{ Author Archive - Lauren McPhillips, Author at Style at Home blog }

online shopping obsession: leif

No matter how busy I am or how little time I have to actually leave my computer and speak to real life humans, I still always seem to find the time to lazily click around online and shop. There are the usual suspects (Etsy, Indigo, Society6), but when I stumble across a golden nugget like Leif, I know the online shopping gods are lookin’ out for me.

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eva ricci photography sale on homesav

A few years ago I stumbled upon a Montreal photographer by the name of Eva Ricci during one of my many long nights scouring Etsy. I fell in love with her pretty photos, with soft  pastels and simple subjects. Starting today, Eva’s got a sale on at member-deals website, Homesav, and her gorgeous work is priced at up to 62% off, with 12″ x 18″ pieces going for $65 and 20″ x 30″ for $100 each. Check out my four fave photos below that are being featured in the sale:

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online shopping: society 6

When it comes to the internet, I’m ranked pretty high in the competition of ‘most easily sucked in and swallowed whole’. I could be looking up a movie showtime and two hours later be clicking aimlessly around a site for a company that specializes in waffle makers. It’s a time-wasting technique I’m not particularly fond of, but it often leads me to incredible sites I might never have heard of otherwise.

On one rather uneventful day, I stumbled across Society 6 and my decorating life was changed. A compilation of prints from independent artists, Society 6 not only proved to be a haven for incredible art, but it was surprisingly affordable (print sizes generally run between $16 for a 10″x7″ up to $80 for an extra large gallery size of 28″x37″). The site is a great way to support up-and-coming artists while adding art on a budget. Many of the prints are also available as laptop and iPhone skins, as well t-shirts and hoodies.

Here are a few of my faves:


Ampersand‘ by Jude Landry, from $18

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how to: hang a wall vignette

I have a confession to make: I can be kind of lazy when it comes to decorating. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really good at the shopping part. But once I get those goodies home, I’m indecisive. Does that mirror look better over the console or above the bed? Does the floor lamp look best in the living room or beside my desk? Oy vey.

I bought a gorgeous selection of round, gold-framed mirrors from Manor last summer and admired them sitting around my old home and then my new condo. Last weekend I finally decided where I wanted them and took the plunge. Before hanging though, I took a few easy steps to make sure the vignette looked parfait on my wall.

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win: custom artwork by adriane duckworth

I think it’s been pretty much a year to the day since I’ve written for the Style at Home blog, and boy oh boy, have I missed it. But like a wee chick to a mother hen, I’ve found my way back and I thought I’d kick things off with a fab giveaway for you all!

This past weekend I attended BlogPodium in Toronto and met a bunch of incredible Canadian design bloggers, one of them being Adriane Duckworth. After chit chatting for awhile, I found out that Adriane is an incredible artist (and new mum!) and completely self-taught to boot. She specializes in modern abstract art on canvas, predominantly black and white, and recently launched a series of nursery pieces featuring an adorable collection of animal characters. I fell in love with her work and am so happy that I’ve found an up-and-coming Canadian artist whose pieces would look great in my new condo.

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the essential earth tones

Our designer secrets special issue is out on stands now and I love all the tips inside from some of our fave design experts. I always get stuck trying to choose the perfect paint {hey, some shades just look too darned alike}, so I really enjoyed the paint section of the issue with designers sharing their fave shades. Here are the earth tones that are making the experts swoon.

1 Split Pea 16-28, Pratt & Lambert

“I use this yellowy green in bathrooms and bedrooms to create a serene ambience.” –Michelle Mawby, Lucid Interior Design

2 Floating Islands P5127-34, Para Paints

“”think Florida home circa 1990 meets Mies van der Rohe. This ‘blush’ adds a light, soft hue to any space and looks amazing when paired with charcoal, cream, navy or white.” –Angela Robinson, AR Design

3 Never Land P5026-85, Para Paints

“I’ve always had a weakness for jewel tones! I recommend painting this green on walls in a semi-gloss finish to create drama, elegance and sophistication, then accenting the colour with accessories in burnt orange, electric blue, eggplant, black or white.” –Angela Robinson

