Design

The Friday Five: Get it from GOOP

My interest in everything Gwyneth Paltrow has calmed down a wee bit, but every so often, I get sucked into the GOOP site – and shopping site, too – and I imagine what I would buy if I had a ton of money.

handmade napkin set, $165, Julie B. Couture Linens

large two-section serving bowl, $159, Rina Menardi

white glass tumbler set of four, $60, Mosser Glass

neck pillow, $220, Lauren Manoogian

resin salad servers, $60, Tina Frey Designs x goop

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Interiors: Another Home Tour in Chapel Hill

Not too long ago, I took you on a full tour of Kristie’s house in Chapel Hill. Today I’d like to take you on a mini tour of my family’s home. It’s stunning, too! And, yes, I’m biased! Nothing was styled – this is how the place looks just about all the time (you may spot balloons, books, non-fluffed pillows, and crooked chairs). This is real life.

Let’s start in the dining room. The farm table is massive and fits the whole family and then some. Much of the art in this room – and in the home – was done by my sister. Her Lady Agnew piece (seen in the second photo below) still amazes me. My sister painted it when she was in art class in Australia. It’s incredible!

The living room is ridiculously bright because of the walls of windows and the 10+-foot ceilings. If I remember correctly, the furniture is from Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Joss & Main, and West Elm.

The kitchen is certainly a gathering spot for this family! The marble table is going strong almost 10 years later, which is great. It’s a beautiful piece. The chandelier is from Ikea, and my sister painted the artwork.

The library is another bright room in the house. The lemon trees grow in here like crazy. Yes, lemon trees. Yes, indoor lemon trees. Isn’t that amazing? The fabric for the daybed and pillows came from Ikea.

I love this view. Look at those arches! This area is basically a great place for my nephews and niece to chase one another. And dance parties. This spot is great for dance parties. On my next trip, I’ll be sure to take more photos. The bedrooms are quite beautiful, too!

See more of the powder room at Domino, their rental home in Chapel Hill,  and their former Manhattan apartment as featured on Style Me Pretty Living.

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Hotel to Home: Round Hill Hotel, Jamaica

Did you hear the news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spending some time in Jamaica to celebrate a friend’s wedding? While I definitely read an article or two about the public outing and relationship status, I happily clicked onto the website of the Round Hill Hotel and Villas – the site of the wedding. There are so many beautiful spaces in this luxury hotel, but I’m zooming in on a beautiful white bathroom for today’s hotel to home post.

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tub, vanity set, mirror, faucet, metal hotel rack, towels, basket, robe

I never tire of a white bathroom.

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Hotel to Home: Ocean House, Rhode Island

I think I have wanted to stay at every single hotel I have featured in this Hotel to Home series. And today’s hotel is no exception. The Ocean House in Rhode island is a gorgeous Relais & Chateaux property with spectacular ocean views.

Each room is pretty, but it’s this Beach Rose Suite that caught my attention because of its kitchen. I haven’t yet featured a kitchen in this series, so here we go!

And here’s my take on this very classic kitchen style:

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Marketplace: Ready Travel

We should all know by now that I love to travel. I’d rather spend money on a trip than on a new outfit. Even after my last experience at Toronto’s Pearson (1.5 hours to get through security!?), I am eager to board another flight. Or train. Or get in the car and go.

These days, I like to keep things as simple as possible when I travel. I used to be the pack-everything type of person. Now I’m the pack-something, buy-the-rest-when-you-get-there type of traveler. To North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, I packed only a carry-on, which made things really easy and quick at the airport (and I didn’t have much to deal with during the 1.5 hour security lineup). I can’t always travel with just a carry-on, of course, but when I can, I feel free.

Ready Travel recently reached out to tell me about their cool luggage collection. I’m talking weight sensor, cup holder, USB port, and zippy wheels. And apparently it’s large enough to fit a whole load of items! I can’t wait until mine arrives in the spring to see it in person. For now, I’ll be like the 440 Indiegogo backers and drool over the photos. Beyond the function of the piece, the design is top notch. I love how the luggage’s design was inspired by retro radios and calculators.

When my white luggage arrives, I’ll be sure to do a full review. Not to worry. I am curious to see how much I can pack into it (and how much it weighs).

For now, if you’d like to order your own Ready Travel luggage, check out the Indiegogo campaign. The company is currently offering free worldwide shipping.

Thanks to Ready Travel for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Interiors: House Tour, Chapel Hill, NC

One of the things on my North Carolina “must-see” list during my recent visit was “tour Kristie’s house.” Seriously. Have you ever asked an almost-stranger for a house tour? Because I have. Okay, so Kristie isn’t a complete stranger. She’s one of my sister’s good friends, and I have actually met her a couple of times.

So, on this visit, Kristie graciously opened her home to me for an after-school visit. And lucky for all of us, she allowed me to snap a bunch of photos to share right here on White Cabana (no styling involved, btw!). You may have seen a few photos floating around Instagram (the kitchen, the porch, the art), and I know that if you did, you were itching to see more. Well, today’s your lucky day.

