Interiors

Hotel to Home: Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

Today we’re heading south to the Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. Bring on the sunshine and warmth! The Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach has plenty of beautiful spaces, but it was the simplicity of this hallway that really inspired me to write this hotel to home post.

via Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach

walnut bench, blinds, light, rock art, sea fan specimen, white art

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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

Hotel to Home: Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon

The Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon, Portugal is a small hotel with plenty of style. The tiled bathrooms, wood plank flooring, and linens look to be of the highest quality. I grabbed a photo of a dining space for today’s hotel to home inspiration. It’s definitely an easy-to-recreate space.

via Santa Clara 1728

Here’s the look I created inspired by the Santa Clara:

tablecloth, chair, dish set, glasses, lavender centrepiece, cutlery set, napkins

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

Hotel to Home: Hotel Eden, Rome

Andiamo a Roma! Let’s go to Rome!

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

The Classic Room at Hotel Eden, Rome

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

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

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Design: McKinley Burkart Architecture

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

Bruce Lifestyle Store

M-Tech

Market

Village Ice Cream

Earls Westhills

Elbow Park House

The Shore

IHS

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Press: My Home in Style at Home Magazine

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

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

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

 

    

And a few truths…if you’re curious:

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

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

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Design: A Notting Hill Kitchen

This kitchen in Notting Hill, UK has so many stunning details. The marble, the moulding, the brass, and the floors have all caught my eye. And since there’s already a Bialetti espresso maker in place, I can basically move in. Yup. I could!

Blenheim Crescent kitchen by Blakes London

House to Home: The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

We are going all the way to South Africa today to Cape Town’s The Cellars-Hohenort. This 5-star hotel is luxurious and comfortable. Easy and welcoming. The mix of white and soft blue, pink, and green make each room unique.

I’m taking us into one of the sitting areas today and recreating the look for home.

via Cellars-Hohenort

arm chair, vintage bentwood rocker, sofa, mantelpiece, art, art, art, chair, ottoman

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Hotel to Home: La Maison Champs Elysées, Paris

How have I not yet come across this gorgeous, boutique hotel of white cloudy goodness in Paris? La Maison is absolutely stunning, and although I’m only showing you one photo here, I encourage you to check out its gallery. It’s a completely breathtaking hotel, and even if you don’t like white as much as I do, I’m sure you’ll be impressed by La Maison’s design and decor. If you notice a bit of a fashion influence, it’s because fashion designer Martin Margiela served as artistic director for this hotel.

Since I’ve recreated many bedrooms and bathrooms in this Hotel to Home series, I have opted for an office area from one of the hotel’s suites. Look at those sculptural chairs! Absolutely cool!

via La Maison Champs Elysées

armchair, side table, desk, wallpaper,  sheer curtains, chair

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Design: Black and White Floral Wallpaper

While I don’t like wallpaper in my own home, I definitely appreciate how others use it in their homes. Fellow designers/bloggers Tim Lam and Christine Dovey work wonders with wallpaper (have you seen their recent One Room Challenge reveals: Tim’s dining room, Christine’s basement), but I’m happy to sit on the wallpaper sidelines.

That said, I do love flowers, and these floral wallpapers have certainly caught my eye. I could easily frame up samples and add them to my office gallery wall or switch out my inkblot wall for a wall full of florals! Now, there’s an idea!

via Style Me Pretty Living

via Tubulences Deco

via Domino

via French By Design

via Planete Deco

via House Beautiful

via Domino

via Etsy

via The Everygirl

via Vanessa Francis

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Hotel to Home: The Laguna, Bali

We are traveling to Bali today to The Laguna because when I spotted this hotel in one of Mr. Dobson‘s tweets a while ago, I was impressed by its beautiful aesthetic. The great views and perfect weather definitely add to my interest!

The Laguna

It doesn’t take much to recreate this look in your own home. Just add a lot of white and a lot of wood, and a touch of intricate embroidery.

canopy bed, linens, quilt, dresser, lamp, curtains

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Travel: Fairmont Le Ch√Ęteau Montebello, Quebec

When I booked my May trip to Kingston, Ottawa, and Montebello a few months ago, I was not expecting to encounter floods and snowy weather. This, though, is exactly what happened.

I could have postponed the trip, but quite a bit of planning went into this trip, and trying to reschedule would have ended in an almost 6-month postponement. I was also mostly oblivious to the rainy weather. It was rain. I packed my rainboots. And my rain coat. And my umbrella.¬† Done. After a stay in Kingston, and a quick lunch with Giulia in Ottawa, I drove to Montebello, Quebec for an overnight vacation at the Fairmont Le Ch√Ęteau Montebello – the world’s largest log cabin! How amazing! I was so intrigued!

