back at it

inspiration

Gosh, it’s been a while now! I had planned to get a better posting schedule over the summer but who knew how busy it would be. The most exciting { time consuming } thing has been that we bought a house… Eep! We are so excited and now in the process { of selling our condo } of thinking about design. Which means that I am totally focused on that right now when ever I’m online searching for images and inspiration. We’re working with a design co. that’s having us do homework assignments which include picture essays { totally up my alley } and above are some of the images that I have collected to let them know my idea of the perfect home. What else. Oh, my class at OCAD in fabric arts and natural dye was a great learning experience. And it’s exciting to think I’ll actually have a space to try it out at home soon ; )

Happy Weekend! xx

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photographer: ren rox

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London based fashion photographer Ren Rox’ work has been published by magazines such as Dazed & Confused, Oyster, The Face, Neo2, and The Telegraph. See more of Ren’s work at her website, flickr & tumblr. xx

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home-grown: vintage crawl

vintage crawl

Put on your walking shoes. Well I suppose all shoes are meant for walking, aren’t they! But, hey, maybe you’ll pick up a new pair along the way ; )

For one night only it’s the Vintage Crawl Toronto! A late-night party across the city’s west end where shops from Kensington Market to Roncesvalles keep their doors open from 7pm til midnight with treats, sales and deals at the ready.

Here are the participating shops and a handy map to plan your route!

1. Sub Rosa 16 Kensington Avenue
2. One Heart Design 77 Kensington Avenue
3. Anice Jewellery 167 Augusta Avenue
4. Pretty Freedom 165 Augusta Avenue
5. Armed 1024 Dundas Street West
6. Bridge + Bardot 1138 Dundas Street West
7. Penny Arcade 1177 Dundas Street West
8. I Miss You (Dundas West) 1315 Dundas Street West
9. Dalston Grey 1317 Dundas Street West
10. 101 SUPERmarket 1418 Dundas Street West
11. The Chief Salvage Co. 1493 Dundas Street West
11. Friends Electric 1493 Dundas Street West
12. Life of Manek 1504 Dundas Street West
13. Reservoir Vintage & Bright Brown Vintage Pop-up at Henhouse 1532 Dundas Street West
14. Print Fine Vintage 834 A College Street
15. Mrs.Huizenga 28 Roncesvalles Avenue
16. Door Number Two ‘Garage’ at 294 Roncesvalles Avenue
17. Common Sort (Parkdale) 1414 Queen Street West
18. Philistine 1394 Queen Street West
19. House of Vintage 1239 Queen Street West
20. 69 Vintage 1100 Queen Street West
21. Thank You 1080 Queen Street West
22. Chosen Vintage 960 Queen Street West
23. Magwood 886 Queen Street West
24. V Queen West 702 Queen Street West
25. Cabaret Vintage 672 Queen Street West
26. Silver Falls 15 Ossington Avenue
26. Tusk 15 Ossington Avenue
27. I Miss You Vintage (Ossington) 63 Ossington Avenue
27. Emporium by I Miss You Vintage 63 Ossington Avenue
28. Rescue Vintage 102 Ossington Avenue

vcto map

xx #vcto

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by your side

And we’re into the new week already. Sheesh, things have been very busy lately. I feel like I have so many ideas for things I want to write, post, create… I just wish there were more hours in the day!

The November issue of Lonny mag is out, eep!

How to make a simple whiskey sour

Bloggers dish on holiday decorating

A flick about art, music, and culture – Hencho en Mexico

The ideal bookshelf for the home chef

Stitch the Stars; a cute calendar gift

A simple rustic workspace

Why not keep your ice in a vintage bucket?

A new name to know – LAVEER

Tuesday Tune

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in your space: decorated by cristina ramos

The style is very eclectic and is influenced by very different cultural sources. The furniture is almost all vintage, from the 40s and 70s, and have remained original structural elements.

A Maximum warmth. Achieved with lighting that creates intimate and cozy. There’s only overhead light in the dining room in the rest of the house has been used indirectly with floor lamps and table.

Playing with contrasts. In some rooms intentionally breaks the calm atmosphere
provided by the soft colors that add drama with elements such as the wallpaper in the dining room dark tones. Nuevo-Estilo.es

There is just some much I love about Cristina Ramos‘ style and eye for design. The 70s influence, art deco, neo-classicism, bohemian style, and industrial style are all combined. My favorite parts include, but are not limited to…

– the tiled, pattered floors
– mix & match style
– neon
– the retro vibe
– bold colours

And the list goes on!!

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the new gypsies

I recently stumbled across these fantastic images on born to be wild

In September 2009 V Magazine published a fashion story featuring Kate Moss called ”Kate and the Gypsies”. The story was shot by the British photographer Ian McKell who has been following the ”The New Gypsies” for over ten years. Le Journal de la Photographie

Ian elevates fashion photography, with the inquiring edge of documentary, in his book The New Gypsies which can be found here.

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style icon : françoise hardy

“I am not comfortable with my professional life really, so the word ‘icon’- it’s as though you were talking about someone else, it’s not me really…I feel happy when I’m on my bed, in my room with a good book.” Françoise Hardy

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the a&o turns one

Time flies when you’re having fun!! This morning I thought I would take a look and see when I did my first post as I thought I might be coming up on a year. And, wouldn’t you know it, a year ago today! The a&o turns one. What a busy year it’s been. I definitely feel like I have been able to get my creative juices flowing and cannot wait to see what the next year brings. A nice birthday surprise, the other day, Yasmin of the Hermit Homewares blog nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award – eeep – what an honour! I will be following up with a post to explain, and give more thanks to her, very soon ; )

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in your space: heidi middleton

“We drive further up the hill until we find an unassuming narrow driveway with shared parking spaces. I’m happy to get out of the car. One hour isn’t  long but I want to be in the sun! Heidi has set the table on the patio with a light lunch: goat cheese, olives, cured trout. Classical music is playing softly over the speakers. “The kids are at the beach,” she explains when I tell her how peaceful it is. “Would you like a glass of wine?” she inquires. I nod, taking in my new surroundings. It’s a hot day and I’m in blissful heavens: This is my dream house. Built in the 1940s and at one point occupied by a flamboyant gay fashion designer and a celebrated Australian painter, the house resembles an Italian terraced villa. The entire front of the house facing the bay is open, basking in sunlight throughout the day and displaying breathtaking sunsets at dusk. The walls are covered in smooth white stucco and the windows kept in their original floor to ceiling frames. “The house has a colorful history,” begins Heidi. “We have slowly been ‘chipping away at the diamond’ with small to medium sized renovations and now have plans at council to make some significant changes like adding another story to the top level. I have designed a large room/walk-in closet as part of the new floor.””

For more [ from Tales of Endearment } on Heidi Middleton { the Creative Director and Head Designer at Sass & Bide } and her amazing home click here.

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in your space: mstetson design

One of my latest favs – Eva Black Design – recently highlighted Lindsay Stetson Thompson of MStetson Design in her weekly Space feature. Her workspace is carefully curated with a keen eye for style and creativity. No wonder her blog is also all that & more! For more images, and the full interview, click here. Enjoy!

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little things no.02

It’s just too important not to! Like getting into a new book, daydreaming, trying something new { image #4 from Barre Works, with more to come on that later! } … Almost half way through the work-week, I am sure that you have lots to be thankful for ; )

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