April 15, 2014
Hello Lark & Linen readers! I’m so excited to be holding down the fort today while our lovely Jacquelyn is soaking up the sun and beautiful scenery, as well as hopefully doing plenty of dancing at her cousin’s wedding in Mexico! I’m Jessica over from Coco and Mingo, stepping in for today’s House Envy post! I was able to find a gorgeous home that pretty much fulfilled everything I’m loving right now with interiors: white, open spaces with lots of natural light and wood, mix + match prints and patterns (especially wall coverings!), Scandinavian designs, and mostly neutral decor with pops of color.
This home is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 3 story residence located in Amsterdam. I came across this home while researching for my future *fingers crossed* trip to Amsterdam hopefully later this year or next! I love how it combines my other favorite (and current) city, New York, into its decor and style by using large wall decals, wallpaper, and canvas prints…it’s the perfect balance of modern and Scandinavian design that always seem to catch my eye.
Oh, and you can get this look:
Thanks for having me, Jacquelyn! Hope you’re enjoying your time in Mexico!
March 25, 2014
I’ve had a handful of pinch-me type moments over the course of the last little while, but this little number is a biggie. Have you heard of HGTV? Of course you have! Who hasn’t!? I’ve been madly obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. And by that I mean I vividly recollect getting upset when we switched cable companies and temporarily lost their channel – I’m pretty sure I was ten. And this girl right here has been asked to contribute to their blog! It’s literally the stuff that my dreams are made of.
So from here on out, once a month you’ll be able to find my House Envy series over on their pages. Consider me pleased-as-punch! This month I’m chatting all about this beautiful Swedish town home and you definitely don’t want to miss it…
March 18, 2014
Would you believe me if I told you that this incredible home was once a single-room library? Built in 1915, homeowners Karen Gilliam and Sara Van Beckum, lovingly restored and transformed this space into their family’s home. Modern elements have been infused amongst the traditional roots, with curves in all the right places. And the results? Well, just take a peek for yourself…
Found: Brunch at Saks via New York Times | Entryway Sconce: Alice Wall Sconce | Stove: Fireorb | Armchair: Grande Papilio | Kitchen Pendant: Tom Dixon Beet Light | Desk: Ligne Roset Ursuline |Washroom Pedestal Sink: Porcher
More house envy? It’s all RIGHT HERE
March 11, 2014
If I’m being honest, I had an entirely different home tour lined up today – aaaand then this happened. My boss, the beautiful, talented, wonderful Abby Larson, opened her home for us all to see. It’s been featured in the newest Domino Magazine (yep, we’re still freaking out at the SMP offices) and I simply HAD to share it. Because when a home is THIS good, it’s just the right thing to do.
This right here is just a taste of the goodness, but there’s a whole lot more where this came from over on SMP Living (complete with a full room by room breakdown, and behind the scenes secrets!).
March 4, 2014
My best friend is currently in the throws of apartment hunting in Sweden and I’ve been told that the rental market over there is rough. There isn’t much on the market, and when things do come up they go almost instantly. And if this apartment is any example, I can totally see why. I mean, if you had one of these beauties under your belt, would you ever leave? I know for a fact I’d be a lifer.
More house envy? It’s all RIGHT HERE
February 25, 2014
Though my own design aesthetic tends to verge on the more traditional side of things, I’m secretly in love with this retro retreat. In my experience, the use of bold, saturated hues can go one of two ways: second grade classroom, or utterly perfect. It’s a fine line that must be tread with caution but this space? I’m thinking it’s virtually perfect. And though I’m not sure I’d ever live here full time, I would happily hunker down and set up shop for a while, at the very least.
More house envy? It’s all RIGHT HERE
February 11, 2014
It’s official. I’ve found the dreamiest homes of all dream homes. And in New York, no less! As far as I’m concerned, the second you mix the words Manhattan & Home Tour, good things are bound to ensue. But in this case? Fabulous things have happened. From walls of shoes, to oversized spaces, to a kitchen that manages to feel modern yet rustic all at once… If you need me at all, I’ll be right here drooling.
February 4, 2014
I’m sure you’ve heard the name Grey & Scout come up around here in the past as I kind of have a total love affair with the site, the woman and everything in between. Her design sense is so in line with mine that it literally takes every ounce of effort not to repost each home she displays. Though I try not to fully copy her every move, I couldn’t not post this beautiful, serene loft. Owned by none other than David Karpp, founder of our beloved Tumblr, I’m fairly confident I’d be quite happy here.
January 28, 2014
You know, for the most part I look forward to winter every year. I have little issue with the idea of hunkering down for a while, wrapping myself in blankets and not feeling guilty when I don’t leave the house for an entire day. Typically, I’m completely satisfied doing so until late February before my spring fever rears its head. That is, until this year. Because this year I went away. I basked in the sun for an entire two weeks which made me realize how glorious said sun really is. And just like that, all at once, that familiar fever has hit full force, in record time too. I find myself researching summer sandals, pinning outdoor spaces, sunny skies and things of that nature. And this house? Though beautiful and amazing and, well, perfect really – it’s doing absolutely nothing to abate my all-consuming-desire for warmth and sunshine and everything bright and light.
December 17, 2013
Though my love for the colour pink has been well documented over the years, there’s no denying that it’s one of those things that has to approached carefully as it can quickly turn from lovely into a little girls’ barbie dream (and, consequently, my nightmare). Had you of mentioned a pink Christmas prior to me actually seeing it, I would have probably turned my nose up at the idea. But this Christmassy home, complete with the hottest of hottest pinks I ever did see, is elegant and classy and all around amazing.
Found: Style at Home
December 10, 2013
As much as I love a lush, traditional, red and green Christmas, there’s something about a crisp white one that I always find appealing. A hint of garland, a bit of twinkle and a plate full of cookies are sometimes all you really need to really get in the spirit.
November 26, 2013
You know those days where you’re just not feeling quite yourself? Where your eyes feel heavy, your throat scratchy, your body tired, yet you’re not exactly sick so you can’t really call it a day and just lay there? That’s kind of how I’m feeling lately. Slightly run down. In need of tea, and sleep. Maybe a cuddle or two! And I can think of no better place to accomplish this list of serious tasks than within the confines of these walls. It’s calm, clean, cozy and just what the doctor ordered.
