January 20, 2015
I’m always taken aback when folks balk at the fact that good design can live hand and hand with children. Case in point: this beautiful Cobble Hill home – complete with three kids in tow. Not only does it feel incredibly cozy (inviting to the max!), it’s also more than appropriate for a family filled with growing tots. Yeah, we may need to try to avoid sticky peanut butter and jelly fingers around that white couch. But worst case scenario? Toss that slip cover in the wash! With hints of neon pops set against bright white walls, this is one family friendly home that I can totally and completely get behind.
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Source: Domino | Interior Design: Jenny Li | Photography: Brittany Ambridge
January 13, 2015
While we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a serious deep freeze up here in Toronto, I constantly catch myself day dreaming of far away places. Toss in the fact that we’re in the beginning stages of planning our next warm adventure and I’m left with a whole lot of wandering thoughts. Warm breezes, windows flung open and a laissez-faire way of life are on my radar more than ever these days. And what better way to experience such things than through this modern California home tour. It perfectly embodies that easy, breezy lifestyle I’m craving, all while maintaining that sophisticated aura I adore. Layers of natural elements are brought to life alongside iron details and the results? Well, you’ll just have to take them all in yourself!
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Source: Veranda | Designers: Michael and Alexandra Misczynski
January 6, 2015
There’s nothing like starting off the year on the right foot. A place for everything and everything in its place, as the saying goes. Though my apartment is far from it due to my aforementioned cold/flu/plague (I swear it’s the plague you guys), I can at least pretend it’s half as crisp and clean as this home. Interior designers, Ash & Leandro, have transformed their beautiful urban abode into a serious sight for sore eyes. With photos from the talented Brittany Ambridge, let’s take a closer peek at the magic!
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December 23, 2014
In Christmas home tours of years’ past, we’ve done a little bit of everything. We’ve gone simple, we’ve gone totally country cozy, and we’ve gone somewhere in between. But we’ve yet to really delve deep into a totally glam, gilded and gold, over the top Christmas affair. So before this beautiful holiday slips away from us, let’s all soak in this glamorous Christmas home tour, shall we?
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December 16, 2014
Though I’ll never trade in my city girl ways for good, it’s in and around this time each year that I yearn for a rural home to plant some roots. And if you’re going to do it, you may as well go all out, you know? Like this gorgeous barn turned home, for example. Decorated with subtly glam elements set against rustic elements, this moody holiday home tour is unexpected and lovely in the very best of ways. Essentially: a dreamy place to spend the holidays.
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Source: KK Living
December 9, 2014
Our halls have been decked for a while now, but I can’t help but find myself drawn to cozy Christmas home tours. And this one, recently spotted on Style at Home , is ticking ALL the right boxes. It’s still light and bright and beautiful, but infuses tiny hints of elegant Christmas cheer whenever and wherever possible. Basically, it’s Christmas perfection.
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December 6, 2014
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As the weather shifts, as to does my taste for interior design. Right now, I’m setting my sights on this cozy rustic farmhouse. To see the entire thing, head on over to HGTV!
November 25, 2014
I’m pretty much dying to decorate for Christmas at this point, but before I set my sights on all things holiday fabulous, I’m giving myself the chance to soak in this bright and beautiful modern Virginia home tour. Originally found on Domino (um, can I please just repost every single one of their home tours?), interior designer, Lauren Liess, has outdone herself on this beaut. Let’s just take it all in, shall we?
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November 22, 2014
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Sit back, relax, and take in the black and white goodness that is this home. Who knew celebrity hair stylists’ had such fabulous taste? And if you like this, you’ll love the rest (right here!)
November 18, 2014
Though New York boasts some of the best of the best when it comes to interior design, when I think of a New York apartment, the first thing that comes to mine is an incredibly expensive teeny box, with maybe a cockroach or two. Perhaps this is my way of consoling myself for the fact that I, unfortunately, do not have the pleasure of living there myself. But one peek at a place the likes of this one, and all of my silly New York stereotypes go straight out the window. Though I’m assuming this place is in fact exorbitantly priced, it’s nary a tiny box, nor is there a single cockroach in sight. In fact, just the opposite is true.
