5 Bedroom Rules I Like to Follow

Bedroom rules, tips & tricks
I’m of the firm belief that your bedroom should be your sanctuary. A respite. A place that allows you to shut the rest of the world out, if need be. And after 9 years in the design industry, I’m still shocked at the fact that one’s bedroom typically ends up being the last on the priority list. While there are of course ways to completely transform it into a spa-like retreat, for those on a smaller budget here are five bedroom rules I always follow, that really and truly make a difference.

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BUY THE BEST BEDDING YOU CAN AFFORD | We’ve all heard the stats. We spend a very large portion of our time in bed, and so it only makes sense for us to prioritize here. During the cooler months, we like to cuddle up under a down duvet, but as the weather warms, we tuck it away in exchange for a lightweight quilt. We picked up this soft cotton version from Urban Outfitters at the beginning of the season and it has been the perfect thing to take us through summer. As far as sheets are concerned, forget about thread count (that myth has been busted), and instead look for quality fibres. 100% cotton, Egyptian cotton, pima and suprima are typically good signs. 

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INSTILL A NO TV RULE | In my experience, people tend to fall on two camps on this subject. The non-negotiable we-need-a-TV camp, and the we-won’t-even-entertain-the-idea folks. I tend to fall into the latter. While it’s nice to fall asleep to a Seinfeld rerun now and again, it’s so easy to use it as a crutch and flip it on even when you don’t feel like it. When we removed the TV from our bedroom, we began to read more, late night conversations became more meaningful, and I swear we sleep more soundly. And on the odd occasion when the mood strikes to cozy up to a movie in bed, we are not opposed to placing our laptop between us and getting comfy.

Stocked nightstand

STOCK YOUR NIGHTSTAND | I always insist on keeping a small arsenal of goodies right beside my bed. Moisturizing chapstick, a lined journal,  hand cream and a really great read are always at arm’s length away. For added bonus points, a small vase of fresh flowers and a lightly scented candle are a nice finishing touch. Little details really do make all the difference. And if you’re on the hunt for new nightstands, I really encourage you to look at ones with drawers, which are a great way to tuck all of the unsightlies away when not in use (I’m looking at you iPhone charger). 

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HANG GREAT ART | Much like the nightstand ordeal, I often go back to the “design isn’t in the details, design IS the details” saying that has made its rounds lately. And while I’ve dabbled in this whole interior design thing for many years now, I’m still always amazed at the difference those finishing touches make within a space. Hanging art is a great way to take your room from drab to fab in no time flat.

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ADD DIMABLE LIGHTING | Adding a dimmer is surprisingly affordable to install, and it’s one of those little touches that really go a long way. While adding layers of lighting is fundamental to great design (overhead lighting, task lighting, accent lighting etc), the ability to adjust the lighting according to your mood is a beautiful, cost-effective, trick. 

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Step Inside Marysia’s LA Home

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If you’ve spent any length of time on Instagram this summer, there’s a very good chance you’ve set your sights on Marysia’s scalloped swimsuits. Her pieces are as flattering as they are beautiful, and the woman has taken the fashion-world (and blog world, for that matter) by storm as a result. So it comes as no surprise that her LA based home tour is gorgeous from start to finish. I mean, the woman clearly has style. Much like her line of swimwear, her home embodies that quintessential LA look. It’s bright, it’s playful, it’s a softer take on the mid-century modern look we all know and love. Enjoy!

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Inspiration: Linen Bedding

Pink linen bedding
My name is Jacquelyn and I’m currently having a love affair with linen bedding. Join me, will you? Not only does it add a beautiful earthy texture, making it a great addition to an otherwise modern space, it’s one of those magical materials that will last for a lifetime, and tends to get even better with age. As we slowly begin to transition into the cooler months (sob!), it also happens to act as the optimal material, keeping you warm or cool, depending on the conditions outside. Following are a few great examples of it being put to use – and each and every one of these bedrooms are ones I would happily call my own. 

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[break]Pink Linen Duvet: Inside Out | Knit Blanket & Grey Bedding: Divaani | Shades of Grey: Archiscene | Black and White: Apartment 34 | Blue Bedroom: Inside Out | Grey Bedding & Gallery Wall: My Scandinavian Home 

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My Updated Home Tour

Dining room

I’ve mentioned before that I have serious design ADD when it comes to my home, which means I’m always tweaking and altering things as time passes. A new rug here, a toss cushion there, rearranging my shelfie* so it’s totally on point… it doesn’t take much to breathe life into a space to make it feel brand new. My updated home tour was recently featured on Glitter Guide and the photos, shot by AnnaWithLove, were so lovely that I kind of sort of had to share them myself.

*this is apparently a thing, and I’m not angry about it

ps – my home tour from a year ago here

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Interior Design: Lark & Linen Interior Design | Photography: AnnaWithLove | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff

OFFICE: Desk: Ikea, circa 1989, painted | Chair: Structube | Pillow: West Elm | Rug: Urban Outfitters | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Calendar Stand: Waiting on Martha | Calendar: Impressed | Gold Accessories: Urban Outfitters | Lamp: Ikea | Concrete Pen Holder: Charlie Lane | Pipe Bookshelf: Custom (made by my boyfriend) | Drapery: Custom

LIVING ROOM: Couch: Craigslist | Chair: EQ3 | Coffee Table: Guff | Tray: West Elm | Mirror: Ikea| Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Candle: Bloomingdales | Gold Bowl: Gift | Matches:  Illume | Foldable Gold Star Sculptures: Kosticks | Retro Flower Pillow: PepperB | Cream & Blue Floral Pillow: Ariana Belle | Leopard Pillow: Ariana Belle | Dotted Pillow: PepperB | Graphic Pillow: Ariana Belle | 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 | Dying Fiddle Leaf Fig: Ikea | Planter Holder: Vintage from MacCools Re-use | Black China Cabinet: Vintage/My grandparents

BEDROOM: Throw Pillows: PepperB | Quilt + Shams: Urban Outfitters | Knot Bed Sheets: Serena & Lily | 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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A Beautifully Decorated Rental

Beautiful dining room

I’ve been a renter for the better part of my twenties and I fully subscribe to the notion of moving in entirely, no matter how long you plan on staying. In my mind, the thought of considering a home as temporary simply doesn’t bode well. So long as it’s done tastefully and respectfully, I’m all about re-painting dinged up walls, hanging art, and replacing that malfunctioning kitchen faucet. Though I know I may have to put it all back how I found it when I leave, one’s home is supposed to be one’s sanctuary, and I truly believe that really getting in there and making it your own is essential. I recently stumbled upon this beautifully decorated rental, and it only further solidified all of my notions. Enjoy!

