Inspiration: Lived In from The Veda House

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Hey guys, Cassie from The Veda House here while Jacquelyn is off in Mexico! As a photo stylist, I live in a world where everything has it’s place and fits in just so. If it is not all tidy, it’s “made” to look messy. Authentic messy is hard to capture authentically, especially with participants who are willing to share.

I find myself pinning a bunch of images that capture the everyday beauty of messy and getting inspired as I do so. I strive to be a little more OK with a blemish here and an out of place plant there, but it’s tough for an compulsive organizer. The more I pin beautiful images, the more it’s ok right?

How do you keep your home? Lived in or tidied just so?

You can browse my Pinterest board for more lived in inspiration!

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

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House Envy from Coco and Mingo

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Hello Lark & Linen readers! I’m so excited to be holding down the fort today while our lovely Jacquelyn is soaking up the sun and beautiful scenery, as well as hopefully doing plenty of dancing at her cousin’s wedding in Mexico! I’m Jessica over from Coco and Mingo, stepping in for today’s House Envy post! I was able to find a gorgeous home that pretty much fulfilled everything I’m loving right now with interiors: white, open spaces with lots of natural light and wood, mix + match prints and patterns (especially wall coverings!), Scandinavian designs, and mostly neutral decor with pops of color.

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This home is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 3 story residence located in Amsterdam. I came across this home while researching for my future *fingers crossed* trip to Amsterdam hopefully later this year or next! I love how it combines my other favorite (and current) city, New York, into its decor and style by using large wall decals, wallpaper, and canvas prints…it’s the perfect balance of modern and Scandinavian design that always seem to catch my eye. 

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

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Thanks for having me, Jacquelyn! Hope you’re enjoying your time in Mexico!

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Hotel Envy: Coqui Coqui

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

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Exciting News + HGTV!

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I’ve had a handful of pinch-me type moments over the course of the last little while, but this little number is a biggie. Have you heard of HGTV? Of course you have! Who hasn’t!? I’ve been madly obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. And by that I mean I vividly recollect getting upset when we switched cable companies and temporarily lost their channel – I’m pretty sure I was ten. And this girl right here has been asked to contribute to their blog! It’s literally the stuff that my dreams are made of.

So from here on out, once a month you’ll be able to find my House Envy series over on their pages. Consider me pleased-as-punch! This month I’m chatting all about this beautiful Swedish town home and you definitely don’t want to miss it… 

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House Envy: Library Transformed

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Would you believe me if I told you that this incredible home was once a single-room library? Built in 1915, homeowners Karen Gilliam and Sara Van Beckum, lovingly restored and transformed this space into their family’s home. Modern elements have been infused amongst the traditional roots, with curves in all the right places. And the results? Well, just take a peek for yourself…

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House Envy: New England Dream

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If I’m being honest, I had an entirely different home tour lined up today – aaaand then this happened. My boss, the beautiful, talented, wonderful Abby Larson, opened her home for us all to see. It’s been featured in the newest Domino Magazine (yep, we’re still freaking out at the SMP offices) and I simply HAD to share it. Because when a home is THIS good, it’s just the right thing to do.

This right here is just a taste of the goodness, but there’s a whole lot more where this came from over on SMP Living (complete with a full room by room breakdown, and behind the scenes secrets!). 

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

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House Envy: Pretty in Pink

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My best friend is currently in the throws of apartment hunting in Sweden and I’ve been told that the rental market over there is rough. There isn’t much on the market, and when things do come up they go almost instantly. And if this apartment is any example, I can totally see why. I mean, if you had one of these beauties under your belt, would you ever leave? I know for a fact I’d be a lifer.

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Source: Bjufors via Grey and Scout 

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Inspiration: Pedestal Sinks

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Pinterest is funny in the sense that I tend to pin all willy nilly, and it’s only when I look back at my pins over the course of a few days do I realize that a trend has begun to form. And for me lately? That trend is the pedestal sink. I seriously can’t get enough. It’s light, it’s airy, it’s absolutely beautiful.  

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Get the Look: Eclectic Dining Room

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

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House Envy: Light & Bright

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Though my own design aesthetic tends to verge on the more traditional side of things, I’m secretly in love with this retro retreat. In my experience, the use of bold, saturated hues can go one of two ways: second grade classroom, or utterly perfect. It’s a fine line that must be tread with caution but this space? I’m thinking it’s virtually perfect. And though I’m not sure I’d ever live here full time, I would happily hunker down and set up shop for a while, at the very least.

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Restaurant Envy: The Standard

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

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Restaurant: The Standard | Via: Yellow Trace | Photography: Enok Holsegaard
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Inspiration: Layered Rugs

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I have to admit, when I first set sights on the layered rug trend, I wasn’t totally convinced. But over time, the look began to grow on me, and now I can’t seem to get enough. It’s a fantastic way to add immediate warmth and depth to a space, all while remaining unexpected. Instant interest, really! In addition, because an area rug can quickly deplete a budget, laying an inexpensive jute rug to anchor the space, while layering a pricier (yet significantly smaller) rug on top is a beautiful solution that could help keep that pesky budget in check. Win, win, win! 

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

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House Envy: Manhattan Magic

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It’s official. I’ve found the dreamiest homes of all dream homes. And in New York, no less! As far as I’m concerned, the second you mix the words Manhattan & Home Tour, good things are bound to ensue. But in this case? Fabulous things have happened. From walls of shoes, to oversized spaces, to a kitchen that manages to feel modern yet rustic all at once… If you need me at all, I’ll be right here drooling. 

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Source: Domino | Photography: Brittany Ambridge | Click here for more House Envy posts!

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House Envy: a Dreamy Loft

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I’m sure you’ve heard the name Grey & Scout come up around here in the past as I kind of have a total love affair with the site, the woman and everything in between. Her design sense is so in line with mine that it literally takes every ounce of effort not to repost each home she displays. Though I try not to fully copy her every move, I couldn’t not post this beautiful, serene loft. Owned by none other than David Karpp, founder of our beloved Tumblr, I’m fairly confident I’d be quite happy here. 

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Source: T Magazine via Grey & Scout | Click here for more House Envy posts!

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House Envy: C’mon Spring

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You know, for the most part I look forward to winter every year. I have little issue with the idea of hunkering down for a while, wrapping myself in blankets and not feeling guilty when I don’t leave the house for an entire day. Typically, I’m completely satisfied doing so until late February before my spring fever rears its head. That is, until this year. Because this year I went away. I basked in the sun for an entire two weeks which made me realize how glorious said sun really is. And just like that, all at once, that familiar fever has hit full force, in record time too. I find myself researching summer sandals, pinning outdoor spaces, sunny skies and things of that nature. And this house? Though beautiful and amazing and, well, perfect really – it’s doing absolutely nothing to abate my all-consuming-desire for warmth and sunshine and everything bright and light. 
 
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Found via Coco/Mingo via EST Magazine | Photography: Dana van Leeuwen

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House Envy: Christmas Magic

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As much as I love a lush, traditional, red and green Christmas, there’s something about a crisp white one that I always find appealing. A hint of garland, a bit of twinkle and a plate full of cookies are sometimes all you really need to really get in the spirit.  

