Design

The Friday Five: 5 Things to Do This Month

Here are five festive things to add to your to do list this month.

1. Set a pretty table for you and your guests.

Emily Henderson

2. Make a gingerbread house with little ones in your life.

Keys to Inspiration

3. Wrap presents in a signature style.

Almost Makes Perfect

4. Enjoy an evening by the warm fire.

Wit and Delight

5. Bake up something delicious to share with family and friends.

Your Marketing BFF

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Trivia Thursday: Eames Hang It All

There are coat racks, and then there are coat racks. Designed in 1953, the Eames Hang It All coat rack is a stand-out with its fun wooden balls. It was originally designed with the aim of encouraging children to hang up their own clothes. While the colourful Hang It All gets a lot of attention, the black and white versions are also deserving of our attention. 

Eames Hang-it-All, $211 (on sale), EQ3

Vitra Home Stories

via My Scandinavian Home

photo by Brigitta Wolfgang, via Seventy Nine Ideas

photo by Anders Bergstedt, Style and Create

via Decor8

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Marketplace: A Minted Christmas

This post has been sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own.

If you’ve been a long-time reader of White Cabana, then you’ll likely know some of my favourite brands. Minted, the online marketplace for cards (and now art, fabric, and more!) has been one of my fave brands for quite some time. In fact, it was one of my first brand partnerships way back when White Cabana was just a newbie blog. While I have normally ordered cards and artwork, last year, I took a chance and ordered some fabric for my chaise. The fabric is beautiful. (You can read about my chaise makeover if you’d like.) I feel grateful that I can continue to work with Minted because I’m continually impressed by the work of Minted’s very talented artists.

Since it’s holiday time, it only makes sense that I now turn my attention to Minted’s collection of holiday items. I’ve worked with Minted for the last several years on my holiday card order. My favourite part of the ordering process is browsing through the card designs. This usually takes me a few days because I save a lot of designs in my favourites folder, and then eliminate them as I narrow down my preferences. I definitely put the filters to use to limit the designs by type (e.g., no photo, folded card) and colour (heavy on the white).

Once I’ve chosen my design, the rest of the ordering process takes minutes. Since I have an account, I simply need to write my greeting, review my saved-from-last-year recipient address list, and ensure my return address gets automatically printed on the back. Poof! Done! The order of cards arrives within days. Beautifully and safely packaged, I may add.

This year, I opted for the painted wreath designed by Baumbirdy of Chicago. You can see that the bow from the wreath is also printed on the envelope above the recipient’s address. How pretty!

While the original design had a holiday greeting in the middle of the wreath, I opted to remove it altogether, so that I’d have more white space on my card and the focus would be on the pretty wreath. I put my well wishes on the inside of the folded card. If you’ve ordered Minted cards before, then you’ll know that the text is quite customizable – wording, font, colours, spacing.

The pre-printed recipient and sender addresses option is amazing. I would recommend to pay the extra money for this option because not only is it beautiful, but it saves time. I’m a big fan of this option. Big. Huge. (Insert “Pretty Woman” emphasis.)

Besides these particular holiday cards, Minted’s holiday collection is lovely.

These non-photo cards were in my favourites folder for a long while.

Wintergarden by Kelly Hall

Merry Christmas, My Deers by Jinseikou (This one has been in my favourites folder for two years in a row. Look at this post from last year!)

Peaceful Reindeer by Gwen Bedat

A Nutcracker Christmas by Alexandra Dzh (this ended up being my runner-up option)

If you like minimalist photo cards, one of these designs might be for you. You’ll notice that you can even customize the card backing and envelope (at an extra cost).

Merry All Year by Pink House Press

Instant Gallery by Olivia Kanaley

In the business category of holiday cards, I like the following designs.

Stars by Lori Wemple

 Delicate Fern by Nicolette Myslinski

Holiday Wishes by Susan Moyal

Magnolia Wreath by Jennifer Postorino

If you’re feeling a touch overwhelmed by the holiday card selection process, why not order more than one design? I haven’t done this myself, but I have considered it. Can I also suggest that you order more cards that you think you need, too? Even though my address list is saved in my Minted account, I always seem to run out of cards. (Hmm…maybe I should spend more time working on adding things up more precisely.)

If you’re not sure how to upload and save recipient addresses, Minted has this guide to holiday cards which provides an easy overview of shapes and styles. I know there are a lot of cards to choose from, and uploading addresses may seem tedious, but once you’ve done it once, it’s done!

As I mentioned, Minted now offers much more than holiday cards to mark special celebrations. A few years ago, I ordered some table decorations to celebrate the completion of my PhD. The collection has now expanded beyond paper table runners. Now, for Christmas, Minted offers a cute selection of tree skirts, stockings, and wrapping paper.

Snow Covered Woods tree skirt

garden lights stocking

Christmas Trees by My Splendid Summer

Birds and Flowers by Leanne Friedberg

I know the holidays are right around the corner, so you may have already purchased holiday cards and decor. On the other hand, if you’re behind schedule, have no fear. Minted’s delivery deadline schedule will help guide you, so you can reach your shopping goals!

