St. Paddy’s Day Inspired Living Room

Good Morning!

With St. Paddy’s Day coming up on Monday, this morning I thought I would put together a living room design idea inspired by the holiday.  So I headed over to my Polyvore page and created this…

I used the IKEA stockholm sofa in a gorgeous kelly green as the base. Then I added those gorgeous round-back armchairs and layered it wooden and marble accents pieces. To add a pop of colour I used a dark cranberry morrocan style rug and some throw pillows. I have to say, I’m really liking the green and cranberry colour combo. What do you think?

Have a great day!

XO,

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MoMA Store

Good Morning!

Whenever I head to New York City I try to hit the Museum of Modern Art store. It carries a variety of art prints, books and jewelry but my favourite part is their collection of the most interesting furniture and home accessories. I’m not a pure modernist by stretch of the imagination, in fact, I usually fall much further away from modern in my overall style.  However, I think a shot of modern can be worked into any style of space, and the pieces you find at the MoMA store are perfect to do just that. Plus, they are just so damn fun. Thankfully, they also have an online store. Today I’m summarizing some of the great things I found in this store. (p.s. this is not a sponsored post, I just like the store and wanted to share!).

LOVE this Candela Cube Lamp

Nelson Swag Leg Desk

Architect’s Blueprint Paperweight

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Great huh?  You should definitely check it out if you are looking for interesting gifts.

Have a great weekend!

XO,

 

Inspired by some chicks…

Good Morning Lovelies!

I am looking forward to a relaxing long Easter weekend. I am heading home to New Brunswick tomorrow morning to spend the holiday with my family and I’m very excited about it.  And speaking of Easter, today’s post is inspired some chicks…literally….

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These adorable little Easter chicks, with their fluffy yellow feathers and orange-y legs and beak, represent the bright and fresh feel of spring.

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Perhaps a bright and fresh outfit also inspired by the little chickies is in order?  How about a fun bright yellow dress with amazing orange accessories?

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Outfit sources found here on my Polyvore.

Have a great day!

XO,

Alt Summit Recap – Round 1

So finally, today, a week after the end of Alt Summit and a few days after I returned from my post-Alt mini vacation in Utah, I’m happy to report that my blogger’s block seems to be gone and I’m ready to write again.  I don’t think I can possibly put all of my takeaways from the summit in one post so today I’m just focusing on the overall experience.

I cannot stress enough what a great experience Alt Summit was for me.  I learned so much, met truly lovely and insanely talented people, and had such a amazing time.  So, in other words,

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I had a kick-ass roomie, Miss Jennifer from Rambling Renovators, and whether it was mingling at the parties or having deep discussions about blogging, we had a total blast. The added benefit of having Jenn around was that she knows everything. I’m not kidding…she knew who people were, what blogs they were from, which people were on which panels, where we were to eat breakfast…everything.  This fuzzy photobooth picture depicts the essence of Jenn and I at ALT….Jenn doing it right while I have no idea what is going on.

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I attended many sessions sessions including the business of blogging, how to grow a readership, building a personal brand and a roundtable discussion on how to quit your day job.  Some of the best design bloggers out there were sitting on the panels, and let me tell you, these men and women truly know what they are doing.  There were some amazing keynote speakers including Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest and Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project. And to top it all of there were crafty courses on the Saturday – everything from calligraphy to photography.

Clockwise from top right: Jenn and I just before we met Ben from Pinterest (via Jenn’s camera), swag from the party (via me), Ben Silbermann doing his keynote (via b.a.d. photography), Alt shoes (via Justin Hackworth), Panelists Jordan (Oh Happy Day), Kelly (Design Crush), Nicole (Making it Lovely) and Maggie (Mighty Girl) (via me), helpful graphs (via me), Gretchen Rubin closing keynote (via b.a.d. photography), my textile design course (via b.a.d. photography), the crowd during a session (apparently I thought something was hilarious here) (via Justin Hackworth), the lovely Miss Emily Henderson of Secrets of a Stylist speaking during a session (via me).

After the first day I had an overall feeling of, holy sh*t, I am doing everything wrong! And I heard similar sentiments from many other bloggers.  But I came away with so many tools to improve my blog that it was hard to feel anything but inspired the whole time I was there.

Oh, and have I mentioned the amazing parties ….namely the “dinner en blanc” on Friday and the mini parties on the Saturday. Super fun and beautifully decorated…..

Clockwise from top right: Jenn and I in the Method “Smilebooth” with props, Dinner en Blanc (via Justin Hackworth), Jenn and I and some new/old friends Kathleen, Jason, and Cole (via Jenn’s camera), Chinese New Year mini party decor (via b.a.d. photography), the Girls with Glasses Parisian mini-party decor (via moss and issac), Jenn and I at the dinner en blanc (via Jenn’s camera), decor at the Wilson Art mini party (via me).

I was one of about 400 to 500 women (and 10 to 15 men) at the summit so one can imagine that it could get competitive or catty, but it was so welcoming and supportive.  The ideas of collaboration and community came up in one form or another in all the sessions I attended. I have always been amazed about the community and support given by the smaller group of Canadian design bloggers but I’m happy to say it is present even in the broader blogger community.  I feel very lucky to be a part of it.

In subsequent posts I’ll talk about some of the specific things that i took away from the Summit, but for now, I have to go figure out what to wear to the Canadian Design Bloggers Meet-up tonight at Brassai.  Can’t wait to see some of you there!

XO,

Tickling the Ivories

Hello Everyone!

The best thing about following other blogs is getting inspiration.  Yesterday, the amazing blog over at Pure Green Magazine posted La Mer de Pianos which included a video by the same name about the oldest Piano shop in Paris.  I really enjoyed it and it got me thinking about pianos. I grew up with a piano in the house and took lessons for many years.  I haven’t played in a very long time but would love to have a piano in my home again some day. I think a piano adds warmth to a room and if it’s grand enough can be a bold statement.  And if you know how to play or know someone who can, even better.  So, here’s to pianos….

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XO,

Think Pink

Happy Hump Day!  I thought since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I would do a little think pink post today as a little shout out to all the great work that will be done this month, but also throughout the whole year to help in the fight against breast cancer.  The jumping off point for this pink post is my most recent fun purchase….

I have been coveting the Michael Kors watches for a year and I finally broke down and bought this beauty…..so pretty….I’m in love….(via)

But on to more pink.

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Have a lovely day!

 

Inspired by Fashion: Aqua and Purple

Good Morning Lovelies! It’s hump day and it’s been a doozy of week for me so far so I needed a little pick me up…in today’s case, said pick me up is in the form of colour! Aqua and Purple to be exact.  In another installment of Inspired by Fashion, I’ve used this to-die-for dress by Badgley Mischka as my muse…enjoy daaahlings…

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Oh yea, and I’m attending the 2nd Annual Chair Affair at the Steamwhistle Brewery tonight in support the Furniture Bank.  For the event, prominent Toronto artists and designers have donated their talents and their time to create a unique and extraordinary work of art with ordinary chairs from the Furniture Bank warehouse. These one-of-a-kind creations will be open for bids in a silent auction. I’ve never been but it is a great cause so hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

XO,

Lindsey