Posts Tagged ‘design’

I always wanted my own room.  As a child, I shared a room with my younger sister, so the first time I had my own room was in university.  Shortly after graduation, I moved in with my husband so I never did have the girly bachelor pad I always wanted.

Although our condo is fairly large by today’s standards (1200 sq ft), every bit of space must be functional and usable.

Since we don’t have guests very often, I’ve taken over our former guest room as my own space.  Part office, part dressing room and occasionally a guest room, the space needs to be multi-functional and have great storage.  Currently the space has two large armoires (one with mirrored doors), a pull-out sofa which needs to be recovered and two short bookcases.

I’ve put together some inspiration on how I want the room to look.  Shades of cream, pink and warm metallics give a very girly, feminine feel.  I am on the look out for a small curvy desk to refinish to complete the look as well as some vintage brass accents and hardware.

Photos (clockwise) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

I’ll reveal step by step as the room progresses so stay tuned for future posts!

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I am not a fan of surprises…. So when Lindsay of Little House Blog kept hinting about some great news regarding the Bloggers Give Back Project last week, I was a little apprehensive and simultaneously dying to know what was happening!   Not even a bribe of chocolate and coffee would make her crack even though I tempted her on Twitter all weekend.

Before I died of curiousity, all was revealed on a conference call yesterday morning.  Our little garden project for George Herman House was going to be designed by none other than CityTv’s Frank Ferragine!  The team is so excited and thrilled to have Frank and his colleague Beth Edney (of Teamscape) participating in this project.  I was secretly relieved as my mad skillz with plants are non-existent. I seem to recall plant-sitting once or twice and let’s just say it didn’t end well.  Perhaps I’ll have to pick up Frank’s book…..

I can’t wait to see the final design.   The team will be providing updates throughout the process so please check the website often or follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #bloggersgiveback!  Thanks again to our wonderful corporate sponsors Ikea Canada, Tonic Living and Mastermind Toys.  If you would like to participate or donate to this great project, please click here for more information or contact me at eyeseepretty@yahoo.ca.  Any help you can provide would be appreciated!

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I truly believe that every room, like every outfit, should have a little bit of bling.  Maybe it’s just the hint of sparkle on a mirror or the full on glitz of a crystal chandelier but either way it can make a room sing.

Photos (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Traditionally used in a feminine style of room, sparkle can also be refined so it’s not quite as girly.  The bathroom in the middle photo below mixes the both a feminine and masculine style without sacrificing the bling factor.  I really love how the light bounces off the mirrored furniture and opens up the space.

Photos 1, 2, 3

Bathrooms and bedrooms are not the only space that can shine though… Kitchens are amping up the sparkle quotient as well.  Metallic tiles, mirrored backsplashes and glamazon chandeliers are becoming more common.  I love seeing non-traditional elements in unexpected rooms.  I think adding a little bit of shine makes these rooms just a touch more special.

Photos 1, 2 , 3

So, how do you get your bling on?  Full on Liberace mode or just a tad more subtle?

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Back to Nature

Perhaps it’s the fact that it feels that we have winter six months a year.  Whatever the reason, I love to spend as much time outdoors as possible once the warm weather arrives.  I particularly love to share a meal with some great friends in a beautiful outdoor space.  One key element for me is great lighting. I love strings of pretty lights and the soft glow of candlelight.  Just add some great food, great company and a very large quantity of wine!  Happy place…..

