Friday Five

The Friday Five: Curved Windows

I’m a little late¬†in writing today’s Friday Five, but the week was a full one! I was in Toronto¬†today at a work meeting (academic work, not IDS-related), and on the train ride back to Waterloo, my colleagues and I got talking about our various approaches to design. Needless to say, they didn’t think that my all-white way of life was the ideal way to live (ha – don’t knock it until you try it, I say!). Anyway, in between talking about chandeliers, window seats, and cathedral ceilings, we chatted quite a bit about windows.¬†All of our¬†design talk has inspired tonight’s late-night Friday Five post.

Today’s five interiors feature some incredibly gorgeous (in my opinion) curved windows. I’ll have to poll my¬†colleagues to see if they would agree.

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Designer Stripes

Phew – another full week of work, blogging, school, and snow. Hope you all had a wonderful and productive week! Today I’ve got stripes on the brain. And I’m not referring to the conventional painted or wallpaper stripes. The stripes that appear in these five photos are of a completely different variety.

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stairway stripes

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Gallery Walls

Gallery walls continue to¬†make a major art statement as we near the end of 2014. Do you think it’ll be an ongoing design element¬†in 2015?

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I am continuing to add to the gallery wall in my office, and I love that that each image reminds me of a trip or special moment.

The Friday Five: High vs. Low Furniture

I love the high-low columns that magazines like Style at Home feature.¬†Sometimes it’s so darn tricky to spot the differences. Inspired by¬†these columns, today I’m featuring five high-low¬†pieces.

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high: Thompson sofa, $5565, Elte

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low:¬†Tristan sofa, $1199, Leon’s

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high: Jimmy sling chair, $2285, Elte

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low: chrome and leather sling chair, $70

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high: Hampstead painted sofa frame, $694.99, Pottery Barn

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low: Coral Coast pleasant bay bench, $179.98

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high: Brinkley demilune single sink vanity, $1699, Pottery Barn

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low: Bella vanity, $720, Empire Industries

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high: luxe faux fur stool, $348, Anthropologie

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low: faux fur stool, $125, Etsy (also: DIY stool 1, DIY stool 2)

So? Were they easy to guess this time? Have a great weekend!

The Friday Five: Backpacks

Well, I was only half-certain that my PhD was going to be my last degree. I was right! Earlier this week, I learned that I have been accepted into¬†an MBA program! It’s part-time¬†so I’ll continue on with life as “normal”, and my studies will take up “just a bit” of my free time. Ha!

Anyhoo – I’m pumped!¬†I’m excited to learn¬†and¬†to push myself in a new direction. I’m also excited to buy school supplies (let’s get real, right?!).¬†At the top of the list is some sort of backpack. I’ve been using a one-shoulder tote forever, and it’s just not cutting it anymore.

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via LA Cool & Chic

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Here are five backpacks that look to be super sleek and fashionable (any just may even hold a textbook or two!).

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via Kokosina

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via Amazon

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Stella McCartney backpack

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Asya Malbershtein backpack

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Harper Ave Philip backpack

I must got check out some affordable options in person one day soon!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Will you be back to school shopping?

The Friday Five: Rattan-erific

I’ve¬†been back from Florida for less than a week, so naturally I’ve still got the beachy lifestyle on the brain. As such, today I’m featuring¬†Florida’s go-to accessory – rattan.¬†If you live on a Floridian¬†beach, some dose of rattan is a must!

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pair of decorative rattan mirrors, $3700, 1st Dibs

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set of four bentwood and rattan chairs, $2800, 1st Dibs

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pair of rattan sconces by Louis Sognot, $2502, 1st Dibs

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hanging rattan chair, $304.17, Etsy

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rattan arm chair & stool, $1900, 1st Dibs

Who am I kidding? Rattan works outside of Florida, too. I have a rattan set for my own patio, and I love it!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

p.s. I also think this bed is pretty cool.

 

The Friday Five: Hammocks

I think if I had an enormous backyard, I would definitely make room for a hammock as I think it would be an ideal spot for napping and reading outdoors.

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cotton fringe hammock, $398, Shop Terrain

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hanging hammock chair, $198, Shop Terrain

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hammock, $99.99, Ikea

 

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cotton rope hammock, $79.99, Target

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hanging hammock, $39.99, Canadian Tire

Who’s with me on this one? I’m actually thinking a hammock may fit on my patio…I¬†must take measurements!

