Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Favourites

With Easter weekend ahead, I tagged a few of my favourites Easter photos for this Friday Favourites.

Are you decorating Easter eggs this week? If so, what are some of your favourite techniques? I’m loving these colourful gilded eggs. Bought a whole carton of eggs for decorating fun with my boys tomorrow.

Friday Faves via Desire to Decorate March 29

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hello, Spring

A couple of weeks ago I was downtown Oakville and this burst of colour stopped me in my tracks. Is this not absolutely beautiful?

hello spring via www.desiretodecorate.com

Flowers By The Dozen. Their storefront window is always eye-catching with several glorious displays of seasonal florals. Sadly, their website, Facebook or Twitter channels don’t even begin to capture how beautiful their creations are… they need to hire me.

For the hundred times I’ve admired from the window, this time I went in. I introduced myself and asked if I could take some pictures. And pictures I took…

floral designs by flowers by the dozen via www.desiretodecorate.com

and…

floral design by flowers by the doazen via www.desiretodecorate.com

Love them! Happy 1st day of Spring all!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Favourites

With Spring nearing I’m drawn to lighter, brighter colours. This week I found myself  eyeing shades of pink and orange, and patterns of plaid, gingham and stripes. Love!

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Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 11, 2013

6 Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

Every woman needs a space to rejuvenate. For some, it may be the spa or a special yoga room, however in today’s hectic world, so many resolve to create their own spa right at home.

6 Tips for Creating a Spa Like Bathroom via Desire to Decorate

The master bath could be the ultimate place to unwind and renew. If you want to transform your bathroom into your own private sanctuary, here are 6 tips for creating a spa-like bathroom of your very own…

1. Select a Style

Determine what decor style you want the bathroom to reflect, whether it's sleek and modern, shabby chic or classic and traditional. For guidance, think about your favourite hotel suites. Do you dream of the weekend you spent at the Encore Las Vegas or the Ritz Paris? Find pictures of your favourite hotel bathrooms online and other bathrooms that you love and create a board on Pinterest to keep track of all the details that you want to include.

2. Pick the Perfect Palette

Choose two to four colours that you find soothing and relaxing. For a modern look, steel gray, silver, white and turquoise are a calming combination. For something more traditional, rose, cream and gold are a luxe combination.

3. Light It Right

Lighting is everything. The key to creating a lighting scheme that is relaxing is to have various  lighting fixtures throughout the room and installing dimmer switches for all of them. For added glamour, hang a chandelier over the bathtub. Be sure to include plenty of vanity lighting around the mirrors for beauty treatments and makeup application.

4. Find Fantastic Fixtures

The most important fixture in any bathroom retreat is the bathtub. Explore the products via Masco, they have a variety of options to fulfill any design style. Opt for an oversized Japanese soaking tub or a classic freestanding claw-foot tub, instead of a whirlpool tub, which can make the bathroom look dated. If you'll be sharing the bathroom with your spouse, be sure to get double sinks in the vanity. That way, you each have your own space to keep your things and you won't get in one another's way when getting ready in the morning.

5. Decide on Decadent Details

Thoughtful details such as fresh flowers, framed photos, ornate mirrors and monogrammed hand towels add a personalized touch to decor that can make a room even more fabulous to relax in. Get plush rugs for near the bathtub and the sinks to keep your feet warm on cold mornings. If you can afford to splurge, replace your old flooring with heated flooring. You’ll be surprised at how many dream features could be a reality in your space. A steam shower is also a necessary indulgence for an extra luxurious bathroom. If you have the space, install a fireplace near the bathtub for warmth and ambiance.

6. Go All-in With Accessories

Strategically place unscented white candles throughout the bathroom. Unscented ones are best unless you don't mind being overpowered by a variety of scents during a relaxing candlelit bath. Stock up on bath salts from Molton Brown and oils and washes from Jo Malone which have such pretty packaging they double as decor.

For more bathroom inspiration, visit my bathroom pin-board.

Photo source: Windsor Smith

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Favourites

In light of International Women’s Day… just a few feminine inspired photos that I love.

Friday Faves via Desire to Decorate March 8

  • The wallpaper insert for the gilded coffee table, almost makes it too pretty to cover.
  • Kate Spade’s Spring Forward with Digital Wallpaper featuring bold blooms, is perfect for ushering in Spring.
  • Good Things Happen To Those Who Hustle. Love this quote, compliments my Make it Happen motto for 2013. I’m inspired by a handful of ladies right now who hustle everyday to make fabulous happen. And today, I was included in a tweet that said “we are women of action”. Needless to say, it’s a good day.
  • Love this 270 square feet NYC studio apartment in both Hers & His style: so fabulous!
  • Savvy businesses & blogs refresh social media initiatives to keep fans engaged. Here’s some of my new social initiatives for my business. What are you doing to change-it-up for Spring? Feel free to share in the comments below.
  • How pretty is the hand painted Chinese wallpaper from graciestudio.com. Stunning! Pairing it with coral and gold, even more stunning!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pretty Mugs

I’m always on the look out for pretty china mugs. I love coffee & tea, and a small cup/saucer set just doesn’t cut it when I’m looking to enjoy a cup {or 2!}.

Sometimes we splurge and get a bag of coffee beans from WholeFoods or Starbucks and if you’re getting quality coffee it just makes sense that you have a pretty coffee mug to go with it. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Favourites

This weeks Friday Faves is extra special… why? My friend Meredith, via Meredith Heron Design, officially launched her very own MHD Rug line. She’s launched the line with a fabulous collection of natural hides. Fabulous, right? Later this spring, she’s giving us even more with wool & silk rugs too! Double fabulous. Want more? Well, let’s just say… there will be many variations of pretty. Just wait. I can’t wait. So happy for your Meredith!

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