Tuesday, February 12, 2019

H&M Home ~ Spring 2019

Hello Tuesday and yay to a few spring like days last week (despite of the snow storm happening outside of the windows today)! Yours truly is heading to Germany for a family visit and with 10C in the air, I can't wait to escape my Canadian winter.  From Fall / Winter to Valentine's Day, the retail world has moved right into Spring and H&M HOME had me at HELLO with a hooray of charming florals, delicious shades of pink, and chic black + white architectural motifs set in a beautiful sun kissed villa in Tuscany.  Need I say more?        

Here is how Evelina Kravaev Soderberg, Head of Design at H&M HOME, describes her spring collection:

“This season we celebrate the beauty of spring with lots of flowers, pink hues and pretty prints. There is something poetic and dreamy about this beautiful collection that takes inspiration from forlorn gardens. Plants are so important for our well-being and flowers really take centre stage in this collection”

You all know I love colors and bold patterns.  It is no surprise that the glorious palette of pink, neutrals, with pops of cheerful yellow, plus a brilliant mix of elegant florals with modern tile-like geometric motif had my design loving heart skipped a beat. 

The sharp contrast of black and white is best pairing with neutrals / natural materials to create a warm, inviting home, especially in the winter months.  I will be working on a master bedroom + ensuite project soon, and these fabulous spaces I spied on H&M Home will surely serve as my inspirations.   

Oh yeah, the new condo will also have a little terrace, now I just have to get my fingers on this super chic outdoor patio set!

Are you ready to bring your next garden party ... perhaps indoor? 

all images courtesy of H&M Home

Friday, December 21, 2018

2019 Trends ~ House & Home Edition

Hello Friday and welcome to the last weekend before Christmas! Normally I would be having a blast at Christmas markets in Europe by now, but for this holiday season Chris and I have decided to stay in town for an oh-so-festive Christmas in Canada.

Paris, maybe I will see you in 2019!

image courtesy of The Rug Company
As I look forward to my travels in 2019, I thought hey let's talk about the hottest décor trends in 2019! I had a fantastic time at the House & Home Trends Breakfast a few weeks ago and got a sneak peek of what is fresh and new for 2019.  Here are a few of my personal favourites:

images via House & Home courtesy of: photography by Jonas Ingerstedt, from The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams, Artisan Books (kitchen) / courtesy of House of Hackney (wallpaper)
From delicate muted pastels to the shape juxtaposition between punchy coral and bright turquoise, the sky is the limit when it comes to color options and how to apply in our home.  From wall treatment (love the large bright canvas in the neutral dining room) to floor coverings (check out these two rugs from The Rug Company), I am going to find a way to add some pastels in my condo.  

image courtesy of The Rug Company
Black Outline is another hot trend I am totally obsessed with.  Yes it maybe a 2019 trend but its classic and sophisticated appeal make it a designer favourite for years to come.  Black outline bookcases are definitely high on my list and don't be surprised when you see it in my next condo soon.   

image via House & Home courtesy of photography by Stephan Julliard (fireplace) / Room design by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects (fireplace) / Crosby Studio (bathroom) 
Now if you are online shopping for some last minute gifts, why not check out the Now House collection by Jonathan Adler for Amazon.com.  These super chic black and white furniture pieces are chic and whimsical in true JA style.  I may just have to get a pair of these dressers before they are sold out!

images of Now House by Jonathan Adler courtesy of Amazon.com 
Fringe and seriously who doesn't love fringe? It's feminine but not girly, glamorous but not old Hollywood and best of all, the movement fringe creates from fashion runway to home décor ... LOVE!

image via House & Home courtesy of Anthea Simms (runway fashion)

My obsession with fringe started last year when I visited Moooi in Amsterdam.  These ornaments and THAT SOFA + fringe in a refine, ombre execution had me at hello!  And just look at how fabulous the vignette looks with a colorful contemporary rug, a pair of tufted armchairs with a traditional silhouette, and those lux velvet oxblood pillows #brilliant!  

For all you One Room Challenge fans, remember this home office I completed in the fall and can you spot traces of today's trend talk in the room?  Thanks Stephani for these amazing captures. 