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November 15, 2014
November 11, 2014
It has officially been 10 months since my last big trip, which basically means that my travel bug is in full swing. Though jetting off somewhere magical isn’t in the cards for another few months, I still find myself checking flights to far away places regularly – you know, just in case. High on my current travel bucket list? Marrakech, Morocco. And if this gorgeous Moroccan home tour is half as pretty as the rest of the country, I know that I’m going to be one VERY happy camper when I make my way there.
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November 8, 2014
See how one Vancouver couple transformed their skinny townhouse into a beautiful home, perfect for kids and adults alike! The full tour is up on HGTV riiiiight here!
November 4, 2014
When you hear the words “dusty rose”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Because I, for one, immediately picture grandma’s home. In my mind, grandmothers’ homes near and far are ripe with this soft hue. They’re filled to the brim with doilies at every turn, and surfaces far and wide are overflowing with porcelain sculptures and crystal figurines. In other words? Not terribly chic. Poor ol’ dusty rose.
But never fear! I’m on a mission to break any negative connotations that this hue has been associated with. The proof: this perfectly undone Swedish home. Used very sparingly, and tucked amongst a sea of neutrals, this soft pink hue can have the most beautiful effect. And while we’re all awkwardly staring, we may as well take a moment of silence for those floors as well, am I right?
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November 1, 2014
I’m of the firm belief that small spaces don’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice style. This weeks House Envy post is up on HGTV, and we’re “touring” a truly lovely Sydney apartment. This right here is just a quick sneak peek, but if you’re looking for more it’s all right here!
October 28, 2014
As far as I’m concerned, there are three things that every well designed home must have: some fantastic art, at least one unexpected piece of furniture (preferably amassed through travelling the world), and thick mouldings most everywhere. And this eclectic Sydney home? Well, it has it all in spades. But don’t listen to me, let’s let these glorious, glorious, photos do the talking!
October 21, 2014
A good friend of mine recently turned me onto the work of Eyeswoon, and I’ve since ventured into borderline stalking territory. The girl crush? It’s real, and it’s serious. As far as I’m concerned, Athena Calerone can do no wrong, and her home is concrete proof. From food to fashion to design and beyond, there’s simply nothing she can’t do. And while I could wax poetic about her work all the live long day, let’s just take a closer peek at her moody meets dreamy Brooklyn abode!
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October 18, 2014
As the weather shifts, I find myself daydreaming about warmer palettes – rich blue hues, taupe-y walls, and furry blankets to name a few. This week, over on HGTV, we’re touring the gorgeous LA home of Michael C. Hall. I know, I didn’t realize he was quite so chic myself! Head over here to see the rest.
October 14, 2014
I’ve admired Emily Johnston‘s photography from afar for years now, so I’m not at all surprised to find that her home is, well, picture perfect. And though it may be a tiny Brooklyn apartment, it still manages to feel picturesque. In fact, it may be the first home in quite some time that has made me re-think my mostly-white ways. The rich hues feel elegant, restful, and the epitome of casual chic. With a picture-clad front door to a deep indigo bed nook (that just screams comfy cozy), I feel like I could happily move right in.
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October 11, 2014
Can you even handle this Soho apartment? If you can believe it, it gets even better than this! Hop on over here to get the full tour
October 7, 2014
You may have seen our home tour up on the SMP Living pages last week, but if not, I’m here to spill all of the details! Let’s dig in…
Back when I was pulling triple duty as editor for SMP, all while toiling away at this here blog and keeping my freelance interior design clients happy, I spent a wholeeeee lot of time right in that very chair. And for a design aficionado like myself, this meant that it needed to be pretty. Pretty all while adhering to a pretty strict budget. Though it would have been a dream to wallpaper the little bump out in the wall in something fabulous, our budget dictated that some simple, painted, bold stripes were in order. It was a super inexpensive weekend project that ended up making a pretty huge impact. In addition to creating some interest in a more or less typical condo, it allowed us to define the office area, which is really just a little corner in our open floor plan.
