Haute House – Femme Fatale

If anyone has seen Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, this week’s post will come as no surprise. Though I believe that being a femme fatale is more about your attitude than the things you wear, these pieces will help expose your inner vixen and make you feel like the fox you are!
So turn up Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, put on some red lipstick and take a look at this week’s Haute House: Femme Fatale edition…
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1) To show a hint of your bad girl side, try this Alexander McQueen Gold Twin Skull Bracelet for $320 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/alexander-mcqueen/gold-twin-skull-bracelet/1226753
2) Take your femme fatale self to new heights in these Jimmy Choo Black Scale Mendez Ankle Boots for $630 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/jimmy-choo/black-scale-mendez-ankle-boots/312403
3) Like I said, being a femme fatale is all about the attitude! To cultivate yours, spray on a little I Dare You Liaison de Parfum by Nana de Bary http://www.liaisondeparfum.com/fragrance
4) A little black dress with lace overlay adds a little sugar and a lot of spice! For $97.53 try this True Decadence one here http://www.asos.com/True-Decadence-Tall/True-Decadence-Tall-Eyelash-Lace-Bodycon-Cami-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5174687&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed
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5) Arguably the most iconic (and my personal favourite) femme fatale is Cat Woman. Here is the original, Julie Newmar, getting into character-Meow!
6) The secret to harnessing this bad girl air of confidence is fine lingerie that makes you feel sexy and feminine. Mix and match with this bra http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/538499 and lace briefs http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/513606
7) Being a femme fatale can be tiring! Take a rest on this Mod Leather Daybed at Black Rooster Decor for $2,334 http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/seating/products/mod-leather-daybed-black
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8) For seductive lighting that is pretty with an edge, go to Shop 219 for this Ananas Table Lamp for $698 http://shop219.com/collections/table/products/ananas-table-lamp-free-shipping
9) Potentially the most powerful and easy way to indulge your femme fatale attitude is to slip into a leather jacket, up the ante with one that is custom made for you at CBLstone Leather, like this Classic Fringe (647W) for $888 http://www.cblstoneleather.com/collections/frontpage/products/w647
10) Part of what it means to be a femme fatale is to strike a careful balance of feminine charm with a side of kick ass confidence, this Kelly Wearstler Amorata Stool does just that for $3,200 http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/amorata-stool/FST15002.html?dwvar_FST15002_color=NEG&cgid=seating#start=1
Girl boss all the way this week and I love it.

Haute House – A Midsummer Night’s Cocktail Party

A Midsummer Night’s Cocktail Party
Last week I spoke about Not-So-Basic Basics, and this week I will be talking about the complete opposite! With all the rich colours of the flowers blooming and the lush green foliage, there is no better setting in which to throw a luxe cocktail party in your very own backyard. If you feel you truly need an excuse  to celebrate, pick any of the following items and make any occasion a special one!
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1) Pretty enough to eat off of, these Black Rooster Decor Square Gold Mixed Plates set of 4 for $91 are versatile enough to mix and match, or memorable enough to work as a stand alone piece to make your tabletop pop! http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/accessories/products/square-gold-mixed-plates-set-of-4
2) This Club Monaco Melynda Dress for $229 is dying to be layered in luxe cocktail necklaces and bold red lips or for a more natural look, dewy cheeks and bare feet! http://www.clubmonaco.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=58398366&prodFindSrc=search
3) Speaking of cocktail jewelry, these Chloe Darcey Round Brass & Natural Stone Rings strike the perfect balance between elegant and edgy and can be worn with any outfit. http://www.chloe.com/en/content/jewellery-0
4) To add even more metallic glow, this Daphne Gold Decanter from One Kings Lane is just the thing, on sale for $39! https://www.onekingslane.com/product/53662/3105203

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5) Need to keep cool and look haute at your cocktail soiree? Try this Alice and Olivia Fan Pouch for $198 http://www.aliceandolivia.com/fan-pouch.html
7) Ultra luxurious, and somewhat surreal, this Kelly Wearstler Salone Tray in Natural Bronze is the ultimate eye candy for any of your summer shindigs! For $2, 895 http://www.kellywearstler.com/home-tray/salone-tray/HDS0015.html?cgid=home-tray&dwvar_HDS0015_color=BRON#start=1

