Modern Virginia Home Tour

Amazing living room

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? 

Lovely kitchen Oil painting gallery wall Lovely dining room Kitchen vignette Mustard yellow sofa Foyer Amazing dining Wonderful washroom Gallery wall in the bedroom

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Celebrity Hair Stylists’ LA Home

Neutral living Camel bed Vintage chair Black and white bathroom

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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!)

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Source: Domaine Home | Photography: Andrew Arthur 

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How to Create a Boho Inspired Living Room

A boho meets modern living room

Had you asked me years ago how I felt about bohemian inspired decor, I would have hesitated just a little. But used sparingly, and paired with some crisp, classic designs (I’m looking at you acapulco chair!), you can consider me firmly on board. I must admit, with my current schedule, I love the no fuss no muss attitude that tends to comes along with it. So long as you stick to a similar colour palette, and use it carefully and sparingly, basically anything goes! Here’s how you get the look of this boho inspired living room. 

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House Envy: A Dreamy New York Apartment

Copper pendants

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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Interior Design: Katie Martinez | Photography: Aubrie Pick | Source: Lonny

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A Simple London Home

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This week, over on HGTV, we’re taking a peek at this gorgeous London home. It’s simple, it’s elegant, it’s basically perfect. See the rest right here!
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House Envy: A Moroccan Home Tour

Patterned stairs

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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Eclectic office

Patterned stairs

Moroccan inspired living room

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12 Amazing Lighting Stores

Awesome lighting stores

The other day, a gust of wind blew in through our window and knocked our glass lamp onto the floor. Unfortunately, glass and hardwood don’t quite mix – and the lamp is no more. After grieving for a brief moment (I loved that lamp, even if I did find it on super sale 5 years ago for $25), I kind of got excited about the prospect of freshening up that corner. And though there are a plethora of resources out there, there are only a few handful that create beautiful, quality pieces consistently. From pendants, to intricate chandeliers, to lamps and beyond, here are 12 of my very favourite lighting stores. Bonus: this list should satisfy all price points! 

 

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A Kid Friendly Home, On a Budget

Girly bedroom Pop of colour Mirrored wall

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!

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House Envy: Dusty Rose

Tiny office, awesome fireplace

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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A Small but Mighty Sydney Apartment

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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!

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House Envy: An Eclectic Sydney Home

Beautiful vignette

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!

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Source: Rue Mag | Photography: Maree Homer 

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Trend Watch: Crushed Velvet

Green crushed velvet sofa

Reminiscent of a number of terrible tops and awkward skirts I proudly wore in the 90′s, I’ll be the first to admit that crushed velvet has never really been on my radar when it comes to interior design. But lately, I’ve been noticing this funky fabric popping up more and more frequently in shelter magazines and design blogs far and wide. Whether it takes centre stage in the form of a tufted sofa, or is used as an accent in a simple club chair, I have to admit it’s growing on me in a big way. If used correctly, this velvety fabric can add an instant hit of unexpected luxe that I kind of totally love. 

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House Envy: Athena Calderone’s Home

Athena Calderone's home | A Moody living room 

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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Michael C. Hall’s LA Home

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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. 

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House Envy: A Cozy Brooklyn Apartment

Brooklyn Apartment: cozy bed nook

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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Inside a Soho Apartment from 1860

Soho living room

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

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My Home Tour!

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…

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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. 

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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… 

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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). 

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.  

Serene bedroom | Lark & Linen Interior Design

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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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 & LilyAnthropologieCrane & 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! 

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Photography: Heidi Lau Photography | Interior Design: Lark & Linen Interior Design | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff

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 OwnCoulson MacleodAnnawithlove | 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: IkeaPottery 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

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Two Amazing Home Tours You Need to See

Two of my House Envy posts went up on HGTV this week and I do think they’re well worth a peek!

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This first one is an apartment located in Barcelona, Spain. And that bathroom? It’s calling my name. Check out the full tour here!

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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!

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Spanish Washroom: Nuevo Estilo | Australian Living Room: Prue Roscoe

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House Envy: Eclectic New York Apartment

Dream fireplace

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!

Eclectic apartment in NYC Dreamy, unexpected, eclectic living room Traditional meets rustic dining room The perfect small kitchen All white bedroom Fabulous art! Bedroom vignette Washroom details White and gold bathroom  

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Source: One Kings Lane | Design: Michelle Smith | Photography: Lesley Unruh | Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

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Scenes from my Weekend

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On Friday, the weather cooled off just enough to justify busting out a handful of cozy knits, but not enough to tuck away the flats quite yet (my inner autumnal lover was terribly excited). Meanwhile, Saturday was warm and glorious – mother nature was totally showing off. Essentially, it was weather perfection around here which made for the most wonderfully well rounded weekend! Dinner parties were had, cotton candy pink bridesmaid dresses were dyed navy (an attempt to make it feel less bridesmaid-y. Verdict’s still out!), Buca‘s tiramisu was ingested (quicker than I’d like to admit), and on Sunday? Well on Sunday I woke up to the sound of the rain. And despite the fact that it cleared up by 9 am, I took it as a sign that I should totally stay in bed for as long as physically possible (complete with a really terrible – yet entertaining – book). 

coffee-run {tea amongst friends}

dyed-spoon {the results of a fun Saturday}

snow-berries {beautiful snowberries}

reading-in-bed {the laziest of all lazy Sundays}

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A Notting Hill Home

Luxurious bedroom with massive tufted headboard

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! 

