If you know me and my situation, I’m in the midst of bouncing around. I mean actually physically bouncing around with all my belongings like a little well-dressed gypsy. I’m looking for a permanent home and while I’m on the hunt, I’m moving around temporary homes while simultaneously getting my ducks in a row to prepare for this big move. With about 2.5 months to find, offer and officially purchase this perma-home… the time spent outside of work, freelance and blogging usually goes towards researching mortgages, real estate lawyers, sifting through MLS and Google Maps. When you find yourself in my situation, you’ll get what I’m saying right now. What all that being said and done– I try to compensate for all the heavy amounts of research and paperwork by rewarding myself with pinning pretty interior inspo via Pinterest. Talk about building so much hype for a space I don’t technically own yet! It’s okay though… the time will come soon enough!

Boring stuff aside. I’m a huge sucker for Scandinavian interior. All white space, yep. Playful textures, uhuh. Bold black accent pieces, you got it! The tiniest details in a vast amount of open, clean space just gets me every time. Something so peaceful yet interesting when your curiosity is piqued within such a space. Let me tell you… this will not be an easy or fast task to accomplish. One the areas in a home that’s a priority for me is a good working space slash to relax in your down time. The one place you can be with yourself and feel content as the same time. A.K.A. My nook. Within this post– you can have an idea what I’m aiming for… for my future nook. (I just can’t wait to welcome people into my future furnished home and openly say…. ‘And lastly…this is my nook.’ (Cue, ‘Ouuuu’s and Ahhhh’s.)

You know what they say… collect the pieces over time. That way when you create your space, it’s a genuine reflection and story from you. Every little accent or essential piece has sentimental or purposeful intention to be in your own home.

Q: What’s your must-have in your current or future nook?
Let me know in the comments below!

All Photos via Pinterest

 



Interior Designer, Guillaume Alan

Born and grew up in the world of architecture and interior design by virtue of his parent’s profession, and also due to his grandmother who worked as an antique dealer. All discussions, all atmospheres where he grew up obviously helped him and he rapidly felt the need to express himself, to create and share his own harmonies and worlds. He soon took the plunge and opened his own studio in Saint-Germain-des-Près in Paris, he was 24. At 38 years-old, based in Paris and in London, he counts among the ambassadors of the French touch in the process of gaining international recognition.


Q: How he has achieved so much success at such a young age in terms of working with high-profiled people and the projects he has been fortunate/privilege to receive. (i.e. Dior, Chanel, Tom Ford, etc.) What did his process to his present experience look like?

A: Guillaume Alan’s artistic sensibility has resulted in very close and powerful encounters with demanding and trend-setting clients who entrusted the young designer with the architectural design and decoration of many private places. His architectural work and collection give a feeling of great simplicity and absolute purity, concealing a ultra-precise mastery. He signs projects in harmony with the finest tradition of French design and décorateurs ensembliers: he signs the architecture, the interior design, the pieces of furniture (everything is custom-made and drawn out) and selection of pieces of art. Guillaume has been working with Emilie Le Corre since the beginning who is in charge of the Paris and London studios. She plays a fundamental role in the process of obtaining an exclusive outcome.

Guillaume and Emilie share the same vision of what is an extraordinary rarity. Together, they try to reflect their sensibility in order to arouse emotions, this is one of the main aspects of the stamp of Guillaume Alan and why Guillaume Alan’s interiors are unique and recognizable.


Q: His choice of aesthetic and style, how has his style developed and why those choices? 

A: Guillaume is attached to follow his own vision, his own instinct. He hates to follow rules or trends to draw the attention. He evolves in his own world, trying to exchange and to convey his own inspiration to his clients. He draw his inspiration from everywhere, there is so much richness for our eyes, or even from emotions. The simplest details often become a trigger point and lead to reflection.

Guillaume Alan’s references or masters can be summed up this way: “luxury, calm and poetry”. It is always about alchemy, balances guided by excellence. His architecture, as well as his collections of furniture, gives birth to calm and pure spaces, where luxury and rigor coexist without ostentation.


 

Special thanks to Emilie Le Core for providing the beautiful photos as well as
Alan’s responses to my questions!


PINSPIRATION INTERIOR THURSDAY

So let me tell you that the very first photo interior space photo from my stack of pins was designed by Catherine Kwong. She designed this 1899 Edwardian Home, inspired by a photo of Mick and Bianca Jagger (during their young and wild days in St. Tropez) How cool is that?
She calls it Rock n’ Roll meets Chic.

