August 22, 2014
One design element that I just can seem to get enough of these days: mismatched chairs. They’re especially appealing in a dining room setting! Not only do they add a more casual, laid back vibe, but they infuse a heavy dose of added interest, lots of texture and the like; essentially ticking all of the necessary design boxes. In addition to feeling lived in, loved, and not-too-precious, it allows you to get creative at flea markets as well. This typically means your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief - a great solution for those on a budget!
Swedish Dining Room: Skona Hem | Colorful Chairs: Originally Featured Here | All White Dining Room: Originally Featured Here | Black and White and Grey Dining Room: Originally Featured Here | Swedish Cottage: Originally Featured Here | Modern Dining: Alter Ego | Blush Dining Room: Originally Featured Here | Blue and Cognac Dining Room: Places & Spaces | Eclectic Dining: Desire to Inspire | White Apartment: La Maison D’Anna G
August 8, 2014
Design lovers unite for I’ve rounded up a handful of beautiful, creative sinks for us to feast our eyes on! Prior to my stint as editor for Style Me Pretty Living, I worked as an interior designer for an architectural firm downtown Toronto. At the time, I was involved in the re-design of a beautiful loft; crazy high ceilings, funky layout, great clients whose vision aligned with ours. The works! Though everything we planned was incredible (if I do say so myself), what excited me the most was a custom poured concrete sink we designed. Unfortunately, the project never did come to fruition for a number of reasons, but I still dream about that sink regularly. And since it is not to be, here are a handful of others that I adore (including the inspiration for the sink that never was).
Wooden Sink: House to Decor | Black Bowl Sink: Archi Lovers | Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink: Inspiring Interiors | Concrete Sink: Wall & Deco | Vintage Dresser & Double Sink: Two Ellie | Gold Bowl Sinks: Maddux Creative | Modern Marble Floating Sink: Originally Posted Here | Black Sink: Hecker Guthrie | Modern Floating Sink: Houzz | Stone Sink: Houzz
July 11, 2014
My love for navy interiors knows no bounds. This deep hue is rich and romantic. It’s sexy and sleek and all around lovely. I find myself drawn to it like crazy lately and it seems to be following me every which way I go. The key to incorporating this deep colour into your decor is to use it sparingly. A toss cushion, an upholstered headboard or a velvet-y soft couch in the loveliest shade of blue are all you really need to make your space sing. The following are a just a few amazing examples of navy done oh so right and each and every space makes my designer heart go pitter patter.
Navy Kitchen Cabinets: Frock This | Navy Living Room: Originally Posted Here via Rue | Hand Painted Navy Tiles: Ardesia Design (ps – the rest of the home is lovely too!)| Shower with Navy Tiles: Domaine Home | Bedroom with Navy Headboard: Emily Andrews Photography | Rustic Hallway with Navy Carpet: Jordi Canosa | Living Room with Navy Couch: Dwell Studio | Kitchen with Navy Marble Backsplash: Design Galleria
June 27, 2014
Prior to my role as editor for Style Me Pretty Living, I worked for a large architecture firm downtown Toronto. One of my last jobs before switching companies was to design a steak frites restaurant in Corktown. It was an incredibly exciting project, made even more so by this insanely gorgeous graphic tile my co-worker and I found. We, of course, planned to use it as much as physically possible. Unfortunately the project never did come to fruition, but I’ve thought longingly about those beauties ever since. And it is my new mission to design a space JUST like these.
Sutble Blue bathroom: Flickr | Bar: Rue Magazine | Tram: Messyness Chic | Mediteranean Kitchen: Casa Sugar | Black and White Bathroom: The Sydney Morning Herald | Black and White Bathroom: Apartment Therapy | Black and White Bathroom: House Beautiful | Pink bathroom: Chic Deco
June 13, 2014
When I was growing up, my family and I lived in a relatively-small house in the east end of Toronto. Though our bedrooms were literally the same size as our beds, we happened to be blessed with a massive, eat-in kitchen. I loved the casual atmosphere that came with hanging out with mom as she whipped up dinner, and dining amidst the organized chaos that ensued afterwards was something I always looked forward to. So I’m particularly thrilled that this trend is seemingly resurfacing! I’ve noticed lately that many are opting out of formal, stuffy dining rooms and instead embracing the idea of the eat-in kitchen! Following are a few that are doing it jussssst right.