Let’s get to it.

The foyer is bright, welcoming, and so beautifully curated. Kristie’s collectibles are from all over – furniture stores, HomeGoods, antique markets, the ReStore, consignment shops, and Craigslist.

The kitchen’s waterfall marble island and chandeliers are show stoppers. In fact, the lighting throughout the home is so well-chosen.

(custom cupboard doors will be painted soon!)

Are you drooling? Yes, I know you are! I had the same reaction, so there’s no need to be embarrassed!

Kristie made much of the art in her home including the colourful pieces framed in gold on the dining room gallery wall. Stunning!

(side note: I took a page out of Kristie’s design book, and picked up this swan for my bedroom. It’s nowhere near as refined as the one in this dining room, but I love it. #copycat)

The powder room is almost done. Kristie is just waiting on a mirror. I think it looks great as is, actually!

In the living room you’ll see my most favourite piece of art – made by Kristie! It’s a 3D piece made of paper! In.cred.ible. The 10+ foot ceilings are a nice touch, too.  

Hallways were given attention, too.

ink art made by Kristie and her daughter (and a pineapple for good measure)

Kristie paid careful attention to the design of her kids’ rooms, too. I could move into either of them. I really wanted to grab the federal mirror off the wall and stuff it into my carry-on, but I thought her little boy might notice. Darn.

  

We’re just about at the end of this tour, unfortunately, but I’m leaving you with one of my favourite spaces – the screened-in porch. The porch is a common feature in homes in North Carolina. It’s a pleasant room for lounging and entertaining during the fall, spring, and summer months. I’d easily sip on a mint julep while lounging on this sweet soft blue sofa.

Kristie – or Dr. Kristie, I should say, since she has a PhD in textiles (who knew that was an option!?) – and her family recently moved into this home and undertook a great renovation where the kitchen space was re-jigged and expanded, walls were painted, hardwood was installed, and art was hung everywhere.

There are still things on the must-complete list as all renos seem to have, but for now, this place is set, and the whole family is enjoying their new home.

Thanks, Kristie and family, for letting us peek into your gorgeous home!

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Hotel to Home: White 1921, Courchevel, France

When I was living in France in my 20s, I joined a group on a ski trip to the Pyénées. I was fairly adventurous at the time, and even though I wasn’t much of a skiier, I was eager for the trip. I remember having a great time overall, but what I remember the most is going on the wrong chairlift, being dropped off on a mountain that was way too advanced for my skills, and walking down the mountain. Not fun. But also sort of fun because I was with a friend and we laughed as we hiked down. I think I have only skied once or twice since then. I think I’m more of a cross-country skier or snowshoe fan at this point in my life – even though I’ve never tried either.

All things considered, though, if I found myself in the ski area of Courchevel, France, and staying at the White 1921, I’d be happy. Look at the views! And look at this bright, modern bedroom.

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Here’s my take on the look:

pendant light, wall decals, bed, duvet cover, Nespresso, pillows, rug, sheet set

Do you have any successful – or challenging – ski stories you’d like to share?

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Hotel to Home: Naumi Hotel, Singapore

We’re traveling to Singapore today to check out the Naumi hotel. The rooms are unique and well-appointed, but it’s this bathroom that’s today’s focus.

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tub, room divider, towels, tiles, mirror, vanity, flowers, candle

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Two for Tuesday: Perfect Pantries

I’ve been taking part in Apartment Therapy’s January Cure clean-up and organization challenge on a sort of regular basis this month. Buying flowers was easy, cleaning the fridge was completely satisfying, and donating boxes of extras was freeing. While I haven’t been able to keep up with the daily tasks, I think Apartment Therapy’s month of chores is well-planned and well-organized. It’s a good way to kick start the year!

So this brings me to the idea of organization. Check out these two pantries. Aren’t they beautiful? Yes, a beautiful storage area for food. That’s luxury!

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Art: Lauren Clay

I’ve got loads to share from my weekend and a neat blog link up in the works for this week, but I thought I’d start the week off with some art because I think it would do us all some good to get some exposure to different kinds of art in 2017.

So, today, let me introduce you to Lauren Clay‘s large-scale sculptures. I see them as large, tamed marshmellow shapes.

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Thanks to Design Crush for introducing me to the work of Lauren Clay.

The Friday Five: One of a Kind

I absolutely love super unique products. One of a kind or hand made items have character and interest and a story. Vintage items have a past, and collections of unique items take time to build. Today’s Friday five round-up includes five unique items that only exist in a limited edition.

alpaca art deco baby slippers by Ariana Bohling, $55, (edition of 40)

Tyla diamond ring by Still House, $145, (edition of 40)

open medallion necklace by Young Frankk, $91, (edition of 70)

handmade oval dinnerware, $42-$155, Food52

vintage champagne bucket, $90, Food52

Do you have any great resources for finding unique products?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Interiors: Fancy Bathroom Tiles

I’ve been in my home for 3.5 years now, and I’ve been talking about tackling two bathroom renovations ever since. When I first moved in, I gutted and redid my main floor powder room. I still have two bathrooms to go, but they’re major undertakings, and I haven’t had time/energy/interest/money/etc. to move forward with either of them.

