I'm continuously adding images to my "All About Pink" Pinterest board with rooms decorated with paint, fabric and wallpaper all in various tones of pink. It's surprising how often pink is used in design, and not in the bright bubble-gum shade little girls' rooms are decorated with.
I'm always trying to add pink into our house, especially since I live with three boys. Even though I knew the answer, I asked my husband earlier this year whether I could paint our hallway the new Farrow & Ball Nancy's Blushes paint colour shown above. Unfortunately, it hasn't happened (yet!), but I'm working on other ways of adding pink. Here are a few inspirational images.
This particular shot was on the cover of Domino. The classic La Fiorentina fabric by David Hicks on the sofa is absolutely stunning.
I love how Carolina Herrara Baez has painted the hall outside her dining room with a lovely shade of pink.
If the room painted black wasn't enough, then the designer added a beautiful pink mohair sofa.
Both these images have been pinned on my bulletin board in my office for some time. Not only for the palettes, but also the stunning tufted sofas.
Whether in Palm Beach or a quaint row house in England, painting your front door any of these shades of pink is a great option.
Finally, this past weekend I was running some errands and came across the most beautiful pink pumpkins. I Instagramed a shot of the pumpkins and it created quite the response. I felt purchasing the pumpkins would mean the end of summer and fall would instantly arrive. However, they would look pretty sitting on my front steps.
1. Farrow & Ball.
2. Domino magazine via Michael Penney Style.
3. Elle Decor.
4. 47 Park Avenue blog.
5. Lonny Magazine via Babble.com.
6. Vogue Living.
8. Monohomes Living.
10. Sarah Hartill.
Yesterday I attended the 26th annual Through the Garden Gate Tour, hosted by the Toronto Botanical Garden. This year, the 19 privately owned gardens are scattered within Toronto's Forest Hill and South Hill neighbourhoods. As media, we had the opportunity to see five of the gardens ahead of the scheduled tour, which runs from June 8th to 9th. Visit the Toronto Botanical Garden website for advanced tickets.
The gardens were all stunning in their own way. I was particularly impressed with the mix of species within each garden. The peonies were absolutely gorgeous — some in full bloom and others ready to bloom any day. Irises were in full bloom too, and the Japanese maples added stunning spectrums of reds. The colours were endless!
I love the mix of tropical plants (Monstera) with more traditional plants, just like in this planter. The height of the Monstera plant and the jagged outline of the Coleus leaves gives the planter a edgy feel.
I also loved the walkway of Alliums in the same garden, mixed with grasses and Chinodoxa.
The garden with the greenhouse was exceptional. I didn't get a chance to speak to the owner, but I did overhear that it's not just for show — the owner is an avid gardener and starts all his plants with seeds. The greenhouse complemented the Arts & Crafts-styled house perfectly. It was obvious the owner took great pride in his garden — every aspect of the yard was attended to with care. I love that.
It must be my English roots, but I'm always drawn to Wisteria and Clematis. In the last garden we viewed, this Clematis was growing along the stone wall. It was beautifully pruned to trail along the wall just so. The soft pink was so delicate! Side note: If you're in Toronto, make a point of driving by the Korean Consulate at St. Clair and Avenue Road — the Wisteria along the iron fence is absolutely stunning.
If you don't already have plans for June 8th or 9th, call up a friend and spend a day touring these beautiful backyards. You will not be disappointed!
Browse our gallery of Gorgeous Gardens for more inspiration.
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Well, it comes as no surprise how “done” I am with winter. I know I live in Canada, but we have been spoiled the last few years with our gentle winters. For March break we usually jet off to Florida for some fun in the sun, but this year we decided to stay put. In three weeks we are moving back into our house after a five month reno!
As I dream about summer days, I have resorted to adding pics to my Pinterest account to remind me of the days to come. One of the boards is for our backyard. There are a few over-the-top ideas to consider, but some easy and affordable ones too:
A built-in slide! We actually have a slight hill in our yard, where this would be perfect. Add a little water and you have a instant water slide!
My boys would love this skate ramp in the backyard. I love how they've painted it to look like a pool.
If you don't have enough room for a pool, here’s a great idea to consider. Obviously, it's a huge job to undertake but how fun. I can see the adults enjoying this as much as the kiddies.
Love the concrete bench with the pink and grey throw cushions. It's easygoing and a great seating area for a large party.
These outdoor lights have been on my shopping list for years. No, they are not Christmas lights — they're way more charming and have a beautiful glow.
Not only is the design sleek and fitting to any setting, the sound is unbelievable. Also, if you’re not interested in listening to the radio, you can easily connect your iPod.
Plus, the iPal Radio's environmentally-friendly NiMH battery recharges in less than three hours, and lasts up to 16 hours. Here's another fan: "In terms of bass, clarity and loudness, the Tivoli [iPal Radio] is in a class of its own … [it's] the best sounding portable speaker on the market for the iPod, and it’s got AM/FM to boot when you feel like listening to local radio. Highly recommended." (NBC's Today Show).
If you can believe it folks, Christmas is just seven weeks away. This is the perfect time of year to swing by The Bay to check out their beautiful Christmas Street. Last week House & Home editors had the opportunity to walk through Christmas Street at The Bay’s Queen Street location. The event was hosted by Arren Williams, creative director of home fashions, alongside interior designer Brian Gluckstein. Both Arren and Brian walked us through their collections and noted some of their favourite pieces. All the collections are beautifully executed, very inspiring and are full of gorgeous finds for the holidays.
Here's Arren Wiliams by a Christmas tree with wide red tartan ribbons garlands.
Brian Gluckstein talks to guests about some of the key pieces in his holiday collection.
These sparkly silver reindeer are part of Brian's line.
Part of The Bay's regular holiday line, these tartan bears are right on trend.
These reindeer and gingerbread house ornaments caught my eye.
This classic red blanket and antler-look reindeer decoration would make a great foundation for a masculine, winter cottage look.
Recently on Facebook, Arren mentioned the Gluckstein Faux Fur throws, promising that with "one touch you'll fall in love." And fall in love I did. I absolutely love this one in the Wolf colourway. It's definitely going on my wish list this Christmas!
While you're picking up Christmas decorations, you might want to get a little Christmas shopping done as well. Just along the path from Christmas Street you'll find a few new collections in The Bay's stationary section, including one from Jonathan Adler and a fun line called Cake. But what I'm most excited about is the Ordning & Reda line above. The brand is Swedish, and the name translates to "Order and Method." The company has been producing great quality folders, pencil-cases, letter-writing paper and so forth since 1990. It's definitely worth checking out.
See the holiday decorations that have caught Holly Meighen's eye this season.
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The month of August flew by right before our eyes. Between time off and photo shoots, I calculated I was in the office for a total of four days.
Another reason why I was out of the office was the New York International Gift Fair. My colleague and good friend Stacey Smithers and I jumped at the chance to attend the annual trade show. Even though we were only in New York for two days, we managed to make the most of it. We stayed at The NoMad Hotel located in the heart of the historic NoMad neighbourhood (North of Madison Square Park). (Check out Mark Challen's article on the NoMad hotel in our October 2012 issue.)
As style editors, we are constantly finding inspiration in all sorts of places. As soon as you walk through the doors of the hotel, your senses gear into overload, and our rooms were no exception. We instantly fell in love with the overall design of the rooms — you felt like you were walking into a cool Parisian apartment. From the artwork to the gorgeous carpet and paint colours, the small details were nothing short of brilliant. It was the perfect place to end our day after walking the gift show for hours and touring the city.
See Cameron MacNeil's blog post on Vintage Chic Hotels for more inspiration.
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