Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Holiday Special ~ Indigo

Hello Tuesday! My holiday spirit is at an all time high after a trip to the magical Lake Louise.  The weather was just absolutely amazing, and I will share more pictures with you on Thursday.  In the meantime, check them out via my instagram.  

Now that we are only one short month away from Christmas, it's about time we take a festive tour at Indigo.

Indigo has long been transformed from a bookstore to our lifestyle one-stop-shop.  For this holiday season, Indigo has brought style to the gents.  A refreshed and hip red & green palette is how the visual team at Indigo celebrate Christmas with the guys.

A cozy corner with a life size sleigh filled with comfy pillows, a leather club chair pairing with faux fur blanket and checker accent, truly Canadiana inspired stockings and duffle bag, a super sexy speaker, now this is HIS wish list for this holiday season.

Here is one of my favourite shots from this corner:

From the gents to the ladies, this is an absolute dreamland pampered in layers of white, grey, and luxurious faux fur pillows / blankets.    

Looking for inspiration for a bright, pure serenity room in your own home? This is it!  It is classy, it is transitional, and it felt like I was spending Christmas in Paris!

Here are few of my top picks for the ladies:

and this is my favourite shot from this corner!

I have long been dreaming for a second home at cottage country and if that wish shall come true one day, this is exactly how I would like my country home to look like at Christmas.

I am in love with the stoneware collection for its simple organic shape and the soft matte finish.  These dinnerware are certainly easy to the eyes and beautiful to touch.  The white marble dip bowls + golden spoons also had me at hello.  For an extra shot of fun, why not pack home these whimsical and festive coasters?    

If I could add only 1 item to my Christmas wish list (on top of having a cottage), I want this swing at my country home! What fun right?

To entertain in style this holiday season, here is a set of his and hers barware you sure don't want to miss.  

Of course Christmas is all about sweet treats, cookies, candy canes, and hot cocos.  The sweets shop at Indigo is your new best friend with every treats you need for friends and family. 

There is definitely something for everyone and check out the adorable packaging! Forget about gift wrapping!

Hope you all enjoy our tour to Indigo and the only question I have for you is: are you ready for Santa? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#ProjectChris ~ Lighting Hunt

Hello Thursday! I have been trying hard to finish off the kitchen makeover at #ProjectChris and there is one element standing between me and the finish line: a pendant fixture over the kitchen island.

My initial thought was to install two individual pendants (or three), which is the stable for every beautifully designed kitchen I see in the magazines.  What is great about single pendants is that they offer the flexibility on custom spacing between the fixtures, and of course the choices on gorgeous single pendants are endless.  Here are some of my favourites:

images via Black Rooster Decor, 219 Shop, Bocci

Fabulous right? Well, let's get back my not so fabulous reality: my builder kitchen.  This style of fixture is quite common in new buildings and to be honest, it's actually not that bad.  With frosted glass and brushed nickel finish, this 3-in-1 fixture came out of the box and installed by the builder before I signed on the dotted line.

Unfortunately upon further inquiry to replace the fixture, it has come to my attention that the metal canopy has made an imprint on the textured ceiling, which means: it will be challenging to repair the ceiling once the existing lighting is removed without redoing the entire ceiling that runs from the foyer, the den, to the kitchen.

Don't you just love how a seemingly simple facelift turns into a bit of a "situation"?

I did have a plan when I started the makeover.  I have possession of a pair of original Tom Dixon glass bowl pendants and aren't they just absolutely perfect for my super handsome kitchen? One part light with one part dark, one part refined with one part rustic, and one part traditional with one part edgy, that's the lesson I picked up from Sarah's new book: Sarah's Style.

pendant image via Tom Dixon
I could get a canopy made and have the two Tom Dixon's pendants rewired as one.  But I am reluctant to alter Tom's original design.  Besides, I will probably have a place for them in the next condo.