Photos  1 (unknown), 2, 3, 4

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Earning My Stripes

In design, things tend to be cyclical.  Colours, patterns and design eras fall in and out of fashion but some things are eternally chic.  Stripes were all over the Prada spring runway and look incredibly fresh when used in interesting and unexpected ways.
I love the wide bands of black and white but what makes it look new is the gallery wall.
The black and white stripes carried down the wall and across the floor really delineate the space from the rest of the room.  I love how the mirrored furniture reflects the stripes, it almost looks like the pieces aren’t even there.
I love this look with the stripes wrapping up onto the ceiling.  It really forces the eye up.
This room is a bit dizzying but I love the mix of horizontal and vertical stripes.
I’ve been looking at lots of striped rooms as I am thinking about striping my TV wall.  I was considering wallpaper but after a mishap with wallpaper paste I may go the paint route.  So vertical, horizontal or all around, you’ll have to wait and see!
Photos  (1, 2 & 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

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When it comes to decorating, most people tend to play it safe.  I don’t think it’s because they are averse to colour, they just don’t know where to start. They’ll choose a beige sofa with the matching wood coffee tables and end tables and maybe a teensy bit of pattern – only on the pillows!   Finding inspiration is hard.  I have written before about how I tend to be fickle when it comes to my own design choices.  I think I have it locked down and then I see something shiny and I’m off in a completely different direction.  My husband always says if he doesn’t like something he’ll just wait three months because it will be changed by then!

One of my favourite sources for inspiration is Style Me Pretty.   This website/blog showcases real weddings and provides ideas for all stages of wedding and event planning.   Their inspiration boards are absolutely amazing and often influence anything from my wardrobe to decor to entertaining.  I could spend hours on the site and I’ve used three of their boards to illustrate how they could be used as the basis for a room’s colour scheme.

Inspired yet?  Shake out of your decor safe zone and open your eyes because you never know where inspiration may be found!


Inspiration Boards via Style Me Pretty.

Photos 1, 2, and 3.

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Modern Winter Fantasy

While I’m not much of a snow bunny, I would love to hibernate in this gorgeous house for a week or two.  Located near Lake Tahoe, this modern house was designed by John Maniscalco Architecture of San Francisco.

I’ve always loved the way a remote location showcases modern houses.   The use of strong natural materials, both inside and out, work well against the rugged terrain.

The way the ceiling mimics the flooring really brings a sense of warmth to the room.

I love the way these bunkbeds are positioned against the window.  Imagine waking up to those views!

All I need now is a good book or two, some wine, my significant other and the keys!  Perfect mix for a great vacation.

Photos via Houzz and John Maniscalco Architecture

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A Very Lonny Holiday

Oh Lonny, how did I not know you had a holiday issue?  It was like waking up on Christmas morning and finding a pony under the tree.   As I flipped through the mini issue, I was inspired by all the gorgeous decor and great holiday ideas.


Here are a few of my favourite things from this issue….


Great gift wrap ideas

I love how they incorporate holiday touches into this room but don’t stray too far from the colour schemes.

Love, love, love this dining area.  A mix of black and white patterns, grey grasscloth and hits of pink?  Oh Santa, yes please!

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Undecking the Halls

I’ve been reading the many posts about everyone decorating their lovely homes for the holidays.   For inspiration, you can visit Christine at bijou and boheme, Jennifer at Rambling Renovators or Kate at Centsational Girl.    As for my house?  We are busy undecking the halls as we move furniture and take down artwork in preparation to paint!   There’s something about the season they makes me need to redecorate.   Call me crazy but it will be all finished and decorated by next week at this time.   So for right now, we’re under construction! 🙂

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Yesterday I received the January 2011 issue of Style at Home magazine and was wowed by all the gorgeous decor eye candy.   The cover shot features a kitchen designed by the magazine’s design editor Christine Hanlon using a standard white IKEA kitchen.  Traditional elements like the marble backsplash were mixed with vintage accessories and some great patterned textiles to create a look that was dubbed “Modern Bistro”.    

I’ve also included some scans from the magazine which show some of the details…  

This is the shot that you didn’t see on the cover….


Those curtains and that rug are fabulous.   I think that the open plan with the living room really works well for today’s families, especially for those with little ones.

I love the mix of the vintage armoire with the Chinese Chippendale painted chairs.


An office is a great addition to a modern kitchen.   With today’s technology it’s very easy to incorporate great looking gadgets without compromising on style.   Another kitchen for the inspiration files! 

Happy Friday!



Photos via  Style at Home magazine 



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