Happy shopping!

Two for Tuesday: White Ruffles

I know I have written about ruffles before, but they just don’t go away! This sweet detail looks great on anything from bedding to clothing as you can see in the two items I’m featuring today.

white ruffle shirt, Gap

duvet cover set, Anthropologie

Architecture: Lego House

If my nephews had their way, they’d live in this Lego House. But they’d probably want it to be all blue or green or red. And have life-size Lego Ninjago out front, too.

I, of course, prefer the Lego House as it is in white. Isn’t it amazing?

Lego House, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, via Minimalissimo

The Friday Five: Craving Warmth

I know I’m a day late with this week’s Friday Five, but I hope you don’t mind too much. It was a heck of a week, but all is well. End of term is really quite busy for my day job and my extra jobs and my #MBAlife. After a final presentation, final report, final exam, final classes, final team party, final…final…final, and a random case of strep throat, the week came to an end. I think I experienced every emotion this week.

And now it’s the weekend, and I’m excited for it! A friend and I managed to get out to a few local stores last night for some shopping, today is a book writing day (our book is set to be published in 2018!), and tomorrow is spa day! Woohoo! End-of-term season has its rewards!

For today’s (one-day-late) Friday Five, I’m sharing spaces and images that exude warmth. You know, because ’tis the season to be warm and cozy.

Caroline Feiffer‘s apartment, via Jenni Kayne

via Desde My Ventana

photo by Amy Bartlam, via My Domaine

100 Layer Cake, via Lonny

Nordic Design

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Trivia Thursday: Book Matched Marble

What is book matched marble? It’s when two slabs of marble are set side-by-side like a mirror image, resembling the pages of an open book. The result is absolutely beautiful. As if marble on its own wasn’t beautiful enough, right?

Cecconi Simone via Contemporist

Marble of the World

WK

Houzz

Because I’m Addicted

The Friday Five: All About That Swag

Did you follow the One Room Challenge this season? I barely had a chance to follow any of the designer or guest participants’ makeovers, but from what I did see, people really worked hard to transform rooms from drab to fab in just a few weeks.

I did follow The Makerista’s 7-week room transformation of a girl’s bedroom, and it was just one beautiful piece of art/furniture/detail after another. I love the spray-painted beds she used as well as the sweet chest of drawers.

The Makerista

And it’s that chest of drawers with its swag drawer pulls that has inspired this post.

Stanley Furniture drawer chest, $613 USD, Hayneedle

Stanley Furniture chest, $765 USD, Hayneedle

chest of drawers, $4300 USD, Cupboards & Roses

Trumeau mirrors, $5204 CAD, 1st Dibs

Louis XVI bed, $5205 CAD, 1st Dibs

Trivia Thursday: The Wassily Chair

Let’s talk about this chair:

Wassily Chair, Knoll

What we know today as the Wassily Chair was originally named the Model B3 Chair. It was designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer after he was inspired by the bent handlebar of a bicycle. The chair was later renamed the Wassily Chair after Breuer’s friend, Wassily Kandinsky (yes, the painter).

While the original Model B3 Chair was made from fabric, it was later re-introduced with leather. Knoll Furniture produces the chair today (and many knockoffs are floating around the marketplace, too).

While some look at this chair and can’t imagine that it’s comfortable, I’m here to tell you that it’s an easy one to sink in to!

 

Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair, $1762CAD, 1st Dibs

Wassily Chair, Design Within Reach

Apartment Therapy

via Design Attractor

via Dezeen

my red Wassily-inspired chair (via Style at Home)

via Dezeen

Reference: The Coolist

Real Estate: White Homes For Sale

Who else goes on Realtor multiple times a week? A day? An hour? It can totally suck you in if you’re curious about real estate, right? Realtor (and the Canadian Real Estate Association) was one of the sponsors at BlogPodium, and I think the crowd laughed when we were asked the same questions prior to the Realtor-sponsored presentation! It’s hilarious. We’re either curious about our own neighbourhood, dreaming of other neighbourhoods (or cottages!), or, if you’re like me, you’re interested in the design details of the homes for sale.

I’ve been gathering images of white interior spaces from Realtor, and today seems like as good as time as any to finally hit publish on this post.

64 Hillcrest Dr., London, Ontario, $1,250,000 CAD

525 Princess Ave., London, Ontario, $1,649,900 CAD

686 Franklinway Cr. , London, Ontario, $2,995,000

6620 Concession 1, Puslinch, Ontario, $5,499,000

18A Westmount Park Rd., Toronto, Ontario, $10,018,000

361 Inglewood Dr., Toronto, Ontario, $8,380,000

16 Ashwood Cres., Toronto, Ontario, $2,548,000

4381 Lakeshore Rd., Clarington, Ontario, $2,500,000

Cool, right? I know these homes are listed in the millions, so if you come across any others below the million-dollar mark that you think are beautiful-in-white, get in touch!

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Trivia Thursday: Herringbone Pattern

Can you name the pattern of this floor?

