Monday, 19 October 2015

e-design: rustic dining room décor

Oozing with rustic charm, this combo of ladder back farmhouse chairs, wicker accent chairs and a weathered dining table take country-kitchen to the next level. Add a statement chandelier that will be stunning and feel luxurious when dimmed for an ambient dinner or mid-day coffee with friends.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

4 fab home decor books

For as long as I can remember I've been an avid reader. And I have been so pleasantly surprised at how seamless my love of decor and books seem to be--from beautifully styled bookshelves, to gorgeous coffee table books, to a limitless selection of books from fabulous designers and bloggers. My colour-blocked bookshelves can barely handle new additions, but I'll be squeezing these new fall releases into the mix.   

I've been waiting many moons for this little bundle of joy. A long-time fan of Emily Henderson's blog, I have no doubt that this book will live up to my fan-girl expectations. Perfectly-imperfect-mid century-modern-eclectic with a touch of Spanish Mission, her style is out-of-this-world fabulous and her ability to mix pricey designer pieces with vintage one-of-a-kind gems looks effortless and chic. In my mind, this book has potential to be the new bible for Domino-lovers. 

A stark contrast to Emily Henderson, the Kinfolk crew are able to piece together the most dream-like interiors, tables, recipes and events you can image. Just as the title suggests, they've mastered the art of 'slow-living' aiming to simplify life and encouraging us to spend time with friends and family whenever possible for simple, yet beautiful gatherings. Like the magazine, I have no doubt that this book will be best enjoyed on a Sunday morning with a cuppa joe in your favourite mug.  

Apartment Therapy Complete And Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban
Just as I go to Martha for all of my baking and etiquette questions, I go to Maxwell and the Apartment Therapy team for my home decor questions. If you've thought it, chances are they've written about it, and have countless user comments pipping in with their two cents. I'm sure this book will be packed with home improvement / decor tidbits and goodness. 

I was very late to the Young House Love bandwagon. I knew of them, but wasn't a daily follower. This past summer I perused their blog and loved what I saw, however, they had left the blogesphere and were no longer producing new content. Luckily they have a new book that is packed with never-before-seen DIY projects, home renos and home tours, and I can't wait to get my hands on it! 

Did I miss anything, or have you read any of these books yet? Leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, 12 October 2015

e-design: calm and casual living room

Want a luxurious living room that allows you to feel calm, cool and relaxed? Surround yourself with breezy blue hues, ultra-soft textures and natural elements. This combination of finishes will create a serene environment that will make it easy to curl up on the couch and forget your day. 

The addition of furniture in grey, whites and wood allow accessories to be changed out to reflect the seasons. The addition of plants and greenery purify the air and help to reduce stress—adding to the peaceful, serene and relaxing sense within the space. Add a white mohair blanket to the above, and you'll be snoozing on the couch in no time. 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

7 beautiful bathrooms featuring wood tiles

This past month, school has been packed with projects focused on bathroom renovations, giving me a chance to pay close attention to the fixtures and finishes that are available in the market. And as much as I love gorgeous grey-and-white-veined marble in this part of the home, I'm also loving the look of ceramic wood tiles in the bathroom.

When paired with a glass shower, a wood tile floor can make a tiny room feel more spacious. Incorporating soft textures such as a fluffy bathmat, a stack of cotton towels, a beautiful relaxed roman shade and greenery adds a layer of warmth and coziness to the space. Bringing the wood-look onto the bathroom walls or shower surround also creates a unique, spa-like setting in your master, guest, or basement bathroom--just don't forget to heat those floors!

While sourcing inspirational images featuring wood tile finishes I found an abundance of contemporary rooms, however I think this finish would also lend itself perfectly to a transitional- or rustic-style bathroom. What do you think?

** UPDATE: Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook (one of my favourite bloggers!) just posted 8 Tips for Nailing the Wood Tile Look as well as a few gorgeous examples--including a herringbone pattern