Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring Ideas ~ Designer Day at Elte Market

Hello Wednesday!! I am finally back from my incredible trip to Europe (you can see all about it via #designmazefun on Instagram) and let me tell you: I almost didn't come back! The lifestyle, the culture, the history, and the cafes ... only if I don't have think about the piggy bank!

Well it's time to get back to my Toronto reality and to kick off spring on the blog, I am inviting you to get on the list for a free 20-minute consultation with one of top three designers, Louise Heggie, Jenna Cadieux, and Alisa Bresver at Elte Market this Saturday (April 30th) to give your home a bright refresh!

images courtesy of Elte Market
Sleek, contemporary, and sophisticated, I am loving these high style residential spaces designed by Alisa of Alisa Rose Design, celebrating the beauty of raw industrial elements and the sculptural quality in lighting and furnishings.  

images courtesy of Alisa Rose Design
These lights are just beyond and the sumptuous shades of plum and lilac, need I say more?

images courtesy of Alisa Rose Design
Cozy, stylish, and inviting, Jenna of Cadieux Design is known for her keen sense of design, refined and well-edited palettes, and timeless interiors with an unexpected twist.  I am a big fan of mid-century modern furniture, and Jenna had me at hello with the black and white classic Saarinen dining set with that standout lighting fixture!  The juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity between the X-bench and the stone fireplace are superb.

images courtesy of  Cadieux Design
Full of passion in design and with a mission to create spaces that are truly unique and sustainable to both the clients and the natural environment, Louise Heggie of Designers Toronto will be at Elte Market this Saturday to offer you her insights on how to create the home of your dreams.  Check out these fabulous spaces created by this dynamic design dream team!  

images courtesy of Designers Toronto
Whether you are looking for help to visualize the real potential of your space or the guiding hands to pull together the finishing touches, these talented designers will walk you through everything you need at Elte Market #eltemktdesignerday.  The ladies are currently at full capacity but I strongly encourage you to get on the waiting list (via email: and bring along your photos, color swatches, and design plans, be inspired at Elte Market, and enjoy some delicious goodies! 

images courtesy of Elte Market
Note: this post is sponsored by Elte Market but all opinions are of my own.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Recent Love ~ Style at Home + Apartment Therapy!

Hello Tuesday!  Spring is officially here and it's almost time for me to fly over to Europe for some much needed relaxing moments.  With a mild climate condition aboard, I dream of morning stops at flower markets, afternoon walks in the parks, and super excited about the local antique markets on weekends!

Now for those of you who would like to invite Spring right into your home before Easter, here are a couple of fantastic ideas for you.
  • Paint the room or a feature wall
Nothing gives a room a fresh new look under $100! I am among many fabulous talents (Jillian Harris, Lisa Canning, Nyla Free, Tara Fingold, and Jennifer Flores) on Style at Home sharing our top paint colors.  Thanks Natalie for having me!

image courtesy of Donna Griffith for Style at Home
  • Wallpaper Panel
Now if you want something graphic but not sure if you can make the commitment, try installing wallpaper panels on the wall! It is a super easy DIY and you won't believe the before and after! Thanks Melissa for sharing my project and an amazing write-up on Apartment Therapy

image courtesy of Donna Griffith for Style at Home

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

#ProjectChris ~ Den

Hello Thursday! For those who live in a small condo, I am sure you are familiar with a windowless room the builders labelled as the "Den".  They are often right off the entrance, not big in size, and feel a bit separated from the rest of the space.  Because of that, I think the den presents itself as an excellent opportunity to do something different, try something bold.

This week on Style at Home Blog, I am sharing tips on how to add character and charm to a previously uncharacterized space.

A little sneak peek on I turned this open "closet" into a spectacular feature.    

Ready to dine among birds? Spring is in the air after all!! 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

#ProjectChris ~ Bedroom Part II

Hello Thursday! It maybe grey and wet out today but Spring is definitely in the air with a gloriously sunny and warm weekend awaits.  I love how tranquil this bedroom feels with all its patterns and colors that remind me of Spring all year round.

I shared the before and after + tips on how I created this bedroom on Monday.  Today we are looking at some key elements that really make the room.

I fell in love with this sensational fabric (Brookhaven in oyster) by Sarah Richardson for Kravet the moment I saw it and knew I had to turn it into a dynamite headboard.  The pattern is designed to run vertically but for the dimension / design of the headboard without seeing any seams + an exact pattern match all sides, I had to run it horizontally.  Susan of Fine Interior by Susan did an incredible job to make the impossible possible! The result is nothing short of spectacular.

After nailing the neutral yet graphic backdrop, I turned my attention to what I love playing with the most: pattern mix on pillows!  Sarah has made it so much easier for us to explore patterns and colors by coordinating the options into four unique collections.  The fabrics in each collection works seamlessly together or you can mix in another fabric from a different collection to jazz it up a little.

