Thursday, November 15, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ Top Favourites

Hello Friday! What a week full of inspirations at One Room Challenge seeing likeminded creative friends transformed their rooms in 6 short weeks.  I am thrilled with how the home office turned out and thank you so so much for all your love and comments on the REVEAL.  You can also have a look at the kitchen, dining room, guest bedroom I tackled since Fall 2016.

Today is all about spaces that took my breath away and I could totally live in any of these spaces in a heart beat.    

 Vestige HOME | photo credit Rebecca McAlpin
Looking for a beautifully layered and cozy cocoon to admire the winter wonderland outside of these chic black framed windows + a cup of hot coco by the stunning fireplace?  Nicole of Vestige Home nailed it with an amazing collection of art, pair of delicious velvet chairs, a mirror to die for, impeccable styling and of course the super trending lime wash finish on all the walls!



With snow on the ground in the middle of November, I am ready to travel south for a sunny destination and with this bright, vibrant guest house full of life and juicy elements every where I look, the only question I have is: where is my boarding pass

The avocado green cabinets and that pretty shade of blush on the wall just put a smile on my face.


Kristina Lynne | photo credit: Tracey Jazmin

My next big project is a brand new pre-construction condo Chris and I purchased four years ago.  Needless to say, I have been dreaming about the perfect kitchen with numerous revisions and this stylish and inviting kitchen by Kristina has absolutely every elements I noted with the builder (yes lucky me they were ok for customization) and more:
  • u-shape kitchen for efficient layout
  • mix of white and natural wood with black accents 
  • floating shelves with full height backsplash
  • modern vent hood cover

Palm & Prep photo credit: Joyelle West

Jenny had done it again. I first met with Jenny last fall when she transformed her bedroom and she nailed it again to connect her newly decorated sitting nook with the adjacent kitchen for one sensational open concept space.  

Trading in one narrow bank of upper cabinet for an amazing vignette with art ... not everyone will do that (I can hear Chris saying he wants more storage) but for me, it is a BRILLIANT choice! The second image would have been great but now it is breathtaking ... yes, that's what my design obsessed and styling focused brain tells me.    

Speaking about styling, don't you noticed we all love branches? 



From kitchen to dining room, this Cole and Son wallpaper has been calling my name for quite some time.  I had a dramatic wallpaper in my dining room before but this one is just so whimsical and cheerful! Who wouldn't want to be here for a dinner party?  



Last but not least ... while we are talking about drama, this powder room by William and Susan is absolutely sensational! The vanity, the u-trap, the hex marble floor, the wall panel, and the styling, I want them all right now.   


Thanks Linda of Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens for another inspiring and supportive round of One Room Challenge.  We did it and I look forward to the next challenge in Spring 2019!  

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ REVEAL!!

Welcome to Week 6 of One Room Challenge and you all know what that means: it's REVEAL day!  In 42 short days, 20 featured designers and over 200 guest participants have rolled up their sleeves, overcome countless surprises, and exceeded all expectations to transform their rooms for one common goal: to celebrate creativity, original ideas, and to inspire.

week 1 / week 2 / week 3 / week 4 / week 5

all photos beautifully captured by Stephani Buchman Photography


I have been working on this townhome for sometime now and you have seen the kitchen and the guest bedroom in my previous ORC makeovers, but today it's all about the home office.  Once a room jam-packed with "goodies", my first task was to decluttered the space by organizing the walk-in closet and to move most of the items for the home office into the guest bedroom so we could conceptualize and visualize the functional requirements and design elements of the space.


I am proud to say that this blank canvas is no longer a builder basic box.  It is feminine without being girly, glamorous but not old Hollywood, and sophisticated with a whimsical touch.


The room is 10' x 17' so we could comfortably set up two distinct zones: work + lounge.  Let's start with the work zone.  The brass and glass desk (actually a vintage extendable dining table) has a streamline design and though large in size, it feels airy and not overpowering the space.  To give the room an overall contemporary edge, I have paired the desk with a sleek iconic Drop chair in white.  


