Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How To Design A Kid's Room With Personality | Mastering The Art of The Mix


I can't tell you how stoked I was to see Noah's room featured on MyDomaine last week! As a deft curator of cool, MyDomaine is one of my benchmarks for rockstar design status, so the feature was definitely a design career highlight. It also never hurts to be described as an interior designer with "an incredible sense of style and an amazing ability to balance the old, new, bold, restrained, and playful" while being given the title of "coolest mom around." Hey, I'll take it!

PHOTO by ASHLEY CAPP

This bedroom was definitely all about the art of the mix. Noah's a pretty sophisticated kid, so I knew it needed to reflect his passion for design and his love of details while having a vibrant, modern vibe and a hefty dose of vintage mixed in for good measure.

If you're looking to create an eclectic space of your own - whether for a kid or a grown-up - here are some tips you can take to the bank.

No.1: TAKE YOUR CUES FROM THE BRIDE

PHOTO by ASHLEY CAPP

You know the old wedding superstition that a bride should always wear something old and new, something borrowed and blue? Well it totally applies to good design...at least, the first half does!

NEW: We totally fell in love the moment we laid eyes on the bold and vibrant duvet cover and shams from Aura Home {now available at The Bay for all my fellow Canadian design lovahs}. We knew they were the perfect choice to function as our modern centrepiece {OK, and our something blue *wink*}

OLD: Old can also mean traditional, or an older style, and I knew we needed to juxtapose those modern bed linens with some traditional touches. Enter a traditionally tufted headboard {covered in luscious black velvet from Kravet and beautifully upholstered by Barrymore}, and a gorgeous traditional rug from Kaarma. Hello lovelies!

VINTAGE: There's old and then there's antique, and nothing can take the place of the personality and style that real antiques add to a space. Would you believe I found these vintage French Art Deco side tables on eBay? Seriously the score of the century!

QUIRK-FEST: The whimsical deer head from Cardboard Safari {his name is Bucky} is the perfectly quirky mascot for the space, and he plays so nicely against the traditionally panelled feature wall.

Add some modern table lamps from West Elm and a naturally shed antler we picked up antiquing for an added dollop of quirk, and we can officially dub ourselves design mixologists!

The mix-master recipe? MODERN + TRADITIONAL + VINTAGE + QUIRK = PERFECTION.


No. 2: YOU'VE GOT SOUL BUT YOU'RE NOT A SOLDIER

PHOTOS by ASHLEY CAPP
If you've been following me for very long, you'll know I'm a passionate believer in original art. As I always say, it's the soul of the space. When it comes to kids' rooms, though, that can be a scary investment for some as you know your kids' interests and tastes will change. If that's you, I have three suggestions for you:

ONE, start with smalls, like the two canvases you see on Noah's dresser above. The outdoor hockey scene is by one of my favourite figurative artists, Elizabeth Lennie, and the piece on the left by Kelly Grace depicts an evening at the fair, complete with ferris wheel and food vendors. Not only are they fun and story-filled pieces full of life, but they are totally timeless and I'll be happy to reabsorb them into my own collection should Noah ever tire of them.

TWO, art doesn't just belong on walls. I love styling bookshelves and the tops of dressers with art to bring soul to every corner of a space. I also love the silver easel from Indigo as the perfect way to vary the heights of a grouping without hanging a single thing.

THREE, create a gallery wall with pieces that aren't too precious so that it can evolve over time. Noah's gallery wall is made up of vintage postcards of New York City bridges that I picked up at the Williamsburg Flea a few years ago, a mysterious moustached man from Mitchell Black, an inspiring quote/art print from Lisa Congdon, a stunning photograph of icebergs from Canadian photographer Irene Suchocki, and a reproduction vintage blueprint of a bridge I picked up from Touch of Modern. The grouping tells a story of Noah's current interest in architecture and travel and our hope that he'll always stay curious. The quote on the Lisa Congdon piece is by Thoreau and reads:

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.


