July 29, 2015
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time pulling together the finishing touches on a few of my client projects, which in turn makes me feel like I’ve become somewhat of an Etsy connoisseur. While I love perusing the shops and stops in and around Toronto, with a little (okay a lot of) digging, I’m always amazed at the unusual goodies you can find on Etsy for a steal. I’ve recently stumbled across a ton of really beautiful artists, and thought I’d share a few of my favourites. Art is so subjective, but if you ask me, here are 12 of some of the best artists on Etsy.
Image: Design Love Fest
August 3, 2012
I am dying over these Gray Malin photographs of aerial beach views (taken from a helicopter no less!) Not only do I want to blow them up and hang them, well, everywhere, but I’m so tempted to dive right in and join all the fun.
I’m headed up to the cottage for the long weekend, but I’ll be back on Tuesday with more goodies! Have a good one, guys. xx
July 19, 2012
How incredible are these bowls, vases and vessels? I haven’t been able to get them out of my mind ever since spotting them a few days ago. Inspired by erupted volcanos, the artist, Tabuchi Taro, has created these true works of art made entirely out of porcelain.
July 11, 2012
I’m seriously loving these sweet illustrations. Painted by Katie Rogers as an exploration on viewing objects in a different light, they really strike a chord with me. I just adore the idea of a few conventional items stripped down to their bare bones. How great would they be framed in a nursery?
June 8, 2012
Just a little peek at my new business cards that recently arrived on my doorstep. They make me embarrassingly happy, and I finally feel legitimate! If you see a crazy lady on the streets madly handing out her cards, it’s probably me.
Happy weekend poptarts!
May 30, 2012
I’ve gotten a number of questions regarding my new site design and I thought that it’d be fun to do a little round up of images that originally inspired the new look. I, of course, cannot take credit for the re-design as I worked with a wonderful graphic artist who not only prettified every last little bit (including but not limiting to hand drawing my logo), but also helped me wade through all the madness that came along with coding and the like. When we first began the process, Aprile asked me to send her a handful of images that evoked the feeling I wanted to create. Above are a few that made the cut. A collection of lovely things juxtaposed with just a hint of edge, and a soft yet spirited palette of colours that has been translated into a space that is so very me. I honestly could not be more pleased.
April 20, 2012
I’ve never felt more inclined to own my own home than I do now, if only because I feel the sudden urge to decorate its façade in gorgeous flowers and lush greenery. Since that’s not in the cards for the time being, these images will have to suffice.
Happy weekend lovelies!
March 21, 2012
While I’m typically attracted to neutral, serene spaces, every once in a while I find myself craving a little something extra. Here are a few bright pieces that are currently catching my eye. I’m pretty sure that the hot pink extension cord in particular needs to make its way into my home. (I ask you this: why aren’t all extension cords hot pink?! We should pass a by-law*)
*random but related (…somehow): the sidewalk in front of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto sparkles at night. Wouldn’t life be better if all sidewalks sparkled? Discuss.
February 24, 2012
Ever since stumbling upon the image of this foyer, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. The gold and gilded elements mixed with trendy pieces (like the chevron rug) keeps the space feeling young, fresh and anything but stuffy. And just when I thought I was over chevron…
With a few key elements, you too could complete this look in a space of your own.
January 24, 2012
I just can’t get over Rachel’s new online shop Mignon Kitchen Co. I must have gone back to it eight times yesterday just to peruse some more. With its focus on unique items for your pantry, pretty packaging supplies and beautiful items to adorn your table, all at a more than reasonable price-point, it just cannot be beat. Plus, the addition of the easy tips and tricks to help you bake add a lovely personal touch that I often find lacking when it comes to online shopping. I, for one, am absolutely smitten.
ps: Make sure to check back this afternoon for a great giveaway!
January 20, 2012
I wanted to introduce a new series here on lark & linen in which I take a picture of a well designed room and break it down to show you how you could replicate a similar feel in your own space.
I thought I’d begin the series with this photo of a beautiful dining room that I unknowingly pinned on three separate occasions (clearly I’m a fan). By using a touch of chrome, a gorgeous wood credenza, and a fun burst of colour (in this case: plum) you could easily make this space work as your own. (Click on the links to see where the pieces have been sourced.)
January 11, 2012
It has been some time since I’ve posted something I’ve been currently coveting, but I can think of no better item to break the cycle than this beautifully designed tea kettle. With its stunning clear glass body and temperature control setting, it would be the perfect accompaniment to that afternoon tea session.
The fact that it’s designed to do away with any unnecessary energy consumption makes it all the more appealing. Its clear body allows you to determine how much water you need to boil, eliminating any wasted water (and energy spent boiling said waste). Not to mention, you have the option to set the device to work towards a specific temperature (like 80 degrees, for example, the temperature in which you should steep green tea to avoid burning its leaves). I will always have a soft spot for an item that combines both form and function, and this kettle is no exception.
November 9, 2011
I’m not going to lie, when I first found this chair on Pinterest it set my heart aflutter. It’s the perfect combination of sleek and sexy, and warm and cozy. Look at her! Isn’t she a beaut? I knew the possibilities for design around this lovely being were endless but for the sake of this post I’ve narrowed it down to two ideas. I present to you, one piece, two looks: the organic edition takes on the sleek one. Please, place your votes. I, for one, am completely split down the middle. That almost never happens.
October 10, 2011
I’m technically still celebrating Thanksgiving (and by that I mean I’m on a train en route from Montreal), but I needed to pop by quickly to help my dear friend Tobe spread the word on her awesome endeavour: The I Am Project. Have you heard of it? In her own words:
Our wish is to affirm and inspire the beauty in every woman, to celebrate the uniqueness in each of us, as well as the commonalities that unite us as women. We want to create a space to confront the dark places that come with growth; to witness women being valued for more than their bodies, clothes, or societal projections; to feel inspired by stories and images; and to become more deeply rooted in who we are as women. We want to become a net of resources that will nurture and fortify each other’s confidence, and fill women with awareness of the extraordinary beauty that each of us uniquely brings to the world.
Tobe and her friends have recently opened an Etsy shop where you can purchase their I am prints. 15% of all of their sales will go to help support women and the arts (how awesome is that?!)