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[break]Design & Photography: Morgan Blake | Source: Design*Sponge

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Calvin Klein’s $16 Million Dollar Beach House

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

Even as a designer, if I had $16 million to spend, it likely wouldn’t be on a house. But if it WERE on a house, it’d be along the lines of Calvin Klein’s beach house. Located in Miami, it’s simple decor is understated, yet incredibly tasteful. And what it lacks in clutter, it makes up tenfold in quality and style. It’s light and breezy, with just the right amount of texture, and the epitome of beachy chic.

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

Calvin Klein's $16 million beach house

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12 of my Favourite Artists on Etsy

amazing artists on etsy

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time pulling together the finishing touches on a few of my client projects, which in turn makes me feel like I’ve become somewhat of an Etsy connoisseur. While I love perusing the shops and stops in and around Toronto, with a little (okay a lot of) digging, I’m always amazed at the unusual goodies you can find on Etsy for a steal. I’ve recently stumbled across a ton of really beautiful artists, and thought I’d share a few of my favourites. Art is so subjective, but if you ask me, here are 12 of some of the best artists on Etsy.

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An Interior Stylist’s Home Tour

Mismatched chairsIf you ask me, the most beautiful homes are always the ones that are designed with an element of unexpected. Mixing classically modern chairs with a rustic table, crisp white staircases accented with a bold black stripe, and just the slightest hint of beach-chic with a woven pendant have made this home totally lust-worthy. I went through a Scandinavian-design-obsessed phase last year wherein almost every home tour I posted has that quintessential black, white and super sparse vibe. Although I still adore the aesthetic, I’ve recently found myself longing for just a little more, and this place foots the bill.

Bright foyer Sheepskin throws Wood table white chandelier Scandinavian living room Sideboard styling Black and white bedroom Bookshelves Black and white bedroom

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12 Awesome Area Rugs for Under $500

Great area rugs for under $500
If there’s one thing that I think every room should have, it’s a rug. Not only does it both define and anchor a room, but it also adds a layer of softness that instantly makes said space feel cozy and approachable. Now, I know from firsthand experience that rugs are one thing that can very quickly deplete a budget (ahem: I’ve fallen in love with my fair share of $30,000 versions). And while I’m all about splurging on them when the funds allow for it, I’m aware it’s not always possible. Now, I know that $500 isn’t exactly chump change, but when we’re talking rugs (in natural materials*), it really is a steal. I recently switched out the matted white shag one in my office for this funkier Urban Outfitters one, and love how it instantly updated my space. Here are 12 other awesome inexpensive area rugs I adore, all for under $500.

*For the most part I try to avoid anything viscose, nylon, polypropylene and the like, which is what you’ll typically find for affordable rugs. They are great as temporary solutions, but they don’t feel soft and cushy underfoot, and they don’t usually wear all that well. They’re great for a playroom, under a dining table, or in similar “less precious” locations, but they simply aren’t made to last. 

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Black and White and Floral All Over

Black and white office
As my sample library and client list grows, the available real estate in my home office is dwindling by the minute. I’ve made do for a while now, but we really have reached the busting-at-the-seams thing they seem to always talk about on Property Virgins. In other words: we are so ready to find ourselves a home! That being said, Justin and I both really know exactly what we’re looking for, and finding it will take time, and a significant amount of patience. While we may not have our home quite yet, the wait has given me the opportunity to really dream up what our future abode will look like. It will be the place where we put down roots, create new memories, likely with our future offspring, and that excites me to no end. While I’m prepared for the fact that my future home office will not be as spacious as this one, the black and white moments (accented with that bold floral walllpaper – hello, dream!) is exactly what I’m envisioning. 

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Project: Dream Client {an update}

I mentioned on Friday that we’ve made some serious progress on the Project: Dream Client front. We’re still waiting on countertops, we need to finalize the art, and finish painting amongst other things, but we’re in the home stretch and I couldn’t be more thrilled with every last detail. Since the first post, these particular clients have continued to be an absolute dream, and I’m legitimately sad that it’s coming to an end. They’ve entrusted me entirely throughout the process, and that always results in the most incredible spaces. Almost all of their furniture has been ordered, the contractor is motoring along on finishing everything up, and life in dream-land is GOOD! I will be sure to show you all of the before and after photos once it’s complete, but I wanted to share a bit of an update with regards to where we’ve landed design-wise. 

Living room and Dining room Scheme

Last we chatted, we were deciding between two design schemes (you can see them over here if you haven’t yet!) The clients decided that they were leaning more towards the “clean and sophisticated” option, but wanted to infuse just a little more freshness a la “pretty in pink” scheme. So that’s just what we did! It’s still young and fun, but with a sophisticated (and totally timeless) twist. Stay tuned for the final reveal in due time!

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Diptyque Candle: Bloomingdales | Glass Coffee Table: Elte Mkt | Area Rug: Imperial Carpet and Home | Baskets: Serena & Lily | Art: One Kings Lane | Chandelier: Arteriors | Wallpaper: Osborne & Little | Sideboard: Mirens | Lamp: West Elm | Dining Chairs: Calligaris | Marble Dining Table: Black Rooster Decor | Globe Pendants: Black Rooster Decor |  Cowhide Rug with Silver Specks: Black Rooster Decor

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Transitional Home Tour

White and blue kitchen
When it comes to my design sensibilities, I always flip flop between a more modern aesthetic, and my verging-on-traditional tastes. While I’m not one to believe that it needs to be one camp or another, merging the two is more challenging than you might think, and needs to be executed with the most cautious hand. So when I stumbled across this transitional home tour a few weeks ago, I couldn’t Pin it quickly enough. It’s the perfect example of transitional decor, and manages to blend both styles seamlessly into one gorgeous abode. 

Transitional living room Modern chair Modern kitchen Navy bedroom Free-standing tub Double vanity Modern office

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Shop My Home

Pink dahlias

I’m so excited to announce that late last week I had the pleasure of sharing my home with Joss & Main, a site I’ve long adored. They had recently reached out to see if I’d be interested in collaborating on a sale inspired by items found in my own home, and I couldn’t jump at the opportunity quickly enough.

Lark Linen Home Tour
As an online boutique that sells limited-time items from some of my favourite brands, I can personally attest to the fact that they have it all and it’s all so good. From toss cushions, to upholstered beds, to baby clothes and beyond, they’ve got all of the necessary bases covered for your home AND life. You can check out my home tour right here, which has been paired up with a whole boat-load of beautiful items so that you, too, can get a similar look. And a word of the wise: the sale will only be up until Thursday, so if you spot something you love you may want to grab it because when it’s gone it’s gone!

