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the blues

On a chilly day like the one we are currently experiencing here is Toronto, I find myself seeking solace in anything resembling warm weather!! I have always been attracted to the colour blue, it is so grounded, and yet versatile . I relate my love of blue to many beautiful days spent outdoors as a child enjoying the vibrant summer sky, and family vacations by the ocean.

BLUES2 the blues

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palm beach inspired

As the warm weather sweeps over the city of Toronto, I am feeling inspired by design references of more exotic climates. One of my biggest design influences is Palm Beach, Florida. The pastels, art deco, and botanical motifs found throughout the many stunning interiors leave me wanting to kick back on a lacquered bamboo chair while sipping a daiquiri…. Pure bliss!

SAH PALM BEACH 23 palm beach inspired

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Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

You know Spring is here (or around the corner) when you start to see outdoor furniture popping up in stores and on websites. Here are two of my favourites: the West Elm Dexter Collection and the new Crate & Barrel Communal and Berkshire Collections. The Dexter has been around for several years and has a lovely aged teak look to it. I also like the rounded back on the bench.

West Elm Dexter Dining Collection2 Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

West Elm

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debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

I’m in the midst of debating my tub scenario – first off it has to fit into a 3-walled alcove situation. So the front portion of the tub is exposed. I have seen 2 ways of doing this – one where you finish the front of the tub with either tile, wood or stone. The other way is to do one with a built-in apron. What are peoples thoughts on this? Here are images of both:

Apron sided tub. This one is from Kohler:

apron tub debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

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chair of the moment: bkf chair or butterfly chair

I’ve been seeing this chair around recently. It’s a design classic. I’ve never actually sat in one, but I would imagine it is very comfortable once you get in, but tricky to get out of. Having done a little bit of investigating it looks like its roots are Brazilian. The originals were made out of leather, but I’ve seen it in canvas and really like like the look too. Currently CB2 is carrying the 1938 Tobacco Leather Butterfly Chair. It looks similar to the original and is very chic.

1938 leather butterfly chair chair of the moment: bkf chair or butterfly chair

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capture your dream space: renderings by designer michelle morelan

You know exactly what you want it to look like – your dream space. It might be a luxurious master bath, a romantic bedroom or the ultimate moody library. You have everything planned out down to the cabinetry hardware or floor stain. You might have a magazine cutout hung at your desk or maybe you’ve got a carefully curated Pinterest board. But, whether its a tight space or a tight budget you’re working within, it’s a dream you have to put off until you get a raise or win the lottery (just how extravagant is this space?). What if I told you you could have it in a matter of weeks? Okay, not it exactly, but a beautiful rendering of it, like this one.

Michelle Morelan Design bathroom rendering capture your dream space: renderings by designer michelle morelan

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throwback thursday: which may cover is your favourite?

Our May 2014 issue hit newsstands this week, featuring living, dining and decorating ideas that work indoors and out. The cover embraces the best of the season with a casual outdoor oasis, offering you a seat in the inviting grey resin wicker furniture. The light grey palette actually makes the greenery look even more fresh and lush, don’t you think?

To celebrate our latest issue and finally being able to enjoy the outdoors as much as the indoors (well, soon hopefully), we’re looking back at our past May covers. Which one is YOUR favourite?

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black lace: shoes or curtains?

When you hear ‘black lace’ your first thought may be about sexy lingerie. But done right, black lace can be classy and elegant, both for your feet and your home! In this week’s shoe-inspired decor column, you’ll see what we mean.

shoes decor2 black lace: shoes or curtains?

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yay or nay: small space single bookshelf

Being a bachelorette apartment dweller, I’m always looking for smart small space storage solutions. Using whatever vertical space available is always recommended but sometimes renters, like myself, are not able to drill large holes for shelves and wall-mounted units.

Could the solution be this simple, single bookshelf?

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the making of my custom master bedroom rug at elte

 

master rug the making of my custom master bedroom rug at elte

 

 

My venture into ELTE’s custom rug department was the result of falling head over heels with their silk orchid collection.

 

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