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Inspiration: Black Mullions

Amazing breakfast nook

Black mullions (and window casings) are one design element that I’ve always admired, but never really gave too much thought. That is, until recently. Ever since I posted that Australian home tour on Tuesday, chock full of the most amazing mullions I ever did see, I’ve been seeing them pop up left right and centre. And honestly? I totally can’t get enough. They’re a great way to add a bit of architectural interest to any and every space, and help seriously ground an otherwise light and airy palette. Following are a few beautiful examples of black mullions that are totally tickling my fancy. 

Black and white living room Black and white kitchen with exposed beams Serene bedroom Cozy breakfast nook

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White Kitchen: Home Design Board | Breakfast Nook: Cococozy | Breakfast Nook: Chic and Glamorous | Yellow Sofa: Lincoln Barbour | Bedroom: Swabble | Living Room: Originally Featured Here | Tan Bedroom: Originally Featured Here | Grey Kitchen: Interiors by Studio M

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12 Amazing Shops for Home Accessories

12 shops for home accessories (so good!)

I get a ton of questions from readers and clients alike saying that they love their house, but it’s missing that something something that makes it feel like home. And my response is always the same: you probably need accessories! More often than not, said space could use a few key factors: an incredible rug, some drool-worthy toss cushions, cute vases and a few carefully selected tchotchkes. Add in a cozy throw and you, my friend, have got yourself a home. They may seem like minute details, but take it from me, design isn’t in the details, it IS the details. Though I’m allllllways on the hunt for the latest and greatest, I do have a handful of favourite shops for home accessories I know I can rely on time and time again. From big box shops to one-off places, these have been my go-to’s for as long as I can remember!

What about you? Any favourites I should add to my ever growing roster? 

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House Envy: A Unique Historical Home in Australia

Old meets new in this exquisite kitchen

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. 

A moment of silence for these windows Casual glam dining room DREAM kitchen! Amazing patio doors Twirly stairs! A room with a view Foyer The dreamiest of dream showers His OR her closet Shoe storage Patio evy

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Pink & White Home

Beautiful all white nursery

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. 

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House Envy: A House in the Hamptons

Warm white bedroom filled with texture

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! 

Cozy casual living room Bright white kitchen Mod dining room Tribal infused office Modern office Modern bath

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Inspiration: Kitchen Art

Art in the kitchen

Kitchen design has come a long way in recent years. These days, the kitchen is no longer thought of as a purely functional space. Lately, it has turned into a virtual extension of ones living room. And for good reason! I mean, it’s a well known fact that everyone congregates there, no matter the size. It only makes good sense that we transform it into something both functional and beautiful at once! Upper cabinets are being replaced with open shelving. Accessories are abundant. Beautiful dishes, wooden bowls and golden cutlery are aplenty. And kitchen art is totally a thing. And I’m all for it. Here are a few lovely examples that have caught my eye recently! 

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Vintage Kitchen: M Gladden Photography | Waterfall Counter: Casa Sugar | Modern Kitchen: Planet Deco | Kitchen with Antlers: Original Source Unknonw (if anyone knows it please share!) | Neutral Kitchen: BasicHus | Bohemian Kitchen: The Design Files, Photography: Eve Wilson | Blue Cabinets: Ingerstedt

 

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Living in a Home from the 1700′s

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This week’s House Envy post is up on HGTV! We’re taking a peek at this GORGEOUS Sag Harbor home from the 1700′s. Click here to check it out!

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Source: Lonny Magazine| Photography: Patrick Cline | Designer: Ari Heckman 

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House Envy: Darius Rucker’s Home Tour

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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. 

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Found: Domaine Home | Interior Design: Angie Hranowsky | Photography: Travis Dew | FIND ME: Pinterest  | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin’ 

 

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One Piece, Two Looks: A Shibori Headboard

In all honesty, I had an entirely different post lined up for today. But while searching for some new accessories for our apartment the other evening, I came across this shibori headboard and all bets went out the window. Can you even handle the pretty? I immediately started daydreaming up a million and one scenarios in which this beauty played a staring role. But in light of brevity, I’ve narrowed it down to two favourites:


So let’s take a vote! Are you on team coastal or team contemporary? Though I’d do unmentionable things for that contemporary lamp, if I had to choose, I have to say my feet remain firmly on team coastal.

