Monday, April 30, 2012

Style Pairing {Decor + Fashion}

Since launching Desire to Decorate on tumblr, I’ve been mildly obsessed with style pairing decor and fashion. With that, I thought I would share a little of my style pairing with you here…

Blue & Tan

stylepairing blue & tan

White on White

stylepairing white

Pastels

stylepairing pastels

Gorgeous, right? I could do every outfit – and I love all the interiors however, the all white photo is just a tease, I could never do it. Pop over to here for photo sources; each is linked appropriately.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yellow Will Do The Trick

As you know, my blog is my journal of things I love and things that inspire me, and right now, I'm loving the colour yellow. It’s interesting really, because I don’t own anything yellow. What a great way to instantly add a burst of happy, no?

These are just some of the images that have caught my eye lately. Enjoy!

yellow douglas friedman

yellow marcus design

yellow traditional home

yellow rue magazine

yellow BHG

yellow benjamin hong

Happy? See all my happy yellow pins here.

Photo Sources; Douglas Friedman Photographer, Marcus Design, Traditional Home, Rue Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens and Benjamin Dhong Interior Design.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pretty Pastels

Are you loving all the pastel colours we’re seeing this season? What better way to shrug off winter and perk up our interiors for spring with pale-hued pretties – I, for one, love it! Here’s a collection of some pretty pastels. I hope they help inspire you to add a touch of pastel to your home this season.

pastels house beautiful

pastels elle decor

pastels h&h

pastels living room

pastels living room a rosy outlook

pastel style at home

Can’t do pastel on the walls or furniture, how about adding a touch of pastel with these pretty teacups from Cristina Re? I’ll take one of each colour –

pastels cristinare

Photo Sources; House Beautiful, elle decor, Canadian House & Home, a rosy outlook, House Beautiful via House of Turquoise and Style at Home.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5 All White Interiors with Personality

Usually, when I think of all white interiors my thoughts go to ultra modern or shabby chic country. This collection of all white white interiors has changed my mind. Each room has an understated beauty, filling the rooms with personality and character. So pretty.

all white inspiration for decoration

all white love this life

all white bedroom miss design

all white eclec chic

all white apartment therapy

Gorgeous, right? Could you do all white in your own home? Not sure if I can, but these are still so pretty to admire. For more all white interiors, visit my neutral interiors pin-board.

Photo Sources; inspiration for decoration, love this life, miss design, eclecchic and apartment therapy

Monday, April 16, 2012

Summer Salads

The onset of spring always makes me feel better. For some reason the freshness of spring always has me eating better and getting more active. I love salads and a brisk walk, but I really don’t do either during the cold months.

Last week I pulled out my favourite summer salad recipes. My favourite? Grilled balsamic chicken on loose leaf lettuce with a olive oil, balsamic & dijon dressing. Simple and delicious. I also enjoy tomatoes with cucumbers and bocconcini cheese but I prefer this with tomatoes from the garden vs. store bought {big difference in taste!}. I also love none leaf salads like… broccoli salad, taco salad, bean salad, tabbouleh salad, pasta salads and I love to experiment with new dressings. Perhaps this summer I’ll take pictures of all the salads I make. Here was my favourite summer salad from last summer… delicious.

Steak & Mushroom Salad {with creamy horseradish dressing}

roast beef salad with horse dressing

Here’s a collection I’m hoping to try this summer…

salads grilled veggies veggiebelly

salads quinoa & black bean

salad chefs salad blogsbabble

southwestern-avocado-and-black-bean-salad-paula dean

salad citrus salad sweet paul magazine

And, I really love to eat outdoors. Even though our backyard is an eye sore now, we often enjoy our dinners outside come the warm weather. Here’s a gorgeous terrace I pinned recently from Architectural Digest.

outdoors AD

What’s your favourite summer salad? Please share the recipe so I too can give it a try.

Photo Credits; veggie belly, sweet pea’s kitchen, babble, paula deen & sweet paul magazine

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Fever

Is it just me or do you too get an itch to freshen up your look, makeup and home for spring? Having spent the last couple of weeks in the glorious sunshine and warmth of Florida, I’ve developed a need to add a touch of spring to everything. Not to mention - my crush on colour is now obsessive. Before leaving, I shared my love for coral but now, I’m coveting mint, green, yellow and blue. Crazy right? Here’s some colourful pretties I’ve been pinning lately.

spring fever desiretodecorateontumblr

spring fever cwb architects

spring fever at home arkansas

 

spring fever house of turqouise

spring fever decorpad

And, for a touch of fashion and other pretty things in colourful hues… snapshots from Desire to Decorate on tumblr… enjoy!

spring collage 2 d2d on tumblr

spring collage d2d on tumblr

This trip I added some new clothing, new jewellery and new make up to the mix. Sadly, I didn’t buy anything new for our home – which I am completely okay with. Feel free to pop over to my pin-board for more colour inspiration.

Are you crushing on any colours right now – do tell. Happy Spring!

Photo Sources; cwb architects, at home in Arkansas, house of turquoise & decor pad

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter!

We kicked off our morning with a pool - side Easter egg hunt, courtesy of Grandma & Grandpa, and my boys had a blast. Today wraps up our Florida vacation.

Here’s a small collection of Easter pretty in honour of our spring holiday, enjoy!

Happy Easter via imagine design blog

nest georgiannalane

Easter sophisti mom

Easter providence it design

Happy Easter!

Photo Credits; imagine design blog, georgianna lane blog, sophisti mom blog, providence ltd interior design blog 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hello Sunshine

We are Florida bound. The weather is hot with glorious sunshine and we are taking full advantage of it. Lately our days are filled with sand castles at the beach and freestyle cannonballs in the pool.

hello sunshine

Seminole Florida Collage

My parents have owned their Florida home for less than a year now, and it took my boys no time at all to settle in as if it was their own. Being with my parents has many perks; special moments together is a given but it also means Blair and I can get out for an adult dinner {perhaps later this week} and we’re able to hit the stores after the kids have gone to bed. All in all, enjoying our vacation so far… talk soon!

See our Florida 2011 vacation photos here and here or beach style inspiration here.

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