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!!!!!


July 16, 2014:

Getting Her All Spiffy - Unveiling our #Madison Project

If you were on Instagram in the last 24 hours you would see that I unleashed a torrent of photos from our #Madison project. She goes on the market this weekend and we were styling her up today for photos that will go in both our portfolio and on the MLS listing. I hate when Real Estate agents have their people photograph a house. Fish Eye lens be damned!!! Magazine quality is far more attractive.

We have staged it - god how I hate staging. I am a designer. The King Bed takes up 1/4 of the Master Bedroom but we don't have budget to furnish the rest of the room. Sigh. Amazing when you put furniture in a room you actually see how massive it is.

I ate lunch at the island in the kitchen today. This house feels good - like a home despite not having anyone live in it. A lot of love, care, thought, energy and money were put into it and it more than just shows it - you can feel it.


This was what I walked into today. It's the first time the entire floor has been uncovered. It literally takes your breath away.


Barstools arrived after I took this. Such a great vibe it has.

You're probably expecting big reveals of rooms but instead I'm showing you flower close ups. I do REALLY good flowers though... and when you don't have furniture and fabrics well you get flowers.


This is my Meta picture. My Dior book. Dior Sunglasses on the table. I brought the wrong purse though. That would have been epic.


I love how this worked out.


We couldn't find a table that would fit as a centre hall table so this is my back up plan. I kinda love it.