Monday, November 23, 2015

Toronto Christmas Market ~ Holiday Edition

Hello Monday! Christmas is only a month away, can you believe it? Though I have been in the holiday mode since November, the Christmas spirit really kicks into high gear with the opening of The Toronto Christmas Market on Friday!

Located in the historical district of Toronto with the largest collection of Victorian industrial architecture, the only walking district in Toronto is led up with enchanting lights, decorated in tradition, heritage and charming European Christmas Market style, the month long festivity is filled with stage performances, delicious European street foods (along with Canadian-made sweets and treats), and hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. 

Look what I have found upon my arrival of The Toronto Christmas Market on Friday: the carousel!

My festive evening started at the always inspiring Cluny Bistro.  With appetizing treats, bubbly champagnes, and the Christmas carolers, it was the best kick-off party ever!


The high light of the evening of course is the light ceremony of the soaring Christmas tree.  These moments were captured seconds before the glorious tree took central stage. 

Here is one of my favourite shots of the evening:

Are you ready for the countdown? Loving all the cheers and yay to "Merry Christmas" at The Toronto Christmas Market!

I get mesmerised by the lights at The Distillery every year and they always look stunning in pictures!

This over 50 feet tall Christmas tree is truly spectacular and it is the star of the show at The Toronto Christmas Market.

If you have not been to The Toronto Christmas Market, here is a fabulous video showing you exactly why you should check it out this year.  My personal favouite treats at the market this year:
  • Käse-Sandwich: hot grilled cheese sandwiches on artisan bread
  • Schnitzel Haus: Germany’s favourite breaded cutlet dish, served on an irresistible pretzel bun
  • Glühwein: popular hot beverage made with red wine along with various mulling spices

Now my only question is: are you ready to kiss under the mistletoe?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Festival of Smalls ~ art interiors

Hello Thursday! Are you a fan of original art / photography and a supporter of talented Canadian artists? Well, you have come to right place today as I share with you my absolute favorites from the 2015 Festival of Smalls at Art Interiors.

For over 20 years, Art Interiors offers acclaimed artists, as well as up-and-coming new talents, a non-traditional gallery environment to showcase their work.  As a strong believer that everyone should be able to own an original work of art, Art Interiors strives to provide an affordable and accessible approach to art collecting for new art buyer and seasoned collector alike.

I fell in love with Elizabeth Lennie about a year ago as I've found myself drawn to her brush strokes, her use of colors, and her expression.  To me, her work exudes a sense of happiness and I simply couldn't get enough.


While we are in summer water splashing mode, let's capture the best season of the year from an aerial view!  Dean West did exactly that and don't you just love his whimsical approach to photography?

And if all we need is love this holiday season, I am digging these romantic scenes by Leila Cools with an overexposed effect.


And if these aren't enough, how about a little prism love by Kristofir Dean?

Chris always say that I like art that's a bit "moody".  Guess he does know me well and today, I am obsessed with this adorable kid by Kate Domina entitled: Winter Walk.

Ever since I visited the Princess Margaret Showhome this fall, I have been mesmerized by this captivating photograph by Maureen O'Connor.  I was delighted to find out that Maureen's new series, Threshold, has introduced deer, owl, and caribou for a dramatic contrast against the beautiful yet fragmented architectural surroundings.  I am crazy about these!  


As for Chris, I think he will like The Voyage the best.

Are you looking for one of a kind, original work of art, be sure to check out Festival of Smalls at Art Interiors! The show is on until December 24th.  

As for a little holiday + birthday gift to myself, I simply couldn't resist Matt's Alter Ego!  I will be picking him up real soon.

photo credits: all images courtesy of Art Interiors

Monday, November 16, 2015

Style at Home Blog ~ PC Home Holiday Preview

Hello Monday! How's your holiday decoration coming along? My own Christmas party at Chris' condo is happening in 3 short weeks and I have yet to decide what to do in the decoration department!  Luckily PC Home is here to help and today, I am touring a beautifully decorated home dressed in three distinct color palettes on Style at Home Blog.

Isn't this just so glam and dramatic? 

I am also looking for ways present delicious treats and what great ideas to "borrow" at the PC Home holiday preview! 

Have you decided on a decorating style for this holiday season? Check out PC Home on Style at Home Blog to see how you can have it all! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Design Inspirations ~ One Room Challenge

Hello Thursday!  If you are like me, who is constantly brainstorming on project ideas and looking for design inspirations, then you have got to check out One Room Challenge where 20 designers complete their spectacular transformations in six short weeks.

Today, I want to share with you a few of my favorites from the Fall 2015 makeovers.  First up is an eclectic, edgy, and elegant condo makeover.  That's right, Naomi didn't just re-imagine one room, she had given her entire condo a whole new personality!  

image via Design Manifest
You know I love small spaces especially when you need to be extra smart in layout and storage solutions to strike the right balance between function and style.  Naomi hits a home run with the sensational grasscloth in the foyer for a sumptuous first impression.  Isn't that mirror to die for? The dynamic play of furniture pieces with distinct styles is mind-blowing.  I love how they are unified through similar wood tone and inject warmth in this open-concept room with a chic grey & white palette.

images via Design Manifest
The kitchen is almost un-recognizable from its former glory.  Never underestimate the power of paint, simple white subway tiles, sleek brushed brass hardware (Lew's Hardware), stainless steel appliances, and hello gorgeous crystorama broche!

image via Design Manifest
What a beautiful shade of grey and I love how the faucet is installed off-centre, especially when you are tight in space.  Forget about the rules, do what works best for you!  Those brass stools are pure madness, and the richly colored runner gave this graceful kitchen its soul.

