"When you realize that a beautiful interior has very little to do with objects and a whole lot to do with spirit, general well being and upliftment you find the soul of interior design. If you have respect for your surroundings and everything has it's perfect place you interact with your world differently you carry yourself differently. My father used to say that the state of your surroundings is the state of your mind. Look around your home, let your home be the foundation of your aspiration."

Written by a South African artist, interior designer & product designer.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My favourite thing this week

One of my weekly guilty pleasures is tuning in to watch High Society on the CW channel.  Anything that combines New York and socialite in the same sentence makes me want to watch!  Yes it is like watching a train wreck at times but I can't take my eyes off the screen.  The show is based on Tinsley Mortimer (socialite) and her life.  Although when I say her life I mean her scripted "life" for the show.  She has a great loft in Midtown Manhattan and last night we got a glimpse of her closet.  I fell in love with the bold pink floral wallpaper!! I am not normally a huge pink fan but what better place than in a fabulous walk in closet.

Tinsley Mortimer

Her bedroom

Fab wallpaper found at Designers Guild

Not into pink?  What about blue?

Sarah's House kids rooms

Girls room

Love the headboard!

Boys room

Love the panelling and barnboard ceiling!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sex and the City 2

I don't know what I am more excited about, the fashion or the interiors!  I have seen some images of the movie starting to pop up on the web and I wanted to share them with you.  Whether you are a Carrie, Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte I think we can all appreciate the great fashion.  I myself am a huge Carrie fan and she can do no wrong in my eyes when it comes to her fashion sense.  I wish I could wear half the things she does but for some reason it doesn't translate to my lifestyle in the burbs! 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Favourite thing this week

I came across this bench at one of my favourite home decor stores in Vancouver called The Cross.  It is filled with all sorts of beautiful items.  A great place to pick up a gift for someone or to buy a large piece of furniture with an array of fabrics to choose from.  If you live in the Vancouver area and haven't been or if you are just visiting then you must go check it out! 

Wouldn't this look great in a foyer or at the end of a bed?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sarah's House Living room

Okay, Sarah has redeemed herself.  Loving the living room!  Love the orange walls with grass cloth and all the hits of color throughout the room.  It looks cozy but sophisticated at the same time and her signature mix of color and fabric looks fab. 

P.S. When did Vino become so buff?? 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Adorable illustrations

I came across some sweet illustrations while perusing Etsy this weekend.  One in particular caught my eye because it looked exactly like my daughter.  They are so innocent and sweet and would look great in any little girls room.  You can check out her website at http://www.belleandboo.com/.

This is Belle (who looks like my daughter!)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sarah's House Dining room

Hmmm..... not sure on this one.  There were certain elements I liked about this room but not what I expected from Sarah.  I wasn't a big fan of the fabric wallpaper, I don't mind fabric on the walls just not the one she picked.  The print seemed a little old fashioned to me and I didn't love the colors.  I really liked the chandelier and how she dressed the table.  I also thought the bench seat and draperies were great.  How do you feel about it?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lacquer love

Every time I am shopping for myself or a client and I come across lacquer boxes I always stop and admire.  I don't know what it is, is it the smooth finish, the delicious colors or the great organization that would occur if I purchased these lovely little boxes?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Light up your space

Lighting plays a huge roll when decorating a space.  It takes it from nothing special to fabulous!  I find that most of the time people will pick a fixture that is either too small for the room or a fixture that looks like an afterthought.  You spend so much time putting together everything else and the lighting should be no exception. 

I like to go by a few general rules guidelines ( I have a problem with rules):

1. When hanging a fixture above a dining table the bottom of the fixture should be around 30" from the table.
2. When hanging pendants in a hall/entryway or a place where someone will be walking under it, the bottom should be no less than 7' from the floor.
3.  A pendant above a kitchen island or peninsula the bottom should be approximately 6' from the floor.
4.  Using two smaller chandeliers for a long dining room table always looks great.
5.  For an average size dining table the chandelier should be around 12" narrower than the width of the table.

Although keeping all that in mind rules are meant to be broken and I love to play with scale and push the envelope to make a space feel truly unique. 

Domino mag

Suzanne Kasler

Lynda Reeves

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Elle Decor October 2007

courtesy of decorpad


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