Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Deco Bathroom in Style At Home: Before and After

Knowing me, it’s not a total shocker that black and white was my choice palette for more than one of the bathrooms in my home. The September issue of Style At Home features what I like to call my deco bath, which earned its moniker thanks to its original 30s bathtub and vintage-inspired scheme.


When we bought the house it was clear that this bathroom hadn’t been updated since it was built in the 1930s. The tile and cast iron corner tub were worse for wear and there was no central vac system or updated plumbing installed.


The bathroom was originally used by three bedrooms, but because we were adding a brand new bathroom to the second floor during the addition, I decided to close off one of the doorways that led into the hall and make this bathroom into an ensuite instead.


I loved the graphic hand-cut porcelain tile floor but because the radiator needed to be ripped out and new plumbing was required, it was regrettably unsalvageable.


I decided to replace it with a similar pattern in a marble mosaic from Antica Tile and Stone. The basketweave is a classic look and we grouted it in white and then ground the whole surface down for an extra smooth and seamless finish.


Choosing a black painted vanity, which also echoes the curved deco lines of the bathtub, ties the vintage black and white scheme together. The Carrera marble vanity top also picks up on the coordinating marble baseboards and doorframe.


I sourced beautifully detailed plumbing fixtures from Brizo to complement the retro look of the tub and vanity. I picked the Tresa Two Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet after falling in love with its high arched spout and delicate bead detail at the top.


I was happy to keep the original cast iron tub, which had the perfect footprint for the bathroom. The tub looks brand new and gleaming white thanks to a reglazing job from Dr. Tubs. For the shower/tub plumbing fixtures, I wanted something equally retro, so I chose the Baliza set from Brizo in a dazzling chrome finish, which completed the Tresa lavatory faucet beautifully.


Clean and classic accessories that repeat the simple bead detail in their design, like this traditional towel bar by Brizo and the Metropolitan sconce from Circa Lighting complete the look.



The soft elements, such as the shower curtains from Target (a favourite pick I repeated from my apartment) and window treatment also reinforce the palette. For the custom roman shade, I added a border of black grosgrain from Mokuba to the white linen I picked up from Designer Fabrics, and the result looks clean and classic.


Make sure to pick up the September issue of Style At Home for a detailed Q&A on the bathroom design, along with tons more gorgeous bathroom inspiration from talented designers like Tara Fingold and Ingrid Oomen.

(After photos by Stacey Brandford)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Meet the Babies Party on Style Me Pretty Living

I’m very excited to share that a party I planned for the twins is up on Style Me Pretty Living today! Most Jewish families celebrate the birth of their children with a Brit Milah or a baby naming, but because the boys weren’t ready for that rite of passage at the same time and were too fragile to be exposed to large groups of people in the midst of flu season, we chose to have a bigger “meet the babies” party in the spring when they were a bit older and could celebrate together.


I created a vintage-inspired black and white theme and at the heart of the d├ęcor were over-sized black and white baby blocks featuring photos of the men of the family going back three generations. These large-scale blocks were a DIY project using wooden cubes I had cut at a lumber yard, that I then painted and podged with enlargements of the black and white photos and stick-on letters.


The two base blocks each show off photos from the early 20th century of the twins’ maternal and paternal great grandfathers and the top block features each grandfather with their father, my husband, on the top.


Although time consuming, making the blocks was a labour of love that added a special personal touch to the party. Guests enjoyed looking at the old photos and pointing out features they recognized in the boys, the newest generation!


There were tons of yummy treats including custom doughnuts from Glory Hole and gorgeous sugar cookies from Ellen Jane Desserts. Photographer Heidi Lau capture all of the lovely details so be sure to check out the full gallery here.

Here are all of the vendors I used:

Black And White Cushions: Ikea | Custom Napkins: Wedding Star | Doughnuts : Glory Hole Doughnuts | Florals: Emblem Floral Design Studio | Party Room: Oakdale Golf And Country Club | Plastic Bottles And Pacifiers : Michaels | Rentals: Lounge Furniture Rentals Inc | Striped Runner: Tonic Living | Sugar Cookies: Ellen Jane Desserts | Table Linens: Around The Table

Monday, June 2, 2014

Literal and Lovely Trays


Our front hall console is always a dumping ground for keys, mail and sunnies so a beautiful tray to collect these bits and bobs is essential. Kate Spade NY takes function as a literal cue with the Daisy Place Tray Novelty and Snail Mail Trays, $67 each by Kate Spade New York.



The illustrated porcelain trays have gold accents for a touch of glam and would make a stunning addition to a foyer!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Game. Set. MATCHES.

As a collector of beautiful candles and a total self-confessed pyro, I have always had a thing for pretty matchboxes.

Decorative Matchboxes // Set of 6 Gems

Fuse this love with my affinity for gemstones, and you get this gorgeous set of decorative matchboxes featuring different gems by Lampshade Bash. A set of six will set you back $18, which makes them a fab housewarming present. I just love the hot pink tips!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bang on the Drum

genius use of drums as side tables.  cool little bed for mr. pig.  cozy rug.  the vintage car is up high, which is very practical.  even the granny wallpaper works.

When I was designing the boys’ nursery I was contemplating integrating an antique snare drum table next to the glider.  I love the playful sense of patina it brings to a child-focused space, such as this nursery sourced from Pinterest.


I spotted a very handsome drum at one of the many antique shops outside of Stratford while on our geriatric babymoon but didn’t take it home because it was too wide. It turns out I wasn’t the only one who loved antique drums because Restoration Hardware Baby and Child offers two British 19th Century drum pieces that are totally charming.

19th C. British Drum Bookcase

This large bookcase version for $1,599 is an unexpected take on the motif and offers up great storage for keepsakes, books and more. I love the pop of red – very traditional!

PS- A drum table doesn’t just have to be for kids spaces. Look how sophisticated it looks acting as a bar in this image from Cottages & Garden’s article on Katie Couric’s Hamptons home.