Monday, January 16, 2017

HDBlogSquad ~ Bathroom Makeover (The Before)

Hello Monday! With winter arriving early in 2017 and our exteriors are now covered by a layer of white fluffy snow, it is time to treat ourselves for a spa-like experience right at home don't you think?  Unlike the other rooms (i.e. bedroom and kitchen) in our homes, a tranquil bathroom is the only space where we can truly forget about our hectic schedule, indulge our senses, and relax our mind, body, and soul.  Now THAT is exactly what this transformation project is all about.

My goal is to create a calm, serene sanctuary at my family home so my Dad can pamper himself after a long day of work: yes the gentlemen need a little "me" time too!  A lot of work needs to be done and here is our utilitarian bathroom:

This bathroom had a cosmetic facelift in the early 2000s where seafoam green and chocolate brown was the go-to palette for everything.  We removed the wallpaper border, installed ceramic floor tiles, and updated vanity light.  Dad also installed a high efficient toilet a couple of years ago.  This practical bathroom doesn't look too bad but it is certainly not the sumptuous, modern retreat I am after.  And if you look closely, you will notice the beige bathtub / sink and the shower tiles are in "vintage condition" from the 70s, the vanity is in rough shape with a split on one of the doors, and the bathtub is way too shallow for a relaxing, restful soak.  I am also not too sure why there is a bulkhead above the bathtub, but this particular design feature significantly reduces the amount of natural light in the tub area.  So bulkhead has got to go!

A fun trip to The Home Depot Canada, where they had all the core essentials (vanity, toilet, tub, power supplies) and a team of experts, had me checking off the key components to help me achieve the bathroom of my dreams.

Of course I also need to replace the faucet and the shower system, as the existing ones are really at its last legs.  I went on The Home Depot Canada website and I was immediately captivated by the contemporary yet elegant Dryden collection.  Its reference to the Art Deco period echoes the wall sconces seamlessly and the bathroom accessories such as towel bar, toilet paper holder, hook simply couldn't be more perfect for a modern, classic bathroom.  Best of all, these collections are available to order online meaning they could be delivered right to your door in a few short days.

With most of the shopping completed and the design game plan locked, the demolition is set to begin.  Join me in a couple of weeks to check out the exciting renovation process, inspiring DIY projects, and of course the full reveal plus my top tips to bring your design visions to life at your own bathroom!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Style at Home ~ 2017 Trends

Hello Thursday! With IDS Toronto coming to town next week, Toronto is now charged with design energy and so I thought why not have a quick chat about trends in 2017? The lovely Natalie has asked me, along with many talented design insiders, to share our top trends in interior design, bathroom, and kitchen for Style at Home.  

Whether you are dreaming a complete overhaul or making an instant update at your home this year, our trend talks will have you covered!
image courtesy of Style at Home & Colette Grand Cafe
image courtesy of Style at Home & Stacey Brandford  
image courtesy of Style at Home & Stacey Cohen Design
Many of you know that I have been working hard to cook up my dream kitchen, and this sleek, contemporary, and inviting kitchen designed by Stacey Cohen Design has everything I am looking for + incredibly smart storage solutions.

Thank You Stacey!

images courtesy of Stacey Cohen Design

Monday, January 9, 2017

#IDS17: Sneak Peek + Giveaway + Promo Code

Hello Monday and welcome to 2017!  To be honest it was really hard to come back to Canada after spending a few weeks in Europe over the holidays (see my IG #eurovacy), especially when Chris and I totally lived as locals: checking out museums, sitting at cafes, and running in the parks.  My life in Toronto felt a bit foreign to me when I first came back as my heart is tricking me into believing we should be living in Europe! 

Luckily the 19th edition of IDS Toronto (#IDS17) will be in Toronto in 10 days to bring me back to reality by showcasing the latest in designs, inspiring industry insiders and design enthusiasts through engaging programs and aspiring talks with superstar designers, and wowing all visitors with design concepts, product innovations, and cutting edge technologies to be introduced in their own home.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
I am a big fan of Caesarstone (see the collaboration with Tom Dixon at IDS16) and in 2017, Caesarstone will join forces with Spanish artist-designer, Jamie Hayon, to create a whimsical universe inspired by the natural and mythical worlds, synthesizing over 48 Caesarstone colors, along with glass and metals, into a kaleidoscopic installation - Jamie's signature artisan skill set - at #IDS17.

Entitled "Stone Age Folk", Jamie blends fantasy with functionality, playfulness with craft, and interactivity with cultural reference.

