May 15, 2013
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!
May 14, 2013
This bright and cheery Toronto abode strikes that perfect balance between playful and sophisticated, which is no easy feat. It’s incredibly well appointed, yet doesn’t take itself too seriously with the use of fun brights sprinkled sporadically throughout. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love a well designed home that feels well lived and loved. I do believe that this place is just the ticket!
Images from Style At Home
April 30, 2013
As a general rule of thumb, I consider myself to be a city girl. Bright lights, big city, and all that jazz. But when I stumble upon homes the likes of this one, I begin to question my city girl ways. Land as far as the eye can see, waves crashing against the shore in the distance, and an outdoor shower have more of an effect on me than I’ve been willing to let on. If only there were a way to combine the two… (this is when boat loads of money would come in handy.)
April 25, 2013
Our condo has been sorely neglected the past few months, simply due to other priorities. As a bit of an organizational freak by nature, it’s admittedly slowly been killing me. At one point I actually uttered “I’m most excited to organize my closet as soon as this damn exam is over!*” I’ve been forced to turn a blind eye to our overflowing closets and dusty baseboards for days on end and I’m so thrilled to now have the time to tackle the silly little nothings that have been keeping me awake at night. Issues? Most likely. But a spic & span, crisp & clean home is one that simply makes me inordinately happy. So until I actually get down to scrubbing those baseboards and donating half of my closet, I’ll live vicariously through gorgeous images of stunning (clean! organized!) homes, much like these ones right here.
*Thank you to everyone who tweeted, commented and emailed positive vibes and good luck wishes the other day! How annoying was I the last few weeks?! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that those bad boys are behind me (well, 2 out of 3 anyway.) To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure how well I did. They were pretty brutal, and not at all what I was expecting. You know what’s worse than dirty homes? Multiple choice questions where all of the answers are right, and you have to select the one that’s MOST right. I curse those questions! I officially find out in twelve weeks if I’m that much closer to becoming a licensed designer. And now, back to lark & linens regular posting schedule – and no more whining, I swear.
April 17, 2013
This 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.
April 16, 2013
Truth be told, I had an entirely different house envy post all set up and ready to go for this morning. But when I stumbled upon this guy on Rue Daily last night, all bets were off.
Though the decor & furnishings themselves are lovely in that timeless, classic sense, I just can’t stop staring at the interior detailing. Did you notice those ceilings?? The crown mouldings?! The fireplace?!! Seriously though. Take it all in. I’ll give you a moment. That right there is the stuff that dreams are made of.
March 26, 2013
Look you guys! Colour! The whole change of seasons is doing all SORTS of funky things to me. Things like sucking in me in to bright and colourful Victorian homes. After a dark and dreary winter, this Toronto abode is completely screaming my name. It feels well loved and lived in yet you’d never guess that three kids and a big old dog lived within the confines of these walls. Classic pieces paired with indestructible ones not only give this space a unique, eclectic vibe, it also makes for the perfect family friendly home.
March 19, 2013
Though this home is slightly more traditional than I’m typically drawn to, I can’t help but feel as if it completely embodies the upcoming season. The soft hues, the warm light pouring through each window and the abundance of fresh florals is giving me a serious case of spring fever, and for that I’m a fan.
March 12, 2013
Though there are tons of fabulous online shelter magazines out there, Lonny has quickly become my go-to. Their style is always so incredibly on point and each and every home they post consistently makes me swoon. Designed by Lonny editor Michelle Adams, this gorgeous upper west side Manhattan pad is no exception. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be over here, jaw agape, taking in all the beauty
February 27, 2013
This might be my favourite Get the Look post I’ve put together to date. We’ve got a sheepskin stool here people – serious business is afoot. This space is classy and feminine, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. What’s not to love?
February 26, 2013
Though I’m typically drawn to bright white spaces, Justin tends to land in the opposite camp. He prefers dark, masculine, moody ones that beg to be curled up in after a long day. When we first moved in together, it became a bit of a challenge for me to incorporate both of our styles into one cohesive space. It’s been two years now, and we’ve finally managed to strike the perfect balance between both of our aesthetics. Black and white, with texture thrown in for some much needed warmth. It doesn’t happen ALL too often, but I’m pretty sure we’d both agree that this space fits the bill.
February 20, 2013
I have to tell you, it takes an awful lot of willpower not to simply re-blog everything that Sarah posts. When she shared this kitchen last week, I simply couldn’t resist. You got it. I caved. Because when a kitchen floor looks like that? Well that’s just what you do. It comes as no surprise that the rest of the home is just as stunning. But let’s all just focus on those floors for one more moment. They’re the stuff that dreams are made of if you ask me.
February 12, 2013
Caitlin, from the beloved Sacramento Street, never ceases to amaze me with her impeccable style and eye for all-things-gorgeous. Her timeless approach to every room she tackles is consistently spot on. It almost feels as if each piece she selects was made for that exact spot. As if it’s simply been there forever. The girl has talent – let me tell you. Her own San Fransisco apartment still ranks amongst my favourites to date, but I have to admit that this new abode just might be taking the cake (and running away with it!).
February 6, 2013
It’s been a little while since I’ve put together one of my inspiration posts, and what better way to break the cycle than with some insanely gorgeous bedrooms.
If you remember my easy as pie DIY from some time ago, you’ll know that I’m no stranger to unconventional nightstands. Whether it’s an adorable stool, stacked vintage suitcases, a repurposed ladder, or $3 wooden wine crates in my case, there’s no shortage of things you could experiment with in lieu of a traditional nightstand.
February 5, 2013
I’m kind of obsessed with this Swedish home. The incredible mouldings and herringbone flooring alone are enough to push me over the edge, but I particularly love the fact that it feels as if people legitimately live here. It hasn’t been over styled, with props placed just so – the bed is slightly unmade, the pouf has recently been lounged in and the kitchen clearly sees some action. I could easily envision myself moving in and making myself right at home. It’s a quality that isn’t easily achievable, but is always once I strive for when designing spaces myself.
January 29, 2013
You might think that once you’ve seen one neutral home, you’ve seen them all. But I am here to prove to you that this is not the case. Not even in the slightest! This particular Antwerpian home plays with the use of scale and texture to create a neutral, natural space that is anything but boring. And if you know me at all by now, you’ll know that I’m totally, completely, 100% on board.
January 22, 2013
When I was a little girl, I lived down the road from a big pink house with a bright purple door, and forest green trim. While my mom thought it was abysmal, it thrilled me to no end and I was completely convinced that it would become my future home. Though my taste has, thankfully, improved since then, the little girl within me will never tire of an ode to pink when it comes to decor. This particular home does a fantastic job of appeasing that small child, all while satisfying the adult I’ve since become. The pink fridge is the stuff that dreams are made of while the rustic and vintage touches throughout help balance what could quickly become a case of pink overload.
January 16, 2013
I seriously cannot get enough of this dining room. I’ve found myself going back to it again and again, just to stare inappropriately. As it turns out, it doesn’t take a ton to replicate the look myself. Bonus: this is one of those rooms that will remain completely timeless for years to come.
January 15, 2013
It should come as no surprise that Camilla Freeman-Toppers home is absolutely stunning. As a talented fashion designer, I expected nothing less. Though the hints of pink throughout add an undeniable feminine flare, I wouldn’t go insofar as to say that this space screams girl. That said, if someone could send tips on how to convince Justin that pink needs to make its way into our own abode I would be eternally grateful.
January 9, 2013
Lately I’ve found that the older I get, the more Monica Geller I become. I like to blame it on the fact that we live in a teeny condo and if each and every item doesn’t have its specific home, chaos is bound to ensue (trust me!) That being said, you can imagine how excited I was when I stumbled upon this kitchen. It’s so organized – so lovely – so picture perfect that it could almost give Martha Stewart a run for her money (hey, I said almost). It makes me embarrassingly happy in so many ways. And now I know for a fact that there will be a dedicated tea drawer in my future.
January 8, 2013
Though I’m typically drawn to crisp, white homes, every once in a while I find a rich, moody one that sets my heart aflutter. This one in particular feels riddled with charm and history. It feels lived in and loved in the very best way. It could be my mindset these days (I am absolutely, unquestionably still in hibernation mode, meaning dark and cozy is my jam), but this rustic French-inspired home is all shades of sexy if you ask me.
December 18, 2012
Time and time again I turn to Scandinavian design for inspiration (especially when it comes to Christmas). It just really seems like they’re doing it right! A simple, timeless, a tasteful ode to my very favourite holiday.
November 27, 2012
If it wasn’t there before, you can rest assured that faux-rhino taxidermy has now been added to the list of future home must-haves. A touch of whimsy in an otherwise sophisticated space is always well received in my books. Just me?
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November 20, 2012
Though I no longer have the desire to be a princess in any shape or form, somewhere deep within me is a little girl whose dream to live in a castle remains. When I stumbled upon this renovated Danish castle a few days ago that little person emerged ever so slightly. The Cinderella staircase leading up to the immaculate front door is what dreams are made of while the streamlined accents keep the space from feeling expected. Blending the past and present in the most beautiful way, I would happily live within the confines of these walls.
November 6, 2012
It appears as if I’m on my black & white kick again. But with a space like this, can you really blame me? Who would have thought that a space practically devoid of colour could be so enticing. The plethora of textures found throughout make up where colour lacks and I am totally on board.
October 30, 2012
All too often I stumble upon homes that have been polished and shined until they’re an unrecognizable version of their former selves. When John Derian took possession of this East Village apartment in New York City back in 1994, he made it his mission to “restore” it to its intended charm. A makeunder, if you will. Smoke stained ceilings (the former tenant, a sculptor, was a heavy smoker), chipped paint, original “patina” and all became part of the decor. A truly refreshing space that further solidifies the notion of ”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
(ps. I recommend the New York Times article about this particular property. It’s a good read!)
October 25, 2012
October 23, 2012
Truth be told, I was a little nervous to present a home in this series today. It’s officially been over a month since the last one and I felt as if I had to find something outstanding to break the fast. That’s a lot of pressure you know!
Lucky for me I stumbled upon this beauty just the other day. With all of the over-stylized spaces you find throughout blogland, it’s sometimes refreshing to find one that people legitimately spend time in. Laughter is heard, dinners are cooked, books are read… Though I’m not oblivious to the fact that even that perfectly messy bed has been somewhat stylized for this shoot, it still allows me to envision a real life within these walls. Life, love & things of beauty. For that, I am smitten.
September 18, 2012
This Danish home embodies everything I adore about Scandinavian design: void of unnecessary clutter with a focus on modern, practical aesthetic. Home owners, Thomas and Heidi Dinesen, have done a fabulous job at transforming this incredible home into a modern retreat.
September 11, 2012
How beautiful is this home? It’s taking all of me to not pack up and move to France right now… Could you imagine waking up here every day?
September 6, 2012
Which do you prefer? I seriously can’t decide… But I do know that I need a mint green velvet sofa in my life.
September 5, 2012
Would you have guessed that this home belongs to Ellen Degeneres? I won’t lie – I really didn’t think she had it in her! Silly yet stylish? She just grew leaps and bounds in my eyes.