In the meantime, I’ve been browsing, pinning, and thinking about the possibilities. Fancy, artistic, graphic tiles have been a design highlight for the last couple of years, and I think the look will remain for some time. What do you think? Is it for you?

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I’m not certain that patterned tiles are for me, but putting them in a black and white bathroom is definitely a way to jazz things up!

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Hotel to Home: Hotel Pulitzer, Buenos Aires, Argentina

I haven’t taken us to South America in my Hotel to Home series yet, have I? I honestly can’t remember, but my hotel searches rarely take me there. Maybe I’ll make more of an effort to explore the south in 2017.

Today we are heading to the hip Hotel Pulitzer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This hotel is glam, chic, sleek, and inviting. While I do think the bathroom design is beautiful, I’ve opted to rework one of its bedrooms.

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Ikea curtains, West Elm headboard, white dresser, Etsy art, Etsy art, CB2 leather butterfly chair, CB2 desk lamp, plant

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Gift Guide: For the Francophile

If you and your friends are anything like me, then you’re fascinated by the French way of life. If there’s a francophile on your list, you may want to consider one of the following gift options.

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soap, Hermès carré, Hermès teapot, Longchamp purse, Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange book, Hédiard nougat, Petit Bateau nightie, Bensimon sneakers, la maison plaque, madeleine pan, Ladurée flocon de neige individual yule log

Other 2016 gift guides: for the Christmas collector, for the design fan, for the cook.

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Christmas: White Christmas Decor

It may come as a surprise to many of you, but when it comes to Christmas, I am quite traditional. I am always eager to get a real tree in my home (usually around December 1st), and I decorate with ornaments I’ve collected from my travels, and a few that I pick up locally each year. Other decorations around my home are from my childhood, belong to my growing collection of reindeer, or are part of my growing Christmas Spode collection (Am I too young to have a Christmas Spode collection? Nah!). You can see some of my decorations on this guest post I wrote for Rox-Anne at Celebrating This Life last year.

All this said, I’ve noticed a lot more white trees and Christmas decor floating around blogs, Instagram pages, Pinterest, and magazine spreads. They’re absolutely beautiful, and I commend those who embrace an all-white Christmas!

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via Kaatje Karin

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via Blount Designs

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Marketplace: White Cabana x Stephen Hawes

EEEK!!!! I’m so excited to finally share a full view of my new pottery collection!

Over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to work with a local potter, Stephen Hawes, to create a collection of pottery. Our collection is going to be sold at Wilfrid Laurier University’s new shop at the Robert Langen Art Gallery. Pretty amazing, right?

When I was approached with the idea, I was totally on board. But then I thought – ah – could I actually design a collection that people would want, that reflects my design aesthetic, and that highlights the potter’s skills? I was nervous at first, but the process went very smoothly.

I brainstormed and sketched out a bunch of designs. I had sizes and colour options detailed, too. Then Stephen and I met to discuss the feasibility and usefulness of each of the objects I designed. We also talked about colour variation (not too much, since this was going to be a white and black collection!).

Stephen got to work in his workshop, and we met again in the summer to review the prototypes. At that meeting, it was great to see the prototypes so that I could confirm or adjust each item’s design, colour, and size.

Another couple of months went by and then the collection was done. Poof! Stephen had fired everything up and was ready for the final reveal. I know I’m biased, but it’s beautiful. I like to think that this pottery collection is modern, easy, accessible, and versatile.

So…are you ready to have a look at some of the collection? Here we go…

White Cabana X Stephen Hawes

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use it for: fruit, salad, remote controls

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use it for: Lego, chips, scarves

There are a variety of shapes and sizes in this collection, and the black lines of each object also vary. Each piece is unique and made with care.

The complete collection will be for sale at the Robert Langen Art Gallery in the library at Wilfrid Laurier University beginning on Monday, December 5th at 11am. More details here.

Thanks to Stephen Hawes for working on this project with me.
Thanks to Nick, Suzanne, and the Laurier Library for encouraging this initiative.

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Gift Guide: For the Design Fan

For the second holiday gift guide this year, I’ve gathered some pretty amazing objets for the design fan in your life.

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white nest bowl, Chen Chen & Kai Williams book stand, steel paperclips, walnut box, white ceramic cockatoo, storage bin, Jonathan Adler I-Scream vase, Areaware white balancing blocks, Kelly Wearstler Legs marble box

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See the first holiday gift guide – for the cook.

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Hotel to Home: Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy

You don’t need to twist my arm to get me back to Italy. Let’s go take a peek inside one of the rooms in Positano’s Le Sirenuse.

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Le Sirenuse

The bright white room remains simple with white linens and slipcovers, and has a few wood pieces and colourful pillows to break up the white. You don’t need much in a room like this because the real focus is the beautiful views of the ocean!