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Shibori Headboard: Urban Outfitters

COASTAL | Sheets: Serena & Lily | Nightstand: West Elm | Quilt: Serena & Lily | Lighting: Serena & Lily | Throw Pillows: Rebecca Atwood | Shams: Serena & Lily | Candle: Biscuit Home | Vase: West Elm | Dresser: Anthropologie | Art: Art.com

CONTEMPORARY | Duvet: Serena & Lily | Nightstand: Urban Outfitters | Lighting: Bodie and Fou | Throw Pillows: Rebecca Atwood | Throw: Anthropologie | Vases: West Elm | Dresser: West Elm | Candle: Selfridges | Art: Art.com

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House Envy: Swedish Cottage

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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.
 
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Source: Skona Hem | Found: Style Files

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Mismatched Chairs

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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!

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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

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House Envy: Classic Elegance

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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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Get the Look: Living Room in Paris

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Ever since I posted this Parisian apartment last week, I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. The entire home tour is borderline magical but as far as I’m concerned, this living room is the piece de resistance. It manages to bridge that gap between perfectly styled, and totally approachable. And in light of full discretion, if it were up to me, I’d have a love affair with those velvet tufted sofas. Both of them! Obviously I had to loosely recreate this look for myself, if only virtually!

Living Room in Paris | 1. Pendant: Shades of Light | 2. Cloud Artwork: Art.com |  3. Desk: West Elm | 4. Floor Lamp: Lexmod | 5. Octahedron: West Elm |6. Buddha: Artemano | 7. Darling Magazine: Anthropologie | 8. Chair & Ottoman: DWR | 9. Couch: Restoration Hardware |  10. Ivory Pillow: Anthropologie | 11. Black and White Graphic Pillow: West Elm | 12. Coffee Table: Hay Needle

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House Envy: Rustic Modern

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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.  

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Source: Architectural Digest | Interior Design: Julie Hillman

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Inspiration: 10 Creative Sinks

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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).

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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 

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House Envy: An apartment in Paris

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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! 

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Found: Domaine | Souce: Elle España | Photography: Monse Garriga

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A Tip for Ikea Ribba Frames

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I’m convinced that everyone on the face of the planet has at least one Ikea Ribba frame mounted somewhere within their home. They’re timeless, pretty, and simply do the trick when budget is of the essence (read: crazy inexpensive as far as frames are concerned). But one thing that’s always driven me crazy about them is the fact that their mats are a creamy (almost yellow) hue instead of a crisp white. We have a gallery wall front and center in our dining “room” in our teeny condo, which means you can see it from, well, everywhere. And the creamy mats have always made me batty. So I did what any sane person does: went to the dollar store, bought a ton of bright white cardstock and made my own. Though the difference may seem minute, it instantly made our space feel more vibrant and alive. So if you happen to be a fellow Ikea Ribba horder, I promise you the minimal effort involved in making this change is more than worth it! 

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House Envy: Naja Munthe’s Home

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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. 

MORE BLACK & WHITE HOME TOURS: Manhattan Magic | Beachy Beautiful | Traditional with a Twist | Library Transformed

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Found: Chevrons & Eclairs | Photography: Morten Koldby | Source: Mad & Bolig
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House Envy: Black and White

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I can always count on Victoria to dazzle me with interior delights, and this black and white home, found in this month’s Elle Decor UK, is of no exception. Unsurprisingly, it’s bright and white and all sorts of lovely. But what it lacks in colour, it makes up for in texture, scale and serious wow-factor. Further proof that black and white doesn’t necessarily mean boring!

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Found: SFgirlbyBay | Photography: Greg Cox | Via: Elle Decor UK

 

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House Envy: Beachy Beautiful

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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. 

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Found: Real Living Australia via Dustjacket Attic | Architect: Eduardo Villa | Photography: Sharyn Cairns

 

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Inspiration: Navy Interiors

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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. 

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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

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My Bedroom Tour

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I’ve been meaning to do a full home tour for years now, but the perfectionist within me hasn’t felt quite ready. I’m constantly tweaking this and that, and just when I think it’s complete, I totally change my mind and feel the urge to start fresh! And though most of our home is ALMOST complete and ready for reveal, our bedroom is the one space that, up until recently, has felt the most undone. So when Anthropologie reached out to me not long ago to help me finish it up, I totally jumped at the opportunity. They sweetly sent me some new bedding (no joke, it’s the most wonderful bedding I’ve ever owned. Linen and soft and all sorts of lovely!) and some really wonderful accessories. The best part? I’m chatting all about it over on their blog today! Pinch me. Seriously.

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Bedding: Anthropologie | Shams: Anthropologie | Sheets: Home Outfitters | Gold Dipped Toss Cushions: West Elm | Art: My Own | Frames: Ikea | Nightstands: $3 DIY | Mug: Anthropologie | Lamp: Ikea | La Vie est Belle Book: Anthropologie | Vogue Complete Beauty Book: Vintage | Anatomy for the Artist Book (old): Chapters Indigo |  Gold Sequinned Throw: Souvenir from India | Dresser: Craigslist | All Images Original to Lark & Linen  

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House Envy: Rustic Glam

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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! 

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Found: House Beautiful | Interior Design: Mark D. Sikes 

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House Envy: Modern Pink and White

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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. 

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Found: EST Magazine | Interiors: Studio Oink

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Inspiration: Graphic Tiles

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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. 