August 24, 2012
If there’s one thing that is getting me in the autumn spirit it’s these moody spaces photographed by Emily Johnston. Just LOOK at all that talent! It’s making my eyes all kinds of happy.
Have a wonderful weekend sunshines!
August 15, 2012
We recently managed to score this incredible campaign style dresser off of Craigslist for $100. A steal if you ask me! He’s solid wood, has beautiful brass details and has made himself right at home in our bedroom (goodbye Ikea dresser!) Oh, and we named him Tanner, in case you were wondering. A name that is quite suiting for a thing of his stature.
But here within lies the problem. He’s quite orange in person and if there’s one colour I do not like, it’s orange. He needs a bit of help, but after staring at him for the last few days I’m at a complete loss at what to do. They say that, as a designer, the most difficult person to design for is yourself and I couldn’t agree more. I just love each option for their own reason. So, much like the art wall debacle of ’11, I thought I’d leave it up to a vote. You loyal, stylish, wonderful readers you, which do you prefer:
- Are you kidding? Stain that bad-boy (40%, 132 Votes)
- I'm drawn to the mint (37%, 121 Votes)
- Paint it black! (13%, 43 Votes)
- Charcoal is the way to go (10%, 35 Votes)
Total Voters: 331
August 14, 2012
I refuse to admit that the summer season is winding down. Has anyone else jumped onto the denial bandwagon? I haven’t even made a dent in showcasing all of the fabulous summery homes I have stored up for the season! It cannot end. I simply refuse.
This summery space in particular embodies everything that I adore when it comes to interior design: casual, unfussy, livable, usable spaces. Visually stunning, perfectly balanced, yet not stuffy or even close to overdone. Perfection.
August 10, 2012
When it comes to interior design, I generally subscribe to the notion of using neutral elements for your fixed pieces (tiles, countertops and the like), and bring in colour through accessories that can be easily switched out to suit your mood. That is, until I spotted these beauties. Sometimes you just need to toss out all of your rules and paste your walls in bright pink flowers.
August 9, 2012
Aesop has always had a history of coming up with brilliant retail stores and this London location is no exception. The way the product shelving has been designed turns the items into veritable works of art, without making you feel as if they’re untouchable or shoved down your throat. It’s a space I would gladly spend time casually perusing. A job very well done, if you ask me.
July 31, 2012
There’s no question that my design aesthetic flip flops between that of the rustic variety and that of the contemporary, clean and modern one (with some Scandinavian thrown in for good measure, obviously). When I find a space that seamlessly merges all my design preferences together, it makes my innards all warm and fuzzy. This rustic-modern farmhouse is the perfect combination of all things I love. Glamorous and well thought-out without feeling museum like and untouchable. Yum!
July 24, 2012
Truth be told, I had an entirely different post lined up for today – until I stumbled on this beauty. And when you find a place like this? Well you change your plans, of course. I never thought a place outfitted entirely in white (or variations of it) could somehow read as warm and welcoming. Alas, I’ve been proven wrong.
July 17, 2012
Perhaps it’s the heat wave we’ve been experiencing the last little while, but lately I’ve found that I’m drawn to the summeriest of summery homes. Windows flung open, a bright blue pool glistening in the background, and casual, unfussy fabrics create the perfect backdrop for one of my very favourite seasons.
July 10, 2012
While there is no denying the abundance of beautiful spaces out there, I have to admit that it takes a special kind to stop me dead in my tracks. Located in South Beach, Florida, Kelly Klein’s sanctuary is the stuff that dreams are made of. The neutral colour palette, use of texture and exquisite materials (marble counters? wooden ceiling?) will ensure that this place remains timeless. I don’t often say this, but there is literally not a single thing I would change about this home. It’s perfection in my books.
July 6, 2012
Have a wonderful weekend! xo
July 4, 2012
That’s it. I’m officially moving to Cape Town. I mean, have you SEEN this place?!
ps. Happy 4th of July to my American friends!
June 26, 2012
They say that the cure to anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea – and I don’t believe that truer words have ever been spoken. The moment in which I feel most at peace is when I’m surrounded by water, which might explain my attraction to this Cape Town bungalow. While I’d never turn down any variation of a bright white space, it’s these views in particular that are really drawing me in. Void of any unnecessary clutter, stripped down to its bones, allowing the views to speak for themselves, I can’t imagine a more tranquil space to pass my time.
June 20, 2012
When I imagine a bakery of any kind, the first thing that comes to mind is a space that’s light, bright, and jovial. I never would have dreamed of marrying pastries with drama – it’s just not an adjective I’d use when deliberating on how to display such delicate treats.
I recently stumbled upon this pastry shop, Sweet Alchemy, whose design aesthetic quickly challenged all of my preconceived notions of what a bakery should be. The play of light and dark in this particular space is incredibly unexpected, which makes it all the more appealing. It’s often the path less travelled that leads to the most interest when it comes to design. And it’s spaces like these that give me the confidence to question my first instincts when working with my own clients.
June 12, 2012
It’s no secret that I have a weakness for interiors decked out in neutral palettes. And I’m well aware that this isn’t the first time that I’ve gushed over ones perfection – claiming that this time, really and truly, I’ve found my dream home. I suppose I should go on record and say that there is just so much talent out there and I’m not sure I’ll ever really, truly be able to narrow down my very favourite. I’m constantly overwhelmed by the beauty that exists in this world and this home is no exception. I never thought a space void of colour of any kind could exude a sense of warmth and welcome, yet this home manages to do just that. The combination of black and white utilized in this particular space is refreshingly crisp while the mixed wooden accents make this house feel like a home.
May 29, 2012
I’m particularly drawn to the character that emanates from this San Fransisco home. Designer Antonio Martins has done an impecable job of transforming this flat into a place I would gladly call home. Between the incredible mouldings to the fabric-laden bedroom walls to the backyard oasis it wouldn’t take much for me to pack my bags and move right in.
May 25, 2012
When it comes to the field of interior design, often it’s the most obvious solution that ends up being the most beautiful.
Happy weekend sunshines!
May 15, 2012
Is it any shock that this Swedish home has made its way onto my radar? The combination of raw materials paired with unexpected bits (like those Moroccan inspired tiled floors, the golden washroom fixtures and the custom kitchen pendant) is a look I won’t soon tire of. And would you have ever guessed that the kitchen is (more or less) from Ikea? It just goes to show that champagne taste can be achieved on a bud light budget.
May 8, 2012
As mentioned, I’ve recently made an effort to pare down our condo so that it includes the things we really, truly love. This apartment (in Paris, no less) is the perfect example of the less is more approach to design. A few carefully curated pieces is all you really need to make a statement – and a beautiful one at that.
May 1, 2012
If I were a shop, this is what I’d (hope to) look like. If there’s anything I appreciate as much as I do design its food – particularly: good food, if I’m being honest. And when the two commingle - well you can probably just imagine the grin on my face. Joan’s on Third, a stunning food boutique located in Los Angeles, has seamlessly joined my two favourites into one cohesive unit. Within its walls you’ll find a cheese shop, a gelato stop and a bakery, not to mention sweet little dining areas encouraging you to sit and stay a while. It’s probably in my best interest that this doesn’t exist in Toronto for I would be hard pressed to ever leave.
April 24, 2012
I always find it refreshing when a beach house avoids the use of soft blues, sheer curtains and seashell accessories. This one in particular is especially pleasing. Designer Amelia Handegan has done an exceptional job at transforming this 1940′s seaside home into a vacation retreat that feels relaxed and uncontrived, the way a vacation home is intended, all the while staying away from all things anchor and boat related.
April 13, 2012
I just can’t seem to get enough of this colour palette. The warmth of the ochre set against the freshness of the pink creates a wonderful balance. The perfect spring combination methinks!
Happy weekend lovies!
April 12, 2012
When Justin and I first moved into our condo we picked up a few discarded wine boxes at the LCBO for a dollar a piece, unsure of what exactly we’d do with them. For the last year they’ve sat stacked next to our bed as a nightstand placeholder until we could afford those we really wanted. Though they were unfinished, their rough and tumbleness began to grow on me. When operation get-bedroom-finished came into full swing not long ago, I decided they could stick around (dang budget) but they needed to step it up. Enter: stain. After two quick coats (and three days of air drying on the balcony), I brought them in and couldn’t believe the immediate difference. The result feels rustic and well-loved, bringing about an immediate sense of warmth. Extra bonus: you would never even guess that the entire project cost a mere three dollars (plus a can of stain, which I happened to have on hand). I think I’ll keep them around, for a while at least.
April 10, 2012
There’s no denying that my taste in decor alters as the seasons shift. In the winter months, I gravitate towards dimly lit rooms, neutral palettes, extra-fluffy throw pillows and roaring fires. Come Spring, I crave fresh, bright spaces, flowers adorning table tops and windows flung open (allowing floral scented breezes to make their way in, of course). This house in particular fits my current mood and then some. While not totally necessary for spring (it’s still a tad crisp out there), I wouldn’t complain about that sun-soaked patio either.
April 3, 2012
Unfortunately, pastel hues generally get a bad rap. While they’re typically reminiscent of all-things-nursery, every once in a while I stumble upon a space that comes along and breaks the mold. Contrasted with wooden tones, bright whites and black accents, the use of lilac, butter yellow and soft pinks in this particular space take it from baby to brilliant.
March 28, 2012
I’ve mentioned before (probably too many times) that our bedroom has remained entirely undecorated since we moved in just over a year ago. The reasons: time (or lack thereof) and money (or lack thereof, once more!) Being in the interior design field, our empty bedroom has irked me to no end (admittedly, a lot more than it probably should). I’ve meant to finish it up so that I can photograph our condo in its entirety and finally share our cosy abode with the rest of you but I’ve put it off to no end. Enough is enough! It’s time to tackle our naked bedroom! Here is a quick run-down of what we intend on doing to tie our existing furniture together all the while incorporating a few new pieces without spending very much at all. We made some headway last weekend and I intend on keeping you all posted along the way.
March 27, 2012
I’m not sure that there are adequate words to sufficiently describe how I feel about this home. It isn’t often, but every once in a while a space comes along that makes me question my city-girl ways. While I generally shy away from such minimalistic decor, in this case it works perfectly; I blame it on the warm brick walls and wooden rafters that demand such attention that no other adornments are deemed necessary. I, for one, am in love.
March 23, 2012
Located just down the street from my office is this delightful olive oil shop, Ta-ze. Having recently acquired a palette for different varieties of olive oils (this officially means I’m an adult), I can’t wait to visit the place in the flesh. Designed by the popular Toronto firm, Burdifilek, the store is quirky and creative, allowing the olive oil to take centre stage, all the while remaining innovative and thoroughly thought out.
March 20, 2012
Silje, a Norwegian based ceramic artist, lives in what I could only describe as my dream space. For real this time. It’s eclectic, it’s girly (without being over the top) and it’s lived in and loved, just as ones space is intended. The light-filled rooms set against the warm wooden accents create the perfect atmosphere in which to showcase her incredible ceramics. The girl has talent in more ways than one, let me tell you.
March 13, 2012
I’m not sure what more I could say about this space other than the fact that I may have found my new favourite designer. Josephine’s style and class is matched with an equal amount of quirk proving that interior design doesn’t always need to be taken so seriously. Her home is refreshing to the senses and I can’t wait to see what else she gets up to in the future.
