Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 Fall Preview ~ Indigo Edition

Hello Tuesday! I am officially on vacay right now touring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  I still cannot believe that I have been living in this amazing country for over 23 years and this is the first time I stand on east coast soil.  For two weeks, we will be checking out Halifax, Cape Breton, Peggy's Cove at Nova Scotia, and of course Charlottetown at PEI.

The fresh scent of the ocean and the crisp breeze by seashore are just a couple my favourite things on this trip.  As this summer is more chilly than usual, I am ready outfitted in fall mode.  Now speaking about Fall, I will be sharing with you some of my top picks from the fall/winter previews over the next two weeks.  Fabulous items are popping up at many of my frequent brands and today, we are shopping at Indigo!

What a warm welcome the moment I stepped into the showroom.  The visual team has done an incredible job to get us into the Fall spirit with the burgundy red and pumpin orange floral arrangement, the muted green pillows, and the cluster of copper maple leafs for a stunning installation.

We love using bright and fresh colors in our homes during the summer months but in fall/winter, we tend to gravitate toward more muted, subdued hues.  This monochromatic space with an expertly currated collection of greys and whites screams streamlined sophication to me.  I am sure all the guys will love this too.  A complete palette of greys and whites may read a little cool.  The faux fur throw, the wicker baskets, the walnut details in furnishings, and the natural wood floor all added warmth to this Mad Men-inspired vignette. 

If you have a large coffee table and bookcases with lots of display spaces, you have got to check out Indigo for their entire line of home decor items.  Here is a sneak peek of what you will find in stores coming this fall. 

My top picks here are these downfilled pillows (love the polka dots), the super chic prints from Stephanie Sterjovski, the cluster of matte white bowls set in glass dome, and my absolute favourite: the white pine cone music box!  

Fall is also the season to harvest and the visual team has set the table to welcome us with beautifully photographed cookbooks, a collection of casual elegance stoneware in shades of greys, blues, and creams, and I am getting hungry just looking at these bakery style breads!  

Fall is also the time when we naturally put on additional layers.  Why not do the same and up the cozy factor to our home by layering patterns, textures, and glittery candle lights?  I love this leopard loafer print by Jessica and these silver and gold murcury glass votive holders.  What is your favourite?

I always like a well-stocked pantry, especially in the fall/winter to serve up a couple cups of impromptu hot cocos or ciders.  Wish I have a casual kitchen corner just like this in my own home. 

From delicious sweet treats to classic maple syrup delights, Indigo has got your covered to get cozy up next to a roaring fire.  As for me, I just simply couldn't result the organic sensibility of this pitcher, the stylish mixed stone and wood cutting boards, and these adorable copper cups.

For the fashion lovers and tech savvy shoppers, check out this sexy black collection for Fall/Winter 2014.  I am a big fan of these Friends with Benefits earphones.  How fun is that with the replacable caps! Love the prism and sand dollar looks!

September is also the beginning of a school term, and Indigo has the best back-to-school essentials to make the transition "enjoyable".  Graphic monogrammed cups, sleek table lamp, and inspiring covers on note books, I think you are well-equiped for a successful school year to come!

So what are your favourites? Are you ready to welcome fall?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Steven Gambrel ~ Manhattan Apartment

Hello Thursday! I have found myself to be more and more drawn to spaces that are splendid in architectural details, lavishly decorated with stunning furnishings + lighting fixtures, and rich in bold, vibrant colors.  So my heart skipped a beat (or maybe a few beats) when I saw this absolutely magnificent apartment in Manhattan by Steven Gambrel inspired by a glamourous bar at the Mayfair Hotel in London featured in the September Issue of ELLE DECOR!    

It is hard to believe this 5,000 square feet luxurious appartment was lacking architectural before Mr. Grambrel worked his magic to create this breathtaking master piece.  For a first impression, we have an incredible Venini chandelier paired with a high gloss ceiling in ink, amazing moulding details on the walls and ceiling, a custom diamond tufted bench with luxe velvet + exotic wood frame, and a sculpture on a marble stand as the ideal conversation piece. 

image via ELLE DECOR
The living room features a creative furniture layout to incorporate various functions in the space: lounging on the boho inspired tufted sofa, cozy corner with a timeless classic sectional for intimate conversations, and an antique desk and chair next to the window for light paper work. 