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Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the sale:

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California Dreaming

Marble kitchen
There isn’t a whole lot that I enjoy more than a solid before and after, and this rings particularly true for this gorgeous California home. Recently completely by miss Amber Interiors, if you think this bright and bold abode is good, you’ll be absolutely blown away by where it all began. With photos from Tessa Neustadt, it’s moment-of-silence worthy. (Psst… see the before photos right here)

Breakfast nook Simple foyer Marble kitchen Oversized art in the foyer Cozy sectional White kitchen Masculine dining room Details Great use of space Little girl's room Pillow heaven

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An Elegant Cottage in Muskoka

Cozy corner at the cottage
Cottaging in Canada is somewhat of a religion. Our warm weather window is often short, which just means that we all tend to capitalize. And while the winters are bitterly cold, the balmy summers, barefoot in the wilderness, tend to make up for them tenfold. My siblings and I were lucky enough to be blessed with cottages on all sides of the family (lots to choose from!), and as we plan for our semi-yearly week up north, I find myself daydreaming of all things cottage-centric. Crystal clear lakes, an extra deep sofa to lounge in, and outdoor dining are officially on the horizon, and I couldn’t be more excited. And while ours aren’t quite as elegant as this cottage in Muskoka, I am terribly excited all the same.

Just a note: I’m going to be off tomorrow celebrating Canada Day, but I’ll be back on Thursday with more goodies to share!

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10-minute Tricks to Freshen Up Your Home

10 minute tricks to instantly freshen up your home
Now that it’s officially summer, I only thought it fitting to share a few of my favourite tips and tricks to freshen up your home for the season. As a designer, I find that my house is constantly changing with my mood, and I’ve never failed to be amazed at the life these few simple changes can breathe into a room. Here are a few of my favourite little tricks:

living room{pillow: Urban Oufitters, throw: souvenir from Ireland}

SWITCH OUT YOUR TOSS CUSHIONS | Confession: I have a closet stacked with various pillow covers and I am constantly switching them in and out. I tend to keep my overall room palette neutral, and have fun changing up the feel of our space with bolder graphics and colours, pending my mood (and the season). 

Serene bedroom{sheets: Urban Outfitters, duvet: Crane & Canopy, lamp: Serena & Lily, art: my own}

PICK UP NEW BEDSHEETS | This is especially appealing when you peel back those thick flannel babies for lighter, breezier pieces as the temperatures rise.  These 100% cotton babies, fromUrban Outfitters, are the prettiest shade of pink, and they’re currently in heavy rotation around here.

REPLACE YOUR OUTLET COVERS | This is one of those little things that most people don’t notice until they do. There is nothing worse than an aged, yellowed outlet cover. And for just a dollar or two a piece, plus a few minutes of your time, making the switch is well worth it. 

Mini herb garden{pots: Urban Outfitters}

START AN HERB GARDEN | This is roughly my 19th attempt at an apartment-sized herb garden, and fingers crossed they don’t perish at my touch per usual. I have the blackest thumb of all the black thumbs, but it doesn’t stop me from trying each and every year. I love the difference a hint of greenery makes in my space, and having fresh herbs perpetually on hand is such a nice treat.

REPLACE YOUR HARDWARE | You’ve likely heard this one before, but switching out dated hardware is an inexpensive trick of the trade that really goes a long way. I recently did a post on some of my favourite shops for hardware, and still stand by each and every one. 

candles{candles: Urban Outfitters}

INFUSE NEW SCENTS | I love the notion of a signature scent, but can attest to the fact that switching up a rooms smell can instantly make it feel brand new. Tuck those heavier, woodsy scents away for the cooler months, and reach for lighter, breezier ones as the warm months hit.

CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS | Yep, this is probably my least favourite job. But after the deed is done, that miracle light that makes its way through is totally amazing. 

flowers{globe lamp: Artemano}

FRESHEN UP WITH FLOWERS | If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a big proponent of treating myself to flowers semi-regularly. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune (in fact: I am not at all opposed to a $6 bouquet of grocery store tulips), and it makes such a difference when you walk into the room. One trick I tend to subscribe to: pick up two or three inexpensive stems at your local florist, and ask them to include a ton of greenery (which is often free) to really beef up your bouquet. 

art {art: my own}

ROTATE YOUR ART | If you’ve had the same ol’ same ol’ decorating your wall for longer than you can remember, it may be time to switch it up. Now, I’m not telling you to go out and pick up brand new pieces, but filling old frames with some new momentos goes a long way. As does re-thinking the art altogether. Perhaps that piece in your dining room looks even better in your bedroom! It’s a trick that will make you appreciate what you have all over again, and it won’t cost you a cent.

GET A NEW DOORMAT | Funnily enough, this is by and large the most high traffic area in everyone’s homes, which means that the doormat ends up being a bit of a workhorse, and often an afterthought. Switching your tired old guy for something fresh and new is such a treat, and it won’t break the bank. 

A FEW MORE ITEMS TO HELP FRESHEN UP YOUR HOME:

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Project: Adorable Couple

The day I announced I was launching my business, the cutest couple reached out and asked me if I could help them with their living room/dining room. It was just the confidence booster I needed during a very scary (albeit exciting) time in my life. And they ended up being the most incredible first official client in the world – which was just icing on the cake. In light of full disclosure: their place was actually completed back in February, but we’re still waiting on one last item to arrive in tact before I can get in there and have it photographed for you guys. It’s gorgeous, I’m so happy with where we landed and can’t wait for you to see it! But before we go there, let’s take a few steps back to the beginning…

For clients who don’t exactly know quite what they want, I first like to present two mood boards alongside their floor plans. I find it really gets their minds turning, all while opening the dialogue to determine exactly what they’re after (and what they despise, which is often just as important). It’s a good first step before sourcing the exact pieces, in the right scale and in the right budget, that will ultimately end up going home with them. 

option-1{THE INSPIRATION}

Navy and white casual living roomCasual living room {THE PLAN}
Casual living room and dining room

With a busy work schedule, a brand new puppy, and an affinity for travel, these two knew that they wanted something elegant, comfortable and inviting, but low maintenance. Enter: the “Crisp and Casual” theme. Black white and navy, with a slightly nautical vibe, it’s timeless, yet elegant, and still worked around the existing rustic elements they had previously invested in.

Option-2

{THE INSPIRATION}

Gallery walloption 1 - living room{THE PLAN}Rustic glamorous living room and dining room

Next up is what I like to call “Rustic Meets Glam”. Working with, and in contrast, to the rustic dining table, and gorgeous wooden coffee table they already owned, this scheme is a little more elegant than its previous counterpart, but just as approachable. 

