Decor

chaise athena

May 18, 2018

A pink chaise is a little dream of mine, and this one is pretty much perfection. I think I’d dress for the occasion, in a vintage kimono or a pair of high thread count pajamas, perhaps. And I’d need a stack of beautiful magazines, and a mint julep in a coupe. Can’t you picture it all?

Pink palace

May 9, 2018

It’s not everyone’s idea of heaven, but to live in a hotel sounds like a angels singing in my ears. If there’s a hotel that I would choose as my permanent address, it would be the Sujan Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur. It was built in 1729 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as a getaway for his wife. Both the Queen of England and Jackie Kennedy have been guests. More recently it’s been through a major redesign with interior designer, Adil Ahmad at the helm. Anyone who knows me just a little bit will see why the decor makes my hearts swoon. Pink chaises, whimsical fabrics and chandeliers befitting a palace. Take a look around. I’ll send you a postcard when I get there.

four posts

April 30, 2018

It’s been said that Louis XIV had 413 four posters –– “the bed of kings, and the king of beds.” Well, these days they’re making a comeback, returning as a minimal version of their once opulent selves. As a child I had the posts, (lucky, me) but no drapes to play hide and seek behind. So, if I ever have a four poster bed again, I’d go the whole way, with a romantic canopy (circus fabric, perhaps) and decadent wood posts.

Eucalyptus

April 28, 2018

It was my friend Stephanie who inspired me to bring Eucalyptus leaves into the home. Last time we visited her and her family in New York, I noticed a large glass pitcher stuffed full of tall Eucalyptus branches on the dining room table. What a simple way to bring colour and texture (and scent) into a room. They’re not expensive, and they last for weeks. Even dry they look great. I buy them often now, and plonk them in vessels all over the house.

red stripe

April 26, 2018

I’m a sucker for stripes, I really am, and red and white ones are hard to beat. Maybe it’s because I think of the circus, or a Punch and Judy show, but I can’t help but smile when I see them. This little nook is calling my name. I like the whimsy of the stripe next to the formal of the painting. Who’s he writing to?

 

flower power

April 25, 2018

London has cherry blossoms, New York, too. But in Toronto, we’re still counting snowdrops, one by one. Before long, we’ll also have cherry blossoms and tulips in our paths, but in the meantime, Laura Jones‘ flowers paintings will have to do. Have a look –– they might brighten your day. They did mine.

mininal

April 23, 2018

I talk about my maximalist tastes here a lot –– colour on colour, print on print, texture on texture –– but then I happen on an image like this one, and I’m swept away with the exquisite minimalism of it all. All this shower needs is a bar of hand milled Goat soap. I read this quote from Joshua Becker today –– “minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them” –– and I liked it. Personally, I’ll always need more than a bar of soap, but I appreciate the idea, and it’s good to be reminded of it.

Octagon

April 20, 2018

This bedroom, with its scalloped pillows, textured walls and dainty botanical prints, is so pretty. But what I love most about the room the modern pattern and classic palette of the floors. I picture these floors in a tiny, but beautifully appointed pied-à-terre in Florence. Or in my Toronto kitchen.

maximalist

April 18, 2018

I find minimal design beautiful, but boring. Give me tchotchke, colour clashes and contradictions. “Maximal” is how owner and children’s clothing designer, Victoria Roper describes her charmingly higgledy-piggledy cottage in the thick of the English countrside.. Every room is a hodge podge of print and colour, and no room is without books, toys and pictures. I love the vintage beds in the children’s rooms and the bright yellow (like freshly churned butter) in the kitchen is delightful. Take a look at the Eat Me Drink Me Cottage’s instagram page, or better yet, book a holiday there.

soft focus

April 10, 2018

Who doesn’t love a sink that looks like a small tub? I love the ever-so-gentle hues of blush, beige and butter yellow. The lighting seems subtle enough to soften the appearance of all fine lines and dark circles. And that mirror is pure drama. Yes, this is a loo, I’d be happy to spend a penny at.

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