Inspiration: Lace Lattice

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I have a mixed relationship with lace. I do love it on vintage pieces, family heirlooms, and wedding dresses but I use it quite sparingly in my own decor and fashion. But I realize that I’ve been thinking of it quite narrowly, assuming lace to be only in the traditional form. But lace-like patterns come in many forms. I’ve recently been noticing a lot of a very pretty lacy lattice patterns used in modern decor and fashion. And I have to say, I’m finding myself very drawn to it.  Today I’m sharing some gorgeous examples of this detail in home decor.

For example, this exquisite staircase which is sits perfectly within the minimal modern decor of this home designed by Maxwan in The Netherlands.  The Dutch are always on point with design, am I right?

A beautiful lacy lattice window covering in a Moroccan style room designed by Geoffrey Bradfield.

Though not exactly lace, this lattice wall has a scalloped edge lace inspired look about it, right?

And wouldn’t you love to soak in a giant tub looking out at this of lacy arch goodness? If only we all could have Nate Burkus design our bathroom like this one in Atlanta.

But let’s be honest, we all can’t have stunning statement doors, walls and staircases made of lacy lattice-work. But even if you can’t you can incorporate some modern lace into your decor and fashion without a big renovation or giant clothing budget.  Here are some good examples:

 

Lacy Lattice Inspiration on my Polypore
These items give me a whole new Both of the dresses above are beauties and I’m also a big fan of the pendant lattice light fixture.  What are your thoughts on lace?
XO,

Convert It: A Waffle Factory Turned Family Home

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Today’s Convert It post features a former waffle factory in Lille, Norway which has been converted into a light and airy home for a young family.  Often times factory conversions can have a cold and industrial feel that is less than inviting, but this couldn’t be further from the case in this space.  With the help of Lille-based architects from Bo Architectures, they have created a beautiful cozy home full of flea market treasures and fun accessories, while taking still preserving/restoring many unique elements of the original factory. The floors, stove and the wood paneling are all original, and the windows, although new, were replicated to match the originals.

Via Rum Hemma. Design by Fanny and Pascal Francois and Bo Architecture, Photography by Pascal François

This couple truly saw potential in the whole factory property not just the building, as evidenced by the beautiful terrace and garden.  And that big picture vision is what I think really sets this conversion apart.  To see more lovely photos of this space go to Rum Hemma.

XO,

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My Itsy Bitsy Bathroom Update: Before & Inspiration

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As some of you know, I won the Blogpodium early-bird draw for a Delta faucet. Woo hoo!  I was very excited about a new kitchen faucet. However, I live in a rental which means I have to work with what I’ve got and unfortunately none of the kitchen faucets I liked would fit in the space and location of my current faucet. Boo. But luckily they have great bathroom faucets too!  In the end, a bathroom one was best anyway.  You see, my itsy bitsy bathroom needs some love at the moment and so a new faucet worked as the perfect catalyst to plan a bathroom update!. Today I’m going to share my before pictures and then my plans and inspiration the changes.

So, how itsy bitsy is this bathroom?  Perhaps this picture will help you get some perspective…..

Entrance to bathroom

I am taking this photo from OUTSIDE my bathroom.  My bathroom is 5.25′ x 6′.  That is just enough space for a toilet, tub, and small vanity.  With about 2′ x 3′ of floor space.  It’s SMALL.  You will see from the picture quality and angles that it is quite difficult to shoot this small space. But hey, as one person I don’t really need that much space. Aren’t 90% of NYC apartment bathrooms smaller than this? And bonus, I also have less to clean. It just means there isn’t much to work with.

The other interesting (weird) thing is that 3 of the 4 walls are floor to ceiling white acrylic tub material. At some point they had one of those Bath Fitter-type companies come in and do the tub and surround but then just covered everything.  You can sort of see it from this picture.