Room for Tuesday

It’s called herringbone. We see it in the interior design and fashion worlds all the time, and people really do love herringbone marble or wood floors (including me, of course – have you seen my foyer?). The term herringbone is named as such for its resemblance to the bones of a fish such as the herring (see more at herringbone pattern).

Kashaya & Co.

Hecker Guthrie

Corina Koch

Daily Dream Decor

My Domaine

HGTV

Three Birds Renovations

Looks Like White

Yellow Trace

Milton Development

Deavita

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Trivia Thursday: The Flag Halyard Chair

Check out this chair. Pretty beautiful, eh?

Flag Halyard lounge chair

Flag Halyard lounge chair

This is Hans Wegner’s Flag Halyard chair, and it dates back to 1950. 1950! The chair’s design is almost 70 years old, and it’s still going strong. Pretty fantastic, I’d say. Wegner, a renowned Danish furniture designer, designed this chair out of from metal, rope, and sheepskin as you can see. It adds interest and sculpture to any room.

Elle Decoration

Chanel Bags and Cigarette Drags

Homepolish

Fashion Toast

Christine Dovey

Fashion Squad

Graham & Co.

home of Danielle Moss (co-founder of the Everygirl) via Jacquelyn Clark

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Design: The White Cabin

I keep dreaming about owning a cottage. Ideally, it’ll be a full-season cottage so that I can spend cozy winter weekends there doing (just about) nothing. And would I paint my cottage-cabin white? You bet! I’m inspired by these beautiful exterior and interior designs.

The Exterior

Proverbs 31 Girl

Air BnB

Gardenista

HGTV

The Kitchen

My Domaine

A Frame Haus

Sarah Sherman Samuel (Sarah’s cabin is my ideal! It’s a sweet, white cabin with views of Lake Michigan.)

The Living Room

My Domaine

Nordic Design

Design by Sabon Home, via UpNorth

Country Living

Love Grows Wild

The Bedroom

The Everygirl

My Scandinavian Home

Handcrafted Out Buildings

Emma Thomas, via Dagmar’s Home

designed by Lynda Gardener, My Scandinavian Home

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The Friday Five: When You’re Feeling Sick

I feel as though I have been fighting a sickness all week. Maybe when I finally slow down this weekend, it’ll finally take over. Hopefully not!

If you’re like me, when you’re feeling sick, all you want are…

cozy blankets – Doris Leslie Blau

lots of tea – Bea’s Cookbook

an oversize sweater – Damsel in Dior

my bed – as seen in Style at Home

flowers – Erica Cook

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Trivia Thursday: Bullion Fringe

You know that massive fringe we sometimes see on furniture like…

Pier 1

Do you know what it’s called?

It’s called bullion fringe.

And I think we’re going to be seeing it more often in years to come. This type of ornamental trim is very traditional and has been around since the 17th century (according to Wikipedia). This particular trim, bullion, has a twisted texture, and it is generally 3 to 9 inches in length (also according to Wikipedia).

Look at how these bullion fringe pieces look beautiful in modern and traditional decor.

via Pamplemousse Design

via Interiors by Candace

via Fresh Sofa

And here are a couple of pieces that I found in online stores ready for your modern-day homes.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

Finally, if you’re more into DIY, check out Christine Dovey’s take on a bullion fringe daybed DIY.

Christine Dovey

Pretty neat, right? I love how classics work in so many ways!

Final note: Some of you may recall that I’ve recently decided to end my weekly Hotel to Home series. Trivia Thursday is a new series I’ve just debuted. It’s currently in test mode as I’d like to know if you are interested in the series, and if it’s one that I feel passionate about, too. If you have any questions, or would like to learn about something in the design world, let me know!

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Hotel to Home: Boscolo, Nice, France

I realized earlier this week that I have been featuring hotels in this hotel to home series weekly since March 2016. That’s over a year’s worth of hotels! Isn’t that wild? There have been so many beautiful hotels that I’ve drooled over, and I certainly cannot pick a favourite! Can you?

I’m debating bringing this series to an end and starting something else (I have a few thoughts), but I’d love to have your input. Do I keep going with “Hotel to Home” series? What else would you like to see here on White Cabana? What would you like me to write about? What would you like to learn? What stories can I share?

While we’re all thinking about our next steps…

Let’s head on over to Nice, France, to look at the Boscolo hotel.

via Boscolo Hotel Nice

Here’s my version with the bed as really the most dramatic piece in the room:

bed, chair, desk, flowers, mirror, curtains, coffee cup, coffee pot

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Design: Texture in White

We’ve had all sorts of weather this fall. I’ve had to turn on the heat, the fireplace, the air conditioner, and I have even had the windows open. We even had a really warm Thanksgiving! It’s been wild! But the cooler weather is coming – and I think will be here to stay. And cool seasonal weather means many of us crave texture.

Thinking of texture, I found a ton of inspirational images to share today.

via Tamara Magel

via Domino

via Urban Outfitters

via 204 Park

via Tamara Magel

via A Pretty Fix

via Shake My Blog

#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: Flowers and Bows

As you know, every Monday in the month of October, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink. These pink posts are meant to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. I’m raising funds in various ways, including donating proceeds from all affiliate links this month to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Get click happy!