No. 3: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE MAGIC OF A GOOD WARDROBE

PHOTOS by ASHLEY CAPP

When it came time to plan out the storage for Noah's space, we had some pretty big hurdles to overcome. There was just one very small closet shoved into the right-hand corner of the closet wall. It was totally awkward to the room layout and even worse, it just didn't leave us enough space for all of Noah's cool threads. Even moreso, the remaining wall space - which would typically be the right place for a dresser - came so far into the room that there wouldn't have been any clearance to open his drawers.

Gratefully, there was another under-utilized closet on the other side of that wall facing into the hallway that connects Noah's bedroom to his bathroom. Remember this hallway with the gorgeous chevron floors and dove grey panelled walls?

PHOTOS by ASHLEY CAPP

Well, we grabbed the closet from the hallway and flipped it into Noah's room and - with one move of stealthy designer ju-jitsu floor planning - we tripled his storage space with two closets the size of his original and room for his dresser to sit in between. Yes, it required filling in the hardwood underneath his dresser {which was no small DIY feat} but it was totally worth it.

In actually fact, we more than tripled his storage space. The closets themselves are IKEA cabinets with all of the awesome organizational "guts" that they offer - think customized pants hangers and the like - and we broke both closets up into half-hanging which means double the storage per closet. So I guess we quintupled his storage? Awesome.

You'd never guess they were IKEA cabinets from the outside, and that's because we customized them in three ways:

ONE, end gables. The end gables had to be super slim in this case to leave enough room for the dresser, so we just used some super-thin masonite and painted it out the room colour for a very simple fix to the non-paintable sides of the melamine cabinet's exterior.

TWO, custom doors. MDF slabs + panel moulding + paint + an awesome hubby = modern classic custom doors to drool over! #winning

THREE, interesting door hardware. Finish off the gorgeous DIY doors with texturally interesting faux bone door pulls from Anthropologie and the finished product screams Paris apartment. Totally my vibe. The hardware on the dresser is also from Anthro. Paint It Like New! sprayed out his existing, yawn-worthy espresso stained dresser in Para Paints' Jet Black, and the contrasting cream and brass pulls totally elevate the sophistication level from "so yesterday" to "on point" in a wink. 

So, are you ready to master the art of the mix? Which room are you tackling next? I've got my sights set on another space in our home and am just itching to get started. Soon I hope!

xx
s.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Cure For A Boring Bathroom | New Ravenna Neutrals

"Beige is a colour that just doesn't try hard enough in life." So says my son Noah who clearly has a strong opinion about how to decorate. I love that he's interested in how to make a visual statement, and I understand why he might feel the need to avoid neutrals, but is he right? I love him to pieces, but I don't think so.

Take the latest collection of mosaic tiles from New Ravenna. The collection may be shades of grey {not beige}, but it clearly proves that neutral is anything but boring.


Texture. Pattern. Dimension. Detail. Contrast. Everything you need to take a bathroom {or backsplash, for that matter} from boring to breathtaking. This latest collection only underscores my belief that any product designed by an artist will have soul. Sara Baldwin's latest artistry comes alive with her use of jewel glass and marble in mosaics and water-jet cut patterns that are at once modern and a reinvention of the best of tile design history over the ages.

Take for example "Kelp Forest," an intricate, water-jet mosaic in glass that gestures at Art Deco with its undulating waves of cool perfection.


Even a classic hexagon is brought to life with the dimension and natural variation in this gorgeous grey stone.


New Ravenna inspires with endless options on how to elevate your next bathroom design to an unparalleled level of luxury and artistic sophistication. From tile carpets to feature walls to statement floors and delicate insets, the opportunity to create designs with delicious details is limitless. I hope you are as inspired as I am!

xo
s.




Monday, June 8, 2015

FATHER'S DAY 2015 - A CURATED GIFT GUIDE

Searching for inspired suggestions on what to get for Dad this year? The search is over, friends. I've curated a few very special finds that will have your Daddio feeling the love.