image via Design Manifest
From urban contemporary to timeless classic, our next stop is this English Countryside inspired living room by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.  The beautiful antique game table, the vintage green lounger, the super chic checker draperies, and the priceless collection of treasured artwork, who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon right in this room?

images via Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
The horse motif strikes gold for me, literally with that brass picture hanging system.  What a clever idea and that sideboard is a stunner! I will need one in my next house.

image via Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
What inspires me the most in Kimberly's makeover is her sharp sense of style and her meticulous attention to detail.  Nothing is overlooked and that's what make her room stands out!  This club fender is pure genius (I have never seen it before), and may I just say how much I love the pair of Les Touche black pillows + the horsey tassel pull!

images via Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
Now we are over at  Hi Sugarplum for a bold and colorful living room.  You know I love blue and especially on high gloss built-ins.  As a matter of fact, I have been planning a similar idea in guest bedroom of #ProjectDreamHome and thanks to Cassie, I can now visualize how it would look like in my room!

image via hi sugarplum
For a guy who loves mixing colors, patterns, and textiles, hats off to Cassie for her deep navy + vibrant fuchsia palette with pops of brass (I am crazy about that mirror and pair of sconces), super daring choice on the second life rug, and wood accents for one mesmerizing transformation.  The whites help calm the space and act as a backdrop for this charming vignette! Yay to the fresh floral pillow from Tonic Living and the super soft throw from Pamuk and Co.

images via hi sugarplum
Thanks Cassie for another mind-blowing makeover!

image via hi sugarplum
#ProjectDreamHome may still be a couple of years away (life of a pre-construction owner), but I am about to kick start of a bathroom makeover at my family home.  This luxurious bathroom by Sue of The Zhush is definitely everything I want in my makeover: pairing stone with wallpaper, warmer overall tone (instead of the cool carrara), and an elegant vanity with ample of storage.

images via The Zhush
This wallpaper is a beautiful statement but also a fantastic solution to an otherwise architecturally challenged feature wall (where the vanity sits): you hardly notice the slope.  #Bravo Sue!  

images via The Zhush 
Back to Toronto, here is a Parisian bedroom by Vanessa.  From builder's original to a dream full of character, Vanessa is truly a master on how to use trim and moulding to a stunning effect.

image via Vanessa Francis Design
From a tranquil entrance of this master bedroom (love that light!) to the stylish reading nook (hello chair!), Vanessa has created a restful sanctuary for the well-deserved couple (especially the hard working designer!).

images via Vanessa Francis Design
Another element I always love in Vanessa's work is her dresser + mirror vignette.  Isn't this a breathtaking photo? That glass door from Metrie, I need a pair of them in my next foyer!

image via Vanessa Francis Design
Last but not least, I am most applaud to my dear friend Christine for taking the time to do things right and to make sure the fabulous home she builds is every bit as stylish and safe for her family.  Hold your head up and high Christine, we are all so very proud of you and inspired by all the astonishing makeovers your completed in the earlier challenges.  XOXO

images via Christine Dovey 
A big round of applaud to the 20 participants for all their hard work and dedication to inspire us with transformations that are nothing short of spectacular.  Congrats Linda of Calling it Home for another round of successful One Room Challenge!

image via Calling it Home

Monday, November 9, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide ~ Chic & Basta

Hello Monday! Have you been busy shopping this weekend? Yours truly shopped everywhere from fashion must-haves to home accessories (almost bought another chrome lucite bench until my left brain talked some senses into me) to get ready for the holidays.  Today, I want to share with you one of my latest discoveries: Chic & Basta!

images via Chic & Basta  
Chic & Basta is an online sensation and it was love at first sight after receiving an email from its founders, Manon and Louis.  Passionate for beautiful, unique, and practical objects and with a mission to be the ambassador for contemporary creators of Quebec, the stylish duos carefully curated their collection from Quebec designers, artisans, small manufacturers who produce masterpieces that are "authentic, contemporary, and of great aesthetic beauty."

"In presenting the products and the portraits of their creators, we want to create a connection between lovers of beautiful objects and those who made them ... We believe that people's soul is expressed in their objects and craft, that handmade objects or products of local artisans, design objects made in small series, are more beautiful, last longer, and ultimately provide more satisfaction than goods mass produced by industrial society"

I simply couldn't agree more and the way how Manon and Louis present their collection: simplicity, accentuate the beauty of the objects, and I want to frame them up as art!

images via Chic & Basta  
Speaking about striking art creation, here is a pure genius that combines design and function: "Hook" Clothes Rack

images via Chic & Basta  
What a spectacular creation (it even has a shelf for small items such as keys or phone) and I'd say it's the perfect holiday gift for under $100!

image via Chic & Basta  
I wasn't kidding when I said it was love at first sight.  Think my holiday wish list just got longer thanks to a quick browse of the ceramics section.

large soup bowl / large plate / soup bowl / egg cup
If you have been following me for awhile, you'd know I am a fan of Hugo Didier when I first met him at the One of a Kind Show.  Chris and I have recently developed a passion for poutine and aren't these poutine bowls just perfect for an afternoon party?   

images via Chic & Basta  
Chris is the chef in this household and he LOVES to barbecue.  I have been searching for the perfect apron for him and I think I have just found it! This stylish and practical black kitchen apron is constructed with high quality cotton with adjustable leather slings + metal tweezers detail, and it is fireproof!  This one is going into my cart right now!  

There are a lot more to see at Chic & Basta! I would love to hear what's your favorite. 

images via Chic & Basta  
Before I let you off to a great start this sunny Monday, we have a winner of a signed copy of Sarah Richardson's latest book: at home | SARAH STYLE.  Chris you are the lucky winner and please email me your contact info.  This inspiring and beautifully photographed book will arrive before Christmas!