One Room Challenge – Week 6

And just like that, it’s week 6 of the stressful/exciting/invigorating game we all know as…

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Note that my title says week 6…not reveal…

If you’ve been following my play during this round and through weeks one, two, threefour and five you know that I’ve been tackling a room in a house renovation my family is completing.  And as you arrive today, I have to very sadly formally admit defeat and throw up a bit of a white towel. Finishing this one by today, was just not in the cards my friends and as positive and silvery liney as I try to be about the whole thing, it still feels like failure is getting me a bit in the downy dumps truth be told.

And as I type this post, what’s getting me even more blech like, is that I really don’t have a whole heck of a lot to show you because we’re still waiting for the damn roof membrane to go up and until that happens, the room is pretty much at a total standstill.  It’s honestly so incredibly frustrating. It’s been raining off and on around here so the roofer’s schedule keeps getting pushed but honestly, it just seems way to hard to nail down a timeframe. And when you’re working on a deadline such as this one, the frustration caused by this sort of thing is just amplified a hundred fold.

So, I wait…and continue to try to see the big picture and remember that doing this whole house correctly and in the right order is more important than a blog reveal.  And…while doing that/trying to stay positive /in the right head space, I play around with my collection of pretty stuff that will one day go in this room and take photos of it all to show you just because.  So for today, here’s that…a random little collage of snaps that will hopefully remind you (and me truth be told) of my space…and what is coming…not today…but a little down the line…

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Notes on this business:

1. The photos of me at the house are by the incredible Kayla Rocca…I’ll be doing an entire feature of her next Tuesday so stay tuned for that.

2. I exchanged my West Elm bedding for the light grey and also picked up one of their pink/lilac silk pillows…the colour is a perfect compliment to my Tonic Living drapes, which…

3. I hung up…yup…I couldn’t wait to see them up so I hung those pink linen lovelies in my living room and I’m obsessed with them.

4. My Karastan carpet arrived this week. Truth be told, it arrived directly from Karastan weeks ago but I took it to my friends at Alexanian to have bound and they did a fabulous job. It’s now happily residing in my master bedroom…so soft and cosy underfoot and of course, I lurv the spots.

5. There are still a few things to be decided for the actual design of the room. For one, I’m debating on adding some sort of settee to the end of the bed…I really want the room centred on the fireplace so I’ve been hunting.  Next, the bedside table decision has been made and I’m going for some version of the Lawson ones I showed last week…they’re hopefully under construction as we speak.  And finally, my drapes…I’m hoping to use a rounded rod and might even double it up with a little something, something…I’ll save that for next week’s post just in case you know…the room still looks the same (insert some sort of fire/devil face emoji here lol).

And with that, I’ll sign off this week and tell you to sign off from here and go as fast as you can to these wonderful places…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

…to see what you’ve actually been waiting for…REVEALS!!! I for one, can’t wait to soak up all their magical makeover goodness.

As always, a HUGE thank you to Linda for putting this all together. It really is such an amazing ride and even though this one has definitely put a few years on me lol, it’s one I feel very lucky to have been a part of.

x

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.
xx

Haute House – Not so Basic Basics

With the 5 piece French wardrobe being so popular and when working on a budget, it’s always good to know the pieces to invest in order to get the biggest bang for your buck. Once you have these essentials, you can swap in less pricey, trendy pieces to keep yourself up to speed without having to break the bank!
If you want good quality (and who doesn’t), or you happen to favour a more minimalist look, these items are sure to do the trick time and time again!

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1. What would us gals do without what I call, “the everything bag” because it fits everything in it! Extra pair of shoes? Lipstick? Bottle of wine? No problem! This Brave LeatherOrini in black pearl tote for $275 is your new best friend. http://www.braveleather.com/orini-in-black-pearl/?page_context=category&faceted_search=0
2. Ah the little black dress. Perfect for any and everything! For a versatile pick that is still memorable, check out this Zara dress with back detail for $49.50 http://www.zara.com/ca/en/woman/dresses/view-all/dress-with-back-detail-c719020p2685532.html
3. For seating with a guarantee that it will never go out of style, go for this Kelly Wearstler Belmont Chair in gunmetal for $2,200 http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/belmont-chair/FCD14007.html?dwvar_FCD14007_color=BLAST&cgid=seating#start=1
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4. Dress them up or dress them down. These Anine Bing Cropped jeans with slit for $199 are perfect for almost any occasion! http://www.aninebing.com/collections/jeans/products/cropped-jeans-with-slit-charcoal
5. According to their website, this is the softest tee you’ll ever touch! Born and bred in Canada and available in black or white, you can buy this KOTN shirt here http://kotn.co/collections/all/products/scoop-white
6. This Ferdinand Kramer lounger was first designed in 1952 and has yet to go out of style! Find it at http://www.klausn.com/lounging
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7. And how would we be able to appreciate any of these things if we couldn’t see properly? This Sovereign Table Lamp at Black Rooster Decor for $455 is functional and fashionable! http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/lighting/products/sovereign-table-lamp
8. While we are on the subject of things worth investing in, original art is an absolute must, like this Cat Woman by Mark McHaley. http://markmchaley.storenvy.com/
9. A good pair of sunglasses will last you forever…as long as you are careful not to drop them. My pick are these Kate Spade Raelyn Sunglasses for $170 http://www.katespade.com/raelyn-sunglasses/RAELYNS,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_RAELYNS_color=001&dwvar_RAELYNS_size=UNS&cgid=ks-accessories-eyewear#start=5&cgid=ks-accessories-eyewear
All things Anine Bing, Kelly Wearstler are my not so basic basics faves..and I don’t think I need to explain about the black leather and cat woman situations…on repeat over and over.
xx

