Monday, May 30, 2011

b&b shopping

I am on the search for a great B&B for a weekend getaway with my best friend.  We're thinking of Niagara-on-the-Lake or Collingwood this summer.  We try to do a trip away just the two of us every year, always staying at a B&B, switching it up from area to area.  It's always nice to try something new and discover the uniqueness of each.  Then it gives us a special place in time for each summer getaway.  And of course, I also love poking around at the decor, and even peak into other rooms if the door is left ajar.  But there is always one constant in our search - we only go for old houses.  Nothing less than 100 years old.  That's a feat for Ontario, but we always manage.  And besides, wouldn't you say that a certain charm comes only from an old home with history?  ...kind of a prerequisite for a B&B in my opinion! ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

black walled bathroom

I love to recommend black walls in a white bathroom and most clients think I'm crazy!  But here is proof, as seen in Apartment Therapy's home of  Marsha and Javier, that it is not only completely classy and gorgeous, it really doesn't make a small space feel smaller.  Just better!  And how charming is this bathroom?!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

shabby chic garden party

I love the way white linens can make even the most humble garden seem so wonderfully chic.  The shabby and creative stuff comes in the old bottles hung on wire from tree tops.  How clever.  I'm going to use this in my garden... now I just have to find a linen table cloth with a darn hole in the middle... or get rid of the umbrella and I guess wait for the trees to grow in like in this photo! ;)

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Very interesting - have a look here!  There are some great finds here at Rugs on Time.  Saw one that my client got last week and it was beautiful!  Great deals too.

Monday, May 9, 2011

zigzag pillows

Thanks to Camilla Julner and DTI
For the latest for your practical sofa, throw a zigzag pillow or two on it.  I love several in different sizes and colours, or mix them up with what you already have since it's not really about matching these days, but more about what you really love!

scratch pads for cats

Even cat owners need to have nice decor options for their little ones. These wall scratch pads are from Square Cat Habitat and are so much neater than most scratching posts.  They also take up very little space!  I love them... will be ordering mine soon and really hope my cats use them instead of my furniture!  That's the whole point, right?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

pharmacy lamps

The pharmacy lamp is such a classic.  I love the way it can transition into a very traditional setting or into a young hip modern space.  It is the perfect task light.  I really like them for a desk top too.  The one here is from Pottery Barn.
This one is from Robert Abbey and has a more classic head to it.

These two, from JC Penney and LL Bean, are also great options.

Get one in the metal of your choice for a lamp that never goes out of style.  I personally have a chrome one on my desk from Elte and it matches the chrome knobs on my white desk.  It fits perfectly into my eclectic office space and I still love it!