Monday Mood

June 9th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Marston Luce in Dordogne

Marston Luce in Dordogne

Blissful

Pronunciation: /ˈblisfəl/

Extremely happy; full of joy…  The cover of this month’s Veranda magazine says it all – Summer Bliss at it’s best!

Photo: garden

Fashion Friday: Fortune Cookie

June 6th, 2014
Fashion Fortune Cookie

“Now is the time to try something new.”

Leave it to Vogue to make fortune cookie sayings fashionable!  Don’t know what to wear in the morning?  Want to add something fun to your wardrobe?  Feel like dressing outside of your comfort zone?  Miss Vogue‘s new Fashion Fortune Cookie can help you make that style decision with personally tailored sartorial inspiration (from the likes of Karl Laugerfeld, Yves St. Laurent and Audrey Hepburn) – just type in your name and birthday and enjoy (no calories involved!)  According to Dolly Jones, editor of Vogue.co.uk, “The Fashion Fortune Cookie is a little reminder every day of what fashion contributes to life: fun, style, humour and beauty.”  This was our fortune today…

Ancient Chinese Saying?

Ancient Chinese Saying?

and we found some wonderful, wonderful things to go along with it.

Rick Printed Dress

Rick Printed Dress

Bahia Earrings

Bahia Earrings

Nouveau Floral Print Python Pump

Nouveau Floral Print Python Pump

Kendel Sunglasses

Kendel Sunglasses

Try it for yourself here and happy fashionable Friday!

Photos: fortune cookie, fortune, dress, earrings, pumps and sunglasses

 

Happy Poppy Birthday

June 4th, 2014
Miku Dress

Miku Dress

At the age of twelve, we moved to the US from Belgium and one of the things our mother promised (besides a new wardrobe to replace the uniforms we wore at the Catholic school we attended for 6 years!) was a bedroom we could decorate ourselves so what did we choose as the predominant pattern?  Marimekko’s iconic bright and colorful poppy print, Unikko, of course!  Guess we’ve always been flower girls at heart…

Pieni Pillow Sham

Pieni Pillow Sham

Kamilla Bag

Kamilla Bag

Needless to say, we’re thrilled that Unikko, created by designer Maija Isola, is turning 50 this year.  As the story goes, the founder of Marimekko, Armi Ratia, vowed she would never print a flower pattern until she saw Unikko and fell in love with it’s 60′s flower power spirit.

Unikko Mug

Unikko Mug

Itu Mini Makeup Bag

Itu Mini Makeup Bag

For five decades, Unikko has appeared on clothing, linens, housewares and even decorated a Finnair plane and to celebrate the anniversary, Marimekko has created a new collection dressed in this “field of abstract poppies.”

Pieni Umbrella

Pieni Umbrella

If you love this poppy pattern as much as we do, pop on over to the anniversary site for more!

Photos: 1 – 6

 

Monday Mood

June 2nd, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Ken Fulk in San Francisco

Ken Fulk in San Francisco

Hand-some

Pronunciation: /ˈhansəm/

Strikingly good-looking…  Let’s give this Ken Fulk designed living room a big hand!  No, wait – it already has one…

Photo: interior

 

Juicy Fruits

May 30th, 2014
Juicy Ice Cubes

Juicy Ice Cubes

There nothing more refreshing in the summertime than taking a bite into a juicy strawberry or a cold, sweet slice of melon…  Just typing the title of this post is making our mouth water!  Fruit of all shapes and sizes come into season between May and July and we can’t think of a better way to stay healthy and hydrated.  And while we love taking advantage of this delectable produce at the farmers’ market, we’ve found some other juicy fruits we think are delicious.

C. Wonder - Citrus Fruit Tray

Citrus Fruit Tray

West Elm - Bright Shapes Melamine Plates

Bright Shapes Melamine Plates

Citrus Cocktail Stirrers

Citrus Cocktail Stirrers

Pineapples Print

Pineapples Print

Siret Fruit Bandeau

Siret Fruit Bandeau

Happy fruity Friday!  June is just around the corner…

Photos: ice cubes, tray, plates, stirrers, print and top

Wild About Flowerwild

May 28th, 2014
White Wedding

White Wedding

Wedding flowers are always a source of inspiration for us so when we came across Kate Holt’s work in Flower Magazine, we had to go exploring.  Kate is the creative talent behind Flowerwild, a California-based studio specializing in contemporary romantic bouquets and events.

