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removable wallpaper from chasing paper

I don’t know about you but I love decorating with wallpaper. There are so many gorgeous patterns out there to choose from. I adore the pattern I finally chose for my front hall and living room (Lumimarja by Marimekko) but when I see other beautiful designs, I sometimes wish that I could more easily switch up the look of my walls.

That’s where New York-based Chasing Paper comes in. Chasing Paper offers dozens of gorgeous designs of removable wallpaper. According to their website, the paper features the kind of high-quality texture you’d find on most traditional wallpapers but it’s really a peel and stick fabric, backed with a low-tack, non-toxic adhesive.

They say it’s super easy to hang yourself and since it’s easily removable, it’s perfect for commitmentphobes. The panels are 2 feet by 4 feet and cost $30. Here’s a closer look:

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brass office accessories

If you’re looking to give your office a sense of authority, add a few choice brass accessories – the sophistication level will skyrocket! Here are a few of my favourite decorative items for the desk top in the finish.

West Elm book end brass office accessories Geo Brass bookends, $49 per pair, West Elm.  

Keep your books in place with these geometric bookends, which subtly reference the shape of a horse.

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editor’s pick: maritime outdoor pillow

Too many people are starting to talk about fall, but Summer’s not over yet! Check out these geometric outdoor pillows – the perfect accent for a nautical themed outdoor space. Invite some friends over for a BBQ and lounge in comfort with this fab find. Read on to find out where to buy.

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woodland adventure

Hello all! I am heading up north to camp for a few days, and thought why not share with you a couple of my favourite woodland and nautical rooms on Style at Home, plus a sophisticated yet playful board I put together for a boy’s room.

This “woods” wallpaper from Cole & Son is definitely one of my all time favourites.  While the nature inspired pattern makes it the perfect choice at the cottage, the contemporary illustration and the colorways make it super chic in a modern contemporary space.  I love the soft, romantic look in this room, especially how the pale lavender accents juxtaposed with the masculine woodland backdrop.

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project kitchen refresh ~ casual dining

I have shared with you my idea book on Project Kitchen Refresh with the glamourous kitchen by Jesscia last week.  Today, I am ready to walk you through my game plan for the adjacent casual dining space.

Urban living/lifestyle has changed significantly over the past decade.  Many of us now have our dinner by the breakfast bar or on the sofa in the living room, our outdoor oasis is approximately 100 square feet and it sits 28 stories up in the sky, and our formal dining room is reserved for special occasion.  Since we spent most of our time dining casually in the “eat-in” area of the kitchen, it makes sense to ensure this family gathering space is every bit as practical and stylish as your showstopper kitchen.

This casual dining space by Stacy Begg has everything I dream of.  The dramatic wallpaper as backdrop, the statement chandelier, the comfortable seating that incorporates practical storage, the juxtaposition between timeless classics and edgy contemporary pieces, what is not to love?

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New Project: Kitchen Refresh

Ever wonder what to do with an outdated kitchen?  I have one on my case and it belongs to my father.  The place has been mainly untouched for 23 years (I did attempt to give it a mini facelift about 8 years ago) and it is time to give it a fresh new look.

This fabulous kitchen by Jessica Waks sums up the feeling I want to achieve for #ProjectKitchenRefresh.  It is light, airy, cleanlined, and bold with gold accents: a perfect timeless classic kitchen.

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cottage fun: design inspirations

Chris and I rent our favourite cottage once a year to spend  time with close friends right by the water.  Hanging out by the deck, enjoying homemade mimosas, and of course gathering around the campfire with s’mores are all high on my ”To-Do“ list.  I would love to have my own cottage one day and have been collecting design ideas + inspirations for future references.  So I thought, why don’t I share with you some of my all time favourite cottages?

First up is this super stylish and chic private getaway for Dee Dee Taylor Eustace.  Being a professional interior designer and architect means Dee Dee knows how to push the boundaries to create the ultimate sanctuary of her dreams.  My favourite elements from Dee Dee’s cottage: the cedar shingles stained in navy blue (both interior and exterior), the eclectic mix of furniture pieces to give the space its character, and the classic yet cozy powder room.

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primary colours

One of the first colour schemes we learn to love are blue, yellow, and red. With those three colours we are taught that by mixing one with the other we can create virtually any hue we dream up. Commonly we associate blue, yellow and red with toddlers, recently I have seen this famous combination used in more sophisticated, mature ways. Now these spaces are somewhere I could definitely “play, laugh, and grow” in! icon wink primary colours Primary Colours copy primary colours

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nursery decor: cute cribs

There’s going to be a new addition to my family come September, and although there are lots of worries and concerns constantly running through my head as a first time mum-to-be, there’s no question about what sort of aesthetic I want to achieve in the nursery. I’m keeping the gender a surprise, so instead of incorporating a scheme of soft pinks or handsome blues, I’ll be going with a more neutral look. The most important piece in the room is the crib, of course, and I know I want something that’s white and very simple in design. There are so many options out there, so I thought I would share three favourites that I’ve come across.

Jenny Lind 2 300x200 nursery decor: cute cribs

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editor’s picks: mara hoffman for anthropologie

Anthropologie now carries an exclusive collection of home goods from New York-based Mara Hoffman, one of my favourite clothing designers. Mara’s statement-making graphic boho prints and vibrant colours are signature to her aesthetic. Although her pieces are a bit of a splurge, they are clothes that are always the centre of attention – they make you feel both confident and pretty. I imagine that the bedding, toss cushions, rug, drapery and chair she designed for Anthropologie will have the same effect on your home.

MaraHoffman Bedding editors picks: mara hoffman for anthropologie

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