Today Tobe is generously giving away a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 print (of your choice!) to one lucky lark + linen reader.
To Enter (open to everyone):
-Leave a comment below! A winner will be drawn Friday, October 14th
For additional entries:
-Like The I Am Project on Facebook
-Come back and leave another comment
-Tweet about the giveaway!
-Oh, and make sure to leave yet another comment
Good luck guys!
September 21, 2011
I’ll let you just take a moment oogle the goodies. These area rugs are outstanding. Superb even! (So superb that I’m even using the word superb). They’re almost too good to even end up on the floor!
September 9, 2011
first image: my own. Image 2 & 3 found here
I’ve had Sydney Hale’s Fig & Vanilla honey candle pinned on pinterest since the beginning of time (yes. time.) If I’m not mistaken, it may have been the very first thing that I pinned. The packaging is beautiful, and with scents like sea salt & bay rum and cypress & cassis it’s almost impossible to go wrong. Most recently, I got my hands on my much coveted fig & vanilla scent and I could not be more pleased. The scent is subtle but overwhelmingly delicious and the packaging is almost prettier in real life. I, for one, am a fan.
August 4, 2011
When I first came across Flor carpet tiles, I must admit I was a little bit skeptical. I knew that there were benefits to these tiles in a corporate setting, but I couldn’t imagine them in my home (or any of my client’s homes for that matter). Not too long later, I was put in touch with one of their PR representatives who offered to send me some tiles in order to take them for a test-run.
The tiles arrived and we promptly installed them. We opted for this line, and I could not be happier with the result. The quality of the British wool is wonderful. It’s thick and exquisitely soft and I often find myself sitting on the floor rather than the couch to enjoy it (I’m a designer, and sometimes we’re weird – no judgement please!) The installation was a piece of cake and I feel confident when I say that you can’t tell that they are carpet tiles. While you can’t exactly compete with a wonderful hand-knotted silk and wool Tibetan rug (or something of the like), I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this rug. Having lived with it for a month now, I would confidently recommend the line to anyone looking for an inexpensive alternative to an area rug.
And if I may be so bold, may I recommend this one? Lately I’m all for the re-dyed antique rug look and this line definitely fits the bill. It’s a great alternative to the (much) more expensive versions found on the market these days.
disclaimer: while the area rug was given to me to review, this post is unpaid and all thoughts and comments are 100% my own.
July 6, 2011
Remember this post of yore? After much contemplation (and some serious voting action from the likes of you – thanks guys!) Justin and I finally got our act together and filled up that sad, blank wall in our dining ‘room’ (I say room lightly as it’s more a dining corner – wahoo condo living!) Since finalizing our decision to go the direction of the art wall, we’ve been collecting items to frame. Seeing as we’re both on a tight budget, we knew that we had to be savvy with our selections. Luckily, I was able to dig through my files (both of the computer and of the old-sketchbooks-in-my-mother’s-basement variety) and found a bunch of personal art and photography that worked quite well together. Take a look below (and click on the image for a larger view) to see where our pieces surfaced from. I’m happy to say that thanks to the $1 printed card I purchased in India and my Coulson Macleod prize from a challenge I entered back in October (here), the wall was virtually free! Oh happy day! I’m so pleased with the results.
and if you’re looking to attempt an art wall of your own, here are a few of my tips:
::At least one element should remain consistent throughout to tie the pieces together as a whole unit. A few examples: use the same frames, stick to a similar colour scheme (all black and white images, all highly saturated images…), use pieces in the same medium (all photographs, all oil paintings…), or stick to a similar theme (landscapes, family photos…). While I believe that one element should be consistent, some of the most interesting art walls I’ve come across mix and match mediums, colours, and/or frames, so don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it.
::The most common mistake made is not hanging art at an appropriate height. The rule of thumb is that the centre of your cluster should be at eye level (ie 5′ off the ground). That isn’t to say that you can’t extend your art wall from floor to ceiling for the most wonderfully dramatic effect.
::Chose a spacing between your photos and keep it consistent. In our case we chose a 1″ gap between each frame.
::Get creative! Tack up an old strip of photos or frame a pretty peacock feather. There are endless possibilities.
::Asymmetry is beautiful, so long as balance is maintained. For example. If I had two or three light and bright pieces on one side, I would balance out the other side with a single heavy, perhaps dramatic piece on the other.
::And lastly, there are no real rules and like most things, to each their own; these are just guidelines that I find helpful when completing a cohesive scheme.
June 29, 2011
images found here
Cassie from The Veda House has recently launched her online store, market203, selling gently used vintage goods at incredibly reasonable prices. The girl has been working her butt off for the last few months and the results have surely paid off. I definitely have my eye on a number of items (hello pretty rustic boxes, wire baskets and vintage cheese jars) that would undoubtedly add that extra touch to my new home.
June 16, 2011
How cool is this cabin? Located deep in the woods in Sweden (of course!) it almost doesn’t even look real.
February 18, 2011
Being a self-proclaimed shower lover, this is one product that I could fully get on board with. When I say lover, I really, truly mean it. I often sit underneath the stream of steamy warmth for much longer than I’d care to admit (what, you don’t sit in your shower? My legs take a little while to function in the morning – don’t judge). While a good, long, hot and steamy shower is already on the top of my list of things that make me happy, adding this beautiful wooden shower head to the mix would be the icing on the metaphorical cake.
Happy weekend my loves! I’m off to Montreal to visit my brother. I’ll be gone for just the weekend and yet I’ve packed three scarves (and six shirts. shh). I think I need an intervention.
February 16, 2011
found via French by Design
Lately I find myself drawn to the crisp black and white spaces that are currently flooding the design world. This one in particular is no exception. The oversized art adds just the right amount of warmth and colour to an otherwise cool space.
As an aside, I just noticed that this home totally coordinates with my new blog layout! You did notice that we got a wee bit of a makeover around here, didn’t you? Being of a creative mind, that’s the thing that I struggle with most. Just when I’m all done, all set, everything is all perfect and complete, I feel a spark of inspiration (or boredom) and want to start all over again! This is okay when it comes to a blog layout, but when it comes to my home it could get problematic (read: expensive).
