This Notting Hill townhouse was designed by – Lucy Barlow who studied in fashion and interiors, and her brother Max, a lighting designer. I would have guessed Lucy has a background in fashion as she has some serious audacious skills when it comes to mixing colour and pattern. Boldly eclectic, with a mix of modern and antiques, makes for a really unique home. To note: the bathrooms in this townhouse are fantastic!!
strolling scrolling the streets of the Melbourne bay side suburb of St Kilda on my favourite real estate website when I was stopped in in my voyeuristic tracks. I think I’ve found my dream home. Ivy threatens to engulf the walls of this Arts and Crafts home with its otherwise clipped and manicured garden. Inside it’s all designer style with colour, art and the fun of family life. Even better because it’s been designed to be used as two separate dwellings over two floors I can live in one and you can have the other. Link while it lasts.
Still scrolling the streets of Daylesford and I’ve found another modern take on a country getaway. This rural retreat has a signature style with David Bromley artworks as well as rooms covered with his wallpaper. It’s bright and stylish mix of vintage and modern, fun and quirky. Link while it lasts.
I’m having heart palpitations over this dreamy loft updated by one of my favourite designers, Jessica Helgerson (senior designer of this project was Mira Eng-Goetz). With a beautiful pastel, almost Southwestern scheme going on, it’s sooooo soothing and easy on the eye. The result is a fresh, bright, happy, calm, space with a maximum amount of storage for a minimum amount of clutter. A giant built-in sofa allows our client to welcome large groups of friends, and a cozy “rainy day nook” doubles as a guest bedroom. The bedroom is entirely paneled, with storage behind all walls. A minimalist material palette and a display wall of storage and open nooks, allows our art-loving client to easily update and change the decor. (Photos: Aaron Leitz)
Hey folks. I got back yesterday from the most amazing 2 week trip to my favourite places – Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita, Mexico. If you have been following the blog a while you’ll know I do this trek almost every winter and I can’t get enough. This time it was husband and I staying at the condo in PV my folks’ rent each year – 3.5 months this time – and then because we love the bohemian surf town of Sayulita so much, we rented a totally adorable Airbnb there for 3 nights partway through the trip. We ate at soooo many incredible restaurants, shopped and shopped and shopped (I need to look into the cost of a shipping container LOL), and lay in the sun for as many hours as possible. I cannot think of a better way to welcome spring after such a horrendous winter (and to make me regret returning home even more, it had just snowed here in Ottawa). Our next objective is finding a way to move to Mexico…at least for the winter months. Here is a bit of a glimpse into our trip from some photos I grabbed off of my phone.
the colours in Mexico blow my mind
one of my favourite decor shops in Puerto Vallarta –
first time spotting this mural – LOVE!
my love for pink and orange is strong
since I was a kid I dreamt of living in a climate where cacti thrive outside
at every turn in Sayulita is something photo-worthy
a simple but beautiful church in the Sayulita town square
plants as far as the eye can see in Sayulita – and this was just a random alcove on a main street
I can’t get over how cute they display their plants
sansevieria/snake plants taller than I have ever seen
many, many, many dogs run loose all over Sayulita
they’ve tried getting a handle on the stray dog population over the years… but then we found a little 8 week old puppy in the middle of the road one day
kinda love this, especially when I realized we kept walking past this for 3 days before I noticed
we need to take note up here in bleak Canada
I didn’t buy that tapestry
especially when the sweet kid at that stall took a good minute to try and come up with how to say 3000 pesos (in Spanish)
oh, did we eat!
the view from Thursday night – a favourite restaurant of ours for many years in Puerto Vallarta
what’s not to love about tiles and plants
we stumbled upon an antiques shop we had never seen before and I nearly had a stroke at all the things, like this massive mirror, I wanted to bring home
this Mexican restaurant wins an award from me for having the cutest exterior
a beautiful shop in Sayulita called where I bought some gorg pillow cases
I wanted all the things in this store –