In my case, I picked Woodlawn in stone (the back of the pillow is Walmsley in linen) with Highpoint in honey as pipping.  From sketch to beautiful pillows, thanks so much to Staci of Switch Studio!

Another major change we did is to take out that closet door that opens into the bedroom.  I didn't want to lose any valuable real estate just because I had to give the door enough clearance, and I definitely didn't want the space to feel tight.  My solution? Sliding door!

I've loved the Bar Series by Lew's Hardware (available through Upper Canada Specialty Hardware) ever since I saw Jen of Made by Girl used it in her home.  So I was beyond excited to have partnered with Lewis to incorporate this very well-made and super sophisticated 14" Bar Pull as handle of my newly installed closet door.  What a stunner against the glossy grey door and shimmery grass cloth wallpaper right?  

Last but not least, sliding door needs a hanging mechanism.  I was dead set against having hardwares that "clamp" on the door and when I discover this smart solution thanks to my super skillful neighbour (all parts are available at your local Home Depot by the way), all I needed to do was to contact my dear friend Vie of Anvil Wrought Iron Furniture to fabricate a rail cap to cover the hardware.

The result is sleek, sophisticated, and totally unexpected if I may say so myself!

Hope you love this bedroom (and the rest of the condo on Style at Home) as much as I do and perhaps inspired you to try some of these elements in our own home!  Happy weekend friends! 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Style at Home Blog ~ Bedroom at #ProjectChris

Hello Monday! Did you enjoy the sunny Sunday? It wasn't as spring-like compared to the week before but hey, I would take it over snow storm season in a heart beat.  Work has been super busy and it will continue for a couple more months, and that's why it is such a treat to cocoon in this serene space to unwind and rejuvenate on weekends.

Today on Style at Home Blog, I am sharing tips on how I inject color, patterns, and personality in this blank slate.  

To see the full story and more pictures, head over to Style at Home blog here.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

#ProjectChris ~ Living Room Part II

Hello Friday! From beautiful spring to wintery white, Toronto is once again covered with a fresh coat of fluffy fairy dusts.  If you are staying indoor and wondering how to give your home a quick refresh to welcome Spring in just 16 days, I may have an idea just for you.

Although fully re-decorating the living room may not be in the cards (and will probably take more than 16 days to execute), how about re-imagining a chair or a stool for a new lease of life?  THAT is exactly what I am going to show you today!

See the pair of chairs, the pair of stools and the Art Deco inspired side table? Well they all had a previous life and I am beyond excited of their transformations.  These were my game plans for the chairs and the stools.

First off are the chairs and the makeover is truly night and day.  From dated dusty rose to sophisticated + full of personality, all you need to do is to give the pair a second chance.

With beautiful curves, striking design of the arms / legs, and solid construction, these pair of garage sale treasures came home with me for just $25 (I am still pinching myself)!  Other than the caning damage at the back, the chairs were in impeccable vintage condition.  A fresh coat of glossy black (thanks Paul of Le Petit Paris Antiques and Decor) and some beautiful fabrics / ribbon, this stunning pair is luxe, super chic, and screaming  "look at me"!  

If you are attempting a similar project, my top tips are:

  • make sure the candidate is structurally solid: you don't want to spend a small fortune in repair cost just to keep the piece from falling apart
  • invest in fabrics: you may need very little yardage so this maybe your chance to splurge on that buttery smooth velvet or silk with embroidery without breaking the bank
  • think outside the box: who says the fabric of the front and the back has to be the same and who cares about what should be used for pipping? Each of the surfaces on this chair has a different fabric and the trim / pipping is actually a herringbone ribbon!   

The Art Deco side table is next and can you believe it was originally designed to be a stool in the bathroom? I wasn't too crazy about the white vinyl top and the chrome finish, but the base looks so chic with its high end silhouette! With a price tag of only $50, I knew I could give it a whole new look on a budget.

So what did I do? I called the amazing Tim of Beresford to apply gold leaf on the base.  We could have sprayed the base gold (faster and less expensive application) but I wanted the subtle texture of the leaf and that soft shimmery gold effect.  The result is forth every penny!

I also lucked out finding a glossy black tray with gorgeous mother of pearl inlays that is the exact size I need and it was on clearance! Are you ready for this? This complete makeover costs less than $250!

The third transformation in the living room is the pair of stool I scored from Target. I like the antique brass finish of the base but thought the upholstered seat wasn't cushiony enough.

A little leftover fabrics from the chair transformation + a piece of thicker, high density form did the trick.  Don't you just love that paisley?   

So are you now re-imagining a couple of pieces in your home? I would love to hear about your makeover projects! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Style at Home Blog ~ Living Room at #ProjectChris

Hello Tuesday! I know it's only March 1st and a snow storm is set to hit home tonight but after such gorgeous weekend, I am already in spring mode.  I plan to give my own condo a little freshen up (you will see it in April), but I thought why not share the before & after of #ProjectChris for the month of March!

I am sharing my tips on the living room transformation on Style at Home Blog today.  Drop by to say hi!