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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

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Living Room Design Ideas: One Piece, Two Looks

 

I haven’t procured a One Piece, Two Looks post since, ohhhh, September 2012. Which means that it’s MORE than high time to get my act together! And I can’t think of a better way to do so than with this stunning peacock blue club chair. On first glance, one might think it’d be a difficult piece to work with, but I’m here to tell you that it can be as versatile as any! 

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So tell me, if you had to choose, are you on camp modern or camp elegant? Am I allowed to be smack dab in the middle?

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Look One – Modern: Pillow: Rebecca Atwood | Pillow: Waiting on Martha | Pillow: High Street Market | Artwork: West Elm | Coffee Table: West Elm | Mirror: Lulu & Georgia | Couch: One Kings Lane | Rug: Rugs USA | Floor Lamp: Furbish Studio

Look Two – Elegant: Pillow: Serena & Lily | Pillow: Pottery Barn | Pillow: Z Gallerie | Artwork: Z Gallerie | Coffee Table: Zinc Door | Mirror: Pieces Inc | Couch: One Kings Lane | Rug: Rugs USA | Floor Lamp: Furbish Studio

 

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House Envy: Villa in Spain

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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. 

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Found: Haute Design | Photography: Ruben Oritz | Styling: Katty Schiebeck

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House Envy: Magic in Melbourne

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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. 

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Photography: Eve Wilson | Found: Nordic Design

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Inspiration: Eat-In Kitchens

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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.

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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

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House Envy: Anne Ziegler

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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. 

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Source: Domino Magazine 

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House Envy: Unexpected Lovely in Australia

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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. 

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Found: The Design Files | Design:Hecker Guthrie | Photography: Eve Wilson

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House Envy: Wit + Delight

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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. 

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Found: The Everygirl | Design: Wit & Delight | Photography: Melissa Ohlendt

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House Envy: Bright & Bold in South Africa

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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. 

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8 Ways to Ring In Spring

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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!

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Get the Look: Ladylike Living Room

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I know I can always count on Victoria for my daily dose of interior lovely, but I was particularly blown away by this ladylike living room she recently featured. It’s feminine in all the right places, it feels elegant and timeless all while remaining effortlessly casual. I’ve since made it my mission to recreate a similar space in the very near future, but until the right client comes along I thought I’d tackle it virtually instead!

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House Envy: White on White on White

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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!

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Source: Domino

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House Envy: Traditional With A Twist

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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.

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Designer: Lisa Sherry | Images: Lonny

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Inspiration: Mint Done Right

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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. 

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White & Mint Kitchen: Better Homes and Gardens | Mint Bedroom: Elle Decor | White Kitchen & Mint Floors: Brooke Holme | Mint Clawfoot Tub: Dom In Vrt | Mint Cupboards: Originally Posted Here

 

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House Envy: Blush Beauty

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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! 

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House Envy: Indoor Outdoor Living

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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! 

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Inspiration: Lived In from The Veda House

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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!

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House Envy from Coco and Mingo

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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.

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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. 

The best part? This home is actually for rent, located in southern Amsterdam! Check out the full listing over at Kid & Coe (which also makes it totally kid-friendly!)

Oh, and you can get this look:
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Thanks for having me, Jacquelyn! Hope you’re enjoying your time in Mexico!

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Hotel Envy: Coqui Coqui

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With our trip to Mexico just a handful of short days away, I find myself daydreaming of all things tropical. Though we’re not staying at the Coqui Coqui in Tulum, after stumbling upon these photos a little while ago, a part of me wishes we were. The rugged meets casual vibe of each of these spaces has me immediately intrigued. And since poring through each photos, there’s a solid chance I’ve added a stay at this Mexican hotel to my ever growing bucket list! 

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Exciting News + HGTV!

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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… 

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House Envy: Library Transformed

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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…

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House Envy: New England Dream

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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!). 

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House Envy: Pretty in Pink

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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.

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Source: Bjufors via Grey and Scout 

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Inspiration: Pedestal Sinks

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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.  

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Get the Look: Eclectic Dining Room

If my boyfriend would let me turn our condo into an all-out girly haven, you’d better believe this is what our dining room would look like. And since I’m fairly certain he wouldn’t be happy living amongst soft blush tones, I’m going to have to live vicariously through this space instead.  

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House Envy: Light & Bright

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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.

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Restaurant Envy: The Standard

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Things are about to get wild as I trade in my typical house envy post for one of the restaurant variety. I know – I’m such a rebel – but one peek at this stunning space and I’m certain you’ll understand. This classic 1930′s building recently underwent a facelift and the results? Well, they’re basically magical. Clean lines and modern elements are paired with Scandinavian touches in a way that adds interest and intrigue, yet feels calm and serene.

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Inspiration: Layered Rugs

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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! 

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No. 1: So Haute via Glitter Guide | No. 2: AK Studioblog | No. 3: See the Full Home Tour via Style at Home | No. 4: SFgirlbyBay | No. 5: Elle Decor

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House Envy: Manhattan Magic

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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. 