“People tend to see Caesarstone as a material that is only used in kitchens, but I looked at it from the viewpoint of an artist and designer. With this in mind, I wanted to create my own imaginative cosmos, using the brand’s quartz material alongside other noble materials like glass and metal.” – Jaime Hayon  

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
Are you a fan of the hit TV series: Million Dollar Decorators?  I AM (still re-watching it at night) ... so you could imagine my excitement when I learned that the incredibly talented designer and tastemaker, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, will be at IDS17 on Globe Style Saturday!

images courtesy of IDS Toronto & Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Internationally acclaimed for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic in his interiors, fabrics and wallcoverings, Martyn's work includes exquisite homes for A-list celebrities and iconic hospitality properties that are consistently featured in design publications.  Here are a couple of absolutely gorgeous spaces designed by Martyn:

images courtesy of Martyn Lawrence Bullard
The Maker is back at #IDS17 with some of my favorite local small batch makers including KROFT, Christopher Solar, and Hennepin Made from the US.  Known for their exceptional craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, be ready to be blown away by their ingenious creations this year!

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
Studio North and Prototype provides emerging designers and independent studios a high-profile platform to showcase their custom work and to connect with potential clients, manufacturers, trade professionals, buyers and media.  608 Design, ANONY, Justin Bailey, and Khalil Jamal are some of my favorites.

designbloom mart offers 30 independent designers from all over the world to introduce their self-produced or limited-edition collections to the Canadian market.  I love checking out the designbloom mart because the piece you fall in love with could actually go home with you on the same day!  I look forward to checking out the new collections by Devin Schaffner and David Morgan.  How about you?

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
Here is a fantastic clip of some of the designers you will meet at The Maker, Studio North, Prototype, and designboom mart:

From the interiors to the exteriors, #IDS17 is determined to wow us through The LAB, Ontario Wood, and Open Air, illustrating the latest collaboration between technology and design, spectacular sculptural and sustainable designs with locally-sourced wood, and innovative solutions to seamlessly extend our living space outward.  I look forward to learning something new at the show.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
From fabrication warehouse, artist studio to lounge party, the PARTISANS FACTORY installation is where making and doing meets play and performance.  In collaboration with LightForm, PARTISANS will celebrate its launch of Gwello, a custom line of sculptural lights that manipulate the dynamic movement of luminosity to architectural effect, and the LAMP award-winning light will be hand-sculpted and made-to-order at #IDS17.

I simply can't wait to check out #IDS17 in person next week and I bet you too as well.  Thanks to IDS  Toronto, here is your chance to win you tickets to The Party + Globe Style Saturday + House & Home Sunday! All you need to do is to check out IDS Toronto and drop me a note here of what is your must-see at #IDS17.

Yes it's that simple! 2 lucky winners will be randomly selected on Monday January 16th.

AND that's not all: IDS Toronto also offers you 10% off all party tickets, weekend passes, trade day registrations and seminars with promo code: IDS17TIM!  Get your tickets and sign up for seminars today.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto


winners announcement:

We have our winners! The lucky numbers are #7 and #13! Anthony and Coleen, please contact me with your contact information to claim your tickets!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

holiday 2016 ~ Black Rooster Decor Edition

Hello Tuesday! Are you almost done with your holiday shopping?  Yours truly is busy wrapping up projects and just started packing for #eurovacay happening in 2 short days, but I managed to check out my all time favourite local boutique home decor + furnishings heaven, Black Rooster Decor, just to add a few extra items to my Santa's list!

images courtesy of Black Rooster Decor 
'tis the season is definitely right and wow don't I wish I get to makeover my own home with these sensational items from Black Rooster Decor! From statement chandelier, sumptuous seating options, graphic accents & accessories, to holiday entertaining essentials including this super chic bar set by Jonathan Adler and a whimsical candelabra that reminds me of the enchanted forest!   

For being such a nice boy this year, I am sending good vibe to Santa for this emerald tray!

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Whether you are hosting a party or being the guest of honour, Black Rooster Decor has definitely made it super easy for you to shine like a star with their signature "Black Box".  

images courtesy of Black Rooster Decor
Curated by the talented Black Rooster Decor team, each of these Black Boxes are truly fun, glamorous, and may I add spectacular! Drinks, Treat 'Yo Self 2, Frenchie, and House Warming, what is your favourite?

images courtesy of Black Rooster Decor
Have fun shopping at Black Rooster Decor! Come back next week to check out my favourite holiday posts of 2016!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

holiday 2016 ~ HomeSense Edition

Hello Tuesday! Can you believe Christmas is less than 3 weeks away? Yours truly did some holiday shopping and started planning my festive week in Vienna (yes I am off to Vienna in one short week), AND of course I was greeted by a slightly scary drive back to Toronto on Sunday when the roads were covered by a combination of wet snow and freezing rain.  Well all signs that we are already in December and yes I better get my snow tires on!