March 9, 2012
To say that life has been busy lately would be the understatement of the year. Between balancing work, the little sanctuary I like to refer to as my blog, and family/friends, there doesn’t seem to be time for much else. My laundry has piled up, our bedroom STILL remains completely undecorated (nearly a year later) and I don’t remember the last time I cooked an actual meal (heating up soup counts, right?) In the few recent moments that I manage to steal, I find myself flipping through design magazines over a cup of tea or making my way through pinterest. If there’s any sort of common theme amongst my current favourite spaces, it’s the fact that I’m drawn to simple, understated, elegant decor. It’s likely that my mind is simply craving a break from all of the mental stimulation, but either way, these sweet, monochromatic vignettes are screaming my name.
And with that, I am off to Halifax for the weekend (it really never stops*)!
Happy weekend noodles!
*not a complaint, swear!
March 6, 2012
I’ve been a Style at Home magazine reader for as long as I can remember. To date, I have recollections of heading to the corner store to pick-up a sour key, a Bop (for my monthly dose of JTT, of course) and the latest Style at Home. So you can only imagine my excitement when they recently asked me to participate in their guest-blogger series. While brief, it gives my validation that I am on the right track and I’m doing this for a reason. I’m now more convinced than ever that this is where I’m supposed to be. Hop on over here if you’d like to check it out!
February 28, 2012
While this home is stunning on its own, what I find particularly appealing is the fact that it doesn’t try to compete with its surroundings. Each room seems to be designed to embrace and enhance the beauty beyond its walls, capitalizing on the stunning views (could you imagine waking up to that!?) The use of natural materials and a simple colour palette is always something I’m drawn to, but this place in particular is exceptionally well executed. I cannot deny my house envy.
February 24, 2012
Ever since stumbling upon the image of this foyer, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. The gold and gilded elements mixed with trendy pieces (like the chevron rug) keeps the space feeling young, fresh and anything but stuffy. And just when I thought I was over chevron…
With a few key elements, you too could complete this look in a space of your own.
February 22, 2012
Pair a carpenter with a talented interior designer and this is the result. This Finnish home combines all of the necessary ingredients: a touch of quirkiness (I spy birds), a little bit of edge, and just the right amount of wood detailing to bring some warmth to an otherwise crisp palette. And did you get a load of the kitchen backsplash? I simply cannot. As of this moment, there will be a painted mural backsplash in my future.
February 14, 2012
White on white with hints of coral. A sexy, sophisticated space fit for a design-savvy woman. I’m all over it.
ps Happy Valentines day lovies! I know that for some of us it’s not all fun and games – if you’re feeling blue today, take a quick gander at this post. She has the right attitude!
February 7, 2012
It’s in and around this time every year that I find myself craving a warm, ideally tropical vacation. Whether it’s the cold, grey days that have gotten to my psyche or the post-post (post) holiday blues, I often find myself absent-mindedly perusing vacation sites for last-minute trips. While fleeing off to some magical place may not be in the cards for me at this very moment, I can’t help but be drawn to beautiful spaces abroad all the same. Fashion designer John Rocha’s home in the South of France fits all of my pretend-vacation requirements. Between the slate pool, the Italian limestone patio and the perfectly maintained gardens, I could easily spend many a vacation day in this very spot.
February 3, 2012
There’s no denying my love for all things white (as seen here, here & here to name a few). But when it’s paired with black? Well that’s a combination that just can’t be beat. Simple, classic, right up my alley.
Happy weekend lovelies!
January 31, 2012
While I find that I generally shy away from wide open almost minimalistic spaces, every once in awhile I stumble upon one that makes me rethink my hoarding ways*. This outrageously stunning Barcelona apartment is no exception. I adore the idea of showcasing just a handful of unique objects over piling them sky-high (thus risking that special piece getting lost amongst the masses). In this particular space, the combination of high ceilings, ornate mouldings, classic antiques paired with unexpected modern pieces is absolutely stunning. It’s a combination that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of.
*clarification: my hoarding ways are under control but I do have trouble passing up any white pottery or kitchen accessory. I’ll let you know when we need to alert TLC.
January 25, 2012
It’s been brought up before that there’s a slight chance that I’ll be heading to South Africa with my mom and brother come November. While nothing is in stone and still depends on a multitude of different factors, I can’t help but begin to do some preliminary planning (read: looking up gorgeous, albeit often unrealistic, places to stay, visit and dine). When I stumbled upon this one I knew it needed to be shared immediately. Certain aspects of it date all the way back to the 1690′s which itself is incredible to think of, while many of the spaces were built in 1777. Part hotel, part farm, part restaurant all combined together to make for one gloriously pretty vacation.
January 20, 2012
I wanted to introduce a new series here on lark & linen in which I take a picture of a well designed room and break it down to show you how you could replicate a similar feel in your own space.
I thought I’d begin the series with this photo of a beautiful dining room that I unknowingly pinned on three separate occasions (clearly I’m a fan). By using a touch of chrome, a gorgeous wood credenza, and a fun burst of colour (in this case: plum) you could easily make this space work as your own. (Click on the links to see where the pieces have been sourced.)
January 17, 2012
Like many, I’m often drawn to homes that feel lived in and loved. While a perfectly styled space is pleasing to the senses, there’s something to be said about one that feels as if it has been carefully curated throughout the years. This one in question really speaks to me with it’s clean white walls and collected artifacts sprinkled throughout. Being someone who loves style in all sense of the word, seeing the combination of Scandinavian and southern elements (like the worn Turkish kilim rug in the living room) seamlessly blended together is particularly appealing.
January 10, 2012
When Justin and I first moved in together, the challenge became trying to decorate our place all the while combining our drastically different aesthetics. While my taste remains primarily girly (and slightly rustic) his definitely tips towards the more “bachelor pad-esque” feel. If it were up to him we would surely have a reclining lazy boy sofa.
It has been a struggle to complement both of our wants and wishes and we have, no question, made compromises along the way. When I found this apartment, I couldn’t help but feel like the owners have done a perfect guangzhou job of blending both the masculine and femine elements seamlessly. The combination of blush and black remains classic in my eyes without screaming “a girl totally lives here”. And if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here contemplating whether or not I should paint our bedroom black (think of the glorious sleep that would ensue!)
January 6, 2012
You may have noticed a picture of the sweetest little cupcake shop that I had posted earlier this week (here). Located just around the corner from our hotel in Barcelona was this absolutely darling space. Appropriately named cup & cake, they served up just that alongside loose leaf teas, warm pastries and soft bread (that you could toast yourself at your table). Had Justin not pulled me away from pressing my face up against that very window (multiple times), I happily would have spent the entirety of our trip within the confines of those walls.
December 20, 2011
While I appreciate all forms of design, I do find that I generally gravitate towards a more eclectic aesthetic. That said, there’s something about Sarah Richardson’s farm home that simply feels like family embodied – and right now that’s what I’m all about. Seeing it all decked out for the holidays has got me feeling nostalgic for comfy-cozy Christmases with my own family. And lets face it, that dining room would make the perfect backdrop for a late Christmas brunch, pyjamas and all.
December 13, 2011
This year I seem to be drawn to the less is more approach to Christmas decor. This may be a result of over-doing it at Christmas in years previous, I won’t lie. Nevertheless, a hint of green garland, some candles to set the mood and a little bit of sparkle here and there (you must never forget the sparkle), and you’re set for a beautifully simple holiday.
December 8, 2011
There’s no denying my love for all things Christmas. When you combine a great idea with my very favourite holiday it’s like my mind explodes. Whether you’re an apartment dweller and don’t have room for a full sized tree, or you’re just looking for an excuse to utilize those extra Christmas tree bits (you know the ones), here’s a great solution. These teeny Christmas trees are the perfect example of a little bit of festive decor that goes a very long way.
December 6, 2011
While Anna’s home isn’t decorated for Christmas in the traditional fashion, there’s something about the low-key festive vibe that I’m really into. The mixture of whites and deep greens are immediately appealing, classic and tasteful. With the addition of white twinkly lights, this would classify as my kind of Christmas.
November 29, 2011
I had posted a picture of this homes dining room on friday without realising how perfectly perfect the rest of its bones are. There’s something about it that brings out the Martha Stewart in me. Be it the mouldings, the light flooded kitchen or the bed linens, which are surely made of Egyptian cotton, I’m tempted to bust out my apron and bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The spaces feel put together and family oriented without being stuffy and over-done.
November 24, 2011
While the majority of you are off eating your weight in turkey and stuffing, I will be stuck at work (pity party, right here!) It’s in an around this time that I wish that Canada celebrated Thanksgiving a little later in the year (if only because I am totally craving said turkey). Instead of cuddling up with family and friends wearing stretchy waistbands and drinking spiced cider, I’ll be daydreaming about all things comfy cozy the likes of what you see above. Even if it only makes me feel a little better. Happy Thanksgiving to my wonderful American friends! Oh and here are some suggestions, just in case.
November 23, 2011
I believe my dabble in masculine homes (as seen here & here) was short lived because the moment I set sights on this one my heart was set aflutter. The white washed walls act as the perfect back drop for the beautiful found objects that this homeowner has chosen to make her own. And while I, admittedly, cringe at the use of the term “a pop of colour”, there really is no better way to describe what’s going on in this space. It makes the neutral home feel anything but boring.
ps I’ve posted the rest of my NYC photos on my Facebook page here
November 15, 2011
If you’ve spent any time in the blog world within the last few years, chances are you’ve already seen bits of Jenna Lyons Park Slope home. Rumour has it that it’s now on the market as a result of her recent divorce (this hurts my heart, I won’t lie). It’s a stunning place and it’s interesting to see it from angles that haven’t been heavily documented yet. For just under 4 million, this 7 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4 storey Brooklyn mansion can be yours! The catch is that since I’m the one informing you, I do expect a dinner invite. I like lobster. Thank you kindly.
November 9, 2011
I’m not going to lie, when I first found this chair on Pinterest it set my heart aflutter. It’s the perfect combination of sleek and sexy, and warm and cozy. Look at her! Isn’t she a beaut? I knew the possibilities for design around this lovely being were endless but for the sake of this post I’ve narrowed it down to two ideas. I present to you, one piece, two looks: the organic edition takes on the sleek one. Please, place your votes. I, for one, am completely split down the middle. That almost never happens.
November 8, 2011
As most of you know, on Sunday the clocks were set back an hour to account for daylight savings time (having that extra weekend hour was glorious, let me just tell you). When I awake in the morning I’ve noticed it’s no longer dark and dreary, which was previously making it that much more difficult to drag myself out of my warm bed. Unfortunately, as a result, I couldn’t help but notice that the moon was lighting my way on my walk home from work last night, at 5:00 no less. While I’m always one to embrace the change in seasons (if that isn’t obvious), I do find the early darkness a bit much to handle for months on end. My solution around this time is to dream of some place to hibernate for the winter. My ideal place has a fireplace, a steep tobogganing hill and unlimited mugs of rich hot chocolate. When I stumbled upon this home it immediately fit the bill. I feel I could be very happy here, provided I have my friends and family in tow.
