Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Outdoor Living with Jardin de Ville

Hello Wednesday and it finally feels like spring in Toronto!  After such a long and cold winter, it is time to think outdoor living and I intend to soak up every bit of sunshine and enjoy the warm summer breeze.  Today, I am dreaming to give my balcony a fresh new look with lots of inspirations from Jardin de Ville, a Canadian leader in both the original design and retail of high-end outdoor furniture.

Since 1956, the Quebec-based luxurious outdoor company strives to offer Canadians and clients from around the globe high-quality products of impeccable design that are comfortable and functional.  With unparalleled dedication on innovation, refinement, and introduction of newest trends on forms, colors, and materials, Jardin de Ville delights their customers through sight, touch, thought, and well-being.

So what am I up to for my small balcony in the city you ask?  Before I show you my game plan, here is my balcony featured in Style at Home a few years back, and I am up for a complete makeover to give my outdoor oasis a new personality.

image via Style at home, courtesy of Donna Griffith
From sleek and sophisticated to bright, relaxed, and stylish living, this is my dream balcony with new favorites from Jardin de Ville 2018 Summer Collection!

Seating is the fundamental building block in my balcony.  Decent in size but the irregular sharp of the balcony presents a challenge on furniture selection and placement.  The Siena collection offers great flexibility in configuration and in my case, a combination of center and corner module fits perfectly along the angled wall.  Pairing with one or a pair of Lara lounge chairs, I am almost ready for my first summer party this year!  

I love how the relaxed yet structured weave texture on the Lara lounge chair compliments the streamline and angular aesthetic of the Siena module pieces.  What do you think?      

To echo the weave motif and for instant drama and ambiance, I am adding a couple of Macao lamps.  Constructed by synthetic wicker made from artificial fibers, the Macao lamps are soft to the touch and are resistant to natural elements including UV rays and salt water.  

I am also looking for practical yet attractive storage to house my summer party essentials.  Well, check out these BoĆ®te boxes!  Made with aluminum and teak, these boxes are super chic and best of all, they also come in white to work seamlessly with my light, resort style palette.  

Of course an outdoor oasis wouldn't be completed without lush plant materials and statement planters.  These flower boxes had me at hello and I am ready to hit my local nursery for some tropical favorites.

I can't wait to meet and feel these fantastic pieces in person and lucky for us living in Toronto, Jardin de Ville has a brand new Summer Showroom to help Torontonians to be patio-ready for the gorgeous summer months to come! Located in the Castlefield Design District, you are in for a treat to experience a multitude of collections including Manutti, Royal Botania, Roda, and Cane-Line.  

Before you check out Jardin de Ville online and in person, I am giving away a $500 gift card to help you kick-start your outdoor living project! To enter, simply visit my instagram account, tag a friend on my Jardin de Ville posts and let me know which item you love!  One winner will be randomly selected on Sunday May 4th. 

Happy shopping at Jardin de Ville

This post is sponsored by Jardin de Ville but all opinions are of my own.  All products and lifestyle images are courtesy of Jardin de Ville.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Refresh ~ 1925 Workbench

Hello Tuesday! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter long weekend. So glad the spring like weather is finally in Toronto and to celebrate that, I am taking you on a tour of 1925 Workbench.  Talking about first impression, I have always been a big fan of the work and aesthetics of  My Le and Rock and isn't this front entrance totally adorable and perfect for spring?

Known for their exceptional barn door hardware in a variety of styles and finishes, Rock's love of wood working has also led him into creating custom furniture and beautiful barn doors.  I first met this stunning table at IDS a couple of years ago and check out that daybed! Love the Big Orange Scissor by Alanna Cavanagh ... perfectly at home right here. 

Here is another simple yet beautiful dining table with a Scandinavian flair.  I love how to pastel colors pop right off the crisp white walls. I couldn't help but noticed the lighting in the studio.  Contemporary in design and simply application, I may have to do that in my own home!   

Now here comes the infamous sliding door with operable glass panels! Super chic and I totally adore that curve at the top corners.  I have no idea where yet but I so need this door in my life!

Besides designing stunning furniture, barn doors, and hardware, My Le is also an incredibly talented photographer and her floral arrangements are pure perfection.  Talking about a design triple threat!

Thanks My Le and Rock for having us today.  I look forward to add a touch of 1925 Workbench in my life soon!

Monday, March 12, 2018

New Hot Spot ~ West Elm North Toronto

Hello Monday and welcome to March Break!  It is hard to believe it's the middle of March already and you know what that means, Spring is just around the corner! The longer days and the sunshine on the weekend makes me want to redecorate again (a dangerous thought) and the brand new West Elm at Yonge and Eglinton is definitely one of my favourite new spots in town.

Located in the heart of mid-town, the store is filled with classic, timeless architectural details and finishes, making it one incredibly elegant and serene backdrop to showcase the modern, stylish West Elm collections.