ONE //  Does the Dad in your world love style, comfort and innovation? If so, the Noah Driving Shoe from Ron White is perfect for him. Ron took a year and a half to develop the layered technology in the insole of this shoe, transferring his All Day Heel technology from his women's line into a totally sophisticated men's shoe. Don't let the relaxed styling fool you: this shoe offers incredible arch support layered with PORON, the Nasa-developed memory foam that is the signature in Ron's shoes. Class and comfort combined, this shoe is perfect paired with jeans and a v-neck, but also amazing with a crisp linen suit.



{Don't tell Graham, but these Ron White shoes are his Father's Day gift this year!}

TWO //  I love celebrating meaningful moments with the art of story, and what better way to do that than with a piece of original art? Elizabeth Lennie is one of my favourite artists because of her ability to capture the memory-making moments in our lives through her gestural, figurative work. Her subject matter revolves around outdoor Canadian pastimes like hockey or playing in the water out on a lake. I want to live the story she tells with my family, and I'm thrilled to have a couple of her small pieces in our home. Remind your man of his childhood love of hockey with Shinny 9 from Art Interiors.



THREE //  For something small but special, why not choose a pair of handmade Rosewood Cufflinks from Jenny Greco via the One of A Kind online shop? They are a modern classic that will work with almost every suit he owns.



FOUR //  Make your man the master of the grill with this Weber Genesis from The Home Depot. We have this grill on our wish list for our outdoor living room update this summer. I especially love that this Weber grill has a sear zone for crafting the perfect steaks every time.



FIVE //  Use a daily ritual as an opportunity to remind him of how much he's loved. This bespoke shaving set from Taylor of Old Bond Street in London is now being imported to Canada. 


SIX //  For the Dad who travels a lot, this gorgeous Bison Leather Dopp Kit Bag from Kaufman Mercantile is a practical luxury that will remind him of the family he adores while he's on the road.


The reality is, the most important thing you can give to the Dad in your life is quality time together. Make him breakfast in bed, go for a bike ride or a hike in the woods, take him golfing if that's what he loves. Whatever you do, make memories together and be sure to get some snuggle time in there, too. I know we sure will.

I'm beyond grateful for the amazing Dad that Graham is to our boys, and I can't wait to celebrate him this weekend, Walker style. Wishing you and yours a connected and happy weekend together, whatever you do!

xo
s.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DESIGN EXCHANGE | MY CURATED AUCTION PICKS + A GIVEAWAY!





I'M DELIGHTED to be curating some of my favourite pieces today for the upcoming May 29th auction in support of Toronto's Design Exchange. This live and silent auction will feature a stunning collection of furnishings and accessories, and the proceeds all help to support the work of the Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum. To say there are some gems in the mix would be a major understatement.

What is the Design Exchange, you ask? Located in the Historic Stock Exchange Building, the Design Exchange {DX} is a registered charitable, not-for-profit cultural institution, and Canada’s only museum dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence and the preservation of our design heritage. From furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, DX exhibitions and talks are curated to reflect what is most current in contemporary culture, while reminding us of the relevance and importance of design in everyday life. Guest curators have included Pharrell Williams and our very own Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker.


ONE: This Dorwin Chair from Bernhardt is a classic revival of a mid-century design that is utterly timeless, while the brass frame makes it entirely fashion-forward and of-the-moment. I'll take a pair for my soon-to-be redecorated family room, please and thanks!


TWO: Gone are the days of the eyesore of a doggie day bed in some bland brown microfibre. Jo Alcorn has brought her fresh edge to the realm of home decor and honours our four legged friends in style. You'll be happy to coordinate your throw pillows with your pooch's perch when they're this hip.



THREE: Madeleine Weinrib's rugs and decorative accessories have graced the pages of luxury shelter magazines such as Elle Decor, Dwell and Coastal Living. Her designs epitomize relaxed elegance at it's finest.