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Found: Mokkasin

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House Envy: A Cozy Apartment

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You know those days where you’re just not feeling quite yourself? Where your eyes feel heavy, your throat scratchy, your body tired, yet you’re not exactly sick so you can’t really call it a day and just lay there? That’s kind of how I’m feeling lately. Slightly run down. In need of tea, and sleep. Maybe a cuddle or two! And I can think of no better place to accomplish this list of serious tasks than within the confines of these walls. It’s calm, clean, cozy and just what the doctor ordered.

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Found: Nordic Design | Photography: Stadshem

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House Envy: Quality Over Quantity

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There’s no denying that this space is sparse. Truth be told, I never thought I’d be attracted to something so void of layers and accessories. But the fact that it’s void any unnecessary adornments simply allows every single piece to shine. With a focus on quality over quantity this is one home I can happily get on board with. 

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Found: Lonny Magazine

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House Envy: A Chateau in Loire Valley

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I’m certain it’s unhealthy to be envious of a castle. Especially one that’s located amongst rolling hills in central France and is surely only EVER going to be a pipe dream, but I’ve been hit and I simply can’t help it. Because if there’s anything better than Victorian New York brownstone, it’s a renovated chateau (complete with a yard filled with roaming sheep). And though I’m not entirely sure I’d ever legitimately want to live here (something about the upkeep…), the little girl within will forever love the idea of a castle all to myself. 

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Found: This is Glamorous | Photography Andrea Wyner for The New York Times

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House Envy: Manly & Magnificent

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It seems as if the weather the past few days has taken a serious nosedive into freezing territory and it’s all I can do to not want to totally curl up in a ball of blankets and simply ride it out. Paired with my ball of knits would obviously be a big mug of perpetually piping hot tea, and this home. Cozy and masculine and oh so lovely, it couldn’t work more perfectly with my current mindset. 

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

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Get the Look: Pure Perfection

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

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My Go-To Paint Colours

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

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

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

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

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

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House Envy: Brian Paquette

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In the past, I’ve tended to favor a more feminine approach to homes in my House Envy series. I’m a girly girl when it comes down to it and have never met a hint of pink I didn’t love. When I first moved in with my boyfriend a few years ago, I was forced to reign in my girly tendencies for his sake. It was a bit of a struggle at first, but I think I’ve finally found that balance. And Brian Paquette‘s home? Well, it’s definitely it.

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Found: Rue Magazine & Coco Kelly | Photography: Belathee | Design: Brian Paquette

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House Envy: A Modern Brownstone

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For practically my entire life, my dream had been to unearth an incredible Victorian inspired home and infuse some mega-modern details into its bones. The contrast between ultra modern and intricate & detailed has always been incredibly appealing to me. Over the years I’ve admittedly strayed from this vision, opting for a more rustic approach, but this incredible New York Brownstone has brought me right back to that early vision I loved so dearly. 

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Found: IAD Magazine | Architect: Julian King

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House Envy:

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I went through this brief phase last week where I decided I was over grey in interiors. I mean, it’s been prominent in the design world for years now and I thought that maybe, just maybe, I was ready to see it go. And then I found this home. One look made me realize that I’m not ready for grey to go. Not by a long shot. 

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House Envy: Modern Romance

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Truth: I had an entirely different home tour lined up for today when I received a text from my friend Sarah insisting that I check out Catherine Kwong‘s home tour in the new Rue. And at that very instant, that other home tour become of little interest to me. I mean, this home? It’s perfection. I’ve sat here for what feels like forever trying to wax poetic about how it makes me feel. And I’ve simply given up. So let’s all just oogle the photos instead as I try to convince myself that I don’t need to overhaul my own home. 

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Found: Rue Magazine | Interior Design: Catherine Kwong | Photography: Bess Friday

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House Envy: Boho Chic

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This just in: I’m currently obsessed with jewel tones. And when set against a bright white canvas with hints of rustic elements? Well my heart is sent into overdrive. This Oslo apartment feels fresh and new all the while respecting the original integrity of the building. In other words? Pure perfection. 

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Get the Look: Form & Function

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

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House Envy: Sag Harbor

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Over the weekend we stayed at the most beautiful bed and breakfast I’ve ever seen. Cherry red accents, an oversized grand entrance and incredible cedar shingles welcomed us on arrival and it’s safe to say that I was hooked from the start. In my experience, a home clad in worn cedar shingles ALWAYS means that good things lay within. And this Sag Harbour home only further solidifies this theory.

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House Envy: Black & White

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Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor for this home is the stuff that my dreams are made of. The layers upon layers of sheer beauty are enough to make my head spin in the very best of ways. And that mouille floor lamp in the corner right there? Yep. Just solidified the fact that I need one in my life.

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House Envy: Flirty & Parisienne

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I can always count on Rue Mag to introduce me to a gorgeous place to live. This isn’t the first time I’ve re-featured one of their spaces, and I can confidently say that it will not be the last. The homes they feature tend to have that touch of feminine eclecticism that capture my heart again and again. And this Parisienne beauty is absolutely no exception! What is it about Paris that instantly makes ones space feel that much fancier? I’ve yet to figure it out.

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House Envy: A Whimsical Bachelorette Pad

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As a designer by trade this next thought might be considered blasphemous amongst my peers, but every once in a while I crave a space that doesn’t scream prim and proper. There. I said it! I simply adore a home that abides by the principal rules of design (scale, texture, colour…), but doesn’t follow them in any neat and orderly fashion. Ones JUST like this bachelorette pad that simply screams whimsy. It’s totally and completely beautiful in its own quirky way, and I find myself so refreshed by the idea that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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House Envy: Muskoka Magic

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I always get really excited when I stumble upon local talent. Finding folks in my own neck of the woods who are passionate about design is one of my weird guilty pleasures. So when I found this incredible home, from Muskoka Living, it was all I could do to not jump up and down. Now, it’s definitely a little more country than I typically go for, but I feel like when you’re at the cottage a little bit of country is never a bad thing. Is it weird that the foyer is my favourite part?

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House Envy:

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When the ladies over at Desire to Inspire introduced me to designer Jean Liu, I literally saw my productivity fly out the window. I became completely lost in his wonderful world of beautiful spaces and it was a while before I resurfaced. Amongst the beauty? This incredibly sophisticated home. I kind of feel like it’s far too grown up for me, but that doesn’t stop me from oogling all the same.

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Inspiration: Faux Canopy Beds

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When I was a little girl, a family friend of ours had the princess bedroom to trump all princess bedrooms. I still remember to this very day the amount of sheer jealousy I had for her and her overly-pink digs. But the portion that made me the most green with envy? Her canopy bed. Clad with the softest fabric in the entire world, it was something I longed for daily. I’ve since grown out of my dreams of princess clad rooms, but my love for canopy beds very much still remains. Though hanging curtains from a ceiling isn’t your traditional method for achieving this dramatic look, I’m kind of loving the modern take on a classic style.

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Get the Look: Luxurious Washroom

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

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House Envy: Casual Elegance

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I’m not sure what has come over me these days, but it seems as if my taste in homes and design has matured drastically over the past little while. While I used to be drawn to simple, casual spaces, I now find myself gravitating towards a more extravagant style. Crown mouldings, deep soaker tubs, topiaries and marble counters are screaming my name. And this home? Well, it’s just the ticket.

