Wednesday, October 10, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ Week 2

Hello Wednesday and welcome to Week 2 of One Room Challenge.  With nearly 300 guest participants joining the 6-week process this time around, there are so many inspiring spaces to be reimagined and transformed in front of our eyes over the next 30 days!

I have finally nailed down my game plan for my modern chic office and this beautiful living room designed by Kelly Wearstler for Cameron Diaz sums up everything I want for the office.  

image credit: Elle Decor
I am set out to create an elegant, feminine yet edgy space to reflect my client's taste and this is the design game plan I come with.  Soft blush textured wallpaper will cover the entire room, a few key statement furniture pieces from era gone by add charm and character to this builder's box, and of course some cool factors from bold, graphic art, fabrics, and area rug.   

wallpaper / rug / ribbon art / accessories
Although we have already secured a few key furniture pieces for the space, it is still a long way to go to get the room ready in 6 weeks.  As you can see, it's pretty disastrous at the moment.  All the items need to find a new home and the large white wardrobe system will somehow find its way into the walk-in closet.  Fingers crossed everything will fit and stay behind closed door. 

On the brighter side, this room is generous in size and hopefully once we have everything cleared out, I will be able to solidify the furniture layout and start looking for everything I need for Week 3.  

Wish me luck! 

As always, be sure to hop over to One Room Challenge to check out the 20 fabulous featured designers and my fella guest participants for Week 2 at #oneroomchallenge!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ Week 1

Happy Thursday and welcome to Week 1 of One Room Challenge!  If you are new friends to DesignMaze, I am thrilled to meet you and for my BFFs, yours truly is back after taking a much needed break this summer to rejuvenate and freshen my mind, and be inspired by all the beautiful cities I visited in Europe last month.

image courtesy of Studio DB
So what am I up to this time around at #oneroomchallenge you ask? Well I am transforming a home office for a client.  Not your typical home office as this space comes with a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom.  WAY too much to tackle in 6 weeks, so we will be focusing our attention to this 16' x 10' "office".  Aside from its generous real estate, this room is also filled with natural sunlight thanks to its two bright windows.  Big space and great lights, could you tell I am jealous?

I will have fun fine-tuning the design board for Week 2 and for now, let's have a look at my inspirations and design elements I would love to incorporate in the office. 

image courtesy of Mater
image courtesy of Studiopepe
image courtesy of KlunderBie
image courtesy of Alexis Christodoulou
image courtesy of Crosby Studios
I am totally drawn to the streamline and contemporary design aesthetics in all these sophisticated yet cheerful spaces and of course, the soft palettes had me at hello! Six weeks to redo this space is going to be tight but I am ready to get started! 

Welcome to Week 1 of One Room Challenge! Be sure to check out the 20 featured designers and my fella guest participants.

P.S. Here are my previous ORC makeovers:

image credit: Stephani Buchman

image credit: Stephani Buchman

image credit: Will Fournier

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!