wednesday for kiddos | egg hunt baskets

Since J is still a tiny tot, I am using this time to sit out on all of the holiday related activities that are soon to come. A “Babie’s First (Insert Holiday Here)” onsie is as festive as it gets for now. But I am taking notes on ideas.

Here is a look at some egg hunt baskets that will work for boys and girls. And they could certainly be used later on for toy storage or perhaps for a trip to the beach?…

egg hunt basket

beaver caddy  |  embroidered tote  |  felt binpersonalized basket diy bucket


@ home in são paulo

sao paulo-home-living area

Hello There! Hope you had a great weekend. The weather here was gorgeous…but we spent all two days inside with J who had quite the cold going on :-(  I just kept telling myself “oh, who wants to be out there when I have horrible allergies anyways…”

But, here we are, another week and another beautiful home to start off with.  This time, an 1820′s town home in the São Paulo neighborhood of Santa Teresa.

When artist and homeowner Bia Lessa decided to take on the fixer upper, she decided that what she wanted was to keep the facade of the old building along with salvaging some of the original wood work (ie window casings).  The interior spaces, on the other hand, got a total redo which includes an open living and dining area.

I just love how the polished concrete floors reflect the light in the sun filled rooms.

sao paulo-home-kitchen-dining

sao paulo-home-kitchen

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sao paulo-home-outdoor area

[images andré nazareth  via casa claudia |  interior design+architecture camila toledo]

on the orient express

the orient express

 Hello and Happy Friday!

After a super quiet birthday a few weeks ago, I think it’s time to start thinking big for next year.  There should definitely be travel involved.  Travel in style.  I love this image of a sleeping cart on the Venice Simplon Orient Express.   Itineraries include routes such as Venice-Budapest and Prague-London.

Sure, it’s not the roomiest of quarters. But it seems to read luxurious all the same.  Are you with me…or have I been watching way too many classic films…

[image orient-express hotels ltd.]

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sami kallio studio

sami kallio studio-between gap line

chair +  table + light fixtures | between the gap

…and from the traditional decor of Monday, to the very modern.  Today, a look at some of the furnishings designed by  Sami Kallio.  Kallio, a Finnish freelance designer, is based out of Gothenburg, Sweden, where he also studied Interior Architecture.

His designs are clean, solid and thoughtful (as one would expect of anything coming out of Scandinavia).

sami kallio studio-y5-chair

y5 chair

sami kallio-in between chair via haus

‘between the gap’ chairs

above | different finishes and upholstery options of the ‘between the gap’ chairs

below | his attention to detail extends even to the way the stackable pieces present themselves

sami kallio studio-finnish blood in me line

pieces from ‘the finnish blook in me’

@ home in toronto

home in toronto--entrance

Hello there! I’m kicking off the week with a look at the home of Jessica Waks, design editor for the Canadian interiors magazine Style at Home. The 1930′s home, located in midtown Toronto, had not seen any type of renovation work in over 60 years when she and her husband decided to buy it.

Sure, it has beautiful architectural features like high ceilings and wainscoting throughout.  But, I have to admit, it’s really the decor that drew me to this one.  Waks has kept to a traditional style peppered with the occasional contemporary piece here and there.  The use of brass finishes throughout, ties the entire thing together beautifully.



toronto-home-master bedroom

get the look: in the bedroom
[images stacey brandford via style at home]

friday for kiddos


Hello and Happy Friday!

Although I am not prepared to hand the entire blog over to motherhood, I have to admit that I am much more interested in all things kiddo now, than I was a while back.

So, I’ll have a post here and there to share some precious kid interior stuffs.

Starting with Little Nest.  The Australian company creates modern furniture for kids based on replicas of famous modern design pieces. Their focus is on “creating stylish, fun and functional furnishings for children which will compliment today’s contemporary family home.”  The line is meant for little ones from 3-12 years of age. And, in addition to furniture, they also carry art work and decor items.


littlenest-emerald-yolk chair

I mean seriously, how cute are all of these?!

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i spied march 2014

I Spied: Mar '14

1 | the huron chair from west elm:  it’s like the acapulco chair meets Scandinavia

2 |  I just spotted these sandals the other day at nordstroms: jonathan aldler for toms – are these super cute or what (c’mon Summer, you have got to get on board here)

3 | white, black and sleek:  ikea’s tickar stonewear line

4 | the elk bike hanger by woodstick ltd, makes me want to buy a bike just to put it on display

@ home in barcelona

barcelona-apartment-window seat

Hello there.  Thanks to all of you, again, for the birthday wishes.  It was a quiet one, as expected and that’s ok: I have high hopes for next year (you know, when I actually turn The New 30)!

I’m starting off the week with a look at another small apartment. This time in Barcelona where nook architects got busy and creative in this apartment measuring 620sqf/57sqm. Basically, the living room flows into the kitchen which flows into the dining area which flows into the bedroom.  My favorite use of the space may just be in the first image above.  On the way to the terrace, a step also serves as a built-in storage bench and a window seat.





[images nook architects via living magazine]

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pinterest party planning

pinterest party planning via pinterestHola and Happy Friday!

I’ll be busy all day today turning: one step closer to “The New 30″ (how is that for cryptic).  And a low key birthday it will be: The Mr is out of town so it’ll just be me and little man. But if I were having a party, I would put it together based on some of the sweet and glam ideas I’ve gathered via my Pinterest board dining & entertaining. And I hope that it would look a little something like this…

pinterest party planning via pinterest

pinterest party planning via pinterest

pinterest party planning via pinterest

Oh yes. But, for this year, it’ll probably be me, a glass of chardonnay and the Blue Jasmine DVD I’ve been holding on to for about two months now.

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@ home in cape town

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At over 1300sq f / 123 sq m, this place is slightly larger than the Parisian studio we just looked at a few days ago.

When they moved in, the homeowners priority became making the space as bright as possible.  And they have definitely achieved their goal: each room appears more light filled than the next.

Designer and homeowner Hanlie Nell has furnished the  home with a collection of carefully selected pieces along with some items that were inherited from her grandmother.

cape town home living and dining
cape town home bedrooms
cape town home baths[images adriaan louw via house and leisure za]




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