New Year, new resolution: get back into blogging!

A new exciting project just came along: I bought condo! I have been renting for the past two years and although I did spend time (and money!) decorating my living space, the investment factor wasn’t the same for me since I didn’t own the place.

My new playground has close to 1000 square feet and lots of sunshine, since it’s a corner unit. The plan will give you a better idea of the layout.


Ok although I am only moving in April, I couldn’t wait to open my design books and my inspiration binder full of magazine images to get started!

First stop: Dining and living area

My inspiration: a couple of things..

  • Sarah Richardson’s use of navy paisley in a baby’s bedroom, plus mixing it up with orange

    Sarah Ricardson's nursery


  • Jonathan Adler’s current philosophy of pairing strong colours with a base shade, like grey

    Jonathan Adler's living room


  • One of my favourite designers of all time: Ralph Lauren. Can’t go wrong with tartans…!

    Ralph Lauren's duck walk plaid


Following these designers’ styles, this is what I was able to put together so far:

  • I absolutely love the greys of the Sicopalette! It was hard to pick, but I decided to go with Ice Castle. This beautiful warm grey will go on the walls and I will also use it in a gloss finish on casings that I will use to create tone-on-tone frames too!

    Sico 6184-31 Ice Castle


  • This grey will certainly tie up with the modern milk chocolate brown kitchen cabinets:

    Kitchen cabinets


  • I will create a frame behind the tv wall, and fill it with this gorgeous orange and beige wallpaper, by Antonina Vella:

    Antonina Vella wallpaper from the Dolce Vita collection


  • I also found this navy paisley fabric from the Nautica collection, which I will most likely use to create drapes:

    Nautica hampton bays fabric in navy


  • Pillow talk: never underestimate what you can find in thrift stores! I found two pillowcases for $1.98 (yes!) in a thrift store close to work and I transformed them into these beautiful pillows, that will go on by beige sofa:


Those used to be pillowcases!!


  • I will also create smaller pillows with this ethnic-inspired fabric:

    Positano fabric in indigo


This is just a start! I still need to find some furniture for the tv wall!! More to come!