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Inside and out

This house is featured in Toronto Life's House of the Week. What I love so much about it is that the exterior tells you nothing about the interior. From the street, the home looks like a heritage piece, an old gem that is probably filled with nicks and knacks and coves and character. Meanwhile, the interior is very modern - straight lines and glass, very clean and open. That is my ideal: maintaining the originality of a house on the outside but keeping it current on the inside. Funny enough, I am also refreshed when I see this in people. I love nothing more than being surprised by someone because they look a certain way but in fact are not at all that. Like when someone looks really mean and then you find out they are super nice or when someone looks really straight, but is actually a joker. You get the point.

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-Kate

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A motel remodel

Our friend Cate sent us a link to this really cool boutique rental property in Palm Springs. It's clean and white and modern. It boasts beautiful views and has a lovely pool. The best part, however, is that a Canadian gal bought it when it was a dungy looking motel that nobody would glance at, and transformed the whole place with great design and flair. The_Amado_Web-12

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Check it out - it's called The Amado. The pictures are from here. The boutique rental can also be found on airbnb.

-Kate

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The Stone House

My friend Natalia sent me a link to a vacation home that she visits once a year just outside of New York.  It's her chance to get away from the busy and enter the calm. And this house absolutely exudes calm. It's a great example of how white can be really warm and how a get-away can really be a get-away. The history behind the house, as Natalia explained, is that some of the original Dutch settlers arrived via the Hudson River to New Paltz to settle. They built these magnificent stone houses and two centuries later this one still stands, sitting on 12 acres of land amidst the deer and the trees and neighbouring an organic farm where you can buy fresh local produce on your daily stroll.

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The rental listing can be found here if you're looking for a relaxing escape. Natalia regaled me with images of hiking and cooking and listening to Fleetwood Mac in the comfort of a fire and lovely surroundings. So appealing.

-Kate

 

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Hello again, here's my new obsession

Kate, My blogging record has sucked for the past few months.  I'm sorry!  All I can say is that trying to navigate this new piece in our lives has taken some adjustment and sometimes something has to give and unfortunately it's been the blog.  Also, Isla is at this stage that lasts a good 8 months where you feel like you can't get much accomplished because she is a constant danger to herself. Luckily I'm a few months in already so I think I have about 6 months more to go...but I have a few posts in mind this week so I'm vowing to do better.

I thought I would share something I'm considering right now for my living room.  Ta da!  The sheepskin stool!  stools

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A little bit soft, a little bit glam and a whole lot of cool.  I've liked them for a while but just recently have been having one of those can't stop thinking about them obsessions.  I'm going between the stools or the bench but I think I may ask for these for Christmas.  That or a treatment at W skin care but that's a whole other post.

Back to the stool or bench.  I found these here and here so far but I'm kinda digging the gold on the ones on the pic above.

-Amanda

 

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House in Mimico

Amanda, There is a house for sale in Mimico that i happened across and it's cool. A different look and feel than you normally see.  It's got that craftsman exterior and I love the mix of grey and black and cedar shakes. The interior is modern and quirky. For some reason, I've always liked stairs at the back of a house that start in the kitchen. There are tonnes of windows and the layout is open but still divided.

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-Kate

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Caitlin Flemming and Sacramento Street

Kate, Have you ever noticed that you tend to pin the same persons pins repeatedly on pinterest? Almost to the point that you may as well not even bother having a pinterest because really you can just look at the other persons page because it so accurately describes what you love.  I feel that way about Caitlin Flemming and her pinterest page.  I repin A LOT of her stuff.  She also has a blog that I love with great fashion picks, recipes and design.  Here are some of the images that I recently pinned from her that I'm finding very inspirational at the moment.

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On a personal note, I've decided to get a head start on Halloween and by that I do not mean sewing costumes...I mean eating an unspeakable amount of mini chocolates.  The trick is to fight the moment of weakness when the little devil on your shoulder tells you can just have one because that never happens.

-Amanda

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White bedroom

Amanda and I visited with a client today and discussed the idea of a white bedroom. Like many people, she was skeptical. Would it look clinical? Cold? So I thought I'd gather some fantastic examples of white bedrooms that make you relax, that lift the stress from your shoulders, that remind you of clouds and help you sleep because of it. That's what I think of white bedrooms. So clean. So fresh. So calming. What do you think?