Striped Rug: Eve Wilson Photography | All White Kitchen: Originally Posted Here | Scandinavian Inspired Kitchen: Bjurfors | Eclectic Kitchen: Brooke Holm | Bachelorette Pad: The Everygirl | Mint Cupboards: Originally Posted Here
May 30, 2014
Lately, Justin and I have been thinking about diving into the world of home ownership in the not too distant future. Though the logistics of actually making this happen in an expen$ive city like Toronto are incredibly intimidating and slightly discouraging, I find myself constantly daydreaming about the possibility all the same. To be totally honest, the only thing we will likely be able to afford right now is a tiny gut-job of a home, but that doesn’t stop me from hoping our future abode is even a fraction as charming as these babies. Floral façades: I’m digging it.
May 16, 2014
Oh, you know, I’m just over on the House & Home (!!!) blog today chit-chatting all about how to freshen up your home for Spring. Dreams are coming true over here. Happy, happy Friday indeed!
Image original to Lark & Linen
May 2, 2014
Though it’s unfortunate, in the design world the colour mint gets a bit of a bad rap. Its soft, subtle hue is often association with all things saccharine and overly sweet. Though it’s an undeniably lovely colour, it’s incredibly difficult to incorporate into your every day decor without verging on nursery territory. But used appropriately, in small doses and in the right shade, it can go from tiny tot to totally timeless in seconds. The following are a few examples of mint done very, very right.
April 18, 2014
Hey guys, Cassie from The Veda House here while Jacquelyn is off in Mexico! As a photo stylist, I live in a world where everything has it’s place and fits in just so. If it is not all tidy, it’s “made” to look messy. Authentic messy is hard to capture authentically, especially with participants who are willing to share.
I find myself pinning a bunch of images that capture the everyday beauty of messy and getting inspired as I do so. I strive to be a little more OK with a blemish here and an out of place plant there, but it’s tough for an compulsive organizer. The more I pin beautiful images, the more it’s ok right?
How do you keep your home? Lived in or tidied just so?
You can browse my Pinterest board for more lived in inspiration!
March 28, 2014
In just over a week, my entire family (60 of us in total!!) will be headed to Mexico to celebrate my cousins upcoming nuptials. Excited doesn’t even BEGIN to cover it. Though I’ve done my fair share of travelling, I don’t remember the last time I simply plunked myself on a beach, mai tai in hand, and called it a day. With this in mind, I’ve had a bit of a one track mind as of late. I find myself daydreaming of beaches, and if our future temporary home is half as lovely as these guys I’m going to be one VERY satisfied customer.
Happy weekend friends!
1. via They All Hate Us | 2. Bali via Style Me Pretty Living, Photographed: Love Is My Favorite Color | 3. San Clemente, California via Matity | 4. Turks & Caicos via Style Me Pretty, Photographed: Lindsay Madden Photography | 5. Crete, Greece via All Things Europe
February 28, 2014
Pinterest is funny in the sense that I tend to pin all willy nilly, and it’s only when I look back at my pins over the course of a few days do I realize that a trend has begun to form. And for me lately? That trend is the pedestal sink. I seriously can’t get enough. It’s light, it’s airy, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Sources: 1. Cowhide Washroom: Christopher Sturman | 2. Subway Tile Washroom: Desire to Inspire | 3. Double Vanity: Better Homes and Gardens | 4. Bold Floral: Cupcakes & Cashmere | 5. Modern Washroom: Badrumsdrommar
February 12, 2014
I have to admit, when I first set sights on the layered rug trend, I wasn’t totally convinced. But over time, the look began to grow on me, and now I can’t seem to get enough. It’s a fantastic way to add immediate warmth and depth to a space, all while remaining unexpected. Instant interest, really! In addition, because an area rug can quickly deplete a budget, laying an inexpensive jute rug to anchor the space, while layering a pricier (yet significantly smaller) rug on top is a beautiful solution that could help keep that pesky budget in check. Win, win, win!
October 11, 2013
This weekend marks both Canadian Thanksgiving and my birthday (*dances*). Excited doesn’t begin to cover it. As you can probably imagine, there will be a small handful of dinner parties in my near future. Armed with this incredible collection of fall-inspired tablescapes, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be pulling bits of inspiration from each and every one.
1. Photography: Rylee Hitchner Photography Found: Style Me Pretty | 2. Photography: Trent Bailey Photography Found: Style Me Pretty | 3. Photography: Bryce Covey Photography Found: Style Me Pretty | 4. Photography: Brandon Chesbro Found: Style Me Pretty | 5. Photography: Christine Sargologos Photography Found: Style Me Pretty Living | 6. Found: Alt Summit Flickr | 7. Photography: Scott Michael Photo
August 2, 2013
When I was a little girl, a family friend of ours had the princess bedroom to trump all princess bedrooms. I still remember to this very day the amount of sheer jealousy I had for her and her overly-pink digs. But the portion that made me the most green with envy? Her canopy bed. Clad with the softest fabric in the entire world, it was something I longed for daily. I’ve since grown out of my dreams of princess clad rooms, but my love for canopy beds very much still remains. Though hanging curtains from a ceiling isn’t your traditional method for achieving this dramatic look, I’m kind of loving the modern take on a classic style.
