Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Interiors Inspiration {Delightfully French}

My love for French interiors is well known on this blog, so I am quite excited to share with you today the home of Laurent Papaix and David Toto, who began their renovation mission with the intention of bringing classic French charm into their Toronto home.

The bathroom and powder room are the stand outs for me in this beautifully renovated home. I love the vintage style bath and wash-basin, stripe treatment of the walls; and the chandelier over the bath is fabulous!

Source: Style At Home

Love Her Style {Olivia Palermo}

Ok, so its official, I have a style crush on Olivia Palermo. I am consistently impressed how she puts an outfit together and how cleverly she mixes fab designer labels with Top Shop.

Whether she is frocking it up on the red carpet or out and about, she never fails to put a fashion foot wrong.

Her take of classic elegance with a touch of edginess is what sets her apart, plus her collection of lust-worthy handbags is incredible!

Reality show The City star, Olivia Palermo and her model boyfriend Johannes Huebl enjoy an afternoon out and about shopping in the West Village New York, NY on May 02, 2010. Fame Pictures, Inc

15 April 2010 - New York, NY - Olivia Palermo. Zac Posen For Target Collection Launch held at the New Yorker Hotel. Photo Credit: Bill Menzel/AdMedia

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: TV personality Olivia Palermo attends the Thuy Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Salon at Bryant Park on February 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for IMG)

NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: TV personality Olivia Palermo attends the Cinema Society & John And Aileen Crowley screening of 'Extraordinary Measures' after party at The Bowery Hotel on January 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Oct 28, 2009 - New York, New York, USA - Actress OLIVIA PALERMO attends The Gentlemen's Ball 2009 held at the Edison Ballroom. © Red Carpet Pictures

33547, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, Tuesday, August 25, 2009, Olivia Palermo spends the day out and about in SoHo. Olivia stars in the hit reality television series The City . Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com

32306, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, Tuesday, July 7, 2009, Olivia Palermo spends the day out and about in the West Village. Olivia is best known for her role on the MTV reality television series The City . Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com

How adorable is her puppy?

35829, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Tuesday November 17, 2009. Olivia Palermo of MTV's reality series The City and boyfriend Johannes Huebl are seen out and about in SoHo. The stylish couple complimented each other's outfit, with Palermo opting for a gray pinstripe suit and ivory loafers and Hubles sporting a dark leather jacket and jeans. Photograph: Hector Vallenilla, PacificCoastNews.com

Oh and do check out her 'Today I'm Wearing' series on UK Vogue here. Love it!

All images via Picapp

Sunday, June 27, 2010

{Oh So Lovely} A Fairytale Cottage

When I spied this exquisite Victorian cottage over at This is Glamorous I was instantly captivated, given it looks exactly like the delightful cottages you would find amongst the pages of fairytale books. 

This darling cottage has provided the perfect weekend escape...Enjoy lovelies xx

All images via This is Glamorous

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A City Apartment with a Dash of Country

Inner city living and apartments go hand in hand, so learning how to create inspiring interiors when space is a challenge is a must if you want to enjoy the fabulous life of the city.

When I spied this apartment over at Classy & Glamorous I was instantly smitten by how beautifully it had been put together; but couldn't help but notice the apartment had a distinct country flavour, despite it's inner city trappings...

The clever use of white throughout the apartment creates a fabulous illusion of space. The fact that the apartment is filled with light is an added bonus!

I am in heaven with the 'country feel' of the apartment; the floral touches, white wooden furniture and lovely textures all give the sense that you could be in a country home, but no, this is city-living!

How quaint this this kitchen? Smally but extremely functional with loads of storage. I love the white oven with the country-style timer; such small details add to the overall country-inspired feel of the apartment.

How is your week my dears? I am so thankful that the weekend is only one more day away!

All images via Classy & Glamorous

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Visual Bliss {stylist Lotta Agaton}

Today I am in the mood for some visual delights, and stylist Lotta Agaton's creations are the perfect cure for my craving. 

Lotta's bold use of colour and perfect composition, mixed with her striking use of texture = pure visual bliss.

Enjoy my dears!

Hope you're having a fabulous week.

Image source: Lotta Atagon

Sunday, June 13, 2010

An Exciting New Addition

I have long admired Louis-style chairs and have had one on my wishlist for some time; when I saw this one on sale, I knew it was the perfect addition for our new bedroom.

I couldn't contain my excitement as I carried it inside and placed it in the sunny corner of the bedroom, it looked perfect!
The bedroom is almost complete now, we are just making some final touches. For the colour we went with a Dulux colour called Simone Weil, mixed with the white trim in Dulux Antique White, semi-gloss. 

Would love to know what you think!

Friday, June 11, 2010

....And I'm Back

Hello loves!

Well it has been a few weeks now, apologies for my long hiatus, but things have been extraordinarily crazy with moving into our new place, some initial renovations and DIY projects, plus my day job has been keeping me insanely busy. But, I'm back on deck and oh how I have missed blogging! 

I will be spending the weekend visiting all of your beautiful blogs and catching up on what I have missed out on!

What inspired me to write this post and propelled me back into blogging tonight was the fab new Lonny issue. Specifically though, one of the lovely homes it featured in the issue has helped me look at my own interiors challenge in a completely new light.

The bathroom in our new apartment has a most bizarre layout which means the logical place for the hand basin doesn't allow for a mirror or vanity directly above. Without serious bathroom renovations, this would be impossible to change. 

Husband and I have been dreading how much our impending renovation would cost! But when I saw how fresh and sophisticated Ethan & Ari's bathroom renovation turned out on their West Village apartment, where they faced similar space and design challenges, I began to feel a whole lot better.

I love how they have cleverly (and practically) integrated the vintage mirror above the hand basin, yet have also installed a beautiful walnut above their towel rack as a feature. And a hidden medicine cabinet? Genius! 

On a side note, I have some sneak peaks of our new bedroom to share with you shortly. It's not finished yet, but its well on its way. Oh and we went with the grey in the end and SO glad we were game enough to try it - it looks amazing!!

Don't forget to check out the new issue of Lonny Mag here.

Its great to be back!

Images via Lonny Mag