Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Live Large w/ Tiny House, Big Living

Hello Wednesday! With today's super hot real estate market, it is increasingly difficult to own a little piece of heaven within the city that is larger than a postage stamp.  Of course I'd love a large beautiful house, but the reality is that I could only afford a one bedroom + den without a winning a lottery. Small spaces are truly blessings in disguise as they force us to be more resourceful and creative in our solutions to customize the cookie cutter units into a home that reflect our personality. 

Take my bedroom for example: there is absolutely no storage in my bedroom.  The plus side is that I have a huge floor to ceiling window for natural sunlight and a square box of approximately 100 square feet.  To create a proper wardrobe system in my blank canvas, I'd combined standard kitchen cabinets and made-to-order wood componets that maximize both function and style.  Did I mention how much I love this feature wall?      

image courtesy of Style at Home & Donna Griffith
Speaking about stunning and practical feature wall, this is a small den (about 50 square feet) that needs to double-duty as home office + dining room.  The pair of bookcases provide an ideal spot to incorporate a table.  Another benefit of using the standard bookcases is that we could easily pick up some doors and voila, we have closed storage!  

image courtesy of Style at Home & Donna Griffith
Up next is a small bedroom with a standard closet.  You know there is never enough storage space in a lady's bedroom and this one is no exception.  Instead of bringing in an armoire, we selected a bed with four large built-in drawers. 

The large window is a great asset, but it also presented a challenge on how to best use the space.  Knowing this window offers the best view in the condo and natural light is what girls want to put on makeup, we created a custom vanity with two dressers as the table base and placed a white painted board on top as work surface.

Now this bedroom is not only a sumptuous retreat in the evening, it's also an inspiring space to work and the perfect spot to get ready in the morning.      

image courtesy of Style at Home & Donna Griffith
Now if you are looking for ingenious ideas on how to live large in small spaces, you have got to watch Tiny House, Big Living on HGTV Canada premieres this Sunday, September 6 at 10 and 10:30 pm ET/PT.  Here is a little sneak peek of the show:

image courtesy of HGTV Canada
Love the sleek, contemporary design of this living quarter with an efficient kitchen, maximum storage, a lofty bedroom, and a beautiful sunset deck!  

image courtesy of HGTV Canada
Can't wait to watch the first two episodes of Tiny House, Big Living this Sunday.  Do you have tips on small space living? I would love to hear them!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Style at Home Blog ~ Shopping in Newfoundland (Part II)

Hello Thursday! Did you enjoy the tour to Home on Water Street last week? I am taking you to SAM Design on Style at Home Blog today for a second episode of shopping in St. John's.

These cup & platter sets are one of my must-haves.

I also love the stunning light installation at the showroom.  Check out my other favorites on Style at Home Blog!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Style at Home Blog ~ Shopping in Newfoundland (Part I)

Hello Wednesday! Sorry I have been missing in action for the past couple of weeks.  After a relaxing vacation at the east coast, I am enjoying my life back in the city in a slightly slower pace.  Other than whale watching and iceburg spotting, I was also up for some treasure hunting when in Newfoundland.

Today I am sharing one of my favourite shops right at downtown St. John's on the Style at Home blog.  Head over to check out my picks at Home on Water Street!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Style at Home Blog ~ 4 tips to refresh your outdoor oasis

Hello Monday! Yours truly is traveling in Newfoundland for a much needed relaxing vacation.  The the scenic trails, the breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean, the delicious seafood, and the sandy beaches ... just a few of my favorite things to do.

The only catch is that Newfoundland is experiencing its coldest summer in 25 years with temperature hovering between 4C to 12C for the past couple of days.  Not exactly the 30C with full sun condition I had in Toronto and certainly not beach friendly condition.

Anyway, I am keeping my spirit high today by sharing with you my top 4 tips on how to create your dream outdoor living space on the Style at Home Blog.

Outdoor living is all about maximizing the use and function of the exterior space so we can fully appreciate the few months of beautiful warm weather!  What are some of your must have in your outdoor oasis?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015 Fall Preview ~ HomeSense Edition (Part 2)

Hello Thursday! Christmas in July has been the theme for me over the last couple of weeks and as much as I tried to hold back the holiday spirit until Fall is officially here, I have decided to share some of the fabulous items I spotted that are perfectly suitable all year round.

Today, we are checking out this dramatic and sumptuous bedroom at HomeSense.

This sensational vignette had me at hello with the gorgeous mirrored headboard (check out the antique mirror detail), the high style crytal lamp, the luxurious italian bed linen, and that stunning faux stone jewelry box in navy.  Who wouldn't want this as their bedroom right now?