November 19, 2013
There’s no denying that this space is sparse. Truth be told, I never thought I’d be attracted to something so void of layers and accessories. But the fact that it’s void any unnecessary adornments simply allows every single piece to shine. With a focus on quality over quantity this is one home I can happily get on board with.
Found: Lonny Magazine
November 12, 2013
I’m certain it’s unhealthy to be envious of a castle. Especially one that’s located amongst rolling hills in central France and is surely only EVER going to be a pipe dream, but I’ve been hit and I simply can’t help it. Because if there’s anything better than Victorian New York brownstone, it’s a renovated chateau (complete with a yard filled with roaming sheep). And though I’m not entirely sure I’d ever legitimately want to live here (something about the upkeep…), the little girl within will forever love the idea of a castle all to myself.
November 5, 2013
It seems as if the weather the past few days has taken a serious nosedive into freezing territory and it’s all I can do to not want to totally curl up in a ball of blankets and simply ride it out. Paired with my ball of knits would obviously be a big mug of perpetually piping hot tea, and this home. Cozy and masculine and oh so lovely, it couldn’t work more perfectly with my current mindset.
October 29, 2013
To say that I’m obsessed with this home would be the understatement of the century. It truly strikes all of the must-have boxes that have made their way onto my list. Incredible art? Check. Chevron floors? Check, check. A cozy, not too precious yet still effortlessly pulled together vibe? Yep. Check. It even managed to add a few things I didn’t realize I needed to my list (hello open kitchen shelving and brass detailed range). All in all? This home is pure perfection.
October 23, 2013
In the past, I’ve tended to favor a more feminine approach to homes in my House Envy series. I’m a girly girl when it comes down to it and have never met a hint of pink I didn’t love. When I first moved in with my boyfriend a few years ago, I was forced to reign in my girly tendencies for his sake. It was a bit of a struggle at first, but I think I’ve finally found that balance. And Brian Paquette‘s home? Well, it’s definitely it.
October 16, 2013
For practically my entire life, my dream had been to unearth an incredible Victorian inspired home and infuse some mega-modern details into its bones. The contrast between ultra modern and intricate & detailed has always been incredibly appealing to me. Over the years I’ve admittedly strayed from this vision, opting for a more rustic approach, but this incredible New York Brownstone has brought me right back to that early vision I loved so dearly.
October 8, 2013
I went through this brief phase last week where I decided I was over grey in interiors. I mean, it’s been prominent in the design world for years now and I thought that maybe, just maybe, I was ready to see it go. And then I found this home. One look made me realize that I’m not ready for grey to go. Not by a long shot.
Found: Woman Magazine
October 1, 2013
Truth: I had an entirely different home tour lined up for today when I received a text from my friend Sarah insisting that I check out Catherine Kwong‘s home tour in the new Rue. And at that very instant, that other home tour become of little interest to me. I mean, this home? It’s perfection. I’ve sat here for what feels like forever trying to wax poetic about how it makes me feel. And I’ve simply given up. So let’s all just oogle the photos instead as I try to convince myself that I don’t need to overhaul my own home.
September 24, 2013
This just in: I’m currently obsessed with jewel tones. And when set against a bright white canvas with hints of rustic elements? Well my heart is sent into overdrive. This Oslo apartment feels fresh and new all the while respecting the original integrity of the building. In other words? Pure perfection.
September 17, 2013
Over the weekend we stayed at the most beautiful bed and breakfast I’ve ever seen. Cherry red accents, an oversized grand entrance and incredible cedar shingles welcomed us on arrival and it’s safe to say that I was hooked from the start. In my experience, a home clad in worn cedar shingles ALWAYS means that good things lay within. And this Sag Harbour home only further solidifies this theory.
September 10, 2013
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor for this home is the stuff that my dreams are made of. The layers upon layers of sheer beauty are enough to make my head spin in the very best of ways. And that mouille floor lamp in the corner right there? Yep. Just solidified the fact that I need one in my life.
September 4, 2013
I can always count on Rue Mag to introduce me to a gorgeous place to live. This isn’t the first time I’ve re-featured one of their spaces, and I can confidently say that it will not be the last. The homes they feature tend to have that touch of feminine eclecticism that capture my heart again and again. And this Parisienne beauty is absolutely no exception! What is it about Paris that instantly makes ones space feel that much fancier? I’ve yet to figure it out.
Found: Rue Magazine
August 27, 2013
As a designer by trade this next thought might be considered blasphemous amongst my peers, but every once in a while I crave a space that doesn’t scream prim and proper. There. I said it! I simply adore a home that abides by the principal rules of design (scale, texture, colour…), but doesn’t follow them in any neat and orderly fashion. Ones JUST like this bachelorette pad that simply screams whimsy. It’s totally and completely beautiful in its own quirky way, and I find myself so refreshed by the idea that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Home Tour: Up in the Wooden Hills | Photography: Sofia Bystrom
August 21, 2013
I always get really excited when I stumble upon local talent. Finding folks in my own neck of the woods who are passionate about design is one of my weird guilty pleasures. So when I found this incredible home, from Muskoka Living, it was all I could do to not jump up and down. Now, it’s definitely a little more country than I typically go for, but I feel like when you’re at the cottage a little bit of country is never a bad thing. Is it weird that the foyer is my favourite part?
Interior design: Muskoka Living
August 7, 2013
When the ladies over at Desire to Inspire introduced me to designer Jean Liu, I literally saw my productivity fly out the window. I became completely lost in his wonderful world of beautiful spaces and it was a while before I resurfaced. Amongst the beauty? This incredibly sophisticated home. I kind of feel like it’s far too grown up for me, but that doesn’t stop me from oogling all the same.
July 30, 2013
I’m not sure what has come over me these days, but it seems as if my taste in homes and design has matured drastically over the past little while. While I used to be drawn to simple, casual spaces, I now find myself gravitating towards a more extravagant style. Crown mouldings, deep soaker tubs, topiaries and marble counters are screaming my name. And this home? Well, it’s just the ticket.