Pastel Wedding

Pastel Wedding

Cornerstone Wedding

Cornerstone Wedding

Her philosophy is simple (“never force a flower, let it breathe and sway”) and her arrangements are stunning.  With colors ranging from soft, pastel hues to more vibrant, warmer tones, the flowers Kate uses might be called timelessly elegant or romantically whimsical – tree peonies, flowering vines, garden roses, beautiful berries and delicate woodland blossoms breathe life into each design.

Vibrant Wedding

Vibrant Wedding

Pink Wedding

Pink Wedding

After spending some time of Kate’s site, we can honestly say that it was hard to pick just six images for this post…  Each bouquet or setting was prettier than the next.  So if you’re looking for some inspiration for a wedding or just your next party, we recommend you spend some time hours on Flowerwild and “follow your bliss.”

Montecito Wedding

Montecito Wedding

Photos: 1 – 6

Monday Mood

May 26th, 2014

It’s Memorial Day – what mood are you in?

Red, White and Blue

Red, White and Blue

Devoted

Pronunciation: /diˈvōtid/

Very loving and loyal…  In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., “One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation, evermore!”

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Photo: 1

Palm Beach in Toronto

May 23rd, 2014
Eclectic Traditional

Eclectic Traditional

When decorator and blogger Laura Collins found the 1920′s townhouse in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighborhood she now calls home, she knew it’s traditional bones yet clean, open concept would be the perfect backdrop for a classic Palm Beach palette.

Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall

Downtown Palm Beach

Downtown Palm Beach

Mixing bright hues, touches of gold, some lucite, artwork featuring beach scenes arranged in gallery style and vintage rattan furniture, Laura achieved the look on a surprisingly small budget.  Her secret?  Giving inexpensive antiques a makeover with paint, finding fun watercolor and photography prints that won’t break the bank (Laura loves Caitlin McGauley - who doesn’t?) and filling in with pieces from big box stores.  She even made her own Sputnik-inspired sculpture with Styrofoam balls, skewers and a little gold spray paint!

Home Work

Home Work

Under the Stairs

Under the Stairs

Palm Beach’s retro meets modern vibe is perfectly captured with the splashes of color and bold prints Laura uses in her projects and we love that she has brought a bit of this iconic vacation spot to Canada.

Dining on a Dime

Dining on a Dime

Summer is just around the corner…  Who’s hitting the beach soon?

P.S.  Check out the June issue of Style at Home where you can see more of Laura’s lovely home!

Photo: 1 – 6

Posy Palette: Wisteria

May 21st, 2014
Wonderful Wisteria

Wonderful Wisteria

The strangest thing has happened to our wisteria…  After ten years of no blooms, it’s finally decided to blossom!  We always thought that the landscaper made a mistake and planted the non-flowering variety (if there is such a thing) and gave up on ever seeing the lovely purple-hued petals dripping from the vine.  The plant, on the other hand, has thrived and has taken over our second floor deck, reaching its tendrils from the south side of the house to the west.  And now that the plant is getting full sun, it’s covered in blooms.  That’s because wisteria needs full sun to bloom…  Duh!

Brett Design - Walls of Wisteria

Brett Design – Walls of Wisteria

Julep Polish - Elisa

Julep Polish – Elisa

Jo Malone - Wisteria and Violet

Jo Malone – Wisteria and Violet

Kaliko - Wisteria Blouse

Kaliko – Wisteria Blouse

Devon Leigh - Amethyst Necklace

Devon Leigh – Amethyst Stalactite Necklace

So needless to say, we’re enjoying our wisteria blossoms and looking for a new landscaper!

Photo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Monday Mood

May 19th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Go, Team!

Go, Team!

Victorious

Pronunciation: \vik-ˈtōr-ē-əs\

Expressing a sense of fulfillment; triumphant…  “If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”  ~ Dr. Roopleen

Photo: 1