I’d love to know, which do you prefer? I’m on team rustic meets glam myself, but that probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Stay tuned for the full reveal in the coming weeks!

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OPTION 1 | Inspiration images: Vartnyam & originally feature here | Couch: One Kings Lane | Pendant: Arteriors | Circle Art: Minted | Art: Serena & Lily | Rug:One Kings Lane | Floor Lamp: Serena & Lily | Chair:One Kings Lane | Dining Room Pendant: Arteriors | Wire Bowl: One Kings Lane | Lamp: One Kings Lane | Console: One Kings Lane  | Dining Chair: One Kings Lane| Vase: One Kings Lane

OPTION 2 | Inspiration images: originally featured here & Lonny Magazine | Couch: One Kings Lane | Pendant: Arteriors | Rug:One Kings Lane | Art: Serena & Lily | Chair: West Elm | Pendant: Arteriors | Rug: One Kings Lane | Lamp: Elte | Star Sculptures: Kosticks | Console:West Elm

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The Prettiest Hotel in Morocco

Moroccan rooftop
Although my perpetual case of wanderlust is something I’ve grown accustomed to, lately the feeling has been in complete overdrive. It doesn’t help that one of my best friends is currently travelling the world for the foreseeable future (and reporting back regularly), plus half of the talented folks I follow on Instagram seem to be constantly en route to some fantastic locale. Travel is all around me, and I just can’t get enough. All this to say that I’ve spent more than my fair share of time on vacation sites far and wide. During a recent bout of internet sleuthing, I stumbled across Riad Mena, a gorgeous hotel in Morocco, which instantly placed Marrakech at the tippy top of my travel bucket list. 

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One Interior Designer’s San Francisco Home

Bold dining room

Don’t get me wrong, as an interior designer I absolutely have an affinity for a home decked out to the nines in fabulous wares. You know the ones: where every single item is picturesque and perfectly placed. But I have to admit that it’s getting to peek inside other creative’s homes that really gets my mind churning. What my fellow designers are able to accomplish never fails to amaze me, and I always find that homes like this one, the ones that have been carefully curated throughout the years, are always the ones that end up tugging at my heartstrings.

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Outdoor Oasis

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As many of you know, Justin and I live in a condo in the sky. And while we have been blessed with a tiny slice of a balcony to call our own (which is often unusual in the city), I do find myself regularly daydreaming of an outdoor oasis. And until this dream becomes a reality somewhere down the line (our current mission!), here are a handful of beautiful backyards that have left my jaw agape. 

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Southwestern Inspired Home Tour

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a glamorous house as much as the rest of them, but more often than not I find myself enraptured by a casual-meets-cozy abode. And what this southwestern inspired home lacks in glamorous details, it makes up for tenfold in style. When it comes down to it, less is so clearly more. With subtle blush tones set against natural textures, brought to life with a lick of bright white paint, this is one home I’d so very happily call my own. 

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A Moody Home in Vancouver

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Vancouver based designer,Gillian Segal, recently opened her doors to let us all peek at her gorgeous Vancouver-based home and I’m just about ready to move in. As a designer myself, I know that being saturated with beautiful things on the daily makes it all the more challenging to design your own space. But I have to admit that this young designer completely hit the nail on the head. With rich grey and blue hues accented by gilded details and luxe faux furs, this is one moody home tour that I just can’t get enough of. 

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Project: Dream Client

So I had every intention on blogging all about my real life interior design projects when I originally launched my business, but other than the odd mention in a SFMW post, somewhere along the way I totally dropped the ball. But if you guys think this is something you might be interested in, it could be a fun little series!

I’m currently in the thick of the planning process for a home in the East End of Toronto, and I’m so excited to see it all come to fruition. I’ve recently coined this beauty as Project: Dream Client as they’re two of the kindest, most down to earth people I’ve ever met, and I count my blessings daily. I’m meeting them next week to go over all of the final details before we start the purchasing process, but I thought I’d give you all a glimpse at where we started! The following are two potential design options I presented to them not long ago:

option-no-1{THE INSPIRATION}

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Clean and sophisticated living room and dining room

Inspired by all things light and airy, this option feels fresh and pretty, all white remaining timeless for years to come. The palette is fairly neutral, with subtle navy and blush accents, brought to life with a wicked mint green couch they currently own. 

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option-no-2{THE INSPIRATION}

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Pink and pretty round up

Option two is young, fresh and incredibly vibrant. It’s a little trendier and a whole lot more playful than option one, which is a little new for me, but I’m loving where it’s going.  And with two tiny tots in this home, it really just felt right. Pink accents take centre stage, while hints of gold add just the slightest bit of grown-up-glam. 

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I’d love to know! Which would you choose? If you guys think you’d be interested in future posts like this, I’ll be sure to keep you updated on where we land in the coming weeks! 

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Kitchen Inspiration: originally featured here | Dining Room: Sacramento Street | Chandelier: Lewis Lighting | Pendants: One Kings Lane | Black and White Pillow: Black Rooster | Blush and Blue Pillow: Arianna Belle | Blue and White Pillow: Arianna Belle | Diptique Candle: Nordstrom | Gold Urchins: Furbish | Rug: One Kings Lane | Tufted Coffee Table: West Elm | Wallpaper: Anthropologie | Chair: One Kings Lane | Sideboard: Restoration Hardware | Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Mosaic Mirror: Serena & Lily | Cowhide Rug: Black Rooster | Table: Crate & Barrel

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Bedroom Inspiration: Kristin Kerr | Living Room Inspiration: Lay Baby Lay | White and Gold Pendant: Serena & Lily | Gold Pendants: | Pink Pillow: One Kings Lane | Black and White Pillow: Black Rooster| Blue Pillow: One Kings Lane| Leopard Candle: Bloomingdales | Gold Urchins: Furbish | CoffeeTable: Black Rooster | Pink Rug: One Kings Lane| Pink Tufted Chair: One Kings Lane | Wallpaper: Area Environments | Sideboard: All Modern | Mirror: Serena & Lily | Cowhide Rug: Black Rooster | Marble Table: Black Rooster | Wishbone Chairs: Bellacor

 

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Eclectic Farmhouse

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I first spotted a glimpse of this eclectic farmhouse on Pinterest and made it my mission to track down the rest. Unsurprisingly, it did not disappoint. From the vintage oushak rugs to the oversized salvaged wood dining table, to that jaw-dropping brass hood in the kitchen (oh, and don’t get me STARTED on the kitchen), this home in its entirety is sheer perfection.

