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Inspired: Alison Van Pelt

After spotting this artist’s work in this interior, I couldn’t help but look into more of her work. Alison Van Pelt’s works are BIG (i.e. 9 feet x 7 feet!!!). I love the scale of these paintings. And even though the images are purposely softened and blurred, it’s the bold colour and sheer size of the pieces that make an impact. And the portraits themselves are mesmerizing, transfixing. Wish I …Read More

Inspired: Veggies Delight

I absolutely fell in love with these crochet pieces from JungJung! The olives, especially! How about a series of these on your kitchen wall above your banquet seat… each one pinned to a linen background, shadow-box framed with white, simple frames! They’re so delicate and lovely and intricate. Grouped together en masse. The colours, soft and organic. Sigh… My mom will love this post… I can just tell. Crochet? And vegetables? …Read More

Interiors: Warmed Up Modern

A modern interior need not be cool, edgy and stark. It can be warm, rough-hewn and natural. Case in point… Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s home comes together with travertine, salvaged pine siding, hand-hewn oak and board-formed concrete. Warm shades of grey and tan and cream. I love the fireplace and especially how it is mirrored on the exterior of the home. What a great setting for an outdoor room! The artwork …Read More

Roaming: Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

I’m reminiscing about my trip earlier this year to Madrid, Spain. There’s something so imperial about this place, Plaza Mayor. Maybe it’s the statue of King Phillip III, imposing and majestic, planted firmly in the centre of the square. Or maybe it’s the red stuccoed walls, embracing and containing historical events for centuries past. I remember walking into the square and being in awe of the symmetry and the colour and …Read More

Lilting for Lisbon

I happened across this third image and immediately thought it had to be some place in Portugal… That blue and white tile work (ajulejos) is unmistakable and I love how it’s used in architecture (both inside and out) everywhere in Portugal. This series of photographs are by Michael Eastman taken on a trip to Lisbon. He’s making me really excited about my summer trip to Portugal. Maybe I should look …Read More

Bubble Diagram

If you’re a designer or an architect, you know what bubble diagrams are and how they can be very helpful in arranging various groups, departments or spaces within a larger envelope. This is not that kind of bubble diagram. But pretty cool nonetheless.

Inspired: Vera Wang

We’ve had a lovely run of Sprummer weather (as if spring and summer were one season) here in Toronto these last few weeks. However, it seems we’re to have a turn this weekend… clouds, seasonal temperatures and rain (the latter of which is much needed so really…this isn’t me complaining or anything). So… In an effort to stay in a ‘Sprummer State of Mind’, I thought I’d share these lovely …Read More