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House Envy: Sophisticated Fun

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Oh, this home. Let me just start by saying that it has totally and completely stolen my heart. It manages to bridge that awkward gap between utter sophistication and a playful I-don’t-take-myself-too-seriously vibe. The perfectly coiffed shrubs flanking the entry, impeccable herringbone flooring and state of the art kitchen claim sophistication, whereas the use of pink hues and relaxed textiles keep these spaces feeling anything but stuffy. It doesn’t hurt that each room seems to be flooded with that glorious California sun. And if that isn’t enough, word on the street is this yard is filled with strawberry patches, vegetable gardens and pomegranate, avocado AND fig trees. House envy? You betcha’.

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House Envy: In Vogue

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There’s no question that this home has made it’s rounds across blogland. But it’s clearly for good reason. I mean, it’s pretty much my definition of house envy. Grand. Gorgeous. And simply beyond. Let’s all just take a quick moment to take in that rooftop patio. The views? I am totally and completely in love.

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House Envy: Kara Rosenlund’s Incredible Home

79ideas_dining_areaMy new mission? Befriend Miss Kara Rosenlund, owner of this incredible home. As a prop stylist and buyer, not only does she have one of the coolest jobs in the world, she’s kind of amazing at it to boot. Just one look through her portfolio and your life will be forever changed (dramatic? Perhaps. Accurate? Most definitely). If you do anything today, just take a second to soak in all of these goods, wouldja?

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Get the Look: A Boho Patio

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

59D9ABB9FFOh dear… excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor for this home has stolen my heart. Located in Majorca, Spain, it manages to strike that incredible balance between old worldly and modern (yet liveable), which is no easy feat. The contrast between the interior and exterior is unexpected and, as a result, incredibly appealing. You’ve got to keep people on their toes, you know? The best part? It’s on the market. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t track it down and attempt to do the math to see if it’s at all possible to make this bad boy mine (sadly, it’s not. Not even a little bit. But one can dream, right?)

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house envy: white hot

2aNo matter how hard I try to set my sights on colourful digs, there always seems to be a bright white home that brings me right back. There’s just something about them that make me feel indescribably peaceful. The unexpected details in this particular space have totally captured my attention. The mismatched dining chairs, modern lucite accents and addition of the saddle, of all things, really make this place feel a little less precious, and a whole lot more loved. While the natural elements, like the rich leather sofa and sisal rugs, help balance an otherwise crisp and clean canvas. Yep – consider me sold.

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House Envy: Daniel Romualdez’s LA Pad

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I originally found this image and fell completely head over heels. It naturally prompted a reverse image search, in order to track down the designer, which then spiraled into a few hours wasted while poring through his work. Daniel Romualdez is incredibly talented and I fell more in love with each and every space he designed. This right here is his LA home – clean and classic with just the right amount of quirk (you just have to keep people on their toes, you know!)

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House Envy: Sweet Thing’s Californian Abode

1JesseSo you know when you “meet” someone that simply oozes talent, beauty, and grace all at the same time? And you kind of want to dislike them but it’s completely impossible because they’re also the sweetest, warmest people… ever? Well, as far as I’m concerned, that right there is Miss Jessie Webster (you may remember she held down my SFMW post last week, and totally and completely killed it). And this right here is her home.

When I stumbled upon it on Design*Sponge not long ago, I simply had to share it. Because it’s good. Like, really good. And I knew right then and there that I wanted it to have a place on my pages so that I could remember it forever and always. It just feels Jessie – warm and inviting, unique and intriguing, without the slightest hint of predictability. I’m now more confident than ever that this girl can do it all.

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Guest Post: Wallpapered Washrooms from Brunch at Saks

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Hello, lovelies! Annemarie here from Brunch at Saks. First, I want to say I’m so happy (and thankful) that Jacquelyn asked me to guest post for her today because lark & linen has been one of my daily reads for as long as I can remember. I love the space she has created here and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. So, onto the post!

I had a few different topics in mind, but ultimately thought it would be fun to share something that I’ve never done in my own home, but would love to one day: a wallpapered bathroom. Not only is this look pretty and elegant, but I also think wallpaper can be one of the easiest ways to transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary in very little time. I’m not sure how well this would work in a space with a shower due to moisture, but for a guest bathroom where water isn’t an issue, I think it’s really stunning. Here are a few wallpapered bathrooms that have caught my eye:

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If you’re currently on the hunt for wallpaper, here is a list of those featured in these photos:

+ ‘Arches’ (in chocolate brown) by Phillip Jeffries Ltd.

+ ‘Eranthe’ by Osborne & Little

+ ‘Best in Show’ by Osborne & Little

+ ‘Sussex Black & White’ by Designers Guild – Nabucco Collection

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Guest Post: House Envy with Because It’s Awesome

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Hey there! Tobe from Because It’s Awesome here, holding down the fort while Jacquelyn is off In Italy! Italy??? Italy?!?!? Seriously, you guys, is she just not so cruel?

I kid, I kid. So excited for our Jacquelyn and her adventures overseas! I’m sure I’m not the only one that eagerly awaits her photo journal upon return so we can live vicariously through her. Quite frankly, I’m not sure what I’m more jealous of — Jacquelyn getting to see Italy, or Italy getting to see our sweet Jacquelyn.

While she and Justin are off gallivanting from one dreamy space to another, I thought I would try my hand at finding a home worthy of her House Envy column. This one by Amy Aidinis Hirsch seemed to fit the bill in all of its naturally chic glory.

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What do you think? Beautifully Jacquelynesque, no? ox

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Laura’s Place

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

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House Envy: Cottage Life

EDC050113_175After spending the last few days up at the cottage, I am totally feeling this country home. Ellen and Portia can basically do no wrong in my books, but as far as I’m concerned they totally hit it out of the park with this one. It comes complete with that rustic, carefully curated, collected throughout the ages, cool factor that you simply can’t beat. Plus, it’s quite safe to say that this is the first time I’ve ever been legitimately jealous of a horses digs (did you SEE that barn?)

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Get the Look: A Simple Bedroom

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

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House Envy: Bright & Cheery

1 light-lively-interior-vibe This bright and cheery Toronto abode strikes that perfect balance between playful and sophisticated, which is no easy feat. It’s incredibly well appointed, yet doesn’t take itself too seriously with the use of fun brights sprinkled sporadically throughout. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love a well designed home that feels well lived and loved. I do believe that this place is just the ticket!

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House Envy: Beachy & Beautiful

marco-bezzoli-sanchia-south-africa-beach-house-e1363794331172 As a general rule of thumb, I consider myself to be a city girl. Bright lights, big city, and all that jazz. But when I stumble upon homes the likes of this one, I begin to question my city girl ways. Land as far as the eye can see, waves crashing against the shore in the distance, and an outdoor shower have more of an effect on me than I’ve been willing to let on. If only there were a way to combine the two… (this is when boat loads of money would come in handy.)

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House Envy: Crisp & Clean

Screen shot 2013-04-21 at 8.30.58 PMOur condo has been sorely neglected the past few months, simply due to other priorities. As a bit of an organizational freak by nature, it’s admittedly slowly been killing me. At one point I actually uttered “I’m most excited to organize my closet as soon as this damn exam is over!*” I’ve been forced to turn a blind eye to our overflowing closets and dusty baseboards for days on end and I’m so thrilled to now have the time to tackle the silly little nothings that have been keeping me awake at night. Issues? Most likely. But a spic & span, crisp & clean home is one that simply makes me inordinately happy. So until I actually get down to scrubbing those baseboards and donating half of my closet, I’ll live vicariously through gorgeous images of stunning (clean! organized!) homes, much like these ones right here.

