Tuesday, December 6, 2016

holiday 2016 ~ HomeSense Edition

Hello Tuesday! Can you believe Christmas is less than 3 weeks away? Yours truly did some holiday shopping and started planning my festive week in Vienna (yes I am off to Vienna in one short week), AND of course I was greeted by a slightly scary drive back to Toronto on Sunday when the roads were covered by a combination of wet snow and freezing rain.  Well all signs that we are already in December and yes I better get my snow tires on!

The holiday preview at HomeSense is one of my favourites as the buyers and the visual team pulled together an enormous amount of energy and creativity to transformation the showroom into four festive and stylish entertaining dreams that fancy all your fantasies this holiday season.  From industrial chic + tribal flair to posh, glamorous and bright, I would love to have my own home dressed in one of these looks!

Saturated with jewel tone (love the various shades of fuchsia) and polished metal accents, this luxe and sumptuous living room is embellished by a bold peony wallpaper, a pair of breathtaking mirrors, and metallic pillows that scream Christmas!   

Bar cart is a must for me when entertaining, and check out these fabulous options at HomeSense! I simply couldn't resist this lucite and brass beauty and I have picked one up for a project you will be seeing soon.  Take note on the styling as you may just want to try a couple of new ideas this year.

And you all know I love peonies, so how could I resist this right?

The timeless black & white palette has become such a classic over the past few years, offering the monochromatic lovers a perfect go-to solution when Christmas is traditionally filled with bright, vivid colors.  To glam up the silver screen inspired entertaining central, please say hello to natural stone, polished chrome and gold, block lucite, and jade green accent for richness and sophistication.

I am a die-hard obelisk fan and can you imagine my excitement with I saw one in white marble for only $29.99? The black and white marble serving boards are just incredible and the hexagon photo frame + the feather objects + the lucite lamps, may I say checked, checked, and checked!      

Now for those who love rose quartz (I do too), welcome to delicate blush pairing with muted pastels + a touch of old world charm.

The elegant embellishment on ornaments, the sparkles from mirrored boxes, the softness of the faux fur throw, and check out that artwork!

I also love that HomeSense also carries quality and on-trend furniture pieces.  I mean really who doesn't love this lounge chaise with its velvet diamond tufted upholstery, the marble geometric tables, and a lucite lamp that looks soooo expensive!

Just look at how gorgeous these all look!

Last but not least, here is a hip industrial look for the guys.  Think cool authentic loft + boho chic for a cozy, inviting, masculine home for the holiday.

The brick wallpaper, the dynamite rug as art for color, patterns, and texture, the showstopper chandelier (I LOVE IT), and the natural wood accent, this room is every guy's dream, holiday or not don't you think?

My personal favourites include the hexagon inlay shaker, Mr. Foxy cup set, the black iron lanterns with globe lights, and the Phillip Starck inspired bar stool in polished copper!

I hope you all enjoyed this edition of holiday preview.  Join me next week as I will be sharing another favourite store of mine right here in Toronto!  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

holiday 2016 ~ indigo Edition

Hello Wednesday! December is only 1 day away and the holiday is almost upon us.  It's oh-so-festive everywhere with twinkling lights on trees, shop windows dressed in bright and bold colors, and the Christmas classic, ice skating rink at City Hall, is on for winter 2016!

To celebrate the arrival of December, I am kicking start a month of Christmas with one of the best previews in town, indigo: The Holiday Shop!   

"Make It Merry: every gift tells a story" is the punch line at Indigo and I simply couldn't agree more.  Just as we try our best to pick the most perfect gifts for our friends and family, the buyers and the product development team at indigo also spent months to curate their holiday collections to ensure each item is specifically selected to put a smile on your face.

Before you throw your first holiday party this season (and if you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home), here is how you can create your own Christmas Village with the most serene ceramic houses, whimsical snow globes, Frasier Fir scented candles, and colorful stockings + stocking stuffers!

For this holiday season, I want the classic Jingle Bells and how fun is the magic tree?

You will also have to set the table for your upcoming holiday party and check out this causal yet elegant dining room filled with festive touches!

From plaid accents (LOVE the measuring cups), super chic cheese board with leather strap, glass and brass jam jar, Moose and Deer wall decor, to fun black & white Canada mug + one from every Province, indigo has everything you need to wow your guests and be the best host in town!  

Of course we also need to decorate the tree and this year, why not go all out with the natural,enchanted forest theme with adorable buddies from the animal kingdom?

Now it's time for gifts for me .... well I meant "him". 

I just can't say no to plaid and loving the army green for guys, especially when these patterns are paired with the Ted Baker watches.  Looking for a fun read? Check out The Modern Man Guide!   

Now that we have selected the gifts for everyone, let's get them wrapped up in style.  I am so inspired with all the fresh ideas at indigo thanks to its amazing gift wrapping collection and how about using an ornament (or two) on your wrap this season? 

In case you are still looking for fabulous gift ideas, check out these ones hand selected by Heather herself!

Happy holiday shopping everyone! What's on your wish list #MAKEITMERRY this year?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#OOAKX16 ~ Giveaway Winner!

Hello Tuesday! Thanks for all the comments on the One of A Kind Christmas Show post and we have a winner!

Congrats Linda! You are the winner of the tickets giveaway.  Please provide me your contact info and the lovely ladies at #OOAKX16 will have the pair of tickets set aside for you! Enjoy the show and please share with us of your favourites!

