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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Interiors: House Tour, Chapel Hill, NC

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

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

Let’s get to it.

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

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

(custom cupboard doors will be painted soon!)

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

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

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

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

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

Hallways were given attention, too.

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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Hotel to Home: White 1921, Courchevel, France

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

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

White 1921

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: 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)

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