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Bohemian Paradise

bohemian home_1While there’s no denying my affinity for a white and bright, borderline pristine home, there’s just something about a bohemian abode I’m equally drawn to. I’m a huge believer that a home should always feel lived in, and there’s no shortage of comfy-cozy, feel-good moments when it comes to this type of style. With layers upon layers of fabric atop priceless global treasures, this is one home tour that feels lived in and loved in the very best of ways. 

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Jillian Harris’ Home Tour

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These days, it’s virtually impossible to miss the beauty that belongs to miss Jillian Harris. If she isn’t taking over your TV screen, she’s posting the most adorable outfits on Instagram or taking blog-world by storm. In other words: the girl is kicking butt and taking names, left right and centre. So it comes as no surprise that her home tour, which was recently featured in Style at Home, is all sorts of lovely. Chock full of unique finds and antique pieces, it’s a little slice of girly heaven that I’d happily call my own. 


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Source: Style at Home | GET THE LOOK | Mirror: One Kings Lane | Grey & White Pillow: Arianna Belle | Confetti Pillow: Arianna Belle | Leopard Pillow: Arianna Belle | Chandelier: One Kings Lane | Armchair: One Kings Lane | Upholstered Bedframe: One Kings Lane | Pink Candle: Nordstrom | Table Lamp: Burke Decor | Pink Ikat Pillow: One Kings Lane | Quilt: Serena & Lily | Couch: Pottery Barn

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Decorating with Pastels

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I’ve recently started designing a new client’s place, and I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come. Their favourite colours: lavender, light pink and pale blue. So naturally, I’ve found myself pulling inspiration from pretty pastel spaces on the regular. And although this palette is beautiful in it’s own right, it’s a notoriously difficult scheme to work with as it can feel child-like really quickly if not handled with care. The trick: use the hue in small doses, and anchor it all with tons of neutral elements. The following are a few spaces I love, which showcase just how beautiful decorating with pastels really can be. 

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lineYellow Couch: Emily Henderson | Mint Couch: A Lovely Lark | Pastel Dipped Chairs: Birch + Bird | Lavender Foyer: Domino | Light Blue Room: Lay Baby Lay | Blush Living Room: Christine Dovey | Yellow and Grey Dining Room: Style Me Pretty

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To the Beach

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Although I’m a city girl through and through, I would trade in my city girl ways for a beachside retreat without a second thought. I’m convinced that falling asleep to the lull of the ocean would solve all of life’s qualms. Am I right? And while I would happily live in a cardboard box on the beach if I had to, knowing that beach homes like THIS exists gives me serious hope for the future. 

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Cobble Hill Home Tour

Galley kitchen If it were up to me, every space of every shape and size would be clad in herringbone floors. I have a feeling the vast majority of you will nod your head in agreement, but if you need any convincing, I feel confident that this Cobble Hill home tour will do the trick. Toss in some marble hex tiles and the slightest hint of brass and you’ve got yourself a veritable dream home. And if it can get any better, you, yes you, can rent this bad boy to oogle it in real life, if you so please!

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Pretty Pastel Home Tour

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of white interiors. I mean, it’s pretty much all I showcase. And although one may believe that an all white space is void of personality, I’m here with this artist’s home tour to prove those naysayers otherwise. As evident right here, the lick of white paint simply acts as a blank canvas to showcase funky furniture, pretty pastels, and one fantastic collection of art. Let’s take a peek at this bright and peppy, sun-filled home!

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Bathroom Inspiration

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One of my recent client projects has just increased in size quite substantially, and I couldn’t be more excited. Added to the scope: two fantastic sized bathrooms, amongst other things. Needless to say, I’ve spent the last little while digging deep into my Pinterest archives to spark my imagination. The following are a handful of beautiful spaces that are proving wonderful bathroom inspiration, and I can’t wait to incorporate a few of these details into said project. 

Floating sink{modern sink}

Cement bathroom{cement walls & alcoves}

Graphic tile{graphic floors}

Herringbone tile{herringbone accents}

White tub{white washed}

Black and white stripes in the shower{black and white stripes}

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Wall Hung Sink: Architonic | Double Rain Shower Head: Contemporist | Wood Tub Surround: Lil Red Dot | Shaft of Light: Lumilium | Penny Tile: J. Ingerstedt | Built-in Shelves: Interior Design Magazine | Fabulous Floors: Domaine Home | Herringbone Accents: Home Adore

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Tour an Art-Filled New York Condo

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I’ve probably pinned that first image a hundred times over in my years on Pinterest, which is why I find it surprising that I have yet to see this gorgeous space in its entirety. It wasn’t until I finally decided to do some digging that I stumbled upon the rest. And to nobody’s surprise, it’s all equally beautiful. While the decor itself has an aura of understated elegance, it allows these homeowners to really showcase their fabulous collection of art. And with those sky-high ceilings, a built-in library and exposed wooden beams, would have you ever have guessed that this was a New York condo? With photos from Lonny, you’re going to want to see the rest (I’m certain!)

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House Envy: Pink Palm Beach House

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Growing up, there was this bright pink house at the end of our street that I was completely enamoured with. I vividly remember daydreaming about said pink house on the regular, and when my mom refused to coat our own home in this candy-coloured hue I promised myself that when I grew up I, too, would own a bright pink home. Fast forward twenty five years or so and said desire for a pink home has since dissipitated almost completely. That is, until now. And if the former pink beauty of my early years is half as lovely inside as this coastal-inspired Palm Beach House, I may need to re-think most everything!

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House Envy: Understated Glamour

Marble bathroom + silver tub

Comprised of a very black and white palette, this gorgeous Copenhagen-based home is the definition of understated glamour. After 50 years of neglect, these home owners ensured that every square inch has been attended to, all while maintaining an aura of comfort and approachability. And while I’d be thrilled to lounge atop that oversized sofa, it’s the uber luxe marble bathroom, complete with silver-clad tub, and white on white bedroom that steals the show for me.

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Source: Lonny | Interior Design: Marianne Brandi and Keld Mickelson | Photography: Gaelle Le Boulicaut

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House Envy: Whimsy in Nashville

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Given my choice of occupation, it’s no secret that I take interior design very seriously. That being said, I fully appreciate the fact that it is an incredibly superfluous career. And though I could tout for hours about the benefits of a well designed space, both for one’s emotional and physical state, I also fully acknowledge the fact that it has elements of frivolity. Though I can get wrapped up on all of the shoulds and shouldn’ts, when it comes down to it, it really shouldn’t take itself too seriously. Take for example this incredible Nashville home. While it’s beautifully designed, it doesn’t necessarily follow the classic principles of design – and that’s more than okay! It has character, and whimsy. It feels lived in and loved. Not to mention a wicked collection of art. And for that, I’m all in!