Here’s a quick overview of my itinerary:

Day 1

Despite the rain, I was in full relaxation mode. I arrived to the Fairmont around 3pm, and after I had checked in to my log cabin room, I threw on my rain gear and headed out for a walk. The grounds were beautiful, and the forest trail was so peaceful. There were only a few people around (on account of the rain, most likely), so it was a really peaceful walk. I then had a swim in the pool, a long hot shower, and dinner at the Seigneurie Bar. I watched a bit of French news, and fell asleep under a cozy white duvet.

Day 2

The next day, I had an early morning swim, then enjoyed a generous buffet breakfast at the Aux Chantignoles. I departed earlier than I had originally anticipated because I was nervous about the flooding in Gatineau/Ottawa, and I also wanted to catch up with another friend in Ottawa on my way back to Waterloo.

Now, about the hotel. Several Fairmont properties are full of history and charm. The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is no exception. It’s the largest log cabin I’ve ever seen, let alone slept in (well, it’s the world’s largest afterall). It definitely has a classic chalet vibe with its winter scene art, wood beams, enormous fireplace, and logs. Lots and lots of logs! So beautiful! It’s definitely a sight to see for anyone who is interested in architecture. (Note: some non-white photos below.)

A few sort-of-blurry iPhone photos of the fireplace, but you get the idea! It’s a grand chalet!

My room was cozy. My bed was ridiculously comfortable. The bathroom was smaller and more dated (but in keeping with the chalet theme) than I had anticipated, but the products smelled lovely, and I had everything I needed for a very comfortable stay. Yes, even with the miserable weather. I was warm and happy! I was even spoiled with maple syrup-infused treats. Merci beaucoup!

This was such a comfortable bed! I had a wonderful sleep!

For dinner on the night arrived, I opted for a classic meal of mint julep and poutine. Interesting combination, right? I was attracted to both items on the menu, so that’s what I went for even if it seems a little strange. Both were delicious, and I’d happily order the same duo on a return visit. Oh – and the cheese is from Montebello, so how could I resist? Delicieux!

I filled up at the breakfast buffet on my second day. The croissants and maple-syrup crepes called my name. I did have some scrambled eggs, too, to balance out all the sweetness. Service was attentive, pleasant, and bilingual.

One of the absolute best things about my stay was swimming lengths in the pool. Montebello’s pool is the largest indoor hotel pool in Canada, and I definitely enjoyed it. I swam later in the evening and early in the morning, so I avoided the crowds of families. If I did go at a busier time, I could have easily swam in the reserved lane. Great planning, Montebello!

While I don’t have a family, I would recommend the Montebello for a family vacation. There are a lot of activities to do year-round including horseback riding, trail walking, curling, indoor and outdoor swimming, and more. The property is beautiful, and the staff are friendly.

Another thing that I took advantage of during my stay was communicating en français! Living in Ontario, I rarely get an opportunity to speak French. I appreciated that the staff communicated in French with me rather than automatically switching to English.

Overall, I had a very relaxing weekend getaway, and I’d easily do it again. Since I’m not much of a snow-bunny, I’d likely make a return trip in the summer to enjoy the outdoor pool and sunny views of the Ottawa River.¬† If snow is your thing, then definitely plan a winter escape as the log cabin must be beautiful after a dusting of snow.

I don’t want to end this post without touching on the lesser-luxurious side of my vacation.

On each day of my visit, I threw on my rain gear and walked out of the resort area to explore the little town of Montebello. Here is where I was really hit with the reality of the recent floods.

The two photos above are from the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello’s property. Look how buried that bench is. Awful.

I know Montebello may not have been hit as hard as other parts of the region, but I saw sandbags surrounding homes and high water levels around the Fairmont Montebello and the town. In fact, the Gatineau/Ottawa highway that I needed to take was closed due to flooding, and even on the re-routed journey, I saw high water levels on either side of roads. Not good.

I am grateful that my journey went smoothly and that I stayed safe and warm while I was in Quebec. I know others in the region experienced plenty of stress. As such, when I came home, I made a donation to the Red Cross – specifically to the Spring Floods Relief – Quebec Designation. This is a great way to support a community in need. Clean-up is ongoing, and I encourage you to contribute, too.

