Modern Elegance in Toronto

It's late.  One click led to the next and I stumbled onto this magnificence. The property is a former estate that has been converted into row houses, here in Toronto. I believe this is the model home. It's breathtaking! I want my sectional recovered in, what looks like, gray wool fabric on the living room sofa.  The black painted windows and doors are so dramatic, but everything else is so lovely, soft and white.  And the most delightful of all combinations are the rich wood tones that carry throughout, in the floors and furniture, including the bedroom's four post bed. If you are looking to see a little more, you can hop over to Houzz for a complete tour.  Designed and styled by The Design Co.

Hope your day starts and ends beautifully! 

Lisa Petrole Photography Renaissance 
Fine Homes Designed and Styled by: The Design Co.

Flower Art

I spotted the work of this artist on a site called Made In Shorditch. I love the brilliance behind each flower and picture.  The artist is known as Limzy, and she is Singapore based Lim Zhi Wei, whose work has gained a bit of attention lately. Is it any wonder?  Who doesn't love to see fresh flowers brilliantly blended into artwork. When I hopped over to her site, Love Limzy, I was delighted to find so many bright and beautiful images. From lady bugs to bunnies, to fashion and friendships.

Have yourself an amazing weekend! 

A Chance to Shine!

I am so excited to share some amazing news for any of you lucky designers heading out to High Point Market in October. Most of you probably already know Lisa Ferguson, who is an incredibly talented designer, but also a strength mentor to many a woman who has been struggling to find the right balance of managing a demanding design business. Lisa, is a force whose wise words will resonate with you for years to come. She is a fully trained StrengthsFinder Coach who will help you connect dots to your success like you never imagined possible. I am truly lucky and PROUD to call her a friend, our lunch and dinner dates are filled with energizing conversations!  

Lisa Ferguson show us her strengths!! 

OK - so here is the deal.  Lisa partnered with another force, who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting, but hope to soon, Gail Doby of Design Success University. Gail has been helping interior designers build their businesses for years. Together they formed FLOURISH SUMMIT, a one day strategic planning session to help Interior Designers get to the next level, it's happening at High Point Market in October. Work smart not hard, be profitable, work with your strengths, and delegate your weaknesses. Everything that makes sense, but you don't know how to implement.  

Now for the exciting part!  

One of their partners, Studio Webware, has decided to underwrite 15 Scholarship Tickets to the Flourish event!  If you're one of the first 15 people to fill out the online order form below, your ticket to the Flourish Summit is paid for by Studio Webware! All you have to do is pay a $49 materials fee to cover the cost of supplies. 
Here is the link to registration - Flourish And Profit   
It's only available to the first 15 people. If you still see an order form when you click, it means tickets are still available!! 
This is Jennifer Brouwer - Interior Designer extraordinaire!
She has had first hand experience with both Lisa and Gail, and has really connected the dots to her success and happiness! 

It pains me that I cannot attend this event because I won't be at High Point. But I cannot wait to hear the buzz about it.   

Casual Comfort

It always starts with one picture. Like the one above, spotted in Traditional Home magazine. As soon as I saw it I knew this property was going to be remarkable.  To start that cognac leather ottoman is a slice of heaven, and a brilliant contrast to the light and bright surroundings. Despite numerous sophisticated features, this home really does take on a feel that is cozy, comfortable and inviting. It belongs to a retired investment banker, whose starting point for the entire design project was the round dining table below.  The massive scale of the chandelier above makes a lasting impression. The beautiful theme of coral carries throughout the house, and it's the scattered collection of artwork that invites exciting changes of colour. I am taking notes, casual comfort is a feeling I always strive for, and it isn't always that easy when you are drawn to refined furnishings.

Images via Traditional Home
Interior Design, Wendy Kirkland
Photography, Emily Jenkins Followill
Bray Architects

The Soft Side

He never fails me. Every season I search the fashion files for something to catch my eye. Some inspiration for what to wear in the coming months, and although I admire countless other designers, Ralph Lauren never disappoints me.  His tailoring is always feminine, and wearable. The Collection for Fall 2014 so soft and luxurious; lamb and suede and cashmere, silk and wool, and shearling. I love all the fabric in the full length pants, and draping of the skirts. I can't get enough of the capes, so delicate in pink and lavender. Light gray thigh high boots. I wish i could wear them. 

There is always something so romantic about his runway, maybe it's just that he really understands the feminine spirit and can translate it to his classic tailoring. I am not sure, I just know I am in complete admiration of these flawless fall looks.

Ralph Lauren Pre Fall and Ready to Weat 2014  via


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