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Design: How Low Can You Go? Ep. 2

In July, when the September issue of Style at Home arrived, I challenged myself to create an even lower version than the low version of the office in the magazine’s high/low feature. Phew. Wasn’t that a mouthful? At the time, I thought that I could replicate the low office (priced at $931) into an extra low office. And I did! See what I did here.

The October issue of the magazine arrived last week, and once again, I was curious about creating an even lower version of the high/low feature. So here’s Episode 2 of How Low Can You Go?

Here’s the magazine’s high or low challenge. Take a guess!

In this issue, an entryway was featured. The high version (left) was $1815, and the low version (right) was $742. They are nearly identical though, aren’t they?

While I tried my best to find exact matches with online retailers, I have a few variations in my product choices. Read on to see the total cost of my version of this entryway design.

Desk – $157.99
Mirror – $117.99 (25” diameter)
Clothing rack – $39.99
Coat rack – $29.99
Woven planter – $11.11
Stool – $6.88
Wall hook – $2.68
Set of 3 baskets – $40.99
White light fixture – $43.64
Plant pot – large – $6.99
Plant pot – small – $2.99
Rug – $17.99
Total cost: $479.23 CAD

Add some plants and green paint, and this entryway is complete.

The total cost for my extra low version of the entryway is $479.23 CAD, which is $300 less than Style at Home’s low version! I find it so interesting that you can get similar items at such different price points. The two hardest items to find for my version were the wooden stool and the rug. I found it a challenge to beat Ikea’s versions and price points of these two items.

Design: How Low Can you Go?

The September issue of Style at Home magazine arrived this week, and one of my favourite features in this magazine is the high-low article. In this issue, the Style at Home team designed two versions of an office – high/low, of course!

Before you scroll down, make your guess!

Did you guess correctly? What gave it away? The rooms are so similar, so it’s definitely hard to decipher between the two! I usually look at the lighting to help me determine which room is high and which one is low.

In this feature, the magazine writes, “We set up this chic home office on both a three-figure salary and a minimum wage budget.” You know I love Style at Home, but I have an issue with this statement. First, what’s a three-figure salary? Should it be a six-figure salary? Also, if you earn minimum wage ($14/hr in Ontario) and work 40 hours a week, your weekly earnings (before tax) is $560. Would you really then spend nearly $1000 for a home office?

So I wondered if it was possible to design a similar room at an even lower cost. When I spotted an $80 vase in the low version (compared to a $60 version in the high?), I thought I could do better. So I took on the project, and here’s what I came up with.

wallpaper, $30/roll; bookends, $5 (DIY estimate); vase, $40; marble wall clock, $33; task floor lamp, $47; sit-stand desk, $240; chair, $156; storage bin ($2 each), $4; rug, $119 (all in CAD)

The total cost for this “extra low” version is $674 CAD. I know I could create an even lower cost version if I was shopping in actual stores (including second hand) rather than doing my shopping in online shops only. In this design, it was especially challenging to find a more affordable rug, so I opted for a slightly smaller size than the ones featured in the magazine.

Interiors: Cottage Design

I’ve been thinking about cottages for years now. I want one. I want to design one. Want. Want. Want. Yes, it’s true. I am back to dreaming about a cottage. These dreams are especially strong after spending the last two weekends at two friends’ cottages in two opposite ends of Ontario. My friends’ cottages are charming and have that cottage smell that I would love, too (not the musty cottage smell…the “come in, relax, take a load off” smell).

With the dreams, naturally, comes the design! Of course! Here’s what’s currently on my cottage design wish list.

The cottage would be small and cozy. It would have rocking chairs on the porch. I’d rock there with a cup of coffee in the morning. I could be lazy since I’d be on cottage time.

The kitchen would have some open shelving for dishes, serving pieces, and art. I’m not normally a fan of open shelving, but I think it’s a good option for a cottage kitchen (or at least part of it).

I would make stacks of pancakes for guests because a stack of pancakes looks so pretty.