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20 Minute Office Makeover

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Considering the amount of time we all spend desk-side, I find it funny that our offices often become an after-thought. With increasingly jam-packed schedules and busy social calendars, many folks simply let their workspace (be it a home office or cookie-cutter cubicle) fall by the wayside. But I’m of the firm believe that a well designed space can do wonders for productivity! So I’ve teamed up with the folks at Impressed to unearth a handful of super easy ways to give your office a mini-face lift in no time at all. 

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20 minute Office Makeover Tips & Tricks

No. 1 :: DECLUTTER | Start by quickly sorting through all the junk. Toss absolutely everything you don’t need – and don’t be afraid to be ruthless about it! I promise you don’t need that faded receipt from 2002 (confession: I totally have a few of those laying around). 

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No.2 :: PIMP YOUR CHAIR | Grab a roll of washi tape in your favourite colour or pattern and begin wrapping it up the legs of your chair, stopping at the 5″ mark. All the beauty we love of the dip-dyed chair look, without the longterm commitment. 

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No. 3 :: HANG SOME ART | Whether you hang family photos, print some of your own Instagram beauties, or choose from a collection of pre-selected pieces, I love the idea of personalizing a space with interchangeable art. If you have a little more time, consider hammering a series of nails into your wall. Next, grab some simple magnets (I spray painted mine gold!) and use them to hold each photo in place. If you’re on the fly, no worries, washi tape does wonders.

Impressed is an AMAZING tool for inexpensive art that feels super luxe (and can be changed out when the mood strikes). If you order your prints before April 15th you’ll get the mini 2015 calendar, quote cards AND the gold polka-dotted washi tape (shown) that I helped design for free with your order!

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No. 4 :: DECORATE YOUR DESKTOP | A cute desktop wallpaper makes all the difference. You can download the “Work Hard & Stay Humble” wallpaper (shown) right here! (ps – there’s a whole lot more where that came from right here too)

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No. 5 :: CORRAL YOUR GOODIES | Pick up a simple white tray (here’s a marble one I’m equally obsessed with) for all of those office-y bits and baubles, tuck your pens in a pen holder… you know the drill! The key here is a place for everything and everything in its place. 

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No. 6 :: JUST ADD FLOWERS | Whether you treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet or simply tuck a single stem in a vase, a hint of greenery goes a very long way. 

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Art/Calendar/Quotes: Impressed (make sure you order your prints before April 15th to get the calendar and quotes!) | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff | Desk: Ikea | Rug: West Elm | Lamp:Ikea | Chair: Horne | Desktop Wallpaper Design: Saffron Avenue | Mug: Shop by Monika | Pen Holder: Anthropologie | White Tray: West Elm | Washi Tape: Etsy

 

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Sacramento Street’s Baby Boy Nursery

Cozy lounge in this little boys nursery

Hey there! Caitlin here from Sacramento Street holding down the fort while Jacquelyn’s away on vacation. Today I’m sharing my little boy’s nursery that I recently designed. When I first sat down to design Jackson’s nursery I knew one thing, I wanted to create a peaceful oasis that we could retreat to. I’ve designed nurseries for clients in the past, and I always make sure that the nursery is an extension of the rest of your home – all while remaining unique. This project was a true labor of love and it all fell into place with ease once I came up with the concept. In the end I’m thrilled with the way it came together and its one of my favorite rooms in the house. It’s most definitely our happy place!

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Interior Design & Copy: Sacramento Street | Photography: Bess Friday | Crib: Serena & Lily | Floor Lamp: Serena & Lily | Crib Sheets: Serena & Lily |  Bumper: Serena & Lily |  Watercolor Painting: Emily Proud | Chair: Giggle | Side Table: Urban Outfitters | Mirror: Serena & Lily | Round Belly Baskets: Serene & Lily | Rope Bin Basket: Serena & Lily | Elephant Print: Sharon Montrose | Rug: Boga | Woven Bench: Calypso St. Barth | Fur Pillows: West Elm | Large Ikat Pillows (custom) | Small blue & white Pillow: Rebecca Atwood | Drapery: Blinds
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Encaustic Graphic Tiles at a Fraction of the Price

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Hey guys! The Hunted Interior here taking over while Jacquelyn is off on vacation. Today we’re focusing on gorgeous graphic tile. Encaustic graphic tiles seem to be filling the magazine pages & pinterest Boards at the moment. They are gorgeously graphic & make such an impact wherever they’re used. The patterns and production methods are centuries old, but they feel fresh & modern when installed today. Encaustic tiles, or cement tiles, are created where the pattern exists throughout the body of the tile, so as the tile is worn, the pattern continues to remain. While absolutely stunning, they can also get a tad pricey. Fortunately for anyone wanting the look for less, ceramic reproductions have been created as well. While the pattern is virtually printed onto the tile & not throughout as with the encaustic, you receive the same look but for only around $2 a tile. So whether you are looking to invest or save a bit, there are options readily available for nearly any budget.

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Copy & Graphics: The Hunted Interior | Black & White Bathroom: Cement Tile Shop | Kitchen with Graphic Tiles: Remodelista | Graphic Tile Backsplash: BHG | Cement Tiles: 1 // 2 // 3 | Ceramic Tiles: 1 // 2 // 3

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Escape to Point Yamu

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Hey guys! Savvy Home here holding down the fort today while Jacquelyn’s away! When she told me about her trip to Thailand, I was a little jealous (OK, a lot). So when she asked me to fill in during her time away, I decided to imagine a little (very fictional) Thai getaway of my own. It never hurt anyone to daydream a little when it’s -20 outside right?

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When planning my fictional getaway, I was determined to find a Thai hotel that was different from your typical British colonial-meets-Zen yogi retreat, where Nepalese pagodas are as common as Buddha statues, outdoor rain showers and jewel-toned silk pillows (not that those things are bad—I’d take any of them over freezing blizzards)!

After looking at dozens of hotel, I stumbled upon Point Yamu. Now that’s more my speed: moroccan tiled floors, giant wicker chandeliers, black and white stripes, dip-dyed tree trunks and sweeping views… Point Yamu overlooks the Andaman Sea and the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay. The interiors are by Italian designer Paola Navone—which you may remember from her collections for Crate & Barrel and Anthropologie. I could see myself spending quite a bit of time there, indulging in la dolce far niente or stuffing my face in their Thai and Italian restaurants.

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Beautiful Bookshelf Styling Ideas

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Hi friends! Erin here from Apartment 34. I was just tickled that Jacquelyn asked me to drop by to keep you all company while she vacations! As such a long time fan of her work and this gorgeous site, it’s both an honor and privilege to get to be here today. So when I was thinking about what I might want to share with you all, my brain went straight to my current obsession – home organization! I’m actually welcoming our first baby in just a few short weeks and so have been in the process of reorganizing our San Francisco loft in preparation. But of course, in our world reorganizing really means re-styling! It’s fun to have an excuse to look at your space and how you want to display your stuff with a fresh perspective.