All in all, I had quite the adventure from Waterloo, ON to Montebello, QC. The drive from/to Waterloo was pleasant and relatively traffic-free. The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello was a perfect chalet immersion complete with delicacies from the region. I’m fortunate that I was able to explore a new part of Canada last weekend, and I would certainly recommend all travel-enthusiasts readers to do the same!

Many thanks to the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and J.W. for sponsoring my stay. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Hotel to Home: Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

So, I’m on a Relais & Chateaux kick at the moment. The hotels are just beautiful and unique. They ooze luxury. Plus, somehow they keep finding me via Twitter, so I figure it’s a sign. I will keep my Relais & Chateaux research going!

Today, I’m bringing you to the Palazzo Manfredi in Rome, Italy. As in – you can see the Colosseum from your hotel window! Che bello! The hotel offers pretty spectacular views and the rooms are certainly inviting.

Look at all the white loveliness in this hotel room! And can you see the Colosseum outside the window? Amazing.

If you’re loving this look, here’s how you can bring it home:

bed, bathrobe, coverlet, art, sheet set, curtains, round mirror, magnifying mirror, desk, Dedalo Pianca side table, lamp

What do you think? What’s your favourite piece?

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The Friday Five: Goodies from Studio McGee

Yesterday, BlogPodium – the Canadian conference for design and lifestyle influencers – announced its keynote speakerMs. Shea McGee of the Studio McGee. If you’ve been online searching for design inspiration, I’m sure you’ve come across some of Studio McGee’s work. It’s just one beautiful design project after another. Studio McGee brings so many gorgeous rooms to my laptop screen, and I love all the design candy! Here are just five of the spaces that may have you drooling…

Mountainside Remodel

Los Altos Kitchen

Robin Road remodel

Modern Mountain Home

Haddonfield Project

Tickets for BlogPodium go on sale on Friday, May 12th. To see what’s happened in the past, check out my recaps of previous BlogPodium events.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hotel to Home: Chateau de la Treyne, France

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I attended another memorable evening at Langdon Hall as part of the Congress of the North American Relais & Chateaux partners (#WhiteCabanaGoestoLangdonHall). One of the people that I met was Stephanie Gombert, owner of the gorgeous Chateau de la Treyne in France.

I lived in Bordeaux for a year as many of you may remember, so I definitely have a soft spot for everything French! The Chateau de la Treyne is a stunning property in the Dordogne region, and each room in the hotel has a unique style. The La Favorite suite’s gold freestanding tub drew me into the room, and so I thought it would make a great room for today’s Hotel to Home feature.

La Favorite – Chateau de la Treyne

Here’s my version:

tub, portrait, bed, chandelier, desk, lamp, flowers, night stand

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Hotel to Home: Byron Beach Abodes

About 10 years ago, I spent a month in Australia. It was as wonderful as you can imagine. While I spent much of my time in Surfers Paradise, I did some traveling along the east coast, too. At the time, I was very much a budget traveler, but if I went back now, I’d love to save up and stay in places like the Byron Beach Abodes.¬† I’m only showing you one small bedroom today, but you must have a browse around the various suites and villas. Everything is just beautiful and inviting.

Byron Beach Abodes

Really liking the look of the bedroom? Here’s where you might go to find similar items:

crystal doorknob, striped duvet cover, chair, air plant, shelf, wood picture frames, salvaged wood mirrors, lamp

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Hotel to Home: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, UK

We are crossing the pond again to go to the gorgeous Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in the UK. It’s another Relais & Chateaux property, so you know that it’s going to be top-of-the-top.

I could move right on into this room in one of the Spa Lodges:

And here’s my interpretation:

Constance Guisset Vertigo lamp, CB2 sofa, bench/coffee table, armchair, tripod side table, floor lamp, rug, fireplace

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Hotel to Home: Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi

Last week’s Shangri-La Vancouver enticed me to look into other Shangri-La hotels. With this Internet adventure, I landed on the Shangri-La Abu Dhabi. And I want to go! The archways have got me…even though the design is much more ornate than I generally prefer.

Look at the grand foyer:

via Shangri-La Abu Dhabi

I’m using this space as today’s design inspiration.

palm tree, room screen, over-dyed rug, wall sconce, armchair, end table, curtains

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The Friday Five: Small Laundry Rooms

I’m so eager to have a new laundry room/bathroom in my basement. The original owners actually wallpapered the furnace. Wallpapered. Yup. Beyond this special feature, my sink is a big ol’ mess, the linoleum clashes, and while my combo washer/dryer is certainly a relic from the early 90s. (Even though I have had it repaired twice recently, my repair man says it’s a good machine and I shouldn’t replace it.).