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House Envy: a Dreamy Loft

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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. 

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House Envy: C’mon Spring

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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. 
 
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House Envy: Christmas Magic

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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.  

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House Envy: A Cozy Apartment

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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.

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House Envy: Quality Over Quantity

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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. 

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House Envy: A Chateau in Loire Valley

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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. 

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House Envy: Manly & Magnificent

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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. 

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Found: EST Magazine | Architecture: Stoll Long Architecture | Photography: Tara Pearce | Styling: Stephanie Stamatis

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Get the Look: Pure Perfection

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I know we saw this room oh… three days ago. But I seriously couldn’t help myself. I haven’t fallen this hard for a space in a really long time and I just needed to oogle it a bit longer. I thought it’d be fun to break it down to show each and every one of us how we can recreate this timeless look in our own homes (and recreate I will, I assure you!)

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My Go-To Paint Colours

There’s a chance you’ve seen this already over on Style Me Pretty Living, but it’s something that I’ve been meaning to share with you all for a while. (And if I’m being honest, the selfish part of me secretly wanted it up on my pages as well!) So I apologize for the double post, but at least it’s useful yes!? Paint is one of those tricky things that has a mind of its own and, with so many options, can be bit of a nightmare to choose. These are just a small handful of colours I’ve used a million and one times, again and again, and I swear to you they will never falter. 

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No. 1 Benjamin Moore’s Oxford White – CC-30: This is my absolute favourite white. It’s crisp, it’s clean, and you simply can’t go wrong.

No. 2. Benjamin Moore’s Ashley Gray – HC-87: A truly lovely, moody taupe that works perfectly with both brown and gray palettes (no easy feat!)

No. 3 Benjamin Moore’s Hudson Bay – CC-810: A deep, rich blue that feels saturated but not in-your-face. It’s very romantic and works beautifully in bedrooms and dining rooms alike.

No. 4 Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl – OC52: A soft, warm gray that literally works in any room, with any palette. Fool proof!

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House Envy: Brian Paquette

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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.

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House Envy: A Modern Brownstone

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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. 

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House Envy:

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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. 

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House Envy: Modern Romance

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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. 

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House Envy: Boho Chic

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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. 

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Get the Look: Form & Function

Though I’m a fan of design in all forms (take a look at this vs. this, for example), every once in a while I find it refreshing to find a space that has been stripped down to the bare essentials. A really wonderful throw, some incredible art, and crisp, white walls. This beautiful bedroom just further proves that great style doesn’t necessarily come with a hefty price tag. 

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House Envy: Sag Harbor

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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.

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House Envy: Black & White

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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.

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House Envy: Flirty & Parisienne

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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.

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House Envy: A Whimsical Bachelorette Pad

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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.

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House Envy: Muskoka Magic

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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?

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House Envy:

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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.

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Inspiration: Faux Canopy Beds

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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.

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Get the Look: Luxurious Washroom

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I’m pretty certain that this washroom was one of the first things I ever pinned. It has since been sitting there staring at me for what feels like forever, all pretty and inspiring-like. It’s one of those completely timeless spaces I often find myself totally lusting after. It could easily be retrofitted into a modern day home, or pulled straight from the Chateau de Versailles, and for that I am smitten.get-the-look

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House Envy: Casual Elegance

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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.

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House Envy: Sophisticated Fun

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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’.

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Styling & Design: Lara McGraw

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House Envy: In Vogue

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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.

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House Envy: Kara Rosenlund’s Incredible Home

79ideas_dining_areaMy 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?

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Get the Look: A Boho Patio

3eb9af154be28dcaf8fc39873f63c041Now that patio season is in full swing (woohoo!) I’ve found myself perusing the interwebs for inspiration for our own outdoor space. To be honest, our teeny tiny condo balcony is nowhere near large enough for something the likes of this, but I thought I’d share it all the same for those of you who’ve been blessed with an abundance of exterior space of their own! The key to this look is a ton of fabulous layers and lots and lots of texture. Grab a bunch of linen throws, toss in a handful of incredible pillows (don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and styles!) and add a hit of greenery to really make it sing.
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House Envy: Majorca Magic

59D9ABB9FFOh 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?)

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house envy: white hot

2aNo 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.

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House Envy: Daniel Romualdez’s LA Pad

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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!)

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House Envy: Sweet Thing’s Californian Abode

1JesseSo 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.

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Guest Post: Wallpapered Washrooms from Brunch at Saks

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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:

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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

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Guest Post: House Envy with Because It’s Awesome

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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.

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What do you think? Beautifully Jacquelynesque, no? ox

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Laura’s Place

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A dear friend of mine recently moved into her first solo condo. Having relocated from a Floridian sorority  (with 40+ roomates, no less) where she spent the better part of four years, to a condo with two other lady friends (for another three), she was more than ready for a place to sink her roots into and call her own. Seeing as this was her first time really decorating, she approached me for some design suggestions, and this is what I came up with. The look? Feminine, yet not overly precious (we really didn’t want it to scream girl), while keeping a pretty strict budget in mind.