July 19, 2013
I’m not sure about you guys, but we’ve been experiencing quite the heatwave in Toronto as of late. With temperatures hovering in the mid 30′s on a consistent basis, it’s all I can do to not melt away. Now, I’m not going to complain because before I know it, the frigid temperatures will be upon us, but I would be lying if I told you I hadn’t been spending my time trying to find ways to stay cool. My best solution? All pools. All the time. And if this collection of wet and wild backyards doesn’t do it for ya, well I just don’t know what will.
May 31, 2013
Hello, lovelies! Annemarie here from Brunch at Saks. First, I want to say I’m so happy (and thankful) that Jacquelyn asked me to guest post for her today because lark & linen has been one of my daily reads for as long as I can remember. I love the space she has created here and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. So, onto the post!
I had a few different topics in mind, but ultimately thought it would be fun to share something that I’ve never done in my own home, but would love to one day: a wallpapered bathroom. Not only is this look pretty and elegant, but I also think wallpaper can be one of the easiest ways to transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary in very little time. I’m not sure how well this would work in a space with a shower due to moisture, but for a guest bathroom where water isn’t an issue, I think it’s really stunning. Here are a few wallpapered bathrooms that have caught my eye:
If you’re currently on the hunt for wallpaper, here is a list of those featured in these photos:
+ ‘Arches’ (in chocolate brown) by Phillip Jeffries Ltd.
+ ‘Eranthe’ by Osborne & Little
+ ‘Best in Show’ by Osborne & Little
+ ‘Sussex Black & White’ by Designers Guild – Nabucco Collection
If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that there WILL be a wallpapered powder room in my future. Thank you sweet Annemarie! And happy weekend my dears. I’ll be back early next week with some trip updates. XOX!
April 23, 2013
It’s a big day around here! Not only am I writing my licensing exam (potentially, as you’re reading these very words – gah! Send good juju, please and thank you) but lark & linen turns three today! To be completely honest, I never really knew what I was getting into when I started this journey three years ago, and never in my life could I have imagined what a positive outlet it’s been for me in so, so many ways. Thank you all for following along – I couldn’t imagine sharing it all with kinder human beings. Here’s to many more years! And to celebrate? A virtual sprinkles party (but of course).
Designed, Styled & Photographed by Style Me Pretty Living
February 6, 2013
It’s been a little while since I’ve put together one of my inspiration posts, and what better way to break the cycle than with some insanely gorgeous bedrooms.
If you remember my easy as pie DIY from some time ago, you’ll know that I’m no stranger to unconventional nightstands. Whether it’s an adorable stool, stacked vintage suitcases, a repurposed ladder, or $3 wooden wine crates in my case, there’s no shortage of things you could experiment with in lieu of a traditional nightstand.
January 4, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I’ve come down with a serious case of the post-holiday blues. The past few days it has taken every ounce of me to not hibernate within the confines of my home. If I’m being honest, the thought of curling up in front of a roaring fire is the only thing that appeals to me at the moment. Hot tea, flannel pyjamas and all-things-cozy is just what the doctor ordered. This mini fireplace round up is helping, if only just a touch – don’t you think?
October 31, 2012
Who ever said that Halloween needed to be tacky? Though fake spider webs and caution tape have their respective time and place, a simple black and white approach to the holiday is a surefire way to get it done in style. I’ve never really been a fan of orange anyway.
Happy Halloween you guys!
September 7, 2012
August 10, 2012
When it comes to interior design, I generally subscribe to the notion of using neutral elements for your fixed pieces (tiles, countertops and the like), and bring in colour through accessories that can be easily switched out to suit your mood. That is, until I spotted these beauties. Sometimes you just need to toss out all of your rules and paste your walls in bright pink flowers.
June 29, 2012
Patio season is in full swing and I could not imagine a more perfect place to spend my summer evenings. If they looked anything like these guys I would be hard pressed to ever leave.
Happy weekend guys!
June 1, 2012
These days I find myself craving an outdoor soiree, complete with fantastic table settings and buttloads of friends. (Yes, buttloads). I’m convinced that warm evenings were made for this very reason.
Happy weekend guys! I hope it’s a good one!
May 25, 2012
When it comes to the field of interior design, often it’s the most obvious solution that ends up being the most beautiful.
Happy weekend sunshines!