Enjoy your weekend…wherever you may lounge.

The Friday Five: Lexon Clock Radios

I know we’re all super hi-tech now with iPhones and iPads and blue tooth and wi-fi, but I am in the market for a basic – and stylish – clock radio that I can put in my kitchen. I’d like something small but mighty – and white (obviously). I haven’t found anything in stores as of yet, but my online searches keep bringing me to the very sleek¬†Lexon collection.

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Thkyo radio designed by Marc Berthier

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Titan LED clock radio designed by Jeremy & Adrian Wright

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Prism clock radio designed by Joe Doucet

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Hybrid designed by Mathieu Lehanneur

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Flow radio designed by Philip Wong

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Stylish Mugs

I have featured mugs numerous times on the blog, but I can’t resist posting more. They’re such easy things to buy, aren’t they?

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Marimekko Hetkia Moments mug, $27.86, Crate & Barrel

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castle peak mug, $16, Kate Spade

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hat’s entertainment mug, $23.99, ModCloth

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mug, $4.95, CB2

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Do what you love, $10, Chapters-Indigo

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Side Tables

I need two little side tables for my living room. Preferably really cool and interesting ones. Here are five that have caught my eye recently. They look like they’d fit in my space beautifully.

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molded brass side table, $299, West Elm mirror-table

faceted mirror side table, $199, West Elm

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hex side table, $179, West Elm Simone-end-table-EQ3

Simone end table, $199, EQ3 Tate-end-table-EQ3

Tate end table, $99, EQ3

The Friday Five: Laurent Scheinfeld Photography

In a week – I’ll be in Paris. Eek! Although I’ve been to Paris about a dozen times or so, I’m always eager and excited to go back! This trip is work-related, so I’ll be spending half of my time with other academics discussing everything that there is to discuss about language and writing. The rest of the time, I’ll be wandering the streets, taking photos, eating as many croissants as possible, sipping on hot chocolate, shopping, and going to Cartier exhibit! I’m going with two amazing colleagues and friends, and we have booked ourselves into one heck of an apartment (here’s hoping it’s as beautiful in real life as it is in the photos).

I recently came across the work of photographer Laurent Scheinfeld when I was browsing the Marché aux Puces website (one of my fave spots in Paris!). His photos series featuring the Eiffel Tower are really quite beautiful.

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boy running in front of Eiffel Tower

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woman walking near the Eiffel Tower

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woman with her dogs in front of the Eiffel Tower

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woman in front of Eiffel Tower

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father and daughter playing in front of Eiffel Tower

Besides the Cartier exhibit and a visit to Christofle, I have plans to: eat a lot of croissants, visit design shops like Merci and Colette, stock up on tea at H√©diard, visit one of my favourite European clothing stores COS,¬†find my (and my family’s) favourite chocolate, purchase a cool piece of art, bring back a French magazine (or several), and speak French! Oui, oui!

The Friday Five: Staying Warm

Oh my goodness. It feels like -30C this morning. What?! How do you stay warm during these days of frigid temperatures? Here are five of the ways I’m staying warm (or trying really hard to).

1. I wear layers of wool sweaters. This week I’ve discovered that wearing two wool sweaters is much better than wearing one.

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I wish I looked this chic in -30C weather, via Fashionsy

2. My office is fairly cold, so I keep my space heater on for most of the day. At home, I keep my house at about 72F and it’s working out well.

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Anna Little space heater

3. I love blankets, so I make sure there’s always one (or several) within reach of my seat on the couch.

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Hudson’s Bay blanket

4. Tea. Coffee. Mulled wine. Warm drinks of any kind are a must.

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5. Boots. I don’t think I can live without my Sorel boots and UGGs. Happy feet.¬†The. Best.

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Sorel boots

 Have a great weekend dear readers! And do send over any tips for staying warm, please!

The Friday Five: Busts

Last week Christine from Bijou & Boheme suggested that we will be seeing more heads/people/busts in 2014. I tend to agree. I can definitely see their appeal. They’re strong, classic, and are usually in museums. What do you think? Would you want one in your home or would you feel like all eyes would be on you.

