Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Delightful Daily: Lemon Twist

Entertaining with: Waiting on Martha

No, we're not talking Martha Stewart here, but Waiting on Martha, the shop of fellow blogger Mandy Kellogg Rye. Mandy is sort of like an entertaining goddess (see above). She's got loads of goodies of all kinds in her shop, but I think she's got a knack for entertaining gadgets and great hostess gifts!

1. First, invite your guests the old fashioned way with these pretty Sugar Paper Bow Note Cards.
2. I love game nights. My go-to game is backgammon, but I'd switch it up for these pretty bone dominoes.
3. Light one of these candles in your powder room for guests. I have one at home and it smells delish!
4. Arrange fresh flowers in these pretty mint julep cups around the house, or use them as centerpiece.
5. Set the table with these indigo raffia placemats: they'll add texture and color to any table!
6. Why be constantly bothered by the doorbell? Leave your door open for guests with this rope door stopper.
7. Need some extra seating or side tables to prop drinks on? Try these versatile rope stools.
8. Keep your furniture intact and add a pop of color with some lovely natural pedra agate coasters.
9. Make sure your guests are comfortably seated all night. These spindle chairs should do the trick!

Psst - Mandy is offering 15% off everything in her shop this week, just enter the code SAVVY15 on checkout!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Delightful Daily: French Bakery Kitchen

Looking For: A Casual Textured Chandelier

Does your decor taste radically change from season to season as it does with your fashion taste? Mine does. The shapes and styles don't vary so much... It's the materials and colors that differ. Come summer, I'm craving beachy materials like rattan, rope, bamboo, seashells and beads - in soft and earthy colors.

That being said, these chandeliers work perfectly well year-round adding texture to more casual environments like breakfast nooks, powder rooms or kids rooms. Do you have a favorite? Can you guess what mine is?

Budget: Serena & Lily Marmont Pendant | Jayson Home Nash Chandelier | Jayson Home Haylard Chandelier

Mid-Range: Serena & Lily Malibu Chandelier | Currey & Co Palm Beach Chandelier | Furbish Tilly Chandelier

Splurge: Arteriors Vic Rope Chandelier | Oly Studio Flower Drop Chandelier | Currey & Co Hedy Chandelier

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beauty in The Details: Chloe Warner's Neo-Trad Home

Weathered cedar shingles and soft lavender hued blooms are what dreams are made of, am I right? Combine this with colors that draw the outside in and classic interiors with a modern twist, and you've got yourself a pretty perfect home.

Interior designer Chloe Warner has a knack for putting a youthful spin on a traditional interior. Her proportions are impeccable, and yet her interiors are anything but stuffy. This house she designed for a couple in San Francisco gave me the idea to share a few useful tips on how to use classic design rules and proportions in a more casual setting. They're up on Damask & Dentelle today. Check 'em out.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Delightful Daily: Southern Quirk

Houzz Picks: A Five-Star Guest Bedroom

Summer is just one of those seasons (like Christmas) where family and friends always seem to drop in - especially if you have a beach or lake house. We all want to make our guests feel at ease in our home, but we don't always know where to start. That's why this month I selected 20 items, big and small, that will make your guests feel like they're staying at the Ritz. Check it out on Houzz.

Tom Dixon Eclectic Orientalist Scented Candle | John Robshaw Lapis Quilt & Shams | Panama Foldaway Luggage Rack | Classic Swing Arm Sconce | Schumacher Madras Paisley | Kindel Open Night Stand

Monday, July 22, 2013

Savvy Away from Home: Off to Charleston

Some may say judging from these images that my view of Charleston is romanticized and biased. And they may be right. To me, Charleston is synonymous with manicured historic homes, bricked alleyways, lush and blooming greenery, plantation trees, horse drawn carriages, sweet tea, warm weather, fresh local food, and an undeniable coastal lifestyle that rhymes with sand, surf and seafood. Am I crazy?

Truth is I'm spending the week in Charleston, and I'm utterly enchanted to be here. We rented a sweet beach apartment at the beach near Charleston with some friends - the boys are just dying to cruise around in our pink golf cart. Of course, I researched all the best restaurants and boutiques in town and will make sure we visit as many of them as possible. I may even try to sneak in a lunch with this lovely lady.