Today’s interior pinspiration is…inspired by one of my favourite contemporary artists, Lisa Madigan, and her Kaleidoscope collection featuring her piece called ‘Morning Glory.’ This morning I felt I had to share these wonderful Pinterest finds from my interior board since I have a hidden soft spot for interior and all things muted. Because just look at those greys, pinks and pinches of black! …and gold too. Oh how I also love mixing old regal retails to contemporary minimal spaces. My days of watching Debbie Travis and Martha Stewart probably lead me down this route. Here to me hoping one day I’ll be able to find and of course afford a large enough space to do all this decor work. Most likely not be in Toronto in this case.
(See below for the original painting)

Do check out her work when you get the chance. Especially her Sublimation collection (I will most likely report her work again on here for you guys to see how breathtaking it is and go more in depth with what I think her new collection is like.)

All photos are not mine. All found on Pinterest.


‘Morning Glory’ by Lisa Madigan



 

Friday’s Interior Inspiration

 

You know what can be one of the biggest expenses to put aside for, other than clothes?
Pretty much, anything that goes into your home. Appliances, shoe racks
and my favourite– home decor.

 

Who wouldn’t fall in love with a home these these? Especially the first photo which is a private apartment by Joseph Dirand In Saint-Germaine-des-Pres, Paris. 

It’s all about the:
1.) Long-dropped oversized, modern, dome chandeliers (Get them at CB2!)
2.) Black windowpanes with glass for any sort of opening
3.) Mirrored accent furniture (Highly recommend Joss&Main for this,
they’re also having an up to 70% off sale today!)
4.) Playing with monochrome walls
5.) Fur rugs and throws (Check out Pottery Barn and their 30% off)

Happy (Black) Friday to everyone! xx

All photos are not my own, c/o Pinterest.

Banana Republic Bar Necklace
Banana Republic Matchstick Stud Earrings
Banana Republic Sparkle Bar Stud Earrings
Banana Republic Mini Gold Stud Earrings
Vintage Bangles
Mom’s Vintage Seiko Watch

I’ve alway been obsessed with interior design. What probably seemed like the best part in being an interior designer would be the opportunities to create a collective of stories in each space. I too wanted my space to captivate my personality and display many of my memories and be somewhat of visual biography. To own a collection of phenomenal furniture and decor, I would highly recommend starting early and continue to collect as you live. Each piece will mean so much to you and eventually will become a supporting piece to the next new thing you bring home.

About two years ago, I had brought beach sand from my trip to San Diego as a souvenir. My genius idea at the time was to place all the sand, mixed with shells in a maison jar mixed as a homemade paperweight. Not that it wasn’t creative enough, but I didn’t go through with that idea. Here comes the official DIY. Eventually I found this keepsake, vintage glass box with brass edges. My idea of a homemade sandbox-inspired jewellery box struck me and I went ahead and sealed the inside edges with a glue gun; this would prevent sand from escaping. It clearly isn’t the most practical storage box, but it had personality, atheistically contained and cushioned my accessories, as well as stored my short-lived memories from the beach. But then again, I hang my necklaces on picture frames, and cool looking wine bottles. I often time myself collecting small vintage perfume bottles– these too can be placed in the glass box. Think of these bottles like little messenger bottles found washed up on the shore. Jokes. (For those who don’t know me, I don’t frequently visit the beach. For 1.) I live in Canada 2.) A decent beach is quite far from where I am. 3.) Lack of time and effort to go there. The summer that just past, not once did I go to the beach or pool!) I sound anti-social but I swear I’m not!

After these photos were taken, I ended up placing the dried rose petals inside the box as well. Adds some more contrast and colours. The beautiful part about these displayed rose petals were their origin. My mom would collect all the red roses gifted within the family. Every occasion was not to be missed: graduations, birthdays, valentine days, as well as christmas. My mom still collects and dries all the roses and displays them throughout our home.

Seriously though, sometimes I wish we had much more longer summers and more attractive, clean beaches in Toronto. If there are any worth mentioning, please feel free to recommend to me. PS. Toronto Fashion week is next week! Let me know if you’ll be attending!

x

I know owning too many accessories can be a pain…
So I want to know, how do you guys store your jewellry?

Comment below, or even share links. I’d love to hear from you! xx
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