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8) In case the temperatures dip a little lower as the evening grows late, wrap yourself in this Free People Chunky Oversized Pullover for $131.85 in any of their selection of colours, my favourite being this one in misty pink. http://www.freepeople.com/chunky-oversized-pullover/_/CMCATEGORYID/683d4023-53f5-4900-b5ce-ecf465df31a9/?searchString=28521417
9) What is a party without incredible looking flowers? For a summer look try something that’s a little wild, to learn how to make this one go to http://camillestyles.com/living/field-trip/field-trip-floral-class-with-the-nouveau-romantics/
10) The mark of a good cocktail party (besides how strong the drinks are), is the way in which the cocktail is presented and what better way than in these vintage Italian solid brassToasting Glasses (set of 4) by Antique Lifestyles for $129 at https://www.onekingslane.com/product/55104/3721519
11) Last but certainly not least, these Kate Spade Color Pop Statements Studs are perfect…in general. For $68 http://www.katespade.com/color-pop-statement-studs/WBRUA227,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_WBRUA227_color=411&cgid=ks-jewelry-earrings#start=5&cgid=ks-jewelry-earrings
I’m so into the romance of these tones lately…pink, burgundy and icy blue are just so pretty together…perfect for a summer’s eve soiree.

Haute House – Marble…and a New Fabric Line

Opulent Marble
This week we are talking about the luxe marble print that is both so recognizable and yet versatile. It can be layered with other prints, bold colours, or completely on its own, to give any outfit or room a sophisticated, polished look! If your style tends to be a bit edgy or modern, go for high contrasting colours with heavier line weights, and for a more subtle, elegant feel, find a print with  daintier veins in monochromatic tones.
Whichever way you want to cut it, these pieces make the perfect addition to any wardrobe, party, or household, hoping to add a little drama and a lot of luxury!

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1) This Chloe Ellie Pink Marble Cocktail Ring is a little piece of heaven, sent to make you feel like Audrey Hepburn every time you wear it. For $707.64 at http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306616252&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446742182&R=3610923905442&P_name=Chlo%26%23233%3B&N=306616252&bmUID=kQ65_im
2) For something fashionable and functional, try this Marble-Print Silk Top by Balenciaga for $425 and complete with a simple pair of black leggings, or dare to go bare! http://www.thenandnowshop.com/tops/marble-print-silk-top/pd32891628.html
3) For a glamorous dinner party, or to make your everyday more glamorous, mix in this Belay Dinnerware plate for a pop of sophistication. From CB2 for just $12.95 http://www.cb2.com/all-new/new/belay-dinnerware/f10968
4) Balloons can make you feel like you’re at a child’s birthday party, however, these Knot & Bow Marbled Balloons from One King’s Lane are festive and chic! For $16 at https://www.onekingslane.com/product/52518/3882888
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5) Can’t touch this! Retro but also modern, these ASOS Peg Trousers in printed marble are perfect for a fun night on the dance floor, or relaxing at home with your girls. A steal at $20.10 http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-peg-trousers-in-printed-marble-scuba/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4279830&clr=Multi&SearchQuery=marble&pgesize=36&pge=2&totalstyles=112&gridsize=3&gridrow=3&gridcolumn=3%20%20pants
6) Gold and black marble? Stop. This Black Marble Side Table from Black Rooster Decor create the perfect temperature of warm metal and cold marble, to add prestige and allure to any room! For $684 at http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/tables/products/black-marble-side-table
7) Like the cracked look, but still want to be able to use your iPhone? Check out these Black and White Marble cases at http://www.case-scenario.com/en/
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8) These marble napkins in the perfect shade of pink are so intrinsic they almost look like part of a map! To add texture and detail to your dining, try these Marble Napkins from http://www.fermliving.com/webshop/shop/new-collection/marble-napkins-1.aspx
9) Subtle enough to go with everything, but special enough to show off your love for fashion, these Charles & Keith Platform Mules athttp://thingtank.com/things/charles-keith-platform-mules are ideal!
10) Possibly the Queen of Marble, or the Queen of Luxe Modern, Kelly Wearstler’s Monolith Side Table for $1,995 is worth the splurge #amiright?
11) Lastly, for a hint of cool, sophistication try Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini Ava Zip Wallet in marble for $72 at http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rebecca-minkoff-mini-ava-zip-wallet/3943076?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=334wallet
Oh how I loveeeee all things marble.  I need the pants and dress asap…along with the KW sidetable of course.
And speaking of/as a quick aside, I have to take a minute re: all things marble to give a wee shout out to my friend Matthew over at Heirloom at Knot for his brand spanking new spring/summer ‘Neopolitan‘ fabric line…
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And I mean really…how ridiculous is this collection?!?!?!  I’m plotting where to use all of these patterns left right and center…in lust with all of them.

