Friday, June 29, 2012

Worthy Links (And an Announcement): 29.06.12

Some of you may have noticed the new top sections which will get populated over the next few weeks, but I want to kill the suspense on one of them right now.

I started working on a few interior styling gigs since moving back to Montreal and I've loved every minute so I thought, why not extend the service to all of you?

As a result, I'm now offering e-decor services on Savvy Home! I'm offering a 50% discount for the first three designs but the prices are very reasonable and fit for any budget, so click over for all the details and drop me a line!

And now on to the Worthy Links...

1. Julie concocted the most delicious looking Rosemary Ginger Lemon Shandy. Perfect for a summer day!

2. You already know my love for framed scarves. Well Amanda discovered the most beautiful scarves!

3. Nichole shared photos of her new chandy... Jaw to floor is all I have to say.

4. Meredith wrote a hilarious and very insightful letter to her 22 year old self.

5. Jamie showed us how to coordinate your fabrics to your chihuahua...

6. Paloma shared the most amazing photos of Tiffany Eastman designs.

Have a Happy Canada Day weekend to all my Canadian friends!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Delightful Daily: Royal at its Glossiest

Top 5: Baby Talk and a New Design!

No, the "Baby Talk" title doesn't imply that I'm pregnant (very far from it in fact). That being said, I am talking about kid's rooms over on Damask & Dentelle today so hop on over, it's a goodie and it's filled with cuteness!

In other news, I'm sure most of you have seen the brand spankin' new design on Savvy Home that went up yesterday! I'm incredibly excited and I have to thank Kelly for putting it all together. I still have a bit of work to do to get all the sections and tidbits up and running but it's quite a good start don't you think?

Bad news is that during the transition I lost the first 12 hours of comments (a blogger/Disqus issue) but I want to thank you all for your wonderful words and I'm working hard to get those comments back up!

More beans will be spilled on the new sections tomorrow so stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Delightful Daily: Thin Clean Lines

Gab Loves: 27.06.12

Notice anything different on Savvy Home? That's right! I've got a new design! Bear with me today as I finish off all the changes to the site. It should all be up and running tomorrow!
Can I just weigh in for a second and say that I'm really digging this week's Gab Loves? I mean I always love them (obviously) but this week's just seems so... put together. Besides, there are a few products that I'm very heavily crushing on... 

First, The custom calligraphy address stamps: hello! Have you ever seen anything prettier? Second, Aesop Amazing Face Cleaner (or any Aesop product). Aesop is an all organic Australian company and their products feel and smell heavenly... And they work a charm too! While they are a bit pricier to purchase in the US, they're worth every penny. Lastly, the Kate Spade Diagonal Stripe iPad SleeveNancy had one at Blog Podium and it looks even better in person. I'm officially obsessed.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Delightful Daily: Primary Bedroom Comfort

House Crush: Nick Olsen in Veranda

This house crush will be very short but oh so very sweet (as we await Veranda's official pictures of this wonder that is also the Beaux Arts pre-war apartment below).

I've admired Nick Olsen's work for a while now (most recently his feature in Trad Home). I truly believe he's becoming New-Traditional-at-its-Very-Best. It's all classic with fresh unexpected twists and I like it! I had the pleasure to briefly meet Nick at Blogfest and I can vouch that he's as charming as his designs are beautiful. But let's move on to the core of the subject at hand...

The first reason why I am utterly obsessed with this apartment (enough to publish 3 preview photos scanned from the magazine), is that only hours before setting my eyes on the wonderful library below, I was daydreaming and drawing dream house plans as I often do (yes you may call me a dork)... and I had drawn and imagined a room precisely like this one, as being immediately beyond the entrance of my dream home.

The bookcases on both sides were there, so was the round library table and the windows were replaced by french doors leading to a beautiful leafy courtyard. On the left was the living room and on the right led to the dining room. Here I was daydreaming about this perfect space and minutes later there it was, in all its glory. Only better.

The perfect blue border, the exquisite mouldings, the green raw silk curtains, the brass art lighting, the stained chevron floor and oh my, the blue and white china vase holding the most perfect oversized white blooms. Needless to say this room made it directly to my dream home folder, right after I managed to pick up my jaw off the floor.

And then there was the perfect bedroom with its de Gournay wallpaper, white four poster bed and yet another perfect blue headboard, the gorgeous carpet which I suspect being silk, and those custom citrine lamps. They say the devil is in the details, in this case the devil would be in those lacquered mouldings only a couple of shades lighter than the de Gournay paper. Heavenly perfection I tell you. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Worthy Links: 22.06.12

This week officially marked the start of summer and boy did it ever! Sweltering heatwave happened over here. Unfortunately, at the dawn of this long weekend (it's a national holiday here in Quebec), we're now expecting thunderstorm and rain for the next 5 days or so...

This week has been a little crazy so I'm looking forward to driving down to the country and relaxing for a couple of days. Under the rain, apparently.

Jamie shared a new magnificent project

Roxy launched her gorgeous Society Social Magalog 2nd Edition

Jeanne knocked it out of the park with her polka dot tray DIY

Raina shared Steven Gambrel's temporary new digs and I discovered his lighting collection for The Urban Electric Co.

I'm digging this series by Hanna. And seeing Katie on there this week was the cream of the crop!

Happy weekend everyone and happy long weekend to me! Yay!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Delightful Daily: Gallery of Dreams

Top 5: Styling Vignettes 101

Come on over on Damask & Dentelle where I'm sharing some tips on styling pretty vignettes today.

Tip number one: Play with different heights. There is nothing worse than a vignette where all items are the same height. Use lamps, plants, frames to give you vignette depth and height.