If you’re looking to recreate this feeling in your own bedroom (or living room, actually!), you might be inspired by this:

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sofa, duvet, curtains, art, sconce, coffee table, rug, pillow, pillow, slipper chair, tufted slipper chair, desk, lamp

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Hotel to Home: Aman Tokyo, Japan

I would like to go to Japan. It has been on my mind for a couple of years now, and I had it on my to do list last year, but then I had the chance to go to Italy, and I could not pass up on that opportunity.

But this year, Japan is back on my mind. Don’t be surprised if you see Japanese hotels pop up on my hotel to home series. Today, I’m sharing a peek into the Aman Tokyo.

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Aman Tokyo

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bed, bed linens, throw blanket, rug, table lamp, console table, vase, art

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Hotel to Home: Quirk, Richmond, Virginia

I’m taking us back to the United States for today’s hotel-to-home post because I recently learned about the Quirk Hotel, and I was eager to recreate the design. Let’s head on over to this charming boutique hotel in Richmond, Virginia.

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Quirk Hotel

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bed, scallop table, sconce, rug, curtains, art, bed linens, flowers

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Real Estate: Yorkville Condo, Toronto

I saw this condo pop up in my Twitter feed, and I couldn’t help but clicking the link to learn more. The white and wood are absolutely my style. photo_22533334-666x500 photo_22533337-666x500 photo_22533352-666x500 photo_22533339-666x500 photo_22533333-666x500 photo_22533344-666x500 photo_22533343-666x500 photo_22533335-666x500

The Yorkville condo (high-end part of Toronto) is listed just under $1 million. Learn more via Sotheby’s.

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#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: Pink Interiors

To end this month’s #WhiteCabanaWearsPink series, I’m sharing some gorgeous interiors that are infused with shades of pink.

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designed by Vern Yip, via Traditional Home

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designed by Christine Dovey

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designed by Sketch42

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via Casa Cavaliere

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Every Monday in the month of October, pink will be taking over White Cabana. This month, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Read more about #WhiteCabanaWearsPink. Thanks for clicking ad and affiliate links for the past month. All income will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, which will  raise my total funding raising dollars to over $1200!

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The Friday Five: Tiles Up to Here

I like fully tiled walls as much as I like Friday (and that’s a lot!)!

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Architectural Digest (Meg Ryan’s loft in NYC)

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Architectural Digest (Meg Ryan’s loft in NYC)

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Christine Dovey’s kitchen

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The Style Nest (Jennifer Cavorsi Design)

Have a great weekend, dear readers!

Hotel to Home: Greydon House, Nantucket

Nantucket’s Greydon House is today’s hotel-to-home destination. The rooms are traditional and bright.

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Here’s my interpretation of the Greydon House bathroom:

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mirror, washstand, toilet, basket, basket, towels, shelf, sconce, soap, faucet

Read more about Greydon House in this recent Architectural Digest feature.

The Friday Five: Unusual Lighting Options

I don’t have any need for new light fixtures at the moment, but a few unusual ones have caught my eye, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share them with you.

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Guzzini pendant

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Sciolari style sconce

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sputnik spider floor lamp

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Urban Cottage – DVI lighting (see it here)

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large cloud bubble chandelier

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hotel to Home: White Ivory Bed and Breakfast, Bangkok, Thailand

I don’t think I’ve taken you to Bangkok yet on this hotel to home series. Shall we go check out a bright bed and breakfast? The White Ivory looks clean, inviting, and sophisticated.

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White Ivory Bed and Breakfast, Bangkok, Thailand

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bed, nightstand, bed linen, art, sconce, elephant bank

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Marketplace: The Spartan Shop

In one of my various online surfing adventures, I came across Spartan Shop and fell in love with just about every product in its inventory. One more beautiful than the next. Let’s just say I lingered a little while on the site.

Look at these beauties:

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Gabriela Artigas two-tone infinite cuff, $270

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Scosha brass double opal cuff, $225

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takara jade coron necklace, $275

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spotted door mat, $80

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Lyngby porcelain vases, $87

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clam lab pointed spout pitcher, $290

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marble spice grinder with brass ball, $150

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#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: Beautiful Pink on Instagram

Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across so many gorgeous photos on Instagram featuring pink lovliness. Many of the photos I’ve saved, I have to admit, I’ve collected from Leslie Shewring who is the co-author of Decorate for a Party. Have a look….

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Sketch London by Leslie Shewring

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Erica Cook

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Aren’t these images so pretty?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Every Monday in the month of October, pink will be taking over White Cabana. This month, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Read more about #WhiteCabanaWearsPink.

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Hotel to Home: Cape View Clifton, Cape Town

We’re taking the long journey to Cape Town, South Africa today to Cape View Clifton‘s luxury guesthouses. These suites have beautiful finishes, functional kitchens, and the views are spectacular.

