Project Brownstone: Full Reveal!

I’m so happy to be able to share with you today, one of my most favourite reveals of all time…#projectbrownstone.

This one started a few years back, when my client first approached me about helping with her brand new old brownstone. At the start of the project, her and her husband had just bought and begun renovation on a stunning row house and were looking for someone to consult with on design/architectural questions and then later on, to help with decorating/furnishing/space planning etc.

Just to give you an idea of where this home started, this is a shot of the before…

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…clearly a space with amazing bones but in need of a little love.

With a canvas like that, I really couldn’t wait to get started and together with an amazing client, we began the process of bringing this beauty back to life.

Along the way Natalie Kraiem, a NYC designer, was also brought on board to assist with local sourcing and oversight.  It was great collaborating with another designer and in the end, I think the space evolved into something that really represents the client and both of our viewpoints.

And when all was complete, I was so lucky to be able to fly down to NY and put finishing touches on the space and get it totally camera ready for its close up in Style at Home Magazine. Shot by my friend and amazing talent, Nicole Cohen, the feature tells the whole story of this beautiful home and how it all came together…

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I’m so honoured that Style at Home wanted to publish this beautiful home and am truly so proud of how everyone involved with the project, worked together to create something special…

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Brownstones are officially my favourite.

Camera Ready Interiors

I’m so happy to be joining with 23 other talented designers to feature the work of the photographers who make our work and portfolios shine. Dreamt up and organized by the fabulous Jana Bek, this co-blogging feature called #camerareadyinteriors, will help shine a much deserved light on the artist’s who make us look good.

Photographing interiors is a very specialized craft…I’ve watched many a shoot take place and let me tell you, it is HARD work. Capturing a space in its very best light takes so much skill…walls have to line up…light has to be just right…glass on art has to be made non-reflective…accessories have to be positioned and re-positioned so many times…mirrors have to be dealt with…perspectives have to be adjusted…I could go on and on but sufficed to say, those who can make a room look it’s best on film are truly amazing to watch.

And then there are the lifestyle photographers…those who have to also deal with people in the shots…interiors + capturing a person(s) at their best = a real task…especially when you throw say kids or people who hate (i.e. me) having their photo taken.

Over the course of 10 years, 3 babies, 2 houses and a ton of spaces, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with 4 photographers who I feel so very lucky to have been partnered with…all have such a unique eye and have captured my work and life in a way that makes everything feel just that much sweeter.

First up, the photographer who has  photographed pretty much every local interior I’ve ever done. Ashley Capp is the best of the best when it comes to interiors and has honed her craft in a way that makes her work truly stand out from the crowd. She has an attention to detail that means every shot is studied and practised until it captures the absolute best nuances of a space…she is an absolute perfectionist and I adore that about her. Her portfolio features a stunning array of food and interior shots and I feel so very lucky to have had her shine a light on my work. Ashley’s eye for what makes each space or design truly beautiful, is un-rivalled…she always makes a room’s true spirit shine through, in a way that feels elegant and refined…she truly has a gift for taking a space and making it look infinitely prettier than it would have without her. And on top of her very obvious talent, Ashley is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet and our days spent on location together are among my very favourite…

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Next up, the photographer I’ve probably known the longest out of the bunch….Jodi Renee. We met 10 years ago during a shoot for a local kids’ store. My Scarlett, then a baby, was asked to take part in the ads and Jodi was the photographer in charge of capturing the kiddos. The pictures she took of my little one completely blew me away…though I already of course thought my baby was the most perfect one in the universe (as all mamas do:) she somehow managed to make me see my Scarlett differently…almost like she was able to capture the twinkle in her eye…her sweet old soul starting right back at me in every picture. I was immediately smitten to say the least and have since, had the great privilege of having Jodi capture other spaces and moments in my life…and with every one, she showcases how perfectly sweet her eye is for life and time. Jodi has an amazing way of making time freeze and stand still in every shot…in a way that feels free-spirited and infinitely wise. I am and will always be, a huge huge fan…

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The next photographer on my list is the incredibly talented Kayla Rocca. As Toronto Life’s official photographer for TIFF, Kayla has an obvious gift for capturing people in their very best light. But it’s not just that she’s able to document life and places in a pretty way…Kayla’s lens captures design, people and lifestyles in a way that feels magical…and when I say magical, I truly mean outer-worldy/stars in the sky/next level/unicorns dancing/rainbow skies magical.  She has a gift for seeing her subject’s best quality or feature and exploiting it to its absolute best potential. Kayla took photos of me for my portfolio last year and I so clearly remember how I felt when I first looked at them. Usually I’d be picking apart every line or wrinkle but with these, it was like all of that didn’t matter. Instead, I was actually able to see the version of me that probably other people do…the one that isn’t self-conscious about her age, or the way her smile turns up, or how her hair is looking on a particular day. Kayla is that photographer…the one that makes the little things we don’t like disappear…the one that makes the imperfections speak to what’s truly beautiful about what she’s capturing. She and her work are magic…