Christmas, A Launch Party and Work

Yikes…I haven’t posted in way too long. Sorry about that:(

Turns out I’ve been a bit of a headless chicken as of late…reasons being:

1. I’m working on a top secret Christmas related tour of sorts that I’ll tell you all about soon soon. For now, here’s a peek at some business I’ve been pulling together…

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2. Last week was spent getting ready for the Toronto launch party of Citizen Atelier. As you know, I ADORE this site and was thrilled when the owner asked me to help style all the gorgeous art at another of my favourites, Black Rooster Decor.  Here’s a peek at that…


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Not only did I get to work with some seriously stunning art and decor, but I also got to spend 3 days with some of the most inspiring/gorgeously awesome woman there are…

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From left…Joanna (my client aka #projectgreenbay…more on that in a minute), moi, Ashley Woodson Bailey (floral photographer extraordinaire), Alessandra Salituri (owner Citizen Atelier), Ashley Capp (photographer), Hollie Cooper (designer/pillow-draper making genius), Nina Ber-Donkor (owner Black Rooster Decor).

Sitting at this table with these woman = beaucoup luckiness.

I was sooooo happy to meet Ashely Bailey who is PS, my sister from another US mister and just in case you didn’t put two and two together from my little bracket mention above re: the pretty lady on the left…Joanna is #projectgreenbay!!!! Yup…she jumped on a jet plane from Chicago and surprised me by showing up in Toronto and when she walked into the party, I squealed like a 5 year old getting her first Cabbage Patch Kid on Christmas morning- BEST SURPRISE EVER!

3. Speaking of Joanna/Greenbay……lots has been happening there…most noteably…curtains (thanks to the amazing Hollie Cooper)…

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project greenbay christine dovey style hollie cooper curtains


And along with curtains, we just got these photos of our custom dining chairs…

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…and canopies (pair)…

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…that we had made by the amazing people at Carrocel…could not be happier and can’t wait to see them installed.

And also on the work front…I just received this sneak peek of the dining room at #projectbrownstone…

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And I’m loving it…here’s a shot of the joining living room, which is mid-install…

project brownstone settee

And…I think that’s all I have for now.

Because of the little secret business I spoke about above, posts here will probably be few and far between for at least the next two weeks…sorry in advance about that and please stay tuned…I promise tons to come after that finishes up.  I’ll be in Chicago early December so some real life action shots of #projectgreenbay will be coming:)


Inspiration, Thankfulness and INCREDIBLE Home and TV

I’ve been admittedly feeling a little un-inspired lately.
Not really sure why.
Maybe it’s the whole #projectdreamhouse on hold situation.
Maybe its the changing landscape of blogging…less blog commenting/more Instagramming etc. etc.
Who knows.
The thing is though, tides can change.
And with a few recent events, this sort of blech train I’ve been on has decided to leave the station.
For one, I’ve got a ton going on in the design work department.
I’m currently working on 6 projects, which feels SO awesome.
Two of those are local guys and 4 are of the e-design sort…and all, immensely good.
On the full service end of things, my two neighbourhood clients have been making my brain sing with inspiration lately.
I’ll give you some more detailed updates on these projects soon but for now, I want to focus on a few things we’ve sourced for their spaces that are just making my heart sing.
For #projectbistrochic, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect coffee table.
My fabulous client forwarded me a selection from one of my favourite Toronto design stores and just lookie what I found…
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If I didn’t have a baby who might kill himself on those corners and had extra money growing on trees, that beauty would so be mine.
In the meantime, I’m hoping she’ll give it the OK for her family room…if you remember, it’s the one I detailed here….think Hague Blue moody glam with a twist.
And if not, I’m going to show it to my other local client, whose known around here is #projectwholehouse…we’ve just begin work on her piano room and I can’t wait…it’s not often that you get to decorate a room entirely around a piano.  And the best part is that the space is completely closed off from the rest of the house so we can really do anything we want in there.
I put together a preliminary board…
Piano Room

…that looked like this and centered around a few key things:

1. black walls
2. that table
3. a large piano
4. one of the most stunning pieces of furniture I’ve come across in a while:

I mean have you ever?