I’ve opted to zoom in on one of the white bathrooms of this hotel.1480106-cape-view-clifton-cape-town-africa

Here’s what I’ve recreated for your home:

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sink, toilet, freestanding tub, art, chair, faucet, mirrored cabinet, glass shelf, towel

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Note: Affiliate links have been used. Get click happy (and buy if you’d like) and raise money for breast cancer research!

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Two for Tuesday: Classic White Kitchens

I’ll never tire of white kitchens. I’ve been blogging for 6+ years, and during this time, I’ve featured numerous white kitchens. They’re still my favourite when it comes to kitchen design.

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designed by Jennifer Ferreira, via Style at Home

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designed by Becki Owens, via Architectural Digest

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Hotel to Home: Ritz Carlton, Riyadh

It’s been another hectic week on my end, so I’m a couple of blog posts behind. Since it’s a rainy day, I thought I would take this opportunity to catch up and put on the final touches of some of my draft posts.

I’m taking us all to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia today to experience opulence. The Ritz Carlton, Riyadh is full of jaw-dropping design. White and gold combined with sculptures, grand staircases, and beautiful tile work in the spa make this hotel one to remember.

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Here’s my creation inspired by the Ritz Carlton Riyadh (warning: most of the items I’ve included do not come cheap!):

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life size cast bronze horse’s head, Oushak rug, brass and Murano glass floor lamp, meta pedestal, pearl marble dining table, Murano chandelier, Schumacher Nasrid Palace wallpaper, plant

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Hotel to Home: The Okyroe, Mykonos, Greece

I’ve been browsing the Luxury Retreats website ever since I saw that The Bucket List Family stayed at a gorgeous place in Mykonos, Greece (watch their video). I believe they stayed at the Okyroe, the villa I’m featuring in today’s hotel to home:

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Okyroe, photo via Luxury Retreats

The Okyroe villa sleeps ten (5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms) and costs $1,307-$3,105 per night. This is not your average hotel. This is a luxury retreat!

I opted to recreate the living room because I really liked the look of the circular mirror above the fireplace. That was my starting off point for today’s recreation.

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round mirror set, sofa, armchair, coffee table, floor lamp, ceramic vase, art

The total cost for all of the above items is approximately $1800…likely cheaper than a one night stay in the retreat!

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Hotel to Home: Casa Angelina, Amalfi, Italy

Would you come to the Amalfi Coast with me today? I barely had to twist your arm, right?

Casa Angelina is soaked in white and the beach and sea beyond the balcony doors is as  beautiful as you might expect.

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The low profile platform bed means that no view to the outdoors is obstructed. The inclusion of silver lamps and grey linens breaks up all the white. Below is my redo of the deluxe suite shown above:

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Bertoia chair, desk, floor lamp, desk lamp, bed frame, chest of drawers, sheet set, pillow, grey throw, plant, candle

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The Friday Five: Checkered Floors

I think patterned floors will really stay firmly in place in the world of interior design over the next few years. While some opt for florals and intricate geometric patterns, others prefer a classic black and white check. In kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers, a black and white checkered floor offers drama and interest to an otherwise all-white space. Just look at the five gorgeous spaces below:

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via Savvy Home

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Karen Bertelsen‘s kitchen, photo by Donna Griffith for Canadian Living

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And because it’s hard to sometimes stop at 5 beautiful spaces, check out this stairwell, this bathroom, and this kitchen. Aren’t these spaces just gorgeous?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Design: La Cornue in White

La Cornue is one of – or the – top of the top in the oven department (this one is $9,500 USD at Williams-Sonoma). The appliance is substantial and as gorgeous as a massive appliance could ever be.

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Chateau 120

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Just look at how great it looks in these rooms.

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Learn more at La Cornue.

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The Friday Five: Swinging Around

Lots of people talk about bringing the outdoors in. A lot of the time, they’re talking about plants and colour schemes. But today I’m talking about something else that is traditionally an outdoor item – the swing! Yes, the swing. Have a look at these five spaces and tell me if they don’t make you want to have one of your very own!

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DIY swing by Chris Loves Julia

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via SBH Interior

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Sukha Amsterdam via Vosges Paris

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via Remodelista

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The Loft via Sarah Le Donne

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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Hotel to Home: The Palladian, Seattle, WA

I came across The Palladian on Apartment 34 and my jaw dropped. The hotel is stunning. I’ve never been to Seattle…hmm…

I wanted to recreate so many of the rooms, but since I’ve done quite a few bedrooms recently, I thought I’d move into the bathroom for today’s hotel to home post.

The Palladian, A Kimpton Hotel, Seattle. Designed by Nicole Hollis.

The Palladian, A Kimpton Hotel, Seattle. Designed by Nicole Hollis.

photo via Apartment 34

White-Cabana-inspired by Palladian

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I just love the addition of the old portrait artwork, don’t you? It’s sort of unexpected in a bathroom, isn’t it?

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Hotel to Home: Lloyd’s Inn, Singapore

Shall we take a little trip to Singapore today? Yes, let’s.

