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bodacious botanicals

I am not normally drawn to chintz, but lately I have been unable to resist the bold appeal of a certain vibrant floral courtesy of Designer’s Guild.

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Orangerie’s painterly mélange of blooms including red tulips. pink and yellow roses, bold bits of blue wildflowers and even green grapes has me totally smitten for the retro print.


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And it’s not only me who is fainting over the gorgeous motif. Orangerie was the pick of Nick Olsen when it came to interpreting his ideal Louis Chair for TRAD Home

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And even Martha got in on the action in a recent issue when the wallpaper version was used as a collective mat for a grouping of photographs.

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A toss cushion would be the easiest way to inject the fabulous floral trend into your home, so if you want to try it out in your own space, try the Fringed Botanicals Pillow, $198 from Anthropologie, which has a similar feel with an added boho twist of tufted fringe and black and white illustrations added to the technicolour mix.

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You can also find Orangerie in the actual flesh courtesy of this Designers Guild cushion from 1212 on Yonge St in Toronto for $250.

win 2 interior design books

contest interiors books BLOG win 2 interior design books
When it comes to home decor, some may not think about beautiful books as decor accessories. Let the books speak for themselves by simply displaying them on a table. They say never judge a book by its cover, but I’m just a sucker for a beautifully designed book jacket – who can deny love at first sight? Having said that, though I’ve fallen in lust with these books, I’m excited to give them to someone who will appreciate them as I do.

To enter, simply comment below with your best design tip and I will choose the best one. The style-savvy winner gets both books!

Here’s what you’re winning:

Living Traditions: Interiors by Matthew Patrick Smyth (Random House, 2011, $60).
Get an up-close look at Matthew Patrick Smyth’s aesthetic in this collection of his interior design work. Throughout the generously sized pages of perfectly styled photos, Smyth also includes his own tips and rules, particularly for overcoming the challenges of uniquely shaped layouts. In just one book you’ll be introduced to a multitude of styles and spaces in over 200 pages. Uh, yes please!

Interior Visions (Random House, 2011. $60)
Mona Hajj is renowned for her distinctive, yet harmonious use of architecture, colour, lighting, and furnishings. Her work marries classical style with contemporary influences as the book takes you through her design across the United States and into Europe. This book is inspiration just waiting to happen.

*Contest closes June 30th, 2011 at 11:59pm 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.

Update: Congratulations to our winner Susan. And thanks to everyone for entering!

store spotlight: nesters & chatelet

At 2207 Queen Street East, in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood is a little store that is actually two little stores. Here you will find Nesters, and Chatelet, sharing a storefront. It was only recently pointed out to me, that this little store, is indeed two. Should you visit, you will see why I was surprised – both retail stores carry very complementary items to one another.

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The store is filled with home decor items such as French antiques, lighting, as well as smaller gift items.
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On the “Nesters” side, I fell for the two pieces above. I’ve always been a fan of the French antique look and weathered wood mirrors.

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Still on the Nesters side, I really loved the little vignettes you could shop from. I often come here to find little gifts for special occasions, as the price points for the gift items are quite reasonable.

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On the Chatelet side, my one-year-old son, Oscar, selected this sweet little box to give to his grandmother for Mother’s Day.

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Outside as I was leaving, I fell for the hilarious hooks and door stops on Chatelet’s side. Not a fan of the metal look? As someone who has just discovered the joys of spray paint, I thought these would look awesome if sprayed in a bright colour, perfect for a cottage.
Nesters + Chatelet
Address: 2207 Queen Street East, Toronto Beach Neighbourhood
Phone: 416-698-2207

Lindsay Stephenson is our guest blogger who has her eye on all things fabulous in Toronto. When not scouting out the coolest stores and the fabbest finds in the city, Lindsay runs a graphic design business (Penny People Designs) and blogs about her life and home decorating projects on Aubrey & Lindsay’s Little House Blog.

bathroom renovation: day five

As one would expect of any renovation, there are sure to be hiccups along the way. My bathroom renovation is no different, but thankfully, the issues have been small and easy to fix. Today’s hold-up: The vessel sink.

When I selected the vanity for my bathroom, I didn’t realize that it had a pre-cut hole in the middle to accommodate a particular kind of sink. Aaaand – the sink that I chose doesn’t fit. Fortunately, Tony (the project manager overseeing my renovation) is a star and he went to Home Depot for me and snapped a photo of a suitable replacement. It’s an entirely different look but I like this sink, too! Number one is the sink I’d originally selected – square vessel lavatory; number two is the replacement – round clear glass vessel sink. What do you think?

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bathroom renovation: day four

When I stopped by my condo to check on the progress of my bathroom renovation on Friday, I was very pleasantly surprised! Things are moving quickly and the work should be done soon. Unfortunately, the marble for the ledge in the shower is still a big ol’ question mark. I haven’t heard an update yet as to when they’ll be able to find the piece they need. I hope it’s not two weeks as I was originally told. I can’t go two weeks without a working shower!

