A Valentine's Celebration At Home

Jan 26, 2015

Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year which leaves ample opportunity to celebrate with your loved ones. Why not start the day with a brunch at home? Brunch is relaxed and casual and the only question is do you go sweet or savoury? (I can never choose!). Weekend breakfasts are always fun, but adding a few rosy-hued decor items and gifts makes it extra special. I'm not a fan of investing in overtly themed decor so each of these pieces would look right at home throughout the year.

1. Changing out your art is an easy way to make your home feel festive. I love the pale pink and peach hues of this piece. Bedroom, nursery, dressing room... it would work well in so many places.
2. These gingham table napkins add a touch of colour to your brunch table. After Valentine's Day, throw them in the picnic basket for summertime celebrations.
3. Rise and shine lovebirds. How cute is this mug?
4. This sweet love letter tray is officially on my wish list. I'd keep it on my bedside table to hold the earrings I always forget to take off until I'm lying in bed.
5. I love love love enamelware. This red and white dinnerware set is classic, simple, and durable.
6. I use ramekins all the time. You could start brunch with these heart-shaped ramekins filled with baked eggs, bacon, and spinach or end the meal with decadent molten chocolate cakes.
7. It's a rule. When it's Valentine's Day, you need to display at least one paper heart somewhere. This hand-sewn garland of white, red, and gold hearts is a sophisticated take on the decorating staple.
8. If I had a sit-down area in my kitchen, you can bet I would be putting this bistro bench in it. Perfect  seating for two!
9. This delicate arrow wrap ring would make a sweet gift. Let's hope my husband is reading ;)

Do you have any plans for Valentine's Day? I don't make too much of a fuss over it, though eating of chocolate that day is mandatory!

The Love List

Jan 23, 2015

A bit of a different love list today...

I went to the Opening Gala for the Interior Design Show on Thursday night and was blown away by the design talent. I noticed a few recurrent themes in what I was drawn too. Trends? Time will tell. Here's what I loved at IDS (sorry for the quality of the pics!):

Ikea, along with two of Canada's top design magazines, Style at Home and House and Home, put together three stunning kitchens using Ikea's new Sektion line of kitchen cabinetry. 

I have to say this black and white kitchen by Style At Home edged out the others as my favourite. This stunning kitchen looks plucked from the heart of Paris. There are so so many details to love... the oversized hex floor tile, glass doors paired with glass shelves, the repetition and symmetry of the cabinets, the chandelier hung in front of the giant mirror (doubles the light!)

At the opposite side of the galley kitchen space, was more beautiful displays. I loved the brass rails from Richelieu which ran the length of the wall and along the front of the countertop. So clever and charming, especially paired with the copper pots. It's okay to mix metals!

In contrast, this kitchen by House and Home felt a little more rustic, a bit English country farmhouse. There were the copper accents again! I loved the angularity of the kitchen - the waterfall countertop, the rectangular range hood, the wall moulding, and the patterned tile.

The kitchen featured a pantry barely bigger than a closet. A great use of space! The pastoral wallpaper was a nice contrast to the simple shelving. I really loved the mossy green colour. And how about those metal and glass doors? So fantastic.

This chaise by Hauser caught my eye. I liked the scallop detail - very Palm beach with a touch of whimsy.

There was some really creative and bold lighting featured at the show. This piece by Lightmaker Studio was gorgeous. The picture doesn't capture it but they had the most amazing filaments in the their bulbs. 

A fun rope light (literally) by Atelier Nomade.

These minimalist lighting pieces by MSDS Studio were very cool. I'm not usually drawn to fixtures as modern as these, but seemed more like works of art than lighting.

I couldn't do this in my own home but I liked the bold pattern on pattern of this sofa and wallpaper in the Montauk booth.

And you can't talk pattern without thinking of Missoni Home, Guest of Honour at IDS. I found the layering of so many different patterns refreshing. It's joyful and fun - and makes think of spring!

Tell me, what is inspiring you design-wise these days?

That Video Where I Make Popcorn

Jan 22, 2015 +

Did you know I had a YouTube channel? I almost forgot myself, it's been so long since I uploaded a video. I've vowed to have more fun with my blog this year and that means incorporating some videos. But let's face it, you won't be getting white-washed, stylized, party skirt lifestyle blogger-ish videos from me. Nope, just poorly lit videos, jittery hand-held videos and videos of me using power tools. If that's what you're looking for, then this is going to work out just fine.

Today I'm sharing a recipe for stovetop popcorn. Nothing earth-shattering here but doesn't it bug you when you're left with unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bowl? This method never fails to get them all popped, nothing burns, not to mention that it's healthier than microwave popcorn - just don't go eating the whole bowl by yourself ;)


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