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And last but certainly not least, I need to shine light on a photographer I’ve only just recently had the pleasure of getting to know…the amazing Kieran Darcy. A few months ago I got an email from this gem of a talent, asking if I’d be interested in having my family shot in our new home and I of course, practically lept at the offer. After she came and spent the morning with us, I was so excited to see each capture, knowing that the photos she sent would be something I would treasure forever and let me tell you, my expectations were quite simply blown out of the water. Kieran has an incredible way of seeing life in its perfect imperfection…she captures moments as they happen, not staged versions of them. She sees the absolute beauty in funny faces…and kids who won’t stand up straight..and half-eaten apples on the floor…and un-made beds…and wrinkles…and dirty knees. Kieran manages to find the beauty in life’s everyday and capture it, in a way that feels as if she’s actually freezing your memories. Her work feels nostalgic and meaningful and romantic…full of heart and soul and all that’s really important. The photos she took of my family in our new home are truly a gift and speak to the journey we took to get here and the true loveliness that exists in the little moments in between the big ones…the ones that actually matter the most.

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Again, I feel so truly lucky to have worked with each of these woman and to have some of the most special rooms, moments and milestones captured by them. Words can’t really adequately reflect my gratitude to each of them but I hope, along with the other designers taking part in this series, that I’ve been able to shine some light on their incredible talents. Make sure you check out each of their portfolios and instagram accounts to see more of their magic.

And…be sure to link over and read all about the photographers featured by these 23 fabulous designers…

A Storied Style

Abby Manchesky Interiors

AE Design

Amanda Louise Interiors

Anna Matthews Interiors

Ash Street Interiors

Austin Bean Design Studio

Claire Brody Designs

Comfy Cozy Couture

Décor Happy

Design Manifest

House of Jade Interiors

Jana Bek Design

Lexi Westergard Design

Lisa Mende Design

Maddie Hughes Designs

Megan Pflug Designs

Michelle Adams of the Maryn Blog

MrsParanjape of Redo Home + Design

Design Indulgence by Sherry Hart

Sita Montgomery Interiors

Stephanie Kraus Designs

Studio McGee

…you can follow along on Instagram as well, under the hashtag #camerareadyinteriors!!!




Art Fair Fridays – Spencer Tunick

Friday has once again come around and after a little hiatus, both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are excited to share with you our latest collaborative instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we interviewed the amazingly talented  Spencer Tunick, whose photographic work illustrates the transformation his subject matter, into the medium itself .  Each of Tunick’s piece feels deeply layered, with moody undertones that unravel with each viewing.  His work takse the human form and molds it like plasticine into stunning compositions that speak to a dialogue on culture, history and the human condition.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

Its hard to place a date on the moment in time when I would call myself a professional artist since the process was a gradual evolution and discovery which started in the early 90’s. For a few years, I was shooting individuals naked on the streets of the city. The works were fun and whimsical and sometimes striking but at some point I decided to shoot 25 people all together in front of the United Nations. It was that moment the work transformed into something else and that is when I really saw something that fascinated me. The bodies became more of a medium, like clay or paint, something more than the individual. I wanted to explore what would happen if I covered large pieces of the city with this new flesh medium.  but if by professional artist you mean able to live from the making of art, that began when I started getting commissions from museums which started in 2004.  The combination of commissions and the sales of actual framed photographs enabled me to survive solely of my art.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

Mostly not to give up in the face of arrest.  My friends, family and lawyer expressed this to me during my 5 arrests involving the making of my art from 1995 – 1999.

Werner Herzog said:  “There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.”  I lived and continue to l I’ve this philosophy.

How would you describe your creative process?

I am often inspired by the meaning or history of a place or the culture of the people. I visit a place and try to imagine how 300-3000 bodies would appear within the landscape of the city . I enjoy imaging this as the streets turn the color of flesh in my mind, like a Color Field painting.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

I work with the naked human body. My medium is alive and has leg! I can move the medium with the help of the participants who are the medium.  The body is the primary source of energy and the life force of my work. It never ceases to provide me with inspiration. Lately I am combining pigments with naked bodies, adding colors to the colors of human flesh and that is interesting to me and I’m excited to see where that takes the work.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I would have to say  that one of the biggest was 18,000+ mexican people coming out to pose in the Zocalo in Mexico City.  That was an amazing morning and I’m really happy with the works that resulted from that day.  I’ve also done some works where I was commissioned by Greenpeace. I have had the opportunity to bring awareness to environmental and social issues that I care deeply about especially climate change. To be able to live as an artist and also use my voice as an artist and my vision to make some kind of change in the world, or at least bring attention to issues, that has been a real highlight for sure.