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*Thank you to everyone who tweeted, commented and emailed positive vibes and good luck wishes the other day! How annoying was I the last few weeks?! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that those bad boys are behind me (well, 2 out of 3 anyway.) To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure how well I did. They were pretty brutal, and not at all what I was expecting. You know what’s worse than dirty homes? Multiple choice questions where all of the answers are right, and you have to select the one that’s MOST right. I curse those questions! I officially find out in twelve weeks if I’m that much closer to becoming a licensed designer. And now, back to lark & linens regular posting schedule – and no more whining, I swear.

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Shop Tour: Bottega Louie

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

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House envy: Dreamy Details

lark linen 01_04.16.13Truth be told, I had an entirely different house envy post all set up and ready to go for this morning. But when I stumbled upon this guy on Rue Daily last night, all bets were off.

Though the decor & furnishings themselves are lovely in that timeless, classic sense, I just can’t stop staring at the interior detailing. Did you notice those ceilings?? The crown mouldings?! The fireplace?!! Seriously though. Take it all in. I’ll give you a moment. That right there is the stuff that dreams are made of.

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house envy: bright & cheery

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Look you guys! Colour! The whole change of seasons is doing all SORTS of funky things to me. Things like sucking in me in to bright and colourful Victorian homes. After a dark and dreary winter, this Toronto abode is completely screaming my name. It feels well loved and lived in yet you’d never guess that three kids and a big old dog lived within the confines of these walls. Classic pieces paired with indestructible ones not only give this space a unique, eclectic vibe, it also makes for the perfect family friendly home.

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House Envy: Spring Fling

101821198_ssThough this home is slightly more traditional than I’m typically drawn to, I can’t help but feel as if it completely embodies the upcoming season. The soft hues, the warm light pouring through each window and the abundance of fresh florals is giving me a serious case of spring fever, and for that I’m a fan.

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House Envy: Upper West Side

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Though there are tons of fabulous online shelter magazines out there, Lonny has quickly become my go-to. Their style is always so incredibly on point and each and every home they post consistently makes me swoon. Designed by Lonny editor Michelle Adams, this gorgeous upper west side Manhattan pad is no exception. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be over here, jaw agape, taking in all the beauty

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house envy: a wink of pink

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Ok, so I’m well aware that there’s been a serious case of all white homes in this series the past few weeks (as seen here, here, here. oh and here… and… you get the picture). I told myself that this week I would find a bright and fun home to please the colour-lovers in the crowd. But while doing my daily perusal, I came across this home and right away, all bets were off. I know it’s grey. I know it’s white. But look how pretty!

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get the look: flirty & feminine

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

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house envy: high contrast

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Though I’m typically drawn to bright white spaces, Justin tends to land in the opposite camp. He prefers dark, masculine, moody ones that beg to be curled up in after a long day. When we first moved in together, it became a bit of a challenge for me to incorporate both of our styles into one cohesive space. It’s been two years now, and we’ve finally managed to strike the perfect balance between both of our aesthetics. Black and white, with texture thrown in for some much needed warmth. It doesn’t happen ALL too often, but I’m pretty sure we’d both agree that this space fits the bill.

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house envy: dream floors

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I have to tell you, it takes an awful lot of willpower not to simply re-blog everything that Sarah posts. When she shared this kitchen last week, I simply couldn’t resist. You got it. I caved. Because when a kitchen floor looks like that? Well that’s just what you do. It comes as no surprise that the rest of the home is just as stunning. But let’s all just focus on those floors for one more moment. They’re the stuff that dreams are made of if you ask me.

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house envy: a jordan park home

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Caitlin, from the beloved Sacramento Street, never ceases to amaze me with her impeccable style and eye for all-things-gorgeous. Her timeless approach to every room she tackles is consistently spot on. It almost feels as if each piece she selects was made for that exact spot. As if it’s simply been there forever. The girl has talent – let me tell you. Her own San Fransisco apartment still ranks amongst my favourites to date, but I have to admit that this new abode just might be taking the cake (and running away with it!).

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inspiration: unconventional nightstands

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It’s been a little while since I’ve put together one of my inspiration posts, and what better way to break the cycle than with some insanely gorgeous bedrooms.

If you remember my easy as pie DIY from some time ago, you’ll know that I’m no stranger to unconventional nightstands. Whether it’s an adorable stool, stacked vintage suitcases, a repurposed ladder, or $3 wooden wine crates in my case, there’s no shortage of things you could experiment with in lieu of a traditional nightstand.

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house envy: lived in & loved

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I’m kind of obsessed with this Swedish home. The incredible mouldings and herringbone flooring alone are enough to push me over the edge, but I particularly love the fact that it feels as if people legitimately live here. It hasn’t been over styled, with props placed just so – the bed is slightly unmade, the pouf has recently been lounged in and the kitchen clearly sees some action. I could easily envision myself moving in and making myself right at home.  It’s a quality that isn’t easily achievable, but is always once I strive for when designing spaces myself.

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house envy: au natural

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You might think that once you’ve seen one neutral home, you’ve seen them all. But I am here to prove to you that this is not the case. Not even in the slightest! This particular Antwerpian home plays with the use of scale and texture to create a neutral, natural space that is anything but boring. And if you know me at all by now, you’ll know that I’m totally, completely, 100% on board.

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house envy: pretty in pink

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When I was a little girl, I lived down the road from a big pink house with a bright purple door, and forest green trim. While my mom thought it was abysmal, it thrilled me to no end and I was completely convinced that it would become my future home. Though my taste has, thankfully,  improved since then, the little girl within me will never tire of an ode to pink when it comes to decor. This particular home does a fantastic job of appeasing that small child, all while satisfying the adult I’ve since become. The pink fridge is the stuff that dreams are made of while the rustic and vintage touches throughout help balance what could quickly become a case of pink overload.

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get the look: totally timeless

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

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house envy: a touch of pink

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It should come as no surprise that Camilla Freeman-Toppers home is absolutely stunning. As a talented fashion designer, I expected nothing less. Though the hints of pink throughout add an undeniable feminine flare, I wouldn’t go insofar as to say that this space screams girl. That said, if someone could send tips on how to convince Justin that pink needs to make its way into our own abode I would be eternally grateful.

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an organized kitchen

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

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house envy: a French-inspired farmhouse

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Though I’m typically drawn to crisp, white homes, every once in a while I find a rich, moody one that sets my heart aflutter. This one in particular feels riddled with charm and history. It feels lived in and loved in the very best way. It could be my mindset these days (I am absolutely, unquestionably still in hibernation mode, meaning dark and cozy is my jam), but this rustic French-inspired home is all shades of sexy if you ask me.

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house envy: {Christmas edition}

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Time and time again I turn to Scandinavian design for inspiration (especially when it comes to Christmas). It just really seems like they’re doing it right! A simple, timeless, a tasteful ode to my very favourite holiday.

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If it wasn’t there before, you can rest assured that faux-rhino taxidermy has now been added to the list of future home must-haves. A touch of whimsy in an otherwise sophisticated space is always well received in my books. Just me?