FOUR: I adore anything paying homage to the beauty, vastness and wonder of our Canadian terrain. The Landscape Tableware from Drake General Store more than fits the bill. I'm hankering for a full set to use for endless summer entertaining.


FIVE: What can I possibly say about this iconic design classic? Eero Saarinen's earlier studies in sculpture reveal themselves in this side table's fluid form. Truly timeless, the Saarinen side table is equally at home in an otherwise traditional space as it is in a restrained, minimalist environment. 


SIX: The Dream Chair looks like a modern invitation to the imagination, the sensual curves ready to embrace and the subtle pillow ready to support your daydreams.


SEVEN: Doesn't every dream home need a touch of Kelly Wearstler? Strong and graphic, this electric sculpture would bring dynamic energy to any room in the house.


EIGHT: I've been crushing hard on Sebastian Herkner's bell tables for awhile now, and his Bleeker Street Table only confirms my design crush. Simple, timeless and elegant. The man can do no wrong.

These eight pieces are my design favourites, but there are even more amazing selections up for grabs at the auction. I'd love to know which pieces you love most!

Fancy the opportunity to see them all in person and bid on one {or all} of them for your own nest? Well here's your chance! I'm giving away one ticket to a lucky reader to attend this design event on May 29th from 7-10pm at Toronto's Design Exchange. Rub shoulders with the who's-who of design and design media and try your luck at picking up an iconic design treasure while you're at it!

Here's how to enter:

1. Follow The Curated House on Instagram
2. Follow The Design Exchange on Instagram
3. Save and share the photo of your favourite piece from this post on Instagram using the hashtag #designexchangeXthecuratedhouse

The winner will be announced on Monday, May 25th on Instagram. Good luck!

xo
s.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK SIX | THE BIG REVEAL!


Happy Thursday design lovers! If you're new to The Curated House, you've chosen a great day to stop by as it is at long last time to share the "afters" for our project for this season's One Room Challenge. Do the last six weeks feel like a blur to anyone else? What an adventure! I'm so excited to share my little Luxe Laundry Room project reveal with you.

Before I do, I need to say thank you. First and foremost, I need to thank my incredible husband who has tackled this room on top of his extremely busy job as a software executive, all in his "spare time." His perseverance, patience, persistence and incredible work ethic are the number one reason I have beautiful "after" photos to share with you here today. I am incredibly grateful to him and for him, not just in this project but in our real and everyday life together. I love you, babe.

I'd also like to thank Linda from Calling It Home for creating such a dynamic event. As a designer I can say that we all need someone to light a fire under our behinds when it comes to completing our own personal projects, and the One Room Challenge is the perfect spark. I plan to fan it into a flame with the Fall 2015 edition, and I hope more of my fellow interior designers will join me in taking on this design dare once again.

Speaking of design community and lighting a fire, I'd also like to thank my friend Lisa Canning for cheering me on with this little personal project. For years I've worked solo and been very isolated in my design business. Now that I have a design sisterhood, there's no turning back! You are a gift, my friend.

A HUGE, heartfelt thank you goes out to all of my incredible brand partners, all of whom I will list with much gratitude at the end of this post. Without your generous support, this project would not have been possible.

Thank you, too, to all of you lovely people for following along and commenting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and right here on the blog. I have loved having you weigh in on the selection details with me! You've made the process fun and engaging and I'm so grateful we got to do this together.

OK, so without further ado, here is our much awaited "after."

Vases - Black Rooster Decor

Do you remember how dark and dreary our "before" was? The typical basement dungeon of a laundry room.

Well as Florence And The Machine would say, the dark days are OVER!

Now it is bright and pretty, happy and practical, full of storage solutions not just for laundry, but also for calligraphy, art, sewing, gift wrapping, painting and all kinds of other fun and creative activities. I now think of this space as my laundry-room-meets-arts-room in the storage sense of things, and I love how the TooFifteen bins accommodate everything with casual elegance.