May 4, 2012
Today I’m over on Katrina’s blog, Dot Dot Dash.
Click here to see what I’m talking about!
April 20, 2012
I’ve never felt more inclined to own my own home than I do now, if only because I feel the sudden urge to decorate its façade in gorgeous flowers and lush greenery. Since that’s not in the cards for the time being, these images will have to suffice.
Happy weekend lovelies!
April 13, 2012
I just can’t seem to get enough of this colour palette. The warmth of the ochre set against the freshness of the pink creates a wonderful balance. The perfect spring combination methinks!
Happy weekend lovies!
March 9, 2012
To say that life has been busy lately would be the understatement of the year. Between balancing work, the little sanctuary I like to refer to as my blog, and family/friends, there doesn’t seem to be time for much else. My laundry has piled up, our bedroom STILL remains completely undecorated (nearly a year later) and I don’t remember the last time I cooked an actual meal (heating up soup counts, right?) In the few recent moments that I manage to steal, I find myself flipping through design magazines over a cup of tea or making my way through pinterest. If there’s any sort of common theme amongst my current favourite spaces, it’s the fact that I’m drawn to simple, understated, elegant decor. It’s likely that my mind is simply craving a break from all of the mental stimulation, but either way, these sweet, monochromatic vignettes are screaming my name.
And with that, I am off to Halifax for the weekend (it really never stops*)!
Happy weekend noodles!
*not a complaint, swear!
February 3, 2012
There’s no denying my love for all things white (as seen here, here & here to name a few). But when it’s paired with black? Well that’s a combination that just can’t be beat. Simple, classic, right up my alley.
Happy weekend lovelies!
December 16, 2011
Funnily enough, as a child I thought the idea of gold anything was repulsive. It was only recently that I began embracing it in all its glamorous glory. Whether it’s in the form of twinkling lights, perfectly wrapped parcels* or oversize mirrors, this metallic hue always adds an instant hit of class. These days, I just can’t get enough.
*to date, my grandmother is the only one I know who still refers to any wrapped box as a parcel. I kind of love it and I’m secretly hoping it will catch back on. Note: she also refers to pants as slacks and the couch as the chesterfield. I love grandparents.
December 8, 2011
There’s no denying my love for all things Christmas. When you combine a great idea with my very favourite holiday it’s like my mind explodes. Whether you’re an apartment dweller and don’t have room for a full sized tree, or you’re just looking for an excuse to utilize those extra Christmas tree bits (you know the ones), here’s a great solution. These teeny Christmas trees are the perfect example of a little bit of festive decor that goes a very long way.
November 2, 2011
They’re the perfect spot to organize and showcase your dishes and found treasures, while giving your kitchen some interest. I can’t imagine many things more satisfying than a set of well designed open shelves in the kitchen.
Ok, I lied. The fact that Starbucks Christmas cups are out is slightly more satisfying. That, and fluffy puppies. Starbucks Christmas cups, fluffy puppies and then open shelving displaying pretty kitchen things. In that order.
October 26, 2011
Whoever said that Halloween decor needed to be tacky? Stray away from the go-to black and orange palette and opt for a touch of gold instead. Some black feathers, a few white pumpkins and a hint of moss? Instant glamour and a lot of class!
September 28, 2011
As of this moment, I envision a wooden bathroom counter in my future. They instantly add that touch of warmth to a space that would otherwise feel cold and stark.
ps. head on over to Simply Irresistible where the sweet Lara has asked me to share a few of my fav Toronto spots.
September 23, 2011
Today marks the official first day of fall! I’ve found myself in a place where I’m more than ready for it. And for those of you who are not quite there yet, perhaps this collection of comfy knits, warm salted caramel pears and mugs full of hot deliciousness will sway you.
Happy weekend lovelies!
September 13, 2011
I’m so pleased to be one of over forty bloggers participating in Megan & Katie’s “Surprise Party”. They’ve recently curated this event to announce what I know will be a hugely popular venture. Head on over to The Fresh Exchange and The Pink and Blue Blog to take a look at their new endeavour and take part in some great giveaways (you know you wanna!) While you’re there, see if you can spot my post. Hint: it’s chalk-full of pink-party-goodness.
July 20, 2011
July 7, 2011
Flipping through my Pinterest boards, I’ve noticed that I’ve recently strayed from what was once a love for anything and everything white and bright. I’m just going to go ahead and chalk it up to the summer season that begs for long, leisurely days complete with brightly coloured fruity drinks on a patio filled with multi-coloured pillows. While I may not incorporate any of these particular rainbow inspired schemes into my decor regimen anytime soon, I can’t help but be drawn to this series of technicolour dream spaces.