Bookshelf styling ideas

One trend in particular has recently caught my eye. After truly years of the Flip Your Books trend holding sway, I’m suddenly hankering for a little color! Bookshleves are such a great way to put your style personality on display.

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But that doesn’t mean you have to revert to fully eclectic hodgepodge. I’m never going to let go of my love for a modern, clean vibe. That’s what these beautifully colorful, yet still refined bookcase styling examples have been catching my eye recently. Here are a few great bookshelf styling ideas. 

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There’s the something about the rainbow organization of bookshelves that feels fresh, bright and alive. Very springy. The key is not actually putting your color groups in the same order as the rainbow. Mixing them up keeps things feeling a little more balanced. And you don’t have to stick to such strict color groupings to get the same effect. Simply grouping like tones scattered across your bookcase offers nice pops of coordinated color without such obvious color-coded styling.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling energized by these looks. And while our loft isn’t going to look like Rainbow Brite took over anytime soon, I think adding a bit of color could be the perfect way to welcome our little one!

Bookshelf styling ideas

What do you think – are you a monochromatic fan or are you ready to embrace bright hues? If you need even more #shelfie inspiraiton head over to my Display + Storage Pinterest board!

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12 of the Best Interior Design Pinners Out There

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Now, it needs to be said that I take Pinterest very seriously. I am ridiculously picky about who I follow, I only re-pin things that truly make my heart go pitter-patter, and am always tweaking and re-tweaking my boards. In other words: when it comes to Pinterest, I don’t mess around! And with an abundance of pinners out there, it’s often difficult to weed through the junk to get to the really good stuff. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a TON of really good stuff out there (in fact, I could probably turn this into a series), but the following are a few of the best interior design pinners around. In other words, I can always count on them to bring me the goods time and time again. 

PS: 12 Pinterest Accounts You Definitely Need to Follow

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House Envy: Modern Victorian in Upstate New York

Modern victorian living room

For a while, Justin and I had every intention on beginning our house hunt last September. Aaaand then I launched my business. And at that point it really didn’t make sense to get ourselves into something so financially demanding until my income became consistent once again. With our dream of home-ownership so close (yet so far, it seems), I regularly find myself fantasizing about the look and feel of our future abode. And though I have to admit said style/feel/aesthetic changes on the daily, right now this modern victorian home in upstate New York is it. It’s rich in history, full of life, comes complete with sky-high ceilings and, paired with classic mid-century modern finds, boasts a hint of unexpected contrast I so often crave. 

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Source: Domino | Interior Design: Julia Leach | Photography: Brittany Ambridge

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House Envy: Ridiculousness in Paris

Glam Parisian bedroom

Let’s be honest, when mouldings are this good – this intricate, perfectly scaled and immaculately carved, you could fill a space with garbage and it would still sing. Lucky for us, there’s nary a piece of garbage in sight. In fact, it just so happens to be filled to the brim with unexpectedly modern pieces, which I just so happen to love. Oversized art is paired with vintage oil portraits. Crisp lines make a statement next to ornate details. And the place in its entirety feels like waking from a blissful dream. As if it could get any better, toss in some white-washed herringbone floors and I’m putty in your hands. Oh, and did I mention the entire thing can be found in Paris? Of course it can be found in Paris! They don’t make em’ like this anywhere else. Home to talented designers, Gilles & Boissier, you’re going to want to take a minute to pore through the rest of this glam Paris apartment… 

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Photography: Birgitta Wolfgang | Interior Design: Gilles & Boissier | Source: Dustjacket Attic

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House Envy: Tour this Remodelled Spanish Home from 1928

Incredible kitchen

There’s no question that my former role as editor for SMP Living came with a handful of really cool opportunities. I mean, one time I had the pleasure of interviewing Molly Sims. MOLLY SIMS! Did you know her guilty pleasure is eating an apple? When I eat an apple I typically applaud myself… but I digress… And though I’m not a mother, I was also given the opportunity to chat motherhood with Tamera Mowry, which was kind of beyond. But high atop my personal list of fabulous folks I got to connect with was interior designer Kishani Perera. I’ve long admired Kishani’s work for her bold use of colour, pattern and texture, but I have to admit that this more subdued home takes the cake. Located in the Pacific Palisades in California, this beautiful spanish home from 1928 boasts a subtler Kishani touch, but one that I’m nonetheless obsessed with. From sweeping staircases, to intricate mosaics, to hammered farmhouse sinks and beyond, I  have a feeling every last room in this baby is bookmark-worthy. 

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Interior Design: Kishani Perera | Photography: Joe  Schmelzer| Source: Domaine Home

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House Envy: California Sunshine

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Though the last few days up here in Toronto have been unbelievably cold and grey, I really can’t complain about the winter we’ve experienced thus far. For a while there, though the temperature was still hovering around zero, we were blessed with a handful of blue skies and sunny days, which is typically non-existent in the dead of winter. So although I’m counting my blessings, I have to admit the thought of having said blue skies year round is making me all sorts of happy. Which is why I feel like I’m constantly drawn to these bright, light, west-coast abodes. There’s just something about that California sunshine that can’t be topped! Jihan, of the wickedly popular Geronimo Balloons, shared a peek at her Cali-based home with SFgirlbyBay not long ago, and I just couldn’t help but repost it myself. With photos from Jennifer Young, this is one home tour you’re going to want to bookmark!

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Unconventional Coastal Elegance

Amazing kitchen Mixed patterns Simple details Dreamy shoe closet If you like this, you’re going to love the rest of this home tour over on HGTV! 

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House Envy: A Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Home

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Amber Interiors is a bit of a rockstar in blog world, and for good reason. I mean, most everything she touches turns into a pattern on pattern heaven. Encaustic tiles are abundant, batik prints are aplenty, and the entire thing is always a sight for tired eyes. All of this rings especially true when it comes to this mid-century modern home in California. With photos from Tessa Nestadt for Domaine, let’s dig in… 

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House Envy: Family Friendly Home

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I’m always taken aback when folks balk at the fact that good design can live hand and hand with children. Case in point: this beautiful Cobble Hill home – complete with three kids in tow. Not only does it feel incredibly cozy (inviting to the max!), it’s also more than appropriate for a family filled with growing tots. Yeah, we may need to try to avoid sticky peanut butter and jelly fingers around that white couch. But worst case scenario? Toss that slip cover in the wash! With hints of neon pops set against bright white walls, this is one family friendly home that I can totally and completely get behind. 

