Happy Friday! This week has certainly gone by slowly which I feel is in part due to the crazy weather we’ve been having: snow, rain, freezing rain, sunshine. To culminate this crazy week I have… More
I was feeling extra girly today so thought I would share some of my favourite ultra-feminine decor pieces. Feminine pieces don’t have to be super frilly, floral and ornate. They can be bold, beautiful and modern as well. What I love so much about brass and rose gold being as popular as it is now is that it adds an edge to what could otherwise feel like overly traditional feminine pieces.
I hope you enjoy my picks!
West Elm is currently having a bedroom event with up to 30% off bedroom furniture (woohoo!) I love West Elm because they have beautiful, contemporary pieces that can fit almost any style (whether your style is traditional, transitional, modern). I also love that they carry lots of pieces in warm woods. Personally, I tend to use a lot of white and grey so having these medium toned wood pieces help to add warmth to your decor. West Elm is generally pretty affordable AND they tend to have lots of these great sales. SO, with that being said, here are my picks from this sales event.
- I love the shade of this dresser! It would look great in a neutral room with shades of blue or grey.
- Day beds are great because they are so multi-functional. I would consider a day bed in a small apartment where you would like to have seating and sleeping accommodations, a nursery so you can have a place to crash or sit in the room or in a kids’ room. The dark grey colour makes this day bed feel more grown up and the nail head details is a nice touch.
- If you can’t decide between a wood or upholstered bed, this is a great compromise! I love the combination of the wood and fabric together.
- This dresser is awesome! It feels very coastal to me with the white wash. Since it is such a neutral piece it would look great in any decor scheme.
- This acorn night stand with the brass handles is simple, yet sophisticated. Great for small spaces since it is so small and comes with a great price tag.
- I also love the shade of wood of this bed frame.It feels very sleek and contemporary with the mid-century style legs.
- If you love brass this is a great bedside table option. I love the multiple shelves so you can store your belongings.
I have a major design crush on Kate Marker Interiors, located in Barrington, IL. I find her style and aesthetic quite similar to my own. It is a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces to create a timeless space that feels polished and fresh. A lot of her spaces feature classic pieces with a surprise modern piece such as ghost chairs, bold wallpaper or bold patterned pillows.
Below is a collection of some of my favourite designs by Kate Marker. Prepare for some major eye candy and a lot of scrolling 🙂
(You can see more of Kate’s work here)
Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another week.This Friday I’ve rounded up a selection of some of my favourite brass decorative objects. Decorative objects are such an affordable way to update your space and look great on desks, book shelves and coffee table. I’ve included some inspiration as well! I hope you like my picks… and this has inspired me to work on a shelf styling post so stay tuned.
- West Elm Symmetry Objects – These come in two sizes and in both gold or iron. The small and the large objects together would look great styled on a bookshelf.
- Indigo Brass Ampersand Object – Can either be used on a shelf on it’s own or can function as a book end.
- West Elm Brass Wishbone – This gold object looks great on a desk or on top of coffee table books for a perfectly styled coffee table.
- Elte Market Spike Wall Pod – Place the spike pod on top of a stack of books or magazines either on a coffee table or in a book case.
- CB2 3 Piece Brass Wire Cube Set – These are very affordable and you can 3 wire cubes all together which makes styling easy. These can easily be scattered within a book shelf.
- West Elm Hello Word Object – Looks great on a desk or a book shelf.
- Indigo Be Yourself Brass Object – I would use this brass object within a book shelf styling.
- Crate and Barrel Clarus Brass Display Boxes – These are so versatile and can be used empty or you can place keepsakes inside. They come in various sizes too so either use one or stack them.
- Anthropologie Quotation Marks Book Ends – Seriously, how cute are these?
Featured Image via Sarah Sherman Samuel
Today I thought I would share some tips on rug sizing. Rugs are so important to making a room feel finished, grounded and polished and it is very important to ensure that they are the right size. A rug that is too small can make a room feel off balance and awkward.
I often find that there are a couple main reasons why people buy rugs that are too small:
- Cost. I feel that cost is a large factor is buying a rug that is too small. Most 8×10 and 9×12 rugs can be quite expensive and smaller rugs are often that much cheaper but trust me, it’s worth the investment!
- Commitment Issues. This can relate back to cost but purchasing a rug can be scary. A rug is often a purchase that will last for a number of years, unlike throw pillows, prints, and other accessories. Therefore, many people have the ‘I’ll just buy this cheap, small rug now and replace it later’. And as many of us know, ‘later’ can become years (or even never).
- Availability. Often times, larger rugs aren’t available in store and so it seems easier to purchase the 4×6 or 5×7 rug.
- Incorrect Sense of Space. When you’re in the store, the 5×7 rug may look like it’s going to be big enough, so you buy it, bring it home, realize it’s too small and then it just seems like way too big of a pain to return it (I am guilty of this)
Here’s an example of a rug that’s too small for the space:
SO, how do you avoid the dreaded too rug syndrome? Follow these simple ‘rules’:
- Furniture Overlap. Your rug should be big enough that either your furniture fits completely on the rug (i.e. all the legs on your sofa, chairs, coffee table fit on the rug) OR that at least the front two legs of your furniture fits on the rug.
- Be Consistent. If your sofa is completely on the rug, then the chairs should also be completely on the rug. If your sofa only has the front two legs on the carpet then the chairs should only have two legs on the carpet. This keeps things visually balanced.
- Be Conscious of Width. The width of your sofa should fit completely on the rug. If you plan on having end tables on either end of the sofa, you should aim to find a rug that’s wide enough to accommodate the side tables as well.