If you can believe it, my mom actually purchased my desk at Ikea when I went into kindergarten some twenty five years ago! It has been patched and repaired countless times, but it’s one of my very favourite pieces. It’s made out of solid wood, was given a coat of jet black paint a few years back, and is the most perfect scale for our relatively small condo! It’s kind of falling apart, and definitely on its last legs, but I don’t want to talk about it…
Next: our pipe bookshelf. I could wax poetic about this baby all the live long day. Before moving in with my boyfriend, I had found something similar for sale on Etsy. I had shown it to Justin, who informed me he could easily make one himself. So we cobbled this beauty up together (and by we I mean I suggested proportions and he made magic happen). It is, by far, the most talked about piece in our place. And I love that it gives our fairly girly condo a bit of a rough edge. (Also worth noting: he made all of our curtain rods out of pipe & fittings as well. Genius and dirt cheap).
Our living room has been a work in progress since the moment we moved in. When designing on a budget, it’s important to keep the large (more expensive) pieces neutral, and infuse colour through toss cushions, vases, tchotchkes and the like. Right now I’m pretty majorly into a blush and navy combination, which I’ve used sparingly throughout our space. Prior to this, we had a mustard and teal theme happening. And who knows what’ll be next! Designing in this regard gives me a ton of flexibility to play around as the mood (or season) strikes.
In addition to being able to switch out small details (that seriously make our space feel brand new when I have design ADD), it was really important for me to ensure our small space is totally usable, and beyond comfortable. Oversized floor cushions pull double duty when we have extra guests over, you’ll find candles pretty much everywhere, and a basket filled with blankets is never more than an arms length away.
My favourite piece in this room is, hands down, our vintage cart-turned-coffee-table. We found it, unfinished and missing a few boards, tucked in the back of vintage shop in Leslieville. We picked it up for a wicked steal, and my boyfriend refinished it entirely. It adds much-needed character, warmth and interest to an otherwise fairly crisp space.
Though our condo is not large by any stretch of the imagination, we have been blessed with a fairly sizeable dining “room”. We can comfortably fit eight around that table when necessary, which bodes well for dinner parties (I do love to cook!). Again, most of this room has come together very slowly over the course of the last few years. That massive unit in the corner was actually my grandmothers way back when, and holds everything from our linens and towels to our liquor to our collection of vases and bottles and then some! Like Mary Poppins’ purse! It’s kind of a godsend.
A yes, the piece de resistance as far as I’m concerned! This room has gone through three different iterations before finally landing here. And though the first two were beautiful in their own right (you may remember the last one – to note: that linen duvet is also in regular rotation), this one simply sets my heart aflutter. It’s calm, serene, and makes for the most wonderful nights sleep.
From experience when working with clients, I find it funny that one’s bedroom is the very last place to receive some love. Whereas, if you ask me, it should be the first. Your sanctuary. Your respite from the rest of the world. So that was the goal here, and I do believe said mission was accomplished.
Sadly, we retired our cobbled together $3 nightstands for these simple Ikea ones (with brand new hardware). Those nightstands were, by far, the most popular post around here, and I was sad to see them go. But in their defence, they were supposed to be a temporary solution until we found a more permanent setting. They lasted a solid three years and have moved on to greener pastures (and by greener pastures I mean Justin’s parents crawlspace. I couldn’t totally part with them yet). When it came down to it, we really just needed a bit more storage. A drawer to tuck away books, lipgloss, power cords and the like.
There you have it! Our home tour! I truly need to give a big slobbery kiss to some of my fabulous friends who helped me pull it all together. The crazy-talented ladies over at Sweet Woodruff provided the gorgeous flowers, Heidi Lau photographed every last inch, and Serena & Lily, Anthropologie, Crane & Canopy, Rebecca Atwood and Caitlin Wilson sent me a couple goodies that truly helped turn our house into a home. In all honesty, I couldn’t have done it without them.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask away in the comment section! There are a tonnnn more photos in the gallery over on SMP. And if you missed my Behind the Blog feature, you can check that out right here!
