Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Delightful Daily: Dark and Dramatic


Celebrity Real Estate: Kelly Wearstler's Beverly Hills Estate

Holy crap! Seriously guys, have I been living under a rock - or have we all? Kelly Wearstler's home is for sale!



According to Curbed, the 11,300-square-foot Beverly Hills estate hit the market back in October 2010 at $46m. It was price chopped to $39m and now sits at $36m. I did a quick search in my Google Reader archives before posting this - Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Jen covered it in 2010. That's it. And it's been going on for two years!


I know her Coveteur feature is already doing the rounds, but here's a peek at what you could get for that lazy $36m sitting in your bank account.


That gallery wall is next level stuff. I love the textured walls, the charcoal moldings and the murano chandelier. This whole rust and black palette really make the space - and it's perfect for Halloween!



Who wouldn't want to live in a KW designed home? Let's just say that if bloggers had $36m, that house wouldn't have sat on the market for more than 45 minutes. You can see the rest of the house on The Coveteur.


In other news, I'm happy to announce that I'll be a monthly interior contributor on MegBiram.com! I'm incredibly honored to be part of this great initiative alongside my favorite peeps: NaomiJamieKyleBeth and Carolina. Also check out Meg's other contributors as I'm sure they are equally fab!

Meg's always been an overachiever and I'm incredibly proud to see her career taking off in such a great way. Pop over to see what's in store for the new site and stay tuned for my first contributor post next Monday.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Delightful Daily: Dark Walls, Light Room



Houzz Round-Up: Winter Comforts

There's something about the crisp cold of winter that just makes us want to curl up into a ball for a few months while it passes. Granted we don't actually do it, because that would be incredibly unproductive and frankly a bit boring. But we want to be cozy on our downtime nonetheless.

House Beautiful

This month for my Houzz round-up, I've put together 20 products that will carry you into winter in the most comfortable and stylish way possible. 

Check out the article for all the products, the tips and the sources.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Worthy Links: 26.10.12

First, I'm super excited to be a guest on Sarah Sarna's blog today! I met Sarah in New York last Spring and have been following her blog ever since. She's a super sweet girl and a talented interior designer and I'm thrilled to count her in my blog buddy circle! Visit Sarah's blog to find out my go-to classics and other fun facts.

Second, another of my very talented friend Gen Ghaleb sent me these sensational pictures of the glitter pumpkins she made for an eFashionista "Baking in High Heels" event here in Montreal. Hop over to my Facebook page for all the photos and Gen's step-by-step guide to creating your own.


Here are a few more worthy links:

I stumbled upon Marie Forleo, awed over her web design and got hooked by her great business advice!

I would love to cosy up in Blair's outfit. Multiply that times ten if I was walking around Kennebunkport.

This is a never-ending learning curve for us bloggers: the dos and don'ts of writing conversationally.

Erin crushed on Erica's Instagram and so did I. Momma's got style!

Cassandra talked about grouping art for more impact.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Delightful Daily: China Collection



Top 5: In a Dark Mood

I'm discussing dark and moody rooms today on Damask & Dentelle. Since halloween is coming up, there’s no better time, right?

So many people are afraid of dark rooms. They fear the room will look too small, too dark, that the light won’t shine through. While this is true to some degree, we forget that there are occasions when we crave cosy, small and dark nooks. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest going dark in every room, but a dark room definitely has it’s place. Call it your room for a rainy day.


 Find out which rooms I recommend for going dark and moody on Damask & Dentelle.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Delightful Daily: Seeing Red


House Crush: A Successful Transformation

By still my heart, this house transformation by J. Randall Powers in the latest Architectural Digest ticks all the right boxes. It's precisely what I call traditional with a twist. A bit of classic, a bit of modern, a dash of quirk.

I know you're meant to save the best for last but I couldn't help but share the "pièce de résistance" first.


O.M.G. Right? I don't even have words. I have never ever seen something so perfect. The grasscloth ceiling, olive green built ins, brass chandelier, the rug, the John Dickinsonesque table. I'm. just. floored.



First the layering of the rugs in this room is brilliant. Actually the navajo rug is simply exquisite. Then there's the trim on the white armchair. So fun right? Must do this to my sofa. Then there's the sublime art, grasscloth walls and charcoal velvet sofas. Seriously, could a girl ask for more?


And then you have the kitchen. Shut the front door. High gloss black floors with lacquered teal and glass cupboards? Not to mention the marble backsplash and the yellow leather Milo Baughman chairs.

What do you think?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Delightful Daily: Monday Blues Bedroom



10 Things I Love About You: Lonny October 2012

I wanted to try something a little different for my Lonny review this month and feature my favorite article as opposed to a few. Charlotte Moss's office caught my eye so here are my favorite elements from the room.


