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summer garden party

Summer is finally here and with the beautiful weather upon us, are you ready a summer garden party? I hosted one a couple of weeks ago at my roof top garden, and added three special touches to make the party a memorable one.  Today, I want share with you on how to put together an effortlessly elegant summer party.

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take me back to brooklyn

Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Brooklyn with some media friends to check out the west elm Holiday 2014 preview. First off, for all you west elm fans, get ready for some fabulous new items this coming holiday season. I can’t post anything too detailed just yet, but stay tuned in the next few months. I fell in love with pretty much everything they showed me! Here are some pictures I snapped from the whole trip – a whirlwind 24hrs. It was my first real venture into Brooklyn…and I’m dying to go back and explore some more.

Bridge take me back to brooklyn View of the Manhattan Bridge just down the street from the west elm head office. There was actually a giant TV screen playing the US world cup soccer match set up under the bridge!

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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Ever wonder what to do with an outdated kitchen?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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diy: simple glitter art

I went through a phase about a year and a half ago where I was semi-obsessed with glitter. It was a messy obsession (and I’m pretty sure my roommate hated finding glitter on pretty much everything in our apartment)…but I just loved crafting with it! My favourite creation is my “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” hot pink piece that I hung above my living room sofa (see it here). It is such a simple craft and really quite fun to make. Experiment with fun quotes and coloured glitter! Here’s another example (which was also my first attempt) that is hung above my bed. Keep reading for more pictures and info on how to make!

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herb garden

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good DIY project! When my girlfriend Shira sent me this charming repurposed dresser she worked on, I couldn’t help but share! For under $200 she was able to create a fabulous outdoor vignette that houses all of her favourite summer herbs, while adding flare to her outdoor space! Here’s what you will need to recreate this look…

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poppytalk for target: glamorous outdoor entertaining

If you loved the Oh Joy! collection, then you’re definitely going to swoon over Target’s newest collaboration with co-founder of design blog Poppytalk, Jan Halvarson. The Poppytalk for Target party collection is full of bright colours, fun patterns and outdoor decor accessories that might just become part of your summer entertaining essentials.

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With a few items on my wish list, I can’t wait to view the collection in store. Here are a couple of my favourite collection pieces, now available at Target.
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my (current) favourite living room sofas

Anyone on the hunt for a new living room sofa?? Here’s a round up of some of my favourites on the market right now.

West Elm Sofa my (current) favourite living room sofas Image via. west elm

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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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