I would love to travel to Singapore in the next few years. While I was there when I was very little, I definitely don’t remember a thing about it! I’d love to see the sights, take in the architecture, and observe how people live (so darn curious, I am!).

I came across so many lovely hotels in my online travel dream research, but for today, I’m taking a closer peek into a room at Lloyd’s Inn.

In the Skyroom, you’ll notice that the bathtub is outside. This is the case in other suites as well. I love it. How exotic and luxurious!

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Kohler tub, tub filler, plants, plant pot, bed frame, window, Frette duvet cover, bed pillow

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Uptown: Chaise Makeover with Minted

Months and months ago, I received some gorgeous polka dotted fabric from Minted (remember when I was deciding between these two colour options?), and a month or so ago, my chaise was finally reupholstered. It’s about time I share the dramatic before and after photos on the blog!

Here’s the dreary before photo:

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Drum-roll, please…

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Cute, right? The grey and white polka dot fabric (organic dot by Itsy Belle) really lightens up this part of my living room. It’s amazing how dark furnishings just sucks the light. (Note: The background of the fabric is a true white rather than the greyish colour that seems to show up on the Minted site on my computer. I much prefer the fabric in real life than in the online swatch version.)

Thanks to Minted for supplying the fabric for this makeover. All opinions are my own.

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Hotel to Home: Bedroom at the Wythe Hotel

We haven’t been to Brooklyn yet in this series, have we? Let’s head on over to this hip city today, okay? The Wythe Hotel is a perfect spot for us to relax. Just check out this bedroom!

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queen room, Wythe Hotel

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bed frame, sheet set, sconce, wallpaper, vintage radio, chest of drawers,

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Travel: 10 Things to Do in Copenhagen

Well, dear readers, I’m now into my second week back from a wonderful European vacation, and I’m getting a handle on my photo organization.

Thanks to Expedia.ca, I was able to spend almost two glorious weeks in the chaotic, passionate, delicious, sunny, and inspiring Italy! (A full recap on Italy in the weeks ahead, I promise.) After Italy, though, I decided to extend my stay in Europe by a few days. As I always like a good travel adventure, I booked an EasyJet flight from Milano Malpensa to Copenhagen, Denmark! It was a brilliant decision if I do say so myself.

I have much to share from Italy, naturally, but this week, I’m sharing my take on  Copenhagen. I have loads to report – hello, Copenhagen, design, design, design – but for today, I thought I’d start things off with 10 things that I did in Copenhagen that I would recommend (or do again).

10 Things To Do in Copenhagen

1. Stay near Kongens Have park in WakeUp Copenhagen (Borgergade location).

Booking a Copenhagen hotel in June (for around $200/night) was nearly impossible. I needed 4 nights in a hotel, and it seemed like everything in my price range was absolutely full. Hotels in Copenhagen were more expensive than I was expecting, and when I was planning my holiday, I was getting a bit discouraged when it came to the hotels (and my budget).

I ended up booking a stay with WakeUp Borgergade, and I’m quite happy with how things worked out. The “budget” hotel (just under $200 night including breakfast) was bright, modern, and the staff were friendly at check-in. While my room was small, it was very well designed, efficient, bright, and clean. I cannot get over the design of the bathroom and the use of frosted glass. The bed was very comfortable, and the duvets were fluffy. The room’s large windows expanded the space, and, although the large window opened, I appreciated the air conditioning.

On the downside, since the room was small, there was barely any room to store luggage, unpack clothes, or spread out toiletries. I made do, of course, but a closet would have been useful…especially for an extended stay (and luggage full of 2 weeks worth of clothing).

What I hadn’t realized when I booked the hotel was the convenient location. It was just perfect! The WakeUp Borgergade is in a clean, high-end part of town and close to shopping streets, Kongens Have park and Rosenborg Castle (so so lovely!), restaurants, Nyhavn (harbour), and more. When I walked down to Tivoli on my third day and saw some of the hotels I was originally considering, I realized that I wouldn’t have been as happy with the locations of these places. I really enjoyed being within minutes of the park.

Another major plus of the WakeUp Bordergade was the breakfast. It was full of plenty of healthy options like eggs, cheese, meats, yogurt, muesli…as well as less healthy options (i.e., my top pick) like Nutella! I noticed at least four or five fresh bread options each morning which really impressed me. In general, I enjoy the convenience of hotel breakfast packages. I dislike searching for food before my morning coffee when I’m traveling to a new city.

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2. Design Museum Danmark

At the top of my “to see” list in Copenhagen was the Design Museum. Thankfully, I really enjoyed visiting the Design Museum Danmark. It’s a medium-sized museum which meant that I wasn’t there all day long. It was a great place to be first thing in the morning before the crowds arrived.

After my visit to the museum, I walked to the Nyhavn area on Bredgade. There are furniture and antique shops all along Bredgade which made for great window shopping.

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3. The Little Mermaid

This sweet mermaid is always ready for a photoshoot. I walked by The Little Mermaid early one morning, and the area was already full of tourists. She is over 100 years old! She sits pretty on the water, and she doesn’t complain about being stared at by tourists.

