Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Party Time!

Good Morning Everybody,

Today is a really special day in our household.  This beautiful little girl below just happens to belong to me (aren't I lucky?!) and today she is 3 years old!  Being 3 is a really big deal don't you know?!  I asked her "What is so special about being three?"  She tells me (in a very serious voice) "Three year olds don't whine and they never, ever scream Mama!"  Well all I can say is thank God for that!  In fact I am sure our whole neighbourhood is thankful for that.  Since I've been brainstorming birthday parties for little girls lately, I decided to share some inspiration shots with you.

Happy Happy Birthday to my sweet love Lauren ... also known as Lulu to all those who know and love her (and her awesome lungs!).



steph bond

martha stewart

vanessa and valentine

tammy mitchell

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chill out time

Wow, I've been incredibly busy lately and I'm really in need of some chill out time.  Wouldn't it be amazing to spend the day lounging around this fantastic deck with a glass of wine and a good book?  I am so captured by all the different hues of pink, the Moroccan motifs paired with a thatched, rustic canopy.  I can almost hear the waves crashing below and the wind breezing by.  Blissful.  

decor pad

Tuesday, March 22, 2011's Spring!!

I have been dying for spring for a really long time now and it's finally here!  I can't wait to feel the sun flooding through my windows, waking to hear the birds singing, slipping on a pair of flip flops and throwing my Uggs way to the back of my closet.  Spring to me also means COLOUR!  Cristina and I love colour and we are both determined to bring a lot more of it into the lives of our clients!  I have definitely fallen back in love with pink.  What's your favourite colour? 

clara millan

house of many hues
decor pad

made by girl
the cross

design fragment

joie de vivre

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Power of Black & White

I've often pondered of the beauty of black and white.  It is such a stark but dramatic combination.  Black and white.  It's fearless, classic, edgy and it's not for the meek and mild but it is oh so dramatic!  I love to see a black wall somewhere unexpected like a kitchen or powder room.  It works for guys and for girly girls like me!  

elle decor
elle decor

anne ross designs

january jones and a little versace
 I heart black and white photography. This shot by Mario Testino would make a "man" buy a handbag.

gwyneth paltrow hampton's kitchen

timeless paper

timeless paper

donatella versace's apartment

bette davis eyes
A marathon of black and white movies on a lazy Sunday is one of my guilty pleasures. One of my all time favourites is "All About Eve" with the great Bette Davis.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Rustic Glam

I don't know what it is...if it's rough, time honoured, worn down with age, I fall in love!  Lately, I'm finding myself especially drawn to interiors that are eclectic, hinting at the unexpected.  Full of the pretty but wearing the patina of life.  Reclaimed wood tables (the best ones are by Craig Pearce at Union Wood Company), peeling plaster walls and huge sparkling chandeliers.  So beautiful yet so unpretentious.  Here are some of my favourite ways to go Rustic Glam...

apartment therapy

union wood company


living etc
this is glamorous

lonny mag

carrie leber 

desire to inspire

marry you me

design fabulous

skona hem

poppy talk

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vancouver Style

When people think Vancouver I'm sure they think of the North Shore mountains, the ocean, Stanley Park and more recently, the Olympics...but how about our designers?  We have an amazing pool of talent right in our own backyard.  Here is a run down of designers from Vancouver and surrounding area that we are so proud to call homegrown.

erin templeton

Erin Templeton's handbags are a must have. Especially
this classic leather tote bag, perfect for any occasion.
All her designs are lovingly stitched by hand, in new or
recycled leather.

jessie turner

I'm a sucker for heart shaped jewelry and these pieces by Jessie Turner make me giddy.  I'll take one in gold please!

free spirit spheres

This one is for all the kids out there, big or small, myself included. A memorable vacation, summer or winter.  Aren't these the most amazing tree houses?  Can you imagine the memories you'd take from a stay in one of these "free spirit spheres"? 

william switzer

Classic, classic, classic!  You can't go wrong with a classic look like this sofa and chair.   I just adore this William Switzer sofa, chair and ottoman.  Pieces this timeless will stay chic for many years to come!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Just in case you were wondering.....

This is my dream home and should I win the lottery, I will probably start building it tomorrow!  How could you not be happy here?  Love!

Elements of Style
 P.S. This one is for you Melissa!