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house envy: a Danish castle

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Though I no longer have the desire to be a princess in any shape or form, somewhere deep within me is a little girl whose dream to live in a castle remains. When I stumbled upon this renovated Danish castle a few days ago that little person emerged ever so slightly. The Cinderella staircase leading up to the immaculate front door is what dreams are made of while the streamlined accents keep the space from feeling expected. Blending the past and present in the most beautiful way, I would happily live within the confines of these walls.

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It appears as if I’m on my black & white kick again. But with a space like this, can you really blame me? Who would have thought that a space practically devoid of colour could be so enticing. The plethora of textures found throughout make up where colour lacks and I am totally on board.

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house envy: the makeunder


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All too often I stumble upon homes that have been polished and shined until they’re an unrecognizable version of their former selves. When John Derian took possession of this East Village apartment in New York City back in 1994, he made it his mission to “restore” it to its intended charm. A makeunder, if you will. Smoke stained ceilings (the former tenant, a sculptor, was a heavy smoker), chipped paint, original “patina” and all became part of the decor. A truly refreshing space that further solidifies the notion of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

(ps. I recommend the New York Times article about this particular property. It’s a good read!)

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get the look: a mid-century modern home office

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house envy:


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Truth be told, I was a little nervous to present a home in this series today. It’s officially been over a month since the last one and I felt as if I had to find something outstanding to break the fast. That’s a lot of pressure you know!

Lucky for me I stumbled upon this beauty just the other day. With all of the over-stylized spaces you find throughout blogland, it’s sometimes refreshing to find one that people legitimately spend time in. Laughter is heard, dinners are cooked, books are read… Though I’m not oblivious to the fact that even that perfectly messy bed has been somewhat stylized for this shoot, it still allows me to envision a real life within these walls. Life, love & things of beauty. For that, I am smitten.

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This Danish home embodies everything I adore about Scandinavian design: void of unnecessary clutter with a focus on modern, practical aesthetic. Home owners, Thomas and Heidi Dinesen, have done a fabulous job at transforming this incredible home into a modern retreat.

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How beautiful is this home? It’s taking all of me to not pack up and move to France right now… Could you imagine waking up here every day?

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one piece, two looks: fancy vs. funky


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

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Would you have guessed that this home belongs to Ellen Degeneres? I won’t lie – I really didn’t think she had it in her! Silly yet stylish? She just grew leaps and bounds in my eyes.

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spotlight: Emily Johnston


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

Have a wonderful weekend sunshines!

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condo life: the dresser


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

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

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

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I refuse to admit that the summer season is winding down. Has anyone else jumped onto the denial bandwagon? I haven’t even made a dent in showcasing all of the fabulous summery homes I have stored up for the season! It cannot end. I simply refuse.

This summery space in particular embodies everything that I adore when it comes to interior design: casual, unfussy, livable, usable spaces. Visually stunning, perfectly balanced, yet not stuffy or even close to overdone. Perfection.

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inspiration: flower power


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When it comes to interior design, I generally subscribe to the notion of using neutral elements for your fixed pieces (tiles, countertops and the like), and bring in colour through accessories that can be easily switched out to suit your mood. That is, until I spotted these beauties. Sometimes you just need to toss out all of your rules and paste your walls in bright pink flowers.

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retail therapy: Aesop


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

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There’s no question that my design aesthetic flip flops between that of the rustic variety and that of the contemporary, clean and modern one (with some Scandinavian thrown in for good measure, obviously). When I find a space that seamlessly merges all my design preferences together, it makes my innards all warm and fuzzy. This rustic-modern farmhouse is the perfect combination of all things I love. Glamorous and well thought-out without feeling museum like and untouchable. Yum!

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Truth be told, I had an entirely different post lined up for today – until I stumbled on this beauty. And when you find a place like this? Well you change your plans, of course.  I never thought a place outfitted entirely in white (or variations of it) could somehow read as warm and welcoming. Alas, I’ve been proven wrong.

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Perhaps it’s the heat wave we’ve been experiencing the last little while, but lately I’ve found that I’m drawn to the summeriest of summery homes. Windows flung open, a bright blue pool glistening in the background, and casual, unfussy fabrics create the perfect backdrop for one of my very favourite seasons.

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While there is no denying the abundance of beautiful spaces out there, I have to admit that it takes a special kind to stop me dead in my tracks. Located in South Beach, Florida, Kelly Klein’s sanctuary is the stuff that dreams are made of. The neutral colour palette, use of texture and exquisite materials (marble counters? wooden ceiling?) will ensure that this place remains timeless. I don’t often say this, but there is literally not a single thing I would change about this home. It’s perfection in my books.

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note to self:

Live here…

Swim here…

Relax here…

Bathe here…

Shop here…

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Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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views for miles


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That’s it. I’m officially moving to Cape Town. I mean, have you SEEN this place?!

ps. Happy 4th of July to my American friends!

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by the sea shore


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They say that the cure to anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea – and I don’t believe that truer words have ever been spoken. The moment in which I feel most at peace is when I’m surrounded by water, which might explain my attraction to this Cape Town bungalow. While I’d never turn down any variation of a bright white space, it’s these views in particular that are really drawing me in.  Void of any unnecessary clutter, stripped down to its bones, allowing the views to speak for themselves, I can’t imagine a more tranquil space to pass my time.

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sweet alchemy


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

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

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house envy: crisp & clean


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It’s no secret that I have a weakness for interiors decked out in neutral palettes. And I’m well aware that this isn’t the first time that I’ve gushed over ones perfection – claiming that this time, really and truly, I’ve found my dream home. I suppose I should go on record and say that there is just so much talent out there and I’m not sure I’ll ever really, truly be able to narrow down my very favourite. I’m constantly overwhelmed by the beauty that exists in this world and this home is no exception. I never thought a space void of colour of any kind could exude a sense of warmth and welcome, yet this home manages to do just that. The combination of black and white utilized in this particular space is refreshingly crisp while the mixed wooden accents make this house feel like a home.

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I’m particularly drawn to the character that emanates from this San Fransisco home. Designer Antonio Martins has done an impecable job of transforming this flat into a place I would gladly call home. Between the incredible mouldings to the fabric-laden bedroom walls to the backyard oasis it wouldn’t take much for me to pack my bags and move right in.

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inspiration: pipe faucets

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When it comes to the field of interior design, often it’s the most obvious solution that ends up being the most beautiful.

Happy weekend sunshines!

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house envy: black & white

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Is it any shock that this Swedish home has made its way onto my radar? The combination of raw materials paired with unexpected bits (like those Moroccan inspired tiled floors, the golden washroom fixtures and the custom kitchen pendant) is a look I won’t soon tire of. And would you have ever guessed that the kitchen is (more or less) from Ikea? It just goes to show that champagne taste can be achieved on a bud light budget.

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house envy: pared down in Paris

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As mentioned, I’ve recently made an effort to pare down our condo so that it includes the things we really, truly love. This apartment (in Paris, no less) is the perfect example of the less is more approach to design. A few carefully curated pieces is all you really need to make a statement – and a beautiful one at that.

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retail therapy: Joan’s on Third

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

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house envy: beach bliss

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I always find it refreshing when a beach house avoids the use of soft blues, sheer curtains and seashell accessories. This one in particular is especially pleasing. Designer Amelia Handegan has done an exceptional job at transforming this 1940′s seaside home into a vacation retreat that feels relaxed and uncontrived, the way a vacation home is intended, all the while staying away from all things anchor and boat related.