The holiday preview at HomeSense is one of my favourites as the buyers and the visual team pulled together an enormous amount of energy and creativity to transformation the showroom into four festive and stylish entertaining dreams that fancy all your fantasies this holiday season.  From industrial chic + tribal flair to posh, glamorous and bright, I would love to have my own home dressed in one of these looks!

Saturated with jewel tone (love the various shades of fuchsia) and polished metal accents, this luxe and sumptuous living room is embellished by a bold peony wallpaper, a pair of breathtaking mirrors, and metallic pillows that scream Christmas!   

Bar cart is a must for me when entertaining, and check out these fabulous options at HomeSense! I simply couldn't resist this lucite and brass beauty and I have picked one up for a project you will be seeing soon.  Take note on the styling as you may just want to try a couple of new ideas this year.

And you all know I love peonies, so how could I resist this right?

The timeless black & white palette has become such a classic over the past few years, offering the monochromatic lovers a perfect go-to solution when Christmas is traditionally filled with bright, vivid colors.  To glam up the silver screen inspired entertaining central, please say hello to natural stone, polished chrome and gold, block lucite, and jade green accent for richness and sophistication.

I am a die-hard obelisk fan and can you imagine my excitement with I saw one in white marble for only $29.99? The black and white marble serving boards are just incredible and the hexagon photo frame + the feather objects + the lucite lamps, may I say checked, checked, and checked!      

Now for those who love rose quartz (I do too), welcome to delicate blush pairing with muted pastels + a touch of old world charm.

The elegant embellishment on ornaments, the sparkles from mirrored boxes, the softness of the faux fur throw, and check out that artwork!

I also love that HomeSense also carries quality and on-trend furniture pieces.  I mean really who doesn't love this lounge chaise with its velvet diamond tufted upholstery, the marble geometric tables, and a lucite lamp that looks soooo expensive!

Just look at how gorgeous these all look!

Last but not least, here is a hip industrial look for the guys.  Think cool authentic loft + boho chic for a cozy, inviting, masculine home for the holiday.

The brick wallpaper, the dynamite rug as art for color, patterns, and texture, the showstopper chandelier (I LOVE IT), and the natural wood accent, this room is every guy's dream, holiday or not don't you think?

My personal favourites include the hexagon inlay shaker, Mr. Foxy cup set, the black iron lanterns with globe lights, and the Phillip Starck inspired bar stool in polished copper!

I hope you all enjoyed this edition of holiday preview.  Join me next week as I will be sharing another favourite store of mine right here in Toronto!  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

holiday 2016 ~ indigo Edition

Hello Wednesday! December is only 1 day away and the holiday is almost upon us.  It's oh-so-festive everywhere with twinkling lights on trees, shop windows dressed in bright and bold colors, and the Christmas classic, ice skating rink at City Hall, is on for winter 2016!

To celebrate the arrival of December, I am kicking start a month of Christmas with one of the best previews in town, indigo: The Holiday Shop!   

"Make It Merry: every gift tells a story" is the punch line at Indigo and I simply couldn't agree more.  Just as we try our best to pick the most perfect gifts for our friends and family, the buyers and the product development team at indigo also spent months to curate their holiday collections to ensure each item is specifically selected to put a smile on your face.

Before you throw your first holiday party this season (and if you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home), here is how you can create your own Christmas Village with the most serene ceramic houses, whimsical snow globes, Frasier Fir scented candles, and colorful stockings + stocking stuffers!

For this holiday season, I want the classic Jingle Bells and how fun is the magic tree?

You will also have to set the table for your upcoming holiday party and check out this causal yet elegant dining room filled with festive touches!

From plaid accents (LOVE the measuring cups), super chic cheese board with leather strap, glass and brass jam jar, Moose and Deer wall decor, to fun black & white Canada mug + one from every Province, indigo has everything you need to wow your guests and be the best host in town!  

Of course we also need to decorate the tree and this year, why not go all out with the natural,enchanted forest theme with adorable buddies from the animal kingdom?

Now it's time for gifts for me .... well I meant "him". 

I just can't say no to plaid and loving the army green for guys, especially when these patterns are paired with the Ted Baker watches.  Looking for a fun read? Check out The Modern Man Guide!   

Now that we have selected the gifts for everyone, let's get them wrapped up in style.  I am so inspired with all the fresh ideas at indigo thanks to its amazing gift wrapping collection and how about using an ornament (or two) on your wrap this season? 

In case you are still looking for fabulous gift ideas, check out these ones hand selected by Heather herself!

Happy holiday shopping everyone! What's on your wish list #MAKEITMERRY this year?