Furniture: Settees

The photos below show the versatility of the settee. The small dainty piece of furniture looks perfectly in place whether in the¬†hallway, bedroom, dining room, or porch. Have a look…

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If you’re looking to make a purchase, you might want to¬†visit Black Rooster Decor,¬†Jayson Home, One Kings Lane,¬†Restoration Hardware, or¬†1st Dibs.¬†I’ve also seen some lovely options at Home Sense. If you really want to go for an authentic French settee, I’d recommend making the trip to Paris’ March√© aux Puces¬†to¬†view loads of settees there¬†(Why not¬†dream big?).

Guest Post: Welcome Fatima Sabri!

I am happy to welcome Toronto-based fashion and lifestyle blogger Fatima Sabri to White Cabana today. She thoughtfully put together an all white outfit for the occasion, and she’s here to share her approach. Over to you, Fatima…

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Hi Lovelies!

I am Fatima, and I am very excited to be guest posting for Jordana today! I blog over at Love, Fatima Sabri. I met Jordana at BlogPodium last year and had the opportunity of running into her again at a Chapters Indigo event a few months ago. She is one of the sweetest people I have had the opportunity to meet.

Jordana gave me a challenge of doing an all white outfit for her today. I must say it wasn’t easy because I always love a little colour. However there is something so crispy and clean about an all white outfit. I am a gal who sure wouldn’t be able to wear all white everyday because I am bound to drop something on it. I couldn’t resist adding a little dose of colour in my sandals but everything else is an off white.

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 cropped pants, sandals (similar), purse (similar), top (similar), bangles (Little India Bazaar)

I wore this outfit the other day for my anniversary date with my sweets. 3 years and it seems time has just flown by. It was a warm day so I decided to dress it up but went with sandals to get in the summer spirit. For an evening out, dress up this outfit by swapping the sandals for a gorgeous pair of heels. This pair would be perfect.

It was a pleasure being here today! Feel free to visit me over on my virtual home. At Love, Fatima Sabri.

Have an amazing day!

Xx – FS

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Thanks for¬†taking so much care with today’s post, Fatima! I have to say that I can’t really live without my white shirts…I wear them year round! White pants/jeans, on the other hand,¬†are on my shopping list this summer!

Design & Fashion: Signs of Summer

The weather in Waterloo has been unbelievably perfect these last couple of weeks and I wish the¬†easy, breezy, sunny days could stay all year long. I’m in a much happier mood and I love living most of my non-working days outdoors. The arrival of spring (and summer in no-time, I’m sure) means that people are craving lighter, brighter spaces. Current issues of Style at Home and House & Home have fully embraced white¬†and I have the impression¬†that¬†more¬†people appreciate¬†my white-loving tendencies¬†at this time of year.¬†It’s awesome.

I thought I’d round-up some of my favourite spring/summer items for those of¬†you¬†who may normally¬†lead a colourful life, but who may also want to inject some white into your¬†homes and wardrobes.

I’m one of those people who has flowers at home all year long. I love taking care of my plants and bringing cut flowers into my home instantly makes me happy. I’ve been a long-time fan of white flowers – as¬†a teenager, I loved calla lilies, and in my adult life I’ve alternated my preferences for hydrangea, carnations, and roses. I know everyone is pretty obsessed with peonies at the moment (I am too, let me assure you), but I hope people aren’t forgetting the loveliness of flowers like lilacs and lily of the valley. I’m currently loving dahlias and have planted a couple¬†pots of them for my balcony. Apparently they’ll grow all summer long, just as geraniums do.

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White linens are perfect for any time of year, but they’re especially¬†welcome in the springtime. A crisp white table cloth sets the perfect backdrop for a delicious meal, preferably outdoors. Table settings can be brightened up with¬†colourful napkins, candles, or glassware, but I¬†still tend to prefer something neutral, like the setting in the photo below.

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photo via Food Studio

When I was living in London, Ontario,¬†I didn’t use my bike at all. I walked a lot and drove a lot,¬†but I never really felt like it was a¬†bike-friendly city. Kitchener-Waterloo has surprised me with its lengthy, smooth (and flat)¬†trails and I’ve been¬†trying to get out on my bike a few times a week. It’s been glorious. I¬†don’t really¬†like biking on busy roads, but many of the roads here have bike lanes so I feel pretty safe. My bike is an old pink Raleigh mountain bike with a basket on the front (so handy), but I’m pretty sure my next bike will be a stylish white one. Biking is great exercise and it’s a great way to discover new places.¬†If you don’t want to invest in something¬†expensive, pick one up at a yard sale (like I did years ago!).

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photo via Favim

In terms of fashion, I love picking up a few new pieces in white to¬†freshen up my wardrobe.¬†I can never have too many white shirts, and¬†for spring, I like something that’s a little lighter and airier than a classic oxford. The lightweight tuxedo shirt from J. Crew below would look¬†great with jeans or colourful¬†pants. It would also look chic paired with white jeans – another staple for your spring wardrobe.

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swiss-dot tuxedo shirt – J.Crew

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white jeans – Gap

Now that our boots are all packed up, it¬†is time to lighten up our footwear. While I don’t wear sneakers or flip-flops at work, I¬†usually spend my downtime in them. They’re easy and comfortable, so what’s not to love? I’ve recently purchased a pair of white Superga (to alternate with my Converse), but I think they’re 1/2 a size too small, so I may have to return them or pass them on to my sister. What was I thinking? Word to the wise:¬†make sure you really test out shoes before buying them. Regardless,¬†buying a new pair of shoes seems like a necessity in the springtime.¬†Don’t you agree?

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white Superga sneakers

When I was in New Orleans a few years ago, I picked up a Panama hat. It’s been one of my favourite summer accessories ever since. It’s chic, classic, and, best of all, it protects your face from the hot sun. Perfect.

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What are your spring traditions? Do you change your decor with the seasons?

Interiors: Open Shelving in the Kitchen

I had open shelving in my kitchen for a couple of months while I waited for a few cupboard doors to be made and installed. I didn’t quite work for me. Sure, there was one less barrier separating me and my plate, but the overall look was much too messy for me (yes, even¬†considering¬†my dishes are white and neatly stacked).¬†But when I look at the kitchens below, I think the open shelves look completely¬†fine and liveable.

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Southern Living

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Southern Living

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Happy Hour Mom

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white kitchen with open shelving, via House Beautiful

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white kitchen with open shelving, via The Simply Luxurious Life

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white kitchen with open shelving, via CocoCozy

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Maria Killam

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