Hotel to Home: Hotel Eden, Rome

Andiamo a Roma! Let’s go to Rome!

Specifically, let’s zip on over to the Hotel Eden for a luxurious stay in one of the hotel’s classic rooms. The layers of white, cream, and beige makes each room warm and welcoming.

The Classic Room at Hotel Eden, Rome

While it may look out of reach, this design can definitely be translated into something affordable. A mix of high-low (as is my usual favourite) is something to aim for (hello cashmere throw!).

sofa, cashmere throw, headboard, pillow, sheet set, bench, mirror, peacock wallpaper

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Furniture: Outdoor Patio Inspiration

With the arrival of summer weather, don’t you just want to spend every spare moment outdoors? I do! I keep pinning photos of outdoors spaces on my Pinterest boards, and large patios (overlooking water, ideally) can be so darn dreamy.

via Annette Nordstrom

via House & Home

via Margarita Wyld

via Kelly Nutt Design

via House & Home

If you’re looking to recreate a look like any of the above, here are a few furniture options to get you going.

wicker chair + ottoman set, $599 USD, West Elm

rocker, $329 USD, L.L.Bean

lounger, $399 USD, L.L.Bean

hammock, $199 USD, L.L.Bean

Mastholmen conversation set, $349 CAD, Ikea

Lollygagger chaise, Hauser

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Design: McKinley Burkart Architecture

I don’t know how Instagram algorithms work, but sometimes the fancy behind-the-scenes technology really works in my favour. Recently, Instagram introduced me to the work of McKinley Burkart. This architecture and interior design firm, which has studios in Calgary and Vancouver, has an extensive portfolio of beautiful restaurants, retail, residential, and work spaces.

Bruce Lifestyle Store

M-Tech

Market

Village Ice Cream

Earls Westhills

Elbow Park House

The Shore

IHS

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The Friday Five: Spring Home Maintenance Update

Just two weeks ago, I shared an update about my spring home maintenance task list. I’m happy to report that I’m now able to cross two items off the list. Two! Yay! That’s major! I’ll be honest, it was fairly easy to do because I took advantage of Father’s Day sales! Yup. That’s right. This single lady loves everything that is currently marketed to dads…BBQs, tools, machines. Oh my goodness. It’s true! It’s totally true! I think I love power tools just as much as I love peonies…it’s all about balance, right?

So…here’s my updated home maintenance task list:

  1. Garage door opener
  2. BBQ
  3. Bathroom fans
  4. Closet organizer
  5. A hallway light

This list makes me very happy! I picked up this Chamberlain garage door opener when it was on sale (yay!) from Canadian Tire and paid for Canadian Tire’s third-party connection to install it. Done and done. So far, it’s working like a dream. And since it’s a belt opener, it’s much quieter than my old chain opener. Belt. Chain. Yeah, I learned about these things this month. Thanks, Dad.

I ordered this BBQ when it was on sale (yay!) from TSC – The Country Hardware Store. It’s getting shipped directly to the store, and I should be able to pick it up any day now. Then I’ll have to pull out my tools to put it together. Any advice?

Since I won a Home Depot gift card a little while ago via a Twitter party, I’m going to have a browse through the options for the other items on the list. You know, just making my way around all the hardware stores this month! Fun!

If your dad is anything like me, he may be interested in the following five items this Father’s Day.

extremely quiet ventilation fan, $107, Home Depot

ball pendant, $19.98, Home Depot

ClosetMaid closet organizer, $158, Home Depot

And for future home maintenance task lists…

Nest thermostat, $329

chrome shelf unit, $98.97

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And Happy Father’s Day!

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Hotel to Home: Soneva, Maldives

I continue to be fascinated by The Bucket List Family – a young family that travels absolutely everywhere in the world and documents their adventures on YouTube. Recently, they headed to the Maldives, and I was absolutely stunned at the beauty of the area and where they stayed. I just had to bring one little part of it to White Cabana.