I have always loved these sculptural star pendants and today, I have learned that they are even more incredible when you hang three of them together!

More quartz votive for the crystal obsessed like me.  This purple one is on my must-have list!  

Speaking about quartz, here is a set of nesting tables with agate inset within the snow white stone top.  Need I say more?

So if you were to refresh you bedroom right now, which element from this preview would you bring home today?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 Fall Preview ~ HomeSense Edition

Hello Wednesday!  Did you enjoy the beautiful sunshine on the weekend? I am so happy summer is finally here (we have waited so long for it to arrive) and I can't wait to fly east to St. John's for a wedding + a short vacay cruising along the oceanside of Newfoundland to take in the breathtaking views & some treasure hunting. 

Speaking about treasure hunting, one of my favourite places to look for fabulous for less is HomeSense.  I will be sharing some of my fab finds on Instagram over the next couple of weeks (#MyHomeSense) but today, I have to show you what's about to hit the stores real soon!

I love this super chic vignette at the fall preview, and I think it hits all the right notes for our cottages all year round!

The fundamental building blocks for this cozy, relaxed cabin include: a pair of harvest tables for a rustic vibe, tribal motif on the rugs (love the layering!) for warmth, colors, and adds drama to the creamy white and nature wood palette, and of course a true Canadian cabin won't be completed without an antler chandelier for an authentic appeal.

This vignette is filled with refined details and is truly exciting to see the superb quality / high style products landing at HomeSense.  I am particularly drawn to this urban re-interpretation of the classic Eames molded fiberglass chair by wrapping it with leather + an intericate cross stitch detail for a masculine, gentleman look.  The scented candles with wooden lids & the woven basket tray are the perfect addtional to your chic country home.

For a touch of glamour, antique gold accents are injected throughout the vignette and I love how luxe the warm glow looks against the purple grey backdrop.  For those who have white bookcases at home, here is your weekend DIY inspiration!

Now for us city dwellers, here are my top picks that I would love to incorporate in my own home.   I am obsessed with quartz votive holders and a fabulous selection will be available at HomeSense soon!  These geometic wood + marble boards are incredible finds, and what beautiful serving platters would they make at your next dinner party?

Speaking about favourite, this shiny copper pendant is sleek, contemporary, and a pair of them may just be what I need in my next kitchen at #ProjectDreamHome

Which element is your must-have?  I would love to see your finds and how stylish they look in your home!  If you are on twitter or instagram, be sure to share your pictures with hashtag: #MyHomeSense!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Open House Overhaul w/ Samantha Pynn ~ All for Family

Hello Friday!  The weekend is almost here and are you planning to give your home a makeover? Now that #ProjectChris is wrapped up, I am ready to resume planning of my next adventure! I have been busy cooking up different layouts / designs for an ultimate dream kitchen that excel in both style and function.

Since my initial meeting with the talented friends at Croma Design (you should check out their super cool projects), I have been collecting inspirations and trying hard to think outside of the box.  Today, I am blown away by Sam's sophisticated kitchen redesign at Open House Overhaul on HGTV Canada.     

images courtesy of HGTV Canada

With double wall ovens, floor to ceiling storage, an apron sink for charm, marble backsplash in herringbone, and a cozy breakfast nook with custom built-in bench, that's everything on my must-have checklist!   

images courtesy of HGTV Canada

Loving the juxtaposition between the sleek modern elements (the angular range hood, the sophisticated walnut floating shelves) and the rustic classic characters (shaker style cabinets, herringbone tile patterns, and natural wood accents) for a timeless, elegant look.  The little bar hook between the oven and the fridge and the use of floating shelves at an otherwise "dead corner" are absolutely ingenious!  I will have to figure out how to work that into my dream kitchen somehow. 

images courtesy of HGTV Canada

As for the breakfast nook, I love how it connects seamlessly with the gourmet kitchen by using the same cabinets to construct the bench.  The unified look makes the two separate zones read as one and helps visually expand the space, not to mention the extra storage!  To add drama and energy to the space, Sam picked a large scale pendant and graphic textiles via cushions and drapes for a dynamite knockout.  A round pedestal table provides function without obstructing flow: brilliant!      

images courtesy of HGTV Canada
The dining room and the living room also got a makeover with a consistent level of quality and aesthestic as the chef-envy kitchen.  Now if you were the potential buyer of this home, wouldn't you signed on the dotted line right at the spot?

images courtesy of HGTV Canada