OFFICE: Desk: Ikea, circa 1989, painted | Chair: Structube | Pillow: West Elm | Rug: RugsUSA | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Calendar: Waiting on Martha | Lace Plate: One of a Kind Show | Lamp: Ikea | Footed Pen Holder: Anthropologie | Pipe Bookshelf: Custom (made by my boyfriend) | Candle: Sydney Hale | Drapery: Custom
LIVING ROOM: Couch: Craigslist | Chair: EQ3 | Coffee Table: Guff | Tray: Chapters/Indigo | Mirror: Ikea| Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Moss Candle: Waiting on Martha | Gold Bowl: Gift | Matches: Illume | Foldable Gold Star Sculptures: Kosticks | Flower Pillow: Custom | Dotted Pillows: Caitlin Wilson| Graphic Pillow: Chapters/Indigo | Grey Pillow: Dollar Store (I KNOW!) | Navy Pillow: Chapters/Indigo | Paint Dipped Blanket/Magazine Baskets: Serena & Lily | Blue & White Floor Pillows: Anthropologie | Drapery: Custom | Shelving: Ikea, painted | Lanterns: Anthropologie | Fan: Vintage | Black vase: Vintage | Antique Shoe Horns: Vintage, from the Christie Antique Market | Artichoke Candle: Anthropologie | Letters: Vintage, from the Christie Antique Market | Polka Dot Blanket: Souvenir from my trip to Ireland | Lamps: Gold; Home Sense, Glass; Structube | Cantaloupe Flower Pot: Anthropologie | TV Stand: Ikea | Rug: RugsUSA | Art: My Own + small painting from my trip to Paris
DINING ROOM: Table: Ikea (but it’s a piece of junk – don’t do it!) | Chairs: Morba | Rug: RugsUSA | Caravaggio Pendant Light: Lightyears | Gallery Wall Art: My Own, Coulson Macleod, Annawithlove | Frames: Ikea | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Fiddle Leaf Fig: Ikea | Planter Holder: Vintage fromMacCools Re-use | Black China Cabinet: Vintage/My grandparents
BEDROOM: Throw Pillows: Rebecca Atwood | Duvet Cover + Shams: Crane & Canopy | Knot Bed Sheets:Serena & Lily | Gold/Sequin Throw: Souvenir from my trip to India | Area Rug: RugsUSA | Lamps:Serena & Lily | Nightstands: Ikea | Nightstand Hardware: Anthropologie | Candle: Illume | Alarm Clock:Pottery Barn | Wooden Figure: Ikea | Campagne Dresser: Craigslist | Gold Dipped Pillow: West Elm | Art:My Own | Frames: Ikea, Pottery Barn & West Elm | Kiss Statue: Souvenir from my trip to Africa | Pink Donkey Plate: Souvenir from my trip to Italy | White Bowl: Souvenir from my trip to Spain | Green Bowl: Chapters, Indigo | Jewelry Holder: DIY Necklace Tree | Candle: Illume | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Drapery: Custom
October 4, 2014
Two of my House Envy posts went up on HGTV this week and I do think they’re well worth a peek!
This first one is an apartment located in Barcelona, Spain. And that bathroom? It’s calling my name. Check out the full tour here!
Next, we went allllll the way to Australia to check out this modern meets minimalist beach home. It’s cool and edgy and has WICKED views. Check out the tour here!
September 23, 2014
I find it funny how my taste towards home decor shifts with each new season. Though I will forever and always pay homage to my all white decor ways, when the weather changes and the leaves begin to fall I find myself more and more drawn to a warmer palette, complete with lots of layers. And Michelle Smith‘s eclectic New York apartment is ticking alllll of those boxes and then some!
September 21, 2014
This weeks post is up on HGTV.com! We’re taking a peek at this insane Notting Hill Home (note to self: relocate to London). Check it out riiiiight here!
September 16, 2014
The truth: there are no words to accurately describe how I feel about this home. Located in New South Wales, Australia, this unique historical home has been given the facelift of a lifetime. Architects and designers, Hess Hoen, were faced with the task of renovating this incredible beach side home, all while maintaining the integrity of the original historical details. Layers of carefully curated tiles feel current yet timeless. Exquisite light fixtures are aplenty and the dreamiest of dream showers are all united to create the stuff that magical homes are made of.
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September 13, 2014
Look at me posting on a Saturday! This feels so strange. I just wanted to pop in quickly to let you know that this week’s home tour is up on HGTV! This time we’re taking a deep peek at my friend Christine‘s home. It’s so. damn. good. I seriously can’t get enough! Click here to see it all.
September 9, 2014
I’ve officially discovered the secret to creating an all white home that doesn’t feel too pristine. The secret? It’s texture, and lots of it! And in case you need proof, this incredible Hamptons home, that I recently discovered in Architectural Digest España, is full of it. From jute rugs to terry cloth chairs, there’s no shortage of all out beauty to be found within these bright white walls!