Let me know what you think!
February 11, 2011
These pipes & fittings turned bookshelves: so clever! You bet your buttons I forwarded these images to my boyfriend who just so happens to be super handy and will surely throw together one or two of these bad boys for me. Right??
Happy weekend lovelies! And do us a favour, send us good vibes as we head out on a new apartment shopping adventure. Think: dirt cheap deals and golden vintage finds. Highly appreciated. xx
February 3, 2011
found via here
A pretty home for your Thursday morning. Sarah Illenberger, an incredibly talented photographer, lets us take a peek into her sweet little home. Her little collection of knick knacks and keepsakes is so very fascinating to me. And this is slightly embarrassing, but does anyone know who designs the turquoise chair in the first image? I’ve been subconsciously collecting images of it throughout the past while and I don’t eve know who’s it is! How awkward. I get a bad designer card.
update: it’s the acapulco chair! I can rest happily now.
January 25, 2011
found via here
Throughout middle school and into highschool I had two friends with whom I was more or less inseparable. Jess, the eldest of the two, just so happened to be Swedish. Throughout our childhood, all three of us had an understanding that Jess won at everything. She just did. Her Halloween costume was always the sparkliest, her piece of cake was always the largest, her boobs came well before ours (sorry to talk about your boobs in a public setting Jess. sometimes it happens) and without even trying, her doodles were unquestionably perfect (meanwhile I was to be the artist!) Everything she touched turned to gold.
I’m not sure what it is about those Nordic countries, but they have something in their blood. Jess is not the only exception. There is something that oozes beauty, creativity, style, functionality and sometimes, just plain ol’ luck. My obsession with Scandinavian design, both in interiors and in friends (ha what a weird thing to say), is no secret. And this Swedish country home fits the bill for everything that makes my heart skip a beat. Between the inexpensive Ikea chairs, handmade coffee tables, black accent walls and a number of great finds, this home is pure perfection in my books. One that I’m sure Jess will end up showing off sometime in her future. And you better believe that hers will be bigger, more stylish and far prettier than mine (even though I’m the interior designer. This is just how it is).
January 21, 2011
In the past I’ve mentioned that I’m always an advocate for supporting local products, especially when they’re hand crafted and specially designed, and especially when they’re as stinkin’ cute as these guys. I’m even more of a fan of designer Ange-line Tetrault because she too went to OCAD. In fact, she’s still there finishing up her last year of industrial design. It’s like one lovely little art school world! I’ve noticed these mugs here and there around the interwebs and they just slay me every time. Who wouldn’t want a sweet little owl poking out of their almost empty tea mug? Nobody, that’s who.
If you’re in and around the Toronto area, you should come and take a look at Ange-lines work (along with a ton of other incredibly talented female designers) at the upcoming design show Capacity. I was fortunate enough to have gone to school with a number of the designers and I must say, these ladies ooze skill and you should prepare yourself for leaving with an armful of goodies. I’ll be there trying to convince myself that I don’t need any more tea cups.
January 20, 2011
I’ve mentioned before how cold it’s been over here in Toronto and I’m telling you, we could really use a break! With day after day of bone-chilling weather it’s getting increasingly difficult to maintain some semblance of warmth. (I find that wearing two pairs of pants and drinking cup after cup of tea help immensely. Also, I’ve asked my grandma to knit me a pair of these for when I’m stuck at my computer). Being a tried, tested and true Canadian, you’d think that I’d have warmed up to the idea of winter by now (ha. pun). Instead, I find myself daydreaming about thawing out in front of any of these beautiful fireplaces.
January 19, 2011
images found here
If I lived here, I would be one very happy lady.
January 11, 2011
found via Ralph Lauren
Every once in a while you just need a little bit of retail therapy. Although I have an affinity for shopping, my true passion lies within the decor of the stores themselves. Please tell me I’m not alone in this thought.
This Parisienne Ralph Lauren retail space is one of the prettiest stores I’ve set my sights on in a while. With a perfect blend of masculine and feminine elements, incredible mouldings and attention to minute details (would you please look at those floors), I could definitely spend my afternoon within these walls. And when it all gets to be too much, I could rest my tired feet at the courtyard restaurant appropriately named Ralph. Oh Paris, the things you do to me.
January 5, 2011
found via mixr
Every once in a while I stumble across a home that really speaks to me. This one in particular feels lived in, loved and experienced. Marie Olsson Nylander, a fellow interior designer, has an incredible eye for art and artifacts. Many of the pieces found throughout these spaces have been picked up throughout her travels around the world. They’re amazing. They tell a story. And while they’re each drastically different, their difference, their over-sized scale, and their colour saturation bring them all together and make for a cohesive space that is anything but boring.
December 21, 2010
found via Country Living
Generally, a place like this wouldn’t hold my attention for long. It’s cute. It’s cozy. It’s very, very country… But at this moment? Things are a little different. There’s nothing that sounds more appealing to me than packing up and getting away for a few days with just my family and a few close friends. On Christmas eve we’d toboggan and snow shoe while the turkey cooks in the oven and steams up the windows. On Christmas day, it would snow. Big fat snowflakes. We would sit in our pyjamas with cups of hot coco as we open our stockings. We would take multiple naps and drink champagne in the afternoon. All afternoon. Right now, this country cottage in the middle of nowhere, with its too small dining table for us to crowd around, grandma observing from the rocking chair, it’s looking pretty great.
December 9, 2010
found via Canvas Hotel
After two weeks of buck nuttiness (yeah, I said that), and no clear end in sight, it would be so nice to get away and decompress for a little while. I’m not exactly a mountain biker, but I suppose I could be if it meant I could visit this Norwegian hotel. Upon arrival, each guest is given their own mountain bike to explore the surrounding land (however, if you prefer to bring your own it’s perfectly acceptable). The guests stay in traditional yurts (an insulated tent with a wood burning stove) that are built around a communal kitchen where a chef is on standby to provide meals. And the best part? Each yurt comes equipped with a portable bathtub! The guests are encouraged to drag their tub to anywhere within the property lines in order to indulge in some much needed r & r.
