Friday, September 28, 2012

Vintage modern: children's photography

My friend Shannon is a talented children's photographer here in Toronto. I love her unique style and rejection of the prolific 'Anne Geddes' trend in photography we saw for ages of children depicted in buckets and dressed as fairies. Her images have a clean aesthetic and thoroughly modern feeling, with children depicted just as children with their unique little personal quirks and nuances captured. She recently did a Vintage Series that I loved and thought I'd share with you here. The soft light and clean black and white palette coupled with cute clothes and fun props from Penny Arcade and Flashback Vintage give these images a playful feeling and a soft, subtle tone. 

P.S Amelia's mum is Amanda, the talented baker who owns Desmond & Beatrice
my favourite cupcakery.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ten favourites

I'm excited to be featured today on House and Home's website, sharing 10 of my favourite spaces and trends. Visit their site here to see what I chose here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Knotted: how to tie scarves

Every year, there seems to be one distinct moment where it becomes hard to deny that summer has officially ended and autumn has begun. For me that moment was yesterday morning. The chill in the air  was tangible, and I realized I was going to have to do what I'd been procrastinating on for some time and start to pull out warmer pieces from my winter wardrobe. The first step in the seasonal wardrobe transition is always to unload the big box of scarves. I tend to wear scarves just occasionally in warmer weather, but come the cooler months they are a staple. I often fall into the rut of wearing my scarves just one or two different ways, and often forget about the whole range of different styles you can achieve with just this one simple piece. 

These Hermes scarf knotting swatch cards give illustrated instructions on several easy styles you can try with your scarves. Some of these are more appropriate for warmer weather, but for those of you south of the equator (where I'll be headed in just a few short weeks) will be able to enjoy them as you embark into Spring.

My favourite quick scarf style guide is this clever video from fashion blogger Wendy of Wendy's Lookbook. In just four and a half minutes she goes through 25 different ways to wear a scarf. It's amazing how much just one or two different folds can refresh your whole look.


{All Hermes images via MaiTai}

Monday, September 24, 2012

A pop of purple

Always one of my most favourite colours, purple has a rich and mysterious quality that is somewhere in between warm and cool. I find it's often a little underused in decor this side of the ocean (I find Europeans and especially the British tend to use it far more liberally in their homes), and while I don't know if I'd like to live in an all purple space, I love how a pop of bright purple brings the whole space to life in the images below.

{Photos: 1- Modernus; 2 - here}

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

At home: Sarah Jessica Parker's Greenwich Village townhouse

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have just listed a beautiful townhouse in Greenwich Village, Manhattan that they had bought earlier to renovate but never moved into. As you would expect, the space is stylish and beautifully put together with lots of attention paid to even the smallest details.  

The design of the home is all about a luxurious mix of styles and eras to create a space that looks like it has been carefully curated over time. 

A stunning sheet of marble is the focal point in this fully equipped chef's kitchen. I love the contrast of the sleekness of the kitchen within the more traditional architecture of the home. 

One of my favourite features of the home - each room in the house seems to have its own fireplace. 

A floating egg shaped tub in the centre of a spacious master bathroom with its own fireplace. Love the perfume bottles casually displayed on the mantle.

Probably my favourite room in the house - an enviable built-in library with plenty of lounging space.

Looking down at the courtyard below. 

{Photos: Sotheby's}

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Black and white drama

Every now and then, even the special little details of everyday homes just aren't enough to  work up your creative juices and you need something a little more extraordinary to capture your imagination and make it soar. I've been working on very exciting project at work that involves a whole re-invention of our whole work space and a new direction for the brand. Left with a blank canvas, the creative wheels have started turning, almost to the point where they are spinning out of control as they fill with new ideas. The vision is open, clean and very modern. This space really captures that feeling. 

The Lucerne House in New Zealand, was designed by architect Daniel Marshall and built on the edge of an ancient crater along the Orakei Basin. The strong lines and black accents against crisp white and glass add a sense of high drama while still being simple and understated. The focal point of the open space is the hand blown bubble chandelier by New Zealand artist Katie Brown. That glass and wood staircase has been the subject of many an architectural fantasy of mine...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Inspiration on the walls

I'm starting to grow a little tired of the large cork boards in my workspace. I can't decide whether the problem is the boards themselves or their content, but looking up at them as I type they just feel cluttered and haphazard, and not at all inspiring. I'm starting to think the solution might be just to abandon them altogether and try something new. Lately I've been loving alot of the rooms I've been seeing with images taped right onto the walls. There's something kind of casual and bohemian about this style, as if you were caught up in the middle of a brilliant idea - that seems perfect for a creative workspace. 
What do you all think of this placement? Fun and quirky or just random and cluttered?


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