Remember the problem of the furnace and water heater visually dominating the room? Such an eyesore! Not anymore. The incredible sliding door hardware system from Upper Canada Specialty Hardware matched with the gorgeous rift-cut raw white oak solid doors from Metrie mean that this now feels like a feature wall when the doors are closed, while still keeping the furnace and water heater totally accessible when necessary. These raw, rift-cut white oak doors add natural texture and interest while hiding a multitude of sins {including the rest of the floor tile yet to be installed on the other side of the floor-mounted track!}. I now love this side of the room - when the doors are closed, of course! - and it feels harmoniously balanced with the feature wall. 


Two of the design decisions you so kindly weighed in on that I waited to reveal until today include the countertop selection and the grout colour. In the end, I chose Silestone's Lagoon for the countertop, which led to the selection of Silver grout from Mapei to pull out the soft and subtle grey tones in the counters. I'm thrilled with the final result. The combination offers just enough contrast to be interesting without competing with the stunning statement floors, and somehow the palette speaks to a quiet femininity that just works for me.

Woven Ombré Towels + rose quartz Rock Soap - Anthropologie
Another of the decisions I kept secret until today was the question of which faucet would win the day. If you've been following along, I think it will come as no surprise that the Delta Trinsic was the right faucet for our space.

Cucina Hand Soap - Anthropologie

The champagne bronze finish of the Delta Trinsic is absolutely perfect with the gorgeous satin brass Lewis Dolin pulls from Upper Canada Specialty Hardware, don't you think? This faucet is extra special in that it features SmartTouch® technology. The proximity sensor allows us to use the faucet totally hands-free when needed, and just a touch of the faucet also allows us to tap it on or off. We can of course just turn it on and off the old-fashioned way as well if we choose to!

I decided to have a little fun with the storage for my pre-soak stain removal detergent and picked up the black faceted geometric terrarium you see below on the right from West Elm. Paired with an antique silver spoon it makes stain removal seem almost an elegant affair, don't you think? Perfect to use with our amazingly deep and functional Blanco sink from The Home Depot.


If you're a detail freak like me, you'll notice there are little touches that have yet to be finished {like caulking in the corners along the edges of the cut tile} but overall I couldn't be happier with this dramatic transformation. From the floors and brass details adding sophistication, to the white oak doors and floating shelf adding a humble yet modern warmth, to the vases and bins adding a feminine edge and sense of style, this little laundry room has a new lease on life and has successfully converted me into a laundry lover after all!

A huge thank you to Ashley Capp for doing such a beautiful job of capturing the space for me - you are truly the loveliest!

And once again, a massive and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of my incredible brand partners for making this laundry room not only possible, but ultimately a gratitude project:

Subfloor R+ and SMARTWALL system - Dricore
LED pot lights - CREE Canada
Casing, baseboard and white oak slab doors - Metrie
Brass cabinet pulls and sliding door system - Upper Canada Specialty Hardware
Cabinet, wall and trim paint - Para Paints
Trinsic Faucet - Delta
Blanco Sink - The Home Depot
Silestone Lagoon slab for countertops - Cosentino
Bevelled subway tile - Creekside Tile Toronto
White + brass vases for flowers and brass jack - Black Rooster Decor
Tyvek storage bins - TooFifteen

Now it's time for me to pour over the details of all of the reveal posts from these amazing talents!

Coco + Kelley * Jana Bek * Autumn Clemons * The English Room * Vanessa Francis * Greige Design * Hi SugarplumI Heart Organizing * Jenna Sue Design * Stephanie Kraus * The Pursuit of Style * Julia Ryan * Savvy Home Simple Details * Simply Grove * 6th Street Design * Jill Sorensen * Swoon Worthy * Waiting On Martha * Kimberly Shlegel Whitman * and my friends and linking participants Lisa Canning and Abby M. Interiors. Go to Calling It Home to check out all of the amazing "afters" posted today by the Linking Participants for the April 2015 edition of the One Room Challenge!

Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me what your favourite details are from our little laundry room makeover. I'd love to hear what you think of the final reveal. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Now, off to do some laundry! *wink*

xo
s.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mother's Day 2015 | A Curated Gift Guide


Searching for unique and beautiful ideas on how to spoil your Mom {or perhaps how to be spoiled as Mom} this year? Look no further. This year's Curated Mother's Day Gift Guide has a little something for everyone.



ONE: This sweet little book entitled Collected Quotations from Chronicle Books is the perfect place to jot down all those quirky quips and unforgettable tweetables your kids come up with, and the cover's so pretty you'll be happy to keep it on display for regular reading and updating.

TWO: It's impossible to measure the number of kisses a Mom dishes out in a day, but it is possible to give her a little something to keep her lips perfectly kissable! Tata Harper's new Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Popular is totally organic, absolutely gorgeous and totally on my wish list.

THREE: What could be more decadent than a bit of pampering with a modern manicure from Her Majesty's Pleasure? Add a glass of champagne and the company of a good friend to savour the experience with her and she'll feel utterly spoiled.

FOUR: Infuse her wardrobe with a little leopard love with this gorgeous clutch from Clare Vivier. It's timeless and fashion forward all at the same time. The perfect clutch for a little pattern play.

FIVE: Tell her she's golden with this gorgeous Tom Dixon votive holder from Anthropologie. Even better, get a set of three to decorate the table for that brunch you're going to make her. *wink*

SIX: Looking for the perfect way to spoil Mom rotten? Go for gold with this stunning rose gold Cleo Necklace by Carbon and Hyde, available through Gilding The Lily.

SEVEN: Give her fresh flowers that she can enjoy for years to come with this stunning art print Alex by Ashley Woodson Bailey via Citizen Atelier.


More than anything, use your words. Tell her how much you love her. Take the time to write down all of her most uniquely beautiful qualities. Tell her how much she means to you. Thank her for all the little things she does to make you feel loved. And keep telling her these things day after day after day. It's the best kind of gift you can give her.

Happy Mother's Day!

xo
s.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK 5 UPDATE | DETAILS, DETAILS


Raise your hand if the last 5 weeks have flown by in a sawdusted swirl of activity! My, how one little project - when added on top of two full-time jobs and two full-time kids for two full-time grown ups - can make the time simply evaporate! But here we are at Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and things are starting to get good.

If you're only just joining in on the fun and aren't familiar with what this madcap adventure is all about, check out my intro post on the One Room Challenge as well as my updates for Weeks Two, Three and Four.

I love this crazy stage of a design project, when the details descend upon the space and the "after" starts to take shape out of the dust and chaos. We still have SO much to do, but here's where things are at right this minute:


Our amazing French Curves baseboard from Metrie has been primed and cut and is ready to be installed and painted. I love the dimension and elegance of this profile, and it connects so well with all of the paneling we have throughout the rest of the house. Très élégant.


The matching casing from Metrie is just as lovely and ready to be filled and painted. Getting there!!!


Now onto one of my favourite solutions in this space. As you'll remember from our hideous "before" photos, we have a water heater and furnace in our laundry room that could not be moved. I wasn't willing to settle for those elephants in the room, so I worked with the amazing Don + Ed at Upper Canada Specialty Hardware to come up with an elegant solution. We built a bulkhead to accommodate the header track and installed a matching floor track in order to allow us to install their beautifully functional and totally fluid Crowder sliding door system in front of the water heater and furnace. Using these gorgeous raw white oak slab doors from Metrie, we have now almost finished installing what will be a most elegant solution to a most unattractive problem.


