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Wednesday
May282014

Mazen Studio

I would like to introduce you to Mazen El-Abdallah, an interior designer from Toronto who has seriously got it going on. In these photos you will see how Mazen has modernized and stylized 2 very small Victorian rowhouses (the first is a 900 sq ft, the second is 11 ft wide) and made them seriously cool. The entryway in the photo above is perfection and going in my inspiration folder. (Photos by Angus Fergusson and Michael Graydon)

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Thursday
May152014

la SHED architecture

Montreal's la SHED architecture is a force to be reckoned with. This group of super talented Canadians create gloriously modern spaces out of old relic homes (and build new, but their transformations are shockingly goooood) and their clean-lined, unpretentious designs are a big hit in my books. I particularly like the stunning white interior cabin in the Laurentians as seen in the first few photos below. I'm going to be keeping me eye on these guys. 

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Thursday
May152014

Reader's home - Nicole's renovations continue

Nicole of Victoria B.C., and the blog The House Diaries, is at it again with more renovations to her in-desperate-need-of-updating home. Back in March I featured Nicole's main floor bathroom and laundry/mudroom. This time she has completed her daughter Gaby's bathroom. And I am beyond jealous. This kid is 3 years old. While I sulk, I leave you with some before photos to demonstrate the hideousness of the space, and some pretty spectacular after photos. I won't get into all the details since you can find them in Nicole's blog post here. *sigh* 

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Wednesday
May072014

Stalking in Québec

A big thanks to Jeason, from Québec City, sent me a link to this home for sale. It is located in Saint Sauveur, Québec, and was the location of a printing company. Completely renovated, this incredible conversion resulted in a pretty spectacular dwelling. 3 floors totalling almost 3000 sq ft, with a private terrace measuring over 1000 sq ft. It's many rooms currently hold a gym, a media room, a professional recording studio, a massive master bathroom with heated floor, and accents of Brazilian walnut and Russian birch....and I'm horrified that some of it appears to be concealing a large brick wall in the main living space (WTF?!). There are some other slightly less horrifying bits like the flooring in most of the home (bleh), the sofa (EEKK!), no bed frame (?!)...but holy smokes this place could really rock! Link while it lasts here.

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Monday
Apr142014

Saturday road trip

At the Ottawa Antique Show my husband and I were told by a fellow vendor that we should take a drive to Almonte, a town about 50 KM west of Ottawa. Jeff and I thought we had visited just about every town nearby as we love exploring and antiquing, but somehow we had never ended up in Almonte. Saturday morning we hopped in the car with some Tim's coffee and steeped tea and headed to this quaint town...and fell in love. It was gorgeous. Almonte is a former mill town (coincidentally, the main road is called Mill Street) with the Mississippi River running through it. Had I known how beautiful it was and how much fun I would have shopping there, I would have brought a camera and planned a blog post. Since I ended up scoring some amazing finds in almost every shop we visited I decided to do a blog post despite only having had my iPhone on hand. 

One of my favourite stores was Tin Barn Market - an ever-evolving shop concept that brings together a stylishly eclectic mix of vintage, salvage, handmade objects and handpicked items deserving of a second chance. It is owned by Errin Stone & Vicki Veenstra (it was nice chatting with you Vicki!) and if farmhouse/industrial/rustic style is your thing then you would love this place.

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