23 April 2015

Throwback Thursday: My Childhood Living Room

In honour of Throwback Thursdays (aka #tbt), I thought I would share a photo from one of my childhood homes, circa the '80s. For those who don't know what #tbt is, it's a social media thing. People post old photos from the past, and usually it's to laugh at themselves. Similarly, I laughed at this photo when I came across it. 

My childhood home's living room, circa 1985.

11 April 2015

If Betty Draper Had An Office...

I am not much of a TV buff, but since my husband and I got Netflix, game over! We now understand the whole notion of binge watching, which I can't decide if this is a good or bad thing. Our first experience with this was Mad Men. I find this series so intriguing. It transports us into a time that we didn't experience and can barely comprehend. The series takes place in the 50's, 60's and 70's and candidly portrays the female role, the way business was conducted, and how excessive drinking and smoking use to be. We got really caught up in the characters, clothing and of course, the decor. So when Chairish asked me to do a post for their Mad Men series, I was delighted! And, in case you didn't know, Chairish is a great resource for Mid-Century Modern furniture. You can find their entire line, HERE.


06 April 2015

Coloured Doors with Light Trim

As I mentioned on my Instagram over the weekend, I have started to notice a trend in my designs; painting interior doors. And not just the back side of the front doors, as I commented on a few years ago in THIS post, but all the doors in the space.

12 March 2015

Sunbrella: Not Just Outdoor Fabrics Anymore

Sunbrella been around since the 60's and has been changing the textile industry since their beginning. Sunbrella's fabrics would be described as performance fabric. What do I mean by that? Let this video be an example what Sunbrella performance fabric can do. You may be shocked when you see the video takes place indoors. This innovative company has branched out from their outdoor fabric line and created an overall product that is suitable for both interiors and exteriors. These fabrics are so beautifully crafted that you would never know that they were almost bullet proof...

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.