Source: Architectural Digest
July 23, 2013
Oh, this home. Let me just start by saying that it has totally and completely stolen my heart. It manages to bridge that awkward gap between utter sophistication and a playful I-don’t-take-myself-too-seriously vibe. The perfectly coiffed shrubs flanking the entry, impeccable herringbone flooring and state of the art kitchen claim sophistication, whereas the use of pink hues and relaxed textiles keep these spaces feeling anything but stuffy. It doesn’t hurt that each room seems to be flooded with that glorious California sun. And if that isn’t enough, word on the street is this yard is filled with strawberry patches, vegetable gardens and pomegranate, avocado AND fig trees. House envy? You betcha’.
July 16, 2013
There’s no question that this home has made it’s rounds across blogland. But it’s clearly for good reason. I mean, it’s pretty much my definition of house envy. Grand. Gorgeous. And simply beyond. Let’s all just take a quick moment to take in that rooftop patio. The views? I am totally and completely in love.
July 9, 2013
My new mission? Befriend Miss Kara Rosenlund, owner of this incredible home. As a prop stylist and buyer, not only does she have one of the coolest jobs in the world, she’s kind of amazing at it to boot. Just one look through her portfolio and your life will be forever changed (dramatic? Perhaps. Accurate? Most definitely). If you do anything today, just take a second to soak in all of these goods, wouldja?
July 3, 2013
Oh dear… excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor for this home has stolen my heart. Located in Majorca, Spain, it manages to strike that incredible balance between old worldly and modern (yet liveable), which is no easy feat. The contrast between the interior and exterior is unexpected and, as a result, incredibly appealing. You’ve got to keep people on their toes, you know? The best part? It’s on the market. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t track it down and attempt to do the math to see if it’s at all possible to make this bad boy mine (sadly, it’s not. Not even a little bit. But one can dream, right?)
June 25, 2013
No matter how hard I try to set my sights on colourful digs, there always seems to be a bright white home that brings me right back. There’s just something about them that make me feel indescribably peaceful. The unexpected details in this particular space have totally captured my attention. The mismatched dining chairs, modern lucite accents and addition of the saddle, of all things, really make this place feel a little less precious, and a whole lot more loved. While the natural elements, like the rich leather sofa and sisal rugs, help balance an otherwise crisp and clean canvas. Yep – consider me sold.
June 11, 2013
I originally found this image and fell completely head over heels. It naturally prompted a reverse image search, in order to track down the designer, which then spiraled into a few hours wasted while poring through his work. Daniel Romualdez is incredibly talented and I fell more in love with each and every space he designed. This right here is his LA home – clean and classic with just the right amount of quirk (you just have to keep people on their toes, you know!)
June 4, 2013
So you know when you “meet” someone that simply oozes talent, beauty, and grace all at the same time? And you kind of want to dislike them but it’s completely impossible because they’re also the sweetest, warmest people… ever? Well, as far as I’m concerned, that right there is Miss Jessie Webster (you may remember she held down my SFMW post last week, and totally and completely killed it). And this right here is her home.
When I stumbled upon it on Design*Sponge not long ago, I simply had to share it. Because it’s good. Like, really good. And I knew right then and there that I wanted it to have a place on my pages so that I could remember it forever and always. It just feels Jessie – warm and inviting, unique and intriguing, without the slightest hint of predictability. I’m now more confident than ever that this girl can do it all.
May 28, 2013
Hey there! Tobe from Because It’s Awesome here, holding down the fort while Jacquelyn is off In Italy! Italy??? Italy?!?!? Seriously, you guys, is she just not so cruel?
I kid, I kid. So excited for our Jacquelyn and her adventures overseas! I’m sure I’m not the only one that eagerly awaits her photo journal upon return so we can live vicariously through her. Quite frankly, I’m not sure what I’m more jealous of — Jacquelyn getting to see Italy, or Italy getting to see our sweet Jacquelyn.
While she and Justin are off gallivanting from one dreamy space to another, I thought I would try my hand at finding a home worthy of her House Envy column. This one by Amy Aidinis Hirsch seemed to fit the bill in all of its naturally chic glory.
A big thank you to Tobe! You’re just the best and this couldn’t have been more on point as far as I’m concerned.
May 22, 2013
After spending the last few days up at the cottage, I am totally feeling this country home. Ellen and Portia can basically do no wrong in my books, but as far as I’m concerned they totally hit it out of the park with this one. It comes complete with that rustic, carefully curated, collected throughout the ages, cool factor that you simply can’t beat. Plus, it’s quite safe to say that this is the first time I’ve ever been legitimately jealous of a horses digs (did you SEE that barn?)
May 14, 2013
This bright and cheery Toronto abode strikes that perfect balance between playful and sophisticated, which is no easy feat. It’s incredibly well appointed, yet doesn’t take itself too seriously with the use of fun brights sprinkled sporadically throughout. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love a well designed home that feels well lived and loved. I do believe that this place is just the ticket!
Images from Style At Home
April 30, 2013
As a general rule of thumb, I consider myself to be a city girl. Bright lights, big city, and all that jazz. But when I stumble upon homes the likes of this one, I begin to question my city girl ways. Land as far as the eye can see, waves crashing against the shore in the distance, and an outdoor shower have more of an effect on me than I’ve been willing to let on. If only there were a way to combine the two… (this is when boat loads of money would come in handy.)
April 25, 2013
Our condo has been sorely neglected the past few months, simply due to other priorities. As a bit of an organizational freak by nature, it’s admittedly slowly been killing me. At one point I actually uttered “I’m most excited to organize my closet as soon as this damn exam is over!*” I’ve been forced to turn a blind eye to our overflowing closets and dusty baseboards for days on end and I’m so thrilled to now have the time to tackle the silly little nothings that have been keeping me awake at night. Issues? Most likely. But a spic & span, crisp & clean home is one that simply makes me inordinately happy. So until I actually get down to scrubbing those baseboards and donating half of my closet, I’ll live vicariously through gorgeous images of stunning (clean! organized!) homes, much like these ones right here.