The bedroom(s) would be sparse. A bed, a nightstand, and that’s about all.

photo by William Waldron via Elle Decor

The bedroom(s) would have vintage director chairs. There would be extra director chairs in the cottage that would fold neatly for storage, but could come out for extra seating.

Suzanne Dimma’s basement via House & Home

The living room would have couches you could sink in to with slipcovers for easy care.

Cottage Living, photo William Waldron

I don’t think I’d use blue as an accent colour. I’d use shades of white. Maybe grey. Even a touch of black. I’d have rocks in every shade in bowls around the cottage with white and grey paint available for guests to get creative.

Blankets would be in abundance for year-round cottage going.

And there would be a fireplace, too, for winter living.

The bathroom would be minimalist and white, white, white.

Remodelista, photo by Lauren Moore

There would be wicker baskets placed strategically so I could easily grab them to load them up with market purchases or beach necessities.

I would have an outdoor shower because it seems like the best place to wash off sandy feet.

source unknown

I’d also have an outdoor hammock for afternoon naps.

Books and magazines would be piled everywhere.

And I’d end evenings with an outdoor fire.

These are just a few of the design details I’m dreaming up for my future cottage! Do you have a cottage? Do you want one?

Design: A Round-Up of Unique Products

In my travels online, I’ve come across some interesting products – or concepts for products – that have caught my attention. The designers of these items have so much talent. I tried to include their websites whenever possible, so you can click through and see what other designs they’ve dreamed up.

ME dinner set – by Moak Studio
bread oven, part of the Bread from Scratch collection – by Mirko Ihrig
bicycle picnic set (attaches to the back rack) – by Morgane Ratton – via Blog Esprit Design
Balena – by Dossofiorito
coin bank storage – by Mai Peishan – via Behance
hourglass by Lihi Svirsky – via Design Break
Exploded chair – by Joyce Lin – via Blog Esprit Design
concept kitchen appliance range – by No Picnic
fan ine – by Simona Hruskova
aventure romantique backpack Vacheron Constantin – by Panter & Tourron

Design: Brach Hotel, Paris

You all know that I love Paris. Along with all the restaurants and museums, there are so many beautifully designed hotels to discover. The Brach hotel is one that is new to me, and it looks lovely. The suites look to have have well-curated art, comfortable beds, and luxurious linens. And the rooftop terrace looks incredible!

Design: Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, France

Let’s go to France today. More specifically, let’s travel to the Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey hotel which is not only part of the Relais & Chateaux group, but is also a Lalique hotel (as in the famous French crystal company). This combo means that the Chateau has the best-of-the-best of decor, food, and services.

Who is ready to book a flight to Bordeaux to discover this gorgeous property?

Travel: Hotel Birks, Montreal

Back in the fall, when I was talking to someone about Montreal, she started raving about her new discovery – Hotel Birks. She told me that she wandered into the Birks store, kept walking around, only to discover a hotel attached to it. She said the lobby was beautiful, and that considering my interest in luxe hotels, I must check it out. So I did.

Hotel Birks gets reviews like “exceptional” and “outstanding” on Trip Advisor, which made me that much more eager for my weekend stay. One of the things I noted in the reviews were the reviewers’ use of staff names. I take note of things like this because it means that staff and guests had real interactions or they interacted more than once. I also liked that I saw responses from the Rooms and Reservations Managers. When I see hotel staff interacting with Trip Advisor comments, I feel like they’re taking them seriously. So…all-in-all, my pre-trip research was positive! (Note: I received a press rate for my stay.)

My friend Shannon and I stayed for three nights, and we both commented on how much we enjoyed the beds. They were extremely comfortable and the linens were top-notch. We also made use of the fireplace in our room; it was perfect to warm up the room on the surprisingly cooler days of May. The hotel provided robes and slippers, and I made use of both.

The bathroom had every product we would need, and I was smitten by the use of marble throughout.

Note: You have the option to open or close the sliding doors between the shower and bedroom.