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House Envy: Cottage Life

EDC050113_175After 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?)

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Get the Look: A Simple Bedroom

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I’m breaking the get the look fast I’ve been on with this incredible bedroom that I kind of, sort of am dying to make my own. Furry throw, oodles of pillows, with a sophisticated yet fun vibe? Feel free to count me in twice!

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House Envy: Bright & Cheery

1 light-lively-interior-vibe 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!

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House Envy: Beachy & Beautiful

marco-bezzoli-sanchia-south-africa-beach-house-e1363794331172 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.)

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House Envy: Crisp & Clean

Screen shot 2013-04-21 at 8.30.58 PMOur 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.

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*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.

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Shop Tour: Bottega Louie

freutcake_smpliving_bybrycecovey_025This shoot combines a handful of my favourite things: beautiful interiors, delicious food, and Leah (how stinking cute is she?!) Though I’ve never been to LA myself, I’ve long heard about this fabulousness that is Bottega Louie. So when I came across the opportunity to have it photographed for Style Me Pretty Living I couldn’t have been more excited. And when I finally laid eyes on the photos myself, it was simply better than I could have even imagined.

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House envy: Dreamy Details

lark linen 01_04.16.13Truth 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.

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house envy: bright & cheery

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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.

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House Envy: Spring Fling

101821198_ssThough 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.

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House Envy: Upper West Side

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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

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house envy: a wink of pink

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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!

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get the look: flirty & feminine

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This might be my favourite Get the Look post I’ve put together to date. We’ve got a sheepskin stool here people – serious business is afoot. This space is classy and feminine, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. What’s not to love?

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house envy: high contrast

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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.

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house envy: dream floors

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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.

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house envy: a jordan park home

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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!).

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inspiration: unconventional nightstands

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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.

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house envy: lived in & loved

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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.

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house envy: au natural

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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.

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house envy: pretty in pink

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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.

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get the look: totally timeless

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I seriously cannot get enough of this dining room. I’ve found myself going back to it again and again, just to stare inappropriately. As it turns out, it doesn’t take a ton to replicate the look myself. Bonus: this is one of those rooms that will remain completely timeless for years to come.

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house envy: a touch of pink

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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.

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an organized kitchen

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Lately I’ve found that the older I get, the more Monica Geller I become. I like to blame it on the fact that we live in a teeny condo and if each and every item doesn’t have its specific home, chaos is bound to ensue (trust me!) That being said, you can imagine how excited I was when I stumbled upon this kitchen. It’s so organized – so lovely – so picture perfect that it could almost give Martha Stewart a run for her money (hey, I said almost). It makes me embarrassingly happy in so many ways. And now I know for a fact that there will be a dedicated tea drawer in my future.

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house envy: a French-inspired farmhouse

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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.

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house envy: {Christmas edition}

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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.

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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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house envy: a Danish castle

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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.

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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.

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house envy: the makeunder


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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!)

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get the look: a mid-century modern home office

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house envy:


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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.

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house envy


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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.

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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?

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one piece, two looks: fancy vs. funky


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Which do you prefer? I seriously can’t decide… But I do know that I need a mint green  velvet sofa in my life.

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house envy:


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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.

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spotlight: Emily Johnston


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If there’s one thing that is getting me in the autumn spirit it’s these moody spaces photographed by Emily Johnston. Just LOOK at all that talent! It’s making my eyes all kinds of happy.

Have a wonderful weekend sunshines!

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condo life: the dresser


We recently managed to score this incredible campaign style dresser off of Craigslist for $100. A steal if you ask me! He’s solid wood, has beautiful brass details and has made himself right at home in our bedroom (goodbye Ikea dresser!) Oh, and we named him Tanner, in case you were wondering. A name that is quite suiting for a thing of his stature.

But here within lies the problem. He’s quite orange in person and if there’s one colour I do not like, it’s orange. He needs a bit of help, but after staring at him for the last few days I’m at a complete loss at what to do. They say that, as a designer, the most difficult person to design for is yourself and I couldn’t agree more. I just love each option for their own reason. So, much like the art wall debacle of ’11, I thought I’d leave it up to a vote. You loyal, stylish, wonderful readers you, which do you prefer:

  • Are you kidding? Stain that bad-boy (40%, 132 Votes)
  • I'm drawn to the mint (37%, 121 Votes)
  • Paint it black! (13%, 43 Votes)
  • Charcoal is the way to go (10%, 35 Votes)

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house envy:


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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.

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inspiration: flower power


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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.

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retail therapy: Aesop


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Aesop has always had a history of coming up with brilliant retail stores and this London location is no exception. The way the product shelving has been designed turns the items into veritable works of art, without making you feel as if they’re untouchable or shoved down your throat. It’s a space I would gladly spend time casually perusing. A job very well done, if you ask me.

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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!

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house envy:


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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.

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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.

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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.

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note to self:

Live here…

Swim here…

Relax here…

Bathe here…

Shop here…

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Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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views for miles


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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!

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by the sea shore


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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.