*Thank you to everyone who tweeted, commented and emailed positive vibes and good luck wishes the other day! How annoying was I the last few weeks?! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that those bad boys are behind me (well, 2 out of 3 anyway.) To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure how well I did. They were pretty brutal, and not at all what I was expecting. You know what’s worse than dirty homes? Multiple choice questions where all of the answers are right, and you have to select the one that’s MOST right. I curse those questions! I officially find out in twelve weeks if I’m that much closer to becoming a licensed designer. And now, back to lark & linens regular posting schedule – and no more whining, I swear.
April 16, 2013
Truth be told, I had an entirely different house envy post all set up and ready to go for this morning. But when I stumbled upon this guy on Rue Daily last night, all bets were off.
Though the decor & furnishings themselves are lovely in that timeless, classic sense, I just can’t stop staring at the interior detailing. Did you notice those ceilings?? The crown mouldings?! The fireplace?!! Seriously though. Take it all in. I’ll give you a moment. That right there is the stuff that dreams are made of.
March 26, 2013
Look you guys! Colour! The whole change of seasons is doing all SORTS of funky things to me. Things like sucking in me in to bright and colourful Victorian homes. After a dark and dreary winter, this Toronto abode is completely screaming my name. It feels well loved and lived in yet you’d never guess that three kids and a big old dog lived within the confines of these walls. Classic pieces paired with indestructible ones not only give this space a unique, eclectic vibe, it also makes for the perfect family friendly home.
March 19, 2013
Though this home is slightly more traditional than I’m typically drawn to, I can’t help but feel as if it completely embodies the upcoming season. The soft hues, the warm light pouring through each window and the abundance of fresh florals is giving me a serious case of spring fever, and for that I’m a fan.
March 12, 2013
Though there are tons of fabulous online shelter magazines out there, Lonny has quickly become my go-to. Their style is always so incredibly on point and each and every home they post consistently makes me swoon. Designed by Lonny editor Michelle Adams, this gorgeous upper west side Manhattan pad is no exception. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be over here, jaw agape, taking in all the beauty
March 5, 2013
Ok, so I’m well aware that there’s been a serious case of all white homes in this series the past few weeks (as seen here, here, here. oh and here… and… you get the picture). I told myself that this week I would find a bright and fun home to please the colour-lovers in the crowd. But while doing my daily perusal, I came across this home and right away, all bets were off. I know it’s grey. I know it’s white. But look how pretty!
February 26, 2013
Though I’m typically drawn to bright white spaces, Justin tends to land in the opposite camp. He prefers dark, masculine, moody ones that beg to be curled up in after a long day. When we first moved in together, it became a bit of a challenge for me to incorporate both of our styles into one cohesive space. It’s been two years now, and we’ve finally managed to strike the perfect balance between both of our aesthetics. Black and white, with texture thrown in for some much needed warmth. It doesn’t happen ALL too often, but I’m pretty sure we’d both agree that this space fits the bill.
February 20, 2013
I have to tell you, it takes an awful lot of willpower not to simply re-blog everything that Sarah posts. When she shared this kitchen last week, I simply couldn’t resist. You got it. I caved. Because when a kitchen floor looks like that? Well that’s just what you do. It comes as no surprise that the rest of the home is just as stunning. But let’s all just focus on those floors for one more moment. They’re the stuff that dreams are made of if you ask me.
February 12, 2013
Caitlin, from the beloved Sacramento Street, never ceases to amaze me with her impeccable style and eye for all-things-gorgeous. Her timeless approach to every room she tackles is consistently spot on. It almost feels as if each piece she selects was made for that exact spot. As if it’s simply been there forever. The girl has talent – let me tell you. Her own San Fransisco apartment still ranks amongst my favourites to date, but I have to admit that this new abode just might be taking the cake (and running away with it!).
February 5, 2013
I’m kind of obsessed with this Swedish home. The incredible mouldings and herringbone flooring alone are enough to push me over the edge, but I particularly love the fact that it feels as if people legitimately live here. It hasn’t been over styled, with props placed just so – the bed is slightly unmade, the pouf has recently been lounged in and the kitchen clearly sees some action. I could easily envision myself moving in and making myself right at home. It’s a quality that isn’t easily achievable, but is always once I strive for when designing spaces myself.
January 29, 2013
You might think that once you’ve seen one neutral home, you’ve seen them all. But I am here to prove to you that this is not the case. Not even in the slightest! This particular Antwerpian home plays with the use of scale and texture to create a neutral, natural space that is anything but boring. And if you know me at all by now, you’ll know that I’m totally, completely, 100% on board.
January 22, 2013
When I was a little girl, I lived down the road from a big pink house with a bright purple door, and forest green trim. While my mom thought it was abysmal, it thrilled me to no end and I was completely convinced that it would become my future home. Though my taste has, thankfully, improved since then, the little girl within me will never tire of an ode to pink when it comes to decor. This particular home does a fantastic job of appeasing that small child, all while satisfying the adult I’ve since become. The pink fridge is the stuff that dreams are made of while the rustic and vintage touches throughout help balance what could quickly become a case of pink overload.
January 15, 2013
It should come as no surprise that Camilla Freeman-Toppers home is absolutely stunning. As a talented fashion designer, I expected nothing less. Though the hints of pink throughout add an undeniable feminine flare, I wouldn’t go insofar as to say that this space screams girl. That said, if someone could send tips on how to convince Justin that pink needs to make its way into our own abode I would be eternally grateful.
January 8, 2013
Though I’m typically drawn to crisp, white homes, every once in a while I find a rich, moody one that sets my heart aflutter. This one in particular feels riddled with charm and history. It feels lived in and loved in the very best way. It could be my mindset these days (I am absolutely, unquestionably still in hibernation mode, meaning dark and cozy is my jam), but this rustic French-inspired home is all shades of sexy if you ask me.
December 18, 2012
Time and time again I turn to Scandinavian design for inspiration (especially when it comes to Christmas). It just really seems like they’re doing it right! A simple, timeless, a tasteful ode to my very favourite holiday.