I totally lucked out on the table lamp at HomeSense and it looks almost identical to the Cleo table lamp by Kelly Wearstler.  While we are checking out the beautiful tablescape, let's all get mesmerized by this sensational masterpiece by Angela Chrusciaki Blehm.  It is an absolute showstopper and yes, you all need to get one!  The striking black and white ribbon in Angela's signature style, the creative play of colors, and the three-dimensional quality, what is not to love?


Another key component of the work zone is the deco style credenza on the adjacent wall.  The pair of vintage Murano sconces has a circle motif that echoes the curve of the credenza and its original round brass knobs.  The tri-paneled / colored mirror (I have the same one in my own dining room), the gorgeous bowls by Toronto artist Shay Salehi, plus the modern glassware, accessories, and elegant calla lilies complete the look.


Of course we need to take a break or two during a busy day and that's what the lounge zone is for.  Whether you are looking to relax on this stunning settee or sit by a couple of cozy pillows for an afternoon read, we have got you covered.



To juxtapose against the glam factors in the work zone, we have opted for contemporary furnishings in the lounge zone.  From the settee, side table, and drapery to the lucite and glass bookcase, black wire baskets, and accessories, every piece has a geometric flair.    

For a cohesive look, a limited Chanel No. 5 print and an edgy round stool with storage anchor the room.     





Last but not least, let's take a moment to appreciate this beautiful backdrop of blush on all the walls.  From out of stock to installation, this transformation wouldn't be completed if it wasn't for the amazing teams at Crown Wallpaper and Symphony Wallcovering to make the impossible possible.  



Hope you all love this home office as much as I do.  Thank you Linda of Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens to provide design bloggers and content creators an inspiring and supportive platform to showcase our creativities and what could be achieved in your own home!







Now if you are wondering where I found all the fantastic furnishings and accessories in the home office, here is the complete source list:
  • Chanel No. 5, throw on settee, vase on side table, books, lucite bookcase, black wire baskets, stone bowl, round upholstered stool, faux fiddle leaf plant, table lamp, marble board, round mirror, green marble candle | HomeSense Canada 
  • curtain hardware | RH
  • custom curtain | fabric: Schumacher, fabrication: Wesley Seto Design  
  • multi-colored tray | Hay 

Thanks Stephani Buchman Photography for the amazing photos

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of One Room Challenge.  It's unreal how quickly time flies and to reimagine a room + getting items ordered, delivered, and installed in 6 weeks, the challenge is REAL! At this very moment, I wish my own home office looks just as fabulous as this one by White Cabana.

image courtesy of Style at HomeDonna Griffith
My top priority this week is wallpaper.  The delicate Ballroom Beige (more like a blush) from the Maestro collection by Symphony Wallcovering (available through Crown Wallpaper in Canada) is ready for install and it's even more beautiful in person!


Arrived in a big roll and it literally felt like Christmas as we unrolled the paper, precut the pieces, and then wrapped the entire room with it.  A tip for those who are planning to install a large (and wide) roll of paper on their own, invite a friend or two over for a wallpaper party.  Those extra pairs of hands will surely come in handy when you try to hang the full sheet (54" x 96" in our case) and then smooth out the bumps without a hitch.


While the guys were busy "gift wrapping" for us, I did a little unwrapping in the guest bedroom for all the goodies I sourced for the home office. Books, pillows, baskets, lamp, artwork, and chairs, I can't wait to try them out once the room is ready.

Oh and if you have missed the sneak peek of the piece we commissioned the talented Angela Chrusciaki Blehm on my IG story, here is another peek.  It's such an incredible master piece and you will love it when you see it on the wall next week.


The wallpaper party continued into the evening (surprise!) and our super hard working handyman managed to put up the wall sconces for us in the eleventh hour! 


And just as we were ready to celebrate with a glass of bubbles, we discovered four of these gorgeous Murano glass circles had gone MIA! We immediately reached out to the seller and hopefully miracle will happen for Week 6 Reveal!


This is how the sconce should look like in its full glory.


That's it for Week 5.  The final home stretch is happening right now and I am hopping over to the 20 featured designers and other guest participants to see what they are up to before reveal week!