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shoe-inspired decor: black, white and floral

I love how fashion and decor cross over all the time. In the past few weeks, you’ll notice that we’ve run lots of examples of how your favourite shoes can inspire a room in your home (check out examples here, here and here.) This week, I’ve sourced another fun combo:

shoes decor2 shoe inspired decor: black, white and floral
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travel inspiration: fabulous front doors

Growing up in the metropolis of Toronto – fondly referred to as the “Concrete Jungle” by many – it was definitely an eye-opening experience travelling to Europe. I’m slowly conquering the continent, trip by trip, and from what I’ve seen so far, the variety of design inspiration from country to country is endless.

On my first trip to France in particular I became obsessed with, of all things, doors. With such grand and ornate architecture around every corner I suppose it makes sense that the doors will live up to this standard, as well.

From size to colour to intricate details, these four doors prove that choosing a front door makes a huge impact when it comes to enhancing your curb appeal, whether it’s the door’s design or choosing the right colour for your door.

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den before and after

When we toured our home, I loved the small den tucked away above the garage (or as my husband calls it, “the lions den.”) It’s not large by any means, but we were enticed by the idea of having a little refuge off of the master bedroom for watching TV and having some quiet time. I viewed it as a great little bonus space on the second floor and was excited to transform it into a soothing oasis.


den before den before and after

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st. patrick’s day: best green rooms

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite green interiors. While clover green may seem daring and bold, check out how these rooms made the lucky hue work.

horchow bedroom st. patricks day: best green rooms

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sourcing along the summerhill strip

While out sourcing for a few upcoming photo shoots, I had the chance to spend some time strolling one of my favourite area’s of Toronto – the Rosedale/Summerhill ‘strip’. This stretch of Yonge street (from Walker Avenue down to Crescent Road) is home to some of the best interior decor stores in the city – including Absolutely, Boo Boo & Lefty, Love the Design, Of Things Past, Farrow & Ball …the list goes on! Anyone looking for home decor accessories or furniture should remember to check out this part of town – it’s a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Here are some of my favourite pieces from my visit to Absolutely.

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a closer look at the dining room wallpaper

My striking dining room owes its wow-factor to the stunning hand painted Chinese wallpaper and gold-leafed ceiling that envelopes visitors with its jewel box effect.


dining room close up a closer look at the dining room wallpaper

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closet designs: 4 dream walk-ins

Is it just me, or does a cluttered, unorganized closet give you slight anxiety? Sadly, my closet situation is a nightmare to begin with. A narrow, dark pit with a half-functioning accordion door.

Despite my best efforts to create shelving and organize my clothes, I’m constantly re-organizing it after a stack of folded sweaters inevitably collapses when I try to retrieve a pair of jeans. While I continue to search for ways to optimize my space, I can still dream of that perfect walk-in.

From luxurious textures to bold designs to savvy organizing tips, these four fabulous closet designs are great inspiration for my future perfect closet and even for ways to maximize the space I have now. Which one do YOU like best?

closet design elegant dream closet closet designs: 4 dream walk ins

Photography by Janis Nicolay

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editor’s pick: rooms i love

Talk about dining room envy! I’m adding this stunning space to my list of favourites for its mix of materials and easy contemporary vibe!

 bertelson dining editors pick: rooms i lovePhotography by Donna Griffith

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dining room before and after

One of the most dramatic transformations in my home was my dining room, thanks in large part to to the eye-catching Chinese hand painted wallpaper from Griffin and Wong. I’ll be going into more depth on the paper later this week, so for now let’s look at the furniture and lighting.


dining room before dining room before and after

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