Thursday, April 30, 2009

Emma Tempest

Emma's passion for photography stems from her love of fantasy and beauty. I love the way she focuses on using light in unexpected ways. The result is stunning!

Famous photographers such as Tim Walker, Francis Ford Coppola, Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh and Guillermo del Toro have closely inspired Emma throughout her newfound career. Despite her newness, has already built an extensive portfolio, with a number of clients including: Mulberry, Warehouse, Davidoff, Remmington, Amanda Wakely, The Telegraph, The Financial Times - How to Spend It and British Vogue.

Single Chairs

I have a serious thing for chairs, particularly unique chairs placed by themselves, singles if you will...whether it be off to one side of a pretty dressing table, or in a library piled high with books and magazines, or even next to the tub. I would love to know, what's your chair style? Do you value vintage or prefer to invest in a new/but to-be classic?

For myself, I have not yet purchased a new chair for the home. My favorite chair is a single, original Louis, in beautiful condition, imported straight from Europeand surprisingly, still has the original hay stuffing! It was my 15th birthday gift. I do not sit on that chair, I do not touch it...I just look at it and love it. It looks best placed with more modern, simple pieces, so as to appreciate its details...

My other favorite chair, was one that I saved. It was sitting on the side of the road, unwanted, preparing to be picked up and trashed, when I got a call on my cell phone on my way home from work. The queen of style & great finds had driven by but was unable to stop and pick it up. It's a solid, retro, modern chair that is in need of some serious TLC. I can see the potential and can't wait to see it after its makeover, though right now it's in quite the sad state. I can't wait to repaint it, get it recovered and give it a new home :)

I also wanted to mention that Maureen, over at Inglenook Decor, posted up a beautiful, must-see chair the other day. She has great taste and has me drooling over this elegant, lady-like piece entitled, "The little black chair".

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dreamy Living Room

I have nothing to say about this image, other than that I love this space. The modern, the formal, the colors, the moulding work, the massive French doors, the tulip side tables (of course!) everything. Designer's Guild, naturally...

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Monday, April 27, 2009


Okay, forgive the cheesy phrase, but these images are amazing! Be still my beating heart! Can a girl get tired of pretty dresses? I think not!

Stills is a Dutch brand that refuses to be dictated to by over-trendy looks. Their pieces are not only timeless but exude a refined gracefulness and elegance. I love the quality fabrics they utilize...their expertise is clearly demonstrated. The styling is always glamorous and the attention to detail in the creativity gives the well tailored, refined pieces their uniqueness. Quite memorable!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I won't be posting anything again until Monday, as I will be away on a short but sweet road tripI'm leaving in less than an hour, but wanted to post this room that I came across last week, and thought was so cheerful!

*I also wanted to especially thank you all in regards to my "etiquette post"you have offered me some great tips and tricks to help solve my problem. Thank you so much for all of your comments and feedback, I appreciate each one :)

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Howard Kaplan Designs

There have been several occasions where I have stayed in a beautiful hotel or visited an establishment and found myself loving some of the timeless, elegant, and quality pieces that they have incorporated into the decor...particularly that of a European look...These pieces are often difficult to find as in some cases, they have been custom made, or have been designed several years ago... making them nearly impossible to purchase today.

This brings me to Howard Kaplan Designs, a man who brings “French Country” to the U.S. and since has been designing work that is exceptionally unique. With a strong sense to mix traditional concepts with modern design, Howard continues to shape the way we think about furniture.

His line is Functional. Beautiful. Classic. "What Howard refers to as a bit of effortless sophistication..." To view more of his stunning pieces, please check out his website here. Hope you enjoy his work as much as I! I'm off to inquire about those gorgeous, true French-style bistro chairs.

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Vogue Australia May '09

Vogue Australia has shot a beautiful collection of imagery that pays homage to the Lady who lunches with a regal couture edge titled “Flora Plan”.
(shot by photographer Troyt Couburn)

"Each outfit is carefully selected to allow for maximum impact with embellishment, layers of chiffon, tweed, silk, lace and bold “establishment jewels”. Ummm, yes!

My favorite image is the bottom one, with its brilliant use of lightness and movement created with the flower petals! Pretty shoes, too, and that yellow handbag is beautiful...


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Victorian Cameo Set

I have a serious addiction to cappuccino and tea sets! I think it has something to do with too many hours spent watching BBC shows such as "Pride and Predjudice" and "Emma"...This one is the perfect cross between the look of fine Victorian china and the edge of gothic glamour. The large ceramic tea cups feature contrasting black and white cameos printed on each, and the saucer has a sweet, little pixie. I love how the set of 2 cups and their coordinating saucers comes packaged in a collectible hatbox style gift box. Insert a pretty card and it's gift readyor, better yet, order a set for yourself as well! At just $34.00, they are quite here to learn more.

I would love to sit in this pretty, oh-so-chic restaurant with an espresso and chocolate cake! Wouldn't these cups be ideal? /bottom image link/

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cuche Swimwear

It's been a long time since I have come across a bathing suit company that inspires me to don a swimsuit! Even though I'm quite petite, I usually have troubles finding something that fits correctly in all places, looks flattering, is not overly expensive, etc. I believe no matter what size you are or how old you are, swimsuits can be very tricky! One piece? Bikini?

Fortunately, I have come across a company that may have the perfect solution! I'm quite proud of Cuche, a Vancouver (my home!) based and run company, that is known for turning out flattering suits with adorable details...such as the ‘Charlie’ suit shown abovewith it's sweet polka dot pattern and ladylike styling. Available at

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Paolo Roversi

Oh my! I love this collection of beautiful imagery, taken by the incredibly talented Paolo Roversi. I thought each of these dresses were so elegant and finely detailed, I had to showcase them all...

Here's a little more info. on Paolo...he was born in Italy in the late 40's but currently resides in Paris. He has worked with a number of couture houses over the years, as well as some pretty amazing, talented individuals. To check out additional images and links, click here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wink Photography

To start Monday off, I wanted to share the incredible work of Wink photography. I came across them via another blog, (who features Wink on their sidebar) but for some reason I cannot recall whose it was! If you are the promoter, please let me know, I want to credit you for your great find :)

So simple, calming and beautiful, no? I could see this working well in on a heavily detailed wall, (with extensive moulding work) painted in dark gray...

Friday, April 17, 2009


It's wonderful that both the fashion and the atmosphere in these images is so inspirational and incredible...I just love the juxtaposition of the vibrant yellow in such a calm space (in photo 01), as well as the intricate details, shown in photo 03. Is it just me, or is the face of these baseboards painted black? If so, have you seen this done before? I don't believe I have! Quite a nice could add a sense of depth to the moulding work, and the room overall.

To view more from this photographer's stunning collection, please click here.
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