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inspiration: pink & mustard

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I just can’t seem to get enough of this colour palette. The warmth of the ochre set against the freshness of the pink creates a wonderful balance. The perfect spring combination methinks!

Happy weekend lovies!

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condo life: $3 nightstands


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

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There’s no denying that my taste in decor alters as the seasons shift. In the winter months, I gravitate towards dimly lit rooms, neutral palettes, extra-fluffy throw pillows and roaring fires. Come Spring, I crave fresh, bright spaces, flowers adorning table tops and windows flung open (allowing floral scented breezes to make their way in, of course). This house in particular fits my current mood and then some. While not totally necessary for spring (it’s still a tad crisp out there), I wouldn’t complain about that sun-soaked patio either.

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house envy: pastel passion

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Unfortunately, pastel hues generally get a bad rap. While they’re typically reminiscent of all-things-nursery, every once in a while I stumble upon a space that comes along and breaks the mold. Contrasted with wooden tones, bright whites and black accents, the use of lilac, butter yellow and soft pinks in this particular space take it from baby to brilliant.

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condo life: the bedroom.


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

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house envy: an Italian dream

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I’m not sure that there are adequate words to sufficiently describe how I feel about this home. It isn’t often, but every once in a while a space comes along that makes me question my city-girl ways. While I generally shy away from such minimalistic decor, in this case it works perfectly; I blame it on the warm brick walls and wooden rafters that demand such attention that no other adornments are deemed necessary. I, for one, am in love.

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retail therapy: Ta-ze

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

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Silje, a Norwegian based ceramic artist, lives in what I could only describe as my dream space. For real this time. It’s eclectic, it’s girly (without being over the top) and it’s lived in and loved, just as ones space is intended. The light-filled rooms set against the warm wooden accents create the perfect atmosphere in which to showcase her incredible ceramics. The girl has talent in more ways than one, let me tell you.

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house envy:

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I’m not sure what more I could say about this space other than the fact that I may have found my new favourite designer. Josephine’s style and class is matched with an equal amount of quirk proving that interior design doesn’t always need to be taken so seriously. Her home is refreshing to the senses and I can’t wait to see what else she gets up to in the future.

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inspiration: vignettes.

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To say that life has been busy lately would be the understatement of the year. Between balancing work, the little sanctuary I like to refer to as my blog, and family/friends, there doesn’t seem to be time for much else. My laundry has piled up, our bedroom STILL remains completely undecorated (nearly a year later) and I don’t remember the last time I cooked an actual meal (heating up soup counts, right?) In the few recent moments that I manage to steal, I find myself flipping through design magazines over a cup of tea or making my way through pinterest. If there’s any sort of common theme amongst my current favourite spaces, it’s the fact that I’m drawn to simple, understated, elegant decor. It’s likely that my mind is simply craving a break from all of the mental stimulation, but either way, these sweet, monochromatic vignettes are screaming my name.

And with that, I am off to Halifax for the weekend (it really never stops*)!

Happy weekend noodles!

*not a complaint, swear! 

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guest post: style at home.

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

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house envy:

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While this home is stunning on its own, what I find particularly appealing is the fact that it doesn’t try to compete with its surroundings. Each room seems to be designed to embrace and enhance the beauty beyond its walls, capitalizing on the stunning views (could you imagine waking up to that!?) The use of natural materials and a simple colour palette is always something I’m drawn to, but this place in particular is exceptionally well executed. I cannot deny my house envy.

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get the look:


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

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

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house envy:

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Pair a carpenter with a talented interior designer and this is the result. This Finnish home combines all of the necessary ingredients: a touch of quirkiness (I spy birds), a little bit of edge, and just the right amount of wood detailing to bring some warmth to an otherwise crisp palette. And did you get a load of the kitchen backsplash? I simply cannot. As of this moment, there will be a painted mural backsplash in my future.

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house envy:

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White on white with hints of coral. A sexy, sophisticated space fit for a design-savvy woman. I’m all over it.

ps Happy Valentines day lovies! I know that for some of us it’s not all fun and games – if you’re feeling blue today, take a quick gander at this post. She has the right attitude! 

xx

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house envy:

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It’s in and around this time every year that I find myself craving a warm, ideally tropical vacation. Whether it’s the cold, grey days that have gotten to my psyche or the post-post (post) holiday blues, I often find myself absent-mindedly perusing vacation sites for last-minute trips. While fleeing off to some magical place may not be in the cards for me at this very moment, I can’t help but be drawn to beautiful spaces abroad all the same. Fashion designer John Rocha’s home in the South of France fits all of my pretend-vacation requirements. Between the slate pool, the Italian limestone patio and the perfectly maintained gardens, I could easily spend many a vacation day in this very spot.

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inspiration: black & white.

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There’s no denying my love for all things white (as seen here, here & here to name a few). But when it’s paired with black? Well that’s a combination that just can’t be beat. Simple, classic, right up my alley.

Happy weekend lovelies!

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house envy:

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While I find that I generally shy away from wide open almost minimalistic spaces, every once in awhile I stumble upon one that makes me rethink my hoarding ways*. This outrageously stunning Barcelona apartment is no exception. I adore the idea of showcasing just a handful of unique objects over piling them sky-high (thus risking that special piece getting lost amongst the masses). In this particular space, the combination of high ceilings, ornate mouldings, classic antiques paired with unexpected modern pieces is absolutely stunning. It’s a combination that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of.

*clarification: my hoarding ways are under control but I do have trouble passing up any white pottery or kitchen accessory. I’ll let you know when we need to alert TLC.

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visiting: south africa.

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

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get the look:

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

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

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house envy: a danish dream.

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Like many, I’m often drawn to homes that feel lived in and loved. While a perfectly styled space is pleasing to the senses, there’s something to be said about one that feels as if it has been carefully curated throughout the years. This one in question really speaks to me with it’s clean white walls and collected artifacts sprinkled throughout. Being someone who loves style in all sense of the word, seeing the combination of Scandinavian and southern elements (like the worn Turkish kilim rug in the living room) seamlessly blended together is particularly appealing.

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house envy: blush & black.

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When Justin and I first moved in together, the challenge became trying to decorate our place all the while combining our drastically different aesthetics. While my taste remains primarily girly (and slightly rustic) his definitely tips towards the more “bachelor pad-esque” feel. If it were up to him we would surely have a reclining lazy boy sofa.

It has been a struggle to complement both of our wants and wishes and we have, no question, made compromises along the way. When I found this apartment, I couldn’t help but feel like the owners have done a perfect guangzhou job of blending both the masculine and femine elements seamlessly. The combination of blush and black remains classic in my eyes without screaming “a girl totally lives here”. And if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here contemplating whether or not I should paint our bedroom black (think of the glorious sleep that would ensue!)

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retail therapy: cup & cake.

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

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house envy: country cozy.

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While I appreciate all forms of design, I do find that I generally gravitate towards a more eclectic aesthetic. That said, there’s something about Sarah Richardson’s farm home that simply feels like family embodied – and right now that’s what I’m all about.  Seeing it all decked out for the holidays has got me feeling nostalgic for comfy-cozy Christmases with my own family. And lets face it, that dining room would make the perfect backdrop for a late Christmas brunch, pyjamas and all.

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house envy: white christmas.