Our room had a little wet bar, which was perfect for our morning coffee and evening tea break. Beyond the room, the lobby of the Hotel Birks is full of charm and old architecture. The building was restored beautifully, and the main floor Brasserie Henri was lovely.

Service was good. I found the front desk team and concierge to be genuinely interested in helping. The room service was a touch inconsistent. Turn down service was different each night, and one day the cleaning crew completely missed our room. I’m not sure why, but the issue was resolved quickly.

The location is central. Hotel Birks is on Saint Catherine – one of Montreal’s main shopping areas – kitty corner to The Bay. From here, we were able to walk to the train station, to the Bell Centre, and to stores and restaurants. We also walked from here through Chinatown to Old Montreal. When we didn’t feel like walking, we easily grabbed an Uber to take us to places like Outremont and Atwater Market.

I didn’t have a chance to experience the Spa or Brasserie Henri on this trip, but both looked luxurious and inviting.

Would I stay at Hotel Birks again? Most definitely!

Note: I received a press rate for my stay. All opinions and photos are my own.

Real Estate: Outremont, Montreal

When I find a neighbourhood that I like when I travel, I tend to look online at real estate websites. Does anyone else do this? I guess I’m curious about the real estate market and the design of homes. I think I also have the “Where could I live if I moved here?” question in my mind, too. You know how it is, right?

On my recent trip to Montreal, I became most curious about real estate in the Outremont area. Here’s one condo that has me dreaming of moving to Montreal and living the luxe life!

1420 boul. Mont-Royal, apt. 311; $1.8+ million, all photos via Centris.ca

Design: The Fringe Chandelier

Fringe and tasseled chandeliers have been around for a while, but I’m seeing them used more frequently recently. They’re soft and delicate, so I thing the the style is ideal for a bedroom or powder room. They come in a range of prices and materials, and there are even DIY instructions floating around online, too. I’ve included one DIY version in the selection today. Can you tell which one it is (without looking at the caption info)?

Justina Blakeney tassel chandelier, $194, Dear Keaton
tiered fringe chandelier, $199USD, PB Teen
DIY fringe chandelier, Jungalow
fringe lamp, 25ÂŁ, George
fringe light, $760.29CAD, A Place Called Wanda
fringe chandelier, $69.83CAD, Emmyporium
tasseled chandelier, $228USD, Anthropologie
Hans-Agne Jakobsson Table Lamp Model B-145, $2275.42USD, 1stDibs

Interiors: The White Kitchen

Have you seen an increase in dark kitchens floating around design sites and magazines? I’ve been seeing hunter green and black more than usual along with an increase in shades of blue on walls and cabinetry. While I do appreciate the moodier aesthetic, I think a white kitchen is the way to go (no surprise, right)? Just look at the kitchens here – they’re bright, clean, and inviting. Food looks great on white dishware…and it also looks perfect in white kitchens!

The first few kitchens below were part of the One Room Challenge Spring 2019 event, so I encourage you to click through to see the before photos of these spaces.

Gerstner Architects via One Kind Design (and that staircase!)

What are your thoughts about kitchen colours? Are you a fan of white, colour, or natural wood?

Travel: KAI Nikko, Japan

As I mentioned last week in this post, I stayed in five hotels during my two weeks in Japan. I would not hesitate to stay in each hotel again if I had the same itinerary on a future trip. But one hotel definitely stood out to me – Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko. The hotel is on Lake Chuzenji, which is about a three-hour train+bus trip from Tokyo. It’s a hot spring ryokan which means that it has traditional hot spring baths and the rooms are traditional Japanese, meaning rooms with tatami mats and rice paper screens. Rooms have lake and mountain views with lovely sitting areas, dressing areas, and cedar-lined bathrooms. This place was special.