December 8, 2010
As mentioned (many times now), I’ve finished Danielle’s bedroom! What we started off with (see below), was a lackluster, boring ol’ space that just didn’t showcase the personality and energy of this particular client. As a young entrepreneur working in the fitness industry, she needed a fresh, vibrant space that she could come home to at the end of a high energy day. A place to sit and relax but one that still felt like her.
Just starting out in the real world, a lack of funds was our biggest hurdle. We decided to keep her large, main pieces (bed, night stand, dresser), and work around them in terms of decor. We made some incredible finds (umm hello $200 Craigslist chair, and hey there $60 vintage pendant lamp), and spent the rest of the budget on paint, fabric and a few accessories. I’m so pleased with the results!
December 8, 2010
After much anticipation, Danielle’s bedroom is finally done! Take a look at what we started with when we began this project a few months ago: a drab space with not much personality. Considering that a girl with oodles of said personality inhabits this space, it just did not seem fitting. I’m just adding the finishing touches to the after pictures – so make sure to check back in a little while to see what was done!
November 25, 2010
found via Design Milk
Calouette, a design studio mixing architecture and product design, has come up with this pretty amazing perpetual calendar for us to feast our eyes on. Each piece of coloured acrylic has a different date carved into it and you simply need to release each sheet as the days of the year progress. You could even write important dates and milestones on each sheet, to remember each and every year. A beautiful way to keep track of time and life’s important events.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers! Have a wonderful, wonderful holiday, and know that I’m over here feeling all jealous while sitting at work with my leftover pasta for lunch… and dinner (because I always make WAY too much pasta)
November 23, 2010
images found via Rue Mag
If you have yet to be informed, Rue’s second issue was launched yesterday morning! I spent far too much time than I’d care to admit perusing through it last night. These girls are seriously talented.
Above are a few of my favourite shots from this months issue. If it isn’t obvious, I had a hard time narrowing it down; so please mind the bombardment of pictures. If you feel so inclined, take a look for yourself here. Oh, and if any of you know who sings this song, please let me know. And, because free things are awesome, head here for some of your own!
November 18, 2010
found via Desire to Inspire
If I ever disappear, your best bet is to check for me here. In Madrid. In this fantastic apartment. Between the white walls, the pops of colour, the unexpected wallpaper and the fun hangy-baubles-of-sorts, I can’t help but be sucked into these images. My only concern is the duvet on the bed; it’s definitely not fluffy enough for my liking. I would have to bring my own, but minor details I suppose.
November 17, 2010
From glam, to rustic, to outdoors (?), to industrial chic (don’t you love the terms us designers come up with), I always gravitate towards images of a good soaker tub. It’s a necessity to rid yourself of a hard days work, to begin a romantic evening out, or, and let’s be frank here, to spend your friday evening in.
November 16, 2010
found via made by girl
You may have seen made by girl’s prints, china business cards & greeting cards in and around the interwebs in the past. She’s a young, talented & incredibly creative entrepreneur who’s been featured in the likes of Elle Decor, Real Living, Style at home.com, Lucky Magazine… I could go on (and on). Clearly she’s talented. Clearly she knows what’s up!
Yesterday afternoon, Jen featured some of my work on her blog. How exciting is that?! Really exciting. That’s how. I am so freaking thrilled (I even said freaking – that’s how thrilled). Head on over here if you’d like to take a gander.
And thank you, for the millionth time Jen.
November 15, 2010
found via Trevor Tondro
I have some bad news, friends. My scenes from my weekend will be null and void for today. I mistakenly forgot my camera in my cousins car on Saturday evening and as a result I have nothing to show for myself until I see her later this week. My apologies for now, but next week I will make up for it! For the moment, please enjoy some incredible interiors photographed by the talented Trevor Tondro, and know that the weekend was great. Movies, restaurants, foggy evenings out, sunday brunches, oh my. I hope that yours, too, was just as wonderful!
November 2, 2010
No sooner did it seem that October left us and winter reared its ugly head. (Wait. One sec. November? Seriously?! When. When did this happen!?) Now that the weather is beginning to call for wool jackets and fingerless gloves (because lets face it, those are secretly cool), I find myself craving the jewel tones and deep rich colours of spaces like this. I’m also loving the thick, chunky, oversized masculine lines set against the gilded mirrors and dainty mouldings. And the light fixtures above the dining room table? I die. Perfection.
ps. this is me being annoying until friday. If you get the chance, check out Design Refuge’s October challenge, and vote! I’ve made the final cut and would be so honoured. Thanks noodles <3
November 1, 2010
So as you all know, I entered a contest last week that challenged a bunch of bloggers to come up with their design aesthetic in a single post. Well, I’m so happy to announce that I’ve been chosen to be among the finalists! If you would be so kind to click here to vote for me, it would make me infinitely happy!
And because you know I don’t like a post without a picture…
found via unknown
October 28, 2010
This is me. A little bit girly, a little bit traditional (but sometimes not at all), some organized chaos, and always busying myself with some sort of goings-on. Design Refuge has challenged us bloggy folks to showcase our design aesthetic in one single post. This is it for me. It’s a place I go to seek refuge from a non-stop day; my haven, my getaway, my breath of fresh air. It’s the smell of vanilla, the softness of warm cashmere, and there’s always room for all of my friends. It’s a combination of old and new; sparkly and worn & well-loved; bright and inviting. On that’s filled with things that make my heart happy. A place to simply call my own. Welcome to my space! Please, have a cookie.
October 26, 2010
It’s taken Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres no less than 10 years to complete his personal loft (something I worry about when having to decorate my future home. Being faced with so many amazing choices on a daily basis, how are you ever supposed to decide?!) During the process, he was faced with a plethora of issues that one must deal with when working with an older building; one such issue being wiring and cabling. With the use of strategically placed surface mounted electrical conduit he was able to deal with the additional necessary electrical affairs needed for a modern day lifestyle, while maintaining a certain aesthetic and a modest budget. I’m personally loving the idea of letting it all hang out. It could almost be said that the perfectly placed conduit eliminates the need for any artwork! I mean really, it could very well be considered a work of art in itself.