So, here’s how things are looking:

bathroom renovation tiled ledge bathroom renovation: day four The ledge has been tiled and looks great! Now, just to find that piece of marble for the top. I wondered why we couldn’t just continue the subway tile along the top but once it was explained to me, it made perfect sense. If you tile and grout the top and water sits on that ledge, it will eat away at the grout. So a solid piece of marble to match the floor is a much better solution. Ah! Makes perfect sense.

bathroom renovation tub and floor bathroom renovation: day four At this point in the renovation, this is the picture that thrills me most! Here you can see the new tub, tile and polished marble flooring, all from Home Depot. My old bathroom had tile baseboards (ew!) but the new baseboards and painted walls look fantastic. Out of hundreds of paint colours to choose from, I settled on Elusive Blue (D51-1) from Olympic Paints and I’m thrilled with the results. It looks a bit bluer here than it does in person. It’s actually a bit lighter and really picks up on the grey in the floor tile.

Today, the toilet, vanity, medicine cabinet and mirror should be going into place. I’ll provide an update tomorrow!

honeycomb bud vases

Fab find

Bee pressed-glass bud vases, $29 for set of 3; Williams-Sonoma.

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Fresh flowers are blooming everywhere and it makes me want to bring those beautiful, bright buds home! It’s amazing how a few freshly cut florals can impact a room, so why not elevate the look with some textured glass vases? These honeycomb vases come in a set of three and I love that they’re shaped differently for an eclectic, yet unified arrangement.

What’s your favourite way to display flowers?

bathroom renovation: day three

The shower enclosure is tiled! And the ledge is in place, too! Here’s what the bathroom looks like today:

bathroom renovation tiled shower1 bathroom renovation: day three Love the subway tile! I chose the 3-inch by 6-inch subway tile from Home Depot. Love how it looks now that it’s in place.

bathroom renovation tiled shower2 bathroom renovation: day three And here’s the ledge. The guys pushed the wall back to its original place and created this ledge, which will be a handy spot to, you know, put stuff. But … (isn’t there always a but?) … they don’t have the right size of marble to put across the top of the ledge. I was told that it might take two weeks to special order the piece that they need – yikes! I won’t be able to use the shower until the marble across the top is put in place, so I’m hoping that they can come up with a solution. Soon. Tony, the project manager says not to sweat it so I’m not going to! Stay tuned …

farewell to our dear lauren

It was a sad day at the Style at Home office. Today we bid adieu to Lauren McPhillips — our web editor, social media whiz, passionate blogger, style maven and good friend. She’s off to explore new opportunities and while we couldn’t be more excited for her as she embarks on this new journey, we’re so sad to see her go.

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Our farewell party for Lauren included these bite-sized treats from Eat My Words. A special thanks to Sacha for making these with such care. They’re as beautiful as they are delicious!

For those of you who have worked with Lauren, emailed her or read her blog, please join us in wishing her all the best in her new adventure. A fond farewell from all of us at Style at Home!
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bathroom renovation: day two

So, things are trucking along on my bathroom renovation. Here’s a look at how things are going:

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The mess in my condo has multiplied by, oh, I don’t know … three? Understandably. There’s a lot of stuff that needs to go in the bathroom and not a lot of space. But again, these guys are as neat as they can be and considerate. I can tell that they’ve been taking good care not to damage my floor, especially.

bathroom renovation day2 1 bathroom renovation: day two One of the guys from the Home Depot installation crew. So far, so good!

bathroom renovation day2 3 bathroom renovation: day two We’ve only run into one small issue. While researching everything I needed for this bathroom renovation, I learned that standard tubs are now smaller than tubs from 20 years ago. My original tub was 64″ while the newer tubs are only 60″. (You can order a custom tub if you really want.) To make up for that difference in space, we decided to create a tiled ledge, which would not only solve the problem but give me some space for shampoo bottles and the like. When I got back to my condo yesterday, I saw that instead of a ledge, the guys had built out the wall. Looks fine but since this is already a small space, why make it even smaller? I talked to Tony, the project manager, and he says it’s not a problem to put the ledge in as originally discussed. Pictured above is how it looks with the wall that was built to meet the tub. We’ll see shortly what it looks like with the ledge. I think the ledge is a better solution. Do you agree?

bathroom renovation: can you guess which paint colour I chose?

After choosing all of the fixtures for my bathroom renovation – the tub, toilet, vanity, mirror, lighting, shower tiles and flooring – the final element was the paint colour. But with SO MANY COLOURS to choose from, how do I narrow it down to just one? This is what I’ve been sifting through:

paint fan decks bathroom renovation: can you guess which paint colour I chose? I have finally made my selection and you can actually see the chip I chose in this photo. Any guesses? You’re going to have to wait for the final reveal to find out, but I will tell you that I chose a colour from Olympic Paints’ Colours of Inspiration line. I liked that all 1,200 shades of the Colours of Inspiration palette are available in zero-VOC and low odour. After much debate and looking at chips in this light and that light, I love the shade I FINALLY settled on. Now I just need to see it on the walls!

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