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19th century marble bust, $9730

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plaster head of Apollo, $2500

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white marble bust of flora, $4000

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Greek god bust, $195

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Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! Happy Friday!

 

The Friday Five: Art

Ah – the first full week of 2014 is coming to an end. How is everyone doing with their resolutions?

One of the things that I want to do this year is work on my art – making and collecting. I’m getting tired of some of my old pieces and I think it might be about time to paint over them or ditch them completely and buy some new pieces. So I’m ending the week with some art inspiration.

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via Snob

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via Snob

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Folding 3 by Monica Trastoy

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Black Dress, Homemade by Leanne Shapton

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by Polka Dotty Dolls

The Interior Design Show is in a couple of weeks and I am sure to find inspiration there as well. I have definitely enjoyed attending IDS in the past.

The Friday Five: Nutcrackers

I haven’t posted anything about nutcrackers since 2010 even though these men are some of my favourite Christmas decorations. ¬†They can be placed on the mantle in a group, hung on the Christmas tree, or serve as colouring entertainment for the little ones in your family. They’re multi-purpose and they look great too.

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nutcracker, $6.59, Crate & Barrel

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wood nutcracker, Lowe’s

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nutcracker with glitter, $15, Amazon

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nutcracker, $38.24, Linens n Things

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nutcracker colouring page

Thanks for tuning in for another week of white goodness. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The Friday Five: Bath Accessories

My powder room isn’t quite done but it’s¬†almost done. I’m hoping everything will be working and my mirror will be up next week. I haven’t yet ordered my towel bar and toilet roll holder but here are some of the options I was contemplating.

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Emtek towel bar & paper holder (total $175)

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Dynasty towel bar & paper holder (total $73)

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Delta Trinsic towel bar & paper holder (total $84)

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Gatco Bleu chrome towel bar & paper holder (total $67)

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Pfister modern towel bar & paper holder (total $90) 

Thoughts?

Have a great weekend!

The Friday Five: Church Architecture

High ceilings. Big windows. Lots of seating. I’m talking about churches, of course! The architectural features of these white ones impress me.

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St. Moritz church by John Pawson

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photo by Jordana

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via Curious Details

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Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Saturday! (I’m a day late, I know.)

The Friday Five: Ian Stevenson’s Art

A day late with the Friday Five this week but nevermind…here we are now. I hope you all had a wonderful week. What are your weekend plans?

I was due to attend Art Toronto but I couldn’t make it in the end (the first time in a few years). I know it was another great success and I hope to be back into my Art Toronto-attending routine next year.

Thought I’d wrap up the week with some art anyway – this time with black and white line drawings from UK-artist¬†¬†Ian Stevenson.

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Pacman’s Hungry

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A Royal Mug

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Buy Stuff

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Turn it Off

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Something Great

The Friday Five: Dinnerware

I’m on the hunt for dinnerware. I know I want a white collection but I’m not sure if I should go for round or square, detailed or plain.

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Camden Bone Chine Dinnerware, Crate & Barrel

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Mercer Dinnerware, Crate & Barrel

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Pillivuyt Coupe Porcelain, Williams-Sonoma

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Flow Dinnerware set, West Elm

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GlucksteinHome Prescott Coupe collection, The Bay

Do you have any advice to share?

Happy Friday and have a most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

The Friday Five: Helvetica

Helvetica. It’s one of my favourite types. You too?

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Helvetica poster via The Positive Posters

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Helvetica cookie cutters via The Donut Project

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Albert Son’s “Helvetica Hotel” via¬†

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letterpress card via Power and Light

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Helvetica scarf via The Little Factory

I recommend the Helvetica movie if you haven’t yet seen it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The Friday Five: Art

I am leaving you with five impressive pieces of art this week. Have a super weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday*!

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Petites Ailes by Nathalie Boutté

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Origami by Akla Ali

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Loris Cecchini, Gaps Airborne (thanks to Adrienne S. for sending this to me)

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Double-Sided 01 by Monica Trastoy

*Or maybe I’ll see you at BlogPodium tomorrow! I’m so excited to present with Giulia Doyle of Audrey’s, meet some of the sponsors, and congratulate Jen and the BlogPodium team in person for all the work they have done to make this event happen.