December 11, 2012
With the amount of gushing I do regarding this particular holiday season you’d think I’d be the type to appreciate over-the-top Christmas decor. In fact, just the opposite seems to be true. I much prefer a classy, understated look when it comes to getting ready for the big day. Swimwear designer Marysia Dobranska has done a fabulous job transforming her New York pad into a miniature winter wonderland. I’m now more convinced than ever that a few twinkly lights, a gingerbread ornament or two, and some rich, green garland is all you really need.
November 27, 2012
If it wasn’t there before, you can rest assured that faux-rhino taxidermy has now been added to the list of future home must-haves. A touch of whimsy in an otherwise sophisticated space is always well received in my books. Just me?
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November 20, 2012
Though I no longer have the desire to be a princess in any shape or form, somewhere deep within me is a little girl whose dream to live in a castle remains. When I stumbled upon this renovated Danish castle a few days ago that little person emerged ever so slightly. The Cinderella staircase leading up to the immaculate front door is what dreams are made of while the streamlined accents keep the space from feeling expected. Blending the past and present in the most beautiful way, I would happily live within the confines of these walls.
November 13, 2012
A late night at the office yesterday has left my brain-parts over-worked and pretty fried. I don’t have many clever quips or brilliant lines to entertain you with at this time, so let’s just take a moment to oogle all the pretty, shall we? When in doubt – it’s just the right thing to do.
November 6, 2012
It appears as if I’m on my black & white kick again. But with a space like this, can you really blame me? Who would have thought that a space practically devoid of colour could be so enticing. The plethora of textures found throughout make up where colour lacks and I am totally on board.
October 30, 2012
All too often I stumble upon homes that have been polished and shined until they’re an unrecognizable version of their former selves. When John Derian took possession of this East Village apartment in New York City back in 1994, he made it his mission to “restore” it to its intended charm. A makeunder, if you will. Smoke stained ceilings (the former tenant, a sculptor, was a heavy smoker), chipped paint, original “patina” and all became part of the decor. A truly refreshing space that further solidifies the notion of ”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
(ps. I recommend the New York Times article about this particular property. It’s a good read!)
October 23, 2012
Truth be told, I was a little nervous to present a home in this series today. It’s officially been over a month since the last one and I felt as if I had to find something outstanding to break the fast. That’s a lot of pressure you know!
Lucky for me I stumbled upon this beauty just the other day. With all of the over-stylized spaces you find throughout blogland, it’s sometimes refreshing to find one that people legitimately spend time in. Laughter is heard, dinners are cooked, books are read… Though I’m not oblivious to the fact that even that perfectly messy bed has been somewhat stylized for this shoot, it still allows me to envision a real life within these walls. Life, love & things of beauty. For that, I am smitten.
September 18, 2012
This Danish home embodies everything I adore about Scandinavian design: void of unnecessary clutter with a focus on modern, practical aesthetic. Home owners, Thomas and Heidi Dinesen, have done a fabulous job at transforming this incredible home into a modern retreat.
September 11, 2012
How beautiful is this home? It’s taking all of me to not pack up and move to France right now… Could you imagine waking up here every day?
September 5, 2012
Would you have guessed that this home belongs to Ellen Degeneres? I won’t lie – I really didn’t think she had it in her! Silly yet stylish? She just grew leaps and bounds in my eyes.
August 14, 2012
I refuse to admit that the summer season is winding down. Has anyone else jumped onto the denial bandwagon? I haven’t even made a dent in showcasing all of the fabulous summery homes I have stored up for the season! It cannot end. I simply refuse.
This summery space in particular embodies everything that I adore when it comes to interior design: casual, unfussy, livable, usable spaces. Visually stunning, perfectly balanced, yet not stuffy or even close to overdone. Perfection.
July 31, 2012
There’s no question that my design aesthetic flip flops between that of the rustic variety and that of the contemporary, clean and modern one (with some Scandinavian thrown in for good measure, obviously). When I find a space that seamlessly merges all my design preferences together, it makes my innards all warm and fuzzy. This rustic-modern farmhouse is the perfect combination of all things I love. Glamorous and well thought-out without feeling museum like and untouchable. Yum!
July 24, 2012
Truth be told, I had an entirely different post lined up for today – until I stumbled on this beauty. And when you find a place like this? Well you change your plans, of course. I never thought a place outfitted entirely in white (or variations of it) could somehow read as warm and welcoming. Alas, I’ve been proven wrong.
July 17, 2012
Perhaps it’s the heat wave we’ve been experiencing the last little while, but lately I’ve found that I’m drawn to the summeriest of summery homes. Windows flung open, a bright blue pool glistening in the background, and casual, unfussy fabrics create the perfect backdrop for one of my very favourite seasons.
July 10, 2012
While there is no denying the abundance of beautiful spaces out there, I have to admit that it takes a special kind to stop me dead in my tracks. Located in South Beach, Florida, Kelly Klein’s sanctuary is the stuff that dreams are made of. The neutral colour palette, use of texture and exquisite materials (marble counters? wooden ceiling?) will ensure that this place remains timeless. I don’t often say this, but there is literally not a single thing I would change about this home. It’s perfection in my books.
July 4, 2012
That’s it. I’m officially moving to Cape Town. I mean, have you SEEN this place?!
ps. Happy 4th of July to my American friends!
June 26, 2012
They say that the cure to anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea – and I don’t believe that truer words have ever been spoken. The moment in which I feel most at peace is when I’m surrounded by water, which might explain my attraction to this Cape Town bungalow. While I’d never turn down any variation of a bright white space, it’s these views in particular that are really drawing me in. Void of any unnecessary clutter, stripped down to its bones, allowing the views to speak for themselves, I can’t imagine a more tranquil space to pass my time.