Click over for the other four!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Delightful Daily: Afternoon Lounging

Designer Crush: Ashley Whittaker

I had seen and admired Ashley Whittaker's work before, but I never browsed through her entire portfolio until yesterday. My taste is so in sync with her aesthetic that it proved really difficult to find anything wrong with these images... 

You've surely seen these first two photos before, wait until you see the rest!

Her biography describes her as neo-traditionalist. She decorates in New York City but is a Florida native and it shows through in her designs: New York sensibility with Florida colors. Let's look at why she's a total genius in my books.

I love the thin vertical striped wallpaper. A fresh alternative from the overseen thick horizontal stripes and it's a great effect! The color schemes flow well from one room to the other without being identical. The styled bookcase in the other room create a great focal point.

This room is brilliant on so many levels. The sofa is very inviting because it's perfectly appointed. The oversized roman shade is a great solution for the room. The play of textures and patterns and the east meets west vibe is really beautiful and comforting.

The colors are extremely well coordinated without being too matchy. The art is the ideal size for the wall. The sisal carpet adds a lot of texture to the room and the pillows are the perfect addition to the room.

I really love this light and bright dining area. The flamestitch fabric on the back of the chairs is just what's needed to throw off the room and give it an unexpected twist. The combination of the marine lantern against the lilac drapes is also beautiful.

Same drapes different room. That blue and white china lamp is simply stunning in the space along with everything else. The space is well filled withut feeling crowded.

I really love how cozy this bedroom is. Despite being very traditional, it doesn't feel stuffy. I especially love the sconces tucked away in the canopy bed, the pops of red from carnations and the bedside tables which have a stunning shape.

I love a bold color choice in a room. This masculine forest green is thrown off a bit by some more feminine elements like the curvy sofa, the pillows, the traditional lampshades and of course the flowers. The gallery wall is also curate to perfection.

Now this is my kind of powder room: bold wallpaper, fuchsia  sconce lampshades, marble countertops and monogrammed towels. It hardly gets any better.

Although the chandelier is not necessarily to my taste I do love everything else in the room. The white console, chinese stools and botanicals in the second photo really finish off the room perfectly.

 This is one of my favorite spaces because of it's simplicity. Cream walls and drapes and a toned down blue and beige color palette works perfectly because of the pattern play and the bold rug and daybed choices.

Hello, could you imagine a better bar area? Those sconces, the malachite wallpaper, the mirrored wall: it's all very stunning.

We've already established that Whittaker does outdoor areas like nobody's business, but take a good look at this space... Herringbone brick, different height hedges that play off each other, the marine blue piping on the seat cushions... It's all beautifully coordinated.

What do you think of her designs? Do you have a favorite?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Delightful Daily: Soft and Dreamy Bedroom Colors

Trending: Damien Hirst Spot Paintings

I recently featured this room, which got me thinking about Damien Hirst's spot paintings in decor. I'm not sure this really qualifies as "trending" as these paintings have been around since the 1980's. That being said, these famous spot paintings have popped up quite frequently as of late.

I discovered not too long ago that Hirst actually only painted about five spot paintings, while his assistants painted around 300. Chances are most of these paintings we're not actually painted by Hirst himself.

The grey spots are by far the most popular of the decor world and I must say I really love the effect they have in a room, no matter the color scheme. They somehow really stand out and anchor the space without being overpowering.

The coloured spots are nice too, but are probably harder to work into a space. But regardless of whether they look better in grey or in color, I would have to say I prefer them framed.

What are your thoughts on the Damien Hirst paintings? Love them, hate them? Would you attempt to get the look by trying a DIY version or do you think it's disrespectful to the artist to reproduce their art?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Worthy Links: 15.06.12

Wishing you a very happy Father's Day weekend everyone! Hopefully the sun is shining bright, wherever you are!

Anna Spiro, aka Australian designer extraordinaire released a new wallpaper line, oh my! Thanks Kelly for sharing.

Amber's bedroom and bathroom makeovers are incredible!

BlogBrunch recapped on how to maximize using Facebook for your blog.

Chassity showed us material sneak peek of her house remodel. Officially bananas jealous!

Amanda discovered the coolest color tool ever!

Jessica showed us a cool faux malachite box DIY.

I exercised every power in the world not to re-post Bailey's house for the 1000th time on blogland but can we please talk about how amazing it is?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Delightful Daily: Texture Play

Guest Post: Gab Loves on Vmac + Cheese

Find me over on Vmac + Cheese this morning! I'm honoured that Victoria asked me to fill in while she's indulging in the good life in the South of France. Gab Loves is happening over on her blog today, and of course a summer themed post was in order and I know Victoria loves bold colors so I hope you all enjoy this little round-up! 
Above is a snippet but click through here to see the whole thing!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Delightful Daily: Cool Tones

Deconstructing: Lighting in the Bedroom

I thought I'd share a few tips today on how to light a bedroom, what to consider, and what rules to follow (or to break).

1. Lighting should be on either side of the bed, as well as in at least one other place, always at eye level.

2. Painting the inside of lampshades pink or using soft pink bulbs will create a really flattering light. Something to definitely consider in the bedroom!

3. Ceiling lighting in a bedroom is useless and unflattering so consider getting rid of it.

4. If you're doing sconces as bedside lighting, they should be about 4-6 inches away from the bed on each side, and 24-30 inches above the bed (that is the mattress), depending on headboard height.

5. Also make sure you can control all lights both from the doorway and from the bed. Nothing is more annoying than finding your way around in the dark or having to get up to turn the lights off. And always use dimmers.

What are your tips for the lighting a bedroom? Please share!
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