 

The Friday Five: Lace

I’m curious as to what your thoughts are about lace. I personally love it but I think it’s too delicate for me in terms of both fashion and home. It’s just so dainty and fragile. Or is it?

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Blair at Atlantic-Pacific

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Laced Solstice Shell, Anthropologie

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via Au Lit Fin Linens

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Lace Dessert Set, at Zara Home

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Lace table runner, at H&M Home

What’s your opinion? Do you wear it? Own it? For what purposes?

Happy Friday! And happy weekend!

The Friday Five: Tea & Teapots

As much as I love coffee, I love tea. There are so many flavours and I am a fan of most of them! Earl Grey, yes please. Vanilla Roiboos, don’t mind if I do. Chamomile, indeed. I’m not too particular when it comes to loose leaf or tea bags – I like it all. I take milk with most of my tea and sometimes I add a drop of honey. Delicious! Since I talked about coffee last week, I thought I should give some attention to tea this week.

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Swans Upon a Time teapot, Modcloth via Luxe Life

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Enamel Teapot, West Elm

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Maxim Teapot, Marks & Spencer

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Alice’s Teapot 4, Anthropologie

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Weave Teapot, Crate & Barrel

What do you prefer – coffee or tea?

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Friday Five: Coffee Pots

I have been drinking more coffee than usual over the last few weeks. I go through phases of preferred coffee types. I normally rotate between Caf√© du Monde drip coffee, espresso, and latt√©s. While I love French pressed coffee too, I don’t have a French press so I never make it. My local caf√© has pour over coffee which is kind of – sort of – like French press. I love the taste of pretty much every kind of coffee (and I’ve written about my interest in coffee here).

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Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System

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Chemix Coffee Maker

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Black & Decker Coffee Maker

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Cuisinart Compact Single Serve Coffee Maker

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Bosch Tassimo

What about you? What’s you coffee of choice? Do you frequent the caf√©s or do you prefer your own make-at-home coffee?

 

The Friday Five: Bedrooms

It’s Friday! Who is excited for the weekend?

I’m a month into my new job and it’s been going great. I love the work and I love where I’m living in Waterloo. What I could use is a bit more sleep-in time. Days are busy with work and nights and weekends have been busy with prepping for my dissertation defense (11 days!) and planning out home reno projects. Who can sleep-in when there’s all this excitement? There are boxes stacked in my bedroom so, at the moment, it’s nothing like what a serene bedroom should look like. Soon enough, right? I’m hoping that by the end of September I will feel much more settled.

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via Desire to Inspire

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via Desire to Inspire

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Rebecca and Dan’s Toronto home, via Style North

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via 79 Ideas

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via Snob

 Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

The Friday Five: Bathrooms

I have a feeling I’m going to be talking about bathrooms for quite some time here. Let me know if you’re bored. I’ve got two bathrooms in my house that I need to do something with. I’ve ripped off the wallpaper and although I don’t have the budget to do full-on makeovers, I do need (want) to do some updating. I’d like to replace the vanities in each bathroom asap. The paint, faucets, and lighting are also pretty big priorities. Eventually I’ll replace the floors and figure out a better use of space in the main bathroom upstairs. I’ve been floating around online searching out some great white bathrooms for inspiration. Mine are going to be white…no surprise there.

In this first space I love the free-standing tub. This is definitely on-trend for 2013 (and a few years after that, I predict). My own main bath is big enough to do the same so when I get more money (a big lottery win?) I may consider doing something like this. It’s so sleek!

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Town Hall Hotel

In this second bathroom I love the thought of putting the mirror over the wall of windows. The windows act as an artistic backdrop for the gorgeous gold mirror.

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via The Perfect Bath

I think the layout in this third bathroom is pretty unique. It looks like the shower was installed in between the two vanities. I think this is a pretty interesting use of space.

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via Style at Home

The fourth bathroom has the most incredible window and molding details. It’s just so striking. The vanity seems too small for the space and the grand ceilings though. What do you think?

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Julie Charbonneau’s home via House & Home

Finally, in Sarah Richardson’s design, the tiling is an obvious eye-catching statement. I love the shades of white used in this space and the vanity is beautiful. But am I the only one who thinks that the sconces and mirrors are completely out of proportion in this space?