4 Granny Smith SD008, Style at Home Collection, Beauti-Tone Paint

“When used to create a feature wall, this shade provides a gorgeous pop of colour that doesn’t overpower a room. It’s a huge trend right now to use a chartreuse or citron.” –Jessica Kelly, Jessica Kelly Design

5 Folly Green 76, Farrow & Ball
“This green, one of my most asked-about colours, looks great on library walls broken up with lots of bookshelves and neutral elements.” –Stacey-Litwin-Davies, Litwin-Davies Design

6 Willow CC-542, Benjamin Moore

“This rich wall colour adds dimension to any room. I’ve used it on the walls in a panelled library, a dramatic dining room and a tiny jewel-box powder room. I love pairing it with brilliant colours like indigo blue or saturated colour.” –Samantha Farjo, Farjo Design

7 Rockies Brown 2107-30, Benjamin Moore

“This colour, best in a pearl finish, pairs well with one of favourite David Hicks wallpapers called The Vase, which was actually inspired by his famous Coca-Cola-coloured walls.” –Timothy Mather, TM Design

8 Kendall Charcoal HC-166, Benjamin Moore

“We’ve used this warm grey to make a bold statement and give rooms weight and depth. Whether it’s used on a piece of furniture, built-ins, interior doors, or to accent a handrail, that bit of darkness creates a layered effect.” –Cindy Bleeks, Feasby & Bleeks Design

9 Black Blue 95, Farrow & Ball

“This paint colour, which has a hint of blue, looks great on exterior doors.” –Cindy Bleeks

how to paint wall stripes

There’s really not a whole lot that I don’t love about our June 2011 issue. It’s so bright and fresh and filled with amazing decorating ideas. And that cover? Oy. Our design editors amaze me on a daily basis.

One interior I particularly fell in love with was the high/low feature of the dressing room. I mean, what woman wouldn’t love to come home after a long day and get changed while surrounded by a sea of Tiffany blue? The stripes are what really stand out in the room, and you can get the look with paint instead of buying pricey wallpaper. Contributing design editor Christine Hanlon gives her top 6 tips for painting perfect wall stripes.

1 Pick your colours. Aim for high contrast hues, advises Christine.

2 Use high quality painter’s tape. It will ensure less bleeding and smudges as well as avoid bubbles.

3 Paint the full wall in the lighter of your chosen colours.

4 Measure the width of your entire wall and divide into equal parts to determine the width of your darker-coloured stripes.

5 Use a pencil to mark each stripe at the top and bottom of the wall.

6 Place the tape on the outside of your markings for each dark-coloured stripe.

Paint colours: Cabbage White 269, Arsenic 214; Farrow & Ball.
{Photography by Nina Texeira}

win a kitchenaid food processor!

When I first ventured into baking (and I can sadly say I’m still venturing), I thought a blender and a food processor essentially did the same thing. Whenever a recipe called for a food processor, I didn’t have one, so I just thought, “Meh, this blender will give the same effect.” Wrong, Lauren. So very wrong.

And that, my friends, is why I’m thrilled to be giving away this top-of-the-line food processor from KitchenAid. Their Architect Series is made up of professional quality small appliances (think of the classic KichenAid stand mixer), and this 12-cup processor is no different.

To enter, leave a comment below sharing your favourite summer food (or drink!).

*Contest closes May 25th, 2011 at 12pm EST. Open to all residents of Canada, except those in Quebec. Not open to any Transcontinental Media employees, their families, or any other persons with whom they reside.

chair makeover videos

You’ve all seen the amazing chair makeover that I had done by Carrocel Restorations, but check out these awesome videos they made of the process (parts 1 & 2 below). I love watching how it all came together!

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royal wedding countdown: big ben clock

Countdown to the Royal Wedding — 2 days left!

Big Ben wall clock, $80; umbra.com

It seems like everyone has that one strip of wall that they don’t know how to decorate. For me, it’s a long but thin dividing wall acting as a separator between my living room and kitchen. I totally love this Big Ben clock from Umbra — it’s the perfect piece to jazz up that pesky wall space.

Stay tuned for TV Guide’s Royal Wedding Special Issue, edited by Style at Home’s Erin McLaughlin — available May 9th!

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