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sweet alchemy


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When I imagine a bakery of any kind, the first thing that comes to mind is a space that’s light, bright, and jovial. I never would have dreamed of marrying pastries with drama – it’s just not an adjective I’d use when deliberating on how to display such delicate treats.

I recently stumbled upon this pastry shop, Sweet Alchemy, whose design aesthetic quickly challenged all of my preconceived notions of what a bakery should be. The play of light and dark in this particular space is incredibly unexpected, which makes it all the more appealing. It’s often the path less travelled that leads to the most interest when it comes to design. And it’s spaces like these that give me the confidence to question my first instincts when working with my own clients.

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house envy: crisp & clean


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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.

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house envy:


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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.

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inspiration: pipe faucets

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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!

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house envy: black & white

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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.

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house envy: pared down in Paris

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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.

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retail therapy: Joan’s on Third

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If I were a shop, this is what I’d (hope to) look like. If there’s anything I appreciate as much as I do design its food – particularly: good food, if I’m being honest. And when the two commingle - well you can probably just imagine the grin on my face. Joan’s on Third, a stunning food boutique located in Los Angeles, has seamlessly joined my two favourites into one cohesive unit. Within its walls you’ll find a cheese shop, a gelato stop and a bakery, not to mention sweet little dining areas encouraging you to sit and stay a while. It’s probably in my best interest that this doesn’t exist in Toronto for I would be hard pressed to ever leave.

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house envy: beach bliss

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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.

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inspiration: pink & mustard

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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!

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condo life: $3 nightstands


 When Justin and I first moved into our condo we picked up a few discarded wine boxes at the LCBO for a dollar a piece, unsure of what exactly we’d do with them. For the last year they’ve sat stacked next to our bed as a nightstand placeholder until we could afford those we really wanted. Though they were unfinished, their rough and tumbleness began to grow on me. When operation get-bedroom-finished came into full swing not long ago, I decided they could stick around (dang budget) but they needed to step it up. Enter: stain. After two quick coats (and three days of air drying on the balcony), I brought them in and couldn’t believe the immediate difference. The result feels rustic and well-loved, bringing about an immediate sense of warmth. Extra bonus: you would never even guess that the entire project cost a mere three dollars (plus a can of stain, which I happened to have on hand). I think I’ll keep them around, for a while at least.

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house envy:

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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.

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house envy: pastel passion

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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.

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condo life: the bedroom.


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I’ve mentioned before (probably too many times) that our bedroom has remained entirely undecorated since we moved in just over a year ago. The reasons: time (or lack thereof) and money (or lack thereof, once more!) Being in the interior design field, our empty bedroom has irked me to no end (admittedly, a lot more than it probably should). I’ve meant to finish it up so that I can photograph our condo in its entirety and finally share our cosy abode with the rest of you but I’ve put it off to no end. Enough is enough! It’s time to tackle our naked bedroom! Here is a quick run-down of what we intend on doing to tie our existing furniture together all the while incorporating a few new pieces without spending very much at all. We made some headway last weekend and I intend on keeping you all posted along the way.

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house envy: an Italian dream

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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.

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retail therapy: Ta-ze

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Located just down the street from my office is this delightful olive oil shop, Ta-ze. Having recently acquired a palette for different varieties of olive oils (this officially means I’m an adult), I can’t wait to visit the place in the flesh. Designed by the popular Toronto firm, Burdifilek, the store is quirky and creative, allowing the olive oil to take centre stage, all the while remaining innovative and thoroughly thought out.

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house envy:


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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.

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house envy:

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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.

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inspiration: vignettes.

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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! 

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guest post: style at home.

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I’ve been a Style at Home magazine reader for as long as I can remember. To date, I have recollections of heading to the corner store to pick-up a sour key, a Bop (for my monthly dose of JTT, of course) and the latest Style at Home. So you can only imagine my excitement when they recently asked me to participate in their guest-blogger series. While brief, it gives my validation that I am on the right track and I’m doing this for a reason. I’m now more convinced than ever that this is where I’m supposed to be. Hop on over here if you’d like to check it out!

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house envy:

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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.

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get the look:


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Ever since stumbling upon the image of this foyer, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. The gold and gilded elements mixed with trendy pieces (like the chevron rug) keeps the space feeling young, fresh and anything but stuffy. And just when I thought I was over chevron…

With a few key elements, you too could complete this look in a space of your own.

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house envy:

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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.

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house envy:

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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! 

xx

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house envy:

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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.

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inspiration: black & white.

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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!

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house envy:

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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.

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visiting: south africa.

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It’s been brought up before that there’s a slight chance that I’ll be heading to South Africa with my mom and brother come November. While nothing is in stone and still depends on a multitude of different factors, I can’t help but begin to do some preliminary planning (read: looking up gorgeous, albeit often unrealistic, places to stay, visit and dine). When I stumbled upon this one I knew it needed to be shared immediately. Certain aspects of it date all the way back to the 1690′s which itself is incredible to think of, while many of the spaces were built in 1777. Part hotel, part farm, part restaurant all combined together to make for one gloriously pretty vacation.

