Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Well Rounded

Hello, friends. Just a few circular details that have caught my eye and tickled my fancy lately.

First up, oversized (and a little on the chunky side) knobs. Seen first in this pretty bathroom and second in Tommy Smythe's genius IKEA closet.




This pretty flush-mount fixture was featured in the recent House & Home magazine. It's modern with the perfect amount of sparkle and shine. Available through ET2 Contemporary Lighting.


I shared this living room with you last week featuring the stunning fireplace, but I'm also quite taken with the circle art. A simple but bold, substantial piece.



Notice the ring detail on the backs of the dining chairs. A little detail that goes a long way. The perfect touch that adds just a little more glamour to this formal dining room.



A round venetian mirror just makes me happy.



And aren't round windows so very special? A unique architectural detail that instantly amps up the style in any space.


Thanks for stopping by!

-Sarah

Image Sources: via Mix and Chic (bathroom); Atmosphere Interiors (living room); via houzz (dining room); Venetian Gems; via decorpad (bathroom)

Monday, January 30, 2012

To Trend or Not to Trend

Trends. They come and they go. Do you follow them? I've heard several designers say they don't follow trends, and I get that. I think it's a good idea not to be too trendy. I don't think of myself as a real trendy person either, but I will admit that like it or not, I am influenced by trends. It's kind of inevitable when I spend as much time as I do reading and writing about design. So, I've been thinking about how I can wade through trends as they come and still be smiling once they've gone.

1. Don't follow trends for the sake of being trendy. Instead, follow trends that you genuinely like. Don't go for a trend just because it's popular. Be honest with yourself and use good design judgement. Consider things like shape, texture, colour, balance, contrast, symmetry, etc.

2. This may seem like a contradiction based on the previous point, but be open to change and recognize that your likes and dislikes will change overtime. We of course have to leave room for this and not be too set in our ways.

3. Introduce trendy elements in "safe" ways. Go for trendy when it comes to hardware or lighting, not flooring. Switching out your kitchen pulls is a lot easier (and less costly) than ripping out and replacing your floors.

4. Focus on creating the look you love and don't worry so much about what others are doing. Following trends can be a little confusing at times and even frustrating. Let your own unique look and style shine!

5. Be informed about what the latest trends are but don't feel presured to follow them.

I hope that didn't come across as "I'm so beyond trends that I'm better than everyone else". Trends are part of design and I do like many of them. No, I won't follow a lot of them, but I appreciate new design. This was me sorting out things for myself. Have you had similar thoughts? Or maybe you disagree on some points. I'd love to hear from you too.

And a trendy bathroom to ponder. Would you love this for years to come, or would you tire of the swan faucets and chevron tiled floors? It's definitely a bold move.



-Sarah

Image via Mix and Chic

Friday, January 27, 2012

Winter Wonderland

Hello, friends! Happy Friday to you all. I hope you have a lovely winter weekend. We're off to Elkridge Resort for some winter fun. The resort is just a short drive from where we live, and it's a great place to visit to enjoy some winter activities. There's snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, skating, etc. The kids also like the pool in the main lodge.



Yes, winter can be fun and it is pretty if you can get past the freezing temperatures.




I'll make a snow angel for you!



No, I won't look this glamorous, but I will be smiling because I'm going to be having fun with my favourite people.



Hope you have a wondrous weekend too!

-Sarah

All images via pinterest

Thursday, January 26, 2012

White with a Pop of Colour

So, I like white bedding. That probably won't come as a surprise to you. A simple white duvet or bedspread is so versatile. You can completely change the look of it by switching out the accent pillows or draping a throw over the end of the bed. We've had our white duvet for nearly 6 years now, and I still really like it. I haven't tired of it at all. It's a look I'll like for years to come!




Image sources: style at home; atlanta homes mag; via pinterest

With a simple, white canvass you can be more adventurous and trendy with the pillows you choose. Pillows are easy to switch up. Here are some accent pillows that add a pop of colour and some texture too!









And some pretty florals.




Pillow Sources: Designer Fluff; Designers Guild

So, while bedding like this is pretty...


I'm pretty sure I'd tire of it, but what do you think? (No pun intended there.)

-Sarah

PEACOCK CITRINE DUVET SET by Dwell Studio

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Black and White Floors

As a young girl I remember visiting my aunt's house - an old home in need of some attention. There were some nice structural elements to the home; it had the kinds of details that give a home character and make it unique. I remember the kitchen having a black and white checkered floor. It stuck in my mind. Black and white checkered or diamond-patterned floors really make a statement. You may think it's a bold move but the look is actually quite classic. I think an entry or bathroom would be the perfect place for this flooring style and apparently others have had the same thought! (Ha)







I just might have to find a place to do this in our next home. Is it a look you would go for?

-Sarah

Image Sources: Elizabeth Dinkel; via decorpad (2 images); Sloan Mauran; House & Home; Bijou & Boheme

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

House Tour: Danielle Moss (Featured in Rue Magazine)

I had a chance to look through the recent issue of Rue Magazine, and really enjoyed Danielle Moss' house tour. Danielle is a graphic designer and photographer based out of Chicago. Her home is light and airy with a touch of romance and a slight vintage-vibe. It's welcoming, cozy and full of white goodness! (White is arguably my favourite colour.) Have a look!








So very, very pretty. You can visit Danielle at her website to learn more about her and see more of her work. She also has a blog and her own house tour there (if you're interested in seeing more of her home).

-Sarah

Images via Rue Mag and Danielle's Blog

Monday, January 23, 2012

Family Valentine's Table

Yes, you read that right. We celebrated Valentines at our house this weekend. I made a nice meal and set our table in red, white and pink. We celebrated early because the next few weeks are busy for us with lots of coming and going, and we'll be travelling on February 14th (Yay! Winter Holiday time!).

Here's a look at the table. It was simple but pretty. Ribbons down the middle. Three short vases filled with white roses (thanks, honey). "Cherish" notecards on the plates and heart-shaped place cards tied around the glasses.







I enjoyed making the table look prettier than normal. I think the food tasted even better too!

Happy Monday, friends. Hope you have a good start to your week!

-Sarah

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Top Picks: Fireplaces

Hello and Happy Friday to you! With the bitter cold we've been having and the prospect of building a new home, I've been collecting some stylish and cozy-looking fireplaces. We don't currently have a fireplace, but we look forward to the day when we do!

I really like the look of a marble surround or marble walled fireplace. Using one or two large pieces of marble is stunning but using marble tiles can be really pretty too.

This first space is by Atmosphere Interiors (Saskatoon, SK). The marble is gorgeous and the grid panelling above is a lovely touch too. (A great way to accentuate the soaring height of the ceiling in this particular space.)



Erica of Moth Design had her fireplace faced in marble tile which is simply gorgeous and makes the fireplace the real focal point of the room. I would think this is probably a more cost-effective way to do it too.




Design by Angie Hranowsky. This is such a beautiful look.

Fireplaces with detailed mill work are also nice looking. They're classic with simple but strong lines. They usually have a mantel which gives you a nice spot to showcase some favourite objects. (Just leave out the TV in this first one, please.)






I also like the look of Victorian styled mantels in some spaces. They are pretty and I like it when people "mix things up" by paring the old world look of the fireplace with modern furnishings.




Oh, and I want to show you this one too. It has a sleek, modern look without the cost of marble or stone.



So, there's a look at some styles I like. What about you? Which style would you be most drawn to?

Wishing you all a wondrous weekend!

-Sarah

Image Sources: Alice Lane Home; Caitlin Creer Interiors; Decorpad; Style at Home; House Beautiful; Nate Berkus