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September 4, 2014
September 3, 2014
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a country music fan. Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Brad Paisley… bring em’ on! But if you’ve ever watched a country music video, you can attest to the fact that most of them are incredibly cheesy – more often than not, shudder worthy. After watching a few in a row recently, I quickly changed the channel and questioned my ways. Though I know this is a gross generalization, had you told me that these folks have style I would have given you the serious side eye. But then I stumbled across Darius Rucker’s home on Domaine Home, and have since eaten my words. Because his home tour, chock full of brightly coloured textiles and accents, is absolutely incredible.
August 26, 2014
This time of year is always bittersweet for me. Though I haven’t been in school for a solid 8 years, labour day will forever and always symbolize the end of summer. Of course this year it happens to come about right when the weather has finally begun feeling summer-esque, but I digress. Before we switch gears to all things oversized sweaters and riding boots, let’s take one last deep breath and soak in everything this season has to offer. Starting with this incredible Swedish cottage.
August 19, 2014
If I were a home, this is the home I like to think I would be. Truly. There isn’t a single moment I would change. From the floor to ceiling windows, to the oversized everything, to the classic elegance infused into every corner… the place in its entirety is perfection. The best part? With no discernable current trends in sight, RSA Associates has ensured that this place will remain timeless for years to come. Interior design at its finest!
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Designer: RSA Associates
August 12, 2014
Friends, a moment of silence for this rustic modern abode. When it comes to interior design, I constantly flip between my love for the crisp, clean feel of a modern space, and the cozy vibe that a rustic one brings. More often than not, a home tends to fall loosely into one of the two categories. Rarely do you find one that manages to blend the two seamlessly. Aaaand then this bad boy came about. Recently unveiled in Architectural Digest, it combines two of my very favourite styles in the most picturesque manner.
August 6, 2014
Like clockwork, every three months on the dot I get that sudden urge to go. do. see. For as long as I can remember, travel has been non negotiable for me, often resulting in wearing torn jeans or eating on a strict budget for weeks in order to make it happen. Though it’s not feasible for me to pack my bags and leave every three months, if it were an option, and since we’re daydreaming and all, I’d stay right here, in this stunning apartment in Paris. In other news: I suddenly need a velvet tufted sofa in my life. Bonus points if it’s navy!
July 29, 2014
My love for classic black and white decor knows absolutely no bounds. And this rings particularly true when it comes to Danish fashion designer Naja Munthe‘s home. Complete with herringbone floors, exquisite light fixtures every which way you turn and the dreamiest of dreamy fireplaces that ever did live. Toss in stacks of design-ladden coffee table books and unique oversized art and you, my friends, have a home that I am insanely envious of.
July 16, 2014
If I had it my way, I’d spend my autumns soaking up everything Toronto has to offer, in the winter I’d head over to my beach house in South Africa to bask in the sun, and in between I’d galavant the world as I saw fit. Since we’re daydreaming and all, I’d also adopt a boat load of children, and volunteer as much as physically possible. But let’s get back to that beach house. It’d be easy breezy, with ocean side views, and nary an anchor, sea horse or starfish in sight. If I had it my way, it’d look JUST like this home. Originally found in Real Living Australia, it checks all the necessary boxes and then some.
July 8, 2014
Though undeniably more traditional than the homes I’m typically drawn to, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the rustic meets glam elements. Each room has been styled to utter perfection, but still remains approachable in every sense of the word. Not yet convinced? One peek at this dreamy, elegant backyard and I’m more than certain you’ll be a convert!
July 2, 2014
My love for Studio Oink runs deep. Over the years, they’ve mastered the art of minimalism, while maintaining the abilities that come with a fully functioning space. With a focus on clean lines, neutral hues, subtle contrast, and just the right amount of texture, this modern pink and white home is one that I’m totally and completely envious of.
June 24, 2014
Though I thrive off of the energy that comes with city life, when the weather warms up and summer rears its beautiful, beautiful face, there’s something in me that tends to shift drastically. And while a glass of rose on a bustling patio on a particularly humid evening is all well and good, lately I’ve been craving space. And if I had my choice, said space would be located in Spain, in a rustic yet updated villa, with views for days and not a single soul in sight.