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This year I seem to be drawn to the less is more approach to Christmas decor. This may be a result of over-doing it at Christmas in years previous, I won’t lie. Nevertheless, a hint of green garland, some candles to set the mood and a little bit of sparkle here and there (you must never forget the sparkle), and you’re set for a beautifully simple holiday.

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inspiration: tiny trees.

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There’s no denying my love for all things Christmas. When you combine a great idea with my very favourite holiday it’s like my mind explodes. Whether you’re an apartment dweller and don’t have room for a full sized tree, or you’re just looking for an excuse to utilize those extra Christmas tree bits (you know the ones), here’s a great solution. These teeny Christmas trees are the perfect example of a little bit of festive decor that goes a very long way.

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house envy: winter white.

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While Anna’s home isn’t decorated for Christmas in the traditional fashion, there’s something about the low-key festive vibe that I’m really into. The mixture of whites and deep greens are immediately appealing, classic and tasteful. With the addition of white twinkly lights, this would classify as my kind of Christmas.

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house envy: picture perfect.

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I had posted a picture of this homes dining room on friday without realising how perfectly perfect the rest of its bones are. There’s something about it that brings out the Martha Stewart in me. Be it the mouldings, the light flooded kitchen or the bed linens, which are surely made of Egyptian cotton, I’m tempted to bust out my apron and bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The spaces feel put together and family oriented without being stuffy and over-done.

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keeping cosy.

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

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house envy: fresh.

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I believe my dabble in masculine homes (as seen here & here) was short lived because the moment I set sights on this one my heart was set aflutter. The white washed walls act as the perfect back drop for the beautiful found objects that this homeowner has chosen to make her own. And while I, admittedly, cringe at the use of the term “a pop of colour”, there really is no better way to describe what’s going on in this space. It makes the neutral home feel anything but boring.

ps I’ve posted the rest of my NYC photos on my Facebook page here

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house envy: on the market.


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If you’ve spent any time in the blog world within the last few years, chances are you’ve already seen bits of Jenna Lyons Park Slope home. Rumour has it that it’s now on the market as a result of her recent divorce (this hurts my heart, I won’t lie). It’s a stunning place and it’s interesting to see it from angles that haven’t been heavily documented yet. For just under 4 million, this 7 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4 storey Brooklyn mansion can be yours! The catch is that since I’m the one informing you, I do expect a dinner invite.  I like lobster. Thank you kindly.

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one piece, two looks.


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

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house envy: hibernation mode.

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As most of you know, on Sunday the clocks were set back an hour to account for daylight savings time (having that extra weekend hour was glorious, let me just tell you). When I awake in the morning I’ve noticed it’s no longer dark and dreary, which was previously making it that much more difficult to drag myself out of my warm bed. Unfortunately, as a result, I couldn’t help but notice that the moon was lighting my way on my walk home from work last night, at 5:00 no less. While I’m always one to embrace  the change in seasons (if that isn’t obvious), I do find the early darkness a bit much to handle for months on end. My solution around this time is to dream of some place to hibernate for the winter. My ideal place has a fireplace, a steep tobogganing hill and unlimited mugs of rich hot chocolate. When I stumbled upon this home it immediately fit the bill. I feel I could be very happy here, provided I have my friends and family in tow.

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lovely & unrelated.

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

Happy weekend lovelies!

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

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inspiration: open shelves.

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They’re the perfect spot to organize and showcase your dishes and found treasures, while giving your kitchen some interest. I can’t imagine many things more satisfying than a set of well designed open shelves in the kitchen.

Ok, I lied. The fact that Starbucks Christmas cups are out is slightly more satisfying. That, and fluffy puppies. Starbucks Christmas cups, fluffy puppies and then open shelving displaying pretty kitchen things. In that order.

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house envy: masculine manor.

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Lately I’ve been drawn to overtly masculine homes (as seen here). I find comfort in the dark and moody spaces that are such a dire contrast from the light and bright ones I generally design. With the temperatures quickly plummeting, I love that these rooms embody the perfect transitional space between the long, warm days of summer and the short, crisp days of fall. This one in particular draws you in and begs you to curl up with a blanket and an oversized cup of spiked apple cider. And it doesn’t hurt that any male counterparts would likely feel compelled to join you.

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house envy: moody & delightful.

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While there’s no denying that what lies between these walls is pure and utter gorgeousness, I can’t help but feel that I’m primarily drawn to the moodiness of the photography. What with its open walls and plenty of indoor-outdoor living space, I assume this home is located somewhere warm and tropical. With that in mind, these images are still reminiscent of a crisp, grey fall day and right now that’s all that I’m dreaming of. 

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house envy:

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I haven’t been able to get this space out of my mind since it’s discovery not long ago. The combination of the original elements mixed with unexpected additions (like the glistening baby grand piano or that wonderful washroom rug) are immediately appealing. I love that each piece seems to have some sort of story just begging to be told. And that kitchen? The things I would do to make it mine!

 ps if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, make sure you check it out!

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bar hopping.

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

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house envy: white hot.

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I’ve been following Jeanette’s blog for some time now and I knew the girl had style, but I never really imagined how much of it she possessed until she posted pictures of her incredible home. The white washed spaces feel crisp, yet the personal touches and lovely accents eliminate any sense of frigidness, keeping the space feeling comfortable and inviting. If you like this space, and you’re in the mood for a huge amount of eye candy and unlimited doses of pretty, you should probably go ahead and checkout the rest of her blog, By Fryd. I’m certain that you won’t be disappointed.

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house envy: perfectly petite.

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Whoever said bigger is better clearly has not set their sights on this place. Between the Moroccan inspired tile floors, the collection of stunning white pottery and the perfectly teeny bathroom sink I think I would be more than happy here. A perfect example of quality over quantity.

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house envy: a swedish sanctuary.

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While doing some research for an upcoming project, I found that my internet travels led me astray (I’m a compulsive link clicker and often have as many as 30 tabs open at once. It’s a bit of a problem). I didn’t find what I was originally intending, but fortunately it wasn’t all a waste for I stumbled upon this dreamy space. The herringbone floors, the intricate ceiling, the perfectly chic, brightly lit kitchen… feast your eyes on these goodies as they are aplently.

ps. as an aside, the lovely Victoria interviewed me for her blog yesterday. Take a look

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laure joliet.

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

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house envy: scandinavian love.


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

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

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house envy: a new york nest.

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

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house envy: paris place.

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What was once a 1,830 square foot print shop has been transformed into a perfectly girly living space that is equally suitable for any male counterparts. Located in the 20th arrondissement in Paris (which, lets face it, automatically makes it all that more appealing), designer Roxane Beïs has transformed the space into a home that supports all of the basic needs in the simplest and most beautiful manner. 

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house envy: a new york brownstone.

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Lately I’ve been drawn to homes that feel effortlessly pulled together, and classically driven. Keri Russell’s New York brownstone, which was recently published in Elle Decor, fits into this category swimmingly. Her and her husband have painstakingly restored this home (seriously, he even built the kitchen cabinets from a dismantled post-and-beam house) and the results are nothing short of glorious. The spaces are bright, the finishes are classic and I can guarantee that it will still look wonderful ten years from now.

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inspiration: mint green.

found here, here, here, here & here

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house envy: a san fransisco studio.