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Sarah Richardson design via House & Home

So, I’m curious – what are your essentials for a worthwhile bathroom reno? Do you go for the whole room or is it possible to update the space without tearing out all of the existing fixtures?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! It’s a long one here so I’ll see you back on Tuesday if I am too relaxed to post on Monday!

The Friday Five: Waterworks

I have bathrooms on the brain these days since I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in my own removing strips and strips of wallpaper. Waterworks is an amazingly beautiful bathroom store and their online shop is just as gorgeous. Some of the prices I find completely hard to justify but, oh jeez, are these bath items ever good looking!

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Crystal wall mounted mirror, $631

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Lawson wall sconce with mirror, $453

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Asscher soap dish, $110 

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Mercury bathroom tumbler, $95

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metal stool, $1800

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Happy Friday!

The Friday Five: Bird Watching

Dear Readers: It has been one heck of a week! Things have been chaotic on my end (re: house, job, travel) that I did not have even a second to post – or even schedule a post – yesterday. So although it’s officially Saturday today – here’s this week’s Friday Five! We’re bird watching…

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via The Alternative Life

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via Anthropologie

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West Elm rocking bird

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bird postcards via Lupen Grainne

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diamond pave bird pin

Have a most wonderful weekend everyone! Thanks for reading another week of White Cabana!

The Friday Five: Office Spaces

For the last few weeks I’ve had office spaces on my mind. I’m inspired to re-do mine and make it as bright and white as possible! I need to come up with a way to effectively de-clutter the desktop while making it work efficiently for me. Papers and books are usually piled high!

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Belinda Love Lee‘s¬†bright white workspace, via DesignSponge

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Becki’s white office, Curious Details

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Friday Five: Treasure Boxes

I have many little boxes around my place that hold everything from jewelry to safety pins to coins. I find they are quite useful as well as decorative. But I’m curious, do you have a collection of treasure boxes? What do you use them for?

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opaline box, $495; modern lacquer box, $29.50; studded charade box, $175; monogram jewelry box, $78; lacquer stash box, $78

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful treasure-filled weekend!

The Friday Five: Buntings

Bloggers love buntings. And I’m sure a lot of readers do too. They are an easy DIY (using everything from colourful crepe paper to doilies) that can be on temporary or permanent display.

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felt foliage garland via A Subtle Revelry

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via 79Ideas

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via KoJo Designs

white bunting & pompoms

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via Forever Love

What are your thoughts about buntings? Where would you use one?

Happy Friday everyone!

The Friday Five: Paper Crafting

My friend Adrienne is not only a wiz at cross-stitching (it’s more advanced that just crosses, though, let me say) but she is an excellent paper crafter. She makes such thoughtful cards for me that feed my obsession with white. Today’s Friday Five are some of the cards that have inspired her to try new techniques and create lovely cards for friends and family.¬†My favourite is the second one with polka dots!

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Cheiron Brandon

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Libby Stampz

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Many thanks to Adrienne S. (paper crafter extraordinaire) for sending this my way.

 

 

The Friday Five: Carousels

I don’t know what made me think of carousels today but I did. I think it all started when I was browsing Anthropologie and landed on this sweet carousel clock:

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carousel clock, $168, Anthropologie

Here are four more carousels to round up today’s Friday Five:

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white carousel at Louis Vuitton, via Hello Magazine

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GE’s solar powered carousel, The Carousolar¬†(It’s solar powered!)

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carousel necklace, $79.53, Laura des Villes Laura des Champs

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carousel model puzzle, $11.54

Phew – that was a quick week wasn’t it? Hope the weather is beautiful where you live so you can enjoy a couple of free days outside! Happy weekend!

The Friday Five: My Mom’s Favourite Websites

Today I thought I’d highlight some of my mom’s regular go-to websites. After she stops in at White Cabana (her first stop online, obviously), she clicks onto these sites (yes, usually in this order) to see what’s going on around the world…

1.¬†8foot6. This is a daily read for my mom, my sister, and me. The three of us lead very different lives but Shannon at 8foot6 appeals to us all. My mom, sister and I often touch base and discuss Shannon’s daily updates (Shannon – if you’re reading this – we seriously do talk about all the goodness that you’ve got going on in your home!). We love Shannon’s home, her photos, and her growing Pyrex collection. We are also impressed with how much she manages to do with two toddlers in Toronto.

