Welcome to my blog about my entrepreneurial adventures. Here you'll find design inspiration along with my rants and raves as I get ready to launch a home decor and accessories boutique.
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Montreal ~ Toronto
I thought this cool and collected Gothenburg apartment would be the perfect interior to kick off the weekend. Leather door handles really seem to be having a moment lately and while I question their durability, they sure lend a casual-chic look to any kitchen. The kitchen is the standout for me in this space. I’m loving the blue cabinetry, the light grey marble counter and the original herringbone floor. Speaking of herringbone floors, here’s a fun fact I learned recently—herringbone floors will cost you less than chevron because there’s less cuts to be made!
It’s that time of year when I want to throw on a chunky knit sweater, curl up with a cup of coffee and sift through images of beautiful dark, moody interiors. While I’ve always been partial to white and bright spaces, the crisp fall weather has been ushering me to the dark side.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to love everything and anything that Sarah Sherman Samuel does. If you don’t already follow her blog, Smitten Studio, then you definitely should! I don’t even know where to start with this bathroom. The gold-dipped bulbs, the marble trim around the shower and the re purposed vanity all come together beautifully. I love the way the subway tile was installed in a slanted herringbone fashion, such a refreshing take on a classic tile choice!
It’s been a long-time love affair between me and this chair. From when I first saw it featured on some of my favorite Scandinavian design blogs, I was smitten. I’ve always been partial to tan colored leather accent chairs in a monochrome home, but what I love most about the leather sling chair or butterfly chair, is its versatility. Luxe yet modern, it looks equally at home in the most casual or elegant interior. Originally designed in Buenos Aires in 1983, it’s continued to grow in popularity to this day since it’s functional, light weight and downright good looking.
There’s a lot to love about this Stockholm apartment! Copper and rose gold seem to be catching up to brass as the new it color for accents and accessorizing. That Tom Dixon copper light fixture really anchors a black and white color palette and I’m loving the look of having two coffee tables of varying height for a living room. What I’m currently obsessing over are those copper hexagon mirrors from IKEA! I have a thing for honeycomb and geometric shapes so I love the way you can create your own pattern. Will definitely be recreating this!
Last week while taking a walk around the Mont Royal area, we stumbled on the restaurant La Salle À Manger. I kept hearing great things about it from friends so we thought we’d check it out. Upon walking in I was immediately smitten with the decor (duh). Bare-bulb pendants are hung in rows against tin walls and the hexagon tile has an old-world charm to it. The whole look makes me think of an upscale industrial cafeteria.
I ordered the smoked mackerel sandwich with a latte. I was surprised at how good the coffee was! The photo of the sandwich may not look too impressive but the fish was super tender and full of flavour!
If you go for drinks, definitely try the “Sang d’encre” beer—dark and super creamy!
This kitchen combines everything I’m loving lately. The brass trend shows no sign of stopping and I don’t want it to! This kitchen is pretty close to what I imagine my dream kitchen looking like—dark lower cabinetry with brass hardware, marble counter tops and as little upper cabinetry that I can get away with…just a few white cabinets and some open shelving. The intricate tiles provide a beautiful contrast to such a pure look.
Photo via Delight by Design
I really enjoyed the refreshing style of this home tour so I wanted to share it with you all! When Claire Thomas, blogger behind The Kitchy Kitchen was house-hunting for a new home in LA, she encountered more than a few surprises. First of all, she never expected to fall in love with a “midcentury mod home on stilts” when she was originally looking for a Spanish colonial-style home in a “nice school district”. The more homes she saw in that style however, the more discouraged she became due to outdated kitchen and bathroom renos. The midcentury home is an architectural gem and sits on stilts 20 feet above the ground. She and her husband eventually began a series of renos that included opening up the kitchen to the living room and dining room. I love how they mixed organic wood pieces with gold accessories in the dining room and the green/gray backsplash in the kitchen is another standout! The original guest bathroom was covered in Gold lame wallpaper and wanting to keep the spirit of the room, the couple opted for gold and navy hexagon wallpaper paired with Jonathan Adler sconces. I am freaking out that the vanity and hardware were original to the house, it’s beyond gorgeous!
I thought I’d feature a couple of beauty products I’ve been loving lately and practice my product photography at the same time. I don’t usually post about makeup but these products have been working overtime compared to any others in my makeup bag!
1) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
A bold name like this one better result in a bold look! The color is a rich, deep black and it really fans out and separates the lashes, which I love. The only downside is that it can clump a little if you take too long to apply it but other than that, it’s great for dramatic lashes.
2)NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
Words cannot even begin to express how much I love this shade. I own 5 of the NYX butter glosses and this is the color I reach for the most. It’s a great everyday, brown-pink nude and for the cheap price, the color payoff is fantastic! As the name implies, the textures is buttery and non-sticky.
3)NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned
Welcome the witching hour with NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Damned. By witching hour I mean Fall/Halloween. I was trying to be creative. I was obsessing over this color for quite some time and finally got my hands on it after it had been sold out for a while. The color reminds me of crushed blackberries. It’s the perfect purple/raspberry color for Fall and surprisingly wearable. This color is going to be my go-to dramatic lip once the cooler weather hits.
Does anyone else feel like a kid at Christmas when the new IKEA catalog arrives in the mail? It reminds me of how I used to react when getting the Toys R’ Us catalog. I’d carry that thing around everywhere, dog-ear the pages and make notes for my parents. Yes, I was very thorough haha. Now I’ve moved on to IKEA! I always get a little giddy when this bad boy arrives. Above are some of my favorite styles that I spotted from the 2015 edition. If you haven’t gotten yours, it can be viewed here