My Matchbox Display

My matchbooks from Waiting on Martha (that I posted about here) came awhile ago and I love them! The only problem was I didn't really know where or how to display them, and ended up hiding them in a drawer, which is a huge shame given how adorable they are! Then the other day I was thrifting at Value Village and a pretty pink depression glass bowl caught my eye from a distance. When I got close, I realized it was actually an ashtray and I thought 'what a clever, witty little holder for my matches this would be!'. At $3, this baby came home with me and is making me happy every day!


Evolution of a Drawing: Modern Industrial Reception Area

It's been a little while since I shared my drawings with you guys, so I thought today I would show you the process of drawing this:
The first step is always the pencil drawing, in which you set your vanishing point, horizon line, and objects. Then I trace over this with a fine tip black architectural pen:
 After this is complete, I go in with varying shades of Prismacolor French Grey markers and add depth with shadows. I always love how this looks at the end and get nervous to add any colour!
Finally, I go in and add colour to get to the final result.
Next week I will be sharing the entire project! Stay Tuned!


Give Chintz a Chance

Chintz is back and better than ever. No, we aren't talking grandma's dated floral couch here people (although I just know there is something fabulous about even that), but a modern, fresh take on this traditional fabric. The term Chintz means any printed calico from India, usually cotton and glazed, but today we use it more casually to describe any floral fabric.
I've rounded up some of my favourite Chintz fabrics and some inspiration below!:
Fabric via Schumacher, Inspiration photo via Lonny Mag, August 2012.
 Fabric via Designer's Guild, Inspiration Image via A Storied Style.
Fabric via Schumacher, Image via Tory Burch in Vogue

Now tell me, do you like chintz? Would you do a full floral sofa, or play it safer with a throw pillow?
I think it is a truly timeless look, and I love that it is back in style!


Model for a Day with 5ive15ifteen

Recently, I was lucky enough to model some bridal fascinators by Blair Nadeau Millinery. The shoot was done by the talented team at 5ive15ifteen Photo Company. I loved wearing the gorgeous Jenny Packham and Reem Acra gowns from White Toronto. I truly felt like a princess. Here are some of my favourite shots from the day:
That first look makes me wish I lived during the Gatsby years. So perfect.
And don't even get me started on that flowy goddess gown.
Thanks so much to my friend Mike and the entire 5ive15ifteen team for including me in this project! I cannot recommend them enough for all of your photography needs!

Hair by Cosmo Stalteri
Makeup by Rillie J 
Dresses by Reem Acra and Jenny Peckham from White Toronto
Photos by 5ive15ifteetn Photo Company


Muddy Robin's Egg

Looking around my apartment, it's easy to see that I love my white walls, especially when paired with pops of black, gold and pink, but lately there is another wall colour that is stealing my heart. I think this is what I will use in my next apartment, which I plan on being less girly and more sophisticated.
That colour is a muddy, moody, robin's egg blue (with some green in it). It's something like these, only maybe slightly more toned down:
Designed by Sara Ruffin Costello, as seen in Domino
via Thibault
via Elle Decoration April 2011
via House to Home
Are you with me? I am picturing it with pear greens, chartreuses and mustard yellows. I think it would look really good with the bits of blue in my rug:
I also think the colour will pair nicely with the goldy tones of my natural bamboo chairs (and the emerald green Kelly Wearstler pillow you see on the chair)
These are some of my major pieces I cannot see myself ever parting with.

Do you like muddy paint colours? Or do you prefer clean?


Classic Checkered Floors

I'll admit there was a time when I didn't like black and white checkered floors because I had only really seen them in retro fifties diners...sure kind of fun but a bit too themey for my personal tastes. Now I know how wrong I was. Done right, these checkered floors can read timeless, classic and elegant. Consider me converted!
CountryStyle Au via Dust Jacket Attic

via Traditional Home
via Lonny Oct./Nov. 2010
Bonus points if it's marble!