As we get ready for a little one’s arrival, things are all falling into place. Her nursery will never look like a STYLE AT HOME magazine, but it certainly does have lots of personal touches. The gallery wall is full of images, culled from our wedding, our travels, my childhood nursery, hand drawn art from the Disney studio and the decor is mostly second hand, repainted and made over … with lots of love. It’s eclectic and busy with a soothing palette, and I can’t wait to sit in that chair with baby in my arms.
We recently painted the whole main floor of our house a fresh coat of gallery white. I can’t tell you what a difference it makes – with everything all tidy, with this beautiful clean palette. The windows are open, brunch has been served and here is a whole afternoon with a house that feels calm and bellies that are full.
We served up some French lentils ( care of Oh She Glows cookbook), bagels, smoked salmon, simple salad, quiche, mango and peach punch… and peanut butter chocolate ice cream cake for dessert.
I love my mom. And can’t wait to be one.
Whether it reminds you of your granny, of dresses from when you were three or of hundreds of years of royals, velvet is a fabric that lends pomp and circumstance to whatever it touches. A bit romantic, a bit old-fashioned, always a little bit sensual, I love the way that velvet can class-up any piece of furniture, or an outfit. When well-chosen, it’s dreamy and elevated, mysterious or regal. My favourites are lushly- upholstered slipper chairs and headboards, a nice roll-armed sofa, or in more unexpected places…
*all photo credits can be found at my pinterest page
*all photo individual photo credits can be found at my pinterest page
how dreamy is this New Orleans abode? I’d move here in a heart beat.
our love of gallery walls is a secret to no one. Anywhere that a large painting doesn’t fit, we have a gallery wall, full of found art, high and low pieces and mementos from our travels.
Here are two of my favourite vignettes; the first is beside our stove in our kitschy boho kitchen.
A mixed media piece of zebra bums, decoupage, a wine trivet, hand painted letters, keys and evil eyes from a friend’s Greek wedding, the old iron match dispenser from my family cottage and a sassy vintage plate, redesigned with ‘la-di fucking da’ from Lousongmade.
And the powder room with a power-punch of colour that everyone said was a bad idea, but which we have lovingly filled with quirky art and items that make peeing a pleasure. Who says bathrooms can’t be a conversation starter?
Travel photography by talented friends.
Weird unicorns, spouting importational phrases and old photos of relatives from Jamaica.
Illustrations of sea life, menacing toddlers, and more cheeky table settings-as-art.
If it makes you smile, put it up proudly.
Our guest suite is an eclectic blend of global inspired pieces, unified by a palette of white, green and teal. Gilded metals and lots of texture help to make it an polished, but relaxing space. One corner of the room is a sleek home office, where a glossy Ikea desk is a work space, or dressing table for guests; the room is also full of books and plentiful throw cushions, perfect for propping up in bed and reading. Admittedly, our pillows are much nicer than the ones I included in the mood board (pictured above), but the overall vibe is the same. Sweet and serene. With souvenirs, original art and a sepia toned map of the world that charts our travels, this room is really going places. It’s a far cry from the dark, forest green room full of hockey paraphanelia that was the former home owner’s shrine to… nineties suburban decor.