We’re heading to one of the outdoor spaces at one of the Soneva resorts in the Maldives. I grabbed this photo from The Bucketlist Family’s Instagram page, but I definitely recommend you head on over the Soneva’s site to drool over the magnificent views.

via The Bucket List Family

Even without a beach, ocean, pool, or waterfront of any kind, it’s easy enough to recreate this look in your own home. Here’s what I’d recommend:

sofa, pillow, speaker light, dining table, chair, Roald Dahl art

You’ll notice that I gathered items from Waterloo-based Hauser. What a beautiful selection of indoor and outdoor furniture. I can’t believe I haven’t yet visited in person! I must!

I would definitely be interested in a trip over to Soneva. The water, the service, the decor, the peace…I’d definitely soak it all in! On the list it goes!

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Garden: Let’s Get Growing

I don’t have a lot of garden space to work with – or time to tend to it, for that matter – but I do enjoy a bit of gardening, and in usual-Jordana-style, I like to keep things simple. In my back garden, I have a ton of hostas. They’re incredibly easy, they grow like champs, and they’re pretty. I also have herbs in planters, and this year, I’m trying out spinach, too.

In the front, I get a ton of sun, so I plant my tomatoes there, and they produce like crazy! I plant red geraniums in my planters because they flourish in the sunshine. Geraniums always remind me of my time in Switzerland, so I’m happy to have them outside my home.  I was considering white begonias this year because they looked so pretty at the market, but I’m sure the sun would have burned them, since they prefer shade.

And the new addition to my garden are a few peony plants that I split and transplanted from my parents’ garden last year. The buds are still quite little, so I’m not certain they’ll be fruitful this year, but I’m hopeful they’ll produce beautiful blooms for years to come.

I just love that the garden can produce so much goodness. After trudging through such a long winter, I love seeing spring surrounding my home.

And speaking of beautiful homes in spring, here are a few that have caught my eye.

the gorgeous home of Canadian blogger Monika Hibbs

Giannetti Home – Atherton

Claus Dalby

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Fashion: GOOP Clothing

Yes, yes, I’m still interested in the does-it-all Gwyneth Paltrow. While I don’t read Goop every single day, when I do land on the website, I get totally sucked in. It happened to me last night. One health article led to a detox article led to a nutrition article led to the clothing section of this site. And I got stuck. Everything is just so darn beautiful, but here are my favourite pieces.

Rhapsodie blouse, Atlantique Ascoli x goop, $672 USD

jean poplin shirtdress, goop label, $372 USD

classic G tote, goop label, $285 USD

Helena tunic, Tibi, $350 USD

The Camper shirt dress, The Great, $254 USD (on sale)

ruffle pullover, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $270 USD (on sale)

Celeste skirt, Ulla Johnson, $145 USD (on sale)

Press: My Home in Style at Home Magazine

By now you may know that my home was featured in the June issue of Style at Home magazine. I’m so so so proud of this achievement, and it is truly an incredible honor to be in the presence of such amazing Canadian designers, stylists, and bloggers in this issue. I love this Canadian publication because it features designs that readers can recreate. On top of all of this, I always learn something new.

It was a pleasure to work with photographer Donna Griffith; stylists Morgan Lindsay and Stacy Begg; and author Bethany Little. As the article was being prepared, I also connected with a couple of additional fact-checkers on the Style at Home team, and our interactions always made me smile. One conversation included repetitions of the question “And it’s white?” The fact-checker asked this question because she hadn’t yet seen photos of my home, but was asking me questions about the items and designs. I couldn’t stop laughing. “Yes, yes, everything is white,” I told her.

I hope you’ve been able to pick up a copy of this very special issue. Here’s a peek into the feature, and you can read it in full online at Style at Home.

 

    

And a few truths…if you’re curious:

  • I do walk briskly to and from work…with a backpack.
  • I definitely do call my bed “my princess bed.”
  • I absolutely adore my couch, and I would buy it again in an instant.
  • The trio of white artwork in the living room was made my my three nephews as a house-warming present.
  • The Style at Home team didn’t actually rearrange too many things. Except for a few items (e.g., flowers, silver platter on coffee table, marble tray with lemons, lettuce in the sink, tea towel), everything is mine. I loved that they worked with my own items. It wasn’t what I was expecting to happen on photoshoot day.
  • I had so much fun when the crew came for the photoshoot.

Thanks for reading, everyone! I’m taking tomorrow off from the blog, so I’ll leave you this whole weekend to read the feature!

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