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get the look:

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I wanted to introduce a new series here on lark & linen in which I take a picture of a well designed room and break it down to show you how you could replicate a similar feel in your own space.

I thought I’d begin the series with this photo of a beautiful dining room that I unknowingly pinned on three separate occasions (clearly I’m a fan). By using a touch of chrome, a gorgeous wood credenza, and a fun burst of colour (in this case: plum) you could easily make this space work as your own. (Click on the links to see where the pieces have been sourced.)

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house envy: a danish dream.

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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.

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house envy: blush & black.

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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!)

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retail therapy: cup & cake.

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You may have noticed a picture of the sweetest little cupcake shop that I had posted earlier this week (here). Located just around the corner from our hotel in Barcelona was this absolutely darling space. Appropriately named cup & cake, they served up just that alongside loose leaf teas, warm pastries and soft bread (that you could toast yourself at your table). Had Justin not pulled me away from pressing my face up against that very window (multiple times), I happily would have spent the entirety of our trip within the confines of those walls.

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house envy: country cozy.

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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.

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house envy: white christmas.


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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.

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inspiration: tiny trees.

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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.

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house envy: winter white.

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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.

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house envy: picture perfect.

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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.

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keeping cosy.

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While the majority of you are off eating your weight in turkey and stuffing, I will be stuck at work (pity party, right here!) It’s in an around this time that I wish that Canada celebrated Thanksgiving a little later in the year (if only because I am totally craving said turkey). Instead of cuddling up with family and friends wearing stretchy waistbands and drinking spiced cider, I’ll be daydreaming about all things comfy cozy the likes of what you see above. Even if it only makes me feel a little better. Happy Thanksgiving to my wonderful American friends! Oh and here are some suggestions, just in case.

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house envy: fresh.

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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

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house envy: on the market.


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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.

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one piece, two looks.


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I’m not going to lie, when I first found this chair on Pinterest it set my heart aflutter. It’s the perfect combination of sleek and sexy, and warm and cozy. Look at her! Isn’t she a beaut? I knew the possibilities for design around this lovely being were endless but for the sake of this post I’ve narrowed it down to two ideas. I present to you, one piece, two looks: the organic edition takes on the sleek one. Please, place your votes. I, for one, am completely split down the middle. That almost never happens.

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house envy: hibernation mode.

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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.

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lovely & unrelated.

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Because sometimes it’s just nice to oogle pretty things.

Happy weekend lovelies!

ps. head on over here where I’m holding down the fort for Kay while she’s off on adventures in India! 

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inspiration: open shelves.

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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.

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house envy: masculine manor.

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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.

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house envy: moody & delightful.

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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. 

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house envy:

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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!

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bar hopping.

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Located in Bucharest, Romania, Atelier Mechanic bar is filled with found items from the 50′s to the 70′s. The industrial vibe is incredibly appealing and I love how each piece is a little imperfect, having lived an entire life well before finding its new home.

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house envy: white hot.

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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.

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house envy: perfectly petite.

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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.

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house envy: a swedish sanctuary.

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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

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laure joliet.

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When I first came across Laure Joliet’s photography portfolio I knew it was something that needed to be shared. Of course it helps that her subjects are easy on the eye, but there’s no question that she has a refreshing style. As we near the end of a ridiculously busy and somewhat stressful week (starting a new job is exhausting!), I find myself dreaming of serene spaces just like these.

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house envy: scandinavian love.


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Scandinavian homes never cease to amaze me. Their attention to detail, their eye for quality, scale and shape is top notch. This Swedish home in particular is no exception. The combination of elements is inviting, fresh and invigorating with an undeniable crispness. It’s a welcome change from the warm, weathered spaces I’ve been attracted to lately (as seen here and here). I only wish I had a proper view of that kitchen. I do believe I spy a turquoise backsplash and that makes me all shades of happy. 
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coutume café 47.

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I find myself becoming pickier these days when it comes to showcasing interior spaces on this here ol’ blog of mine. It seems as if the ones I come across aren’t fitting the bill like they used to. I’m not sure if my taste has morphed into some unknown territory, or of I’ve simply become a self-proclaimed design snob. I find myself shunning  perfectly acceptable, beautiful even, spaces simply because the texture of that pillow off in the background is not to my liking. Whatever the cause of this design phase may be, all of it changed when I stumbled upon this specialty coffee roastery. The fact that it’s located in Paris doesn’t hurt its case, I must admit. But what I love about this space is the combination of the traditional elements, the exposed ceiling and existing old shop door, juxtaposed against the sleek glass façade that opens up to the street, allowing its patrons to enjoy those perfectly crisp late summer evenings. I could unarguably spend a good portion of my time in this wonderful little space if given the opportunity.

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house envy: a new york nest.

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…excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

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house envy: paris place.

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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. 

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house envy: a new york brownstone.

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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.

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inspiration: mint green.

found here, here, here, here & here

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house envy: a san fransisco studio.

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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.

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house envy: montauk manor.

found here

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.

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inspiration: technicolour dreams.

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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:
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