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via 8foot6

2. The Enchanted Home. My mom loves following this blog and often gives me the update about what changes Tina (the author) has made to her incredible home or what new orchids or plants she has placed in her massive collection of blue and white ceramics. Tina’s home is not just gorgeous – it’s pretty spectacular. She has amazing taste in fabrics and decor and watching her build her house from start to finish was a real treat for us readers.

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 via The Enchanted Home

3. My French Country Home. My mom’s third (well, fourth if we count White Cabana) stop around the internet is My French Country Home. My mom keeps me informed about Sharon’s horses and her tours of the brocantes (flea markets) in France. Like Tina, her property in Normandy is pretty incredible.

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via My French Country Home

4. After White Cabana, 8foot6, My Enchanted Home and My French Country Home, my mom usually clicks on the blogroll (aka the list at the side of the blog) at My Enchanted Home to see what else might be interesting on a particular day. Often she clicks onto French Essence.

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via French Essence

5. Kijiji¬†and¬†Craigslist.¬†My mom¬†loves Kijiji and Craigslist. She has dragged me to who knows where to buy who knows what random one of a kind item for her home. She entertains me with her incredible searching skills. Honestly. My mom can find anything you need at an incredible price. It’s a talent like I’ve never seen before.¬†Her determination and persistance in finding beautiful high quality items at incredible prices is really to be admired.

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via Craigslist

Happy weekend! Wishing everyone a wonderful mother’s day. (Is there such thing as aunt’s day?)

The Friday Five: Dining Rooms

Whether you’ve got a table for 2 or a table for 12, a beautifully decorated dining room invites you, your family, and your guests to relax and enjoy a wonderful meal together.

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via Stadshem

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via Design for Mankind

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Jo Malone headquarters London, photo by Patrick Cline, via Lonny Magazine March 2013

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via Interior Design

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Casa Almare in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, via Sous Style

And it’s a real bonus if your dining room has a fireplace like a couple of the ones I feature here – those lucky homeowners!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

The Friday Five: Bathrooms

I love the variety of design in the bathrooms that I’m featuring in today’s Friday Five.

1. The tendency is toward vintage in this bathroom’s design. The art-deco chandelier, the simple mirrors, and the marble counters make this bathroom a winner from top to bottom.

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via Sojorner

2. This bathroom is modern, modern, modern. The artwork, the shower faucet system, and the floating sink and toilet make this bathroom sleek and clean.

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via Emmas DesignBlogg

3. Exposed plumbing is one of the things that I’m attracted to in this bathroom. The simple oval sconces seem to add an industrial feel to this space.

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via Desire to Inspire

4. Shimmer and shine through the use of glass doors and walls makes this bathroom modern. The hard-edge tub and the simplicity of the stand alone faucet are two of the many elements in this space that make it stand out.

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5. My favourite feature in this bathroom is actually the window because it reminds me of France. I love the addition of the antique scale and the simple light ball fixture over the sink. It’s a little bit rustic and a whole lot of calm.

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via 79Ideas 

Happy Friday!

Have a great weekend everyone!

The Friday Five: Living Rooms

Let’s end the week with inspiration from five gorgeous living rooms. The ceilings, the furniture, the windows, the lighting…these all do their part to make these rooms inviting and gorgeous. Yes?

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Jo Malone headquarters London, photo by Patrick Cline, via Lonny Magazine March 2013

via Real Simple

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Julie Blackmon’s sunroom, via Design Mom

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Sarah Hubbell’s living room, via Design*Sponge

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New York penthouse by David Hoston and Ghislaine Vi√Īas, photo by Eric Laignel, via¬†Interior Design

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

The Friday Five: Bookcases

I am currently drowning in work. There’s a lot going on in my PhD life at the moment – all exciting and challenging stuff – which means that my eyes are tired from reading, my brain hurts from thinking, and I fear my fingers will soon be stuck in a perma-typing position. So, in the spirit of hard academic work, today’s post is all about fabulous home libraries.

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Jane Lilly Warren’s home, photo by Courtney Apple, via Matchbook Magazine

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photo by Robert C. Lautman, via Architectural Digest

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!