November 4, 2011
Because sometimes it’s just nice to oogle pretty things.
Happy weekend lovelies!
ps. head on over here where I’m holding down the fort for Kay while she’s off on adventures in India!
November 2, 2011
They’re the perfect spot to organize and showcase your dishes and found treasures, while giving your kitchen some interest. I can’t imagine many things more satisfying than a set of well designed open shelves in the kitchen.
Ok, I lied. The fact that Starbucks Christmas cups are out is slightly more satisfying. That, and fluffy puppies. Starbucks Christmas cups, fluffy puppies and then open shelving displaying pretty kitchen things. In that order.
November 1, 2011
Lately I’ve been drawn to overtly masculine homes (as seen here). I find comfort in the dark and moody spaces that are such a dire contrast from the light and bright ones I generally design. With the temperatures quickly plummeting, I love that these rooms embody the perfect transitional space between the long, warm days of summer and the short, crisp days of fall. This one in particular draws you in and begs you to curl up with a blanket and an oversized cup of spiked apple cider. And it doesn’t hurt that any male counterparts would likely feel compelled to join you.
October 25, 2011
While there’s no denying that what lies between these walls is pure and utter gorgeousness, I can’t help but feel that I’m primarily drawn to the moodiness of the photography. What with its open walls and plenty of indoor-outdoor living space, I assume this home is located somewhere warm and tropical. With that in mind, these images are still reminiscent of a crisp, grey fall day and right now that’s all that I’m dreaming of.
October 12, 2011
I haven’t been able to get this space out of my mind since it’s discovery not long ago. The combination of the original elements mixed with unexpected additions (like the glistening baby grand piano or that wonderful washroom rug) are immediately appealing. I love that each piece seems to have some sort of story just begging to be told. And that kitchen? The things I would do to make it mine!
ps if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, make sure you check it out!
October 4, 2011
Located in Bucharest, Romania, Atelier Mechanic bar is filled with found items from the 50′s to the 70′s. The industrial vibe is incredibly appealing and I love how each piece is a little imperfect, having lived an entire life well before finding its new home.
September 27, 2011
I’ve been following Jeanette’s blog for some time now and I knew the girl had style, but I never really imagined how much of it she possessed until she posted pictures of her incredible home. The white washed spaces feel crisp, yet the personal touches and lovely accents eliminate any sense of frigidness, keeping the space feeling comfortable and inviting. If you like this space, and you’re in the mood for a huge amount of eye candy and unlimited doses of pretty, you should probably go ahead and checkout the rest of her blog, By Fryd. I’m certain that you won’t be disappointed.
September 20, 2011
Whoever said bigger is better clearly has not set their sights on this place. Between the Moroccan inspired tile floors, the collection of stunning white pottery and the perfectly teeny bathroom sink I think I would be more than happy here. A perfect example of quality over quantity.
September 14, 2011
While doing some research for an upcoming project, I found that my internet travels led me astray (I’m a compulsive link clicker and often have as many as 30 tabs open at once. It’s a bit of a problem). I didn’t find what I was originally intending, but fortunately it wasn’t all a waste for I stumbled upon this dreamy space. The herringbone floors, the intricate ceiling, the perfectly chic, brightly lit kitchen… feast your eyes on these goodies as they are aplently.
ps. as an aside, the lovely Victoria interviewed me for her blog yesterday. Take a look!
September 8, 2011
When I first came across Laure Joliet’s photography portfolio I knew it was something that needed to be shared. Of course it helps that her subjects are easy on the eye, but there’s no question that she has a refreshing style. As we near the end of a ridiculously busy and somewhat stressful week (starting a new job is exhausting!), I find myself dreaming of serene spaces just like these.
August 30, 2011
August 23, 2011
I find myself becoming pickier these days when it comes to showcasing interior spaces on this here ol’ blog of mine. It seems as if the ones I come across aren’t fitting the bill like they used to. I’m not sure if my taste has morphed into some unknown territory, or of I’ve simply become a self-proclaimed design snob. I find myself shunning perfectly acceptable, beautiful even, spaces simply because the texture of that pillow off in the background is not to my liking. Whatever the cause of this design phase may be, all of it changed when I stumbled upon this specialty coffee roastery. The fact that it’s located in Paris doesn’t hurt its case, I must admit. But what I love about this space is the combination of the traditional elements, the exposed ceiling and existing old shop door, juxtaposed against the sleek glass façade that opens up to the street, allowing its patrons to enjoy those perfectly crisp late summer evenings. I could unarguably spend a good portion of my time in this wonderful little space if given the opportunity.
August 9, 2011
…excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.
August 3, 2011
What was once a 1,830 square foot print shop has been transformed into a perfectly girly living space that is equally suitable for any male counterparts. Located in the 20th arrondissement in Paris (which, lets face it, automatically makes it all that more appealing), designer Roxane Beïs has transformed the space into a home that supports all of the basic needs in the simplest and most beautiful manner.
July 26, 2011
Lately I’ve been drawn to homes that feel effortlessly pulled together, and classically driven. Keri Russell’s New York brownstone, which was recently published in Elle Decor, fits into this category swimmingly. Her and her husband have painstakingly restored this home (seriously, he even built the kitchen cabinets from a dismantled post-and-beam house) and the results are nothing short of glorious. The spaces are bright, the finishes are classic and I can guarantee that it will still look wonderful ten years from now.
July 20, 2011
July 19, 2011
Caitlin’s San Fransisco studio apartment is the perfect blend of new meets thrifted. Her use of vintage finds contrasted against a Herman Miller desk chair and John Robshaw & Erica Tanov textiles really pulls the rooms together to create an organic, unexpected and comfortable vibe. I find that each time I go back to her stunning pictures I stumble upon yet another little treasure that I missed the first time. If you head on over to Caitlin’s post here, you’ll find a source list for all of her finds. She’s also included a floor plan and you’ll be blown away by just how teeny this wonderful place is.
July 13, 2011
This isn’t the first time that I’ve posted one of Rees Roberts homes, but I just can’t help myself. There’s something about them that simply makes me weak in the knees. It could be the country setting that begs for a stroll through it’s perfectly imperfect, wild gardens. Or maybe it’s the sleekness of that pool that I know is in dire need of my presence (complete with a big floppy hat). Whatever it is, it’s utterly beautiful. And if you have a moment, you should go lose yourself in the rest of his spaces on his site. They’re gold I tell you. Pure gold.
July 7, 2011
Flipping through my Pinterest boards, I’ve noticed that I’ve recently strayed from what was once a love for anything and everything white and bright. I’m just going to go ahead and chalk it up to the summer season that begs for long, leisurely days complete with brightly coloured fruity drinks on a patio filled with multi-coloured pillows. While I may not incorporate any of these particular rainbow inspired schemes into my decor regimen anytime soon, I can’t help but be drawn to this series of technicolour dream spaces.
Oh, and then this happened:
July 5, 2011
Chris Barrett, an LA-based designer, has recently shared his home in House Beautiful magazine. After stumbling upon the article I was immediately smitten with this space. By now I’m sure we all now what a perfectly lived in home does to my soul (read: great things). Lets take notes, shall we? Welcoming entrance with carved wood doors? Check! A white kitchen with extra thick countertops? Check! Mix and matched textiles abound? Check, check, check! And is it just me, or is that patio just begging for some company and a pitcher of sangria? Yes, I think I could be quite happy here.
June 28, 2011
Hi herringbone floors, mismatched dishes, perfectly teeny kitchens and little treasures, you may stay a while.
June 21, 2011
Check out Courtney Cox’s recently renovated Malibu home. Working in collaboration with her architect and interior designer, she has successfully created a beautiful beach home that, while seemingly perfect, just begs to be lived in and enjoyed (which is, really, the best combination: pretty and functional at the same time). And as a note to myself: add “have a built-in banquette/fire pit overlooking the beach” to my bucket list.
June 14, 2011
I think that this home speaks for itself, and it’s not because I’m still not feeling 100%, it just really does. I do, however, think that mimosas on this particular patio, by this particular pool (and in South Africa no less) is just what my body needs to get itself together though. Who’s with me?!
June 9, 2011
While perusing the interwebs for inspiration for an upcoming project (more details in the coming days), I couldn’t help but drool a little over this collection of black and white stripes. I think it’s safe to say that I will never tire of stripes. Ever.
June 7, 2011
It’s pretty safe to say that I could spend all of my time here. Yep. The whole lot of it!
June 2, 2011
With summer just around the corner (I can feel it, I tell you!) I can’t think of a better way to spruce the place up than with a bright and cheery, colourful front door. While the graffiti flowers may be a little much, it still makes for some wonderful eye candy, don’t you think?
June 1, 2011
images found here
I’ve seen snippets of Emma’s home on her blog throughout the past and I knew that it was something special. Seeing the entire thing in one place on design*sponge a little while back reaffirmed just that. This old Victorian Toronto home (located in the up and coming Parkdale) has been transformed into what can only be described as pure and utter perfection. Lived in, loved and no detail left unthought of.
May 25, 2011
images found here
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any photos of a retail store, but when I came across this one, I knew it needed to be showcased immediately. In fact, I had an entirely different post lined up this morning that I scraped altogether when I stumbled upon this space last night. Found in Helsinki, Finland, Pino is a sweet little store that sells all sorts of fun trinkets and gadgets for the home. The part that gets me is the consistency between the business cards and the space itself. Did you notice the shelves on the wall co-ordinate perfectly with the negative space on the business cards? Definitely branding at it’s finest.
April 27, 2011
I’ve seen little snippets and clipets (it’s a word) of this amazing home making its way through the blogosphere lately, but I was blown away when I finally found the original source (and thus the remaining images). The spaces feel lived in and loved, unexpected and refreshing, yet classy and sophisticated at the same time. This is definitely a place that I, for one, would love to call home.
ps. oh, just me again, being pesty and reminding you about the pi’lo giveaway. It’s a good one and you should just go ahead and click here. There are only a few days left!
April 26, 2011
My love of any and all things Eames is no secret (as witnessed here, amongst many other Eames-related posts). But did you know that their rocker came in pink? Because I, for one, did not. And now, I am so very happy.
ps. if you haven’t had the chance to enter the pi’lo giveaway, click here. There are only a few days left!
April 12, 2011
images found here
Have you ever had an image saved in your files but you couldn’t for the life of you figure out where it came from? Have you ever, more than a year later, stumbled upon the rest of the space by some miracle (the stars aligned, or something of the sort), and realized that the rest of the home is just as fansatically fantastic as that one image you’ve lusted over for months? Well, that just happened. It’s a beautiful thing.
April 6, 2011
I generally choose which spaces to showcase on lark + linen based on the heart palpitations that occur when I first stumble upon them. This one in particular made my heart extra happy. While I’m not sure that I, personally, would be able to live in a space this bright and white, I can’t help but be drawn to the freshness of it all. The hugely beautiful artwork and interesting little artefacts sprinkled throughout really stand out in a place like this. The white walls accentuated by the small doses of colour can’t help but remind me of a new season. But perhaps I just have spring on the mind.