Another delicious item I spotted at #hhtrends2019 was the fluffy Japanese style pancakes.  My birthday is coming up in less than a week ... maybe Chris will be making me breakfast in bed!  Check out the recipe on House & Home.

image courtesy of House & Home
Happy holidays to you all and be inspired this festive season with #hhtrends2019!  The January issue of House & Home is on stands now.

image courtesy of House & Home

Thursday, December 13, 2018

2018 Holiday Special ~ Black Rooster Decor

Hello Thursday and we are officially less than 2 weeks away from Christmas! I just received a notification that our pre-construction project will finally be ready by June 2019 (long delayed for over 2 years now) and that got me thinking:

If I were to move into the condo this week and had to get ready for my first holiday party, where would I go shop?

Black Rooster Décor is a fantastic local resource based in Toronto and Nina has travelled around the globe to bring us a chic, edgy, and fun collection that will surely win over your design savvy heart.  Today, I am dreaming about holiday entertaining and with a blank slate in mind, I have put together my dream lounge and entertaining zones + sending my wish list to Santa this Christmas!

I love a cool lounge area for entertaining: the cozy, relaxed spot where friends just chill and catch up on the latest.  Of course "cozy and relaxed" doesn't just mean "shabby chic" and to up the style factor, I am mixing in abstract arts for a striking backdrop (love the black frame accent and the pairing of taupe, green, and cream perfection), a cloud like chandelier for a heavenly touch (great volume without overpowering the space), an instant classic side table with mixed marbles, and of course a gentleman inspired chaise in luxurious leather to finish up the look.  

Though small in size, I love the charm and character the Dora bowl by JA adds to the space (in case you haven't noticed I am kind of obsessed with his collection).

JA image via    

Space is at a premium at the new condo so I am making the home office to work overtime as a bar for delicious treats and drinks.  Starting with a sophisticated iron geometric table statement, an on-trend arched mirror with a thin black stainless steel frame in a blackened iron finish, an elegant wall sconce (also serves as wall sculpture), and this oh-so-sexy leather chair, all I need to do is to serve up a some home baked madeleines on this sleek polished nickel tray + signature cocktails with the whimsical JA ice bucket and bar set.  

And to top it all up, let's not forget these adorable mouse ornaments for an fuzzy festive touch!

village image via

Hope you all enjoyed my holiday condo dreams today and if you are looking for fab home decors or stylish furnishings for this holiday season, be sure to visit Black Rooster Decor.  xoxo

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 Holiday Special ~ Artisan Edition

Hello Thursday and welcome to my artisan inspired gift guide for Christmas 2018!  This is a vignette I created a few years back for Style at Home (stunningly captured by Stacey), I love that it is vibrant and daring, yet cozy and calm thanks to the showstopping wallpaper (classic pattern with a new twist), the mix of patterns and textures, and the fantastic artisan touches throughout.

Speaking about artisan touches, the adorable felt birdies on the tree are from pi'lo and Heather is having an open studio sale this weekend.  DM Heather for details.  

image via Style at Home, courtesy of Stacey Brandford Photography
Now back to Christmas 2018, here is the checklist I am sending to Santa this year.  All locally sourced or made by artisans in Toronto, I couldn't be more proud to live in a city that celebrates creativity, diversity, and style!    

Alanna Cavanagh

You all know I love Alanna (doesn't that pear just put a smile on your face) and on top of her holiday card collections, one new print, SUNDAY, is now available on her shop.  I have added it to my collection and you should too before it is sold out!

Note: Alanna is having an open house + holiday sale this weekend from 1pm to 6pm.  Don't miss it! 

DA Ceramics

Could one ever have too many vases? I guess the answer for me is NO! Handmade by Dasha in Toronto, these simple and organic creations had me at hello.  The narrow opening also makes it much easier to arrange blooms (tip from a non-floral pro who loves flowers).

Coincidence or not, DA Ceramics is also having a Holiday Ceramics Sale this weekend from 11am to 4pm at The Shop.