October 7, 2010
found via Concrete & Honey
With October being considered breast cancer awareness month, I feel it’s important that we all stop and recognize it for just a moment. I’m sure we’ve all been affected by this horrible disease in one way or another, and although we still have a ways to go, it’s nice to be able to give it some awareness. So ladies, check your tata’s! And go hug your mom while you’re at it; just because, why not? (Umm but don’t do that at the same time. That would just be awkward)
With that said, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you a new-to-me blog that I’m simply smitten with. Concrete & Honey, an Australian based blog, always seems to have the perfect amount of pink sprinkled throughout her place. (That, plus a beautiful eye for all things pretty to match!)
Happy October ladies!
October 5, 2010
found via The House Hotel
In my few years of life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have done a small amount of travelling. While I absolutely love it and would never turn down the opportunity to go anywhere, the thought of going to Istanbul was never really one that crossed my mind. Not until now, that is. Designed by Autoban, this four storey mansion (originally built in 1890) has recently been transformed into this incredible hotel, fit for a queen, if I do say so myself. The walls. The ceiling. Omygod the floor! Please excuse me a moment, I’m drooling.
October 1, 2010
Whoever said that your ceilings should be white? I’m noticing a change in trends, gearing more towards experimenting up above. Applying a coat of jet black paint to your ceiling is a bold and graphic statement that, if executed properly, could have a great (read: inexpensive) effect. Naturally, it helps to have soaring high ceilings seeing as the dark colour will ultimately make the ceiling feel lower. However, a quick coat of bright white paint on your walls will help to bring the ceiling right back up again. The key to this is to maintain a neutral palette throughout the rest of the space. Throw out all the rules you’ve heard in the past and let your ceiling do the talking.
September 30, 2010
…this incredible hand painted tea mug.
found via Bailey Doesn’t Bark
September 29, 2010
Evelina Bratell, a swedish design student, has created a line of clothing inspired by Barbie. While I’m not one to ever claim to be fashion savvy (although I do appreciate all forms of design), I’m really just in love with the play in scale that takes place in this pretty fantastic photo shoot.
post script: I used to have a dollhouse that looks almost identical to this one. Only mine was classier because I had christmas lights and an old vinyl tile stuck to the “bathroom” floor to spruce the place up. I would then hide treats in all of the cupboards and let my hamster loose within. Too much fun! Anyway… tangent… Take a look!
found via Evelina Brattell
September 28, 2010
This house had me stopped dead in my tracks when I stumbled upon it the other day. As you may have noticed (if it wasn’t glaringly obvious), I generally tend to be drawn to crisp, clean, white spaces. The deep, dark colours and rich textures of this home, however, have me rethinking my previous case of white-syndrome. Of course, it helps that there are little pops of it sprinkled throughout.
post summary: I have a serious case of house envy.
September 23, 2010
found via Michaela Scherrer
… this entire line of incredible pillows.
September 21, 2010
found via Skona Hem
Since in my mind the arrival of fall coincides with the first day of school (I’ve been out of school for three years and this thought will probably never change), I’ve already begun to embrace the change of season (have you noticed?). With tomorrow being the first official day of fall, I felt as though I should give summer a proper send-off with one last incredible summer home. Until next year!
September 17, 2010
Boutique Homes is a website I happened to stumble upon recently, and I’m so glad that I did. Their aim is to provide incredible vacation home rentals; many of which are created by some pretty notable and talented architects. This home in particular is designed as the perfect transitional space for the days that linger between summer and fall. I wouldn’t mind curling up with a book and a blanket in any of the rich, charcoal gray and chocolate-brown spaces, wrapped up to protect myself from the coolness of the morning. Yet, when the sun makes an appearance and the temperature rises, I could just as easily sit outside to enjoy a light lunch and take in the expansive views.
September 16, 2010
found via Seesaw
The ladies at Seesaw, a graphic design agency based in Arizona, have recently released their 2011 calendar. The letterpress calendar is incredibly designed with two months on each page. The edges are perforated, so once you’re through with each sheet, you’re able to rip the graphic portion of the calendar off and it can then be kept as artwork! Beautiful.
September 15, 2010
I’m currently loving the idea of a ladder in a kitchen. Not only is it a practical way to make use of that otherwise wasted ceiling space, it also looks so dreamy and adds such a fun little element to the space.
September 14, 2010
all images found via Dezeen
Have you heard? Hulger, a London based designer, has come out with a new light bulb appropriately named Plumen after a birds decorative feathers. Not only is it 80% more energy-efficient and lasts 8 times longer than your standard light bulb, it’s also so very pretty! To boot? It doesn’t cast that cool blue light makes everything feel cold and sterile, but rather a warm white glow that I, personally, feel is oh so necessary. While the price is a little steep (at £20 each), it’s said to last up to 8 years, so it’s well worth the investment.
September 8, 2010
It seems as though the weather has gotten a little cooler, a little grayer. Fall is undoubtedly on its way and on its coattails it’s bringing work that took a backseat and allowed us to breathe a little easier this past summer. Things are busy (understatement) and during the little moments I’ve managed to sneak to myself (necessary), I’ve found myself seeking solace in these perfectly worn in rooms.
found via unkown & the beautiful soup
September 3, 2010
If you’ve picked up the most recent edition of Martha Stewart Living, these images will look familiar to you. Martha has so graciously let us in to her Bedford, New York kitchen and has shared some of her favourite little tips and tricks for a perfectly functional kitchen. There are 50 in total, and you can find them all here. I’ve gone and compiled a list of my favourite unnecessary, yet somehow totally necessary ideas for you to enjoy:
all images found via Martha Stewart
August 31, 2010
And for your Tuesday morning, I present to you another McLean Quinlan. Great. Big. Sigh.
August 27, 2010
One of the perks to working for the firm that I happen to be employed by is the incredible lunches we get to experience. Birthdays, goodbyes, friday afternoons or new hair dos… we like to celebrate. We like to eat!
We generally make our way out to the streets of Toronto and meander until we stumble upon something that fits the mood for the afternoon. Yesterday, we happened to venture on over to Brasaii for a co-workers belated birthday.