March 31, 2011
image via lark + linen
Remember when I posted about the bookshelf here? Well, lookie what my boyfriend made me! (Ps. boys who are good with their hands? Sexy.) Now excuse me while I stare at it a while longer (I’ve been doing that a lot lately).
ps: our inspiration came from this very talented man. You can, and should, get one yourself!
March 29, 2011
I can’t deny that I’m regularly attracted to crisp white spaces with subtle pops of colour, but the attraction may be getting out of hand. I’m not sure if it’s the promise of spring sneaking up on us (although it certainly does not feel like it here in Toronto) which often brings the urge to begin anew with a crisp, clean slate, but this modern townhouse tucked between two old Swedish homes is keeping me calm and centred on this otherwise busy Tuesday morning.
March 24, 2011
all images found here
Found in a small village in southern Italy, this castle (dating as early as the 1400′s) converted into a vacation home is the perfect getaway from a busy lifestyle. Morten Angelo and his wife Tina Horstedt, who own their own advertising agency in Copenhagen, worked closely with their contractor to create this beautiful space that is equally parts old and new, seamlessly blended together.
March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick’s day friends! While I’m not technically irish (well, not to my knowledge; perhaps it’s there somewhere in my lineage), I do enjoy an Irish token on occasion. These tokens include but are not limited to beer, lush greenery and thick accents. I figure, what better way to celebrate than with a handful of green-inspired spaces. Amiright?! I thought so. Now go out and enjoy yourselves some green beer (which may or may not be even better than green spaces. But I’m an interior designer so don’t tell anyone that I just said that).
March 2, 2011
found via French by Design, Pinterest (x3)
I would love to convince myself that winter is slowly coming to an end, but it’s just difficult as I watch the snow slowly fall outside our office windows. With spring somewhat, sort of, in the nearish to far-off distance, I keep trying to remind myself of all of the reasons why I love winter so I don’t go completely batty. These images of neatly piled stacks of wood appease my inner organizational nerd all the while reminding me of the satisfaction that comes from a simple winter evening curled up in front of a fire with a good book.
March 1, 2011
It always excites me when I stumble upon the remainder of a home that I’ve drooled over a glimpse of in the past. You may remember this red and white living room from this post of yore. This home was originally built in the 1920′s and has been renovated to maintain its funky vibe while bringing the amenities up to date to suit a modern lifestyle. While the retro feel isn’t one I’m generally drawn to, to me this space to can no wrong. It could be the natural light flooding through the rooms, the unexpected stripes located throughout (hello awesome orange hallway), or the old school menus hung above the counter. Whatever it may be, I’m smitten.
On a totally unrelated and beyond random note, I’ve named my boyfriends dimple Eric. Yeah. Blonde hair, blue eyes, athletic build, dimple. Who does he think he is? All the same, Eric is a fine name for such a part of his face, methinks.
Also, last night we spent the evening at our apartment organizing and setting up our new furniture and filling our cupboards with our new dishes. So exciting!
And a good day to you!
February 24, 2011
While perusing through my inspiration folder recently, I noticed that my subconscious seems to be drawn to the Acapulco chair. I’m not sure if it’s the delicate nature of the piece or the fact that I can just imagine myself lounging in it poolside with a piña colada in hand (twirly straw and little umbrella will naturally be present as well). Whether it’s the simplicity and beauty of the piece, or my desire to escape the cold for just a little, I’m totally on board with this chair.
February 23, 2011
I always seem to be drawn to spaces that were once intended for a specific function but have been repurposed for a completely different use. This old abandoned barn converted into a perfectly useful family home is no exception. The use of the worn barn wood and bent wrought iron juxtaposed against the new polished concrete is a mixture that I will surely never tire of.
February 17, 2011
February 16, 2011
found via French by Design
Lately I find myself drawn to the crisp black and white spaces that are currently flooding the design world. This one in particular is no exception. The oversized art adds just the right amount of warmth and colour to an otherwise cool space.
As an aside, I just noticed that this home totally coordinates with my new blog layout! You did notice that we got a wee bit of a makeover around here, didn’t you? Being of a creative mind, that’s the thing that I struggle with most. Just when I’m all done, all set, everything is all perfect and complete, I feel a spark of inspiration (or boredom) and want to start all over again! This is okay when it comes to a blog layout, but when it comes to my home it could get problematic (read: expensive).
Let me know what you think!
February 10, 2011
images found here
You may remember my fireplace roundup from some time ago. To date, the first image in that series is one of my all time favourites. I still sit and dream about curling up in front of that fire with a good book, and a wintery blizzard beyond the walls (is that weird?). So you can only imagine my excitement when Joanna posted the rest of the house on her blog yesterday. Until now, I hadn’t known where my dream fireplace had come from. And what’s even more amazing? You can rent this home whenever your little heart desires! And on top of it all, it’s located in the Hudson Valley which isn’t really that far from Toronto. Perhaps one day my silly little dream will, in fact, come true.
February 9, 2011
found via here
A few weeks back I stumbled upon this hotel tucked into the nooks and crannies of a Turkish cave. Dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, guests have the pleasure of sleeping, living and dining in what was once a series of ancient caves and passageways! It’s like real live Flintstones you guys. I’m simply blown away.
February 3, 2011
found via here
A pretty home for your Thursday morning. Sarah Illenberger, an incredibly talented photographer, lets us take a peek into her sweet little home. Her little collection of knick knacks and keepsakes is so very fascinating to me. And this is slightly embarrassing, but does anyone know who designs the turquoise chair in the first image? I’ve been subconsciously collecting images of it throughout the past while and I don’t eve know who’s it is! How awkward. I get a bad designer card.
update: it’s the acapulco chair! I can rest happily now.
January 27, 2011
I’ve recently upgraded from a double to a queen bed (you may remember my new mattress: Isodora. Is it weird that I’ve now spoken about her three times? Probably.) With the switch came the need for a new bed frame. My ikea metal frame and headboard has been good to me throughout the years, but I’m happy to say that she is no more. Hoorah! After purchasing this guy (just the frame) to support sweet, sweet Isodora, not to mention the expense of a new mattress, unfortunately a new headboard just isn’t in the cards right now. Originally this idea was a little unsettling but after seeing the lot of these headboardless beds I think I’m finally okay with this! Apparently the trick is a beautiful chair, some wonderful art (books count as art you know) and some fun and funky lamps.
January 25, 2011
found via here
Throughout middle school and into highschool I had two friends with whom I was more or less inseparable. Jess, the eldest of the two, just so happened to be Swedish. Throughout our childhood, all three of us had an understanding that Jess won at everything. She just did. Her Halloween costume was always the sparkliest, her piece of cake was always the largest, her boobs came well before ours (sorry to talk about your boobs in a public setting Jess. sometimes it happens) and without even trying, her doodles were unquestionably perfect (meanwhile I was to be the artist!) Everything she touched turned to gold.
I’m not sure what it is about those Nordic countries, but they have something in their blood. Jess is not the only exception. There is something that oozes beauty, creativity, style, functionality and sometimes, just plain ol’ luck. My obsession with Scandinavian design, both in interiors and in friends (ha what a weird thing to say), is no secret. And this Swedish country home fits the bill for everything that makes my heart skip a beat. Between the inexpensive Ikea chairs, handmade coffee tables, black accent walls and a number of great finds, this home is pure perfection in my books. One that I’m sure Jess will end up showing off sometime in her future. And you better believe that hers will be bigger, more stylish and far prettier than mine (even though I’m the interior designer. This is just how it is).
January 20, 2011
I’ve mentioned before how cold it’s been over here in Toronto and I’m telling you, we could really use a break! With day after day of bone-chilling weather it’s getting increasingly difficult to maintain some semblance of warmth. (I find that wearing two pairs of pants and drinking cup after cup of tea help immensely. Also, I’ve asked my grandma to knit me a pair of these for when I’m stuck at my computer). Being a tried, tested and true Canadian, you’d think that I’d have warmed up to the idea of winter by now (ha. pun). Instead, I find myself daydreaming about thawing out in front of any of these beautiful fireplaces.
January 19, 2011
images found here
If I lived here, I would be one very happy lady.
January 13, 2011
Today just so happens to be the coldest day we’ve had to experience so far this winter and as a result my bones are literally chilled all the way into their very centres. I would love to spend the day in one of these concrete bathtubs, filled to the brim with piping hot water in order to rectify this. Since this is not an option at the moment, please excuse me while I peruse our office to find some suitable layers as an alternative.
January 12, 2011
found via Milk Magazine
There are no words to sufficiently describe how I feel about this church-turned loft. Look at that arched detail. Those windows. And don’t get me started on the ceiling. With soaring-high ceilings such as these it’s often difficult to maintain a feeling of warmth and comfort. But this place? Well, it did just that with the use of raw, natural materials and caramel hues. Incredible.
January 11, 2011
found via Ralph Lauren
Every once in a while you just need a little bit of retail therapy. Although I have an affinity for shopping, my true passion lies within the decor of the stores themselves. Please tell me I’m not alone in this thought.
This Parisienne Ralph Lauren retail space is one of the prettiest stores I’ve set my sights on in a while. With a perfect blend of masculine and feminine elements, incredible mouldings and attention to minute details (would you please look at those floors), I could definitely spend my afternoon within these walls. And when it all gets to be too much, I could rest my tired feet at the courtyard restaurant appropriately named Ralph. Oh Paris, the things you do to me.
January 5, 2011
found via mixr
Every once in a while I stumble across a home that really speaks to me. This one in particular feels lived in, loved and experienced. Marie Olsson Nylander, a fellow interior designer, has an incredible eye for art and artifacts. Many of the pieces found throughout these spaces have been picked up throughout her travels around the world. They’re amazing. They tell a story. And while they’re each drastically different, their difference, their over-sized scale, and their colour saturation bring them all together and make for a cohesive space that is anything but boring.
December 21, 2010
found via Country Living
Generally, a place like this wouldn’t hold my attention for long. It’s cute. It’s cozy. It’s very, very country… But at this moment? Things are a little different. There’s nothing that sounds more appealing to me than packing up and getting away for a few days with just my family and a few close friends. On Christmas eve we’d toboggan and snow shoe while the turkey cooks in the oven and steams up the windows. On Christmas day, it would snow. Big fat snowflakes. We would sit in our pyjamas with cups of hot coco as we open our stockings. We would take multiple naps and drink champagne in the afternoon. All afternoon. Right now, this country cottage in the middle of nowhere, with its too small dining table for us to crowd around, grandma observing from the rocking chair, it’s looking pretty great.
December 17, 2010
You may feel as if I’ve been neglecting interiors that are non-Christmas related as of late, and you’re probably right; but you can’t say that I didn’t warn you (here). If it isn’t obvious by my posts, tweets, and squees of excitement, I really like Christmas. That said, I understand that some of you may not be so keen on this (wonderful) holiday. If you happen to be one of those described (thanks for not boycotting my blog until January!), and this post is for you. Some real, live, pretty rooms for you to feast your eyes on, and nary a Christmas decoration in sight. Never you mind that the rooms are all red + white. I had to have some fun! This is my little corner of the interwebs after all.
