter), the drapery panels with a fun dot & cross motif, and the sensational pendant (I actually have one too!), what is not to love? I also love that the bathroom is more traditional (it almost has a country charm vibe) and how it contrasts the crisp, modern aesthetic on the main floor.

Looking for ways to add big impact in a small space? I am all for this fun wallpaper in the powder room, and again the mix of old & new (i.e. antique mirror with a contemporary vanity).    

image via House & Home
This whimsical yet calming master bedroom features Robyn's signature mix of pattern and furnishings from different eras to create character and charm.  I am crazy about that striped fabric on the armchair and hello bench! 

image via House & Home

Want to take a house tour with Robyn? Check out H&H online!

So what do you think? I am totally inspired and so taking note for my next project! 

Happy Wednesday friends! xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Fun ~ 07.13.2014

Hello Monday! How was your weekend? Yours truly has caught a mild stomach bug and wasn't 100% for the last few days.  Nonetheless, I still managed to get a few things wrapped up at #ProjectChris.
  1. vinage faux bamboo stool revitalization with Pop Flower from Kravet and brass nailheads
  2. custom drapes with chic ikat polka dots from Tonic Living
  3. vintage coffee table from Tribute Decor was in and third times a charm (yes I had tried out 3 coffee tables)
  4. DIY barn board island facelift is finally completed (thanks Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe for inspirations)    

We've also hung most of the artworks over the weekend, and the living room at #ProjectChris is fully done! Now we just need to get the other rooms all dressed up! 

I decided to take my stomach for a test on Saturday night as Chris and I met up with a couple of friends for dinner at RedHouse.  Absolutely delicious and I am so heading back for another dinner next weekend! 

images re: restaurant, logo, and chefs via Red House
Chris also brought this video to my attention and I actually rather like their performance.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sarah Richardson ~ Paper & Cards Collection at Hallmark

Hello Thursday!  Isn't it just fantastically bright outside today with clear blue sky and light summer breeze? This is what summer is all about and I want it all year round.  While the thought of having summer all year round is an impossible dream in Toronto, Sarah Richardson has made it possible for all of us to be happy and cheerful in the middle of a snow storm.  That's right, the fabulously colorful and whimsically delightful Sarah Richardson Collection for Hallmark is here!      

images via Sarah Richardson Design
Sarah has applied her signature design approach to color and pattern to the creation of her paper and cards collection.  From picking the perfect fonts, matte paper stocks, to the gorgeous design graphics and color palettes, Sarah had spent a lot of time tailoring the collection to nothing sort of sensational. 
  • The special occasion note cards are fun, fresh, and as Sarah says "... these colorful cards are intended to make sure the recipent knows exactly how you feel!".  
  • The gift sets incorporated 5 fabric patterns from Sarah's fabric collection with Kravet.  If you are a fan of floral, paisley, and diamond patterns in shades of pastel blue, green, dove grey, you have got to pick up one of the two exquisite gift sets to brighten up your home office.    
  • The note cards with two designs in each set means you will always be ready to send a note to someone special.
  • The gift wrap and gift bags & tissue collection is designed to take the presentation of your gifts to the next level.  With 5 elegant wrapping papers and 8 charming gift bags in 2 sizes to choose from, Sarah has turned gift giving into an experience for all!   
Don't believe me?  Check this out!
images via Sarah Richardson Design
Pictures maybe worth a thousand words, but a beautifully filmed video with Sarah showcasing the collection?  This is a clip you won't want to miss.

Sarah has also sat down with House & Home sharing her inspirations for the collection, how she made sure the collection feels like "her", and her tips on home office decors, go-to wedding, baby shower and birthday gift.  You can read the full interview here

images via House & Home
I am heading to Hallmark today to check out this spectacular collection.  Are you?
images via Sarah Richardson Design