Oh, and then this happened:
June 9, 2011
While perusing the interwebs for inspiration for an upcoming project (more details in the coming days), I couldn’t help but drool a little over this collection of black and white stripes. I think it’s safe to say that I will never tire of stripes. Ever.
June 2, 2011
With summer just around the corner (I can feel it, I tell you!) I can’t think of a better way to spruce the place up than with a bright and cheery, colourful front door. While the graffiti flowers may be a little much, it still makes for some wonderful eye candy, don’t you think?
April 26, 2011
My love of any and all things Eames is no secret (as witnessed here, amongst many other Eames-related posts). But did you know that their rocker came in pink? Because I, for one, did not. And now, I am so very happy.
ps. if you haven’t had the chance to enter the pi’lo giveaway, click here. There are only a few days left!
March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick’s day friends! While I’m not technically irish (well, not to my knowledge; perhaps it’s there somewhere in my lineage), I do enjoy an Irish token on occasion. These tokens include but are not limited to beer, lush greenery and thick accents. I figure, what better way to celebrate than with a handful of green-inspired spaces. Amiright?! I thought so. Now go out and enjoy yourselves some green beer (which may or may not be even better than green spaces. But I’m an interior designer so don’t tell anyone that I just said that).
March 2, 2011
found via French by Design, Pinterest (x3)
I would love to convince myself that winter is slowly coming to an end, but it’s just difficult as I watch the snow slowly fall outside our office windows. With spring somewhat, sort of, in the nearish to far-off distance, I keep trying to remind myself of all of the reasons why I love winter so I don’t go completely batty. These images of neatly piled stacks of wood appease my inner organizational nerd all the while reminding me of the satisfaction that comes from a simple winter evening curled up in front of a fire with a good book.
February 24, 2011
While perusing through my inspiration folder recently, I noticed that my subconscious seems to be drawn to the Acapulco chair. I’m not sure if it’s the delicate nature of the piece or the fact that I can just imagine myself lounging in it poolside with a piña colada in hand (twirly straw and little umbrella will naturally be present as well). Whether it’s the simplicity and beauty of the piece, or my desire to escape the cold for just a little, I’m totally on board with this chair.
February 17, 2011
January 27, 2011
I’ve recently upgraded from a double to a queen bed (you may remember my new mattress: Isodora. Is it weird that I’ve now spoken about her three times? Probably.) With the switch came the need for a new bed frame. My ikea metal frame and headboard has been good to me throughout the years, but I’m happy to say that she is no more. Hoorah! After purchasing this guy (just the frame) to support sweet, sweet Isodora, not to mention the expense of a new mattress, unfortunately a new headboard just isn’t in the cards right now. Originally this idea was a little unsettling but after seeing the lot of these headboardless beds I think I’m finally okay with this! Apparently the trick is a beautiful chair, some wonderful art (books count as art you know) and some fun and funky lamps.
January 13, 2011
Today just so happens to be the coldest day we’ve had to experience so far this winter and as a result my bones are literally chilled all the way into their very centres. I would love to spend the day in one of these concrete bathtubs, filled to the brim with piping hot water in order to rectify this. Since this is not an option at the moment, please excuse me while I peruse our office to find some suitable layers as an alternative.
December 15, 2010
Sometimes a non-traditional Christmas tree is more satisfying than a real one. Only sometimes though.
November 24, 2010
Things have taken a turn for the omg-I-can’t-believe-how-much-I-have-to-do-right-now. So please enjoy these beautiful spaces, their soaring high cathedral ceilings and crisp white walls in my absence.
November 10, 2010
Simple, elegant, and adds a little touch of fun and whimsy to any space. The idea of the chalkboard wall is especially great for those of the likes of me who have trouble making any permanent decisions. With new ideas constantly evolving it’s difficult to settle on one, knowing you may find something better tomorrow! Well, a chalkboard wall is interchangeable, evolving and all you need is some creativity, and a little chalk.
Disclaimer: I should note that I’m very good at making decisions for other people, but when it’s my own space? Well it’s hard!! I totally get why people hire interior designers.
November 4, 2010
found via Unknown & Sacramento Street
Some pretty bedrooms for your Thursday morning.
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October 27, 2010
all images found via unknown (unfortunately these are from an old file, and I did not save their sources. If you know where they’re from, please let me know so that I can credit them)
October 20, 2010
I’m loving the use of materials used to create these unusual headboards. Whether it’s pressed tin, bamboo, an old barn door, or simply painted mdf, it just goes to show you that there are no bounds! Put your creative cap on, and go nuts! (Is there such thing as a creative cap? I’m thinking I just coined that term.)
October 6, 2010