I’m happy to report I’ve been sticking with my lengthily New Years resolutions. My main focus these last few weeks has been refreshing my office space. Last week I ordered three beautiful photographs from a talented photographer which I hope to have framed by the end of the week. (I’ll be sure to post the end result)
This week I’m on the hunt for the perfect area rug. I’m looking for a rug with a bold clean pattern, a low pile height (so my task chair can glide back and forth easily) and something that suites the aesthetic of the room (black and white/high contrast). Here is what I’m considering right now, this beauty fits all my requirements I just want to see it in person before I make the call.
Lately all I think about (or daydream about) is sitting on our patio with a glass of wine. I’m craving spring and if the weather doesn’t make a turn for the better in the next few weeks I’m headed south of the boarder for some R&R.
These next images are beautiful examples of making the most of your backyard or patio space. It should be an extension of your living space, complete with modern conveniences (like bbq, drink cooler, mood lighting and recliners), comfort and of course lots of style.
Above ~I love how these doors completely opens up to the backyard. This is perfect for entertaining or enjoying a warm summer night. You can always get phantom screens to prevent bugs from finding there way inside.
(Image via: www.home-designing.com)
Pool, followed by a hot tub, followed by an outdoor fire place… perfect!
(Image via: www.apartmenttheropy.com)
No this is not a spa or yoga retreat… this is someone’s house. Hats off to the Architect and Landscape designer!
(Image via: pramfashionjewelry.blogspot.com)
This space seems casual, comfortable and very livable. The bubbly is a nice touch too!
(Image via: sfmag.webs.com)
(Image via: http://laveet.com)
Sometimes the most beautiful spaces are the ones that just happen… or at least appear as though they did. That’s what I love about these spaces, they speak to that effortless eclectic design aesthetic .
(Image via indepedant.co.ukuk.com)
(Image via: lifestylenoted.com)
(Image via: hgtv.com)
(image via: www.trenddecoration.com)
Happy Friday everyone! As I write this post it is haling outside, blowing like crazy and frigid! I can’t even begin to describe how done I am with winter. All I can think about these days is Spring and it is becoming clear to me we still have a ways to go before I get my wish. Ehh….
But that’s enough complaining for one day! Below are some beautiful bright white kitchens that showcase sleek modern design. I’m loving the full height, high gloss, white cabinets, the large islands, the dark textural floors, stainless steel appliances and the unique stools that add a touch of interest.
Enjoy the weekend!
(Below images from Elle Decor and House beautiful)
On a personal note:
After 14 days of “resting” the beast is officially getting her stitches out this afternoon! I’m especially happy because the last few days she has been driving me nuts, tearing around the house like a wild thing, stealing socks and pulling my pant legs (I have the holes to prove it).
For a dog that gets at least 2 hours of exercise a day including a long dog park run/play sessions this “resting” concept is not one she likes or understands. I know she must be wondering what happened to her old awesome life where she ran and wrestled with her dog park crew. Soon beast.. soon!
The Pedra coaster.
Words can’t express how excited I am to order a set (or two) of these beauties. I love the jewel tone colours, the different levels of transparency in the agate stone and the fact that ever coaster is completely different because it’s a naturally varying material. The only challenge I”m having is what colour to pick!
(Below: eggplant, fuchsia, burnt orange, teal and assorted)
The Pedra coaster set is $68.00 for a set of 4 available at Radlabs
Another snow day!
I was hoping the weather would increasingly get warmer and dryer but it turns out Mother nature feels differently. We have about a foot of snow in Toronto and it continues to fall. Taking an optimistic approach to the storm I thought I would look at the pretty side of winter, which for me is the falling snow. I love how it brighten the dark night with its reflective quality and sparkles in the air. These lights would add a delicate sparkle to any space and remind me a lot of the snow flake.
(Above the Heracleum light by Mooi available at Klaus)
(Found on one of my shopping days at AM lighting)
(Below: Cmxy light fixture – image from manufacturer/designer)
(Dandelion Image via Architizer)
Every year we go to IDS (Interior design show) I’m pleasantly surprised at how different it is. Each year more and more unique vendors come out and show us what’s in store for the year. Here are a few things I founding interesting…
(Top to bottom: A white wood chandelier with bronze flower light installation behind it, a beautiful C&C milled walnut and glass table, individually designed chairs in support of charity put on by blue dot, a creative bronze coffee table, concrete paneling in embossed wood finish, blue dimensional tile stunning for a water feature, black and gold tile installation and the feature image is an installation done with pencil crayons in a peg board).
Sometimes I see pieces (art, furniture, lighting) and I just fall in love. Right now these are my swoon worthy items, some smaller more cost effective items and a few investment pieces.
(Jana Brass/marble lamp from Gray is Gray at $565.00 seen other place for +650.00)
Lia crystal wine bottle stoppers in aqua marine $58.00
(Blown glass emerald lamp -2013 pantone colour of the year! Price unavailable, but my guess would be $500-900. Image via pintrest)
( Gold playing cards for $25.00 – perfect on a bar cart or tray for visual interest and of course a game of cards!)
A personal note:
I’m so thrilled to be going away this weekend for a winter getaway. After the Interior design show we are headed North for some skiing, ice fishing, and relaxing by the fire. After finishing up a very busy work week I can’t wait to leave the city for a change of pace.
This weekend my little beast (Millie) will be joining us in the festivities which makes me extra excited. She makes me smile every morning, how could you not smile at face like this…