I stayed at KAI Nikko for two nights and I included breakfasts and dinners in my hotel package when I booked it. It was a good decision to do this because I was spoiled with beautiful and delicious meals, and I was able to meet so many of the hotel staff. Most of the staff spoke perfect English, and their attention to service and detail did not go unnoticed.

the view of Lake Chuzenji and Mount Nantai

Each of KAI Nikko’s spacious rooms (there are only 33) incorporates regional crafts, a yukata and sash for guests to wear at the hotel (along with socks and sandals), and a pretty furoshiki (cloth) for carrying small belongings.

sleeping area
bed frame detail
bathroom
bathroom slippers & tatami mats
wood detail
the room’s beverage station
sitting area in my room
I loved wearing this yukata for two days!

Here’s a quick video I made of my KAI Nikko room.

dinner menu (night 1…it was different on night 2)
sushi
tempura
breakfast on day 1 (it changed day 2)
gorgeous lighting in the library

When I go back to Japan one day, I’m going to see if there are other KAI resorts I would like to visit. I have a feeling that each one is unique and has something spectacular to offer its guests. They also seem to be in locations that are just slightly away from the routes of many tourists.

sunset on Lake Chuzenji

If you’d like to see more of my trip to Japan, check out #WhiteCabanaGoesTo Japan or read these blog posts.

Two for Tuesday: Chopsticks

Japan content is going to continue here for a little while, so I hope you enjoy it! Today is all about chopsticks!

I used chopsticks for the two weeks I was in Japan (minus one day in Kobe). I could use them well to begin with, but my skills definitely improved or became more natural each day. Many of the restaurants that I went to had the wooden chopsticks that you break apart. Others had really refined lacquer and wood sets. They were beautiful. So many shops sold chopsticks that ranged in price from $10 a pair to hundreds of dollars. I had no idea! While I didn’t use any white pairs of chopsticks while I was in Japan, this set is just too refined and luxurious not to share!

silver plated chopsticks, $120, Christofle

Design: Flowers in Sinks

One way I see kitchens styled is with flowers in the sink. The photos look so pretty. In reality, it’s rarely as picturesque. Who agrees? When I bring flowers home, my sink is full of stems and leaves. The flowers are also in the sink for less than 5 minutes. But photos of flowers in kitchen sinks looks so pretty!

Monika Hibbs via The 36th Avenue

Real Estate: Beauty in Baby Point, Toronto

This home. Oh my goodness. I have drooled over every photo of it. My friend Shannon spotted it first on Erin McLaughlin’s (Style at Home Editor) Instagram feed. I quickly hopped on to the listing, too. It’s just so beautiful!

It’s hard for me to choose a favourite room, but if you twisted my arm and I had to choose, I think it would be the kitchen as it’s hard to resits the brightness and the wall of windows. I also love the foyer because it’s dressed beautifully in white.

Would you like a tour? Here you go! You may recognize a space or two from Erin’s home as it was previously featured in Style at Home magazine.



Design: The Bar Cart

Are people still keen on including bar carts in their spaces? I haven’t seen them as often as I have in the past, but every time I do see them, I think they look so chic and inviting. The same is true for general bar areas on shelves and furniture within the home.

Cait Weingartner via The EveryGirl
Colie Christensen via The Everygirl


En Français: 5 French Homeware Brands to Know

Roche Bobois may be one of the first furniture brands that comes to mind when we think about French furniture. Its furniture is easy, slouchy, and effortless, even if the price tags tell a different story.

Ligne Roset began as in 1860 and it remains a family-owned company. It collaborates with designers to bring interesting, creative, and memorable pieces to the marketplace.


Pierre Frey was founded in 1935, and since then, it has been manufacturing luxurious textiles.

The next brand may be a stretch for the “homeware” category, but because it has home scents in its collection, I feel it’s appropriate to include it here. I’m speaking of Fragonard – the French parfumerie.

room diffuser – Fragonard

La Cornue produces the ultimate in luxurious kitchen appliances. The pieces are absolutely impressive.

Design: Interior Design Show Highlights

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Interior Design Show opening night party in Toronto. It was a fun evening full of great food, drinks, and design. I was impressed by the creativity, technology, and style that is coming up in the design marketplace.