How would you describe your signature style?

Creating a new substance by placing the nude body en masse within public spaces around the world.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

I am always inspired by other artists using performance and the body.  I love the mid to late 60’s happenings and performance art of Carolee Schneemann and Yayio Kusama.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I think my work is unique because it is a true collaboration and exchange between the artist and the participant. I am very careful of advertising and sponsorship because I rely 100% on the trust and participation of the people that pose for me. Because of the large number of people that my work requires to create, I cannot possibly pay everyone that comes out to pose, instead I offer a photograph of the event to every participant. I think this shows a real and pure motivation on the part of the volunteers to be a part of a collaborative art process and community.

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Spencer Tunick

Product Information

No. 1  Spencer Tunick – Reaction Zone – $75.00

No. 2  LCBO – Pol Roger Brut Champagne – $64.25

No. 3  Heirloom & Knot – Grey Waves Pillow 24 x 24 – $175.00

No. 4  Nine West Canada – Snooze Flat – $100.00

No. 5  Spencer Tunick – Participant – $65.00

No. 6  Paul Smith – Men’s Black Leather ‘Naked Lady’ Print Interior Billfold Wallet – $250.00

No. 7  Group Partner – Tanlines – $65.00

No. 8  Ron Dorff – Beach Towel Dune Nude – 75€


When you find an artist that does something you’ve never seen before, that’s real magic. The way Tunick uses the human form as his actual medium is insanely special and it was near impossible for me to pick my favourite 5…

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So visually stunning.


Art Fair Fridays – Kalle Gustafsson

With the house reno/move, I’ve been a terrible blogger and have missed a few Friday posts, which are my favourite:(  I’m starting back up with regular Art Fair Friday goodness, and as always, Heirloom & Knot and I are so excited to share weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we interviewed the amazing Kalle Gustafasson whose stunning photography emotes beautiful passion in every frame. Rooted in editorial fashion, his work feels timeless and relevant to every genre…invincible to what’s currently en vogue.  His beautiful images perfectly capture the raw emotion of each subject and make every composition sensual, romantic and incredibly enchanting.

How long would you say you have been a professional photographer and what has lead you to this point in your career?

I always had  problem to tell when you can call yourself professional. Professional for me is when you are happy with your situation make money and do it full-time. I have never been happy where I am, I always want to reach further and to bend creativity to an experience and discover new ways and inspiration within art, film, design, creativity and photography. And I think that it is my willing doing just so and my burning desire for creativity that had led me to where I am, in good and bad. And I work a lot with my furniture gallery – and doing a film documentary about a icon architect in L.A. so I´m not working full time as a photographer.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your craft?

Have fun!

How would you describe your creative process?

Start with inspiration, work on some ideas, work harder, get more inspiration, think a lot and have fun doing it.

What is your favourite technology to work with?

Ambient light.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Still to come.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

In traveling, loneliness, Pinterest, wine and my girlfriend.

What do you think sets your work apart from other photographers?

I´m really bad at looking at my own work and putting it in a perspective. That is always easier for other people to do. And with other photographers, which photographers? There are 100 000 different ways or more to work with photography.

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Kalle Gustafsson

Product Information

No. 1  RH Modern – Smythson Shagreen 32″ Closed Nightstand – $1,695.00

No. 2  Saks Fifth Avenue – T3 Twirl 1.25″ Convertible Curling Iron – $185.00

No. 3  L’Objet – Crocodile Rectangular Box – $235.00

No. 4  ASOS – ghd Paddle Brush – $45.94

No. 5  Net-a-Porter – Christopher Kane Macramé Lace Bra – $787.00

No. 6  Indigo – Helmut Newton: Sumo – $153.00

No. 7  Playboy Shop – Whiskey Glasses – $50.00

No. 8  Barneys New York – Fornasetti Malachite Stool – $1,195.00

No. 9  Black Rooster Décor – Woman Silhouette Tray (Standing/Front) – $44.59


I’m almost without words on this one. To put it simply, I’m completely enamoured with this artist. There’s nothing I love more than photography that feels sensual and romantic but also bold and graphic…this portfolio is exactly that and it was pretty much impossible for me to narrow down to five…I’d honestly purchase every photo in his portfolio if I could.

