Friday, December 15, 2017

A designer's fresh and beautiful holiday home!


Be inspired by designer Jill Lawrence's beautiful holiday home below!












Photo credit: Rett Peek

Such a gorgeous home! Her holiday decor feels fresh, cheery and unexpected, thanks to a wonderful mix of evergreen clippings and bright lemony hues. By incorporating recurring elements such as boxwood wreaths and the same color palette from room to room, this holiday house feels effortlessly cohesive and pulled together. I particularly love her timeless-meets-modern style approach. Graceful, elegant and chic, there is so much to love about this beautiful home, don't you think? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Favorite room of the week!


Bright, airy and spacious, this polished kitchen is truly the epitome of chic! A palette of gray and white with pops of yellow creates a fresh and timeless feel. A pair of metal shelves not only provides extra storage in the kitchen, it makes the space feel airier and draw your eyes to the wonderful tall ceiling. The beautiful marble farm sink with the lovely veins is absolutely the cherry on the cake. I am drooling over this gorgeous kitchen, what about you, my lovelies? Are you smitten yet?



Photo credit: Max Kim-Bee

Backyard Games The Whole Family Can Play!


This post is provided by Jordan.

Kids and the great outdoors go together like milk and cookies. Or at least they should. However, numerous studies show that today’s youngsters are spending way too much time in front of screens and not enough outside, getting the physical activity their growing bodies need.

Or the adventures that will power their minds and imaginations.

The secret is to make it fun, not work or exercise. Tempt your kids with activities they will want to be a part of. Here are several backyard games that will appeal to your young ones and let them (and you) get the fresh air and fitness time needed.

Tug Of War

A good thick rope is about all you need in the way of equipment. This is the perfect activity for when you have a bunch of people over, such as during a family reunion, a birthday party or block party.

Simply stake an area between the two starting points that is the “lake of fire” or “endless pit” or other forbidden zone each team is going to try to pull the other into. Avoid frustration by making sure the two teams are as evenly matched as possible in size and strength. The kids will work up a good sweat and burn off whatever sugar highs they might be on while enjoying the competition.

Croquet

This yard game is classic. The equipment is not very expensive and it can inspire hours of competitive fun. You can lay out the playing field any way you would like. No matter the size, shape or topography of your backyard, you can make this game work.

Cornhole

Here is another beloved backyard game for “kids” of all ages. Bean bags and an official cornhole board are all you need for fun even in a relatively small playing space. Since the game accommodates just about all ages and physical abilities, you will find a spirited game of cornhole to offer a marvelous bonding opportunity for generations of family and friends.

Hide And Seek

If you want to see running, jumping, crawling and squeezing into tight spaces - all good exercises - instigate a game of hide and seek. Kick the can is a variation of this outdoor sport that kicks the physical activity up another notch and gets young hearts racing even faster. And it is always fun watching dad trying to stuff his body behind a small tree stump.

Backyard Campout

This activity might not burn off a whole lot of calories, but it is a great way to hang out together and inspire your kids’ love of the great outdoors. Burn a fire for warmth, roast marshmallows, listen to the slightly scary outdoor sounds and study the awesome constellation display spread out before you in the night sky. 

Someone is sure to tell a ghost story or two during an escapade your children will treasure forever.

How is that for idea starters? Add a few of your own, then get out there! Let the backyard family fun begin.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cool designer alert- Jacquelyn Clark!


Introducing talented Toronto-based designer Jacquelyn Clark. With a flair for creating beautiful rooms with a serene, dream-like quality, her work is nothing short of inspiring! Without further ado, let's check out her stunning portfolio, shall we?














The designer: Jacquelyn Clark


Photo credit: Lark & Linen

I can't take my eyes off her gorgeous work! By thoughtfully blending neutrals such as grays, blacks, whites and natural elements with interesting textures and materials, her designs feel fresh, youthful and timeless at the same time. I am totally digging her effortlessly chic style, what about you, my lovelies? Are you drawn to her decorating approach as well? 

To learn more about the designer or her work, please visit: 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Inside a fresh and effortlessly stylish holiday home!


This beautiful Vancouver home belongs to a young couple with tween-aged son and daughter. When they first bought their 4,200 square feet home, they enlisted local designer, Ami McKay for design help. The homeowners were so pleased with the results and hired Ami again to help them decorate their home for the holidays. Let's check it out!











Photo credit: Janis Nicolay

Instead of incorporating a traditional palette of red, green and lots of sparkle, I like how the designer uses unconventional materials for holiday decor and plenty of greenery throughout the home in unexpected places to create an effortlessly casual holiday vibe. Fresh, stylish and chic, what's not to love about this inspirational holiday home? Your thoughts?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Inside a designer's bright and cheery holiday home!


Be inspired by designer Tobi Fairley's bright and cheery holiday home below!

















Photo credit: Nancy Nolan

How gorgeous is her home? Bright, bold and tailored, her holiday home is nothing short of inspiring! I love the way she fearlessly uses color and patterns to create drama and visual interest. The stunning dining room with the pretty floral wallpaper and lovely pink chairs are particularly my favorite. The uncommon color combo of bubblegum pink and citrus yellow exudes a refreshing and delightful feel, don't you think? I am a fan of her fun and fabulous decorating approach, what about you? Your thoughts?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Favorite room of the week!


Such a gorgeous space! Designed by architect/ style ambassador of Serena & Lily/ homeowner Bill Ingram, this formal dining room is brimming with style and elegance! The light apricot and grayish blue color palette feels fresh yet understated, a wonderful backdrop for showcasing the dining area and tablescape. The beautiful tablecloth is a great visual anchor for the dining table while the faux bamboo Baker chairs provide warmth and visual interest. Large scale art, overscale crystal chandelier and a tall leaning mirror make the lofty space feel more cozy and intimate. Chic, timeless and thoughtfully designed, what's not love about this graceful room? Your thoughts?







Photo credit: David Christensen