The food was tasty, but the space is what got me. With soaring ceilings, brick walls, wooden joists and original columns, the restaurant is luxurious, yet cozy, without being the least bit stuffy. The Design Agency, a Toronto based design firm, has done a wonderful job at melting industrial and traditional design together seamlessly with the mix of pottery barn lamps & neon artwork. Perfection!
found via Brasaii
August 26, 2010
Starbucks has really gone and done it this time! You may have already heard, but they’ve recently opened a pretty incredible looking coffee and tea house. Branching out from their typical store layout and design, 15th Ave. Coffee & Tea is a Seattle-based coffee-house that encourages you to kick back and stay a while. With the use of recycled tin, reclaimed wood, and even a boat-turned-cafeteria table, the designers have successfully created a cozy little coffee shop atmosphere. If I hadn’t told you, you never would have known that ‘the bux’ is behind this venture. Although I’m not a huge Starbucks advocate (as noted here), I must give them credit. To boot? You have the option of having your coffee french pressed (oo la la), they offer wine (and poetry readings!) in the evenings, and the tea is steeped with real tea leaves! None of that bagged-stuff here.
Take a look!
August 6, 2010
Take a look at Allan Peter’s incredibly sweet silk screened art. When he found out his wife was pregnant, he designed these posters. What a wonderful gift idea (for future reference, of course. My friends aren’t quite there yet. No rush ladies.) So cute!
August 5, 2010
You may remember my post not too long ago about perfectly perfect, moroccan inspired, colourful floor tiles. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but I really do think they’ll be everywhere in no time. Here is part two of the series of images I’ve amassed for us to drool over!
August 4, 2010
A sweet little cottage retreat for your viewing (and daydreaming) pleasures.
July 29, 2010
You may have heard his name around here before; or perhaps you’ve clicked on his link, Hat + Glasses, in my blogroll. (If you haven’t, I highly suggest that you do). My good friend James Cam is an incredibly talented designer and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to share my favourite piece of his with you. It’s small, it’s simple, and it’s kind of awesome. All of his work is fantastic, but for some reason, this piece has always stuck out in my mind. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. The best ideas are always the simplest ones.
Here it is. A business card that he’s designed for a roofing company. As far as I’m concerned, it’s brilliant. I don’t know about you, but I’d hire anyone who handed me this card in a heartbeat!
If you feel so inclined, check out more of his work here.
July 28, 2010
Japanese architect, Tomohiro Hata, built his house in Kyoto, Japan, and it’s no ordinary house. No. He constructed a three story wooden (plywood) house within the framework of his stark white home. I love projects that push the limits just a bit and challenge standard notions. Take a look!
all images found via Dezeen
July 27, 2010
un beau parapluie
found via Heurtault
July 27, 2010
I’m going to make a prediction, here and now. Colourful, Moroccan inspired floor tiles are going to be the next big thing in this little industry we’ve got going on here. I’ve just begun to notice them more and more and I’ve already amassed quite the collection of inspirational images. So many that I will probably split this into two separate posts, to keep you on your toes and all.
Beautiful. I love how the rest of the spaces are kept clean and simple, allowing the tiles to really pop and make the statement they were born to make.
July 22, 2010
Munge Leung, a Toronto based interior design firm, has successfully made their mark on many, many incredible projects. This 7,300 square foot ravine house in particular really caught my eye. Is it just me, or does it kind of make you want to become some sort of bachelor (bachelorette) and host a bunch of parties with tall models. No? Just me? Well then…
all images found via Munge Leung
July 20, 2010
This may be my favourite house to date (and that’s a tall order to fill!) I stumbled across the portfolio of McLean Quinlan not too long ago and quickly got in touch with the architect. The work is beyond incredible, and I just had to share it. (As an aside, if you’d like to repost their work, shoot Kate Quilan a quick e-mail for permission. She’s very sweet and gracious!)
As a UK-based architectural firm, they seem to have a knack for blending old and new seamlessly into a space that is both incredibly beautiful and functional.
Stow-on-the-wold is an old barn converted into an amazing countryside house. With four kids and many friends occupying this home, the spaces had to be usable, abusable and still aesthetically pleasing. The juxtaposition of the worn wood, rustic stone facade, and comfortable furniture allow the rooms to feel lived in and unstuffy, while the oversized chandeliers, huge glass doors and glossy white floors maintain that sleek and sexy, contemporary feel. Take a look for yourself!
found via McClean Quinlan
July 16, 2010
Here’s a sneak peek at a project I’ve recently been working on. Danielle is a vibrant young professional who works in the health and fitness industry. Constantly on the go, working in a fast paced, high energy environment, she has requested that I transform her neutral bedroom into a fresh, fun one that really showcases her personality, yet lets her relax when the day ends. We decided on a colour palette of soft greys, a vibrant coral and a fresh teal. Since Danielle is on a limited budget (after recently graduating University), we figured we would re-use her bed and dresser, which are in great shape, and just do a simple refresh on the rest of the space, only splurging on the items that we both fall in love with; the ones she will be able to keep forever. I’ll be sure to update you as the project progresses, complete with before and after pictures, and a source list! Stay tuned. (I’ve always wanted to say that!)
And here’s a quick sketch that I whipped up for her to really get a feel for her future space
July 15, 2010
I’ve been collecting images of inspiration boards over the past few months and haven’t even really noticed until sifting through my files the other day. My subconcious is all over them! Take note of the first one, the designer used binder clips to hang each image. So creative!
July 14, 2010
With my vacation approaching in just a few short weeks, I can’t help but be drawn to a few incredibly beautiful, perfectly designed, immaculate retreats.
Amangiri in particular has really caught my eye. Located in Utah, practically in the middle of the desert, it isn’t the type of location you would think you’d typically want to get away to, until you check out these views.
The hotel and spa have been designed to blend into their landscape with colour, materials, texture and scale, as to not disturb their surroundings. It’s incredible! Where do I sign up?
July 13, 2010
I’m back to work today, but I’m still feeling a little under the weather. I’m thinking I could probably nurse myself back to health much quicker if I could spend my time in one of these beds!
