Dyson Pure Hot and Cool Link

My household is feeling pretty fresh as a daisy lately because we’re the lucky new owners of the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link .

This multi-functional product first and foremost, works as a three-in-one machine…it’s a personal cool fan in the warm months, heater in the cool ones and on top of all that, an all-year air purifier that captures gases and removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants. Before having the Dyson, I  had no idea that our indoor air can be 5X worse than the outdoor quality and with a pile of kids, a total lack of a green thumb (i.e. very few living plants in the house,) and a new puppy in the mix, I’m pretty sure ours was probably even more terrible. Thankfully, the Dyson has come to the rescue and with its beautifully sleek and modern design, has also become a stylish addition to our space.

Here she is doing a little tour of the main floor, just so you can see how well she fits in the mix…








Clearly she’s not lacking on the form side of things and in terms of function, there are some key features I’d feel remise if I didn’t review…

1. 360˚ Glass HEPA filter: captures gases and removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, bacteria and pet dander, trapping them in the filter and eliminating them from the air you breathe.

2. Intelligently purifies, heats and cools you: fast even room heating in winter, powerful personal cooling in summer and intelligent purification all year round.

3. Automatically monitors, reacts and purifies: automatically purifies the pollutants it detects in your home, while simultaneously reporting the live indoor and outdoor air quality to the Dyson Link App.

4.Captures smells: an activated carbon layer in the filter captures odours and potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like paint fumes.

Seeing as I paint walls/rooms more often then I probably should and because of our sweet puppy isn’t quite trained yet, the Dyson’s ability to capture odors is a feature we’re definitely very happy to have. And with allergy season wrapping up, I can attest to how much Benadryl this machine saved me from taking. The personal cooling feature has saved us from having to turn on the air-conditioning during the past few weeks of summer in fall and we’re sure the same will be true when things cool down and we’re able to take advantage of the Dyson’s fast room heating.

All in all, the Dyson Pure Hot and Cool Link is a clearly a super pretty machine, that also packs a whole lot of function…a definite winner in my books.

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When You Discover that a Shed is Your Most Favourite Thing in the Universe

This is ridiculously embarrassing to admit but up until very recently, we’ve been been paying 200ish dollars/month for a POD storage container. We first rented the thing when we began renovating this house and trying to sell our other…we needed it then. Once our house was sold, and we moved into this one, we brought the POD out of storage and parked it in our driveway…and it sat there for a year. At one point, we emptied everything and got ready to finally cart the thing away but then the One Room Challenge rolled around and I decided I needed to renovate the basement. So then, all that we had literally just unpacked, got loaded back into the POD.

Nightmare.

I’m sure my neighbours legit hated us. POD’s are not pretty. Not at all.

I’m not sure why a permanent storage solution hadn’t occurred to use earlier but when the lightbulb finally went off, when went an bought ourselves a backyard shed and…we finally got to say goodbye to Mr POD…

At 10×10, the shed comfortably holds all of our extra stuff. The furniture that I like but that doesn’t fit in this house, the extra backyard toys, the boxes we’ll probably never unpack, lawn equipment etc. etc.

We purchased the shed in a raw unfinished form and selected the model we thought best matched our house in terms of shape and roofline etc.

And then went about painting the little pretty to match our house. We went to our local Canadian Tire and picked out the perfect crisp white from their Premier Infinity Exterior line…in a shade called Polar Bear.

And after a two coats, this was our little shed…

We’re still playing with the flower situation to see what colour we prefer…

But regardless, she’s a pretty little shed that fits in so well with our house…and holds EVERYTHING!

After finishing off the shed, we also decided to build a pergola over our dining area. Our contractor Andrew Burke put the baby up in a couple of hours and then painted it in the same Premier Infinity colour…

We couldn’t be happier with how it’s all come together. Having this storage shed to hold all the stuff that doesn’t fit in the house is pure and total Bliss. And the paint has made it all so perfectly blend with the house. Happy days!

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I Need a Dining Table and Fast

Ok friends…I’m coming here asking for some help because my current workload is making it next to impossible for me to make a decision on anything related to my own house…brain dead as it were.

I have a shoot coming up that requires me to finish off some spaces in my house that are almost there but not quite. In my kitchen area, I have an attached dining room that has now seen three tables come and go. The first was the white tulip table from my old house.


(photo Donna Griffith)

I like the shape but it was making the whole space way too white and black…as well, though the oval works great functionally, it just wasn’t large enough for the space. So…I decided to sell that one off and really wanted something that brought some warmth in…enter wood. I had a harvest long narrow table custom made and was super excited for that situation…but…the finish on it just wasn’t what I had expected and was actually quite grey and in a weird way, didn’t actually look like wood. With this one, the shape and size was perfect, but it just wasn’t aesthetically what I was looking for.

So…I sold that one off and to make due until a decision on something new was made, I brought up the walnut Tulip table from my newly renovated basement…all well and good but now the basement is without a table and as with the white earlier version, it just doesn’t maximize the space. I also find the finish difficult to manage with the kids and their endless spills.


(photo Stephani Buchman)

As you can see, the walls are white, the chairs and cabinet are black.

