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*


By |May 7th, 2015|53 Comments

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!


By |May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Oh Baby! | Lesley Myrick

With last week’s exciting announcement, my head is naturally buzzing with all things baby! There is so much to do, and it’s been long enough between #1 and #2 that I really am doing it {and buying it} all over again. Time to get a degree in aerodynamics and physics to figure out all the latest baby gear, right? I mean, have you ever installed an infant car seat?

Thankfully, when it comes to designing the babe’s room that’s one thing I don’t have to get a degree in all over again. The ideas are already flowing like honey, but I want to make the process really fun and stretch myself with new ideas, so I’ve invited a couple of my lovely and talented friends to join me on the journey and share their take on what this baby bean’s nursery should look like!

{As a side note: Still testing nicknames for the “bun in the oven.” Suggestions welcome!}

Today’s nursery design goodness – in a series I’ve affectionately titled Oh Baby! – comes from my super fierce and fabulous friend Lesley Myrick all the way from sunny Los Angeles. Not only has she designed her take on a fresh and hip nursery, but she’s also done an interview with me. I’ll definitely share more about what makes Lesley tick below, but first, some Oh Baby! eye candy thanks to Lesley’s hip and slightly quirky design sensibility.

Crib // Dresser // Knobs for Dresser // Glider Chair // Fur Accent pillow // Orange Accent Pillow // Storage Ottoman // Rug // Floor Lamp // Ceiling Light // Blanket // Curtains // Artwork // Octopus Wall hook //

Lesley clearly read my mind, because that West Elm glider is already on my short list for the nursery chair. Comfy, modern, glides and has a matching ottoman. Lots of “wants” off my list for sure! {Just need to get into my local West Elm to do the “tooshie test.”} Lesley proves even further that she knows me well with all those hits of chevron throughout the room, and do you not LOVE that storage ottoman from Urban Outfitters? Total chartreuse green velvet fabulousness!

I did tell you that Lesley was fierce, didn’t I? Well I really meant it. And just in case you don’t believe me, check out her fabulous headshot and this fun little interview below. How many girls do you know who can rock a mohawk and still look feminine? Not many.

So without further ado, here’s a little bit about the entirely fresh and unique woman behind today’s Oh Baby! nursery design.

How long have you been an interior designer and what do you love most about the industry?

I’ve “officially” been an interior designer – with a college diploma saying as much – since 2005, but I’ve been decorating and rearranging furniture as long as I can remember. I was that kid who started rearranging her bedroom as soon as she was old enough to push the furniture around herself! To me, interior design is a lot like collage art and it’s why I love it. It’s all about arranging individual elements in a space to create something that’s more beautiful as a whole than the sum of its parts.

Tell us about your current job and all of the exciting ins-and-outs of what you do!

My full-time gig is with Lamps Plus – I handle all of their social media content, and also manage and edit their design blog, Style Illuminated. In addition to that, I do art directing and photo styling for their sister site, 55 Downing Street. I’m really fortunate to have a career that’s varied and incorporates many of my passions – blogging, social media and interior design. My less-full-time gig is with my freelance business, Lesley Myrick Art + Design, where I make collage art (and sell original art, prints, and greeting cards in my Etsy shop), do graphic design, and do interior design consulting.

You are a busy lady! Where do you find your inspiration for interior design? {favourite magazines, blogs, designers, websites}

I am a blog fiend. Feedly is my friend! I subscribe to about 40 blogs that I read daily, on topics like interior design, business, lifestyle, graphic design, and more. Some of my favorite design blogs and designers are Decor8, Design*Sponge, and Emily Henderson. Lifestyle blogs are also hugely inspiring to me, like A Beautiful Mess, Skunkboy Creatures, Nubby Twiglet, and Love Taza. And of course, Pinterest is a rabbit hole of inspiration that I could get lost in! While I do seek out inspiration and new ideas, I’m not one to succumb to trends just because they’re popular. One of my favorite quotes is from designer Billy Baldwin: “Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” I always try to keep this in mind when designing – it helps me maintain my unique perspective.

So as it turns out, Lesley is just as pregnant as I am at the time of this post – nearly 16 weeks! How do you feeling about becoming a mama for the first time, Les?

Exited. And terrified. It’s a huge change, and while we’re ready for it (or as ready as we can be!) there is still a lot to process. I know when the little dude or dudette makes his/her appearance we’ll take it day by day and figure it out, but right now the physical reality of having a baby is still kind of nebulous and hard to grasp. I am, however, very excited to decorate for the baby and buy wee little clothes!

What items are on your baby-mama list of “must haves” so far?

We haven’t started a registry yet, since we’re waiting to find out the sex first (I’m about 15 weeks along), so my current must-haves are purely superficial and totally gender-neutral. I definitely plan to buy some sort of cute striped footie pajamas, and any sort of teeny tiny sweatshirt with a hood and animal ears. I would love some tips from experiences mamas on what essentials to buy – the real essentials, not the ones that magazines say you need.

What most excites you about the new adventure of parenthood? What scares you most about it?

Kids are just awesome. I am thrilled to have the blessing of a little one in our lives. And I’m so excited to see my husband become a father – just thinking about that makes me melt. But admittedly, the responsibility scares me – knowing that this little creature has been entrusted to us is a huge honor and is quite humbling.

Describe your dream design project.

For me, a great designer-client relationship is often more valuable to me than the project itself. A “dream client” is even more alluring to me than a “dream project”! I love to work with people who are kind, easygoing, respond to emails in a timely manner, and have an idea of their likes and dislikes. Also, since I like my designs to have a little “weird” in them, a client that is open to expecting the unexpected would be a dream.

You’ve told us a little bit about your lovely little business doing collage art. Tell us about what inspires you and what you love most about the art side of your life.

I enjoy collecting and arranging, so collage is a natural expression of both of those loves. I’m inspired by all sorts of pretty little things (and things that some people might not find so pretty) – maps, pieces of found ephemera, random bits and bobs I find on the sidewalk, patterned scrapbook paper, great typography, beautiful fine-tip black pens, splattered paint. I love that it just feels good to collage. While I do have an art and design background and understand the basic elements and principles of design, I’m not consciously thinking about those things when I create. I’m just feeling it – seeking out elements that speak to me and rearranging them to create something that’s all at once soothing, pleasing, and inspiring. I love the power of words. I love quotes and typography, and because of that most of my work incorporates a quote. I’m both happy and sad that typography art is a trend right now – happy because it’s popular, but sad because I’m sure it will lose that popularity and I’ll still be making art like this even when it’s not cool anymore!

How do you and Nate like to recharge your creative batteries?

Nate is a grad student who’s about two weeks away from receiving his masters degree in theology (woohoo!), so between his brain-draining days and my busy full-time and freelance schedule, we definitely need to find ways to decompress and let go. Admittedly, our guilty pleasure is TV. Give him a baseball game or WWII documentary and he’s a happy camper; put on some Project Runway or 30 Rock and I’m all set. Additionally, our friendships are also really important to us – we love to spend quality time with awesome people and really invest in our friends. Even though I’m an introvert, I crave that relational time with friends and need it to recharge. I think it’s healthy to have a life outside your career, and we’re doing our best to figure out a balance that works for us.


I told you she was fabulous, didn’t I? And I love that in work and in life, relationships are what drive this amazing lady most. Thank you so much, Lesley, for sharing your creativity and inspiration with us today! So glad I know you. And congratulations to you and Nate on the impending arrival of your own sweet babe! I know you’ll make amazing parents.


By |July 24th, 2013|2 Comments