At first glance, this living room reads as a bright, colorful space.  But if you remove the pillows and other decoriative accents, it is actually a fairly neutral room.  Once again, if you are afraid to commit to bold vibrant colors but are dying to inject small doses in your home, use them as decorative accents!

image via ELLE DECOR
See my point? We have ochre, malachite green, and raspberry fuschia all in one shot.  Are your eyes also drawn to the sumptuous space in high gloss dark plum at the back? The art work in the adjorning room echos the vibrant accent colors in the living room.

image via ELLE DECOR
Wow ... and WOW! We have lacquered walls and ceiling in jaw dropping purple and red in the library!  The use of brass via the lighting fixtures (sconces, the chandelier, table lamps), and furniture pieces (side tables) is perfect as they just pop right off these delicious walls!  As if the walls are not daring enough, Mr. Gambrel also brought in a classic chesterfield upholstered in plush velvet in the shade of radiant orchid!

image via ELLE DECOR
The dining room and kitchen are up next, and they share a lighter palette of soft, creamy caramel and subdued, sophisticated grey.  The wall of built-ins with a combination of open and closed storage offer high style and practical spots to house the china.  The pop of orange via the dining table energizes the room and I love how it contrasts against the charcoal grey backdrop.

That vintage chandelier ... I DIED.

image via ELLE DECOR
This classic grey and white kitchen is brought to live with pops of orange (tie-in with the dining room), mod black and white details such as the graphic floor + an iconic chandelier by Serge Mouille, and do I spy a brass stove and apron sink?  

image via ELLE DECOR
Plum and orche, this room hits just the right note as we slowly say goodbye to the summer days.  My absolute favourites here: the pair of crystal lamps and the agate roman blind.  If you want to bring a little agate galore to your life, check out Tonic Living.

image via ELLE DECOR
The study and the vestibule both have a masculine vibe with an art deco flair thanks to the immaculate trim work and the vintage Italian console + Swedish chandelier.  For a glance the cabinet panels look like wood, they are actually silk wallcoverings!    

image via ELLE DECOR
Here comes the master bedroom.  Are we still in Manhattan? I thought I was in a country estate in southern France! The four-poster bed, the panel with nailhead details on the walls, the use of purple trim on the luxe creamy sink drapes, the art deco pedestal table, just to name a few ideas I am keeping in my notebook.

image via ELLE DECOR
Speaking about taking note, I am also on the hunt for ideas for a guest bathroom.  This powder room caught my eyes immediately with the deco inspired frosted door with polished chrome trim, black and white mable trim and panels on the lower half of the wall, and graphic showstopper on the floor.

image via ELLE DECOR
What do you think about this spectacular appartment designed and decorated by Steven Gambrel for a well-travelled couple? If this one is on the market for sale and I just won a lottery, this appartment is now SOLD ... to me! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Fun ~ 08.24.2014

Hello Monday and what a beautiful day out! That's exactly what I need on Monday to keep my spirit high after a fun but busy weekend!  Jordana and I hosted our first garage sale in Waterloo on Saturday.  Despite the cloudy morning, we had a great turnout and quite a few of our items now have a good home.

Here are a couple of snapshots from Jordana.  Isn't this table + chair set just perfect for a chic, cozy cottage? A table and 5 chairs are available for grab for only $250!  I have tried it out and these chairs are super comfy!  

Some fabulous items are still available for grab.  Please do contact us if you are interested!  Sorry the metalic raspberry pretty is now at home with me.  

If you follow me on instagram, you probably have seen a couple of sneak peeks of the living room at #ProjectChris.  I've decided to take pictures one room at a time (the luxury of photographing your own space), so I get to enjoy the process for even longer!  Here are a few of my favourite shots from the phone ... sorry a little grainy.   

Hope you enjoy the sneak peeks and please do let me know what you think!
Happy Monday friends! xoxo

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garage Sale ~ 08.23.2014!

Hello Thursday!  Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am (after recovering from a dry cough I picked up while camping last week), and I am ready to co-host a fabulous garage sale with Jordana of White Cabana in Waterloo this Saturday!

my portrait: Donna Griffith
We have a fantastic line up of items waiting for you to take them home.  From classic windsor chairs, chic scandinavian chair with canvas seat/back + leather detail, to vintage two drawer dresser crafted with incredible details (just add new pulls as your personal touch), and whimical kid-size horse merry go around (sensational in a kid's bedroom), don't you want them all in your house?

The weather this weekend is looking good and whether you are in the area or you are planning a trip out west (lots to must-visits in Waterloo, check out Jordana's top picks here), be sure to come by and say hi!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Camping Fun ~ Summer 2014 Edition

Hello Tuesday! So I have survived yet another camping trip.  For those who knows me, I am not exactly the outdoorsy type.  I am good with hiking on trails and staying in a log cabin, but battling with bugs 24/7 really isn't my cup of tea.  As it turned out, bugs were the least of my concern on this camping trip.  Rain, lots of it, pouring down as the sky opened up on the weekend + a well below seasonal temperature were my real enemies on this chapter of Camping Fun ~  Summer 2014 Edition.