Tub

Which means I’m left with one wall to work with in terms of updating……but that one wall is preeeeeetttty bad.  If I had to guess I would say that it is untaped drywall or paneling, with wallpaper on top, which has been (poorly) painted over in white.  There are holes and marks and temporary fixes all over it, and the door frame is also badly chipped.

yucky walls 2

door trim

To manage my storage issues, last year I purchased a basic over the toilet cabinet which has been great, but not the prettiest.

over the toilet

And I have a towel ring and tissue roll holder both of which have seen better days….

hangers

gross towel ring

And now for the part of this space that needs the most help….my mirror/medicine cabinet.

borken mirror

No, it wasn’t always like this. And it is my fault that it is like this. No, I didn’t punch it.  Here is the story.  You see, there is a magnet that keeps the door closed which became faulty. So, often while I was washing my face it would come loose and open and I would lift my head and catch the sharp corner on my head.  Then one night after a concert in which I had consume a few glasses of wine, I caught my head on it again, and so I SLAMMED it shut.  *SMASH*  I’m embarrassed to say that this was almost a year ago and I still haven’t replaced it.  Now is the time!

Strangely before I installed my new faucet, I failed to photograph the old one in place!  But here it is after I removed it.

old faucet

So the general plan/inspiration for the room update looks a little something like this…

bathroom inspiriation copy For my faucet, the centrepiece for the whole room, I choose the Delta Dryden™ Two Handle Centerset Faucet in chrome. And I also got the matching towel ring and tissue holder! Thank you Delta for your generous prize! The medicine cabinet, I decided that would like to soften the lines an go with a oval shape like the one above. I have pondered what to do with the one wall and have decided on wallpaper. I’m not sure paint would really hide the mess underneath. Plus, there are some really great options out there! I really like the ones shown above; Petal Pusher from Oh Joy! for Hygge and West (which comes in a peel and stick option, great for a renter like me) or Watercolor Peony Wallpaper by Over & Over from Anthropologie. I can’t do much to the storage unit, so I’m just going to replace the knobs with the pretty ones shown from Anthropologie. I don’t dislike my current shower curtain, but I think it makes the room look a bit smaller so I think a white one would be best to lighten the space. Something like the one shown here from West Elm.  And I need some new hand towels and there is a great selection of beautiful ones at Anthropologie right now.

And that is the plan.  Stayed tuned for some after pictures soon!

XO,

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Light Bright: Glass Walls As Room Dividers

I’m a believer that being outside soaking up Vitamin D is a great cure for the everyday blues. And even when I’m not outside, waking up with the sun streaming in the windows of my place makes me a very happy girl.  I love a home with lots of natural light. And what better way to take advantage of light coming in all rooms than to have glass walls as room dividers instead of heavy solid walls. I’ve been seeing these pop up a lot on Pinterest lately and I am falling hard for these see-through beauties. They work so well in smaller places to open up the floor plan while still having some separation of space.  I personally really like the black framed ones, but the frame options are endless in different metals and woods. Here are some fabulous examples that I have been coveting.

Design by Dom & Wnetrze, via Domaine Home

Design by Camilla Tange – via Apartment Therapy

Designed by FJ Interiors, via Mechant Studio

Designed by La Maison d’Anna G via Apartment Therapy

Designed by Trendland via Apartment Therapy

via Marie Claire Maison

Architect: Egue y Seta via Houzz

 So are you with me? I knew you would be. Glass walls = Awesomesauce, for sure.  And that last one with the little greenhouse built-in?  Genius. If and when I ever buy a house, knocking down a wall and replacing it with one of these is going to be on the top of my list.  (P.S. this list is getting very LONG…).  Have a great day!

XO,

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A Gorgeous Country Home In Croatia

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Today’s post features a gorgeous country home in Croatia. Croatia is a very beautiful country which I had the pleasure of visiting many years ago. It was a sailing trip with my then boyfriend and another couple. I didn’t have much sailing experience, but thankfully others did.  We sailed out of a port just north of Spilt and spent a week cruising the Adriatic along the southern coast stopping in various towns along the way.  After the sailing, we took a bus down to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. At that time, Croatia was only just being discovered by North American tourists as a must-see destination which meant it wasn’t crazy busy or infiltrated by the “mainstream” which was nice. It was by far one of the most relaxing and beautiful vacations I’ve even been on.  The views from this home which has been impeccably designed by Rees Roberts + Partners takes me back to that vacation.