She’s a 4′ tall bronze sculpture by Edvard Eriksen based on The Little Mermaid fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen.

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4. The Amalienborg Palace

I loved the architecture of the four royal residence buildings. I watched the guards walk back and forth for a while…I was sort of mesmerized. That would not be a job for me, but I do wonder how many steps they get in per day. Do you think they reach the recommended 10K?

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5. Canal Tour

On the recommendation of a friend (thanks, Emmy!), I opted to take the Netto Badene canal tour. It cost 40DKK (about $9CAD) for about an hour tour. We saw a ton of things from the boat and learned a lot, too. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much about the history of what our tour guide told us. (Shame on me.) I do remember, however, going by the Royal Yacht. I didn’t see any royalty, but the crew was aboard working away!

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6. Paper Island

Paper island can be accessed by foot, but I opted to take public transportation in the form of a canal boat. Next time, I would probably want to rent a bike and take the long route around. Although, there is a pedestrian bridge that is due to be complete this summer, so you’d be on Paper Island from Nyhavn in just a few minutes.

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Go to Paper Island when you’re hungry because here’s where you can feast on diverse food. While many were going for burgers and Korean food, I opted for the traditional open-faced sandwich.

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After lunch, spend some time watching the world go by from a chair on the edge of Paper Island. When the sun is shining, this is a great place to be!

7. Street meat – hot dog with the works

Eating out in Copenhagen is expensive. Everything, really, is more expensive in Copenhagen than in Waterloo, if I’m honest. But the street meat stalls (hot dog stands) are reasonably priced and actually good. I’d definitely recommend picking up a dog-with-the-works. The stands are everywhere in the city (similar to the pretzel stands in Manhattan).

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8. Kongens Have

As I mentioned above, I really liked that my hotel was so close to Kongens Have park during my stay. It is beautifully maintained and manicured. Go for a morning walk or run around the park, so grab lunch to go and bring it here. It’s such a nice place to be.

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9. Tivoli

Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park in the city. This wasn’t on the top of my “to see” list, but I was so glad I made time for it on day 4. It was pretty magical and charming. I only walked around the park, but you could definitely buy tickets for rides, grab an ice cream, eat a meal, or a see a show.

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10. Norrebro

I read about Norrebro on the Design*Sponge Copenhagen City Guide, and I’m so glad I crossed the river to see it for myself. Norrebro has attitude, character, interest, and diversity. I liked it. The antique and design stores on Ravnsborggade and Elmegade were definitely highlights for me. Although I wasn’t hungry when I went to Norrebro, it looked like a great place to find more affordable meals.

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Stay tuned because later this week I’ll be sharing more from Copenhagen. As I discovered, there are definitely more than 10 things to do in this happy city!

All photos by Jordana.

p.s. Happy July 4th to all of my American readers!

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Hotel to Home: Hall Bed & Breakfast, Florence, Italy

The Hall bed and breakfast is a dream of a place for any lover of white design. Each room offers such beautiful design, and I’d easily move right on in. Living in white in Tuscany? How could anyone say no?

Let’s have a look at one of the rooms, shall we?

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Isn’t it serene? The elements in this space are easy to recreate in your home if it’s an aesthetic that pleases you. Below is my take on this room.

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headboard, wall light, blanket, night stand, grey pillow, beige pillow, chair, bar cart, art, tea cups

Hotel to Home: Design and Wine Hotel, Portugal

We’re heading over to Portugal today to check into the Design & Wine Hotel in Caminha.

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I do not know how they do this, but the room rotates with the sun! Isn’t that the coolest thing? It sounds pretty high-tech to me!

The room (I think it’s shown in black and white in the photo above) has a ridiculously simple design. The use of multiples (in the art, water) is very striking and easy to recreate at home. Here’s what it inspired me to put together:

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art, sheet set, blinds, water, glass

Catch up on all the posts in my Hotel to Home series.

The Friday Five: Faves from the One Room Challenge

If you’re in the design or blogging world, you’ve likely already heard of the One Room Challenge. The ORC, as it is also called, gives designers, bloggers, and design enthusiasts a challenge to make over a room in a 6-week period. Challenge is right. As an observer, I love to see the transformations. I think just about any before-and-after is dramatic, even if they don’t include professional photography sessions that sometimes happen with the ORC rooms.

There’s a select group of 20 designers/enthusiasts who are officially ORC participants, and then there are another 200 or so (I think) who are guest participants. It’s all very fascinating, if you ask me. People really get into it, and the participants are fairly open about sharing their design vision and process.

Here are five end products that really caught my attention, but I would encourage you to check out all the ORC featured designers and guest participants if you’re looking to be inspired by traditional/modern/interesting design!

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powder room, Wife in Progress (that floor!)

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sun porch, Worthwhile Domicile (those shelves! that ceiling height!)

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(I love the addition of the trumpet and the story that goes with)

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bedroom, Love on Sunday (I love Amy’s use of textures in her white bedroom.)