So as my search continues, I spotted a pair of mid-century inspired pendants made out of vintage glass from oil lamps by Lia of Mod Pieces.  Amazing right?  Their fluid glass silhouette and sleek chrome hardware would work seamlessly with the chrome + lucite chandelier I installed in the adjacent living room.  Sadly the dimension of these pendants is slightly larger than what I am looking for.  But hey, if you are looking to make a stylish statement both to your home and to your phone, check out Mod Pieces!  I am loving these phone cases and hello pillow!

images via mod pieces
Just when I thought looking for a pendant with a canopy and the style I want is like locating the Holy Grail of the Lighting Universe, I've found Lambert & Fils.  This Montreal-based lighting company specializes in sleek, industrial fixtures that are so HOT that you would want one in your own home this winter!

Upon browsing through their website, I have narrowed down to a couple of possibilities.  Ladies and Gents, please meet Dot-Suspension.  I am crazy about its striking black and gold outfit and that sexy dish shade ... do I need to say more?  The Dot-Suspension comes in single and I will have to chat with Lambert & Fils if they could turn a pair into a fixture for my application.

images via Lambert & Fils

And then there is Antipode, a handsome fixture with a minimalist appeal.  I particularly like the spacing between the two lights, the fact that it's one fixture, and its stunning brushed brass finish.  I know this is a fixture I won't have to convince Chris to have over the island! Now I just have to make sure Lambert & Fils could make a canopy for me to go with the sexy Antipode.         

images via Lambert & Fils
So are you on a lighting hunt too? I would love to see some of your finds!

Monday, November 17, 2014

One of a Kind Christmas Show 2014 & Giveaway!

Hello Tuesday! How are you handling the arrival of winter this week?  Just as I thought we might be able to hang onto the Indian summer we had last Monday (17C), we are now covered in snow with temperature hovering around the freezing mark + crazy wind.  Not cool Mother Nature!

One good thing about having the white stuff early is that the holiday spirit is upon everyone! I have had countless conversations with friends about when the tree should go up.  Well, from what  I could see over the weekend on instagram, folks have started decorating for the most festive time of the year!

Yours truly will be spending Christmas in Europe and since I am leaving so early in December, I sort of decided not to decorate my place this year.  However, I generally do plan my holiday scheme a year in advance and one of my go-to places for inspiration is the One of a Kind Christmas Show.

Since 1975, the One of a Kind Christmas show attracts talented artisans from all over Canada to showcase their creativities.  With over 800 artisans taking part of this year's OOAKS, you surely are in for a treat.  Here are three of my all time favourite artisans capturing my attentions through mesmerizing art, charming hues / textile, and incredible handmade pottery.

Paintings by Richard Ahnert exude a sense of surrealism, encourage individuals to think and to experience the message the pieces convey.  I have always been drawn to the subjects in this paintings: polar bear and fox.  Animal, human, or is it basic instinct, I am looking forward Richard's new paintings this year.

images via my canvas
I am also a sucker for pastel colors and graphic patterns.  That's exactly why I visit Avril Loreti every year.  Looking for the perfect calendar this year? Check this out!

images via OOAKS
The pottery collection by Quebec-based potter, Renaud Sauve, had me at hello a few years ago.  His work is organic and serene: a true definition of understated elegance.

image via Kitka
Renaud's signature tattoo wave collection, the "Pei Ming" vase with a crackled finish, the porcelain cover with a carved turtle, the gourd pitcher inspired by the painting made by Renaud, and the tall porcelain flower vase with moat are just a few items I can't wait to meet in person next week.

images via Kitka
image via Kitka
I also have some fun browsing through the many images uploaded by artisans on the OOAKS.  Here are my picks for this year's wish list.

images via OOAKS
Now are you planning to come check out the One of a Kind Christmas show from November 27 to December 7? I have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway and you could be one of the 5 lucky winners!  To win a pair of tickets to the show, let me know in separate comments that:

It is that simple and the winners will be announced on Tuesday November 25th.

image via OOAKS
Before I send you browsing OOAKS, you have got to check out this amazing holiday online magazine, Merry, put together by the talented Melissa of The Sweet Escape and 15 amazing bloggers!  Mind blowing to say the least and thanks ladies for all the sensational ideas for the holidays!