The attached kitchen has more of the same (subway tiles, black cabinets, marble like counter) with a little brass and raw oak thrown in.

So what do I do for a table?!?!?!

My first thought was something old and made of wood.

But then I browsed this huge collection of designer dining tables and saw this beauty…

…which reminded me of my current favourite coffee table from West Elm that I’m more than a little obsessed with…

And I think the glass could actually be super nice in there. The brass detailing would also pick up on my island. Also, glass is easy to wipe up and clean, though when it’s dirty, looks dirty lol.

It’s a definite contender.

Others on my top five consideration list…

1. A stunning reproduction Refractory table

2. The oval version (two legs) of this beautiful Juno table

3. The most ridiculously fantastical antique table I’ve ever seen that I spied at an outdoor market, and then tracked down to a store in Toronto…

…but is easily 3x my budget.

4. Something super simple and raw like this vintage oak number…

5. The Restoration Hardware raw oak loveliness that we used at Project Brownstone


(photo Nicole Cohen)

I’d love love your thoughts on this. Pick a favourite and let me know pretty please!

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Mobilia

I am so excited to let you know about a recent collaboration I did with one of my most favourite furniture and decor retailers, Mobilia.

As  part of their Creative Direction campaign, which allows guests to showcase products with their own artistic flare and direction, I was given the amazing opportunity to highlight velvet in all it’s luxurious beauty.

According to president Johannes Kau, velvet is “one of the rare fabrics that are both noble and timeless” and I couldn’t agree more. Using a modern bohemian approach, I worked to create a cozy space that felt layered with texture, pattern and spirit. The centerpiece of which was the incredible emerald Narnia Sectional

And added to it, a scheme based around this lush fabrications, that mixed in: jewel toned elements, wood pieces for warmth, metallics for some additional glamour, textural pieces, and a touch of black for grounding…the moodboard for which, looked like this…

And was made up of this goodness…

Furniture…

Neven Coffee Table

Ewan Style Nesting Tables

Ewen Style Chair

Norika Table

Walker Accent Table

Rugs..

Ewen Deco Rug

Neiva Area Rug

Accessories…

Spontaan Wall Hanging

Evit Floor Lamp

Ethos Vase

Ewen Deco Vase

Ewen Deco Tray

Neiva Winter Bowl

Ethos Vase

Ethos Vase

Sunki Cushion

Namuri Cushion

Namuri Cushion

Namuri Cushion

Neiva Cushion

Namuri Decorative Object

India Bowl

India Artwork

After a quick trip to Montreal to style the whole thing in person, all came together pretty close to the original vision and ended up being a little space I’d very much like to actually own…

Working and collaborating with brands that I love is truly one of my favourite parts of my job and it was an honour to work with Mobilia on this. If you’re a velvet fan, their selection of beauties is definitely something you’ll want to check out! I mean behold some of the lookbook…

Yes please on all!

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GRASS

I recently had the pleasure of hosting an event for GRASS Canada…

…to showcase their line of beautiful hardware.

Grass is a German and Austrian Hardware company that has been at the forefront of the business for over 80 years…truly innovators in all things hardware, Grass was the first to launch the Euro Hinge, concealed furniture hinge, metal roller slide, single and double wall drawer system, synchronized drawer system, soft close hinge, fully electronic drawer box, and the most advanced integrated soft close system on the market. Their hardware is truly the prototype for all that’s on the market and unrivalled in its quality.

I’ve used their soft close hinges in my kitchen, mudroom and basement…

*photos by Stephani Buchman and Ashley Capp respectively

…and have been so very pleased with how much they enhance the functionality of my designs.

We often pay a lot of attention to what something looks like on the outside, but soft close hardware truly allows you to appreciate how things are working on the inside.

Current kitchen designs, for example, often showcase lower cabinets only. In my kitchen, no upper cabinets means that glassware, plates and cutlery are all stored in my island drawers. Prior to having GRASS soft close hardware installed, I was having to deal with the almost constant sound of drawers banging shut and dishes breaking. Now that all of my big-box hinges and drawers systems have been replaced with GRASS, I can now enjoy the look I wanted with so much more functionality.

Another benefit of the GRASS system is their weight allowances. Before replacing my big-box hinges and drawers with GRASS, I had two large drawers functioning as pantries for food. The normal restrictions of 40 kg were causing my food drawers not to shut or open properly. Because GRASS systems allow for almost double the weight (70 kg,) my food drawers now open and close with ease, while enjoying the same soft close technology.

As I did, with GRASS, you can take inexpensive cabinetry and elevate the functionality by replacing the hardware…and with a lifetime warranty, even if your cupboards wear out, the hardware will always keep things working their best.

And the best news…this hardware that is used across Europe in all high end restaurants, kitchens etc. is affordable (approx. 20% more than typical hardware,) which means replacing hardware that doesn’t work and isn’t going to last, with the best of the best, is very achievable.

*event photos by Jason Hartog

I for one am a total GRASS convert and going forward, will always incorporate their hardware into my designs. Having cabinetry function as beautifully as it looks…such a win win!

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