I've never been much of a minimalist but lately I've been drawn to simpler and simpler things. The soothing effect of a space devo
This time of year, I always find myself searching for some sort of clarity, for a framework to approach the New Year. I've had no
I love the days between Christmas and New Years, they're like free time when nothing is really expected of you. I stay in my pyjam
If you need a little inspiration this Sunday, watch the incredibly moving immigration story of Tan Le, below. You'll be blown away
The first time I saw the home of Michael and Tina Chow in the pages of Vogue I was a teenager, and it completely mesmerized me. No
For the past two years my son has wanted to be Deadmau5 for Halloween but I told him it would be too hard to make the mask. Boy, I
I'm obsessed with the colour (or non-colour) ecru lately. Our French bulldog has destroyed no less than three sofas and I want to
We have had the most beautiful fall in recent memory here in Calgary. The mild temperature and spectacular colours have made my ye
Really enjoyed my time poking around Brooklyn last weekend. It truly boasts the most hipsters per sq.ft of anywhere in America. Be
Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon still rockin' it at 48.
Can I please have whatever she's having?
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I've always believed that you cannot miss what you never had. But then I'll see Jim with our kids- his guidance, his tenderness an
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If I know anything about beauty or design, it is because of my mother Yvonne. Regardless of circumstances, she always made our hom
If you have ever had your nails done at a vietnamese nail salon, you will LOVE the video below.
The large scale portrait is by talented Calgary photographer Jason Eng (see it hanging in my most recent showhome). Loving these m
The best is when gorgeous sneaks up on you. And in this short film by Brett Novak, it does exactly that. The music, the filming, t
So stylish, so talented, so adorable! You have to check these guys out at Sartorial Sounds, below:
The Givenchy 2013 Resort collection is genius. The mix of paisleys and geometrics is super-chic and inspiring me to think of bohem
These are all things I never seem to tire of: classic townhouse architecture, vintage bergeres, Venini chandeliers, a Kagan sofa,
I read once that Tom Ford could not sleep if he knew there was even a single red item in his closet. I feel similarly disturbed by
Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel, you just have to put the classics into sharper focus.
Pantone has selected Emerald as the color of the year for 2013: "Lively. radiant. lush...a color of elegance and beauty that enhan
Happy New Years! May 2013 bring you everything your heart desires. Anything is possible as the video below shows.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you to everyone who has sent me such lovely and encouraging notes this past year, the
"There's only one really good life, and that's the life that you know you want, and you make it yourself"
It's nearly Christmas and I am shamelessly using pictures of babies, small animals and carbs to tug at your heartstrings. If that
I had a dream that one day I would live with a Twombly and every time I looked at it, it would remind me that what was most person
Below is one of my favourite TED Talks, about the necessity of vulnerability. For anyone who knows me, to say that I have a proble
It seems that black is the new black this season. Remember when Obama was the new black? A little nostalgia below from 2008, that
Ahh, the comforts of fall: a hot coffee, a cozy sweater, a puppy's belly and some Angus and Julia Stone, below.
I am obsessed with white painted brick lately. It looks so cool and loft-like. We are re-doing our basement which used to be a pla
When you land in the Turks & Caicos they say, "Welcome to paradise", and they are not kidding. With the clearest, bluest water and
If you thought you were safe from annoying pet pictures on this website, well you'd be wrong. This is Winnie, our french bulldog p
Oh french girls, perenially chic. At once classic and of-the-moment, sexy yet laid-back. Loving the fall collection of their curre
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Catherine Kwong's fashion blogger's room at the 2012 San Francisco Decorators Showcase reminds us why it's so good to be a girl. I
A watery blue grey looks so darkly romantic right now. Just add some seventies' brass to complete the mood.
Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting."
The room is a Stereo Lounge by Brad Ford for last year's Kips Bay Decorator Showhome. He has a knack for making spaces that are ul
I am craving simplicity these days, it's never good to feel like your things own you. Haynes Roberts are masters at the edit. They
"The meaning of life is to make life meaningful"
- AC Grayling
We all sort of overdosed on brown in the nineties, but I'm finding it rather compelling again... Below is another relic from the n
It's that time of year again when I can just throw on my six inch heels and jump on my bike with my trusty birkin bag fastened as
Canadian painter Graham Gillmore's use of colour is incredible. As is the subtlety of Stephen Sills' palette and mix at the Apthor
Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow " looks as fresh today as it did in 1961 when it was painted. It just set records selling at Ch
I am so ready for it to be warm but the weather in Calgary is not cooperating. Breaking out the khakis and blues until I can pull
I am a huge fan of John Currin's work. Love the colours of his 1999's The Pink Tree. Coral has been used ad nauseum in decorating
I never really think of myself as a girly-girl but lilac and gold look just so pretty together! I love that Mick Jagger lives in s
Designer Frank Roop uses colours so brilliantly. His palettes are so sumptuous yet unconventional. I am very inspired by these fea
I love gray, beige and blush together, so soft and polite. Below: Girls Gone Mild at the Valentino Spring 2012 Couture show.