Today might be one of the prettiest pink posts I’ve ever drafted. The theme is flowers and bows, and these photos ooze plenty of lovely!

Humphrey and Grace

Krystin Lee

Stephanie Jolly

Blair Eadie

Living Fresh

Canadian Fashionista

Lady Hayes

Blair Eadie

Rachel Parcell

Isa Tapia

Thanks, everyone, for your support!

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The Friday Five: Vaulted Ceilings

I know many people might associate vaulted ceilings with breezy, summer homes, but I think they’re beautiful in any environment. The spaces I’m featuring here show how a white, vaulted ceiling brightens and enlarges a room. I just love this design option for both traditional and modern homes.

Sharon Mimran

via Shelterness

Erin Featherston

Jam Kolektyw via Home Stratosphere 

JS Home Design via Summer Adams

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hotel to Home: Hotel Josef, Czech Republic

We’re traveling to the Czech Republic to have a closer look at the restaurant at the modern Hotel Josef.

Hotel Josef restaurant via Best Reisen

chair, table, place setting, napkins, tile

Architecture: Jean Verville

I recently came across the work of architect Jean Verville, and I was soon lost in a website of beautiful design projects. Here are some spaces that really caught my eye.

unité d’habitation Westmount Square

Fahouse 

In 2

whitepaper

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#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: A Pink Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers!

It’s been another busy weekend on my end. I found my inner German on Friday to celebrate the first night of Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo, then feasted on turkey with family on Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving. Today, I’ll enjoy a day of rest (and take care of a few chores, too)!

Since today is Thanksgiving Monday, for today’s #WhiteCabanaWearsPink, I’m focusing on beautiful Thanksgiving table decor in shades of pink, rose, and fuchsia. Infusing pink into a tablescape is easy to do for other occasions as well. Just keep layering the shades, and switch out the pumpkins for something more appropriate. Miniature disco balls or ornaments would be perfect to include for a Christmas table setting.

via The Glitter Guide

via Sugar Paper

via Floral Verde

via Oh Happy Day

via Tidbits

via Good Housekeeping

via Randi Garrett Design

via Sugar and Charm

via Poppy Talk

via Citrine Living

via Domino

via Maison de Pax

via House Beautiful

Here are some items you could consider to get the look at your home.

candle, pepper mill, chair, cutlery, pumpkin, candelabra, bar stool, champagne flute, dessert plate, serving bowl, pink plate, plate, plate,

* Affiliate links have been used. Get click happy!

Thanks again for supporting #WhiteCabanaWearsPink. I will be donating funds raised through affiliate links this month to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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The Friday Five: White Pumpkins

Fall is here…and pumpkins are absolutely everywhere!

I am amused by all the white pumpkin photos I’ve been seeing on my Instagram and Pinterest feeds. It’s incredible! A few years ago, white pumpkins were rare! And now? They’re everywhere!

Fall decor isn’t my favourite, but I do like a good white pumpkin or two for my home!

Homey Oh My

JS Home Design

Chris Kauffman

My Grey Skye Home

Juler 54

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hotel to Home: Apotek, Iceland

We’re heading north to the hot-spot-destination of Reykjavik, Iceland today. Here, we’ll take a peek inside the beautiful Apotek hotel. This is a four-star boutique hotel in a historical building that once housed Reykjavik’s pharmacy. Apotek – get it? (Apotek means pharmacy.)

While there are so many stylish suites to feature, I’ve settled on this bathroom instead:

Apotek hotel

Sleek, right? If you really love it, here’s some inspiration for you to take this look into your own home.

tile, wall mirror, towels, round mirror, tissue box cover, faucet, vanity

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The Friday Five: Instagram Interiors

Today I’m sharing five beautiful, inspirational interiors I’ve saved from my various Instagram search sessions.

The Slow Traveler

Gray & Co

My Miaou

Raquel Langworthy

Lustre Home

Which is your favourite space?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Hotel to Home: 1 Hotel South Beach, Miami

When I was at Sheridan Oakville last week (giving a talk about blogging! #WhiteCabanaGoesToSheridan), one of the students in the class suggested that I check out 1 Hotel in Miami and to look especially for the white lobby. He was certain that I would be impressed. And guess what, I am! And I think you will be, too. Just look at this space:

1 Hotel South Beach, Miami (photo via JetSetter)

Absolutely gorgeous! I want to move in!

But since I can’t move in, I can design a room inspired by this gorgeous space. Here I go:

sofa, chair, chair, fern leaf stem, pendant light, daybed, coffee table

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Design: Mix and Match Prints

I’m oddly drawn to this outfit even though I normally usually always avoid pattern mixing myself in both wardrobe and home design.

photo Diego Anciano, via Vogue Espana

Here are some other images from over the last several years that showcase print mixing in fashion:

Olivia Palermo, via Daily Mail

via LoLoBu

via Mon Monde Fou

menswear, via Pattern Prints Journal

via Maja Wyh

via Taaora

via PopSugar

And here’s what’s going on in the world of interior design:

via Rue Daily

heart sheet set, via PB Teen

via Alquimia Deco

via Sophie Burke Design

via Rue Daily

via Simply Grove

Nashville home of Gen and Ben Sohr, via One Kings Lane

What do you think? Do you mix patterns regularly? How about colours and patterns?