image via The Sweet Escape

Friday, November 14, 2014

House Beautiful ~ Color Inspirations

Hello Friday! I don't know about you but this damp, cold, and grey weather has left me deprived for brightness and colors!  So today we are all about inspiring homes filled with bold colors, intricate patterns, and spectacular statement pieces from the December Issue of House Beautiful.

image via House Beautiful
What a decadent and glamorous entrance in hollywood regency / chippendale style!! Love the scale of the white vintage faux bamboo chandelier, the fretwork motif that carries from the back of the bench to all the walls in the entire room, and the striking impact from the juxtaposition between crisp bright white and lush minty green! That pop of blood orange via the throw and seat cushion on the bench is ingenious!  

image via House Beautiful
Vibrant orange and the marriage of soft white with natural materials / neutral palette continues throughout this sensational home.  I felt like I am in a luxurious hotel in the Bahamas the moment I saw this hallway, and who wouldn't want to spend the night in these sumptuous and beautifully decorated bedrooms? 

images via House Beautiful
Just as we had our first snow of the season in Toronto yesterday, I am absolutely ready to jet down south to enjoy a cocktail in this fabulous outdoor oasis.  Paisley, chevron, stripe, diamond, and solid, this cozy, breezy patio has it all! That awning, I will have to work that into my next balcony makeover somehow!    

images via House Beautiful
Our next stop is an apartment in Manhattan.  It may not be as bright as our first home, but the designer's commitment to bold colors, graphic patterns, and daring arts had me wanting more.  Neon yellow, minty turquoise, flirty fuchsia, plush purple velvet, race car red, and lush kelly green, this room has it all!  The loud colors work together harmoniously in this space as they all share the same level of intensity.  By keeping decorative accessories / patterns at minimum means the chinoiserie wallpaper is designed to evoke our senses.  

The most incredible trick of all is that the real star in this room is the black and white portrait.  What a powerful way to inject importance and presence in a room that is filled with eye catching colors!

image via House Beautiful
A sumptuous and restful private retreat, and may I just say I am crazy about the kelly green!  

image via House Beautiful
Bold patterns and high gloss lacquered walls continue to dominate my creative minds.  This zebra wallpaper by Scalamandre is definitely one strong contender in the guest bath for #ProjectPreconstruction.  High gloss walls with built-in + sofa + sconces, have I not told you that's happening in the guest bedroom?      

images via House Beautiful
While I am still mapping out the kitchen layout, this kitchen of the month designed by Matthew Quinn caught my eyes as it illustrates what I want to achieve in my design.  
  • striking feature wall 
  • beautiful and functional island with multiple levels for food prep and casual dining
  • sensational pendants   

image via House Beautiful 
Loving the beautiful sightline, the handsome hardware, and the sink at the corner idea may just be what I will do in my own kitchen to avoid having the sink right opposite of the stove (so two people can cook and do dishes at the same time).

image via House Beautiful
Hope you are loving the colourful inspirations too and have a fantastic weekend friends! xoxo

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Holiday Preview ~ The Home Depot Edition

Hello Monday! The weather has certainly taken a drastic turn thanks to the powerful storm over in Japan for pushing all the freezing cold air down from the arctic.  Thank god my winter jacket has finally arrived (not the burgundy red I wanted but a classic black will do after my 5 months hunt) and the festive inspirations from our friends from The Home Depot.  

A few months ago (think that was the hottest day of the summer) I was at Lisa Marie on Queen West celebrated the holiday preview hosted by The Home Depot and style expert Janette Ewen.  I knew I was at the right place when I saw a Christmas tree fully decorated and hollyberry garland by the patio door in the middle of the summer!

Janette and the Home Depot team put together three distinct looks showcasing the hottest trends for this holiday season.  First up is the classic, traditional Winter Berry.  This collection is all about bright red, glittery gold, and luxe craftsman statement such as this beautiful embossed velvet tree skirt with a sari border.

Don't you just love these ornaments?  I was blown away by their jewel-like quality and the refined details.

A traditional red and green palette doesn't need to feel utterly formal.  Here is how you could inject playfulness in your home this year with this adorable nutcracker and fill your garden urns with wrapped gifts instead of a classic floral arrangement.