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Source: Domino | Interior Design: Jenny Li | Photography: Brittany Ambridge

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9 Places to buy Beautiful Hardware

Where to buy beautiful hardware

As an interior designer, I cal tell you for certain that design isn’t in the details – it IS the details. Though you may not immediately pick up on those fabulous gilded hinges or exquisite bin pulls, I give you my word that those details that reign queen. Hardware is one of those things that can completely transform an item from humdrum to wow-worthy in an instant. And though there are a ton of places around to find the goods, the following are some of my very favourites across the board. From unique and detailed to everyday beauties, here are 9 places to buy hardware that really sings! 

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A Modern Home in California

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While we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a serious deep freeze up here in Toronto, I constantly catch myself day dreaming of far away places. Toss in the fact that we’re in the beginning stages of planning our next warm adventure and I’m left with a whole lot of wandering thoughts. Warm breezes, windows flung open and a laissez-faire way of life are on my radar more than ever these days. And what better way to experience such things than through this modern California home tour. It perfectly embodies that easy, breezy lifestyle I’m craving, all while maintaining that sophisticated aura I adore. Layers of natural elements are brought to life alongside iron details and the results? Well, you’ll just have to take them all in yourself!

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Clean Slate

Amazing living space

There’s nothing like starting off the year on the right foot. A place for everything and everything in its place, as the saying goes. Though my apartment is far from it due to my aforementioned cold/flu/plague (I swear it’s the plague you guys), I can at least pretend it’s half as crisp and clean as this home. Interior designers, Ash & Leandro, have transformed their beautiful urban abode into a serious sight for sore eyes. With photos from the talented Brittany Ambridge, let’s take a closer peek at the magic!  

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Moody Holiday Home Tour

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Though I’ll never trade in my city girl ways for good, it’s in and around this time each year that I yearn for a rural home to plant some roots. And if you’re going to do it, you may as well go all out, you know? Like this gorgeous barn turned home, for example. Decorated with subtly glam elements set against rustic elements, this moody holiday home tour is unexpected and lovely in the very best of ways. Essentially: a dreamy place to spend the holidays. 

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Scandinavian Christmas Home Tour

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Our halls have been decked for a while now, but I can’t help but find myself drawn to cozy Christmas home tours. And this one, recently spotted on Style at Home , is ticking ALL the right boxes. It’s still light and bright and beautiful, but infuses tiny hints of elegant Christmas cheer whenever and wherever possible. Basically, it’s Christmas perfection. 

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A Cozy Rustic Farmhouse

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As the weather shifts, as to does my taste for interior design. Right now, I’m setting my sights on this cozy rustic farmhouse. To see the entire thing, head on over to HGTV!

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Calvin Klein’s Home

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Classic meets modern reading nook

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This week, on HGTV, we’re taking a peek at this gorgeous long island home! It’s masculine, it’s sexy, it’s all riiiight here.
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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? 

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Celebrity Hair Stylists’ LA Home

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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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How to Create a Boho Inspired Living Room

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.  

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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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Source: Nuevo Estilo | Designer: Katrina Phillips Interiors

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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

Modern bedroom Elegant kitchen All black library

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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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Photography: Buffy Dekmar | Shop: Honeycomb Studios (also an amazing resource for home accessories, side note!)

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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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Architecture and Design: Hess Hoen | Photography: Prue Ruscoe | Found: The D Pages

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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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Source: SMP Living | Designer: Christine Dovey | Kitchen Design: Meredith Heron | Photography: Ashley Capp

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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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Source: AD España | Interior Design: Julie Hillman

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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! 

Waterfall countertop + kitchen art  Swedish kitchen Open shelving + butcher block counters Art in the kitchen Dream kitchenBlue cabinets 

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

Home from the 1700's

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

Darius Rucker's foyer

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.

For more from this series, head on over here! 

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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

  Casual dining with mismatched chairs

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

Lavender headboard

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.  

Rustic foyer Rustic modern family room rustic modern - living room 2 Great art rustic modern - kitchen rustic modern - living room Marble dining room table Rustic glam bathroom Amazing bedroom Fancy exterior 

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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marble floating sink - beautiful sinks {modern marble sink}

golden bowl sink - beautiful sinks {gilded gold bowl sink}

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double sink vintage dresser - beautiful sinks {vintage dresser + double sink}

stone sink - beautiful sinks {stone sink}

wood sink - beautiful sinks {teak sink}

black bowl sink - beautiful sinks {soapstone sink}

490004332f4da66f36e1febf664dad55 {modern farmhouse sink}

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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Found: Rue Magazine | Photography: Greg Cox

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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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Image Source: Vogue Living Australia via SFgirlbyBay | 1. Chandelier: Kohls | 2. Brass Tray: High Street Market | 3. Tufted Ottoman: West Elm | 4. Throw: West Elm | 5. Sofa: Crate & Barrel | 6. Rug: West Elm | 7. Abstract Art: Jaime Derringer for Art.com | 8. Serge Mouille Three Arm Floor Lamp: Shop Horne | 9. Light Pink Swan Chair: Hay Needle

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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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Found: Desire to Inspire | Design: Maison Hand

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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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Found: Rue Daily | Architecture: Heather A Wilson Architect | Interiors: Jen Langston

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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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Copy & Curation: The Veda House | Bedroom Photo: Kara Rosenlund | Plant Photo: James Fitzgerald | Baskets : Coulerur Locale  | Kitchen Corner Photo: Freunde Von Freunden | Mantel Photo: Nicole Franzen

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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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Source: Domino Magazine | Home: Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty | Designer: Good Bones, Great Pieces

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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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Sources: 1. Cowhide Washroom: Christopher Sturman | 2. Subway Tile Washroom: Desire to Inspire | 3. Double Vanity: Better Homes and Gardens | 4. Bold Floral: Cupcakes & Cashmere | 5. Modern Washroom: Badrumsdrommar

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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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Restaurant: The Standard | Via: Yellow Trace | Photography: Enok Holsegaard
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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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lineImage found via: Expressen | 1. Palm from Home Flair | 2. Bench  from Crate and Barrel | 3. Chair from Ikea | 4. Pillow from Anitavee | 5. Pillow from West Elm | 6. Pillows from Amazon | 7. Pillow from Anitavee | 8. Potted Cala Lily from QVC | 9. Table from Post | 10. Tote from J. Crew

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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

lineIf there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that there WILL be a wallpapered powder room in my future. Thank you sweet Annemarie! And happy weekend my dears. I’ll be back early next week with some trip updates. XOX!

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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

lineA big thank you to Tobe! You’re just the best and this couldn’t have been more on point as far as I’m concerned.

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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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