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Hotel to Home: Baccarat Hotel, New York

How have I not yet posted about the luxe Baccarat Hotel in New York City? This one is right up my crystal-loving, luxury-dreaming alley. I know New York is all about the city, but wouldn’t this just be a fantastic retreat from the noise and pollution of the city streets?

This room goes for over $1000 USD per night. It’s slightly over my travel budget. But – wow! Gorgeous!

And before I move on to my version, take a moment to drool over the Baccarat Suite and the city car.

And now onto my interpretation:

blanket, duvet, wall sconce, armchair, mirror, pinboard, pillow, curtains, bust

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Hotel to Home: Hotel Mono, Singapore

The colour palette at Hotel Mono is limited – black, white, grey. Classics, if you ask me! This minimalist hotel in Singapore opened just a few months ago in March 2017.

I’m definitely heading toward a reinterpretation of one of the rooms, but before I do, look at the hotel from the outside.

Did your jaw drop? Yup. It happened to me, too.

There are several room options available at Hotel Mono, but today I’m focusing on the most unusual: the single room. Everything in one room. Why create real walls when you don’t have to?

The room is affordable, too, at just about $100 CAD per night (depending on day of week month, and promotion, of course).

If you can’t make it all the way to Singapore, but you are looking to do a mini reno in your own home, here are some options that might get your plan going.

black jug and sugar bowl, tiles, black bed frame, mirror, sheet set, rainshower system, cabinet

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Design: Caribou Cabin in My Home

A couple of weeks ago, I shared news of Canadian newcomer Caribou Cabin. This shop designs, customizes, and manufactures chalkboards, magnetic whiteboards, and pinboards. The company generously sent me a beautiful square (34″ x34″) linen pinboard – white a white frame, of course.

Soon after the order was placed, my massive shipment arrived at my doorstep. The board was wrapped carefully and arrived safely to my home in Waterloo. When I saw the grey linen for the first time, I was impressed by the quality of the item. And the grey matched my home perfectly.

I leaned it up against the wall behind a cabinet in my living room which houses my radio, record player, and typewriter. I pinned up some memorable items from my office that I knew would look pretty and would also remind me of happy celebrations.

As I took my photos, I thought that the pinboard in my living room would be the perfect spot to showcase Christmas cards. And the great thing about the pinboard is that I can move it to other areas of my home such as a hallway landing area or office. The office is certainly an obvious spot for a pinboard, but I don’t think it’s the only place for it.

Thanks to Caribou Cabin for sponsoring this post. All photos and opinions are my own.

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The Friday Five: Round Mirrors

Round mirrors haven’t ever gone away in the design world, but I haven’t written about them in a long while, so I thought I’d revisit this stylish accessory today.

via The Design Chaser

via Tiffany Leigh Design

via The Stables

via Vanessa Francis

via Kristina Lynne

via Homey Oh My

via Rambling Reno

Here are five round mirrors to consider if you’re in the market for one.

mirror, Wayfair, $149.99 CAD

mirror, Ikea, $99 CAD

mirror, CB2, $299 CAD

mirror, Umbra, $130 CAD

mirror, West Elm, $392.55 CAD

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Hotel to Home: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

With positive testimonials from Nicole Kidman and Mick Jagger, it seems like a no brainer to stay at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India.

While there are many spaces that I could have featured in today’s post, I settled on this indoor-outdoor dining area. It looks to be traditional with a beautiful view. I wonder if Mick Jagger ate here.

via Taj Lake Palace

And here’s my simple take on this look:

cane armchair, table, table runner, place setting, wine glass

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Two for Tuesday: The Caged Stool

Today’s pair oozes glam with sleek gold lines and curves.

 Nate Berkus – caged stool, $105.47 CAD, Target

bride’s veil stool, Phase Design, $1540 USD at Twentieth

Design: Peg Boards

A new ice cream shop opened up in Kitchener this summer (Four All Ice Cream), and I’m loving it. Each time I go, I try new flavours, and I have yet to be disappointed! Local ingredients are used and flavours change according to what’s been growing around the community. My favourite flavour has been the strawberry-rhubarb sorbet.

In addition to the delicious ice cream, though, I love the design of this small-sized ice cream shop. On one end of the little shop, you’ll find the ice cream. And on the other, you’ll find this peg board display wall.

Four All Ice Cream shop, photo by me

And it was this peg board – designed and made by Boko – that has inspired this peg board design post. As you’ll see by the photos here, there’s a whole lot of things that can be mounted onto a peg board!

via Curate & Display

mel_zag

via Vintage Revivals

via The Merry Thought

via Loyal Supply

via A Girl & A Glue Gun

via Nordic Days

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Hotel to Home: Borgo Santo Pietro, Italy

Today we’re traveling over to Tuscany to peek into a gorgeous bathroom at the Borgo Santo Pietro. The classic clawfoot tub, antique mirrors, and greenery makes this bathroom special.