Again, fire away any suggestions you may have for Charleston and follow my updates on Instagram!

Credits: images by Alaina Kaczmarski and Olivia Rae James

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Beauty in the Details: At Home in a Highrise

I was helping a friend with his teeny condo design the other day (we’re talking 450 square feet here) - and it made me think about the number of high-rise condo buildings are popping up like mushrooms on a rainy day around Montreal. This means that a lot more people from our generation will call these towers their homes. 

What these space usually lack in character and size, they make up for in natural light, commodity and extensive views - just like this gorgeous apartment by Carrier & Co. The main issue with these condos remains: how do you make it you own, and keep it from looking like the hundreds of other condos around? I'm sharing a few ideas on how to personalize a generic highrise condo on Damask & Dentelle today. Check it out.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Savvy Away from Home: Off to the Hamptons

Today I'm leaving New York City after a beautiful weekend and driving east to Montauk, for 5 days of fun in the sun! I'll be staying at the Ruschmeyer's (a first), and to say I'm excited would be an understatement. Sure the Hamptons are chi-chi and crowded, but you also can't get a better beach, warmer water, better food, and a more laid-back vibe a short 8 hour drive from Montreal (except for maybe in Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard... I intend to test the theory next summer).

Besides, I'm a sucker for quaint architecture and landscaping, great food, cute boutiques and beautiful people - the Hamptons really is the place for me. This summer, I'll be trying out a few new (to me) places: South Edison, Topping Rose House, Swallow East, The Maidstone, Momofuku Milk Bar... And going back to my trusty favorites: The Surf Lodge, The Gig Shack and of course Lunch Lobster Roll. I'll be doing a bit of shopping at Serena & Lily, Aerin Lauder, C.Wonder, Homenature to name a few, and try to hit the HC&G Holiday House, the fresh food markets, and probably a winery or two. I'm also determined to learn how to stand-up paddleboard.

I hope I'll have enough time to just relax at the beach, read a book, go for a few beach runs and maybe cruise around on those adorable bikes the Ruschmeyer's has available for guests. I'm also bringing my tennis racquet in case we find a court to play on. Basically, five days really isn't long enough.

I'll be on the road for the next 3 weeks seeing friends and family and enjoying my newfound freedom (no more university ever!) before I head back home to get back into high-intensity work mode, so bear with me with the sporadic posting this July.

I'll be back soon and recap the trip for y'all. In the meantime, you can follow my updates on InstagramIf you have any recommendations for things to do in the Hamptons, fire away in the comments!

Credits: all images by Ann Street Studio except for the last one by The Horticult.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Worthy Links: 12.07.13

I'm leaving for my summer vacay tomorrow! I can't wait. I literally live for traveling and I feel I've deserved this one after working my little butt off all year. First stop is two quick days in New York City (I can't thank you enough for all your great recommendations!) - and then, it's nothing but beach, beach, beach.

This will probably be my last Worthy Links post in July. Don't worry, they'll be back in August, but I just can't bring myself to committing to write a post every Thursday - I'd rather enjoy the surf and sun. I've prepared a bunch of posts for you though, so you won't forget me too much.

Excuse my slow replying to comments and emails in the next few weeks, and follow my trip on Instagram!

I've been following this house tour like my life depended on it.

That's it. Next summer, I'm making my way to Nantucket.

In my dream garden, I have one of these in bright pink!

I'm sold on this beachy collection for summer.

Enjoying catching up on my latest blog crush.

This girl designs like nobody's business!

Loving this lady's casual summer style.

How does your front door match up?

Cheers to an old school summer!

Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Beauty in the Details: Eliza Crater's Starter Home

“A room’s overall impression is often quite distinct from the items with which it’s furnished”. Isn't that spot on? This phrase comes from a Lonny magazine article I revisited the other day about the Sister Parish posterity. It reminded me that a few vintage finds and some crafty styling can really make the worst rooms look inviting. 

This inspired me to share a few of these tricks, inspired by Eliza Crater, Sister Parish's great-grandaughter, on Damask & Dentelle's blog. Go read the whole post.
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