Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We love Madeline Weinrib!

Both Cristina and I are completely enamoured with this amazing textile artist.  This is one designer who is definitely not afraid of colour and texture!  All of her work is so exciting and full of life.  One day, I will own a Madeline Weinrib rug.  This, I swear and preferably it's the Mandala in blush pink (image #2).  The only downside is that I can't find her products anywhere here on the westcoast of Canada?!  Oh well, just another excuse to get to ABC Carpet and Home in NYC.


madeline weinrib

life of style

rachel leonard

madeline weinrib

funky bear

house and home

madeline weinrib

beau bazar

madeline weinrib

madeline weinrib


madeline weinrib

beach bungalow 8

madeline weinrib

Thursday, April 21, 2011


You know I don't think this post needs a whole lot of introduction.  What can be said except "Look at these bathrooms! They are freakin' gorgeous!"  Each of these bathrooms are unique and special.  I love it when designers really push the envelope and these bathrooms are a perfect example of how exciting design can (and should) be!  Enjoy...

dee hannah
desire to inspire


elle decor

house and home
apartment therapy

habitually chic

kelly wearstler

domino magazine

elle decor

house beautiful


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Light it up!

To know me is to know that I love lights!  In fact, you could say that I am pretty much obsessed with lighting (and mirrors too) for that matter.  Unique lighting can make a ho hum room into something spectacular...but we all know that.  
As much as I love lighting, design and all the beautiful pieces that make up the puzzle of interior design projects, I must admit that I do struggle with the culture that exists around it all.  I struggle with the all consuming desire to constantly want new and exciting pieces, to love something one month and be completely over it the next. Many designers say that their own houses are never done, always evolving, ever changing.  From a creative aspect, I love the ever evolving state the designers exist in.  However, what I really dislike is the sense of never being satisfied with what you have.  So, in an effort to be more at peace with myself and the industry that I've chosen (or more like the industry that chose me) I try to make really conscience decisions about the pieces that I buy and put in my home.  I think about my choices for a long time before I decide to commit.  I contemplate "Where else in my house could this light or that stool could go?"  I wonder "Have I always loved this lamp?  Have I wanted it for years?  Will I literally die if I don't have it one day?"  (Remember, I said I was dramatic!)  
This brings me to my lovely Paulette. (see the turquoise Paulette lamp all dressed up for Christmas at my house below)  I have loved this beautiful girl since I laid eyes on her about 8 years ago.  I felt like I might die if I didn't own her one day (kidding, kidding)  Every time I walk by Paulette or see her lit up in the evening,  I smile.  After all these years, she is still my all time favourite light on the market and nothing has come even close to knocking Paulette off her throne (in my humble opinion!)  
 I guess what I am trying to get at here, is that we live in such an incredibly fast paced, more ,  more, give me more kind of world that it seems a good time to stop the never ending consumption of "things"  and trends and make choices based on quality and good design.   So although I love design, I encourage you to think awhile about the choices you are making when you are in the market for new things.  Is it a trend?  Will it be something you will be happy with for a long time?  Can you change it or paint it or move it to a new spot in your house if you tire of it?  If you answer yes to all of the above, then go for it!  Here are some of my favourite lights today and guess what?  Most of them I have loved for years...

my house


vamp decor


oly studio

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Take it Outside!

Summer is fast approaching in our stunningly beautiful city of Vancouver.  I find myself craving the long, warm evenings, sunshine and spending a lot more time outside.  Decorating your outdoor space can be just as much fun as putting together the inside of your home.  Don't be timid!  Use bold textures and bright fabrics.  Patterned outdoor rugs and jewel tone lanterns are always a beautiful touch.  The weather won't last long, play up the chilled out summer vibe and have fun with it!


kelly wearstler

the blue house

belle vivir

a touch of luxe

design sponge

metropolitan home

the decorologist

knotting hill interiors

elle decor

elle decor