**Note: Most Living Rooms require an 8×10 or a 9×12 rug**
- Length is key. You want the length of the rug to be long enough to have approximately 36″ of rug on either side of the bed.
- Width is secondary. Ideally all of your furniture fits on your rug. However, if you’ve opted for a smaller size rug, you can pull the rug down so that it sits just in front of your bedside tables.
**Note: A budget friendly option would be to purchase runners to place on either size of the bed**
- Consider your table size. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length and width of your table and add 24″ inches on either side. This allows for sufficient space for your chairs to sit on the rug.
- Avoid a rug that’s too big. Try to ensure that the only furniture on the rug is your dining table and chairs. This means that your sideboard, buffet or other furniture should not sit atop the rug.
I hope you found this post hopeful! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out.
(For those interested, the featured rug can be found here)
Adding texture to a space is important because it adds depth. Velvet is the perfect texture to add to a space because it can easily add elegance and glamour, softness or a classic-touch to a more modern space. However, velvet should be used sparingly to avoid feeling dated. I would suggest keeping it’s use to one or two items.
Some easy ways to incorporate velvet:
- Throw pillows
- Headboard/Bed Frame
Depending on how bold you’re willing to be, you can also play with some brighter colours of velvet. Right now I am loving the deep blue velvet chairs and sofas that are popping up everywhere.
Here are a couple of my favourite velvet pieces:
- I love the shade of blue of this chair from Elte Market.
- This sofa is from Ikea (can you believe it?). Such a steal for only $1,199.
- This ottoman from Urban Barn would be great in front of a chair and can double as additional seating when you have guests over.
- I know, I’ve posted this one before, but I love it! I would have 2 of these chairs in a living room or put it in the corner of a bedroom for a pop of colour
- If you’re scared to go bold with a piece of furniture, these velvet pillows from Pottery Barn are an easy way to add colour without the commitment
- I love this retro looking sofa from Structube.
- The velvet curtains from West Elm are amazing. I have them in my own home. They add drama to a room and the added bonus is that they are thick so they block out a lot of light which is perfect for a bedroom
- This floor cushion from CB2 is a great way to have additional seating when entertaining.
And some inspiration…
Featured Image: Design by Karla Dreyer. Photo by Tracey Ayton.
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ELTE Market is a large warehouse in Toronto filled with high-end furniture and home accessories. ELTE Market is an offshoot of the popular luxury home design store ELTE. The store’s target market is first time home buyers so all of the furniture is contemporary and urban, perfectly sized for condo living and reasonably priced. Right now, they have a 20% all upholstery sales event which includes sofas, sectionals, beds, chairs and ottomans (Amazing!) If you haven’t checked out this store, I would highly recommend it. Their website is www.eltemkt.com but I find that they have way more selection available in the store than what’s shown online.
I have put together a collection of my favourite items from the sale. My TOP favourite is the Drummond Oxblood Chair (I have posted about this chair before) and it’s only $297!
- The Orlando Sofa – Regular $2,595.00 On Sale for $2,076.00
- Alto Bar Stool in White – Regular $245.00 On Sale for $147.00
- Vintage Dining Chair – Regular $295.00 On Sale for $177.00
- Vincent Coffee Table – Regular $795.00 On Sale for $477.00
- Sammie Cube Ottoman – Regular $295.00 On Sale for $236.00
- Jasper Bench – Regular $1,375.00 On Sale for $1,100.00
- Jackson Media Console – Regular $1,395.00 On Sale for $837.00
- Drummond Oxblood Arm Chair – Regular $495.00 On Sale for $297.00
- Bennet Bench – Regular $445 On Sale for $356.00
- Zoey Chair – Regular $1,525.00 On Sale for $1,220.00
I love throw pillows because they are such a great way to play with colour and patterns. They are also great because switching them up is relatively inexpensive and can completely transform a space. I’ve put together a bunch of my favourite throw pillows which would be great to mix and match.
Mixing and matching is easier than you think!
How to Mix and Match Pillows:
Natural Pattern + Geometric Pattern + Varied Size + Texture = Amazing Pillow Combo
- Start with a natural patterned pillow that you love. There are so many great ones out there. This pillow should have an organic shape or pattern, something nature-inspired and curved lines (anything with straight lines is considered geometric)
- Add in a geometric patterned pillow. Like the ones below, these often feature straight lines, grids, etc.
- Add in a pillow with a different shape to give some contrast to the other two pillows. These can either be large square pillows, lumbar pillows, or small square pillows.
- Finally, add in some texture. The texture can be velvet, wool, cable knit, linen, fur etc. The choices are endless!
My personal favourite combo is the far right column. I love the pink and navy combination with that leopard print pillow.
**For those interested, a geometric pattern is a pattern formed by geometric shapes. A natural pattern is a pattern formed by spirals, curves, waves, and is inspired by nature.
Have a great weekend and enjoy.
Featured Image: Design by House of Jade Interiors. Photo by Becky Kimball
Happy hump day!
Today I’ve pulled together some of my favourite island pendant lights that are commonly used by designers. These days designers aren’t only doing the three, small pendant lights over an island in a kitchen that you used to see a number of years ago. These days it’s all about the island pendant lights being a focal point and you can have two, three or even more lights over the island. In my own kitchen, I have 2 of the black iron medium Darlana pendants. I love them because they contrast against my all white kitchen and the black iron ties into other details in the house such as the iron hardware on my doors.
Tip for Hanging Lights Above Island:
2 Pendants: They should be spaced 30″ apart (15″ each way from the centre of the island) and the bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.
3 Pendants: They should be spaced 28″ apart and 12″ in from the end of the island. The bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.
Here’s my round up along with some inspiration. Enjoy!
7. Cone Pendant