Dina Ferri room, Borgo Santo Pietro

And here’s my take on this luxurious bathroom:

settee, tub, plant, towels, floor mirror, roman shade, faucet, fern plant, wall mirror, pillow

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Marketplace: Caribou Cabin

I’m thrilled to share news of the recent launch of Caribou Cabin – a Canadian company specializing in well-designed and beautifully manufactured chalkboards, corkboards, whiteboards, and pinboards. Organization and art all in one item? Yes, please!

One of the reasons that I’m eager to write about Caribou Cabin is because I have known one of the owners – Tim – since highschool (aka – years and years) and when he emailed to let me know about his newest venture, I was happy to help spread the word.

Each board is manufactured in the company’s Toronto workshop, and great care is taken to design and manufacture high-quality products that suit individual styles and homes. Frames come in multiple finishes for every board category, but you’ll see that (as per usual) I lean toward the white, black, and grey options.

magnetic chalkboard (top: black frame, bottom: white frame)

corkboards

magnetic whiteboards

linen pinboards

Whether you’re in the market for a chalkboard, corkboard, whiteboard, or pinboard, you can browse the selection at Caribou Cabin, choose your size, select your frame, and easily place your order online. What’s not to love?

Stay tuned for another Caribou Cabin feature soon as I’d like to give you an up-close look at the linen pinboard that I have in my own home. Spoiler alert – it’s lovely!

Design: Scandinavian Summer

A few weeks ago, I shared a collection of white beach houses. Today, I’m doing another round-up of gorgeous architecture, but this time focused on the simplicity of Scandinavian design (with the exception of one building in England).

Mikael Bergquist architecture, via Dezeen

via Remodelista

Mikael Bergquist

via Contemporist

via Simple Form

designed by Mats Fahlander, via Contemporist

via Mønhuset

via Dezeen (in England)

As I was preparing this post, I really wanted to remain focused on exteriors to showcase the architectural design, but I couldn’t help but save a few inspirational interiors, too.

Asante via Contemporist

via Contemporist

via Remodelista

via Asante

via Asante

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Hotel to Home: Anantara, Oman

Today we are traveling all the way to Oman to take a mini-peak inside the Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort. There are so many beautiful spaces to inspire us all, but today, I’m taking us to one of the outdoor patios. Could you imagine having your coffee here?

via Anantara Al Jabal Ahkdar

It’s easy enough to bring the exoticism of Oman into your own home even if you don’t have a pool to lounge by. Just pick up a cool coffee pot and some metallic glasses and pour yourself a delicious coffee or tea.

lounge chair, side table, coffee pot, glass

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Travel: Review of Hotel Henry, Buffalo

When I first learned about Buffalo’s newly opened Hotel Henry, I was intrigued. And I was curious. And I was dubious, too. A must-see hotel? Sure. In Buffalo? Not so sure. You see, the Buffalo I have known up until this summer is all outlet mall and Target. Honestly. I have not seen much more than that on any of my trips to Buffalo. Well, let me tell you, Buffalo surprised me. Really! So much so that I’d definitely make a return trip! Isn’t that what you’d like the result of every vacation to be? I was pleasantly surprised!

You’ve seen a couple of photos of my trip on Instagram (#WhiteCabanaGoestoBuffalo), but here’s a proper tour of the hotel.

Hotel Henry, a national historic site, was built in the 1872 as a psychiatric hospital (aka known as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane). I didn’t know much of this history before I arrived which I think is a good thing. I was too googly-eyed over the design and architecture to get too engrossed in all the historical – and spooky!? – stories. As we pulled up to the property, I was floored. Amazed at the large scale and the absolutely beautiful architecture. I was definitely excited as I stepped inside.

The hotel has been part of a 3-year, $102 million renovation project. The hotel is located on a 42-acre site and occupies three of the eleven buildings of the former asylum. The project was led by Deborah Berke Partners and Flynn Battaglia Architects. Just to give you an idea of the scale and work involved, the restoration of 600 windows cost $7 million.

 

Check in was smooth and quick. My room was spacious with ridiculously high ceilings that definitely caught my attention! Beds were comfortable, and the bath products were lovely. Towels were fluffy, and the coffee/tea station was a nice addition. There was plenty of space to spread out, rest, and work (the desk in front of the window was well-planned).

I think it would be lovely if Hotel Henry added robes to the room and a mini fridge, too. These items aren’t essential, but they’re nice pluses for a luxurious stay.

 

Beyond the room, the hotel is absolutely stunning. The foyer and lounges are well-appointed with beautifully designed furniture and accessories. Interesting and unique art is everywhere in the public spaces and guest rooms. The lighting is dramatic and eye-catching.

During my stay, I had the chance to enjoy the bar one evening and breakfast by 100 Acres – the hotel restaurant that is becoming one of Buffalo’s hot spots! I enjoyed both, and loved parking myself in different areas around the hotel to enjoy my drink and meal. Each area offers lovely seating options and great views of the architecture and art.