June 12, 2012
It’s no secret that I have a weakness for interiors decked out in neutral palettes. And I’m well aware that this isn’t the first time that I’ve gushed over ones perfection – claiming that this time, really and truly, I’ve found my dream home. I suppose I should go on record and say that there is just so much talent out there and I’m not sure I’ll ever really, truly be able to narrow down my very favourite. I’m constantly overwhelmed by the beauty that exists in this world and this home is no exception. I never thought a space void of colour of any kind could exude a sense of warmth and welcome, yet this home manages to do just that. The combination of black and white utilized in this particular space is refreshingly crisp while the mixed wooden accents make this house feel like a home.
June 5, 2012
May 29, 2012
I’m particularly drawn to the character that emanates from this San Fransisco home. Designer Antonio Martins has done an impecable job of transforming this flat into a place I would gladly call home. Between the incredible mouldings to the fabric-laden bedroom walls to the backyard oasis it wouldn’t take much for me to pack my bags and move right in.
May 15, 2012
Is it any shock that this Swedish home has made its way onto my radar? The combination of raw materials paired with unexpected bits (like those Moroccan inspired tiled floors, the golden washroom fixtures and the custom kitchen pendant) is a look I won’t soon tire of. And would you have ever guessed that the kitchen is (more or less) from Ikea? It just goes to show that champagne taste can be achieved on a bud light budget.
May 8, 2012
As mentioned, I’ve recently made an effort to pare down our condo so that it includes the things we really, truly love. This apartment (in Paris, no less) is the perfect example of the less is more approach to design. A few carefully curated pieces is all you really need to make a statement – and a beautiful one at that.
April 24, 2012
I always find it refreshing when a beach house avoids the use of soft blues, sheer curtains and seashell accessories. This one in particular is especially pleasing. Designer Amelia Handegan has done an exceptional job at transforming this 1940′s seaside home into a vacation retreat that feels relaxed and uncontrived, the way a vacation home is intended, all the while staying away from all things anchor and boat related.
April 10, 2012
There’s no denying that my taste in decor alters as the seasons shift. In the winter months, I gravitate towards dimly lit rooms, neutral palettes, extra-fluffy throw pillows and roaring fires. Come Spring, I crave fresh, bright spaces, flowers adorning table tops and windows flung open (allowing floral scented breezes to make their way in, of course). This house in particular fits my current mood and then some. While not totally necessary for spring (it’s still a tad crisp out there), I wouldn’t complain about that sun-soaked patio either.
April 3, 2012
Unfortunately, pastel hues generally get a bad rap. While they’re typically reminiscent of all-things-nursery, every once in a while I stumble upon a space that comes along and breaks the mold. Contrasted with wooden tones, bright whites and black accents, the use of lilac, butter yellow and soft pinks in this particular space take it from baby to brilliant.
March 27, 2012
I’m not sure that there are adequate words to sufficiently describe how I feel about this home. It isn’t often, but every once in a while a space comes along that makes me question my city-girl ways. While I generally shy away from such minimalistic decor, in this case it works perfectly; I blame it on the warm brick walls and wooden rafters that demand such attention that no other adornments are deemed necessary. I, for one, am in love.
March 20, 2012
Silje, a Norwegian based ceramic artist, lives in what I could only describe as my dream space. For real this time. It’s eclectic, it’s girly (without being over the top) and it’s lived in and loved, just as ones space is intended. The light-filled rooms set against the warm wooden accents create the perfect atmosphere in which to showcase her incredible ceramics. The girl has talent in more ways than one, let me tell you.
March 13, 2012
I’m not sure what more I could say about this space other than the fact that I may have found my new favourite designer. Josephine’s style and class is matched with an equal amount of quirk proving that interior design doesn’t always need to be taken so seriously. Her home is refreshing to the senses and I can’t wait to see what else she gets up to in the future.
February 28, 2012
While this home is stunning on its own, what I find particularly appealing is the fact that it doesn’t try to compete with its surroundings. Each room seems to be designed to embrace and enhance the beauty beyond its walls, capitalizing on the stunning views (could you imagine waking up to that!?) The use of natural materials and a simple colour palette is always something I’m drawn to, but this place in particular is exceptionally well executed. I cannot deny my house envy.
February 22, 2012
Pair a carpenter with a talented interior designer and this is the result. This Finnish home combines all of the necessary ingredients: a touch of quirkiness (I spy birds), a little bit of edge, and just the right amount of wood detailing to bring some warmth to an otherwise crisp palette. And did you get a load of the kitchen backsplash? I simply cannot. As of this moment, there will be a painted mural backsplash in my future.
February 14, 2012
White on white with hints of coral. A sexy, sophisticated space fit for a design-savvy woman. I’m all over it.
ps Happy Valentines day lovies! I know that for some of us it’s not all fun and games – if you’re feeling blue today, take a quick gander at this post. She has the right attitude!
February 7, 2012
It’s in and around this time every year that I find myself craving a warm, ideally tropical vacation. Whether it’s the cold, grey days that have gotten to my psyche or the post-post (post) holiday blues, I often find myself absent-mindedly perusing vacation sites for last-minute trips. While fleeing off to some magical place may not be in the cards for me at this very moment, I can’t help but be drawn to beautiful spaces abroad all the same. Fashion designer John Rocha’s home in the South of France fits all of my pretend-vacation requirements. Between the slate pool, the Italian limestone patio and the perfectly maintained gardens, I could easily spend many a vacation day in this very spot.
January 31, 2012
While I find that I generally shy away from wide open almost minimalistic spaces, every once in awhile I stumble upon one that makes me rethink my hoarding ways*. This outrageously stunning Barcelona apartment is no exception. I adore the idea of showcasing just a handful of unique objects over piling them sky-high (thus risking that special piece getting lost amongst the masses). In this particular space, the combination of high ceilings, ornate mouldings, classic antiques paired with unexpected modern pieces is absolutely stunning. It’s a combination that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of.
*clarification: my hoarding ways are under control but I do have trouble passing up any white pottery or kitchen accessory. I’ll let you know when we need to alert TLC.
January 17, 2012
Like many, I’m often drawn to homes that feel lived in and loved. While a perfectly styled space is pleasing to the senses, there’s something to be said about one that feels as if it has been carefully curated throughout the years. This one in question really speaks to me with it’s clean white walls and collected artifacts sprinkled throughout. Being someone who loves style in all sense of the word, seeing the combination of Scandinavian and southern elements (like the worn Turkish kilim rug in the living room) seamlessly blended together is particularly appealing.