Found: Haute Design | Photography: Ruben Oritz | Styling: Katty Schiebeck
June 17, 2014
You may recognize this kitchen from Friday’s post... I apologize in advance for doubling up, but upon trying to source the original owner of said photo I unearthed the dreamiest of dream houses that ever lived! Welcome to the Melbourne house, where design dreams come true. With sun-drenched rooms, perfect for those whom have been blessed with a green thumb (I’m looking at you current home owners), there’s not a single thing that doesn’t make me absolutely weak in the knees. And if I had my choice, you’d better believe I’d happily move right in.
June 10, 2014
After relocating from the hustle and bustle of New York City, brand consultant Anne Ziegler sought out a calm respite in Los Angeles where she could plant some roots, and expand both physically and professionally. One peek at her LA abode, as seen in Domino Magazine, and I think it’s safe to say that her mission was of great success. Armed with a collection of rotating artwork (dreamy, right!?), a selection of carefully curated cottage-chic accessories, and a handful of botanical-inspired prints and pillows, I’m not ashamed to admit that my house envy is in absolute overdrive.
Source: Domino Magazine
June 3, 2014
If you’ve hung around Lark & Linen for any length of time, you may have noticed that I’m consistently inspired by homes that are of the understated elegance variety. And this Melbourne abode in particular is most definitely ticking those boxes. With carefully curated artwork and accessories and a hint of colour in all the right places, each and every room feels unique and perfectly executed without verging on the precious territory.
May 28, 2014
As a designer, I’ve been fortunate enough to set sights on the fanciest of fancy homes you can imagine. Thousand-dollar this and designer-fabric that… But when it comes to my own design sensibility, time and time again I find myself drawn to places that legitimately feel lived in and loved. Places like Wit & Delight‘s Minneapolis home. One in which has clearly been beautifully designed by a fine-tuned eye, but doesn’t feel overly precious or overdone.
May 21, 2014
I’ve done my fair share of traveling to wonderful locales, and though every vacation has been incredible in its own right, every once in a while I land in a place that manages to literally steal a piece of my heart. And my most recent voyage to South Africa? It has done JUST that (pst… you can read about that trip right here). It’s a wonderfully magical place and I constantly find myself daydreaming of the moment I’ll return. So you can imagine my excitement when Rue recently featured this South African abode. Located in the foothills of Banhoek Valley, near Stellenbosch, you’d better believe this eclectic, colorful home tour is tugging at my heartstrings.
Found: Rue Magazine | Photography: Greg Cox
May 13, 2014
I happen to live with a boy, and though I wouldn’t trade it for the world (it’s like a built-in-buddy at all times!), every once in a while I like to imagine how I’d decorate a bachelorette pad of my own. Though Justin more or less gives me free reign when it comes to our condo (after all, I do have a degree in the matter), I know I still need to be cognizant of the fact that it’s not all about me (damnit). But if it were? You’d better believe that this is what it’d look like. Complete with Manhattan skyline views and rooftop patios with miniature gardens, you know, since we’re playing pretend and all!
May 6, 2014
You guys? I’ve officially found my dream home. It’s light and bright and filled with everything lovely – I could seriously move in and not change a single thing (as a designer, this is major. MAJOR!) Funnily enough, the fireplace image is one I’ve had featured as my Facebook profile image for years now, but it never occurred to me to try to unveil the rest of the home. It turns out I’ve been missing out BIG time. I’ll stop talking now so you can revel in all the beauty.
April 29, 2014
No, you’re not seeing double. I’ve totally posted this dining room in the past. But it’s only recently that I managed to stumble upon the rest of the home. And, though it’s tiny in it’s own right, it deserves more than a peek. Because this blush beauty is a serious sight for sore eyes. PLUS it has a cozy bed nook. And, let’s face it, any home that has a cozy bed nook is one I want to be associated with!
April 22, 2014
While I was away in Mexico last week I heard rumours that it was snowing in Toronto. Snow! In April! Though I didn’t quite mind at that moment, what with the miami vice I had in hand while lounging on the beach, I prepared for the worst when we arrived home all the same. Much to my delight, the weather has been semi-cooperative since our return, and you can legitimately smell that Spring is in the air. And this home? It’s indoor-outdoor design is basically Spring embodied. Bright and light, natural and organic, and just where I want to be this season. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be pretending I’m cuddled up with a good book on that incredible porch swing!
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.