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A Mid-Century Home with Cool Summer Styling

A Mid-Century Home with Cool Summer Styling

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Decorating, Design, Designers, Inspiration | 6 comments

When I first spotted this home, designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, I felt it perfectly captured that easy summer vibe we all crave at this time of year. Cool white furnishings accented with oversized arrangements of foliage and classic summer textiles like linen and seagrass – it’s like a little sun-dappled picnic spot. But look a...

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Inviting White Living Rooms

Inviting White Living Rooms

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 0 comments

These rooms are all perfect for cocooning on a winter weekend. White and light and airy for some much-needed vitamin D, yet cozy and inviting for blustery days. I can’t get enough of this room. The genius combination of leather and felt on the sectional, paired with a kilim rug and marble table. Wow. Gorgeous ceiling, another kilim rug, bench...

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Five Curated Interiors

Five Curated Interiors

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Round-ups | 1 comment

My first Ideabook for Houzz appeared recently on the site’s home page. It’s a round-up of accessories to create a curated look for your home. I think the current trend for curated spaces is one that will be around for a while. It’s a more personal, easy-going way of decorating. Curated rooms are filled with well-made, meaningful treasures,...

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Luxurious Ski Lodges

Luxurious Ski Lodges

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 4 comments

It’s at this time of year I start thinking about ski chalets. Not your typical A-frame alpine cabins, mind. I mean expansive wood structures with soaring ceilings, incredible views, and open fireplaces. So I was happy to discover that this month’s Architectural Digest has just such a home on its cover. Now this is my idea of a ski...

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Ingenious Contemporary Design from 3rd UNCLE

Ingenious Contemporary Design from 3rd UNCLE

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Designers, Inspiration | 1 comment

3rd Uncle Design is a small Toronto-based design firm that has been gathering considerable recognition in recent years. And for good reason. Founded by a trio of designers, the firm has a truly refreshing portfolio. I came across its work recently when looking for inspiration for our renovation, and was attracted to its calm spaces and clean, contemporary...

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Black and White Riads

Black and White Riads

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 2 comments

With their intricate tilework, scalloped arches, hammered silver lanterns and cool courtyards, Moroccan riads are a decorator’s idea of pure escapism. Not many urban homes can get away with these features, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire them and draw inspiration. I particularly like these more muted black and white riads, not only...

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Bathroom inspiration

Bathroom inspiration

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Personal | 3 comments

Our renovation is moving ahead slowly. We still haven’t appointed the contractor, but plans are completed and we have the permit. That means we’re also at the stage of choosing fixtures and fittings – at last. In addition to the kitchen, we’re also hoping to put in a new master bath and renovate the family bathroom. For the master, I...

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Monochrome and metallics

Monochrome and metallics

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

Why didn’t I know about this beautiful blog until this weekend? Of course, I’ve seen these photos of blogger Nicole’s stunning apartment all over the blogosphere, especially since it was featured in Rue Magazine. But the blog is a great source of inspiration too. Especially right now – while Nicole is off bonding with her newborn,...

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13 inspiring white kitchens

13 inspiring white kitchens

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 5 comments

We are in the market for a new kitchen this year. It’s going to be a huge relief to finally get rid of the ancient cabinets, cracked floor tiles and crazy layout. I’ll try to record the process here and will get the first few ‘before’ shots up soon. Meantime, I’m at the inspiration-collecting stage. I know I want a streamlined...

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