January 10, 2012
When Justin and I first moved in together, the challenge became trying to decorate our place all the while combining our drastically different aesthetics. While my taste remains primarily girly (and slightly rustic) his definitely tips towards the more “bachelor pad-esque” feel. If it were up to him we would surely have a reclining lazy boy sofa.
It has been a struggle to complement both of our wants and wishes and we have, no question, made compromises along the way. When I found this apartment, I couldn’t help but feel like the owners have done a perfect guangzhou job of blending both the masculine and femine elements seamlessly. The combination of blush and black remains classic in my eyes without screaming “a girl totally lives here”. And if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here contemplating whether or not I should paint our bedroom black (think of the glorious sleep that would ensue!)
December 20, 2011
While I appreciate all forms of design, I do find that I generally gravitate towards a more eclectic aesthetic. That said, there’s something about Sarah Richardson’s farm home that simply feels like family embodied – and right now that’s what I’m all about. Seeing it all decked out for the holidays has got me feeling nostalgic for comfy-cozy Christmases with my own family. And lets face it, that dining room would make the perfect backdrop for a late Christmas brunch, pyjamas and all.
December 13, 2011
This year I seem to be drawn to the less is more approach to Christmas decor. This may be a result of over-doing it at Christmas in years previous, I won’t lie. Nevertheless, a hint of green garland, some candles to set the mood and a little bit of sparkle here and there (you must never forget the sparkle), and you’re set for a beautifully simple holiday.
December 6, 2011
While Anna’s home isn’t decorated for Christmas in the traditional fashion, there’s something about the low-key festive vibe that I’m really into. The mixture of whites and deep greens are immediately appealing, classic and tasteful. With the addition of white twinkly lights, this would classify as my kind of Christmas.
November 29, 2011
I had posted a picture of this homes dining room on friday without realising how perfectly perfect the rest of its bones are. There’s something about it that brings out the Martha Stewart in me. Be it the mouldings, the light flooded kitchen or the bed linens, which are surely made of Egyptian cotton, I’m tempted to bust out my apron and bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The spaces feel put together and family oriented without being stuffy and over-done.
November 23, 2011
I believe my dabble in masculine homes (as seen here & here) was short lived because the moment I set sights on this one my heart was set aflutter. The white washed walls act as the perfect back drop for the beautiful found objects that this homeowner has chosen to make her own. And while I, admittedly, cringe at the use of the term “a pop of colour”, there really is no better way to describe what’s going on in this space. It makes the neutral home feel anything but boring.
ps I’ve posted the rest of my NYC photos on my Facebook page here
November 15, 2011
If you’ve spent any time in the blog world within the last few years, chances are you’ve already seen bits of Jenna Lyons Park Slope home. Rumour has it that it’s now on the market as a result of her recent divorce (this hurts my heart, I won’t lie). It’s a stunning place and it’s interesting to see it from angles that haven’t been heavily documented yet. For just under 4 million, this 7 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4 storey Brooklyn mansion can be yours! The catch is that since I’m the one informing you, I do expect a dinner invite. I like lobster. Thank you kindly.
November 8, 2011
As most of you know, on Sunday the clocks were set back an hour to account for daylight savings time (having that extra weekend hour was glorious, let me just tell you). When I awake in the morning I’ve noticed it’s no longer dark and dreary, which was previously making it that much more difficult to drag myself out of my warm bed. Unfortunately, as a result, I couldn’t help but notice that the moon was lighting my way on my walk home from work last night, at 5:00 no less. While I’m always one to embrace the change in seasons (if that isn’t obvious), I do find the early darkness a bit much to handle for months on end. My solution around this time is to dream of some place to hibernate for the winter. My ideal place has a fireplace, a steep tobogganing hill and unlimited mugs of rich hot chocolate. When I stumbled upon this home it immediately fit the bill. I feel I could be very happy here, provided I have my friends and family in tow.
November 1, 2011
Lately I’ve been drawn to overtly masculine homes (as seen here). I find comfort in the dark and moody spaces that are such a dire contrast from the light and bright ones I generally design. With the temperatures quickly plummeting, I love that these rooms embody the perfect transitional space between the long, warm days of summer and the short, crisp days of fall. This one in particular draws you in and begs you to curl up with a blanket and an oversized cup of spiked apple cider. And it doesn’t hurt that any male counterparts would likely feel compelled to join you.
October 25, 2011
While there’s no denying that what lies between these walls is pure and utter gorgeousness, I can’t help but feel that I’m primarily drawn to the moodiness of the photography. What with its open walls and plenty of indoor-outdoor living space, I assume this home is located somewhere warm and tropical. With that in mind, these images are still reminiscent of a crisp, grey fall day and right now that’s all that I’m dreaming of.
October 12, 2011
I haven’t been able to get this space out of my mind since it’s discovery not long ago. The combination of the original elements mixed with unexpected additions (like the glistening baby grand piano or that wonderful washroom rug) are immediately appealing. I love that each piece seems to have some sort of story just begging to be told. And that kitchen? The things I would do to make it mine!
ps if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, make sure you check it out!
September 27, 2011
I’ve been following Jeanette’s blog for some time now and I knew the girl had style, but I never really imagined how much of it she possessed until she posted pictures of her incredible home. The white washed spaces feel crisp, yet the personal touches and lovely accents eliminate any sense of frigidness, keeping the space feeling comfortable and inviting. If you like this space, and you’re in the mood for a huge amount of eye candy and unlimited doses of pretty, you should probably go ahead and checkout the rest of her blog, By Fryd. I’m certain that you won’t be disappointed.
September 20, 2011
Whoever said bigger is better clearly has not set their sights on this place. Between the Moroccan inspired tile floors, the collection of stunning white pottery and the perfectly teeny bathroom sink I think I would be more than happy here. A perfect example of quality over quantity.