My favourite in this collection has got to be those multi-faceted copper ornaments!

Icy blue, snow white and polished silver have truly become a modern classic in contemporary spaces.  For this year, The Home Depot has introduced a new friend, Mr. Polar Bear, to the penguins and owls in Holiday Frost.

Who says Christmas decoration only happens around a tree, fireplace, foyer or staircase? You can definitely set a festive, whimsical tablescape at your dining table to wow your guests.  Candles, mirrors, sparkles, and shimmers, here is a holiday party everyone will remember.

The final collection is Snowberry + Merry Metallic, and it is my absolute favourite from the 2014 holiday preview. 

More is more is definitely the name of the game in this collection.  Copper, gold, red and white, this is the palette that has it all!  From woodland rustic and fairytale whimsy to elegant classic and graphic delight, what is not to love with this hybrid collection that combines everything we love?      

And here comes my must-haves from the Snowberry & Metal Metallic collection: the muted yellow vintage inspired glass ornament with an intricate design, the shatter-resistant sleek ornament in gunmetal grey, and this charming black & white checkered tree skirt!

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? I would love to hear what's your colour scheme this year!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Favourite Reads ~ Arts + Makeovers

Hello Friday! Yours truly will be taking it easy for the next few days, enjoying my favourite reads and getting inspired.  I came across some amazing art creations and stunning makeovers this week, proving that you don't need to blow your budget for dramatic impacts.  So I though why don't I start a new series, Favourite Reads, to welcome a relaxing weekend to come?

First up is the elegant and artsy living room by Emily Henderson.

image via Emily Henderson
The concept of this spectacular string art is quite simple but what an instant visual impact!  The room has incredible ceiling height.  This tall blank wall needed a large piece to fill the space and to complement the built-in bookcase in the hallway.  Here is what Emily came up with: a custom string hanging art.

image via Emily Henderson
The multi-dimensional and textile quality of this art installation is phenomenal.  Who would have thought hanging up colourful strings could be this beautiful?  I am also crazy about the bench vignette next to the fireplace and the overall organic appeal of the space.

image via Emily Henderson
Up next is HommeMaker by Orlando Soria.  I have been obsessed with his work for awhile.  I mean how could I not love the layering of texture /patterns, bold statement, and his approach to luxe living, LA style.   

image via HommeMaker
image via HommeMaker
This particular living story with the trio of leaf print art caught my eyes.  The truth is, I desperately want to bring a little sunshine to our space as winter approaches.  Bright cobalt blue, lush rainforest green, whimsical striped curtains in turquoise & cream, graphic & cozy wool area rug, and a few sun-kissed house plants … and your home may just be the "California Dreamin" we need in the midst of our Canadian winter!   

image via HommeMaker
Speaking about colors, you have got to check out this playful yet sophisticated dining room put together by my dear friend Mr. Bazaar.  Want to learn more on Will's colour and styling secrets? Check this home tour!

image via Bright Bazaar
This week is also reveal week of the One Room Challenge.  A couple of my dear friends are participants of this fun projects and what gorgeous transformations I would say.  This master ensuite by Christine had me at hello when she showed us her game plan.  Of course I was beyond inspired when I see that black trimmed full height mirror behind the vanity.  #AMAZING  

image via Christine Dovey 
I love the floor to ceiling marble and this shelf system by the tub, I am stealing the idea for my next bathroom! 

image via Christine Dovey 
Vanessa also gave her kitchen a total facelift by taking her upper cabinets to the ceiling, adding wallpaper + new backsplash, and my favourite of it all, the antique mirrors on a couple pairs of doors.  I am been thinking about antique mirror panels as a finishing touch at #ProjectChris.  #GREATMINDS

image via Vanessa Francis Design
I wish I have the space in my kitchen for a little office area.  Will see if I can work it into my next kitchen plan.

image via Vanessa Francis Design
I also died when I saw this sumptuous, luxe, and dynamite master bedroom in black & white + gold by The Design Daredevil.  No words … I just love everything in this room!  

image via The Design Daredevil
Hope you are as inspired as I am by these fabulous spaces.  Are you dreaming of a makeover?