Saturday, January 28, 2012

Absolutely lovely!!

Dispatches from Toronto: Studio North at IDS

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Dispatches from Toronto: Studio North at IDS

Posted: 28 Jan 2012 12:53 AM PST

Guest Contributor post by Renee Elliott of Eat.Live.Shop

Brothers Dressler installation featuring custom light fixtures.

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days at the Interior Design Show (IDS) this week and I left each day feeling super inspired. My favourite part of the show was the Studio North exhibit which supports the independent design scene. There were 60 Canadian and international designers each featuring one offs and custom collections.

Carroll Street Studio exhibit highlighting their Wharton collection made from salvaged fir and walnut.

Atelier 688 exhibit featuring their original Manila rope lights and Contact Voyaging Co's paddles.

Atelier des Cent-ans exhibit highlighting their furniture and porcelain objects.

The designers in the Studio North section of IDS are full of creative and unique ideas. My favourite item? That painted cherry branch from Carroll Street Studio!

-Renee Elliott

Stay tuned for more IDS coverage!

Hotel Style: Palazzo Margherita

Posted: 27 Jan 2012 09:23 PM PST

Photograph by James Merrell

In the February issue (on newstands tomorrow - January 28th) of The Wall Street Journal Magazine reporter Rita Konig visits Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola's new hotel in his family's Italian hometown, Bernalda.  With the help of French interior designer Jacques Grange, the award-winning director transformed a 19th century palazzo in Southern Italy into a grand hotel with the romance and sophistication of the Belle Epoque. Each Coppola family member contributed to the design to their bedrooms resulting in a combination of grand hotel and comforting family home. Aren't the floors stunning?  WSJ. Magazine's February issue will be available in the weekend Journal (tomorrow) and is the first ever glimpse of this exquisite hotel. The full article—and issueis also online at (Photographs by James Merrell).

Photograph by James Merrell

Photograph by James Merrell

Photograph by James Merrell 

Photograph by James Merrell

Today at Poppytalk Handmade

Posted: 27 Jan 2012 10:13 AM PST

1. "Love" Letters by Roll and Tumble Press, 2. Obsessive Love Valentine by Bobbi Lewin, 3. Tiny White Wedding Hearts by Cornflower Blue Studio

4.Valentine Cake Garland by Moontea Artwork, 5. Balloons (fine art photo) by Kristin Kirkley,  6.Heart Lavender Sachet/Favor

 7. Valentines Day LOVE Block Print by Retro Modern Art

Real Wedding No. 4: Elizabeth + Dan

Posted: 27 Jan 2012 12:02 PM PST

Love this cute vintage-inspired wedding out of the Pacific Northwest (Tacoma) of Dan and Libby (Elizabeth) that caught my eye this week via their photographer Sarah of Arrow & Apple.  The handmade and vintage aspects are adorable from their Winnebago, Libby's dress (she wore her mother's), the tassels, and candy apples. Their beautiful invitations, the yellow bridesmaids dresses (and cake), the guy's suspenders and their getaway car!  See more picutres at Arrow & Apple and be sure to check out Libby's blog Delightfully Tacky (it's a treat in itself)!  Psssst!  Just got word Arrow & Apple is having a wedding photography package giveaway on their blog!  Check it out!


Event planning: Amanda at Oak & Cypress Weddings and Events
Venue: Titlow Lodge, Tacoma, Washington
Cake: Corina Bakery
Florals: Oak & Cypress Weddings and Events
Photography:  Arrow & Apple