Monday, August 31, 2009

Weather Forecast: Sunny with cloudy periods

Today's weather is expected to be sunny with short grey periods. Even though I'm off to work I can't wait for a chance to walk in the summer sunshine. There's nothing like a shot of sunny yellow within a sea of grey to brighten up your spirits.








Happy Monday - here's wishing you a spot of sunshine!


{Photos: SGambrel, Domino, JCrew, LivingEtc, InteriorsviaFromtheRightBank}

Sunday, August 30, 2009

One lovely summer evening...

I got all dressed up, gathered round my closest friends and family in a beautiful garden to celebrate life, love and the fact that I get to spend my life with my best friend by my side. There was laughter, a few tears, cupcakes, balloons, singing, dancing, eating, drinking and general merry-making! I can't wait to share all the little details with you - here is a little sneak peak - a photo by my fantastic and talented cousin, Rebecca.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Let's dance!

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past week - the past few days have flown by in a flurry of wedding madness. I had the most wonderful time - a big thank you to all of my family and friends who came to celebrate with Andrew and I last night. There was alot of food, drinks, dancing, celebrating, and most of all, alot of love! x

{More to come with some wedding photos soon!}


{Photo via CupofJo}

Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday, Monday...


Can't believe how quickly time is speeding past! Six days till my wedding!

{PollyWreford}

Friday, August 14, 2009

Just the prettiest thing...

This charming little butterfly set my heart aflutter at first glance...
Paris, je t'aime...


Fabulous Spaces 14.8.09

I think I could happily spend the whole weekend in this lounge-y, comfy space. With a warm breeze blowing in, a glass of white wine and all the time in the world. I can feel the tension melting just imagining it all...

{Photo:MarieClaireMaison}

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lovely lacey details

'A touch of lace' is one of the themes of my wedding decor, since I've had it on my mind lately, I keep seeing lovely lacey details everywhere I go. I love the architectural detail that lattice brings to a space - just like a little lace trim for your walls.







Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back to black...

I've talked extensively about my love of all white interiors. One of my favourite ways to balance out this all-white look and add a bit of dramatic flair is painting a wall black. I'm currently debating this in my all white living room, I just love the look but it is a big commitment, especially in a rental apartment, as it will require several coats of paint to un-do if and when the time comes to move. However, especially in light of my upcoming wedding, now is hardly the time to shy away from commitment and I think it's time I took the plunge and solemnly swear my lifetime devotion to black and white. What better token of my love than a little black paint?

I think the room below will be my inspiration point for my living area, I actually
already have almost all of the elements (minus the paint).



This room with it's weathered paint, well-worn carpet and casual seating with sheets over the chair, suddenly becomes a chic, sophisticated space with a coat of black paint.

How perfect is Ruthie Sommer's kitchen, rather than making the space look smaller - but extending the black paint all the way up to the ceiling, this small space looks much larger. That aqua door is such a refreshing splash of colour. The white chandelier and cupboards keep the space looking fresh.

Wish me luck as I prepare to take the plunge!

{Photos: LiliDiallo, HomeSweetHome, Domino, ElleDecorSA}

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Perfect At Home Celebration

One of the prettiest weddings I think I've seen has to be Ellen and Portia's - I loved the relaxed and casual atmosphere, quiet and intimate, right at their home and beautifully decorated with lots of special touches and no detail spared.
(Not so sure I could have pulled off the same effect at my apartment...)
Portia's billowy cotton-candy dress was over-the-top girly but also simple and sexy all at the same time. The soft pink colour was just perfect.
See more details of this beautiful at home celebration here.

Through rose-tinted glasses...

As much as I love rainy days, I have to say it has been a rather drab summer with all this rain! What better remedy for a dull day that a shot of the very prettiest pink.



The very happiest Monday to you!
x

{SweetAsCandy, MarthaStewart, Unknown, Symbiosis}

Sunday, August 9, 2009

{Weekend Update}


Just had a lovely, productive weekend filled with 80th birthday parties, bridal showers, hair appointments, lots of driving and lots and lots of rain! Can't believe my wedding is two weeks from today...