Photo via idesignarch

The design itself is clean and simple but that is all you need in a setting like this. There is such great use of natural light and finishes which flawlessly connect to the beautiful outdoor spaces. That stone on the sink and shower…be still my heart. Hmm, I wonder if they ever rent it out…..

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Tiny and Lovely: A Petite NYC Apartment

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I won’t lie, I do get a pang of jealousy when I see others with large homes to decorate. I can only do so much with my itsy-bitsy apartment and they have so many rooms and so much space to experiment with! Oh the luxury. However, every once in a while I come across a tiny space that really maximizes the space and it inspires me to make the most of the space I have. This bright, feminine NYC apartment designed by Ashley Whittaker falls into this category.

Via House Beautiful, photos by Thomas Loof

I’m loving the bold entry and the light and airy living space. It also really makes me want some wallpaper in my apartment. You can check out more photos of this pretty space here!

XO,

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Kelly & Alun’s Family Room

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My best friend Kelly and her husband Alun recently moved to a new house with their three kids under six. To say they are busy is an understatement. Kel has great style and I don’t doubt that if she had an extra 20 hours to spare her week that she would already have magazine-worthy spaces in her new home. However, at the moment she’s lucky if she has an extra 20 minutes a day, which is why she has asked me to help her get these rooms to where she wants them. And I couldn’t be more excited.

First up is the family room. This room is where the family will congregate the most so it needs to be finished….and pronto. This is our starting point…

Project K&A_Before

This room is a bit of a balancing act. Of course it needs to look great but anything that goes into this space has to be kid and pet friendly (did I mention they also have 2 large dogs?). The furniture has to be comfortable and durable, and a rug cannot be light in colour due to dog hair.

The large grey sofa is staying where it is. It has a great modern shape and colour and happens to be very durable. The lamp is also staying.  Not surprisingly, Alun’s priority was getting the new extra large TV you see above.  Although it’s not not the prettiest thing in the room it does have a really cool bracket on the back so it can come out and tilt into the room when you want to watch it but also (and most importantly) goes flush against the wall when you don’t. After lots of back an forth the room is coming to together a little like this:

Kelly's Family Room_edited-2 From Top Left: Home Depot Arch Marble Base Silver Floor Lamp, IKEA KRAMFORS sofa  (discontinued), Fabric from Tonic Living (Sterling White, Cats Cradle Sunshine, Neo Toile Indigo, Velvet Water), Loloi Rug Viera Light Blue from Wayfair.com, Restoration Hardware Printmakers Media Console, West Elm Sedgwick Recliner, Small Crystal Service Table Zara Home, TOV Clyde Chair from Wayfair

Kelly fell in love the chinoiserie toile fabric she found at Tonic Living and that really became the jumping off point for the colour scheme of greys, blues and yellow. Everything you see in the mood board has been finalized and/or purchased except for the side table which we are still searching for. In addition to what you see above, the final piece of the space will be a large round ottoman/coffee table upholstered in that toile fabric. I am desperately waiting for Home Depot to get back back to me when a wooden electrical wire spool in the right size becomes available so that I can use it for the ottoman base. I’m very excited to this family room come together!

XO,

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A Bright Office with Chairish

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After an extra long family day weekend, I’m excited to be back today showing you a design board I put together for an office space. I was recently asked by the folks at Chairish (one of my favourite online vintage home stores) to post what I would do to take a room from white to bright using one of a selection of Chairish rugs they provided as my starting point. I choose a bright octagonal rug from Missoni Home, and this is the chic, bright office space I came up with.

