02 February 2015

Graffiti and Interiors

   It's no longer a surprise to anyone that most major cities are filled with street art. It can be terrible, awesome, amateur or professional. In Buenos Aires, the paintings were inspiring, proof that graffiti is a great outlet for a city to gain some character. There were so many pieces with skill, thoughtfulness and creativity and I found myself naturally drawn to the great art as we walked the streets of Palermo (a neighborhood in Buenos Aires). The colours and life of the art really made the streets come alive!

29 January 2015

Andeluna: Wine and Atmosphere Heaven

Happy New Year. I know I am late on the delivery for New Years wishes, but better late than never? My 2015 has really rocked thus far. After being away for a month long, belated honeymoon to Argentina, my energy stores are full, creative juices are flowing and am riding high on Vitamin D from the sun and fun. It really was a trip of a life time. If you have the chance to head down to Argentina, I strongly suggest it. There is beautiful architecture nestled in busy city streets, lots of wonderful restaurants and sights to see, nature to be explored and the food and wine...don't get me started! Everyone warned us that their beef and wine is out of this world, and I would have to say, I agree.

Wine tasting at The Vines of Mendoza

05 December 2014

Pantone's Colour of 2015: Marsala

If you follow my Instagram, you will have noticed that I posted Pantone's colour of the year, Marsala. Apparently, this colour has been causing quite a stir since it's announcement. I found an article that explained people's reactions to the colour, which seemed to lean on the negative side of what this colour evokes (click HERE). Personally, I like the colour. I am surprised I like it. Maybe it's because I found last year's colour, Radiant Orchid, too bright for me to apply to interior colour schemes. In the case of Marsala, I think it can be a complimentary colour and I may actually use it.


02 December 2014

Toronto Family Home: Before and Afters

It's almost Christmas. I am not sure how this has happened. Time is flying by or maybe more like whizzing by. I can't believe how quickly Fall came and went, and now I have to pull out my Christmas decor, get ready for snow, eating and festivities. Man! I still can't believe I am saying that...

I just realized the other day when I was emailing back and forth with my uber awesome website maintainer (that's you, Jeff!), that I haven't posted about this great renovation I designed earlier this year.  It has been in the back of my mind to gloat about it, but I truly thought, it hasn't been that long since we were done... or has it? We are going on almost 6 months after completion, so I think it's time to share the beautiful space. 

This job was such a please to work on. Not only were my clients so warm, open minded and a joy to work with, the project went according to plan and turned out better than we could have imagined. It was your usual dated, small roomed house. The goal was to open up the space, make it family friendly, warm, inviting and filled with light. I think we accomplished all of that and much more. The basement is not part of this post, as it's a work in progress, furniture wise. However, you can only imagine how much better it is based on the results of the upstairs.

30 October 2014

Bill Cunningham's Street Style Inspirations

A few weeks back, I spent a weekend away with one of my oldest best friends. We have been friends since we were 12 years old, which impresses me even to think that I am old enough to have had a friend for over 20 years (but that's a whole other blog post). During my visit to Jess' humble abode in Sudbury, we tucked in with tea, Woodrow Fox (her adorable 2 year old) and some good chats. One night, we decided it was a wine and movie kinda night. Jess' sister-in-law recommended the documentary about Bill Cunningham, the NY street style photographer. It was a great recommendation (search his name on Netflix).  He is an interesting man, who's life's work was primarily focused on street style photographs for his New York Times column. He inspired me. He reminded me to get back to my blog and continue to compare fashion to interiors (which is one of my favourite series I write about). I thoroughly enjoy both worlds but often forget to merge the two together to inspire my readers and myself. Today's post is a compilation of some of Bill's photographs, taken from the streets of NY and interiors that I have compiled on my Pineterest board, which inspire me.

Here is Bill doing his thing!

30 September 2014

Oatmeals and Navy Blues

Oatmeal and Navy Blue. It almost sounds nautical, doesn't it? A bit classic, yet current? The trick with this colour palette is to keep both colours on the warm side. This will help you keep clear of the theme-like nautical look. Instead, lean towards beige that has cream undertones, and blues that have some warm gray in it (this will ensure it's not purple!). Here is a colour palette I have been working on for a client with these colour tones...

16 September 2014

Princess Margaret Show Home 2014: Behind The Scenes

I get excited when the Princess Margaret Lottery Home is finally finished and opened to the public. For one, I dream of winning but I guess that's the purpose of this entire lottery. Once again, Brian Gluckstein has designed this year's home, and from what I can see from the final House & Home video, he did not under deliver. As in Gluckstein's style, the house is monochromatic, classic and subtle. His design sense allows the viewer to see themselves in the space by creating a blank canvas for the new homeowner to work with. Personally, I love all the windows, the kitchen, the double sided fireplace in the foyer and the facade of the house. Here is a sneak peak behind the scene video, displaying that it really takes hundreds of people to make an event like this take shape. Now, I am off to go and buy myself a ticket!

11 September 2014

EQ3: Warming Up The Modern

Generally, when I think of EQ3, I associate their products with a certain style; modern, steam line, no fuss and no warmth. If I was designing a condo for a downtown dwelling, I would likely look to EQ3 as a resource, as it often fits the style. However, after a design seminar at their Burlington store, I have changed my mindset about their products. The store has been renovated and now appears to be more open, allowing stages for multiple vignettes to display how their furniture can be used. There is a strong sense of modernity that still remains but with the transition of wood stains becoming lighter and more rustic, it adds a sense of imperfection, which is unusual with modern furniture. They have added a softer colour palette to their rugs and have some great home accents that could work in any space. Also, EQ3 has teamed up with Herman Miller, so for those mid century modern enthusiasts, you don't have to go into Toronto's city centre to find the real deal. 

Here are a few of my favorite things from my visit yesterday at their store:

I love the light fixture, made with strips of fabric above the table.