London Story

You know that amazing glow you have when you've just returned from a place that has inspired you to no end? I have got it! Blog Tour London was fabulous. I had an incredible time getting to know each of the bloggers that shared this experience with me. It was a pleasure to watch how each of us were taking something different away from the show, as we each snapped photos of the things we were most drawn to. Modenus will be publishing a Blog Tour London magazine in the next few weeks, highlighting our posts and stories. And speaking of Modenus, Veronika Miller is one of the hardest working people I know. 
The Design festival in general was brilliant. Design shows across the city, each themed differently from modern, to emerging, ultra luxe, and antiques. There was a taste of everything, and some inspiration to take away every time.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some of the incredible stories of beautiful art and design, and the people behind it. 

As we zoomed across this city from place to place, we captured glimpses of London's incredbile history and architecture, culture and vibe. 

My amazing new friends fron around the world!

This picture of Jen from Dec a Porter, sums up the excitement of the week!

Images via, My photos, Nyla Free, and Dec-a-Porter

Serene Sophisticate

You know there is an old saying about how if you speak softly, people will listen.  It's because they really have to tune in to your quite voice to hear what you are saying.  I have always felt the same way about Darryl Carter's interiors. They aren't loud or overwhelming.  They are soft and tranquil. There isn't a lot of furniture, nor art or objects, just a very distinctive selection of pieces that create incredible impact.  This Washington based home, which is the combination of Darryl Carter and architect Donald Lococo, is a brilliant display of talent.  You can count on your hands the number of objects in each room, and yet they seem to be bursting with beauty. So serene, but super sophisticated!

Images Via AD

Retreat By the River

It's a mad rush as I prepare for my trip to London tomorrow, but I can always take a few minutes to enjoy a beautiful home!  My Elegant Homes issue is packed full of fabulous.  This one is part of there Graceful Getaways section, and it's a home located in South Carolina, designed by Hansen Architects, both inside and out! The magazine gives insight to the floor plan not shown, and there is a mini master suite on the main level which is brilliant.  Who wants to run up and down those stairs, I'd rather take a walk in the woods!  Great for guests today, and for retirement tomorrow. Inspiration for the palette must come from the outdoors, blues, green, golds and reds, a taste  from every season!

Scanned from Elegant Homes

Across The Pond...


There is something unquestionably special about European Design.  Their cities are some of the oldest in the world and boast incredible architecture and craftsmanship. And yet the general aesthetic of Europe has always been so forward and contemporary. Maybe being surrounded by all that old stuff, keeps them thinking forward to what is new and modern.  I remember first walking into my cousin's kitchen in Italy (like 20 years ago,... I was only 7:) and being floored by the fact that she chose kitchen cabinetry that had a beautiful blue washed finish to them. Who would have thought blue?  She had a rustic kitchen table that sat right in front of her cabinets that worked double duty as work space, and eating space. Where I did sit and eat.  It was fantastic. Not overdone, just a simple small kitchen, with white walls and blue cabinets. I started to look around.  Wall to wall carpet?  Non existent! Puffy sofa? No way, totally sleek and slim.  And yet, you looked out the window onto a gorgeous countryside, while the roads below were cobblestone.
I have never been to London. The journey is just a few days a way now and I am getting really excited about getting to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world, from a design perspective. What are they doing over there that we aren't? What trends will carry over to this side? As I review the itinerary, I browse 3 main design shows going on during the festival; Decorex, Tent London, and Design Junction. These shows exhibit manufacturers from all of Europe! I know that I won't get to see everything, but I can't wait to pack in a few solid days of pure design therapy. Here are just a few of the things I scouted on my pre-London prep.

Reed and Rackstraw
Parris Wakefield
Do they take preorders for this ridiculously beautiful pillow that has my name on it?


Tom Faulkner
(Most beautiful bone china, made in this killer cobalt blue!) 

Curiousa + Curiousa


You know what that is on the outside of these copper dishes?  
It's Verdigris!

A special Thank You I must extend to the wonderful people at Modenus;  Veronika, Tim and Erin. I can't wait to meet you! I just can't thank you enough for inviting me to be part of BlogTour London, and for partnering with an incredible group of sponsors.

Rustic Refined Farmhouse

I am in love! Again, I know. OK - so for a farmhouse it might be a little over the top with it's uber dramatic chandeliers, extra high ceilings, arched entry and steel windows.  I suspect this beauty is somewhere in the south of France.   Look at those awesome floors, when was the last time you saw a plank that wide?  The weathered doors and trim are simply lovely. The dining tables; incredibly casual with their mix of iron and reclaimed wood.  But at the end of the day, I just want to sink in to that sofa!
Images via Bruch at Saks

Easy Elegance

I don't want to have to blame the kids for everything that I can't enjoy anymore, but the thought of slipping into a pencil skirt and stilettos lately, is painful!  I can't imagine running to the bus stop or driving them to birthday parties all fancied up! As a result, I have to work over my wardrobe, it's a mish mash of casual, and sophisticated.  I haven't transitioned very well.  So I am looking to get inspired by some casual looks.  Note there was period in my life, when I was anti jeans. (pre-children of course)  My friends thought I was nuts, but I have a full figure and jeans never looked that great on me, and so stressful to shop for. So it was dress pants and skirts for me.  Now, I am ready to spend a little more time on a couple of great pairs of jeans, and creating a look that still has the fancy, but keeps the comfy.  Let me know what your fave jeans are.

I think these looks are pretty fabulous! 

Images via dustjacket and pinterest

Travel Plans

The countdown is on, and I just can't tell you how excited I am to be a participant on this incredible tour of the London Design Scene.  There are daily tweets and email updates about the endless people to meet  places to see, and of course, objects to admire.  Between work, and getting the kids sorted for school, I am feeling a little guilty sending updates to my husband about all the cool things I am about to experience. I owe him the biggest Thank You, because he was totally supportive about finding a way to make this happen.  

If you haven't checked out the Modenus site yet, you should.  It's a happy little place on the net for the design savvy to connect, be inspired, and source beautiful products from around the world.  I had no idea how enriched my personal and professional life would become as a result of blogging. Let me tell you that it is because of real people behind great brands that I have had the opportunity to get out there and forge some great friendships.  Locally, the Canadian Design Blogger Meetups have been a great way to gain mutual support from brands and bloggers, and having the opportunity to do the same internationally, is a true honor. Here are just a few of the people I am looking forward to connecting with.  

The bloggers!!
The Modenus team included...

The Sponsors!

The breathtaking world of Natural Stone from Lapicida.

Distinguished bathroom and architectural hardware of Samuel Heath.

Indulgent elegant baths by Victoria + Albert

The ultimate spa retreat by Mr. Steam

Beautiful sinks by Blanco!

So excited to see this Canadian company, with their exquisite hardware collections, Duverre!

Luxury and craftsmanship in handmade beds by, And So To Bed.

This sponsor was just announced, and I wanted to make sure they had their spot on this post!
Luxury Vinyl flooring from Amtico!

The Hotel!

Coolest accommodations ever from Citizen M

The Charity!

Not technically a sponsor, but a great cause that is sponsoring a Night Hike of London.  
(How fun is that ?)  Maggie's Cancer Centers. is an organization that partners with world renowned architects to build cancer support centers.

You'll be getting a generous dose of coverage of #BlogTour London in the coming weeks.  It'll be really interesting to see how design in Europe differs from ours. 


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