On that note, I still can't believe I am out of town this weekend and will miss all my favourite open houses!!

images courtesy of DA Ceramics


Moving on .... SOUVENIR is a beautiful shop curated by Danielle and Trisha showcasing the work of emerging designers, makers, and artists.  "... modern, innovative, accessible, beautifully executed",  it is such a treat to enter the store and just be inspired.   The vassel in bisque white and the circle sculpture are on my list!

images courtesy of SOURVENIR


Situated in the hip Queen West neighbourhood, average made a striking first impression on IG and I was in heaven when I visited the store a few weeks ago.  Filled with streamlined, contemporary designs, I was particularly drawn to the brand, Please Wait to be Seated, and now I am obsessed with the blooper lamp and the wall boxes!

images courtesy of Please Wait to be Seated

For all you urban jungle lovers, DYNASTY bridged the gap between plant nursery and modern design. I love popping into the store for one of a kind pots / vases or small batch, handmade collections by talented artisans.  The planters from SPADONE HOME are not to be missed.   

images courtesy of DYNASTY

From lighting fixtures, sculptures, to everyday objects, Shane of Mercury Bureau explores the uniqueness and characteristics of the materials he uses in his creations.  I had the pleasure to visit Shane's former studio (a post long overdue) and learned a lot about his creative process and the making of his collections.  His latest, Vide poche No 04 is surely a keeper!  

portrait / room image courtesy of Designlines

My last stop on this Toronto artisan tour is Flur, a contemporary floral studio with an amazing collection of ceramics and planters.  From the Power Planters by Chen Chen & Kai Williams,
Gather Vases by Super Good Thing, and porcelain vases by Alissa Coe, I similar want them all .... this Christmas! 

images courtesy of Flur

Hope you all will have a chance to check out the open house / studio, holiday sales this weekend and I can't wait to hear what wins over your heart this Christmas!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Holiday Special 2018 ~ HomeSense Edition

Hello Wednesday! Can you believe Christmas is only 4 weeks away? I will be home for the holiday this year (so wish I could be in Europe again for the holidays but that will happen for 2019!) and for the first time in years,  I will decorate for Christmas again and make my home a cozy cocoon for the winter months to come.

In case you haven't noticed, I have a fan of HomeSense for amazing home décor at incredible prices (see the long list of sourced items on my One Room Challenge home office).  I was so excited to have a sneak peek of HomeSense Fall / Winter 2018 collection and that's what I am sharing with you all today.

An elegant mix of rustic and refined, this living room vignette had me immediate think of Nate Berkus' signature style: sophisticated pairing of black and white, doses of luxurious touches, and an celebration of natural elements.  

This table lamp is so chic and check out the collection of artwork + how beautiful the simple yet dramatic floral arrangement looks!  

From Living to Dining, this gorgeous entertaining space is filled with eye candies and lavish materials / finishes. 

Here is why I love this vignette: the wall of mirrors echoes the sparkles from the glass pendants, the marble / brass dining table has a modern, industrial vibe, the velvet chairs are pure timeless classics (they had me at hello), and that sideboard  + faux palm tree scream old Hollywood charm.

Have an open concept kitchen / dining / living area? Here is an inspiration for us condo dwellers, especially for the holiday entertaining season.

From polished metal chairs that sparkle, copper touches from the iconic KitchenAid mixer / French cookware, to marble roller and cheese board, and star / tree shaped cutting boards, this kitchen and dining vignette is festive and ready for its guests!  

Similar décor aesthetic continues into the adjacent living room and hooray to a faux fireplace to up the holiday spirits!    

Menswear inspired upholstery, streamlined furnishings, statement Kate Spade table lamp, whimsical polka dot area rug,  and you know what I am hunting for at this moment?  These marble coasters with brass stars! 

I am all for keeping the home cozy and toasty for the winter months to come and should  I say "start the car" with all these amazing blankets, puffs inspired by hand knitted sweaters, and adorable pom pom pillows?    

Now lets have some fun with pops of bright colors that have me dreaming of spring.

This compact living / dining / home office vignette is fresh, contemporary with a mid-century flair, and the orange accents just make me very happy! Take note of the feature wall: you can always mix in mirrors, wall shelves, and artwork together for one striking focal point! 

How is your holiday shopping coming along? Love to hear about your latest #myhomesense scores!