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Sleep is so vital and so many friends and family of mine struggle with getting a restful sleep. So I hope tonight is the night for all of you out there needing some extra zzz's.

Sweet dreams everyone.

-Kate

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A different mantel

Kate, Remember yesterday when we were talking about my mantel that STILL isn't installed and what I should do over it?  Well I continued to think about it last night and I remembered that I had seen pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Brodericks' home when I was in Hawaii and that I had loved their mantels.  Btw, they have SEVEN fireplaces in their townhome.....S E V E N!  Can you imagine!?  Most of the mantels have art hung over them but as you can see below two of the walls above are bare and several urns line the mantle.  I love it!  I love that it doesn't take away from the art on either side and that it looks so clean.  I think I'll be off to Homesense today after gymnastics to see if I can start my collection for my mantel.

Just as an aside, here are two links to her townhome.  The first is what it looks like now and this one is from when they tried to sell it 2 years ago.  As you can see the now is a streamlined version of what it was before.  I think we would both prefer the now but I'm interested in what everyone else thinks?

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-Amanda

 

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Re-blog: Jillian Harris Design

Amanda, I would move in here in a second! This is the Pacific National Exhibition Prize home. Someone is winning this house and I'm pretty envious... although it would require me moving across the country away from everyone I love most, so it's not actually in the cards at all.

The things I love about it: the palette - white and wood and a touch of greenery, the kind of bohemian feel, the gold hardware and all the light streaming in.

 

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So glad you are coming home today. It's been a long two weeks without you - but really looking forward to some stories over a coffee. Oh and Mimi misses Pete.

-Kate

 

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Colette

Amanda,

Bri texted me yesterday and said that I had to come to King West because I would absolutely love this new Cafe/Restaurant that opened in the Thompson Hotel. She said I would freak out over the french design and she was right. This place is beautiful. Better than Paris. Well, maybe.

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Beyond the gorgeous environment, my croissant and coffee were delicious, the girls loved their cookies and their is a park across the street so you don't need to leave the kids at home!

-Kate

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ABC Home

Amanda,

I met up with a friend, Natalie, a couple days ago. She lives in New York now and follows our blog. She is the sweetest thing and has a calm about her that I would love to bottle (you would to.) But that's not the point of this: she advised me to go to ABC Home on Broadway and look at everything on all 6 floors. So I did.

Now, part of my experience may have been influenced by the fact that it was the only hour this entire week/trip that I was alone and that in itself was a bit glorious, but this place is gorgeous. A bit overwhelming at first, but if you treat each floor like its own paradise, then you're ok. And by ok, I mean, you want to buy most things.

I settled on these little vases for single flowers, a cute bag for Mimi and a water bottle - I will post pictures when I'm back.

Here's a glimpse of their market/oasis:

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-Kate

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Matchstick

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This cafe is in Vancouver and I've never been but I love it.  Like I want to move in or make it the place I go to work everyday.  It's called Matchstick and apparently it has a fantastic earl grey and poppy seed sourdough crumble muffin.  My friend Jenna sent me the pictures because of course, she knew I'd love it.  The poured concrete floors, wood, black and white are both warm and clean. It's inspiring to look at spaces like this and envision how you can incorporate it into your home, dream home or office.  I especially dig the black and white wall with the thin piece of wood trim. But back to Jenna, she is always someone I can count on when it comes to taste.  Her taste in clothes, sunglasses, music and design is always laser sharp.  A head of the curve.  No BS, if you will, only the good stuff.  She's always had a less is more vibe going even when it wasn't "the thing."  I think it takes a lot of confidence to start stripping away "stuff" and making sure that what's left is good.  Really, really good.

-Amanda

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Vacation rental - Gothenburg

Amanda, The first rental that came up in my search for a swedish vacation spot was this:

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Now i'm really starting to think that everyone in Sweden has impeccable taste. Wouldn't it be nice to vacation here?

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All pics courtesy of VRBO.