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Caitlin’s San Fransisco studio apartment is the perfect blend of new meets thrifted. Her use of vintage finds contrasted against a Herman Miller desk chair and John Robshaw & Erica Tanov textiles really pulls the rooms together to create an organic, unexpected and comfortable vibe. I find that each time I go back to her stunning pictures I stumble upon yet another little treasure that I missed the first time. If you head on over to Caitlin’s post here, you’ll find a source list for all of her finds. She’s also included a floor plan and you’ll be blown away by just how teeny this wonderful place is.

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house envy: montauk manor.

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This isn’t the first time that I’ve posted one of Rees Roberts homes, but I just can’t help myself. There’s something about them that simply makes me weak in the knees. It could be the country setting that begs for a stroll through it’s perfectly imperfect, wild gardens. Or maybe it’s the sleekness of that pool that I know is in dire need of my presence (complete with a big floppy hat). Whatever it is, it’s utterly beautiful. And if you have a moment, you should go lose yourself in the rest of his spaces on his site. They’re gold I tell you. Pure gold.

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inspiration: technicolour dreams.

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Flipping through my Pinterest boards, I’ve noticed that I’ve recently strayed from what was once a love for anything and everything white and bright. I’m just going to go ahead and chalk it up to the summer season that begs for long, leisurely days complete with brightly coloured fruity drinks on a patio filled with multi-coloured pillows. While I may not incorporate any of these particular rainbow inspired schemes into my decor regimen anytime soon, I can’t help but be drawn to this series of technicolour dream spaces.

Oh, and then this happened:
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house envy: L.A. living.

found here via house beautiful 

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.

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house envy: boho chic.

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Hi herringbone floors, mismatched dishes, perfectly teeny kitchens and little treasures, you may stay a while.

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house envy: courtney cox’s malibu mansion.

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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. 

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house envy: a south african sanctuary.

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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?!

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inspiration: black & white stripes.

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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.

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house envy: a croatian compound.

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It’s pretty safe to say that I could spend all of my time here. Yep. The whole lot of it!

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inspiration: colour me pretty.

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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?

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house envy: a toronto abode.

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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. 

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retail therapy: pino.

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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. 

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house envy: white hot.

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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!

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hey there, pink eames chair.

found here (via april & may) & here

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!

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house envy: the stars have aligned.

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.

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house envy: white washed.

found here

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.

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condo life: bookshelves.

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!

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house envy: elding oscarson.

all images found via Elding Oscarson (via totonko)

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.

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house envy: an italian vacation home.

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.

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kiss me i’m irish.

found via pink to green, a merry mishap, lolalina

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).

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inspiration: pretty piles.

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.

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red + white & amazing all over.

found via here via sfgirlbybay

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!

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inspiration: the acupulco chair.

found via pinterest, sarah illenberger, mi casa revista

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.

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house envy: barn love.

found here

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.

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inspiration: books & books & books & twirly stairs.

found via pinterest, fantastic frank

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house envy: black & white.

 

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!

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house envy: the hudson valley.

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.

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a cavernous hotel.

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.

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house envy: sarah illenberger.

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.

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inspiration: headboardless beds.

found via 1, 2, 3, 4

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.

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house envy: scandinavian love.

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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).

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fireplace roundup.

found via sacramento street, remodelista, french by design

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.

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house envy: camilla.

images found here

If I lived here, I would be one very happy lady.

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inspiration: concrete bathtubs.

found via Alexandra Campbell & Remodelista

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.

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house envy: soaring ceilings.

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.

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retail therapy: ralph lauren.

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.

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house envy: marie olsson nylander.

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.

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country cozy.

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.

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red & white.

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found via jonas ingerstedt, simply grove, jonas ingerstedt (x2) & Desire to Inspire

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.

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a classy Christmas.

 

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.

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danielle’s bedroom: after.

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!

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danielle’s bedroom: before.


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!

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inspiration: cathedral ceilings.

found via tumblr, unknown, the beautiful soup

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.

 

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rue number two.

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!

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baubles & such.

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.

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inspiration: soaker tubs.

found via everything fab, lolita, emmas design blogg & simply grove

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.

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trevor tondro.

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!

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inspiration: chalkboard walls.

found via shappacherwhite, style files, unknown, decor mag

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.

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a cabin retreat.

found via Emmas Design Blogg via Skona Hem 

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.

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inspiration: lavender & grey

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.

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a masculine space.

 

found via haute design via elle uk

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

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this is me.

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.

found via (1,2,3) unknown, (4,5,6) Desire to Inspire,  Style Files, Elle Decor, Sarah Richardson, Haute Design, Emmerson Made & Bonbini

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inspiration: painted stair runners.

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)

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inspiration: headboards

found via Design is Mine, Aimee Herring, Style Files & unknown

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.)

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ame.

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!

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miss matched.

 

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.

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inspiration: scalloped edges.

images found via Trouvais, FCUK, This is Glamorous, Sugar Paper & This Neck of the Woods via Black Eiffel

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house hotel.


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.

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above & beyond.

found via Rosa-Violan, Sarah Doria, Jellyfish Heart, Rosa Violan & Unknown

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.

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house envy.

found via Two Tall Blondes via D Magazine

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.

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simple sinks.

found via Michaela Scherrer & Simply Seductive (2 & 3)

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.

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farewell summer.

 

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!

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a transitional space.

found via Design Therapy via Boutique Homes

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. 

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current obsession.

found via unknown, greige & coco + kelley

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.

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technical difficulties.

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.

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stratus.

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.

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seeking solace.

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

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kitchen tips & tricks, a la martha stewart.

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

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cool & crisp.

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

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rowden.

And for your Tuesday morning, I present to you another McLean Quinlan. Great. Big. Sigh.

images found via McLean Quinlan

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brasaii.

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

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15th ave coffee & tea.

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!


found via Alexandra Campbell via Position

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colourful floors part II.

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!



found via Adriano BacchellaSimply Seductive, Haute Design, Lisa Sherry & Adriano Bacchella   

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a sweet retreat.

A sweet little cottage retreat for your viewing (and daydreaming) pleasures.

found via Two Tall Blondes via The New York Times

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the belly house.

 

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

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the next big thing.

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.

images found via Adriano Bacchella, Haute Design, Oliveaux

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sleek & sexy.

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

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current obsession.

Perfectly worn in wood flooring in a chevron pattern.

found via Taverne Agency, Style-Files, Bardot in Blue, Simply Seductive & Taverne Agency

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stow-on-the-wold

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

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sneak peek: danielle’s bedroom.

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

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inspirational inspiration.

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!

 found via William Waldron, Greige, Polly WrefordStyle Files 

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luxury resort.

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?

 

found via Alexandra Campbell via Amangiri

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beach house.

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

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current obsession.

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!

images found via Simply Grove, Style Files, Etc. 

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nikole herriott.

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

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catalog living.

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

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upholstered headboards.

A collection of beautifully upholstered headboards for your Monday afternoon.

found via Delight by Design & Polly Wreford

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my apartment.

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.

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pretty things part II.

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)!

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ella.

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!

found via Alexandra Campbell via Cool Boom

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allandale house.

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.

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country girl.

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.

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tuesday afternoons.

Some beautiful, raw, wood floors for your Tuesday afternoon.

found via This is Glamorous

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oh my.

This rendering of a library in Stockholm gives me a little bit of acrophobia… But what an interesting concept!

 found via Stumble Upon

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recess.

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.


all images found via The Contemporary Design via Interior Design

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