Today I’d like to shine the spotlight on a few brands and products that caught my eye.

First up is this free-standing tub from DXV Canada. I appreciate it’s simple elegance. And since a bathroom reno will be in my future (no date set quite yet), this is a great option that I think would work well for my space.

a gorgeous freestanding tub at DXV Canada – image by Design Maze

There was a lot of buzz about Blanco’s booth. It’s concrete installation sure caught people’s attention. I have a soft spot for Blanco as you may know because of the work I did with the company when I renovated my basement bathroom/laundry combo room. Side note: I still absolutely adore my laundry sink and faucet. Beyond the entrance display, the faucets and sinks on show were as sleek as ever.

a cool display to launch Blanco’s silgranite concrete #concretegray collection – image via Design Maze

Harrison Fae Design worked with Microsoft to create an interactive booth where attendees could create a design that would then be lasered/burned onto a white macaron. The technology was definitely amusing, and I appreciated the design of this little nook.

a lovely nook by Harrison Fae Design featuring Microsoft Canada – image by DesignMaze

At Objects & Ideas, many people focused on the design of this chair, but it was the coffee table that I really liked.

from Objects & Ideas – image by DesignMaze

And you can bet I enjoyed the Roche Bobois modular sofa in the media lounge! It was a great spot for a pre-show toast and a post-show break!

photo by DesignMaze
photo by DesignMaze

Event: Interior Design Show Toronto

An event that many in the Canadian design community look forward to every winter is the Interior Design Show (IDS) held each January in Toronto. I have a great time every year – learning about what’s new and upcoming in design; meeting talented artists, creators, and designers; and sharing ideas and commentary with friends.

IDS begins on Thursday, January 17th (first trade day) with some keynote speakers and the opening night party (open to the public). IDS is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (with trade days on Thursday and Friday). It is sure to be inspiring! Have you seen the line-up of speakers? Canadian design favourites Lynda Reeves and Brian Gluckstein will be giving talks on Sunday, January 20th. Before then, talks by designers, writers, and architects will be shared. The schedule is jam-packed, and can certainly get overwhelming. My advice? Have a look at the schedule ahead of time to see what interests you, then take a day to stroll around the booths and interact with the exhibitors. You’ll learn so much through conversation! And the face-to-face interaction with experts will be a highlight of your experience, I’m sure!

There’s much to look forward to. Here are some of the booths that are on my must-see list.

Blanco. Well, we know I’ve been a fan of Blanco for quite some time, so I’m eager to see its exhibit and new product launches.

Haven by Tangible. I’m looking forward to seeing Haven’s whimsical cloud-like pop-up space.

Swiss watch company Rado‘s installation of objects will include a variety of materials, forms, and textures. The company is also showing off the results of the design competition where students from Vancouver’s LaSalle College designed the IDS information desk. I am expecting precision with Rado’s work!

salt shaker by Hanae Baruchel

Studio North & Prototype is always a popular destination of IDS. Over 65 Canadian and international designers will be presenting their limited-editions of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, and surface design. It is one of my favourite features of IDS, so you can bet I’ll be talking a walk through to see the presentation of so many talented creators!

light by Tonya Hart
uni salt and pepper shaker by Yingjie Chen Design
light by Zeed
all rack by Kroft

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Shanghai-based Neri&Hu Design and Research Office will be giving a talk on Friday at 1pm. Their work is streamlined and dynamic, and I love the contrast of lines and light of their projects.

Bei Space by Neri&Hu
Design Commune by Neri&Hu
Little B Concept Store by Neri&Hu
Yangzhou Retreat by Neri&Hu

I’m also looking forward to seeing what Izen Architecture brings to IDS. They are collaborating with Ontario Wood, which is a government initiative to help us all identify and purchase locally made wood in a variety of species most suitable to our design projects.

Ontario Wood + Izen Architecture
House 369 by Izen Architecture
bathroom by Izen Architecture

These are just a few of the IDS exhibits and speakers that I’d like to see this weekend. And you? Have you bought your ticket? What are you looking forward to seeing or learning?