The next time I go to Hotel Henry, I’m definitely going to sign up for a tour of the abandoned/non-renovated part of the Richardson Olmsted property. If I had known about these public tours before I arrived, I would have signed up, but it completely escaped my research and planning path. In addition to the tour, I’d like to explore other architectural, artistic, and neighbourhood gems.

Prices per night vary depending on day and month, but they average about $150 USD per night. Check the availability calendar for the most accurate price.

Thanks to Hotel Henry for sponsoring this post. All photos and opinions are my own.

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Cars: Review of the Audi Q5

Have I caught your attention with the title? Audi. Q5. Who’s excited for a little car review? Honestly, I am most definitely thrilled to be writing this post about my recent experience with the Audi Q5 – aka #WhiteCabanaDreamCar.

I’ve been keen on the Q5 for a while now, but it hasn’t always been that way.

A long(er) while ago, you may remember that I became pretty obsessed with the Fiat 500. I loved the look of this little Italian go-getter, but eventually my want/need for this little one faded. I rented it for a weekend, and while I enjoyed driving it around Toronto, it barely fit my luggage, and it was quite a noisy highway ride.

In recent years, it was the Audi Q7 that caught my attention, and I wrote about it here. What a beautiful car. It’s sleek, stylish, and roomy. In fact, once I saw it up-close, I realized it might be a touch too roomy for my liking. With no children in tow, I don’t have a need for its third row of seats.

Enter the Q5. I kept seeing this car on the road, and I kept liking it. And liking it some more. When I drove home from Montebello, Quebec, I spotted many on the highway, and each time I saw one, I thought, “now that’s a nice looking car,” sometimes I said it to myself before I was close enough to confirm that the car I was eyeing was in fact an Audi Q5.

Given that I grew up with an Audi 5000, I have fond memories of the Audi brand. My parents bought our grey Audi 5000 at the Audi factory Ingolstadt, Germany, then shipped it over to Toronto way back in 1985! We traveled everywhere in that car as a family. When my Dad finally retired it in 2006 after 21 years and 344,996kms, it was a pretty sad day for all of us. We all knew it was at the end of its life (21 years!), but it was emotional to see it go. Is that weird? To be so emotionally attached to a car? Hope I’m not the only one!

Dad and our Audi 5000 in Ingolstadt, Germany
(my sister and I are in the backseat – camera shy, I guess)

Okay, so we weren’t too camera shy. My sister and I at a basket shop in Germany. I’m flexing my muscles by carrying the biggest basket I could find, I guess!

So this brings me to my recent, super up-close encounter with the Audi Q5. The AudiKW team generously loaned me a white Q5 for a couple of days of adventuring around the Waterloo region (see #WhiteCabanaxAudi on Instagram for a few more photos). What a treat! I was happy to explore the white, sleek AudiKW showroom while I waited for my car. While dealerships can be easily intimidating for someone like me (who knows very little about cars), I was pleasantly surprised by everyone’s welcoming attitudes. I felt comfortable.

I met with Deon and Robert who set me up with the Q5. Robert – a brand specialist – walked me through all the features of the Audi Q5 Komfort. This model is the lowest end of the Audi Q5 spectrum, so some elements I really liked, and others would come in a higher end model (like the Progressive or the Technik).

When I got in the car, the first things I noticed were the driver’s seat and the size of the front window. The driver’s seat was made for me (or so I like to think). It was comfortable from the beginning right up until I dropped off the car. The front window panel was large and free of obstructions. I know this should always be the case, but it isn’t. Sometimes the frame is too thick or the rear view mirror is bulky. I also loved that the windshield wipers tucked away beautifully – they weren’t visible when not in use. Great design detail!

I love the design of these mirrors.

I currently drive a 2004 Toyota Rav4 – which I really do love – but it doesn’t have the modern features of new cars, so it took me a little while to get used to all the tech in the Audi Q5. Okay – not that long, but you know what I mean. In the Audi Q5, I could actually plug in my phone and connect it to bluetooth. I know many new cars have this feature, but my Rav4 doesn’t, so it took a moment to get used to it. Once I did – let me tell you – I made as many hands-free phone calls as I could while I was driving! I get amused so darn easily!

I think I only managed to use about one or two of these buttons! I’m pretty tech-savvy, but not when it comes to cars!

The cargo space is decent in the Komfort (26.8 cubic feet), but I definitely noticed that it’s smaller than the space in my Rav4 (about 38 cubic feet). The seats fold down, of course, which helps for large loads, but it would be something I’d have to consider and test out before I’d purchase it as I do end up carrying large loads on random trips in and out of town. The cargo space in the Q5 is tidy with a hidden spare tire and a privacy cover, too.

 

Great design – everything has its place!

Because I live in Uptown Waterloo and normally walk or bike to the places I need to go, I forced myself to venture out a bit for a longer drive to get the full experience of this car. I took the highway-route to Cambridge so I could go fast! FUN! The pick-up in the Q5 was amazing, and my comfort level remained high! The car drove smoothly and quietly, and I definitely liked driving fast (within speed limits, of course)!

