July 24, 2014:

Statement Pieces

I love pieces that say SOMETHING. This is how you differentiate between a living room that looks like you ripped it directly from the Restoration Hardware bohemoth catalogue set and something that is truly inspired. I saw a picture of a friend's living room yesterday that made me think to myself, "Holy Hell, what the heck happened - s/he has such great personal style and taste how on earth did THAT happen?" How's that for Vaguebooking?? I often get asked if I will judge or people will fret about inviting me to their homes for fear I will judge.  If I am invited over to break bread and drink wine, I am truly focused on the company not the space but I will confess I do make a mental list of what I would burn, throw away or conveniently dump wine on if I had the chance.

So clearly, if you are going to make a statement, it needs to be a GOOD one. Many spaces say the wrong thing. -Woefully so in fact. My own house was absolutely guilty of this at varying points. I would still be horrified to have strangers over to be totally honest. It's not perfect and because I judge, I know I will be judged just as much if not more so ya - that's an hour on the psychiatrist's lounge for ya...

We found some killer Statement pieces for our #Cactus Project.  In doing so, I found some killer pieces not for #Cactus but ones that I would desperate love to use but if I were to purchase for future projects, I'd be that one more item toward hoarder so.... hire me quick so I can use them instead of watching someone else get the pleasure... SIGH.... (Imagine Scarlett O'Hara with the swoon - arm to the forehead with that sigh)

Come to Momma. These bad boys are going in our living room in Palm Springs. We die.

DESPERATE TO USE. Can you imagine? I see draped canopies with embroidered moroccan textiles and paisley stamped wallpaper and bling bling bling. These would make the most amazing little girl's room - twin beds. Ahhh CALL ME. NOW. PLEASE!

Bedside table lamps??? I don't normally like a sculpted shade but this are amazing...

Art work from Paul Lange would pretty much seal the deal in this little girl's room that has just evolved.

July 24, 2014:

Coastal Cool

I've yet to design a coastal home and for some reason I've not really done that many cottages. Maybe it's because I'm not a cottage-goer? I tend to prefer highly contrasted palettes - hello navy and white!!! I do love greige palettes though for coastal spaces even if they aren't actually situated on a coast. I know it is surprising to hear but I do love tone on tone spaces. This is extremely restful to me but I couldn't live in it forever, just a third home kinda deal. I'd still find ways to inject some colour but it would be exterior dependent. I find that getting palette inspiration from the outside is a great way to maximize views and expand living spaces to include the out of doors.

Asa and I had our first date on Toronto's Ward Island and our dear friend and god father to Luke is Uncle Ken. He has a cottage on the island that he let me paint deep blueberry a few years ago. Inside is pretty small and we often day dream about winning the lottery and building on the lot but I would absolutely want to keep the original cottage itself and just add more square footage repeating the charm. So here's what I would put in Uncle Ken's Cottage - Driftwood and Blueberry Inspired....



Walls & staple furniture pieces to stay tonal. This is key to establishing the base for the overall scheme. Texture is key. It has to be varied or else it will feel like an Ikea showroom fast.


Lighting also needs to be varied texturally and material wise. The faux bamboo lamp is possibly my favourite from Currey and Co. It's got a crackle finish that is divine. I love this Husk Pendant. I would ideally put a series of them over an island. The chandelier I too would love to repeat down a hallway. 


Colour would be introduced through accents including area rugs, pillows, artwork and dining chairs. Keep it subtle so that the space feels tonal overall with the accent colour repeated in it's own tonal range. 


Jenny from MFAMB nailed it with this piece. I want a bigger version of it for my own house let alone Blueberry Cottage.


July 22, 2014:

This Week’s Consumed By…

We're doing some re-selects and of course I find things I want more than I previously specified that are well more money but so much more glam that I can't resist. Well not everything is that is for sure. We're moving into the ordering phase for #Cactus which means a few things A) we need to be prepared to find out things that we love aren't available or will be back ordered which forces us to make hard choices B) We will for sure find new stuff that we hadn't considered that we love and adore and can't afford C) We drink a lot.

So i'm going to share a few of my obsessions - which I'm told is such a blogger thing to say - but I've said it forever and a day being raised on Square Pegs which was Clueless and Mean Girls before there was Clueless and Mean Girls. So Gag me with a Spoon ya know?


Totally NOT design related on one hand but I'm blown away by the fabric itself and I love the one shoulder. I am a big one shoulder dress/top kinda gal. I was blessed with great clavicles. Not so fussed about the pleating though. Girls with hips this doesn't flatter.

Gah. I need.

I would love to do a coastal kitchen and put a pair of these over the island.

Marble and a grey linen shade? Hello. Perfect for our #AlexandraBlvd project

Saw this chair at #hpmkt this past spring and I'm still loving. I wish they did a COM version but they are exquisite.

The entire office is stool obsessed on a daily basis. This is our new fave.

This just landed in my inbox today. HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THINGS HOLY AND BEAUTIFUL. My best friend needs this chair in her life. GAH. I die. It's the WB Chair by John Ford. Sweet Hannah. I don't even like modern furniture as a rule but this has hit Deity status. It's exquisite non? If you are interested in more it's available through Design Lush HERE.

July 21, 2014:

Installing, Presenting, Reselects & Vacating….

I got into the office bright and early this morning but after our Monday morning meeting I'm feeling rushed and a bit stressed. I hate Monday morning meetings I've never ever liked them even when I was a teacher. I know that some people love them and the lists that are generated from them and the action plans but I think I suffer from Oppositional Defiance Disorder to a certain degree. I simply hate being told what to do and when to do it. It's actually my least favourite thing about being a business owner after accounting. I find it tedious and a creative buzz kill. It's a necessary evil for sure but it totally stresses me out.

We have an installation late morning early afternoon and then we've got to finalize a few projects so that we can hit our deadlines and that will mean some sketching coming your way. That's always enjoyable for me. I love that to do!

Install and photo shoot on Weds and then another install on Thursday and then I am off for ten days. I may blog, I may not. We shall see. I may actually try and recharge a bit.

I know, I'm probably kidding myself. I am feeling like I need this break though which is unusual. I usually dread vacations but I'm actually looking forward to this one.        

I'm trying to track this light fixture down if anyone knows. I don't want to harass the person who posted it on Instagram but I really am rather desperate for info if you know....

This picture from Domaine Home that was first published by Elle Decor Espana and designed by Sandra Behaumou and photographed by Montse Garriga is everything. It is making me wonder if doing my new sofa from Wesley Hall in leather was the right choice. That shade of ink is EVERYTHING. The velvet delish. J'adore.

July 17, 2014:

More Teasers…

A VERY Busy last couple of days - have I mentioned how much photoshoots physically hurt? Cocktails taste much better after them too so it's a win overall.

Feeling like a proud Momma on this one. #Madison is being listed today and I am going to have to hand it off to someone who has a few million and hopefully a little more to hire MHD to really see this project through and do justice to it. It's been a tremendous team effort - we all deserve a pat on the back - I can't wait for the next one!!!!!