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Wednesday
May252016

New art (again) in my living room

I had been trying to find a large piece of art for over my sofa for months and months and could not find anything that really shouted "BUY ME I'M PERFECT" or that wasn't bank-breaking since my taste in art changes frequently. I had a photo printed on canvas as seen in this post and had no where to hang it but over my sofa in the living room (also seen here when I received a new sofa) which made me realize how badly I needed something BIG and BOLD and DARK because I am enjoying my monochromatic dark grey theme I have going in there. When I spotted this photo randomly on Instagram I fell in love. Now I generally hate art behind glass because glare makes me nutty and taking a decent photo of it can be difficult. I did some searching for options on printing photos (the photographer Amanda emailed me a high-res copy of the photo to have printed myself since she lives in Bali and I'm in Canada) and came up with printing it on photoboard (1/4" thick, dense white material). Posterjack is based in Toronto and offered this at a really good price considering I decided to go 40"x40". And no, this isn't a sponsored post. I came up with this all by myself. :) Because my husband is a very handy guy who is into woodworking, I asked him to fabricate a frame for the photo to make it look more weighty and less poster-y. The result is exactly what I was after. I think it is a dramatic addition to the space. It is in keeping with my dark theme, will not irritate me when I try and photograph it, the printing turned out fantastic and sharp, and the frame was exactly what I wanted. BOOM. 

(Sources for just about everything are in this post. Sadly the cats would not leave the new wool covered sectional sofa alone so it is now up in our 3rd floor storage-supposed-to-be-library space awaiting that transformation and the old sofa with 999 claw marks is back.)

Wednesday
May252016

Prospect Heights Brownstone

The restoration of this New York Brownstone saw floors replaced, windows reinstalled, doors rebuilt and all the boring but very important services updated. It had been a wreck but in the hands of Brent Allen Buck of Brooklyn-based Buck Projects the late 19th century building became a home again, its Italianate features restored to their former glory while a new focus was placed on modern open plan living. Think mod cons with a mid century collection of furniture and all the while the beautiful old bones grounding it all. "Approached with sensitivity, today can rise to be the equal of yesterday."

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Wednesday
May252016

Inside the pages of Inside Out

It's that time again. Time for a sneak peek into the pages of the latest issue of Inside Out magazine out tomorrow. Social and Senior Editor Matilda Duffecy has again generously sent along some pics to whet our appetite.

Look at that cover! Not only does it showcase some serious style, courtesy of fashion stylist Anthea O'Connor's incredible home but, as a big dog-lover, I can't go past that beautiful labrador. Anthea's home is full of sleek design ideas, indoors and out. Case in point is another shot I've included from this feature, showcasing the lovely indoor/outdoor flow that so many hope to have in their homes. The feature was produced by Carli Philips. Styling by Rachel Vigor and photography be Derek Swalwell.


I always love seeing the big, luxurious features on bedding we do every so often. The allure of those cosy sets are almost irresistible. I've included one of the snaps from our eight-page feature that is luxe all the way. And as it's starting to turn a little chilly here, you can't go past all the soft textures. It was styled by Heather Nette King and photographed by Mike Baker.


Looking to the tween world, Vanessa Colyer Tay has styled a space that offers a place to dream and relax with friends. I love the way that Vanessa has worked in personality that sits in a nice middle ground for girls outgrowing childhood. It was shot by Sam McAdam-Cooper.


With more books than I know what to do with, I just love our best buys bookends page. The trend towards marble is clearly still strong, and I wouldn't mind that marble sculpture. Styling by Alicia Sciberras and photography by Craig Wall.

 

This month's food feature makes me very excited for my Italian holiday! Celebrated chef, Giovanni Pilu, shares some of his Sardinian classics. They all look so delicious! I have included the shot of the Minestra di borlotti, cavolo nero e fregola (Borlotti bean, Tuscan cabbage & fregola soup). But it was hard to choose one, as dessert is Giovanni's take on Italian doughnuts! Recipes by Giovanni Pilu, styling by Kristen Wilson and photography Brett Stevens.

Doesn't that soup look great but what I really want to devour is the pillow shot. That peachy pink wall colour? Yum! The June issue hits stands today but don't fret if you aren't in Australia. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

Tuesday
May242016

A not-so-cottage-y cottage

I spotted this home on the website of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle magazine and had to share because cottage season has begun and this cottage (while not your average "cottage") is about as gorgeous as they come. This 1930's, 3,000 sq ft Nantucket style home is the cutest thing on the outside and full of contrasting goodness on the inside. Shiplap siding in white is fresh and lends to the Americana feel and looks incredible with the contrasting dark stained hardwood floors. The dining room I swear was plucked from one of my dreams I have had for the past 20 years. (Interior design: homeowner Meg Harrington of Huff Harrington Home. Architect: Linda MacArthur Architect. Photos: Erica George Dines)

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Tuesday
May242016

Scandinavian summerhouse in Sydney

Welcome to the wonderful home of Mr.Fräg, a wonderful scandi oasis of wood and white and fabulous furniture. Except it's not in any Scandinavian country. No it's in an apartment in Sydney, Australia and Mr.Fräg is Frag Woodall, an industrial designer whose recently debuted at Milan Design week.

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