Chairish- White to Bright Office - Web copy

From Top Right (all items via Chairish):

Whenever I’m asked to put together any kind of design board I always manage get some brass and pink in there….usually with some purple or blue for good measure. It seems this board is no exception. In my own defense, there are so many amazing brass pieces available at Chairish, it’s hard not to include at least a few. Let’s start with the desk, which is divine. Clean lines of shiny brassy goodness. However, you will notice it doesn’t have any storage, so I added the campaign style credenza with the brass handles and some colourful woven boxes to help with that. All I will say about that perfect pale purple brass chair is that it needs to be mine. I love a good vintage globe but when I saw those globe bookends….well, be still my heart. Brass AND the globes in the prettiest pink shade…..check AND check. To complete the desktop, I added the unique industrial style brass lamp and a retro pink phone. I mean, let’s be honest, hardly anyone actually uses their land line anymore but this phone is pretty enough to stay put even if it never rings. I can never have a room without art, so I picked this awesome moody painting to add some colour to the wall. Oh, and I also like to have some real greenery in my office space so I included this fiddle leaf fig tree (um, not vintage and not available at Chairish!).

In my humble opinion, this space totally fits the bill of being bright and also being pretty awesome.  That being said, I am a super-biased pink and brass-loving fool. Either way, there are always some very cool things to find at Chairish.

Have a great day!

XO,

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(Note: This is not a sponsored post. Also, for my Canadian readers, Chairish only provide their white glove delivery service to the continental US but some of their sellers will ship items internationally.  Also, for smaller items you can use a service like Box Hop).

Convert it! The Waterhouse hotel in Shanghai

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In a country like China where new design, manufacturing and technology are so commonplace and lauded, it’s really nice to see when a historic space is reused. The Waterhouse hotel in Shanghai was converted from a 1930’s Japanese Army headquarters built in the 1930’s. NHDRO  architects’ designed the hotel which included the restoration of the original masonry and concrete walls, and new additions built using Cor-Ten steel, creating a very cool modern industrial 19-room hotel.  They also designed the interior of the hotel, attractively melding the old and new creating stark yet interesting common spaces and comfortable, modern rooms for guests. And the rooftop patio has gorgeous views of the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline.

Via this post by Deseen (Photos, 2 – 5 by Pedro Pegenaute, photos 1,6,7,8 by Derryck Menere)

Brilliant conversion. And I would expect staying there would be a really cool experience.

By any chance have any of you stayed there before?

XO,

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DIY Lighting Round-up and Giveaway Results

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Before I get to the DIY lighting round-up, I would like to apologize for not announcing the giveaway results yesterday as planned. Sadly,  my computer was on the fritz which I hope doesn’t mean I have to replace it!  It seems to running alright now so here are the results!  There was only one entry so there was no need to use Random.org…..and that lucky entry is Stephanie!  Congrats!  I’ll be sending you an email to let you know how to get your tickets!

And while we are on the topic of the home show, I urge you take a minute to check out the amazing lineup of Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge entries (including my lighting project ) here and of course I would love it if you could cast vote for lamp (blog post about it here) .  And if you are at the show you can actually take one of these amazing pieces home, as they are going to be up for auction with ALL proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity GTA.  Love that organization, and equally love that I can be a part of helping them do their good work!

Now, back to today’s topic.  Ever since I completed my upcycle challenge project, I have been kind of obsessed with DIY lighting.  I am definitely going to tackle another point at some point, and wow, there is a ton of inspiration about there.  Today I’ve rounded up some great DIY lighting projects from around the web to share with you.

Love this golden light bulb number from Brit & Co!

For a more industrial look you can go with this rustic chandelier DIY from Black Oak Studios.

Although perhaps not ideal for a room where you need bright clear lighting, this gorgeous pendant DIY from Emmmy Lizzzy made from doilies is beautiful and gives off a lovely glow.

I love this DIY pendant lamp from The Hunted Interior made from a thrifted brass bowl.

Although this DIY beaded chandelier from Gus and Lulu would be time-consuming, similar lamps can cost $500 or more in a store!  And this one looks pretty damn close to the real thing.

And how about this super cool Copper Pipe Wall Sconce created by Claire Zinnecker which she shared on Camille Styles!

Pretty damn cool, right?  People are just so creative!  Another DIY lighting project is definitely in my future.  Have you ever tackled a lighting project?

XO,

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