September 14, 2011
While doing some research for an upcoming project, I found that my internet travels led me astray (I’m a compulsive link clicker and often have as many as 30 tabs open at once. It’s a bit of a problem). I didn’t find what I was originally intending, but fortunately it wasn’t all a waste for I stumbled upon this dreamy space. The herringbone floors, the intricate ceiling, the perfectly chic, brightly lit kitchen… feast your eyes on these goodies as they are aplently.
ps. as an aside, the lovely Victoria interviewed me for her blog yesterday. Take a look!
August 30, 2011
August 9, 2011
…excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.
August 3, 2011
What was once a 1,830 square foot print shop has been transformed into a perfectly girly living space that is equally suitable for any male counterparts. Located in the 20th arrondissement in Paris (which, lets face it, automatically makes it all that more appealing), designer Roxane Beïs has transformed the space into a home that supports all of the basic needs in the simplest and most beautiful manner.
July 26, 2011
Lately I’ve been drawn to homes that feel effortlessly pulled together, and classically driven. Keri Russell’s New York brownstone, which was recently published in Elle Decor, fits into this category swimmingly. Her and her husband have painstakingly restored this home (seriously, he even built the kitchen cabinets from a dismantled post-and-beam house) and the results are nothing short of glorious. The spaces are bright, the finishes are classic and I can guarantee that it will still look wonderful ten years from now.
July 19, 2011
Caitlin’s San Fransisco studio apartment is the perfect blend of new meets thrifted. Her use of vintage finds contrasted against a Herman Miller desk chair and John Robshaw & Erica Tanov textiles really pulls the rooms together to create an organic, unexpected and comfortable vibe. I find that each time I go back to her stunning pictures I stumble upon yet another little treasure that I missed the first time. If you head on over to Caitlin’s post here, you’ll find a source list for all of her finds. She’s also included a floor plan and you’ll be blown away by just how teeny this wonderful place is.
July 13, 2011
This isn’t the first time that I’ve posted one of Rees Roberts homes, but I just can’t help myself. There’s something about them that simply makes me weak in the knees. It could be the country setting that begs for a stroll through it’s perfectly imperfect, wild gardens. Or maybe it’s the sleekness of that pool that I know is in dire need of my presence (complete with a big floppy hat). Whatever it is, it’s utterly beautiful. And if you have a moment, you should go lose yourself in the rest of his spaces on his site. They’re gold I tell you. Pure gold.
July 5, 2011
Chris Barrett, an LA-based designer, has recently shared his home in House Beautiful magazine. After stumbling upon the article I was immediately smitten with this space. By now I’m sure we all now what a perfectly lived in home does to my soul (read: great things). Lets take notes, shall we? Welcoming entrance with carved wood doors? Check! A white kitchen with extra thick countertops? Check! Mix and matched textiles abound? Check, check, check! And is it just me, or is that patio just begging for some company and a pitcher of sangria? Yes, I think I could be quite happy here.
June 28, 2011
Hi herringbone floors, mismatched dishes, perfectly teeny kitchens and little treasures, you may stay a while.
June 21, 2011
Check out Courtney Cox’s recently renovated Malibu home. Working in collaboration with her architect and interior designer, she has successfully created a beautiful beach home that, while seemingly perfect, just begs to be lived in and enjoyed (which is, really, the best combination: pretty and functional at the same time). And as a note to myself: add “have a built-in banquette/fire pit overlooking the beach” to my bucket list.
June 14, 2011
I think that this home speaks for itself, and it’s not because I’m still not feeling 100%, it just really does. I do, however, think that mimosas on this particular patio, by this particular pool (and in South Africa no less) is just what my body needs to get itself together though. Who’s with me?!
June 7, 2011
It’s pretty safe to say that I could spend all of my time here. Yep. The whole lot of it!
June 1, 2011
images found here
I’ve seen snippets of Emma’s home on her blog throughout the past and I knew that it was something special. Seeing the entire thing in one place on design*sponge a little while back reaffirmed just that. This old Victorian Toronto home (located in the up and coming Parkdale) has been transformed into what can only be described as pure and utter perfection. Lived in, loved and no detail left unthought of.
April 27, 2011
I’ve seen little snippets and clipets (it’s a word) of this amazing home making its way through the blogosphere lately, but I was blown away when I finally found the original source (and thus the remaining images). The spaces feel lived in and loved, unexpected and refreshing, yet classy and sophisticated at the same time. This is definitely a place that I, for one, would love to call home.
ps. oh, just me again, being pesty and reminding you about the pi’lo giveaway. It’s a good one and you should just go ahead and click here. There are only a few days left!
April 12, 2011
images found here
Have you ever had an image saved in your files but you couldn’t for the life of you figure out where it came from? Have you ever, more than a year later, stumbled upon the rest of the space by some miracle (the stars aligned, or something of the sort), and realized that the rest of the home is just as fansatically fantastic as that one image you’ve lusted over for months? Well, that just happened. It’s a beautiful thing.
April 6, 2011
I generally choose which spaces to showcase on lark + linen based on the heart palpitations that occur when I first stumble upon them. This one in particular made my heart extra happy. While I’m not sure that I, personally, would be able to live in a space this bright and white, I can’t help but be drawn to the freshness of it all. The hugely beautiful artwork and interesting little artefacts sprinkled throughout really stand out in a place like this. The white walls accentuated by the small doses of colour can’t help but remind me of a new season. But perhaps I just have spring on the mind.
March 29, 2011
I can’t deny that I’m regularly attracted to crisp white spaces with subtle pops of colour, but the attraction may be getting out of hand. I’m not sure if it’s the promise of spring sneaking up on us (although it certainly does not feel like it here in Toronto) which often brings the urge to begin anew with a crisp, clean slate, but this modern townhouse tucked between two old Swedish homes is keeping me calm and centred on this otherwise busy Tuesday morning.
March 24, 2011
all images found here
Found in a small village in southern Italy, this castle (dating as early as the 1400′s) converted into a vacation home is the perfect getaway from a busy lifestyle. Morten Angelo and his wife Tina Horstedt, who own their own advertising agency in Copenhagen, worked closely with their contractor to create this beautiful space that is equally parts old and new, seamlessly blended together.