When I was going over the features with Robert at the dealership, he told me that the car can adjust to various driving modes – dynamic, comfort, auto, etc. I opted for dynamic for the majority of the time because the ride felt fast and smooth. Dynamic mode has tight steering and more aggressive gear shifting. Comfort, on the other hand, has softer, easier steering and less aggressive gear shifting.

Look at the little lights underneath the handles – love them!

Having the Audi Q5 in my possession made my birthday celebrations extra fun! In fact, since my parents came for a visit, they, too, experienced the luxurious drive! This was especially fun for my dad who recreated his Audi pose from 1985. 

Notice my approach to parking? The farther and emptier, the better!

Over the course of my Audi Q5 ownership, I drove as much as I possibly could. In addition to driving to and around Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, and St. Jacobs, I drove over to the sweet town of Elora for a birthday dinner celebration. On the way, I stopped by the Montrose kissing bridge – the last covered bridge in Ontario, and the oldest of its kind in Canada.

And I also stopped by the castle-house on Middlebrook Road (between Montrose and Elora).  While in Elora, I checked out the progress of the Elora Mill. Construction is well underway, and I’m very much looking forward to a return trip here to eat, stay, and relax! It’s going to add so much more prettiness to the already-pretty town of Elora. As you can see in these photos, parking the Q5 was a breeze. Backing into grassy areas and stone-covered roads was a-okay!

For an SUV, the Audi Q5 is extremely fuel efficient. I love this aspect of the car! Apparently, it’s good to go 1000km on a tank of gas. Isn’t that amazing for an SUV?

I took on several passengers over the course of my mini-ownership. Every passenger loved the experience. All agreed that the car was definitely sleek and luxurious and beautifully designed. Back-seat passengers felt that the ride was spacious and comfortable and enjoyed the adjustable back seats as well as the back-seat air conditioning controls.

As a driver, I got easily used to having the control buttons at my fingertips on the console. While some passengers assumed that the navigation screen was touch-screen, it wasn’t. This didn’t bother me at all. I really liked having the circle button on the console to control music, phone calls, settings, etc. It was very easy to operate and comfortable because I didn’t need to extend my arm for touch screen.

While I did absolutely enjoy the Audi Q5 Komfort, and my interest in purchasing one has been confirmed because of this recent driving experience, there are some features that did not come with this model that I would want. My top priority would be a sunroof. I love having a sunroof in my Rav4, and I would definitely want a Q5 that had one. The model that I drove didn’t have all the snazzy sensors and cameras that I would want in a new car. I’d definitely upgrade to include these as I think they’re especially handy for parking and highway driving.

If you can’t already tell, overall, I have become more attached to the Audi Q5 after this driving experience. It’s a beautiful vehicle from every angle, and it made me feel safe, happy, and secure. I also loved walking up to it knowing that I got to get in the driver’s seat. This car definitely suits my style and personality!

Do I still think that this is the car for me? You bet!

Unless, maybe, I should try out the Audi TT first? 🙂

Many thanks to MC and the AudiKW team for sponsoring this post. All opinions and photos are my own.

p.s. Outfit details: jeans – Joe Fresh (last year), top – Kate Spade, eyeglasses – Polette, sunglasses – Rayban, purse – Longchamp.

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Two for Tuesday: Birthday Balloons

It’s all about balloons today because it’s my birthday! Yipee! Hip hip hooray!

via Wit & Delight

via Green Wedding Shoes

I’m taking the rest of the week off from the blog because I like to really make sure my birthday extends for as long as possible!

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Design: The White Beach House

If you ask me, there’s no better colour for a beach house than white. These beach-side/lake-side/water-side interiors have the prettiest palettes of whites, which keeps them looking serene and easy all day long.

via Style at Home

via My Domaine

via Marie Claire Maison

via 79Ideas

via Marit Folland

via Beach House Life and Style

Piet Boon via 79 Ideas

Gorgeous, right?

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Hotel to Home: Serengeti House, Tanzania

We’re traveling all the way to Tanzania today because the Serengeti House – and its surroundings – is definitely worth a visit! Here’s just one of the many beautiful rooms in this luxurious hotel.

If you like the combination of warm whites and muted sand, then here’s a starting off point for the look:

curtains, rug, table, tray table, pillow, chandelier, sofa, armchair, cane chair, coffee table

 

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Design: White with a Dash of Gold

Gold has been around in the world of design for a few years now, and there’s no sign that its leaving us quite yet. All of the spaces I’m showcasing today feature pretty gold lighting in pretty white spaces.

via Style at Home

via Dezeen

via House & Home

via Veneer Designs

via Veneer Designs

via Hello Hoku

via Hello Hoku

via Foxy Oxie

Design: Round-up of White

The only goal that I have for today’s post is to share a collection of images that have recently caught my eye. There’s no method. Just easy, breezy, inspirational images of design in white. Happy Wednesday!

via Greige Design

via Curated Interior

via New Chic

via Sabo Skirt

via The Design Chaser

via Lindsay Marcella

via By Garmi

via Style at Home

via Style Caster

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