If your lifestyle and budget permits you to buy a large scale silk area rug you are not going to regret it. They feel as good underfoot as they look. I just love the colours and pattern in the Silk Orchid collection available at Elte. These jewel toned rugs would be perfection in a dining room, living room or bedroom. Below are a few I’ve been eyeing…
(Above: Silk Orchid 100% silk and made in India $11,595.00)
(Above: Silk Orchid yellow 100% silk and made in India $18,835.00)
(Above: Silk Orchid blue 100% silk and made in India $20,635.00)
(All images via www.elte.com)
What do you think?
These industrial garage doors are stunning and when painted black they look so dramatic. This look has always been a dream of mine but unfortunately Toronto weather doesn’t quite permit it. The thin glass and metal would be your worst nightmare come winter.
Luckily for us Northerners there are some options available to us so we can make the most of spring/summer. Where the industrial quality lacks you still achieve the large opening with insulated glass insert doors that open onto each other. Perfect for entertaining or expanding your living space in the warmer months. See the second image below.
(via Duke and Marie)
OK, not a garage door but I love how the open spans of these doors and how they create the same effect. This is the Canadian version perhaps.
When I first saw Ana’s work I was completely drawn in, specifically to her more recent and ongoing project “Visual Mantras” where she explores repetitive drawing as a meditation itself. She uses geometric shapes, colour, pattern, and a fluid repetition that is both stimulating and calming. You can see work in more depth on her website here. (All images via: Anamontiel.com)
Below is my favourite wallpaper print, it reminds me of an early topography map. Aside from how stunning it looks there are other qualities that make this a winner for me. Printed on non-woven paper brought directly from sustainable sources from Finland. The paper is also Low in VOC’s, and won’t warp or smear during installation because of it’s non-woven construction.
(Above: Her wall paper Topo Coco which is a limited edition)
(Above: Topo Azul Limited addition wallpaper $100 Euro)
Other works…. WILD GEOMETRY (Perfectly titled)
I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!
Happy Friday everyone! Today’s inspiration is the herringbone pattern wood floor. It’s beautiful, timeless and bold. These floors look stunning with ornate wall mouldings and soaring ceilings all painted in a bight white paint finish. Here are some stunning examples. What do you think?
(Images via: doorsixteen)
These beautiful jewels just made my day a little brighter!
Jean and Oliver Pelle of studio Pelle created these architectural soaps. They are hand hewn from semi-transparent glycerin and available in an assortment of colours. As trained Architects from Yale their passion for architecture and design is apparent in their latest creation found on Fab.
Happy Friday everyone!!!
Somebody please tell mother nature it is officially Spring. I’m getting really tired of these frigid temps and random snow falls. Until the weather turns for the better I guess I’m forced to dream. Here are some beautiful cottages that have been keeping me inspired.
A few months back I fell in love with a pair of slim-line brass candles sticks I saw at a home decor store. They were retailing at over $200.00 dollars and I couldn’t justify the cost given I didn’t have an ideal spot for them in our house. (insert sad face here)
About 3 weeks later I was walking to the bank and spotted virtually the same solid brass candle sticks for the low low price of $15.00 for all 5. They needed some TLC but I got them looking new again in about 15 minutes. (That’s the beauty with brass, silver and and other metals that tarnish – they do clean-up!)
I’m really happy with the way they turned out, now I just need to find slim white candles to complete the look.
(Before with a little bit of Silvo polish on the base)
(This is what I used to clean remove the tarnish, worked like a gem.)
(See the difference? This is with one aggressive polish session.)
Inspiration is everywhere! Sometimes the best inspiration comes from the most unlikely source.
2. Fresh spring tulips.
3. Ocean waves and Navajo prints. (image via pintrest)
4. Gold chevron pattern, mint green ribbon and blush tone floral decor… aka the perfect cake. (Image via: pintrest)
5. Antiqued gold hammered sink and faucet.
Where do you find your inspiration?
There is nothing better (in my opinion) than fresh flowers. I love the colour, texture and smell they bring to the home. My problem is always coming to a timely decision when I’m in the shop. As I’ve told my DH (when he’s sitting in the car for way….. longer then promised) there are a lot of things to consider…. the vase, the colours, the volumes/heights and finally the actual flower type (dependent on season).
Given the option seem so endless I thought I would challenge myself to a different arrangement every other Friday. That way when I really needed to make a speedy selection I’ll have a catalog of arrangements I know will look good.
These flowers sat at my desk and made me very happy for almost 13 days! What I used: Pink freesias, cream mums, evergreen filler, and some other small pink flower filler, in a homemade lace pattern mason jar vase.
The above image:(via delo loves design)
So this month my family is headed south (Florida) to get a jump start on the warm weather. Unfortunately I’ll be waiting out spring in Toronto and only just hearing about the ocean views, sunset walks, mixed drinks by the pool and all those other amazing things people do by the ocean in warm weather.
In the spirit of palm trees and sunsets this post is about the flamingo. Some find this bird tacky but for me it captures the true essence of a vacation down south. I’m particularly loving this wall mural by Anthropologie (Below)
(Below) This vignette really captured my eye. Everything from the painting, to the wall paper and paneling, the textured pink flowers in the crystal vases, the glass and silver flamingos and lucite table all make the perfect combination for a vintage glam look.
Obviously I had to throw a little water colour into the mix. (below) I just love this stunning sketch from a talented artist and blogger who documents her life as she lives it.
(below) and of course a more contemporary wall covering in muted tones also works for the conservative type.