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Art Fair Fridays – Ianitzva Vassileva

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the mixed media work of Toronto based artist Ianitzva Vassileva, whose photographs and paintings straddle the line between hyper realism and abstraction. Her works provide a glimpse into the artist’s perceptions of events, moments and time in a way that feels both representative and beautifully interpretive.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

It’s hard to say at which point I really became a “professional” – art has been something I have been involved in from an early age and something I always approach with a great deal of focus and enthusiasm. That being said, I’ve been exhibiting my work at various galleries since 2011 when I was fortunate to have my first solo exhibition. Since then, I’ve had to work really hard to continue building my practice and creating as much work as I can while balancing a full time job as a designer/consultant. I think there’s also a fair bit of social media marketing & business savviness associated with a career in art. It is something I love learning about and developing alongside my work!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art?

Even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired, just pick up the paintbrush and start making something. It really is that simple sometimes, I can’t count the amount of times that has pushed me through a creative block!

How would you describe your creative process?

It’s very intuitive, and process oriented. Sometimes an idea hits me over the head and I just have to do something with it right away, whereas some ideas just linger around in my head until I finally figure out how to express them. I take a lot of photographs as well – for the underwater paintings I spend hours sorting through all the pictures until I find ‘the one’ that just works. Once I have a general plan for a painting, I start sketching it out on the panel and from there it’s just a matter of immersing myself in the painting process and seeing where it takes me. Reflection comes after.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Although I really enjoyed exploring sculpture, installation, and printmaking in art school, I seem to always go back to painting. Oils are my favourite – I just wish the brushes were easier to clean!

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being able to see a group of my paintings come together in a series makes me incredibly proud!
Also, it’s been amazing to connect with so many people via my website and social media outlets. It’s really encouraging (like getting an email from Vogue!), and I’ve also been offered some wonderful opportunities along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

It’s abstract in the details, but more photorealistic from afar. I think there’s something to be said about the influence of technology and the way small screen sizes have changed the way we perceive art. I actually use my phone as a lens to view my painting while I’m working on it. It gives me a different perspective – almost like another dimension through which to view my work. I like that dichotomy of abstract versus hyper realistic.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

I keep my eyes open for inspiration from anywhere, whether that’s in nature, science, Instagram, fashion, materials or even the process of making art itself! I find inspiration in the tricks that light plays on our eyes. Artists that inspire me are Cecily Brown, David Altmejdt, Lorella Paleni, and so many others, including many emerging artists!

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Product Details

No. 1  Mathias Bengtsson – Slice / Paper Chair– Price Upon Request

No. 2  Tiffany & Co. – Loop Tassel Key Chain – $200.00

No. 3  House of Harlow 1960 – Turquoise Prana Stud Earrings – $38.00

No. 4  Black Rooster Décor – Malachite Ice Bucket – $104.13

No. 5  Gray Malin – “I Am Busy” Balloons iPhone 6 Plus Cover – $54.00

No. 6  Net-a-Porter – Norma Kamali William Printed Swimsuit – $113

No. 7  Kelly Wearstler – Mini Bauble Square Frame Burnished Bronze & Semi-Precious Stone – $3,295

No. 8  Kate Spade – Peach Court Margot Handbag- $798.00

No. 9  Anthropologie – Ceramic Safari Knob – $10.00

No. 10  Indigo – Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time – $91.67

No. 11  Hudson’s Bay – M.A.C False Lashes Waterproof – $27.00


Artists who can vacillate between mediums and have each one look more stunning then the next, sort of blow my mind.

Here are my top 5 from Vassileva’s stunning portfolio…

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I love how you almost can’t tell which underwater one is a photo and which is a painting…all so beautiful!


Haute Spots – Holiday Gift Guides Part Two

For today’s Haute Spots, part two of our holiday gift guides…

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The Art Lover:
1) Skull Plate @Black Rooster Decor
2. “Like Velvet” by Ashley Woodson Bailey @ Citizen Atelier
3. “The Lady in Gold” @Indigo
4. Pantone postcards

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The Fashion Friend 
5. Zahara Bracelet Rosegold by Rebekah Price @loversland
6. Gold trinket glam lashes tray @Black Rooster
7. Ted Baker Harley Bag  @Blush Shop
8. Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne

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Under  $50: 

9. Bombshell Kisses Pantone 812 Neon Pink Lip Print Poster @Etsy
10. “In the Spirit of Monte Carlo” @Amazon
11. Fresh Nude Lip Lovers Mini Kissing Trio @Sephora
12. Like a Boss @Indigo
Happy shopping!