I've never been a fan of chintz, but these new florals look so fresh and modern especially when paired with something strong and m
This is not your mother's teal from the eighties, do not be afraid. This teal is bolder, cooler and more audacious. Below: the onl
Just spent the last fews days spring skiing in gorgeous Whistler, BC with my family and it has got me daydreaming about a smart li
Only the truly chic can hop out of bed, grab a fabulous clutch and hit the streets in their pyjamas. If you are mistaken for a hom
Python is the new black.
It all started when my good friend Tamar came to our girls' lunch toting her new hot pink Celine handbag. I have been obsessed wit
Imagine life as a Matisse painting. Eternally colourful, simple, joyful, soulful. Can you feel the warmth of the Provence sun on y
There is something irresistibly sweet yet soothing about a pale, pale pink right now. I love it mixed with something sleek and mod
I love this mossy, muddy, swampy green. It gives a traditional setting a great, gutsy british vibe. Below, another british classic
In the age of Real Housewives and Kardashians, perhaps we need to rethink our ideas about luxury. Give me less, but give me qualit
These rooms by Sills Huniford and Haynes Roberts are beautiful distillations of neo-classicism. It is a rarified elegance captured
The charms of the bourgeoisie are not so discreet when amped up with saturated colours in glossy lacquers and sumptuous velvets.
My friend Tanya calls it green cocaine. Gardening is completely addictive and also expensive if you've had as many failures as I h
Even a colour-phobe like me cannot deny how happy this explosion of colours makes me.
Feist "1,2,3,4" from Sens Pro
When did men get so stylish? You'll find a lot of hip ones at the j. crew mens shop on Madison ave, where my husband spent a great
Just the basics please: nice jeans, helvetica and good manners.
When beloved Chloe´announced yet again another new designer, I didn't have much faith. But these looks from Clare Waight Keller's
Mint has been on my radar for a while but it wasn't until I saw the way Nicolas Ghesquiere used it with bronze in his Spring 2012
It's 2012, and we are all suppose to embrace colour but I'd like to start the new year by singing the praises of taupe. It has bee
Below is a lovely little film by Samuel Benchetrit. A kid's introduction to love, poetry, passion and Yves St. Laurent. Happy New
I wish you a splendid holiday season a la Baudelaire:
"La, tout n' est qu'ordre et beaute´, Luxe, calme et volupte´."
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Miuccia Prada is a genius. I happened upon these old ads from the 2005 Prada collection shot by Steven Meisel and found them so in
I LOVE this James Pearse ping pong table! I want to redo my whole basement around it now that my kids are old enough to be rid of
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We recently spruced up my seven year old son's room. He said."Mom, I'm thinking The Royal Tenenbaums meets Where the Wild Things A
I hate red when used in small doses. It must be used with conviction and commitment. It is not for the fainthearted, it is an all
Is it too soon to feel nostalgia for the Nineties? They seem so innocent and pure now, like all the world's problems could be solv
Hurray, I get to work on a project for myself! We are putting our garage underground and building a traditional Conservatory or Or
Fall is without a doubt my favourite season. I love all the rich harvest colours, well worn materials like copper and leather, and
"Video Games" below by Lana Del Rey perfectly embodies end of summer malaise. Her voice is from another era. Can't wait to hear he
Is there anything happier and more chic than high gloss orange lacquer? Steven Gambrel uses it brilliantly on this bar and on the
I'd love to do a room in pieces from the two most decadent eras of all time: the 18th Century and the 1970's. I'd just sit on my E
I love minimalism when it has some soul and humour. This video below by Sam Taylor-Wood makes me happy.
Forget what I said on my last post, nothing makes me swoon like gray and camel. So luxurious, so chic! Check out those mid-century
Maybe it's because spring is in the air, but everything pink, turquoise and tangerine is catching my eye, and I am a devoted fan o
This is a showhome I just completed for Mission Homes in Stonepine, just outside of Calgary. The house has a relaxed european feel
All you need is love: I am loving blush and nude colours combined with red, like in this magnificent Cy Twombly painting and in t
The 70's are looking so good again. Skip the loud prints and colours from that era and what you have left is a sexy laid back cool
I am loving this January:
The charm of Karen Knorr's Fables, Amie Weitzman's colorful interiors, a sartorialist's fur booties, th
Things I love this September:
Marion Cotillard on the cover of French Vogue, fabulous Christopher Farr rug, Herzog and de Meuron
Things I love this August:
The melancholy of structures like this overpass by Josef Shulz, this minimalist architecture and this
Things I love this July:
Is this not the most beautiful carpark ever?! Also loving John Currin's Cripple from 1997 and the genius
Things I love this April:
Jane Birkin style by french Vogue, The Red Balloon, Richard Serra sculpture, March cover of French Vog
Things I love this March:
A formal garden by Paul Bangay, a painting by Elizabeth Peyton, Warapuru Resort in Bahia, Brazil by An