Thursday, August 7, 2014

Backyard Pool and Landscaping

Our backyard is done! It wasn't completed until last fall, so unfortunately we didn't get a chance to enjoy it before the brutal winter rolled in. It is more or less done now and we are loving it! I spent the spring adding to the gardens, purchasing furniture and adding a few finishing details.
The harsh winter killed almost all of the cedars and a few hydrangeas were damaged but they have been replaced now and most plants are thriving.
We have had multiple parties and have loved sitting around the fire in the evening when the air starts to cool off.
If you live west of Toronto and are in need of a full service landscaper who can provide you with everything from detailed drawings to finished product contact Planit Green. They have lots of creative ideas and are amazing at taking your vision and making it reality.

My landscaper recently had professional photos taken which I will share with you as soon as I get them, but for now here are a few I took with my trusty phone...but first the obligatory before shots...

 It wasn't pretty. We had a drainage issue, ratty cedars along back, very little privacy and 3 huge diseased ash trees that had to be removed.

 One of the many preliminary drawings.

The 3D images sealed the deal for me. I was really worried about things like roof pitch and scale, but with these drawings it was so much easier to visualize the final product.

And the afters...

 Spying on the photographers.

 The door on the side of the cabana will eventually lead to a change room. I still need to finish off the inside.

 I love how the square cut flag stone looks on the porch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beachside Home

I have a hard time resisting a good beach home tour. This Cohasset Massachusetts seaside residence is designed by Katie Rosenfeld Design. It's full of crisp white woodwork, a variety of blue tones combined with unique touches of coral. My favourite parts are the all white kitchen with the subtle aqua tiles and that daring coral front door!

Monday, July 14, 2014

New York Studio

I was so excited when I came across this pretty studio apartment in Manhattan designed by Paul Davis. It's loaded with all of my favourite things; custom built-ins, a grey/white/black palette, marble and even a wood burning fireplace. I could definitely move right in!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Around the Net

1. I have the worst luck picking peaches. Go here for advice on picking the perfect peach.
2. This before/after dining room by the talented Sherry is so pretty.
3. There is so much affordable original art on Etsy.
4. I want to make this salad.
5. If you live in Toronto you will recognize this rainbow tunnel. Guess how much the painting sold
6. It's true, the cupcake is dead.
7. Love this kitchen. See the before shot here. You won't believe your eyes.
8. Would love to get my hands on this huge and affordable (if there is such a thing) NYC apartment.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Zara "Does" Chanel

Every once in a while there is something really good at Zara.
Right now it is this Chanel inspired jacket. I really need it, but of course it is sold out everywhere.
I would wear this constantly...probably with heals and jeans or little black flats and jeans or black skinny jeans and gold jewelery...
See, I am trying to justify spending 2 hours trying to hunt one down.
Should I?
The price is right after all!

Remember Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine?

See, it's cute...

Also at Zara...more faux Chanel.
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Happy shopping everyone!
Let the weekend begin :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kitchen Renovation

It has been ages and ages since I've done a Small Space Style post so I thought it was about time!

For this installment I have a kitchen renovation in a 300 square foot West Village apartment owned by Jennifer Pade. Jennifer has a diary of the complete renovation with everything from design inspiration, budget and dealing with NY co-op boards on Apartment Therapy.

I can not believe my eyes! The before photos show a crumbling kitchen with ancient appliances, almost no counter space and not even one drawer.

The final results are amazing! Jennifer used Ikea cabinets and was able to incorporate ample storage, a GE speed oven and even a dishwasher in a drawer all in a space about 8x6!