December 14, 2010
found via Skona Hem
To me, this house is the perfect amount of everything. One part Christmas, one part class, and you know that the little girls who live here wear peacoats and pigtails, possibly even sport little british accents (even though I’m pretty sure this house is in Sweden). The place feels lived in and loved while still maintaining a sense of beauty and museum-like quality. I love how the Christmas decorations are prominent, yet tasteful as not to scream “Christmas threw up in here!” (not to say that I don’t enjoy some Christmas throw up as well). Perfection, in my books.
post script: I never thought I’d speak about throw up on my blog, but there I go! Three times.
December 8, 2010
As mentioned (many times now), I’ve finished Danielle’s bedroom! What we started off with (see below), was a lackluster, boring ol’ space that just didn’t showcase the personality and energy of this particular client. As a young entrepreneur working in the fitness industry, she needed a fresh, vibrant space that she could come home to at the end of a high energy day. A place to sit and relax but one that still felt like her.
Just starting out in the real world, a lack of funds was our biggest hurdle. We decided to keep her large, main pieces (bed, night stand, dresser), and work around them in terms of decor. We made some incredible finds (umm hello $200 Craigslist chair, and hey there $60 vintage pendant lamp), and spent the rest of the budget on paint, fabric and a few accessories. I’m so pleased with the results!
December 8, 2010
After much anticipation, Danielle’s bedroom is finally done! Take a look at what we started with when we began this project a few months ago: a drab space with not much personality. Considering that a girl with oodles of said personality inhabits this space, it just did not seem fitting. I’m just adding the finishing touches to the after pictures - so make sure to check back in a little while to see what was done!
November 24, 2010
Things have taken a turn for the omg-I-can’t-believe-how-much-I-have-to-do-right-now. So please enjoy these beautiful spaces, their soaring high cathedral ceilings and crisp white walls in my absence.
November 23, 2010
images found via Rue Mag
If you have yet to be informed, Rue’s second issue was launched yesterday morning! I spent far too much time than I’d care to admit perusing through it last night. These girls are seriously talented.
Above are a few of my favourite shots from this months issue. If it isn’t obvious, I had a hard time narrowing it down; so please mind the bombardment of pictures. If you feel so inclined, take a look for yourself here. Oh, and if any of you know who sings this song, please let me know. And, because free things are awesome, head here for some of your own!
November 18, 2010
found via Desire to Inspire
If I ever disappear, your best bet is to check for me here. In Madrid. In this fantastic apartment. Between the white walls, the pops of colour, the unexpected wallpaper and the fun hangy-baubles-of-sorts, I can’t help but be sucked into these images. My only concern is the duvet on the bed; it’s definitely not fluffy enough for my liking. I would have to bring my own, but minor details I suppose.
November 17, 2010
From glam, to rustic, to outdoors (?), to industrial chic (don’t you love the terms us designers come up with), I always gravitate towards images of a good soaker tub. It’s a necessity to rid yourself of a hard days work, to begin a romantic evening out, or, and let’s be frank here, to spend your friday evening in.
November 15, 2010
found via Trevor Tondro
I have some bad news, friends. My scenes from my weekend will be null and void for today. I mistakenly forgot my camera in my cousins car on Saturday evening and as a result I have nothing to show for myself until I see her later this week. My apologies for now, but next week I will make up for it! For the moment, please enjoy some incredible interiors photographed by the talented Trevor Tondro, and know that the weekend was great. Movies, restaurants, foggy evenings out, sunday brunches, oh my. I hope that yours, too, was just as wonderful!
November 10, 2010
Simple, elegant, and adds a little touch of fun and whimsy to any space. The idea of the chalkboard wall is especially great for those of the likes of me who have trouble making any permanent decisions. With new ideas constantly evolving it’s difficult to settle on one, knowing you may find something better tomorrow! Well, a chalkboard wall is interchangeable, evolving and all you need is some creativity, and a little chalk.
Disclaimer: I should note that I’m very good at making decisions for other people, but when it’s my own space? Well it’s hard!! I totally get why people hire interior designers.
November 9, 2010
The perfect place to spend the holidays, in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind curling up with a good book amongst any or all of those furry throws. I’m also picturing family, friends, a day of snow shoeing followed by sweat pants (apparently you can get cashmere sweats if you want to be fancy-like), and bottomless glasses of champagne. With that owl throw pillow, I could surely get my dad on board.
November 4, 2010
found via Unknown & Sacramento Street
Some pretty bedrooms for your Thursday morning.
ps. If you haven’t voted yet, or if you would like to vote again, please click here to help lark + linen out! The good news? Only two more days of me bugging you guys like this! I appreciate it guys. Your tweets and retweets and facebook posts and votes mean more to me than you know.
November 2, 2010
No sooner did it seem that October left us and winter reared its ugly head. (Wait. One sec. November? Seriously?! When. When did this happen!?) Now that the weather is beginning to call for wool jackets and fingerless gloves (because lets face it, those are secretly cool), I find myself craving the jewel tones and deep rich colours of spaces like this. I’m also loving the thick, chunky, oversized masculine lines set against the gilded mirrors and dainty mouldings. And the light fixtures above the dining room table? I die. Perfection.
ps. this is me being annoying until friday. If you get the chance, check out Design Refuge’s October challenge, and vote! I’ve made the final cut and would be so honoured. Thanks noodles <3
October 28, 2010
This is me. A little bit girly, a little bit traditional (but sometimes not at all), some organized chaos, and always busying myself with some sort of goings-on. Design Refuge has challenged us bloggy folks to showcase our design aesthetic in one single post. This is it for me. It’s a place I go to seek refuge from a non-stop day; my haven, my getaway, my breath of fresh air. It’s the smell of vanilla, the softness of warm cashmere, and there’s always room for all of my friends. It’s a combination of old and new; sparkly and worn & well-loved; bright and inviting. On that’s filled with things that make my heart happy. A place to simply call my own. Welcome to my space! Please, have a cookie.
October 27, 2010
all images found via unknown (unfortunately these are from an old file, and I did not save their sources. If you know where they’re from, please let me know so that I can credit them)
October 20, 2010
I’m loving the use of materials used to create these unusual headboards. Whether it’s pressed tin, bamboo, an old barn door, or simply painted mdf, it just goes to show you that there are no bounds! Put your creative cap on, and go nuts! (Is there such thing as a creative cap? I’m thinking I just coined that term.)
October 19, 2010
found via Munge Leung
Ever since hearing about the opening of Ame just off of King st, downtown Toronto, I’ve been itching to go. With an extensive cocktail list, a central location and quite the delicious sounding sushi menu, it would be the perfect place to meet your friends for a drink or two after work. Plus, the space feels like South Carolina country bar meets Japan meets industrial modern. I’m loving the fusion of the rustic elements with the kimono fabric. And did you see the washroom? You may not know this, but I judge a place based on its washroom. You can’t leave those details out!
October 13, 2010
found via Stuart McIntyre
Something a little different around these here parts. This house isn’t one that I would tend to be drawn to at first glance, but I thought I’d go a little crazy – let my hair down, if you will. No?
I believe I’m simply drawn to the eclectic feel of this space as it’s something a little out of my comfort zone. Photographer Stuart McIntyre has successfully captured the essence of this home. I’m convinced that the main element keeping these spaces together as a whole is the series of incredible, yet vastly different art that is hung within each room. The colours are mismatched, the furniture is contrasting in style, and the wallpaper is unexpected, yet it all works so perfectly, so seamlessly together.
October 6, 2010
October 5, 2010
found via The House Hotel
In my few years of life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have done a small amount of travelling. While I absolutely love it and would never turn down the opportunity to go anywhere, the thought of going to Istanbul was never really one that crossed my mind. Not until now, that is. Designed by Autoban, this four storey mansion (originally built in 1890) has recently been transformed into this incredible hotel, fit for a queen, if I do say so myself. The walls. The ceiling. Omygod the floor! Please excuse me a moment, I’m drooling.
October 1, 2010
Whoever said that your ceilings should be white? I’m noticing a change in trends, gearing more towards experimenting up above. Applying a coat of jet black paint to your ceiling is a bold and graphic statement that, if executed properly, could have a great (read: inexpensive) effect. Naturally, it helps to have soaring high ceilings seeing as the dark colour will ultimately make the ceiling feel lower. However, a quick coat of bright white paint on your walls will help to bring the ceiling right back up again. The key to this is to maintain a neutral palette throughout the rest of the space. Throw out all the rules you’ve heard in the past and let your ceiling do the talking.
September 28, 2010
This house had me stopped dead in my tracks when I stumbled upon it the other day. As you may have noticed (if it wasn’t glaringly obvious), I generally tend to be drawn to crisp, clean, white spaces. The deep, dark colours and rich textures of this home, however, have me rethinking my previous case of white-syndrome. Of course, it helps that there are little pops of it sprinkled throughout.
post summary: I have a serious case of house envy.
September 22, 2010
There’s not much I love more than a good sink. Okay, maybe I could think of a number of things that I love more, but that’s beside the point. These three in particular really foot the bill. Both practical (obviously), functional (I would hope, at least!) and aesthetically pleasing (this goes without saying), I would not mind tidying up in any of the above.
ps. If you ever happen to find yourself in Brasaii, make sure you visit the washroom (the back washroom, not the front one). They have a pretty fantastic sink themselves.
September 21, 2010
found via Skona Hem
Since in my mind the arrival of fall coincides with the first day of school (I’ve been out of school for three years and this thought will probably never change), I’ve already begun to embrace the change of season (have you noticed?). With tomorrow being the first official day of fall, I felt as though I should give summer a proper send-off with one last incredible summer home. Until next year!
September 17, 2010
Boutique Homes is a website I happened to stumble upon recently, and I’m so glad that I did. Their aim is to provide incredible vacation home rentals; many of which are created by some pretty notable and talented architects. This home in particular is designed as the perfect transitional space for the days that linger between summer and fall. I wouldn’t mind curling up with a book and a blanket in any of the rich, charcoal gray and chocolate-brown spaces, wrapped up to protect myself from the coolness of the morning. Yet, when the sun makes an appearance and the temperature rises, I could just as easily sit outside to enjoy a light lunch and take in the expansive views.
September 15, 2010
I’m currently loving the idea of a ladder in a kitchen. Not only is it a practical way to make use of that otherwise wasted ceiling space, it also looks so dreamy and adds such a fun little element to the space.
September 13, 2010
found via My Ideal Home
We’re off to a rough start this morning here on lark + linen. The majority of my photos were mistakenly deleted from this weekend (womps). My brilliant friend is helping me in their recovery, so for now, please accept this pretty view as a place holder.
update: alas, my photos could not be recovered without spending a silly amount on some downloadable program. Does anyone know any other way? I’d love to hear it.
September 9, 2010
all images found via Burdifilek
A portion of my family (both immediate and extended) works within the wine industry. You could say these sort of things run in our blood. Given the amount of wine we consume at all our family gatherings, this may actually be true. Growing up, wine was always readily available to my brother and I. My parents wanted us to acquire a taste for it, but I never really did enjoy its tartness. Not until recently, that is. Oh, how I was missing out.