1. Green walls are tricky but these are a perfect blend of soft aqua and moss. Not too bold, not too boring.

2. A lantern pendant is a little classic, a little geometric, lantern pendants are a favorite of mine these days.

3. Bamboo shades are great for layered window treatments. They let light in, are cost-effective and add texture.

4. Pleated lampshades are the most elegant lampshade option. The custom lampshade by Les Indiennes in the room is even more perfect. I have a similar column lamp in need of a new shade so I think this is a winner!

5. The curtains were chosen to match the wall color. Charlotte chose a custom color from Billy Baldwin's Arbre de Matisse fabric. They're hung high and wide, the rod is classic and simple.

6. Art filled walls from a varied collection spell sophistication.

7. A comfortable chair for an occasional desk makes the room multi-purpose and inviting.

8.  The weathered oak library table is great because you don't have to worry about scratches and stains. Weathered tables are particularly great for families with young kids.

9. A mini Louis XVI in a rusty red linen adds a pop of color.

10. The Indochine sisal was designed by Charlotte herself, it adds a twist to the generic sisal rug.

What do you love about this room?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Worthy Links: 19.10.12

This week I'm celebrating some of my favorite blog friends on the worthy links because they are so talented, headstrong, passionate and all around just awesome.

Tonight I'll be celebrating my (belated) birthday with friends and family so I'm off to put my dancing shoes on!


I was utterly disappointed in a company I used to love after reading Roxy's brother's High Point story.

Naomi shared yet another amazing finished project. This girl's knocking them out of the park lately!

I was very impressed at Christine's designing skills. I mean I knew she had taste but wow!

I can't keep my eyes off Jamie's new Furbishstudio Instagram account.

I was just as smitten as Victoria by The Roseberry.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Delightful Daily: Pastel Bright


Top 5: Prime Dining

I'm talking about dining rooms today on Damask & Dentelle. Dining rooms are an important part of a house if you’re the entertaining type. It’s where your friends and family come together. But for some reason, I often find they feel too formal, like a little "je-ne-sais-quoi" is missing.


Tip #1: Add bold art: Sometimes all you need to break off the conventional feel of a classic dining room is a large scale piece of contemporary art: something a little abstract, yet a little glam. I find oversized photography works wonders in dining rooms.

Read the other four tips on Damask & Dentelle.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Delightful Daily: A Happy Pair

Guest Post: Dreaming a Little with Alex of Bungalux

I'm very happy to have a great guest for you today: Alex Brunkhorst, founder of Bungalux, a destination for the best and most fabulous real estate. Alex is a savvy woman with a great personality and business sense.

I love Bungalux's concept because instead of sifting through thousands of ordinary listings, you go straight to the ones with a little "je ne sais quoi". Of course, this also means (but is not exclusive to) dream homes. Which is why Alex is sharing her favorite dream homes with you today. Take it away Alex!

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I was introduced to Gabrielle’s wonderful site months ago and asked her to do a guest editor article on dream homes for our site Bungalux. Gabrielle’s piece was one of our most well read ever, and we kept in contact ever since.

I was thrilled when Gabrielle suggested I write a guest post on Savvy Home about dream real estate. We’re quick to get home decorating advice from magazines, but let’s broaden our horizons: At any one time there are so many great houses on the market for sale. Even if we’ll never own them, it’s great to get design tips from homes styled by some of the most talented architects, designers, and tastemakers in the world.

Below are five mouth-watering homes on the market which have definitely made my inspiration board. And, of course, check out Bungalux for hundreds more.



In honor of Gabrielle, I was determined to find a house in Montreal to feature. To be sure, the most difficult task ended up choosing between all the fabulous houses, as Montreal has some of the most beautiful architecture around.



This has been one of my favorite houses since it went on the market. It’s designed by architect Rafael Vinoly and has one of the only indoor tennis courts I’ve seen at a personal residence. And the décor is really magazine-worthy.



Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better. I love this little Manhattan pied-a-terre. Take a look at how they use art as a real focal point.

Okay, we try not to be, but we’re all suckers for celebrity real estate. Hilary Swank’s house in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles just went on the market. With AD 100 architect Marc Appleton’s touches and all that Peter Dunham fabric throughout, I think it’s pretty special.



Whenever I get dreamy I look at this house in Lake Como and imagine reading on the spectacular veranda. And the living room is one of the most romantic I’ve seen. Wow.

Thank you for all this wonderful inspiration Alex, now we'll all want tennis courts and houses in Lake Como!

Which one would you choose if you had to pick?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Delightful Daily: Teal Mood

Happy Birthday: To Me!