Late night shopping is this Thursday and the party continues until 11pm!  Maybe I will see you there!

Friday, November 25, 2016

#OOAKX16 + #Giveaway!

Hello Friday!  Winter is definitely in town and you know what it means? The One of A Kind Show is in Toronto to kick start the holiday season!  I love unique, handcrafted, and authentic creations and if you are like me (looking to check off that gift list fast), #OOAKX16 is definitely where you want to be over the next 12 days!

With the mission to promote creativity and handmade excellence, One of a Kind strives to provide a marketplace to connect the makers and the buyers who share the following principles: 
  • SUPPORT the handmade revolution
  • MAKERS make it better 
  • DEFY the everyday

With Christmas shopping in mind, I headed straight to my favorite textile artisan, Avril Loreti.

From paper goods, tea towels, table runners to pillows and handkerchiefs, Avril has injected her signature pastel palettes and whimsical motifs that will purely put a smile on anyone's face.  For the holiday season, why not get a new stocking and it's only available at #OOAKX16!

Love Avril's flowers for an extra festive touch and the growth chart is just perfect for my niece.

As for my two nephews, I am loving these brilliantly colorful toys from ENFTLG.  Designed to encourage kids to think outside the box, the boys will love the memory game and the balancing game in the winter and the pom pom slingshot and the swinger when spring arrives!

My father-in-law loves tea (and so do I), so I had to stop by Tealish Fine Teas.  With so many flavors to choose from, I would love to know which ones are your top picks?  I simply couldn't resist the aroma of the Pomegranate Goji and Chris is crazy about the Electric Earl Grey from the Gourmet collection.  As for my in-laws, I think it will have to be the Canadian collection.

One fantastic thing about the One of a Kind is that you just never know who you will meet and be inspired by.  At #OOAKX16, Pulp Function had me at Hello!  First-timer at the show, their booth is a total standout!

Don't you just love these adorable marquees? The doggies and the clouds totally got me hooked and custom work is also available ... just name your letters or animals!

I have been a fan of succulents for awhile now (since I can't seem to keep anything else alive), so can you imagine my excitement when I saw the geometric spheres in natural concrete by Double L Decor?  For only $25, you are all set to jump start a chic indoor oasis right at home!  I may just have to go back to pick up the Flat Icosahedron Planter too.  

Streamline design + natural wood is right up my alley these days (wink at my kitchen at One Room Challenge?), and that's exactly what rekindle delivers. I love the cleanline, simplistic design aesthetic of their products and how beautifully the different wood tones play off each other.  And their styling: spot on!

I am dying over the wooden plates (available in maple and walnut + 3 sizes) and the arenal cup match striker + match discard dish, especially when they are so practical and versatile as illustrated in rekindle's product galleries.

Santa are you reading this?

Now I may need to wait to hear back from Santa, but one of you and your Plus 1 will be going to the One of A Kind Christmas show!  That's right, I am hosting a #giveaway and all you need to do is to tell me the artisans you want to check out at #OOAKX16.

The giveaway runs until 11:59pm of Monday November 28th and the winner will be announced on Tuesday November 29th.  I think I will have to head back to pick up more of my favorites!  

Monday, November 21, 2016

Featured at ~ Recent Loves

Hello Monday! Hope you all are staying warm as we went from nice fall weather right into winter over the last 48 hours.  I guess we did have it good so far in Toronto and it's almost the end of November after all ... and I will be in Vienna in less than 1 month! CAN'T WAIT ... especially for the Christmas Markets!

As my next #eurovacay countdown continues and before I start thinking about my next #OneRoomChallenge, I want to share with you some recent loves from my favorite magazine + brands!

image courtesy of Style at Home
The Small Space Issue is packed with inspiring ideas and ingenious solutions to help us living large with limited square footage.  My condo was featured in Style at Home 4 years ago and as most people tend to shy away from bold patterns and colors in small spaces, I'd say the dining room is the perfect place to step outside your comfort zone and do what your heart desires!

I have also been dreaming to give my dining room a makeover lately ... will keep you posted on that in 2017. 

image courtesy of Style at Home

And as I flipped through the pages of the Small Space Issue, look at what I have found: an image of Chris' condo not yet published!  I love this shot by Donna showcasing the stunning Bocci pendants, the elegant Brizo Faucet, my beautiful stools by Sarah Richardson, and of course the DIY barn board detail (from Stikwood) on the island!

image courtesy of Style at Home

You have also seen a fair bit of my kitchen makeover for One Room Challenge:

image courtesy of Stephani Buchman
Look at what Alanna forwarded me this weekend: we are on HGTV.ca thanks to her Big Pear!

image courtesy of HGTV.ca
Thanks so much House Beautiful to include my kitchen as part of your favorites from Guest Participants: 

via House Beautiful 
You all know I love treasure hunting and especially at HomeSense.  I love the fact that you just never know what you may find and I rarely leave the store empty-handed.  So when the lovely ladies at HomeSense asked me to team up for a brilliant campaign in the fall for the very reason, how could I say no right?

For that particular shopping trip, I was looking for quartz / crystal accessories.  As you can see, I found what I was looking for ... and then some, including these brightly coloured lucite trays (on clearance!) and the most delicious elderflower sparkling beverage!    

Love the promotion in October and check out these fun images!

Thanks so much for dropping by and it's all about the Holidays on DesignMaze from here on.  Come back on Thursday to see my first Christmas special of 2016.