Recent Project: Shopgirls Party

Last week Shopgirls stayed open really late, so what’s better than popcorn to munch on as a midnight snack? I created this fun popcorn bar for them complete with yummy soda!

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Recent Project: Mini Mioche Window

A few weeks ago Alyssa, the owner of mini mioche, asked me to create an Instagram themed window for their Queen store. Of course an oversized Instagram camera was necessary! I made it out of plywood and hand painted the details to create the look.

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Tips: Buying Antiques

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hunt for antiques with three of the buyers from CBC’s Four Rooms. Along the way they shared a bunch of tips along with their experience throughout their careers.

Our first stop was at Derreck Martin’s family owned 20,000 square foot warehouse, 507 Antiques. I was in absolute heaven. It was stocked to the brim with seriously killer treasures that went straight on my wish list. The other shops we visited didn’t even compare!

My design philosophy is very eclectic mixing high and low with old and new. Antique pieces can add personality to a space and truly are an investment. Here are some tips for buying and reselling antiques for the buyers of CBC’s Four Rooms:

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If you are new to buying antiques, buy from a dealer who is qualified, established and understands the market – either those who are members of websites like 1stdibs.com or dealers associations such as CADA. They will always have your better interest in mind as their reputations depend on it.antique 2{via}

Buy quality – quality in the workmanship and in the materials of which the items is constructed.

Buy what you like. Do not get too caught up with fads and trends – the best way to invest in antique and vintage is to stay with what you like. The furniture market – like fashion – is always recycling itself.

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Take condition into consideration when buying an item. If an item is in need of restoration or repair, that takes away from the value. Many collectors will pay a very high premium for an item if it is in perfect condition without ever having been restored. Look for untouched furniture, ideally. However if you find something you know is quality but is banged up a bit, look for top-notch restorers to bring the piece back to life.

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Keep an eye out for the unusual as these are almost always the most valuable. This is something you will have to train your eye for because more often than not ‘unusual’ attributes are subtle.

Buy the best you can afford and try and buy the best example of the class of item you are looking at within your budget.

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Inspiration 4.21.13

picstitchEven though I spent the entire long weekend fighting a nasty cold, I made sure to enjoy the gorgeous weather, stopped and smelled (and bought) the flowers, ate some chocolate and indulged in a great meal with the fam yesterday. Hope everyone had an amazing Easter long weekend! xo

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Recent Project: Mini Mioche Anniversary Party

Last weekend mini mioche celebrated their one year anniversary in their Distillery location. I seriously cannot believe a whole year has already passed by! I obviously couldn’t wait to help them to celebrate in style so I put together a little popcorn bar for their big day.

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 {I took the pictures on my iPhone so please excuse the quality}

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Cool Shit: Arctic Inspired Furniture

Urban Mode just launched the first-of-its-kind arctic inspired Canadian collection.  Edmonton-native designer Tim Antoniuk of Question Objects is the man behind this collection inspired by the beauty of Canada’s arctic wilderness. Produced in Alberta using sustainable sourced methods designed with clean lines and a retro vibe, this collection is available exclusively at Urban Mode in Toronto. Below are a few of my top picks:

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Style Ideas: Coachella

Music, fashion & sun are some of my very faves so when I’m browsing my Instagram feed seeing everything Coachella related, I’m a million shades of green.

First Gwen Stefani joined Pharrel on stage and then Beyonce surprised the crowd when she came on during Solange’s performance.  And all the other artists I would have loved to see – Kid Cudi, ZZ Ward, Lana Del Ray, Outcast, MGMT, Kate Nash, Lorde, Aloe Blacc – and so many more!

Now let’s talk about festival fashion…I love everything about it! Here are a few looks I’m digging that I pulled from Coachella Weekend’s Instagram.

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4.14.14

coachellaThe weather this weekend in Toronto was gorgeous. Warm, sunny…just beautiful…BUT….I’d rather be at Coachella.

 

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Weekly Round-Up

western ranch wedding{via Green Wedding Shoes}

Yummy ways to reinvent the oh so good deviled egg via The Food Network.

Super rad dresser makeover via Design*Sponge.

Simple and sweet wedding I’m really digging via Green Wedding Shoes.

My kind of Easter basket via Cupcakes & Cashmere.

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Recent Project: Girly Baby Shower

This past weekend I was honoured to plan and style the baby shower for my bestie’s little sister. Her little niece is due next month and they couldn’t be more excited!

Since this fam involves the ultimate girly girls and loves anything gold & sparkly, I went with shades of pinks and touches of gold as my colour story. Pink ombre, gold stripes and a ceiling full of balloons were some of the details. The shower started at 11:30 am so we went with a brunch themed menu complete with a mimosa station, waffle bar, quiches, scones, bacon & egg cups, home fries, salad, parfaits in mason jars and of course a pyramid of donuts.

Stay tuned on a DIY for that pink ombre runner!

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10001571_648365338570588_8166772497319971297_n{the mommy-to-be reading baby advice from her friends & family}

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