Check out that skylight and the floor details ... I am in heaven!

Looking for fresh new ideas to celebrate Easter this year? How about trading in the classic bunny and daffodil for a streamline, contemporary look with a delicious palette of warm white, calming tan, and delicate blush + super chic graphic dinnerwear

I am always on a lookout for stunning pieces for projects.  This Vero Settee is sophisticated, feminine, and has an art deco flair.  Fingers crossed I will get to use it in a project soon.  Another collection I absolutely LOVE is the Thea Collection.  I may have to work a pair of these chairs in my own room!  

From soft and delicate to bold and masculine, here is a perfect vignette for the bachelors.  The rich navy wall, sculptural wall accessories, statement floor lamp, and pairing graphic textiles with a classic mid-century tailored sofa: the men in your life will love it all.

To warm up this palette, how about mixing in some warm wood tone, luxurious leather and brushed brass?  I love that brass handle on the drum coffee table with hidden storage.  Such a clever and stylish piece of furniture.      

Now lets check out my favourite room at West Elm North: a contemporary living quarter graced by beautiful architectural eye candies including the door casing and trim work, the black and white hexagon tiled floor in a diamond pattern, and the two columns that flank the sofa and the floor to ceiling display shelves for one impeccable showstopper.   


A couple other views of this space ... it totally had me at hello.  What do you think? 

With spring landing in Toronto really soon, I am also in the market for some new planters and these geometric numbers and oh the Llama is quite fun too.  Which one is your favourite?  

What are you up to this March Break? I highly recommend you to visit West Elm North Toronto!

Friday, February 2, 2018

#IDS18 ~ Maker, Studio North + Prototype

Hello Friday! Can't believe January went by just like that and what a busy couple of weeks.  After touring the fabulous #CouturePizzeria and #ResortKitchen by Sarah Richardson for Monogram Canada, I am ready to show you my favourite makers + talented design rising stars at Studio North and Prototype at the Interior Design Show Toronto.

Maker features the work of artisans who produce their own work in small batches with limited distribution. I have met the talented My Le and Rock of 1925 Workbench a few years ago at IDS and I have been a fan ever since. 

If you are looking for a sleek, modern tracking system that works smooth as butter, this single track by pass system, #1925workbenchpatentpending, is IT! These two fabulous wallpapered doors (made by Rock by the way) passing by each other effortlessly and the brushed brass finish is a winner. 

This dynamic design couple also specializes in custom wood furnishings and their sophisticated yet organic design aesthetic surely had me at hello.  Partnered with Akai Ceramic Studio and these floral arrangements are simple and breathtaking!

Now to a new friend, Kastella from Montreal hands down is one of my favourite new discoveries at #IDS18. 

The quality craftsmanship, the meticulous attention to detail, and the perfect mix of metal and wood caught my eyes immediately. Furniture pieces are meant to be touched and these pieces are so smooth I am telling you I had a hard time keeping my hands off them!

I can't wait to visit Montreal soon to check out the showroom and Kastella's entire collection in person!

Now back to my home base, KROFT is another Maker I met through IDS and isn't Dustin's booth totally hip and playful? If you are looking for the perfect floating side table, check out Buoy

1st & 3rd image courtesy of KROFT

As for my KROFT obsession, the HNGR is on top of my list! I can't wait for my new condo to be built so I can figure out where I can install this fantastically versatile piece somewhere!

Speaking about obsession, I have been in love with the bubble chandelier from PELLE for a very long time.  So you could imagine my excitement when I heard that PELLE would be at IDS to showcase part of their collection.  

It's always incredible to see a stunning fixture in person and at #IDS18, I fell in love with not one but two sensational creations at PELLE: Tripp-Mini Pendant + Tripp Sconce. Totally #crush!!

Now that we are on the lighting trail, ANONY knocked it out of the park again this year with their latest creation and this display: simply spectacular!

Justin Bailey is back again at Prototype this year and his ISO Table is fun, functional, and it has a futuristic vibe.  The steel rod frame contrasts and provides the modular Corian tiles the maximum versatility to accommodate your every needs of a coffee table.  Cocktail hours or dinner in front of TV, Justin has got you covered.   

Another new friend this year is .DECIMAL.  Combining LED technology with state of the art 3D printing, these light weight and super sexy pendants most certainly push our imagination to the next level. 

One more lighting crush before I head out for the weekend, Lambert & Fils from Montreal has been one of my favourite lighting sources for years.  Their collection is so sophisticated and mesmerizing from every angle and so was its booth at #IDS18.   

Presented by Klaus, I got to experience these dynamite fixtures up-close in person.  Say hello to Laurent 07 and Laurent 01.     

New to Lambert & Fils is the Mile Collection and I love the quiet sophistication of Mile 01 and the fixture moves too!

I was totally a kid in the candy store this year at IDS18.  Hope you all had a fun time following along and I will see you all again at IDS19!