Art Fair Fridays – Jessica Rowe

It’s once again Friday and that means both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are ecstatic to share with you our latest instalment in our collaborative Art Fair Fridays series.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing the talented Jessica Rowe from The Aestate, whose bohemian inspired watercolour prints are the perfect mix of edginess and glamour. Her self-described ‘fast and wet’ style of painting has defined her signature look, finding beauty in the mistakes and the unpredictable nature of watercolours.

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Jessica Rowe
Green Paddle Cactus
www.shoptheaestate.com

How long have you been in business for? I opened my etsy shop in 2011, and then my free-standing web store, shoptheaestate.com last year.

What is your background – What has lead you on this venture? I’ve been drawing since forever, then five years ago I started experimenting with watercolors, totally self-taught. I shared some of the first paintings I did on my interior design blog and I was really surprised at the response. So many people were contacting me asking to buy that I ended up opening an etsy shop and kept painting new pieces. It’s just taken off from there. Growing up, I watched my father start and run his own company, so I think that’s where I got my entrepreneurial spirit and head for business.

How would you describe your creative process? I never start anything anymore unless I can see the finished product in my head first. Everything begins with a sketch. Once the general image is laid out I’ll begin painting. Watercolors are notoriously unpredictable, but I use this to my advantage and make it a part of the process. The end result is never exactly how I pictured it, most of the time it’s actually better.

Where do you find your inspiration? It’s hard to say. Often something will just pop into my head, usually when I’m trying to fall asleep, so I keep a pen and pad on my nightstand for quick sketches. I devour hundreds of images a day between pinterest and tumblr, so maybe it’s a combination of things that struck me marinating in the back of my mind all day to become something new.

What is your favourite medium to work in? I’m still so in love with watercolor. The pigments are so beautiful and there’s something hypnotic about watching them spread and bleed over the paper. The way I paint with them, the end result can be unpredictable, but that just makes it even better.

Of all your pieces, which is your personal favourite and why? I tend to be really critical of everything I do, so its rare that I’ll actually be able to enjoy any of them, but when I finished the “Lola” lips piece, I was kind of in love. I think it’s the big scale (30 x 30″) and that particular shade of red that got me. I considered keeping it for a while, but eventually decided to let it go.

Which piece would you say is your best seller/most popular? Everyone loves the “Beverly” tropical leaf series. I can’t keep them in stock.

What advice would you give to an artist starting out? My advice to artists starting out to remember that there are people less talented than you who are successful. It’s often the talented people who doubt themselves the most, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and go for it.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? I’ve worked hard to cultivate a distinctive style. Most of that just comes naturally, but you always have to be mindful that what you’re creating will be recognizable as yours.

What would you say has been a career highlight for you? Seeing my originals in the Jonathan Adler Fall 2014 catalog was one of the coolest things that’s happened so far. He’s been one of my favorite designers since I was a student studying interior design in college, so that was definitely a “pinch me” moment. It still trips me out if I stop to really think about it.

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I’ve been a fan of Jessica’s since I started blogging way back when.

Her watercolours and prints always add the perfect hit of edgy regency glamour to a space…they’re references are most definitely feminine but with a butchy undertone that I love and adore.

Also Ms. Rowe is the loveliest, most supportive person ever so it’s amazingly awesome to see her work now featured in places like Vogue Living and Jonathan Adler…I’m proud as punch of this rising star.

As always, here’s my top 5 most coveted from her beautious collection of art pretties…

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Also this one….

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…as inspired by this quote “Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave,” by Constantin Brancusi…love, love, love. My brain’s morphing to the idea of that as a tattoo along the bone of my lower arm.  Anyhoo…I digress…for now I want that print.

xx