Interior designer Jacquelyn Clark's condo
A tight budget doesn’t stop this young designer from creating a personality-filled pad.
A builder-boring condo, tight budget and super-busy lifestyle might mean a very dull living space for a lot of people. But not for Jacquelyn Clark, the Lark & Linen blogger and former Style Me Pretty editor who recently launched her own interior design business. With a keen eye for decorating and a talent for transforming bland into beautiful, Jacquelyn turned the 700-square-foot rental condo she shares with boyfriend Justin Gagne in Toronto’s Distillery District into a chic home full of personality.
Interior designer and blogger Jacquelyn Clark in her chic Toronto condo.
The scene-stealer in the living area is the vintage cart-turned-coffee-table picked up for a song. “We found it tucked in the back of a vintage shop, unfinished and missing a few boards,” says Jacquelyn. Boyfriend Justin Gagne completely refinished it.
An arrangement of artwork and Jacquelyn’s own travel photographs makes up the gallery wall in the dining area. Eames-style chairs pull up to a simple, inexpensive dining table, which sits below a sleek modern pendant light.
Painting the bump-out wall with wide horizontal stripes is a budget-friendly way to differentiate the office nook from the rest of the living area. Jacquelyn left the feet of the desk unpainted for a stylish dipped look.
Simple and stylish decor accessories help decorate Jacquelyn's office desk.
Like the rest of the condo, the bedroom is a smart mix of save and splurge items. An embroidered coverlet Jacquelyn picked up in India, for example, shares space with toss cushions by Brooklyn-based textile designer Rebecca Atwood.
The white IKEA nightstand in the bedroom was customized with a new brass knob. Jacquelyn created the artwork above the bed with her own travel photos, which she altered in Photoshop and then had printed.
In the bedroom, Jacquelyn's jewellery is displayed in a inexpensive and stylish way.
1 Flynn table lamp, Serena & Lily, $295 US. 2 KO Sticks foldable star sculptures, Design Within Reach, from $40 US each. 3 Brushstroke 2 toss cushion, Rebecca Atwood, $139 US. 4 in Black with beech legs, Structube, $69. 5 Jute Chenille Herring bone rug, West Elm, from $64
How to: Create accent walls
Looking to create an impact in your space? For an easy and inexpensive way to add a bit of drama to any room, consider creating a feature wall with an accent paint colour. Perfect for highlighting a focal point such as a fireplace or shelving unit, an accent wall commands the eye’s attention.
We checked in with five paint companies to get expert advice on where to feature an accent wall and what colour combinations pair well together.
Photography courtesy of Benjamin Moore
Go dark for drama
Using a vibrant colour on an accent wall is bold, but if you want a touch of drama in your space, go for a dark navy, charcoal or even black. A dark colour looks great against surrounding light walls and crates a space around a room’s focal point, like the fireplace in the photo above.
"When we choose the colours for a room, we try to use a dark colour to add drama,” says Benjamin Moore colour and style expert Sophie Bergeron. “In this case, black and blue walls work well together to add both drama and a sense of airiness. The blue (Gossamer Blue 2123-40) is very fresh and light while the black (Black Satin 2131-10) sets the tone for a more modern setting."
Photography by Stacey Brandford
Switch it up with colour blocking
Not all accent walls have to be a solid hue – get creative with colour blocking by adding a striped wall or a graphic pattern.
“These stripes feature the room’s soft hue alternating with an energetic pop of colour,” says Bev Bell, Beauti-Tone colour expert. “The combination creates a dramatic accent wall with a more cohesive and harmonious feel than if the wall was painted one solid accent colour.”
Photography courtesy of Farrow & Ball
Try a custom wallpaper
For an accent wall with a bit more character, try a graphic wallpaper pattern. Some paint companies like Farrow & Ball custom make their papers using their own paint colours, so you can co-ordinate with the surrounding walls in the room.
“The accent wall has encouraged a more adventurous approach to decorating, providing an opportunity to indulge in colour and pattern without the commitment of covering a whole room,” says Sarah Cole, Director at Farrow & Ball. “Try one of Farrow & Ball’s traditional damask paper designs such as Silvergate or St. Antoine in a contemporary colourway for a modern twist on a classic pattern. For a more contemporary design, try Lotus or Bamboo (shown above) for a really striking accent.”
Photography courtesy of PARA Paints
Use an accent wall to define a living space
Accent colours are great for creating a defined area in a multi-functional space (think open-concept loft or studio apartment). Paint a little nook to create a home office or an inset wall to define your sleeping space like in the image above.
“This bright, bold accent colour (Fresh Berries’ P5079-63) directs the eye to the main focus of the room – the bed,” says PARA Paints Senior Brand Manager Garry Belfall. “Used as a vibrant contrast to the more neutral base colour (Every Girl’s Dream’ P5219-14) as seen on the other walls, Fresh Berries perfectly complements this room and creates a bold, beach-themed oasis where you can escape from reality.”
Photography courtesy of CIL
Add a pop of colour to a black and white room.
Add some life to a neutral room with a bold colour that commands attention. Black-and-white is a timeless colour combination, but adding a vibrant hue gives it a modern edge.
