Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012...Hello 2013

I just wanted to wish you all a fabulous 2013. May it be a year of happiness, health, love and style!!!!


Sunday, December 16, 2012

I ♥ Turquoise

Hello again!!!  I know it's been quite a long time since I last blogged.  Not a day goes by that I don't think about blogging, and I would love to do it full time but, the rest of my life has been so busy lately!  So, as I find a few minutes to check out design inspirations, I am totally blown away.  I normally do not post other blogger's material but, this time I could not resist. Erin of House of Turquoise always features the most anazing homes...with a hit of turquoise!  But, this one is, in my eyes, the perfectly designed house.  This home is designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 of Dallas, Texas.  I can honestly say, I love every room!  I love the fact that Abbe uses subtle paint colours as the backdrop and lets the furniture, fabric and accessories make a statement!  Enjoy!





Sunday, October 28, 2012

C Wonder: My New Favourite Store

While spending an amazing weekend in NYC, I discovered C Wonder!  This place is bursting full of colour and energy.  The store offers clothing, accessories and home decor with a preppy, luxurious feel.  From the moment you walk in the store, happiness is all around.  WARNING: If you don't like colour, this post is definitely not for you!  If you do, enjoy the eye candy!

Here a few photos that I took:

 Gorgeous vignettes displaying beautiful items throughout the store!

This is probably the most fun dressing room I have ever been in!  I loved the dog themed wallpaper and curtains. 

I absolutely loved these teapot lighting fixtures.  So whimsical!

This wall display created with plates is so simple and unique.  So easy to recreate at home!

And a few of my favourite pieces:

I hope you enjoyed this post!  If you would like me to help fill your life and home with colour, contact me.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Benjamin Moore's 2013 Colour of the Year

Every year Benjamin Moore explores colour trends and chooses one colour that will be the jumping off point to create a gorgeous colour palette for your home.  

Say hello to Lemon Sorbet 2019-60!

This colour, is light and fresh and is a great backdrop to the emerging pastel trend we are currently seeing.  This pure, clean colour can also be incorporated amazingly well with the current look of rich jewel tones as well as a great complement to the grey trend. 

“Lemon Sorbet is a perfect colour to begin invigorating change for 2013,” says Sharon Grech. “Colour has the power to evoke a mood and yellow, in its many variations, represents optimism and light for 2013.

Here are a few inspiration photos:

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Apartment Therapy

For me, I don't know if I could paint an entire room with Lemon Sorbet.  Like I said earlier, it is a very clean colour so once on the walls, it would appear much brighter than what you see on the paint chip.  So, here are my recommendations to incorporate this trend:  
-Inject some colour into your space with furniture, bedding, throw cushions and accessories
-Paint your ceiling or a feature wall
-Incorporate hits of colour with wall art or paint some accents as in the last photo
If you still love the yellow hue and you want to paint your room, a couple alternatives to Lemon Sorbet are Weston Flax HC-5 and Pale Moon OC-108.
What do say to Lemon Sorbet, yay or nay?
If you would like to fill your house with colours that work for you, contact me.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Model Home Furniture Auction

So, here is a really cool idea in which Hot 89.9 (local radio station) and Tartan Homes are coming together to support a great cause, the D.I.F.D. Campaign.  On September 30th, you are invited to bid on different rooms in some of Tartan Homes beautiful show homes.  It's a great opportunity to purchase a designer room and help raise money at the same time.  There are over 200 brand new items including dining room sets, sofas and chairs, beds, art, decorations and more!  Here are the details:

When: Sunday, Sept. 30, Noon - 3pm
Where: Findlay Creek Village, Tartan Homes Sales Centre, 600 Willowmere Way

Here is a link to all the information that you'll need:

Take a look at a few rooms that have some interesting pieces:

I am currently searching for an upholstered headboard.  I'm not sure this is the right colour for my master bedroom but, maybe it could be a piece that I could have reupholstered.

Such a cute girl's bedroom. 

I love that piece of art above the sofa in the living room as well as those table lamps. 

A very fun piece that I would use in a kid's room. 

This cream leather sofa has tufted and buttoned cushions for a classic, tailored look.
Let me know if you are lucky enough to snatch up some great deals.  And if you would like any help incorporating any pieces into your home, contact me.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Glebe House Tour

It was a perfect afternoon to tour the Glebe.  The sun was shining and the neighbourhood was buzzing with people.  I managed to get to four of the six houses included in this year's lineup.  And they all showed off some stunning designs  There was a mix of modern and traditional elements in the houses.  Designs were done professionally but, also by some of the homeowners.  If I could sum it all up, the looks had a definite electic mix.  A good lesson for design today, don't take it too seriously, add elements to a room that you love.  Whether it's a favourite family photo or small artifacts from your travels around the world.  Those are the things that tell the story of your life and our homes should reflect your story.  All that being said, I was not allowed to take any photographs of these homes.  :(  There are so many things that I wanted to capture.  I made sure to take a lot of good notes after the tour.  I will show a few photos from my favourite house.  (Source: The Ottawa Citizen  and Desire to Inspire)

I loved the front entrance of this house. The stonework set the stage for this house. 

 Although this house did not have a formal entrance, I immediately got a warm and welcoming feeling.  


A curved wall was created to hide a support beam between the main hallway and the dining room/kitchen.  I love how the owners used it to create a chalkboard.

For the backsplash in the kitchen, marble bubble mosaic was used.  So much fun!

There were so many things to love in this house but, this had to be my favourite!...A garage door in the living room that opens up to the patio.  So amazing.  You'll also notice the wood panel sliding doors in the background.  These are made with reclaimed wood from the walls that were taken down in the house.  An amazing way to keep a little bit of the old. 


Love this colourful wallpaper used in the main floor bathroom.
There was a definite retro feel in this work area and bathroom.  Love the turquoise and orange colour combination!
Rumour has it that this table and chairs were found on kijiji! 

 Now to the second floor....Here are the bedrooms of two lucky kids!


In both kids' rooms the closets are IKEA's Pax wardrobes.  This was customized to accomodate the sloped ceiling. 

Love this hit of colour in the media room (I have a room very similar to this in my house) and the artwork in the wall.

Even the exterior was given as much attention as the rest inside.  Every bit of space was used to create a beautiful, modern living area. 


Sorry I didn't get to show you more but, you can see lots more of photos of this and another house on the tour over at Desire to Inspire.