Instead of focusing on the negatives, I did get one nice day and check out what nature has to offer!

Nothing beats the first ray of morning sun coming through your tent (especially after a couple days of rain).  What a sunrise! 

Getting up early in the morning also means capturing shot like this.  The lake was so calm that it acted like a huge mirror to reflect the trees and bright blue sky.  This image with the waterlily patches reminds me of Monet.

After enjoying a few hours of sunshine on the rock, it's time for sunset.  Breathtaking right?

I am a big fan of camp fire.  In fact, that's one of my most look-forward-to element on camping trips.  Check this out, the fire was pretty excited too!

Here is my favourite shot from this trip: a bow-tie right in the middle of Muskoka! How fashionable is Mother Nature!

Do you enjoy camping? I would love some tips for the next trip!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

HomeSense ~ August 2014 Edition

Hello Thursday! My camping trip (aka a real battle with bugs) is happening this morning, 5:30am to be exact, and I should arrive at our camp site before 1pm.  On the bright side, the weather forecast is looking promising for the next few days … but I am still not sure about the super early morning call, the hours of driving, and the meet & greet with those active flies and mosquitos.

So I thought why not sharing with you some of my favourite finds at HomeSense to keep me in a good mood.  Mirror reflects light and adds sparkles, which helps visually expanding a small space or brightening up a dark corner.  If you are looking for some fabulous pieces at unbeatable prices, check out what I've found at HomeSense!!  Antiqued mirror side table with a polished chrome base, a pair of beautiful Venetian-style mirrors with delicate floral edging details, and hello glam round mirror with incredible frame + mirror inlay, which one is your favourite?

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know which of these I took home.

Ever since I saw Jessica's stunning foyer & her vintage cloisonné vases, I have been obsessed with handcrafted enamel vases.  Look at what I've found at HomeSense: a rich, bright, and vibrant stunning beauty with a phoenix and peonies design.  #breathtaking! 

These plush velvet beaches with tapered lucite legs are back! I have seen them in green and violet before but this is the first time I've spotted it in this beautiful shade of teal blue.  Here is a perfect pouf to go with the lucite bench.  The various shades of blue and grey complement the teal amazingly and the diamond motif on the pouf also echoes the diamond tufting on the beach! 

Looking for some sensational pieces for your dream walk-in closet or dressing room? Check out this super chic mid-century inspired bench and the set of console + nesting tables! Adding a pair of gorgeous lamps on the console, a sumptuous Chanel print, and a few of these sculptural objects, you've got yourself a luxurious private retreat! 

As for a comfy and stylish reading nook, I am going for this upholstered arm chair in paisley, an oil-rubbed bronze table lamp, and this graphic rug for a pop of colour.  

What are some of your latest finds at HomeSense? Love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Style at Home Blog ~ Woodland Adventure

Hello Tuesday! Wasn't the weather just absolutely amazing over the weekend? I sure hope the heat will stay and the sun will shine over the next few days as yours truly head north for a camping trip.  With a mild summer and plenty of rain, a few friends with cottages have told me their battles with the hungry black/deer/horse flies and the mighty mosquitos.

Trying to stay on the positive note prior to being eaten live, I have decided to focuse on some beautifully designed and decorated rooms by two of my favourite designers, Sarah Richardson and Samantha Pynn.

Sarah designed this rustic, chic, and cozy cottage retreat for a couple of boys.  However, it is so sophisticated with the barn board ceiling, the trim work on the walls, the graphic patterns on the drapery panels, the classic wing back chair, and a few pieces of vintage treasures.  This room is no longer only for teens.  It is good for guests of all ages! I would stay here (forever) in a heart beat!

images via Sarah Richardson Design
Camping in Ontario means you will be hanging out by the beaches and diving into the lake for a refreshing swim. This beachside inspired playroom and bedroom outfitted in a blue, red, and white classic nautical palette by Samantha had me at hello! The window beach with ocean blue seat cushions + crisp white pipping, the dramatic stripes on the feature wall, the natural bamboo texture on the shades and baskets, and the painted vintage bed with loads of character ... just to name a few of my favourite things. 

images via Samantha Pynn
So here is a room I put together for a boy (or myself) with a woodland theme in mind.  Head over to Style at Home Blog and read about how I put the board together!

source: star wallpaper / pine decal / rug / bed / grey paint / chandelier / fabrics / pillows / lamp / wood table / teepee
So what do you think? Have you designed a place with a specific theme in mind? I would love to know!