Mostly, I want the space to be more beautiful and more functional than it is at the moment.

My laundry/bathroom combo room is pretty small, but I’ve pinned these inspirational images because I’d like to channel the style and feel in my own space.

via Houzz

via Homes to Love

via A Beautiful Living

via Remodelista

VZug showroom via Est Living

Notice any patterns? I’m limited to having a vertical laundry/dryer set-up, and I’d love everything else to be white with (maybe) concrete floors (or grey of some sort). I need a big laundry sink, and I need a bit of storage for a few rolls of toilet paper, laundry detergent, and my drying rack (and potentially a few towels if I decide to install a shower in the space).

Any tips?

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Hotel to Home: Shangri-La, Vancouver

My apologies for missing last week’s hotel to home post. I realized too late that I hadn’t written one, and by the time I got home from work/school/activities, it was too late for me to finish a draft and post it.

But I’m back at it with a dining space from the Shangri-La hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s an impressive space and I had fun recreating it…in two versions – high and low.

via Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Here’s the high version:

vintage murano glass chandelier ($8521 CAD), curtains ($99 CAD), table ($1946+ USD), dining chair ($1297 CAD), tumbler ($278 USD), placemat ($48 USD), 5-piece flatware place setting ($690 CAD)

Here’s the low version:

E.F. Chapman chandelier ($1890 USD), curtains ($10 CAD), table ($289 CAD), dining chair ($189 CAD), stemless wine glass ($15 CAD), placemat ($13 CAD), 5-piece flatware place setting ($52 CAD)

Which version do you like better?

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Interiors: An Instagram Round-Up

Does anyone get sucked into endless scrolling through Instagram photos? I try not to get distracted for too long since it’s the end of term, and my pile of work is pretty darn high. That said, sometimes I just cannot resist, and I click on through a bunch of gorgeous images that inspire me to be creative, engage with the community, and think about future reno plans (my laundry room…oh man…my laundry room…it’s been on the to list since I bought my house!).

Here’s a round-up of some of the beautiful spaces I have come across in my Instagram travels.

via The Blondielocks

via Studio McGee

via Ali Budd Interiors

via ana_morais

via amberinteriors

via yesmissy

via moetonmondays

via beckiowens

via tracey_ayton

via theranchuncommon

Do you agree that these spaces beautiful?

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Design: Antelope Pattern

A friend of mine recently told me she was thinking of installing an antelope-patterned runner up her newly renovated stairs. At first, I wasn’t keen on the idea, but the more that I have researched it, the more that I think it’ll look pretty darn cool in her home.

To inspire her (and others) to take the plunge into the wild, I’ve rounded up some inspirational images.

via Hunted Interior

via Traditional Home

designed by Christine Dovey and Natalie Kraiem via Style at Home

via Luxe Source

via Zhush

via Zhush

via Zhush

via House Beautiful

via Dallas News

It seems that designers and homeowners and Pinteresters really veer toward Stark‘s collection of animal print rugs. I think Antilocarpa in mushroom is a common pick, but the pattern comes in striking dark navy or black, if you live more on the edge!

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Hotel to Home: Palazzinag, Venice

Let’s show some love to the land of gondolas today, shall we? I’m taking you inside the luxurious Palazzinag hotel in Venice.

Executive room

Here’s my interpretation – complete with Venetian mirror, marble topped bistro table, and unique Fornasetti chair.

Venetian mirror, Fornasetti chair, bistro table, curtains, end table, lamp, white linens, drinking glasses

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Interiors: Another Home Tour in Chapel Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hotel to Home: Round Hill Hotel, Jamaica

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

Round Hill

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

I never tire of a white bathroom.

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Hotel to Home: Ocean House, Rhode Island

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

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

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

kitchen cabinets, stainless steel knob, subway tile, fridge, oven, dishwasher, microwave, faucet, quartz countertop, utensils

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Interiors: House Tour, Chapel Hill, NC

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

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

Let’s get to it.

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

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

(custom cupboard doors will be painted soon!)

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

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

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

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

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

Hallways were given attention, too.

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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Hotel to Home: White 1921, Courchevel, France

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

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

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Here’s my take on the look:

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

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

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Hotel to Home: Naumi Hotel, Singapore

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

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

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Hotel to Home: B2 Boutique Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland

We are traveling to one of my favourite countries today – Switzerland! While I spent most of my time in the small – but extremely luxurious – town of Gstaad during my visits to Switzerland, I have been fortunate to see many parts of the country.