That said, I’ve toured many a winery in my day. There are an incredible amount of beautiful wineries sprinkled throughout Southern Ontario, but Stratus? It’s a little different. I’ve had the pleasure of frequenting it on multiple occasions, and each time I’m in awe. There’s just something about it. Perhaps it’s the warmth of the wood contrasting against the coldness of the concrete. The juxtaposition of the pin straight lines next to the silhouette of the bottle. Or maybe it’s simply the effortlessness of this particular winery, different from what one would expect upon entering. Whatever it is, the designers have done an amazing job.
September 8, 2010
It seems as though the weather has gotten a little cooler, a little grayer. Fall is undoubtedly on its way and on its coattails it’s bringing work that took a backseat and allowed us to breathe a little easier this past summer. Things are busy (understatement) and during the little moments I’ve managed to sneak to myself (necessary), I’ve found myself seeking solace in these perfectly worn in rooms.
found via unkown & the beautiful soup
September 3, 2010
If you’ve picked up the most recent edition of Martha Stewart Living, these images will look familiar to you. Martha has so graciously let us in to her Bedford, New York kitchen and has shared some of her favourite little tips and tricks for a perfectly functional kitchen. There are 50 in total, and you can find them all here. I’ve gone and compiled a list of my favourite unnecessary, yet somehow totally necessary ideas for you to enjoy:
all images found via Martha Stewart
September 1, 2010
Is anyone else having as much difficulty as I am wrapping their head around the fact that we are now, officially, in September? I don’t understand when or how this happened, but it did! While we’re still battling quite the heat wave here in Toronto, I know that our warm days are numbered.
Here are two bedrooms that may help us transition into the cooler, crisper days of fall.
found via unknown & The Style Files
August 31, 2010
And for your Tuesday morning, I present to you another McLean Quinlan. Great. Big. Sigh.
August 27, 2010
One of the perks to working for the firm that I happen to be employed by is the incredible lunches we get to experience. Birthdays, goodbyes, friday afternoons or new hair dos… we like to celebrate. We like to eat!
We generally make our way out to the streets of Toronto and meander until we stumble upon something that fits the mood for the afternoon. Yesterday, we happened to venture on over to Brasaii for a co-workers belated birthday.
The food was tasty, but the space is what got me. With soaring ceilings, brick walls, wooden joists and original columns, the restaurant is luxurious, yet cozy, without being the least bit stuffy. The Design Agency, a Toronto based design firm, has done a wonderful job at melting industrial and traditional design together seamlessly with the mix of pottery barn lamps & neon artwork. Perfection!
found via Brasaii
August 26, 2010
Starbucks has really gone and done it this time! You may have already heard, but they’ve recently opened a pretty incredible looking coffee and tea house. Branching out from their typical store layout and design, 15th Ave. Coffee & Tea is a Seattle-based coffee-house that encourages you to kick back and stay a while. With the use of recycled tin, reclaimed wood, and even a boat-turned-cafeteria table, the designers have successfully created a cozy little coffee shop atmosphere. If I hadn’t told you, you never would have known that ‘the bux’ is behind this venture. Although I’m not a huge Starbucks advocate (as noted here), I must give them credit. To boot? You have the option of having your coffee french pressed (oo la la), they offer wine (and poetry readings!) in the evenings, and the tea is steeped with real tea leaves! None of that bagged-stuff here.
Take a look!
August 5, 2010
You may remember my post not too long ago about perfectly perfect, moroccan inspired, colourful floor tiles. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but I really do think they’ll be everywhere in no time. Here is part two of the series of images I’ve amassed for us to drool over!
August 4, 2010
A sweet little cottage retreat for your viewing (and daydreaming) pleasures.
July 28, 2010
Japanese architect, Tomohiro Hata, built his house in Kyoto, Japan, and it’s no ordinary house. No. He constructed a three story wooden (plywood) house within the framework of his stark white home. I love projects that push the limits just a bit and challenge standard notions. Take a look!
all images found via Dezeen
July 27, 2010
I’m going to make a prediction, here and now. Colourful, Moroccan inspired floor tiles are going to be the next big thing in this little industry we’ve got going on here. I’ve just begun to notice them more and more and I’ve already amassed quite the collection of inspirational images. So many that I will probably split this into two separate posts, to keep you on your toes and all.
Beautiful. I love how the rest of the spaces are kept clean and simple, allowing the tiles to really pop and make the statement they were born to make.
July 22, 2010
Munge Leung, a Toronto based interior design firm, has successfully made their mark on many, many incredible projects. This 7,300 square foot ravine house in particular really caught my eye. Is it just me, or does it kind of make you want to become some sort of bachelor (bachelorette) and host a bunch of parties with tall models. No? Just me? Well then…
all images found via Munge Leung
July 21, 2010
Perfectly worn in wood flooring in a chevron pattern.
July 20, 2010
This may be my favourite house to date (and that’s a tall order to fill!) I stumbled across the portfolio of McLean Quinlan not too long ago and quickly got in touch with the architect. The work is beyond incredible, and I just had to share it. (As an aside, if you’d like to repost their work, shoot Kate Quilan a quick e-mail for permission. She’s very sweet and gracious!)
As a UK-based architectural firm, they seem to have a knack for blending old and new seamlessly into a space that is both incredibly beautiful and functional.
Stow-on-the-wold is an old barn converted into an amazing countryside house. With four kids and many friends occupying this home, the spaces had to be usable, abusable and still aesthetically pleasing. The juxtaposition of the worn wood, rustic stone facade, and comfortable furniture allow the rooms to feel lived in and unstuffy, while the oversized chandeliers, huge glass doors and glossy white floors maintain that sleek and sexy, contemporary feel. Take a look for yourself!
found via McClean Quinlan
July 16, 2010
Here’s a sneak peek at a project I’ve recently been working on. Danielle is a vibrant young professional who works in the health and fitness industry. Constantly on the go, working in a fast paced, high energy environment, she has requested that I transform her neutral bedroom into a fresh, fun one that really showcases her personality, yet lets her relax when the day ends. We decided on a colour palette of soft greys, a vibrant coral and a fresh teal. Since Danielle is on a limited budget (after recently graduating University), we figured we would re-use her bed and dresser, which are in great shape, and just do a simple refresh on the rest of the space, only splurging on the items that we both fall in love with; the ones she will be able to keep forever. I’ll be sure to update you as the project progresses, complete with before and after pictures, and a source list! Stay tuned. (I’ve always wanted to say that!)
And here’s a quick sketch that I whipped up for her to really get a feel for her future space
July 15, 2010
I’ve been collecting images of inspiration boards over the past few months and haven’t even really noticed until sifting through my files the other day. My subconcious is all over them! Take note of the first one, the designer used binder clips to hang each image. So creative!
July 14, 2010
With my vacation approaching in just a few short weeks, I can’t help but be drawn to a few incredibly beautiful, perfectly designed, immaculate retreats.
Amangiri in particular has really caught my eye. Located in Utah, practically in the middle of the desert, it isn’t the type of location you would think you’d typically want to get away to, until you check out these views.
The hotel and spa have been designed to blend into their landscape with colour, materials, texture and scale, as to not disturb their surroundings. It’s incredible! Where do I sign up?
July 9, 2010
Keeping in tune with all things summer (this seems fitting with this heat wave that doesn’t seem to want to let up), take a look at this incredible beach house designed by Murdock Young Architects. I wouldn’t mind getting away and spending the summer here, would you?!
The crisp white spaces, the sizable cathedral ceilings and the natural light pouring into each room are like a breath of fresh air.
all images found via Mudock Young
July 7, 2010
Barn doors. I’m loving this approach to an entry! It works especially well when there is a lack of space for a standard door to swing open. The oversized, unanticipated, rustic boldness of the following images make my eyes happy. They’re pieces of art in themselves and they truly make these rooms pop!
July 6, 2010
Nikole Herriott from Forty-Sixth at Grace is a fellow Toronto designer whose apartment (and shoppe) I’ve just recently stumbled upon. Her place, a mere 390 square feet, is so sweet and well put together and I just had to share it. If you get a moment, check out her shoppe, Herriott Grace, as well. All of the items are incredible! This lady certainly has an eye for design.
all images found via Design Sponge
June 29, 2010
I stumbled upon yet another new and incredible blog. This one has a bit of a twist to it though.
Gary and Elaine post pictures of spaces cut out from catalogs and magazines, and add a touch of dialogue to poke fun at each image. They’re hilarious! Take a look at a few examples below, and click here to see the rest.
“Oh dear, our Q-Tip decanter is almost 1/5th depleted.”
“I’d invite you in, but Gary and I got in a bit of a fight after he had one too many bottled waters. He stormed out of the room so fast he only partially pushed in his chair! And I was right in the middle of my yellow book…”
“Gary! I was just reading a book from the under-bed basket and I looked up to see that someone forgot to put away the twine last night.”
“Hi Nancy, it’s Elaine. I’m going to be a little late for lunch. I can’t find my hat or my back-up hat.”
all images & quotes found via Catalog Living
June 28, 2010
A collection of beautifully upholstered headboards for your Monday afternoon.
June 25, 2010
My roommate and I moved out of our parents nests and into a place of our very own a year and a half ago. In our very first class of our second year of University, we were told to partner up for a semester long group project. I quickly scoured the classroom for someone who looked as if they were somewhat sane (I went to an art school), spotted her from across the room and sheepishly walked up to her like a third grader and asked her to be my friend. Basically. We hit it off immediately and the rest is history! (We also got an A on that project. I’m just saying).
I’ve been blessed with a wonderful roommate who will bake cookies with me at any given moment (literally), and who likes tea almost as much as I do. On occasion, you may mistake us for an elderly couple while we sip our tea and watch The Young and the Restless (earlier this year we also seriously considered taking up knitting – I’m not joking).
With that said, I wanted to share with you another piece of my portfolio (yay!). Our apartment. I lucked out and scored a roommate who’s as passionate about interiors and design as I am. We were (and unfortunately still are, sigh) both on pretty strict budgets and we really had to watch our pennies. We were careful with our purchases, found some incredible deals (our couch was a $250 Craigslist find), and only splurged on the pieces that we just couldn’t live without.
June 23, 2010
You may recall my post from a while back where I was inquiring about where I could locate this incredible wallcovering (if you don’t recall, click here). Well… Guess what!?…
Yep. I found it!
I let my uber nerd out and got in touch with the designer of the space, Sally Steponkus. We e-mailed back and forth a couple of times and she was incredibly sweet. She told me that the wallpaper of my hearts desire is actually a grasscloth from from Phillip Jeffries and it’s called Moroccan.
Unfortunately it’s only available to trades, but if you’re desperate, I may be able to help you out!
Here it is:
Thanks wallpaper fairies (aka Sally)!
June 23, 2010
Take a look at Ella Dining Room and Bar in Sacramento California. Local designers, Uxus, repurposed 500 shutters to use as a decorative element. I’m loving the contrast between the old and the new!
June 17, 2010
There isn’t much else to say about this A-frame house designed by William O’Brien Jr. Perfection.
found via William O’Brien Jr.
June 16, 2010
all images found via Desire to Inspire via M. Elle
I always thought of myself as more of a city girl than anything else. But this farmhouse has me re-thinking all of my previous dreams! The mother-daughter design team, M. Elle, have done an incredible china job making the space feel warm and inviting, yet not too country. I’m impressed.