The best day of the year has come around again. 
I'm taking the day off blogging to enjoy the finer things in life, like outdoor ping pong - and champagne.



Cheers!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Worthy Links 12.10.12

I don't always cover home store launches because I feel like enough of my fellow bloggers do it already. We get it, Zara Home launched in the US. But here's something that's been bothering me this week. I am a HUGE Zara consumer. Think probably 70% of my wardrobe (choice is limited outside the US y'all).

When I visited the Zara Home store in Barcelona in 2010, I was a little disappointed. I know that Zara's business model is largely based on throw-out trends and economies of scale. But does this model really work in interiors? And if so, what could fashion giants Zara offer that isn't already offered everywhere else?

I constantly skimp on price for trendy fashion, but when it comes to interiors I look for quality. If I were looking for "trendy" home items, it would certainly not be pre-wrinkled linens, metallic weave and milk glass votives. Is it just me? Give me faux malachite, blue & white china, burlwood, kilim rugs and we might be onto something...

My question is: Would you spend on throw-out trends for your home and if so, which ones?

I'm willing to give their tableware a chance. How about you?


Ok, worthy links time:

Grace talked about facial oil. I'm sold.

Mackenzie wrote a few thoughts on self employment.

As Jessica pointed out, there's something kind of sexy about a well decorated bachelor pad.

Scot shared the decorating process of an East Hampton living room.

I officially want to look like this all winter long.

Happy weekend everyone!

PS: Are you a qualified interior designer in Montreal? The folks at Avenue Design are looking for interior designers to join their team! For more info or to send your resume, email info@avenuedesigncanada.com.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Delightful Daily: Saturated Textures


Top 5: To a Personable Bathroom

I'm talking about making your bathroom a little more personable today on Damask & Dentelle. If your home is meant to be a reflection of who you are, and a bathroom is by far the most private part of your home, why doesn’t it get the same decor treatment as the other rooms?


 Tip #1: I cannot stress the importance of lighting enough. Bathrooms don’t need to look like your local dentist office. If you get ready in your bathroom you’ll want a good light source, but consider ambient lighting as well: sconces positioned below the eye line. Make sure they’re installed on dimmer switches. Everyone will look and feel like a million bucks in your bathroom and you’ll enjoy it too when it’s time for a relaxing bath. 

Read the other four tips on Damask & Dentelle.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Delightful Daily: Quirky Love Pad


Gab Loves: 10.10.12

See this beauty of a rug below? It's form the new online store Lulu & Georgia which I have talked about before here. I'm really excited about this new store, especially with the vast rug selection. I was initially drawn to the business because of the stunning branding. 

I was very pleased to find out that this gorgeous branding was the work of my buddy Erika. She's extremely talented and frankly, if you have any branding/graphic design needs, she's your gal! Coincidentally, she is launching a new site today to celebrate her 10 years of being in business. 

Happy anniversary Erika, congrats on your 10 years and love the site!

1. Sunbathing by Beth Hoeckel | 2. California Sunburst Chandelier | 3. Jean de Merry Ramo Mirror | 4.  Nate Berkus - "The Things that Matter" | 5. J.Crew Paisley Print Silk-Twill Pants | 6. Gianvito Rossi Curved Stiletto Pump | 7. Chic Shop All My Love Finial (during October, 20% of proceeds will be donated in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month) | 8. Levesque Wooden Round Red Table | 9. Lulu & Georgia Tangiers Kilim Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rug | 10. Ceramic Elephant Garden Stool

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Delightful Daily: The Power of Blues



Q&A: with Barbara Sallick, Founder of Waterworks

I'm always inspired by successful women that have built amazing companies from the ground up. Barbara Sallick is one of those women. In 1978, Barbara, inspired by the European bath experience, created Waterworks, bringing luxury bath products to the American market. Today, Waterworks remains the industry benchmark for high-end bath products, offering unparalleled craftsmanship and design, from faucets to tiling.



Barbara is now Senior Vice-President of Waterworks and board member at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. She has published two books: The Definitive Guide to Designing the Perfect Bath and Waterworks: Inventing Bath Style. She also authors a weekly blog called The Perfect Bath.



This fall, Waterworks paired up with Roman And Williams, one of my favorite architecture firms (remember that gorgeous office above?) to create a unique line of fittings and tile that is reminiscent of great American design and a sense of traditional craftsmanship. Think industrial unpolished brass, burnished nickel and carbon fittings in a wonderful tension between masculine and feminine. It is utterly gorgeous.

Read the Q&A to learn more about Barbara!
Who wouldn't want to change homes with Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire? I hope you'll make your way to Paris for a year Barbara!

See the entire R.W. Atlas Collection on Waterworks.
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