Zurich, for example, is one city worth visiting because of the art, festivals, and architecture. If you go, perhaps you’ll consider staying at today’s feature hotel – the B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa.

Here’s my take:

bed, bench, pendant lights, black chair, curtains, dining chair, table, blanket

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Two for Tuesday: Perfect Pantries

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

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

via Zillow (this stunning house has sold!)

via Hayburn (house is beautiful)

Hotel to Home: Blow Up Hall 5050, Poznan, Poland

We are going back to Europe, but today, we’re going to Poland! I haven’t taken you to Poland in this series, but I’ve been coming across a lot of beautifully designed hotels there, so it’s about time we see something up-close.

Today, I’m featuring a sleek white and grey bedroom in the Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan.

photos via Great Small Hotels

Tom Dixon mirror ball pendant, wingback headboard, pillow, curtains, throw, RH Modern swivel chair, white sheet set

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Interiors: Fancy Bathroom Tiles

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

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

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

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The Friday Five: Fabulous Fireplaces

How do you stay warm during these ridiculously cold winter days? I have had my fireplace going up until a couple of days ago when it decided to stop working (how dare it just stop!). It’s a gas fireplace, and it warms up my basement lounge in no time. I’m eager to get it working again soon.

In the meantime, let’s have a peek into these gorgeous spaces.

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Do you have a fireplace? Gas or real? How often do you use it?

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay warm!

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Hotel to Home: A Little Parisian Kitchen

Okay – so today’s “hotel” is technically an AirBnB option, but let’s ignore that for a moment, shall we? It’s a place to stay while you’re traveling, and I think it’s a perfect option for today’s hotel to home post…especially since I’m working with the apartment’s¬† kitchen, and I rarely do kitchens (or have I ever?) on this series. Plus – it’s in Paris!

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I’m not offering a full kitchen design, but more like some options for some modern and functional products for your existing kitchen. Have a look and let me know if anything strikes your fancy!

Ikea cabinets, Ikea faucet, Cuisinart toaster, Nespresso machine, wood tray, Ikea plant pot, mugs, cutting board,

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Hotel to Home: Hotel Pulitzer, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

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

Hotel Pulitzer, Buenos Aires

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

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Hotel to Home: Chateau de Berne, France

I haven’t taken us to France in quite some time in this series, so we’re going today. We’re off to Chateau de Berne, a Relais & Chateaux hotel, in the south of France.

classic room – Chateau de Berne

Of course, if you can’t make it to Provence, but you’d like to recreate some of the French flair in your own bedroom, here are some ideas to get you thinking.

bedside table, dresser, table lamp, silver table lamp, tufted bench, side table, faux fur pillow, silver pillows, cashmere throw, white curtains, duvet cover

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Hotel to Home: Airplane Luxury

Let’s talk luxury, shall we? Luxury is this bathroom:

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via Kestrel Aviation

Why is this bathroom so luxurious? Why are the windows reflected in the mirror so small? Oh, you know, it’s because this is an airplane. An airplane! (See more photos via HGTV.)

If you’re looking to recreate this look on solid ground*, the design board below might ensure a smooth take off.*

vanity mirror, wall mirror, double vanity, Frette towels, Frette bathrobe, Chanel perfume, tile

*I cannot help myself. Hope you’re laughing!

 

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Hotel to Home: Ritz Carlton, Montreal, Quebec

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/canada/montreal/rooms-suites/signature-king

We are staying close to home in today’s Hotel to Home feature. We’re heading on over to the luxurious Ritz Carlton Montreal.

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Ritz Carlton bathroom (photo via Expedia.ca)

This white bathroom is easy to recreate in your own home. Mix white tiles with a built-in tub and a marble-topped wood vanity. Add a plush robe and towels, too, of course!

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terry robe, white stool, scale, magnifying mirror, mirror, sink faucet, towel, double vanity, flowers

Remember when I stayed at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota? It was a great treat!

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Christmas: White Christmas Decor

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

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

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via Kaatje Karin

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via Blount Designs

rach-parcell-white-christmasvia Rach Parcell

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via Sara Ashley Hanson

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Hotel to Home: Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy

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

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Le Sirenuse

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

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

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

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Hotel to Home: Aman Tokyo, Japan

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

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

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Aman Tokyo

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

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Hotel to Home: Quirk, Richmond, Virginia

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

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Quirk Hotel

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

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Real Estate: Yorkville Condo, Toronto

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

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

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