-Kate

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Dream Kitchens

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I was going through pinterest the other day and tried to pin the same thing twice.  It's the above picture.  I had pinned it months before because I love a nice slab of marble backsplash, the mix of wood and of course the open shelves.  I look at my kitchen all the time thinking about how I could incorporate open shelving.  Would I need a bigger pantry, is it practical, do I just need to purge a good amount of stuff to make it work?  I mean my cupboards are packed!  I don't think that there is a kitchen reno in our future.  Whenever I bring up my want of white countertops I get a lot of "never going to happen" in response...if we moved it would happen.  Sometimes it seems like renovating your house that already works is just frivolous and unnecessary.  There is definitely a long list of things that I can think of that would be money better spent but sometimes my need of designing something new, being creative, seeing change gets the better of me and the dreaming begins.  Really the only option is to move and start from scratch right!?  Because then it's no longer an option of frivolous, it's we bought the worst house on the street and I guess we have to put in open shelving, white countertops, wood and a beautiful, thick, piece of marble backsplash.  Here are a few other pictures of kitchens I'm dreaming about.

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Here's to finding the crappiest house on the street and making some dreams happen.

-Amanda

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Serene Swedish house

Amanda, Gothenburg is one of the largest cities in Sweden and is where this house resides. Swedish style comes through again! I mean, its no wonder IKEA is so crazy popular.

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I love the array of throw cushions on the couch. The white floors are killer and the random-esque gallery wall is fantastic.

Notice the plants? The sporadic living things? Love it.

More pics found here.

-Kate

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Bedroom art

Amanda, A couple of weeks ago I bought two pieces of art from modern camper for our bedroom. I wanted something for either side of the bed and I was picturing something black and white so these two crazy affordable abstracts are perfect.

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Also, I got tired of the colour blocked bookshelves so I rearranged some books and repurposed those owls that used to be on my mantle. Its a more calming look for the bedroom. I'm sleeping better already;)

-Kate

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Look at this house

Amanda, I love the section of Toronto Life magazine that highlights a couple homes for sale in the city and tells the tale of the buyer... my inner realtor lives vicariously through these stories. The website does something similar: features a house a week. Well, this week's home is a dream. AND it is on High Park Blvd in Bloor West Village, the neighbourhood I grew up in and still hold dear to my heart.

As background, this house is #35 High Park Blvd and was owned by an editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. It is/was listed for 2.4 million and I don't know if some lucky buyer has snatched it up yet. I am just going to post pictures and you will see why this house is beyond blog-worthy. Honestly.

Black trim, old and new, marble, white on white bathrooms, windows and wainscotting, painted brick and loads of space (more pics can be found here.)

-Kate

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Q Design goes Cobi Style

Amanda, Remember I told you about my friend Lindsay from University who ended up being my doula and helped me through the excruciating hours or labour? Oh yeah, she saw me in my purest form... and by pure, I mean raw, and by raw, I mean making very loud animal-type noises.

Anyway, her other passion is textiles - beautiful drapery and cushions that her family business has been churning out for years. Lindsay and her mom are responsible for Q Design Centre in Oakville, Ontario.

What caught my eye was their most recent partnership with Cobi Ladner and her Cobi Style drapery for their shop but through ETSY! So many of my obsessions in one: textiles, etsy and friends!

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I wish I had seen those white curtains before I made my purchase for the family room. I know you love switching things up every season so just go here to shop.

-Kate

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Re-Blog : A Swedish Home

Amanda, Is all of Sweden decorated like a dream? I'm beginning to wonder because every time I come across a house from that part of the world it speaks to me. This next one is no exception... Found on this blog. From the chairs to the ceiling and the black and white scheme, I love it all.

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-Kate

 

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Nantucket Home

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It all started with Elin Hilderbrand novels.  My love of Nantucket.  I've never been but I gaze at pictures and through her words I can envision the cobblestone streets, cute restaurants, the beach and sand dunes, small streets with rose bushes everywhere.  Renting a beach house, with an outdoor shower, sand being trailed inside by the kids after playing on the beach all day, bbq's with fresh corn and seafood and copious amounts of wine.  Hearing the surf as we go to sleep. Not to mention roaming the streets to look at the homes, the architecture, is a dream of mine. This home in Architectural Digest is not the version of Nantucket that I had in mind but it blows me away with it's beauty and simplicity.  It could be anywhere in the world and I would love it but the fact that it's in Nantucket makes this an ideal home for me.  You can take a look at the whole tour here.

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-Amanda

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