Design: Gorgeous Paris Rental Home

Much of my Internet travels lately has been focused on Paris. My trip is in a couple of months, yes, but it’s never too early to travel plan as far as I’m concerned. Plus, my trips around the web have brought me to some incredibly beautiful and interesting apartments and homes to rent.

Villa CĂ©sar – a massive Parisian home – is one of the gorgeous rental properties available on The Collectionist.

Interiors: A Gorgeous NYC Home

The Lower East Side home of Daphne Javitch and Pali Xisto Cornelsen is just too beautiful. From the custom couch to the wood beams to the quirky pottery, this home has plenty of charm.

photos Sarah Elliott via Jenni Kayne

Design: MUJI Hotel China

You may have heard that MUJI has opened up its largest location outside Asia in Toronto (at over 19K square feet!), but did you know the company has a hotel line, too? There are currently two locations –  Beijing and Shenzen – and a third is due to open in Tokyo this March. Would I love to stay there? Of course I would. Just look at the simplicity and design of these rooms.

all photos from MUJI

Christmas: Holiday Decor Inspiration

December is right around the corner, which means it’s time for me to start my holiday decorating. I’ve collected these images over the last few weeks, and they certainly inspire me to include greenery and simplicity in my decor this season.

One Kindesign

Julie Blanner

Style at Home

Decorators Notebook 

Martha Stewart

Style at Home

204 Park

So Soft Sunday

My Scandinavian Home

via Svenngarden

100 Layer Cake

via Country Living

via My Paradissi

Style Sweet CA

Marketplace: 10 Unique Light Fixtures

I have been collecting images of interesting light fixtures for a little while now (beyond this ribbon lamp that I have loved for years), so I thought I’d finally share a few. Here are ten fixtures at various price points – and in many styles – that have caught my attention.

glass disc chandelier, $374USD (on sale), West Elm

Petite Friture x Daniel Emma, Cherry White Large, $402 Euros

Lauzet chandelier, $6299USD, Aerin via Circa Lighting

Eleonor table lamp, $105.99 CAD (on sale), Wayfair

Safavieh Pauley table lamp, $220CAD, Walmart

Hanna table lamp, $179USD,CB2

Castle Peak glass lamp, $949USD, Kate Spade via Circa Lighting

Darbon sconce, $489USD, Aerin

Selfoss sconce, $799USD, Aerin

Simpson floor lamp, $439CAD, Casalife

The Friday Five: Things on My Mind

Here’s a week in review for this Friday.

1. It was One Room Challenge reveal week. There’s much to catch-up on if you’ve followed along or you’re interested in fun before-and-after scenes. I’ll direct you to my friend Tim’s redo of a client’s office. It’s full of some seriously interesting items like Angela Chrusciaki Blehm‘s ribbon art.

I also was impressed by Kristina Lynne‘s kitchen transformation. The change is definitely dramatic.

There’s plenty to see with all sorts of designs, so if you have some time to read up on the reveals this weekend, check out the One Room Challenge site.

2. I love this fun, little coat.

3. Carly the Prepster brought us on tour of her recent stay at the Ritz Paris. Oh, dear. So gorgeous! The service sounds impeccable.

4. I finished audio-listening to Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukura Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage. I’m now onto Dance, Dance, Dance by the same author. I can see why Murakami is one of Japan’s best-selling authors. The stories are unique and very well-told. In terms of what I’m learning about Japan, well, both stories refer to Hokkaido, a northern part of Japan, but I won’t have a chance to go there when I’m there in April. Colorless Tsukara Tazaki also has scenes in Tokyo, and I appreciated Murakami’s description of the Shinjuku train station at the beginning of Chapter 19. Here are screenshots of the text if you’d like to read a small excerpt.