July 7, 2010
Barn doors. I’m loving this approach to an entry! It works especially well when there is a lack of space for a standard door to swing open. The oversized, unanticipated, rustic boldness of the following images make my eyes happy. They’re pieces of art in themselves and they truly make these rooms pop!
July 6, 2010
Nikole Herriott from Forty-Sixth at Grace is a fellow Toronto designer whose apartment (and shoppe) I’ve just recently stumbled upon. Her place, a mere 390 square feet, is so sweet and well put together and I just had to share it. If you get a moment, check out her shoppe, Herriott Grace, as well. All of the items are incredible! This lady certainly has an eye for design.
all images found via Design Sponge
June 16, 2010
all images found via Desire to Inspire via M. Elle
I always thought of myself as more of a city girl than anything else. But this farmhouse has me re-thinking all of my previous dreams! The mother-daughter design team, M. Elle, have done an incredible china job making the space feel warm and inviting, yet not too country. I’m impressed.
June 15, 2010
Some beautiful, raw, wood floors for your Tuesday afternoon.
found via This is Glamorous
June 14, 2010
This rendering of a library in Stockholm gives me a little bit of acrophobia… But what an interesting concept!
found via Stumble Upon
June 11, 2010
Take a look at the Recess Yogurt Bar & Café in New York. Designed by Scalar Architecture, the LED ceiling changes colour, there are little yogurt holders that come out of the wall, and you get to enjoy your treat while lounging on vintage Eames chairs! The entire space is seamless in its design where the walls turn into the floor, and the floor transforms into a bar. I love that it isn’t what you would typically expect from a Yogurt store. Well played, Scalar.
June 10, 2010
The new Lonny Magazine is up!! I’ve only made my way through half of it so far (I need to give it the attention it deserves), but I’m definitely going to be trying this:
June 9, 2010
I’m loving this collection of beautiful wooden doors. They really set the standard for the rest of the space.
June 8, 2010
I’m beginning to notice a new trend as of late: neutral spaces with a neon accent. I kind of like it! I think I could get on board, given the right space, of course.
June 7, 2010
I thought I’d do a bit of a follow-up on executive chef Brad Moore’s School Bakery & Café since it was such an interesting concept and a wonderful experience (that could have been the company though – I roll with good people. I’m just saying. Also, can I pull off that last sentence? I didn’t think so. Carrying on.) Every detail was well thought out and perfectly executed. The menus are presented to you on little clipboards, the 21 schoolhouse clocks mounted on the wall are all set to 3:30 (everyone’s favourite part of the school day – naturally), and the centre piece of each table is an apple set on a stainless steel coaster. The brick walls are covered in chalkboards with sayings like “please don’t feed the models”, there is hopscotch painted on the floor in front of the washroom and the kitchen is refered to as detention (the staff is then refered to as the faculty, of course). When they cater to private parties, the space transforms into private school, and on sunday, well, it’s sunday school of course!
June 4, 2010
This. I need not say any more (as far as I’m concerned).
found via Christopher Moulder
June 3, 2010
You may have noticed a recent post with a picture of MacCools Re-use shoppe from my long weekend in Prince Edward County. It’s a second-hand store located in a 150 year old barn just down the street from my cottage, and it was recently featured in Toronto Life. I highly recommend you go and check it out if you’re ever in the area. It’s a really cool space, with all sorts of amazing finds. (If you’re looking for vintage teak furniture, this is your best bet. The stuff is ridiculously priced and in amazing condition). I scored this incredible sea foam green antique fan for a measly $20.00. It still works too! It makes a ton of noise, and would probably take your finger off without thinking twice about it, but I love how it looks on my dresser.
June 1, 2010
Sigh. I can’t wait until I get my hands on a suitable project where I can paint the floors a high gloss white. That may be a weird thing for someone to get excited about… but look how pretty!!
all images found via Greige
May 31, 2010
A little office inspiration to start your work week off on the right foot. I’m loving the organized chaos.
found via unknown
May 28, 2010
Our firm has recently been hired to redesign a Dental Office. I had never really thought about it before, but upon further review, it seemed to me that all of them are the same. Clinical. Sterile. Boring. Not some place you really want to be (that kind of goes without saying, but, well, you know). We didn’t want this to happen in our project, so I took it upon myself to do a little research and I thought I’d share with you a few of the interesting takes on Dental Offices that I stumbled upon. Also, on a side note, have you heard of this dental spa thing they’ve got going on? Apparently certain offices are trying to change the dental experience by making it more enjoyable and spa-like. You know, head china massage while you get your cavities filled. I could really get on board with this.
Bam! Chandeliers in unlikely places!
May 27, 2010
Here is another design from Ah&Oh Studio. A beautiful logo designed to look like it’s made entirely out of honey. I’m telling you, the simplest ideas are always the best ideas.
found via Ah&Oh Studio
ps. They definitely do work on products that are not honey related – all of their work is top-notch, if I do say so myself!
May 27, 2010
Ah&Oh Studio has come up with, what I deem (and therefore you should too – obviously), the most awesome honey jar ever. Their goal is to appeal to a younger audience, teaching kids to reach for honey as a tasty treat, as opposed to refined sugars. (I can’t imagine it was an accident, but the tag around the neck of the jar reminds me of little honey bee wings too!)
Love. Love. Love.
May 21, 2010
Seesaw, an incredibly talented graphic design agency based in Scottsdale, Arizona, recently shared pictures of their new office space on their blog. I’m in awe.
It went from this:
This wall was done with tape & grey paint. Incredible.
all images found via Seesaw Design
I’m in love with their work. It’s taking all of my might to not crumble and buy these amazing letterpress thank you cards. They make my heart happy.
found via Seesaw Shoppe
May 21, 2010
Take a look at the recently opened Pantone Hotel in Brussels. The entire space is saturated in white, with pops of colour here and there. Each room is based on a different colour scheme and upon check-in, you are able to select your room based on your current mood (tranquil, energetic…) How cool is that?!
Apparently the bar menu is Pantone* inspired with drinks such as Pink Champagne, and Daiquiri Green cocktails. The hotel also provides you with Pantone bicycles that you can borrow to see the city, Pantone coffee mugs, and check out the room key-rings!
