Monday, July 31, 2017

A designer's urban Toronto home with a charming, coastal flair!

Two years ago, when designer Margie Doyle White first saw this 2,200-square-square-foot Toronto home, it was dated and unattractive. However, she saw a huge potential and decided to purchase the home. To achieve her vision, walls were knocked down, oak herringbone flooring was installed and custom millwork was incorporated. The results? Her home is transformed into a bright, open space with a relaxed, seaside-chic vibe. Let's take a look, shall we?

Photo credit: Donna Griffth

Fresh, beautifully layered with blue accents and natural elements, this home feels fresh with an effortless coastal charm. The bright white walls provide a fresh backdrop for the space while a combination of patterns, materials and textures provide style, personality and visual interest. I am very inspired by this gorgeous home tour, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Inside a bold, edgy and glam Illinois home!

By incorporating bold, luxurious and glam touches such as leather, brass, suede, lucite and sculptural furnishings into the space, this 8,000-square-foot traditional home in Hinsdale, Illinois is instantly transformed into a cool, uber chic abode. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Cynthia Lynn

Although this abode is decorated in a mostly neutral color palette, there is not a dull moment in this stylish home, thanks to an interesting mixture of bold silhouettes and edgy furnishings. The beautiful fabrics, luxurious materials and modern sculptural pieces are not only visually delightful, they also create a heightened sense of style and drama in this home, don't you think? I thoroughly enjoy touring this unconventional space, what about you? Thoughts?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

This stunning poolside oasis from actress/ comedian Mindy Kaling's Los Angeles home is transformed by designer Katie Ridder. I like how the designer creates a few distinct zones for conversation, dining and lounging. By incorporating teak furniture throughout the space, this backyard looks cohesive and pulled together. The blue and green color scheme, a color palette borrowed from nature looks harmonious together, while tying in perfectly with the outdoor environment. Such a chic, gorgeous, thoughtfully designed and relaxing backyard oasis, what's not to love? Are you drawn to this inviting space as well? Thoughts?

Photo credit: Joe Schmelzer

Bathroom Design: 5 Essentials!

This article is provided by Bea.

The design of your bathroom is one of the most important decisions that you will make in the overall design of your home. Your bathroom is both a sanctuary for personal peace and relaxation, while also serving as the place that you will spend the most time getting ready to embrace the world. When redesigning your bathroom, you want to do so with your personal needs and routines in mind. Here are 5 design essentials for every bathroom. 

Freestanding Bathtubs

Nothing exudes peace and tranquility like a freestanding bathtub. Whether you opt for a classic clawfoot bathtub or a modern showpiece, a freestanding bathtub enables you to unwind from a hard day at work, or bathe in luxury before a night out. In many cases, freestanding tubs are deeper than wall-mounted models and give you the ability to place the tub nearly anywhere that you can route your plumbing, leaving space for other bathroom fixtures along your wall. 

Modern Bathroom Vanity

The bathroom vanity is more than just a cabinet with a sink attached. Modern bathroom vanities are a mixture of sense and style. Whether you opt for an industrial design of glass and metal or a wall-mounted minimalist vanity, your bathroom vanity should incorporate your personal needs. If you require counter space, consider a long vanity or one with an oval sink. If storage is important, make sure that your vanity includes cabinet space or a place for you to store storage bins. 

Bathroom Faucets

Bathroom faucets come in all shapes, styles, and colors. From center-set to widespread, single hole or three holes, and in all manners of finishes. For a classic look, consider oil rubbed bronze faucets, or for modern flair, consider a touchless, single hole model. 

Ceramic Sinks

Unless you are going for an industrial look, metal sinks belong in the kitchen, and cultured marble is so last century. There is really no substitute for a classic ceramic sink in a bathroom. Not only is it a classic design, but it is durable, easy to clean, and easy to keep clean. 

Picking the Right Mirror

At the very least, your mirror should encompass the same approximate area as your bathroom vanity. For a modern touch, add ambient lighting to your bathroom with a backlit LED bathroom mirror. Do not forget to also add a full-length mirror behind your door or in your bathroom so that you can check out how you look before heading out for the evening. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book review- Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons!

Today, I am thrilled to share an exciting new publication from Vendome Press with you. Thanks to Meghan Phillips for sending me a beautiful design book, Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons. In this book authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick and photographed by Tria Giovan, you will find over 30 Hamptons' most distinctive houses and gardens.

Here is a sneak peek of this stunning book!

I absolutely love this gorgeous book and its abundance of awe-inspiring images. In this book, the author, a decade-long SouthHampton resident leads us inside a tour of over 30 remarkable residences and gardens from cottages, farmhouses, modernist oceanfront homes to surf shacks and more. A variety of interiors can be found in this beautiful book ranging from the traditionally layered to the updated eclectic. Among the world-class designers featured in the book are Jeffrey Bilhuber, Robert Couturier, David Netto and Tom Scheerer.

Illustrated with hundreds of photographs of breathtaking homes, charming interiors and enchanting gardens, this book is perfect for those who love being transported to extraordinary places. With 328 pages of visually delightful and engaging content, this inspiring book is ideal for any design or garden fans! Truly a gem and shouldn't be missed! Highly recommended! 

Get your copy here!

*I received  this book to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.