June 15, 2010
Some beautiful, raw, wood floors for your Tuesday afternoon.
found via This is Glamorous
June 14, 2010
This rendering of a library in Stockholm gives me a little bit of acrophobia… But what an interesting concept!
found via Stumble Upon
June 11, 2010
Take a look at the Recess Yogurt Bar & Café in New York. Designed by Scalar Architecture, the LED ceiling changes colour, there are little yogurt holders that come out of the wall, and you get to enjoy your treat while lounging on vintage Eames chairs! The entire space is seamless in its design where the walls turn into the floor, and the floor transforms into a bar. I love that it isn’t what you would typically expect from a Yogurt store. Well played, Scalar.
June 10, 2010
Take a look at this fantastically girly Palm Springs home designed by New York based designer Moises Esquenazi.
all images found via Moises Esquenazi
June 8, 2010
I’m beginning to notice a new trend as of late: neutral spaces with a neon accent. I kind of like it! I think I could get on board, given the right space, of course.
June 7, 2010
I thought I’d do a bit of a follow-up on executive chef Brad Moore’s School Bakery & Café since it was such an interesting concept and a wonderful experience (that could have been the company though - I roll with good people. I’m just saying. Also, can I pull off that last sentence? I didn’t think so. Carrying on.) Every detail was well thought out and perfectly executed. The menus are presented to you on little clipboards, the 21 schoolhouse clocks mounted on the wall are all set to 3:30 (everyone’s favourite part of the school day – naturally), and the centre piece of each table is an apple set on a stainless steel coaster. The brick walls are covered in chalkboards with sayings like “please don’t feed the models”, there is hopscotch painted on the floor in front of the washroom and the kitchen is refered to as detention (the staff is then refered to as the faculty, of course). When they cater to private parties, the space transforms into private school, and on sunday, well, it’s sunday school of course!
June 3, 2010
Take a look at the Melbourne café Capital Kitchen. As you may have figured out by now, I’m a sucker for all things neutral. I would love to meet my girlfriends here for a latte or two!
found via Apartment Therapy
June 1, 2010
Sigh. I can’t wait until I get my hands on a suitable project where I can paint the floors a high gloss white. That may be a weird thing for someone to get excited about… but look how pretty!!
all images found via Greige
May 31, 2010
A little office inspiration to start your work week off on the right foot. I’m loving the organized chaos.
found via unknown
May 28, 2010
Our firm has recently been hired to redesign a Dental Office. I had never really thought about it before, but upon further review, it seemed to me that all of them are the same. Clinical. Sterile. Boring. Not some place you really want to be (that kind of goes without saying, but, well, you know). We didn’t want this to happen in our project, so I took it upon myself to do a little research and I thought I’d share with you a few of the interesting takes on Dental Offices that I stumbled upon. Also, on a side note, have you heard of this dental spa thing they’ve got going on? Apparently certain offices are trying to change the dental experience by making it more enjoyable and spa-like. You know, head china massage while you get your cavities filled. I could really get on board with this.
Bam! Chandeliers in unlikely places!
May 26, 2010
Take a look at Quebec based Architectural firm Lemaymichaud’s office. The seamless blend of old and new makes the space feel modern, but not museum-like. The firm is a well established Canadian company that currently has two spaces. One is situated in an old restored bank in Quebec City, and the other in a historic building in Montreal. Both of them are incredible!
May 25, 2010
Here is a perfectly girly dining room for your Tuesday afternoon.
found via Plush Palate
May 21, 2010
Seesaw, an incredibly talented graphic design agency based in Scottsdale, Arizona, recently shared pictures of their new office space on their blog. I’m in awe.
It went from this:
This wall was done with tape & grey paint. Incredible.
all images found via Seesaw Design
I’m in love with their work. It’s taking all of my might to not crumble and buy these amazing letterpress thank you cards. They make my heart happy.
found via Seesaw Shoppe
May 20, 2010
Have you seen this yet? Architect Antón García-Abril designed this getaway in Spain by piling hay bales and pouring concrete overtop. Once the concrete set they had a cow (whom, I should note, is named Paulina) eat all the hay within. The results?
Check-out the video here
May 19, 2010
Next month’s issue of Elle Decor features Meg Ryan’s home in Martha’s Vineyard. It’s oh-so-dreamy! If my Cape Town dreams don’t work out, perhaps I’ll go knock on Meg’s door (we’re tight like that).
I would put money on the fact that the blogosphere will be bombarded with these images, but I can’t help myself. Here are a few sneak-peaks.
May 18, 2010
This wallpaper is killing me! I want it everywhere. I can’t for the life of me figure out where it came from though. If there are any wallpaper fairies out there who can help a girl out, please let me know.
found via Sally Steponkus
May 17, 2010
I tend to be drawn to soft hues, and bright white interiors and so far that seems to be the sort of spaces I’ve been sharing here. I thought I’d go a little crazy on this monday afternoon and switch it up with a couple of colourful rooms that are just as cozy and inviting.
May 14, 2010
We recently took on a mini powder room renovation project at my dad’s place. I should say, my step-mom recently took on a mini powder room renovation project. The woman is a miracle worker! She did it all herself. Flooring, drywall, wallpaper… It always amazes me how much she is capable of, and in such a short period of time.
I did impart a few of my interior design abilities on the project and I thought it would be fun to share it with you. I want to go ahead and say that I cannot take all the credit, I merely selected the wallpaper, gave my two cents about accent colours, tossed around a couple of side-table-like ideas and my step-mom did the rest. I’m extremely happy with the results – she did an incredible job in shanghai!
I believe that the most interesting designs are the ones that break conventional rules. Whoever said that you shouldn’t use a bold graphic pattern in a small space. Do it! Go big or go home my friends. With that in mind, keep the rest of the space subdued and let the wallcovering do the talking.
note: If you’d like to use my images for any reason, please go ahead, I just ask that you link back to me. Thanks!
May 13, 2010
I’ve always had a crush on stairs. For real. I know that sounds totally weird, but I’m a designer, and sometimes we’re strange like that. I started drawing floor plans for fun when I was 7 or 8 (read: strange), and the common thread throughout all of them was crazy, multiple, winding staircases. That and cool bridges, secret doors and hangout-nooks, naturally. Seriously though, stairs are sexy. That is all.
May 12, 2010
Ahh. This kitchen. Brilliant! It’s a small, but mighty space. I love the idea of a neutral kitchen with a hint of sparkle, and a pop of colour on the ceiling. The best part? As your taste changes, you could easily switch out the coloured ceiling which would completely change the entire feel of the space. Maybe aqua for the summer, a deep ochre for the fall, a little aubergine for the cold winter months… Who needs seasonal throw pillows when you could have a seasonal kitchen ceiling! My boyfriend is for sure rolling his eyes at me right now. Oh the things I have planned for us…
found via House & Home
side note: There are a few companies that carry the stainless steel hexagon mosaic tile (seen as the backsplash above), but if you’re looking for it, check Cercan-Tile. I know for sure they have it. I’ve had a little sample of it on my desk for the past year, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it.
May 11, 2010
It’s still cold and rainy here in Toronto. In Jacquelyn-land that means it’s absolutely freezing and I may lose my toes and slash or the tips of my fingers. I’ve been known to exaggerate a little bit okay a lot, but carrying on. I would love to cuddle up in this nook all day with a book and a cup of tea.
May 11, 2010
These tiles! They just make my eyes happy. I haven’t been able to find them in an application yet but as soon as I do I will be sure to share it! They’re called the SomerTile Square Lantern in white and you can get them at Overstock.com for about $8.00 a square foot. Oh I would tile my life with these babies. And I don’t even care that they like, totally stole it right out of my header.
found via Overstock
May 10, 2010
This morning was one of those whirl-wind mornings where nothing went right (and I should note – it’s only 9:45). I turned my alarm off instead of pushing snooze, I ran out of bobby pins when I tried to put my hair up in a frenzy, and that girl with the attitude on the subway? You know, the one who feels it’s absolutely necessary to push her way to the front of the platform, weasel her way so that she’s standing right in front of you (so that her stray hairs are almost tickling your nose), and once the train comes, decides to get on and then stop right at the entrance because she feels claustrophobic within the train, making everyone have to squish around her to get through the door? Yeah. You know the one. I mumbled something under my breath and then stopped and thought about something that I heard the other day: every second you spend upset is one less second you will have to be happy.
So here I am, choosing happy! But please excuse me while I get my life organized and go out on an office tea run.
May 7, 2010
In order to beat the cold & rain we’re expecting, I hope your weekend is filled with lots and lots of the following. Feel free to substitute the hot chocolate with a glass of champagne, naturally.
ps. Happy mothers day to my beautiful Mama, and my wonderful step-mom, Linda!
May 7, 2010
You may have seen this around the interwebs, or perhaps in an old issue of House & Garden, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hampton house is just too pretty to not share! According to the article she worked closely with architect and designer Michael Minkoff to complete the look.
found via The Style-Files
May 5, 2010
I found these in my inbox this morning. Brace yourself guys. You can now match your pink refrigerator with a pink stove! My boyfriend is going to LOVE our future kitchen. Big chill (what a name) has come out with a line of colourful vintage inspired gas stoves, with matching hoods to boot. With colours like Pink Lemonade and Buttercup Yellow, how could you go wrong? I’m only half-joking here. I really feel that these could look fantastic in the right space. Lets get serious for just one second though. Please… PLEASE hire a designer if this is the direction you want to go in.
Look how fun!
found via Big Chill
update: if you go here, you can see colourful fridges in different applications
May 4, 2010
Oh the things I would do to spend my summer here, in this amazing house on the beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
all images found via Taverne Agency and photographed by Alexander van Berge
April 29, 2010
A pretty bedroom to get you through your Thursday afternoon.
found via Polly Wreford
April 28, 2010
Anyone who is within the design industry has probably already heard of Lonny Magazine, but if you haven’t I highly recommend you check it out! It’s free, it’s long, and it’s pretty amazing!
found via Lonny Magazine
April 27, 2010
This is how I envision my next place. A well-loved space decorated in soft greys, and pops of pink! I think that I may have a slight obsession with sparkling chandeliers in unlikely places as well. Now if I could only convince my boyfriend that pink is totally manly…
Also, I’m pretty sure I spy a pink refrigerator. It’s mind-blowing, admit it!
April 26, 2010
I have a huge folder with inspirational images on my computer. I guess that was what fueled this blog; I needed somewhere to put them! I don’t want to selfishly hoard them away any longer. They deserve their chance to be seen. Along my blog travels, I come across images of incredible interior spaces many times daily; ones that make my heart go pitter patter. But this one? This has been my favourite since the beginning. I hate to use the word “swoon” but I just cannot think of a better word to accurately depict how this space makes me feel. The casual elegance. It is amazing! Swooooon.
I found this image almost a year ago now, and cannot for the life of me remember where. If anyone knows where it’s from, please let me know. I would like to give credit where credit is due.
April 23, 2010
Hello sunshine! Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere. Is that what this place is called? I’m kind of new at this. I have been a long time blog surfer, but this is my first attempt at anything myself. Here I will be posting the things that inspire me along my travels and the little things that keep me going. Please enjoy, and feel free to contact me with your thoughts and ideas.