*Pantone is a set of standard colours generally used within Graphic Design or Advertising. Each colour has its own series of numbers to ensure that the colour on your monitor matches the colour you actually desire once it is printed.
May 19, 2010
Next month’s issue of Elle Decor features Meg Ryan’s home in Martha’s Vineyard. It’s oh-so-dreamy! If my Cape Town dreams don’t work out, perhaps I’ll go knock on Meg’s door (we’re tight like that).
I would put money on the fact that the blogosphere will be bombarded with these images, but I can’t help myself. Here are a few sneak-peaks.
May 18, 2010
Have you been to Mandoloux yet? It’s a site that provides you with high quality desktop backgrounds. A friend sent me the link yesterday and I think I’ve already changed my background 9 times (I can’t make up my mind). The images range from abstract photography, to still life, to fine art. The photography is incredible! And for you designer folk with the multiple monitors? They’ve thought of that too with images that span across two or three screens. Check it out!
all images found via Mandoloux
May 17, 2010
I tend to be drawn to soft hues, and bright white interiors and so far that seems to be the sort of spaces I’ve been sharing here. I thought I’d go a little crazy on this monday afternoon and switch it up with a couple of colourful rooms that are just as cozy and inviting.
May 14, 2010
We recently took on a mini powder room renovation project at my dad’s place. I should say, my step-mom recently took on a mini powder room renovation project. The woman is a miracle worker! She did it all herself. Flooring, drywall, wallpaper… It always amazes me how much she is capable of, and in such a short period of time.
I did impart a few of my interior design abilities on the project and I thought it would be fun to share it with you. I want to go ahead and say that I cannot take all the credit, I merely selected the wallpaper, gave my two cents about accent colours, tossed around a couple of side-table-like ideas and my step-mom did the rest. I’m extremely happy with the results – she did an incredible job in shanghai!
I believe that the most interesting designs are the ones that break conventional rules. Whoever said that you shouldn’t use a bold graphic pattern in a small space. Do it! Go big or go home my friends. With that in mind, keep the rest of the space subdued and let the wallcovering do the talking.
note: If you’d like to use my images for any reason, please go ahead, I just ask that you link back to me. Thanks!
May 13, 2010
I’ve always had a crush on stairs. For real. I know that sounds totally weird, but I’m a designer, and sometimes we’re strange like that. I started drawing floor plans for fun when I was 7 or 8 (read: strange), and the common thread throughout all of them was crazy, multiple, winding staircases. That and cool bridges, secret doors and hangout-nooks, naturally. Seriously though, stairs are sexy. That is all.
May 12, 2010
Ahh. This kitchen. Brilliant! It’s a small, but mighty space. I love the idea of a neutral kitchen with a hint of sparkle, and a pop of colour on the ceiling. The best part? As your taste changes, you could easily switch out the coloured ceiling which would completely change the entire feel of the space. Maybe aqua for the summer, a deep ochre for the fall, a little aubergine for the cold winter months… Who needs seasonal throw pillows when you could have a seasonal kitchen ceiling! My boyfriend is for sure rolling his eyes at me right now. Oh the things I have planned for us…
found via House & Home
side note: There are a few companies that carry the stainless steel hexagon mosaic tile (seen as the backsplash above), but if you’re looking for it, check Cercan-Tile. I know for sure they have it. I’ve had a little sample of it on my desk for the past year, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it.
May 11, 2010
It’s still cold and rainy here in Toronto. In Jacquelyn-land that means it’s absolutely freezing and I may lose my toes and slash or the tips of my fingers. I’ve been known to exaggerate a little bit okay a lot, but carrying on. I would love to cuddle up in this nook all day with a book and a cup of tea.
May 11, 2010
These tiles! They just make my eyes happy. I haven’t been able to find them in an application yet but as soon as I do I will be sure to share it! They’re called the SomerTile Square Lantern in white and you can get them at Overstock.com for about $8.00 a square foot. Oh I would tile my life with these babies. And I don’t even care that they like, totally stole it right out of my header.
found via Overstock
May 10, 2010
See? Now this is cupcake packaging done right. Does anyone know a good cupcake place in Toronto that has pretty packaging? Perhaps I will make it my mission to visit each and every one of them to find one. Oh, I like this mission.
found via Lovely Package
May 10, 2010
This morning was one of those whirl-wind mornings where nothing went right (and I should note – it’s only 9:45). I turned my alarm off instead of pushing snooze, I ran out of bobby pins when I tried to put my hair up in a frenzy, and that girl with the attitude on the subway? You know, the one who feels it’s absolutely necessary to push her way to the front of the platform, weasel her way so that she’s standing right in front of you (so that her stray hairs are almost tickling your nose), and once the train comes, decides to get on and then stop right at the entrance because she feels claustrophobic within the train, making everyone have to squish around her to get through the door? Yeah. You know the one. I mumbled something under my breath and then stopped and thought about something that I heard the other day: every second you spend upset is one less second you will have to be happy.
So here I am, choosing happy! But please excuse me while I get my life organized and go out on an office tea run.
May 7, 2010
In order to beat the cold & rain we’re expecting, I hope your weekend is filled with lots and lots of the following. Feel free to substitute the hot chocolate with a glass of champagne, naturally.
ps. Happy mothers day to my beautiful Mama, and my wonderful step-mom, Linda!
May 7, 2010
You may have seen this around the interwebs, or perhaps in an old issue of House & Garden, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hampton house is just too pretty to not share! According to the article she worked closely with architect and designer Michael Minkoff to complete the look.
found via The Style-Files
May 6, 2010
Have you guys seen Hanger Tea before? Check it out – it’s brilliant. I’m always drawn to the simplest, most literal concepts and this is a perfect example of this. It’s an ingenious take on the notion of hanging a tea bag on the rim of your cup. Plus, the hangers are colour coded to distinguish the different tea varieties available. It’s a Tee-Bag. Ha. This kills me.
ps. If you get a chance, check out my friend James’ blog – Hat + Glasses. It’s a pretty incredible blog filled with a ton of eye candy. Designer eye candy, that is.