It’s a recent addition to Black Rooster’s inventory and I’m DYING over it.


Thing is though, as you can tell from this post (aka #projectbistrochic,) I’m already doing a room with dark paneled walls and as much as I LOVE them to the moon and back, I of course want each of my clients to get something that’s new and fresh and not already in my portfolio as it were.

Which leads me to a discovery from yesterday.

Let me take a step back for a second.

Remember this post and this one from last week, where I was on a little soapbox about the importance of bloggers supporting each other etc. etc.?

Well, because good ALWAYS wins over bad, I came home yesterday after picking up my kids from school, to an email from a brand spanking new client who found me solely because of this amazingly sweet post from my friend Bailey over at Peppermint Bliss.

To have such kind words written about me, from someone I consider so incredibly talented, well, that just so made my day…to say the least.

And to add to the good day as a result of someone’s post fun, I was perusing the comment section and found one left by someone named Sam, who directed Bailey to a spread that she thought was very much her style.

And when I linked over out of curiosity, holy hell…I just about lost. my. mind…

First there’s the exterior that’s making me seriously consider grey over white…

And then there’s these 3 spaces in particular, had my mind racing with ideas…

1. Living Room- just when I thought I was maybe slightly tired of pink (and by slightly, I mean very slightly,) this room goes and makes me fall in love alllllll over again…


If #projectdreamhouse does indeed happen (which I’m meditating into being daily by the way) I will have a pink room that has this perfect hue covering all the trim, all the walls and the ceiling- absolutely nutzoid over this.

2. The kitchen- I’ve been wanting to use that DG wallpaper since the beginning of time and seeing it on the ceiling in this kitchen blew my mind in a very crazy way…

I’m also insanely in love with the pantries that are just solid large pieces of mirror…one of my absolute favourite things about my kitchen is the mirrored cabinets and if I do get to create a new one, some variation or love child of these ones and mine will happen…also the wallpaper again…thinking dining room…somewhere…anywhere…this photo has convinced me that I have to have it…for suresies.

3. The family/sitting room- again with the pastels…this time a gorgeous lavender….crazy about the colour palate…crazy about the vintage lighting…crazy about the rug…crazy about all of it.


It’s all just a little Wearstleresque but with some real life livability thrown in…daring but a little restrained…edgy and cool but not over the top.

All this to say that I LOVE EVERY SINGLE INCH OF IT…and PS, there’s more to this place that I didn’t show you…link HERE to see the whole tour.

After really letting this goodness soak in, I felt my brain shift a little….for the last little while, I’ve really been feeling white walls…everywhere.

But the colour in this place…holy shit…so beautiful and if when #projectdreamhouse does happen (the power of positive thinking;) I just might just might throw some colourly goodness up on those walls.

And in the meantime, and back to project stuff, I’m going to promote all kinds of pretty paint, starting with #projectwholehouse and the piano room I just showed you…thinking I just might try to convince my lovely clients to try something a little daring…aka, walls covered in pastel.

Also…a cement tile floor…

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…just saying:)

And finally, since we’re on the topic of #projectwholehouse and my design work, my most recent episode of Steven and Chris will be on today…I’ll be doing a full tour of Jasper’s nursery and #projectlittlemiss so if you’re in Canada, you can see that by tuning into to CBC at 2pm.  I’ll post the link for my US friends when it’s up on the Livewell site in a few weeks.

Oh and one more thing…a little ::whispers:: good news…come back tomorrow for a #getpublished reveal of a project I worked on last year…soooooo excited to share!

Happy day friends.


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Flash Sale – Black Rooster Decor!!!

Happy Friday friends.
If you’re in the same vote as me, your kidlets are done school for the holiday break and well, you might need a little something something to get your through as it were.
A little online retail therapy might just be the trick and if so, get a load of Black Rooster’s latest…

Yuppers…our friends over at BR are doing a Pre-Boxing Day blowout…while quanties last that is.

So hurry, hurry if you want 20-40% OFF pretty things like these…

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So utterly delightful.

Oh and just to sweeten the pot even more, Black Rooster offers free shipping in the US and Ontario.

You officially have zero excuse not to buy this goodness up;)