“Cinnabar 50YR 32/460 from CIL is a trendy orange that, when paired with stark white and a graphic black-and white-print, is super modern,” says Alison Goodman, CIL Brand Manager. “When you’re dealing with a predominantly black-and-white colour scheme, a feature wall and its splash of colour is a must-have.”
Take a look inside this charming Quebec cottage.
This charming Quebec cottage holds its authentic look and feel by preserving pieces of history for a homey feel.
Usually an 80-year-old cottage shared by a large extended family would have endured several renovations as the decades ticked by, resulting in a mishmash of styles and some seriously dated decor. But this cottage in Quebec, nestled on a private lake in the Laurentians, has remained virtually untouched since it was built in 1933 – and the result is utterly charming.
Shared by four sisters and a cousin, plus their spouses and children, the year-round retreat is one of four cottages on a 2,000-acre property that the prominent Montreal family has owned for the past 100 years.
Classic Quebecois cottage
The cottage exterior bears all the hallmarks of Quebecois style with its high-pitched roof, bell-cast eaves, casement dorner windows and stone chimney.
For as long as the owners can remember, the stone fireplace in the living room has been whitewashed. Propped on the mantel is a portrait of their grandmother.
1930s kitchen cabinetry
Cedar-clad walls and original 1930s cabinetry make the kitchen a warm and inviting space.
Porcelain double sink
The old porcelain double sink adds a charming sight to the cottage where very few changes have been allowed over the years.
Cedar planked bedroom walls
The cedar planked walls, solid pine floors, casement windows and antique furnishings are all still original. Twin beds are a practical choice, especially when a lot of extended family is in residence.
Claw-footed tubs add a vintage bathroom feel.
Double faucet sink
The original fixtures like this bathroom sink with its separate hot and cold faucets are still in good working order.
Amp up your sweet summer treat with a fun and fab ice cream social for friends of all ages!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! And if sitting down to a big bowl of the sweet stuff just isn’t going to cut it, then we suggest you go all out. An ice cream social is the perfect excuse for gathering friends and family for an afternoon of fun in the summer sun. Ready to host your own ice cream social? Here’s everything you’ll need!
Ice Cream Social Invitation
First things first: Spread the good word that you’re hosting an ice cream social! Sure, you can send an email to friends and family but these personalized invitations are way cuter if you ask us! Ice Cream Social Invitation, The Printable Holiday, see website for details.
1½ Quart Ice Cream Maker
On the big day, use an ice cream maker like this one from Hamilton Beach to whip up creamy homemade ice cream. This handy kitchen appliance will deliver ice cream in as few as 20 minutes. Best of all, it makes ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, sherbet or gelato. 1½ Quart Ice Cream Maker, Hamilton Beach, $56.99.
Ice Cream Storage Tub
After you’ve made your own homemade ice cream, you’ll need somewhere to store it. This stylish storage tub is just the solution you’re looking for. Its long, narrow design makes it easy to store inside narrow freezer shelves and the rubber bottom means it’ll stay in place as you scoop ice cream out of it. Ice Cream Storage Tub, Williams-Sonoma, $19.95.
Ice Cream Lovers Ice Cream Scoop
When it’s time to scoop and serve, delight your guests with this adorable ice-cream inspired ice cream scooper. We can’t think of a more adorable addition to the table at your ice cream social! Ice Cream Lovers Ice Cream Scoop, Favors and Flowers, $6.04.
Pearl Sugar Wilton Sprinkles
Ice cream looks and tastes so much better when topped with fun sprinkles! And while rainbow-coloured and chocolate sprinkles are fun, especially for kids, we love this grown-up take on sprinkles from Wilton, in a pretty palette of pearls. Pearl Sugar Wilton Sprinkles, Cute Tape, $4.80.
Pastel Striped Ice Cream Cups (Set of 8)
Your ice cream social will be reminiscent of days long gone by when you serve up ice cream in these pretty pastel paper cups. They look like something straight out of an ice cream parlour from the 1950s and will add a beautiful touch to your gathering. Pastel Striped Ice Cream Cups (Set of 12), thebakersconfections on Etsy, starting at $11.47.
Parlour Ice Cream Dish
In keeping with the somewhat retro theme, these molded glass ice cream dishes also call to mind the ice cream parlours of decades past. Filled with scoops of your favourite flavour of ice cream and topped with sprinkles or fresh fruit, mini sundaes will look as good as they taste. Parlour Ice Cream Dish, Crate and Barrel, $3.50.
Wooden Ice Cream Spoons
These disposable wooden spoons are fully customizable so they’re perfect for your party because you can have them made to suit your theme exactly. Choose the colours, the patterns and the personalized message that appears on the spoon’s handle. Wooden Ice Cream Spoons, ModParty on Etsy, $26.98.
50 Striped Paper Straws
If you’re serving milkshakes at your ice cream social, you’ll definitely need to have some straws on hand. These striped paper straws in a variety of colours are just what you’re looking for. 50 Striped Paper Straws, Not On the High Street, $10.73 USD.
Ice Cream Honey Comb Decorations
Really get into the spirit of things and add some ice cream inspired decorations to your ice cream social setting. This paper garland will add a touch of whimsy to your fabulous fete. Ice Cream Honey Comb Decorations, Not On the High Street, $7.98 USD.