{A big thank you to everyone to my amazing family for
such a wonderful shower, I love you! x}

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Colourful wedding shoes

Just as in decor, I love the idea of an all white wedding ensemble with a shot of bright colour. It just adds such a fun, playful touch. It's a little unexpected, and shows off a little more personality. It's also a wonderful way to tie in the colour theme of the wedding.
{Really wishing I could have this pair!}










P.S More white with a shot of colour here!

{Photos: ProjectWedding, Glamour, MarthaStewart, Smitten, EnPointe}

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fashion File: The Wedding Edition

This is a special wedding piece that I have put together for Sharalee. The fabulous vintage store, Cabaret, in downtown Toronto, currently has this beautiful tulip bridal dress in ivory displayed in their front window. I have the pleasure of admiring it almost daily and imagine what playful pieces could be paired with it. So, I decided to give it a try. Helping Sharalee as much as possible with her wedding preparations has exposed me to some of her inspirations. I've chosen to play along with some of her colour selections. I couldn't decide between the two looks, with the blush and ivory being a bit more traditional for the ceremony and the fuscia and navy being more bold for the reception. You could easily interchange between the head pieces and shoes, or stick to one look. Why not have fun with it!

Congrats Shar on your big day!! :)

{Chloe Bow Embelished Sandals, MICHAEL Michael Kors Kincade Platform Pump, Vintage Birdcage Veil, Vintage Feathered Hairband, and Cabaret Vintage Recreation Tulip Dress}

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Grey and Tufted



I love the elegant sophistication of a tufted, pewter sofa. I reminds me of a tailored men's suit - (and I love seeing Andrew all dressed up). The perfect neutral with a rich and luxurious feeling to it.

{TroyHouse, ApartmentTherapy, Anthropologie}

Perfect spot for breakfast

The perfect spot to sit in the morning with fresh strawberries, hot croissants, and some freshly squeezed orange juice, and a newspaper between the two of us...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Seas of Shimmering Aquamarine

My wedding colour palette has had me focused on bright, fresh shades of blue and aquamarine. I always find this colour so refreshing, it always reminds me of some of my favourite things - bright, blue summer skies, shimmering aquamarine water and long, warm days soaking up sunshine.




Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Guest Post: The Gracious Pearl by Sarah Klassen

This morning I'm incredibly excited to share a Guest Post by one of my favourite bloggers, Sarah Klassen of Haute Design. I love these creamy neutral pearl tones, I have something similar in my own bedroom with gold accents. Thank you so much Sarah - and be sure to head over to Haute Design to see more of Sarah's lovely posts!
Enjoy!


When I think of pearls, the incomparable and ever-so-stylish, Audrey Hepburn instantly comes to mind. They were often the final touch to some of her most memorable outfits- the spec of shimmer and elegance that can take a LBD, and make the whole look outstanding , or add a touch of grace to a simple capri and shirt ensemble. For a single item, they can connote several moods, looks and feelings; natural and pure, smooth and lustrous, iridescent, graceful and simple
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A pearlescent look can easily be translated into the home and can be used to transform and finish a space. The advantage of decorating with accents such as these, is they can appear both simple and natural as well as sophisticated, depending on how you pair them with other pieces and colors. To achieve this look, it is important to stick with the fundamental, soft colors that can be found in both the oyster and its pearl.



Beautiful taffetas and silks can achieve the same luster and shimmer, and can be striking, made into curtains, footstools, pillows, and even paneling on a wall. If you prefer a more understated look, a pearl trim can be added as a finishing detail to a simple pillow or candle. You can also create a pretty wall treatment with paint, such as Ralph Lauren’s Candlelight series in “Pearl” or “Oyster”.

One of my own favorite ways is with warm-toned and translucent Capiz light fixtures. If you haven’t seen one, you will be amazed at their natural and delicate beauty. They can soften an ultra-modern look, and add an element of pattern and interest, simply by hanging delicately above a table, (such as image 06) or compliment beautiful and ornate furniture in a more traditional space.

I love this look. In my own bedroom, a capiz chandelier hangs off to one side in my nook, not only does it bridge my mix of modern and European antique furnishings, but it brings with it a calming effect, particularly when it catches the wind and plays its musical composition…


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