From the bit of research that I did, this seems to be the photo Murakami was referring to in the text:

via Asia Times

5. Finally, isn’t this a pretty colander?

colander, designed by Marcel Wanders for Alessi

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Interiors: White in Stockholm

I love it when beautiful images of white spaces and objects come through my email. Over the weekend, my friend sent me a link to her brother’s Stockholm condo that is currently for sale. Naturally, I drooled. All the white! And in Stockholm! I am happy to share this sleek home here.

 images from Nestor Fastighetsmakleri

Thanks L.U. and I.S. for sending this my way.

#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: Interiors

We’ve had another great month of #WhiteCabanaWearsPink. I hope you enjoyed the weekly infusion of pink. As you know, I do this every October to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer awareness.

To end the series this year, I’m sharing some amazing pink coloured spaces.

My Miaou

Amelia Handegan

Studio Ezra

pink bedroom, My Beautiful Mess

Design: Minimalist Ways

Some days, I really want to get rid of everything I own and start fresh as a minimalist. Yes, even though I do really love all of my collections! But just look at these spaces. Every piece, every fixture, every finish is placed and purchased so thoughtfully.

Est Living

Est Living

Est Living

Est Living

Minimalissimo

The Friday Five: Rectangular Mirrors

Many of us in the design community are used to seeing large round mirrors in hallways, foyers, bedrooms, and bathrooms, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for the classic rectangle. There is! Check out these beautiful spaces with rectangular mirrors.

100 Layer Cake

Scandiholic

Rejuvination

Room for Tuesday

Amersham Designs

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Rustic Bathrooms

These stone sinks are impressive vessels, aren’t they? While I can’t quite see one in a suburban home, I can definitely imagine a beautiful stone sink in a gorgeous Italian villa! Can’t you?

via My Paradissi

via Carla Aston

Coqui Coqui Residence and Spa, via Remodelista

via My Domaine

via One Kin Design

Have a great weekend!

Furniture: The D Shop

I came across the D Pages and the D Shop on one of my tours around the Internet, and I was drawn right on in. D Pages features beautiful interiors and architecture in all of my favourite shades of white. D Shop is an extension of that design inspiration and carries a collection of the most beautiful pieces of furniture, lighting, and home accessories. There is so much that caught my attention which is why I’m sharing so much of it here today.

Mategot Natasaki chair, $639 USD

Sereno marble coffee table, $3600 USD

Beetle stool, $559 USD

Pacha lounge chair, $2369 USD

Shepherd’s chair, $3500 USD

Amare salt and pepper set, $195 USD

Dearborn large bowl, $80 USD

Signal globe, $1645 USD

Trivia Thursday: The Standard Chair

Jean ProuvĂ© was a French industrial designer and architect. While he may not be as well known as designers like Eames and Herman Miller, ProuvĂ© certainly made his mark in the design world. One of his most recognizable works might be The Standard chair. I first came across the chair when I stayed in this Paris apartment. It was love at first sight! Not only do I like the design, but the chair is incredibly comfortable. It’s little wonder why it’s a sought-after piece by designers and collectors of beautiful design.

The Standard

photos via Vitra

Jean Prouvé chairs in the Rue Bonaparte apartment (where I stayed in 2014)

Galerie Miquel Alzueta, via Pastolux

Airhouse Design Office, via Contemporist

Paris apartment, via Architectural Digest

Trivia Thursday: The Nelson Saucer Pendant

Designer George Nelson was a director at Herman Miller from 1945 to 1972. During his time there, he managed to recruit other design greats such as Charles Eames and Isamu Noguchi. He also continued to develop his own designs – desks, clocks, and benches – what we now recognize as some of his trademark designs.

Nelson’s saucer lights, in particular, have become a favourite among designers (and white lovers like me!). The lights, manufactured by Herman Miller, come in a variety of shapes, but have common elements:  white, steel wires, translucent plastic covering.

The Bubble may be one of Nelson’s most recognizable lights.

Nelson Saucer Pendant, $395-$1295USD, Design Within Reach

Mindful Closet

Kibster

Algonquin Academy

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