It was the solution to that problem that led me to the design choice of the raw white oak floating shelf {above} instead of uppers on the cabinetry wall. I love the clean lined openness of it, and I love that it speaks to the humble poetry of the natural and unstained wood of the Metrie doors on the opposite wall of the room. We called an audible on this one and had my amazing furniture maker Matthew make it for us. We were just getting to the point where it was clear that we were not going to get everything done on our own, and it was the best decision we could have made, as it looks gorgeous! Our incredible contractor Pete came over last night to help Graham install it as it was truly a two-man job, and I have to tell you, I L-O-V-E love it!


Our CREE Canada pot lights are finally installed and they have transformed our dark little dungeon into a light, bright and airy space. I am extra happy about them because CREE pot lights are no ordinary pot lights. They are LED pot lights, meaning that they are so energy efficient we may not have to change a bulb for the next 20 years! Unlike LED's of the past, these babies have come a long way and offer a warm, natural-looking light that is not at all harsh or hard to look at. My Eco-Chic conscience is very happy about this design choice, and my next house will have CREE Canada LED pot lights from stem to stern!


Our amazing Blanco sink from The Home Depot is in place and ready to be hooked up to the plumbing which is all kinds of exciting! This sink is so generous and will be perfect for soaking soccer cleats and stained shirts and cleaning out paintbrushes and garden tools and taking care of just about any other messy job we can throw at it. Just what every mom of boys needs!


On the organizational front, these incredible Tyvek bins from TooFifteen are being assembled as we speak and will grace the top of our beautiful floating white oak shelf with effortless style. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen another photo I posted of a TooFifteen bin earlier this week. I am still swooning over their elegant simplicity. To me they embody a kind of Scandinadian {Scandinavian + Canadian} aesthetic that I'm crazy about. They are perfectly imperfect in their rumpled, casual sophistication, and they are remarkably sturdy and functional despite their paper-like appearance. They are equally as strong wet as they are dry which means you can even plant a tree in one if you're so inclined {I already have plans to do this with my Christmas tree this year!} and they wipe clean really easily, resisting oil, grease and stains like a champ. They are the perfect mix of feminine and tough all at the same time. Totally my jam.


Again with the Instagram reference {go follow me there if you don't already!}, but I posted a concept I had for the labels for the TooFifteen bins earlier this week. While I loved the concept, the black ink blots were too harsh for the stark and simple beauty of the TooFifteen bins, so I collaborated with my friend Aileen from Plume Calligraphy who gave me a calligraphy lesson earlier this week and helped me find my calligraphy-nib-soul-mate. At Aileen's suggestion, I also played with some gouache instead of ink and landed on what you see above for the bin labels.

What do you think?

I still have lots to learn from Aileen in the calligraphy department, but I was pretty happy with the result. {You should follow her on Instagram too - her work is amazing!}

Speaking of following along, go check out what all the other beauties are up to as a part of the Spring 2015 edition of the One Room Challenge!

Coco + Kelley * Jana Bek * Autumn Clemons * The English Room * Vanessa Francis * Greige Design * Hi SugarplumI Heart Organizing * Jenna Sue Design * Stephanie Kraus * The Pursuit of Style * Julia Ryan * Savvy Home Simple Details * Simply Grove * 6th Street Design * Jill Sorensen * Swoon Worthy * Waiting On Martha * Kimberly Shlegel Whitman * and my friends and linking participants Lisa Canning and Abby M. Interiors. Go to Calling It Home to check out all of the 150+ Linking Participants for the April 2015 edition of the One Room Challenge!

And now I'm off to hit the to-do list with Graham, including:
* Hook up the plumbing to the sink and install the faucet
* Finish installing baseboard
* Fill holes and paint trimwork
* Finish installing sliding doors
* Install backsplash
* Style, shoot and REVEAL!

One more week! Can't wait to show you the final "ta-da" and see everyone else's transformations as well. Soon, my loves!

xo
s.

P.S. Couldn't resist including a little teaser of the extra "bonus" room I decided to tack onto this design dare deadline. Marine blue + dove grey crosses = total eclipse of the heart. Swoon! More soon...


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