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bathroom, Simplified Bee (such a luxurious shower space!)

A 6-week timeline for a room make-over…could you do it? Have you done it?

Hotel to Home: Stockholm, Sweden

I haven’t yet taken us to Scandinavia in this hotel-to-home series, have I? Let’s do it today, shall we? Grab your virtual passport and let’s head on over to the Görvälns Slott hotel 25km north of Stockholm, Sweden. It sits on the shores of Lake Mälaren at the heart of the Görväln Nature Reserve in Järfälla. Sounds pretty idyllic.

This bathroom is just about perfect, isn’t it?

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mirror, tiles, votives, sink, makeup mirror, candelabra, rug, towel, plant pot

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I love the candelabra on the window sill. I hadn’t noticed it when I first pulled the photo. Isn’t it luxe?

Hotel to Home: Cobblers Cove, Barbados

I’ve only been to the Caribbean once on a cruise a few years ago. It was a glorious week-long vacation where my hardest decision was about what bikini I should wear. The trip was wonderful, and I’d definitely be open to cruisin’ again. Our itinerary on that trip led us to various places in the Caribbean – St. Lucia, Aruba, St. Kitts, and Curacao – which gave me a glimpse into the Caribbean way of island life.

Thinking about that part of the world, I have decided to take us to Cobblers Cove, which is a Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island of Barbados.

Cobblers Cove’s ocean-front suites look to be rich without being stuffy. As the hotel website announces, Cobblers Cove is where “cool colonial style meets gracious Caribbean living”. I mean, doesn’t that sound ideal? You wouldn’t have to twist my arm to have me stay in any of the rooms, but the Colleton at the Great House is my preferred suite, design-wise.

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Colleton suite, Cobblers Cove, Barbados

Using the Colleton suite as inspiration, here’s the room that I’ve put together for today’s hotel-to-home.

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bed, chaise, lamp, mirror, desk, chair, pineapple pillow, pineapple pillow, green pillow, plant, pineapple, rug, art, bed linens

Putting this room together has reminded me that I think I need a pineapple somewhere in my home.

The Friday Five: My Mom’s Favourite Blogs – 2016 edition

For the last couple of years, I’ve given space on White Cabana on the Friday before Mother’s Day to my mom. She’s an avid blog reader, has her favourites, and for the last few years, I’ve asked her to share with us what she’s been reading (see her 2015 favourites, 2014 favourites, 2013 favourites). Carrying on with this tradition, I’ve asked her about what she’s been reading online in 2016, and here are five of the blogs she reads regularly:

1. The Enchanted Home

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via The Enchanted Home

2. Our French Oasis

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via Our French Oasis

3. Little Green Notebook

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4. Preppy Empty Nester

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via Preppy Empty Nester

5. Mark D. Sikes

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My mom has a traditional and rich design aesthetic. She veers towards quality and pieces of interest, and she’s always on the hunt for a deal. Much of the furniture that I have in my own home is a result of my mom’s amazing furniture research skills (thanks, Mom!).

My mom knows so much about design, and I definitely go to her for design advice. Should I hang this piece of art here? What kind of night stands do you think I should get? Could you keep an eye out for a great bed? Mom, I need a patio set. Can you look for one for me? Many of my conversations with my mom are full of these types of questions!

Since the invention of blogs, she’s grasped on and has several bloggers who she just adores. In addition to the five I’ve listed above, my mom also reads several others regularly (including some of my real life blogging friends! Yay!), so consider this a bonus five for today’s Friday Five:

Design Maze
Rambling Renovators
Celebrating This Life
Brooklyn Limestone
My French Country Home

Thanks, Mom, for sharing your blog reads with us today!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hotel to Home: The Mayflower Grace, Washington

We’ve traveled quite a ways already in this Hotel to Home series, but today we’re staying in North America. Let’s have a peek inside The Mayflower Grace, a Relais & Chateaux hotel in Washington.

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The Garden Room, The Mayflower Grace

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side table, chaise, orchids, doors, curtains, glasses

Marketplace: Design Within Reach

A colleague and I recently had a conversation about the fabulousness of Design Within Reach (aka DWR). DWR is an amazing place for furniture enthusiasts as it carries designs by faves such as Harry Bertoia, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Achille Castiglioni, and Frank Gehry. The designs are top-notch (and the prices reflect this).

My recent DWR-focused conversation sparked a much-too-long session of online browsing (and dreaming and wishing) which has now led to this blog post.

Here are a few of my current faves at DWR (prices are in USD).

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Platner coffee table, $1567

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Saarinen tulip arm chair, $1840

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Jehs-Laub-loungeJehs and Laub lounge chair, $3100

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Sonno Versa mattress, $2595
(I don’t know anything about this, but mattresses are on my mind a lot these days. I like this one because “sonno” in Italian means “sleep”)

And for outdoor living, here’s what caught my attention:

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Luau portable lamp, $199

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Frank Gehry left twist cube, $299

Thanks to SL for inspiring this post!

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