3.02.2015

Gilt-y Pleasure

Hi my loves! I'm so sorry for my extended blogging absences lately. I've been so swamped with school, working, completing an internship, and writing my thesis that it leaves very little time to blog. Now, add moving to that list!!

Yes, that's right, I'm leaving my current student housing sitch for a big girl one-bedroom apartment.
 I'm feeling a bit sad to leave this little studio apartment that has brought me so much inspiration and opportunities over the past 2.5  years. But it's time for me to move on to a place all my own, a lovely charm filled one bedroom apartment located downtown Toronto that I can't wait to show you all! This also means a blank slate for new decorating (aka lots of new blogging material!). Not to mention no one else's dirty dishes in the sink. I am so excited about this next chapter and to get back into the blogging swing of things over the next few months.

To celebrate, I just bought myself my first housewarming gift, a gorgeous vintage gilt framed mirror that I cannot wait to hang up in a very special spot (stay tuned!).
I especially love the shell details on my mirror. This is a motif made popular during the Rococo era.


I will be fully moved in by April 1st, but in the meantime, enjoy some gilt mirror goodness that is serving up some MAJOR inspiration for the new space!
Lauren Gold via Lonny Mag

Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle via Elle Decor

Sarah Richardson via HGTV

Jennifer Ferreira via House and Home
Gilt mirrors are my total gilt-y pleasure. That and Pretty Little Liars...
What's YOURS?
xox
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2.27.2015

Selling: Tiffany Leigh Original Abstract Art

 UPDATE: Both paintings are sold. Thank you so much for everyone who e-mailed me with interest in purchasing my work. If you are still interested, I will be taking on custom paintings this summer. Please e-mail me and I will add your name to a list.

Hi loves! In an effort for a bit of a decor switch up, I'm letting go of some of my current apartment swag, including this huge original piece painted by yours truly. This painting is probably my most complimented/asked about/emailed about piece in my entire space, and now it can be yours! The piece measures 24"x48" and was featured on The Everygirl! I thought about keeping it for myself, but can't bear the thought of it in storage!

I'm asking $275 for the piece. This includes shipping within Canada or the US (does not include any duty/brokerage fees that may occur at border). Shipping a piece this big is expensive, so this is a great deal, especially for the size.

Please e-mail me at tiffanyleighinteriordesign@gmail.com if interested! First come, first serve.



I also have this other, slightly smaller piece (24"x36") that is so pretty and reminds me of confetti. Asking $240, shipping included for this one:


Can't wait for these pieces to find lovely new homes and to create some new art!
xox
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1.05.2015

Classic Pieces

Jacket: Banana Republic (sold out, similar) / Bag: Kate Spade (similar) / Boots: Franco Sarto / Watch: Michael Kors / Shirt: Banana Republic / Pants: Gap

Now that I have a grown up job and am almost done school, I'm slowly building up a more sophisticated wardrobe consisting of timeless, quality pieces. A classic cream wool jacket paired with black is an effortlessly chic look on a chilly and windy day. Also, I cut my hair! Inspired by the lobs of Lauren Conrad and Lucy Hale, I decided to change things up and donate my hair to the Canadian Cancer Foundation. I am loving the new 'do!

Happy New Year loves! I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us.
xo
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12.24.2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful friends here in the blogging world. I am so lucky for your constant support and encouragement! 2014 has truly been a wonderful and busy year, and although I haven't been able to blog as much as I would have liked the past few months, I wouldn't trade it for the world! May you all be blessed, happy and healthy this holiday season and in the upcoming year.
So much love,
xox
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12.15.2014

This Year's Christmas Decor

This is probably my last Christmas in my little student housing rental. Apartment hunting for my own place begins in the new year! I'm okay staying where I am until June when I graduate, but if something great comes up closer to downtown where I'm now working, I won't say no.  

The design direction of my new place is definitely going to be less feminine and more sophisticated. I can't wait for a new slate (and my own kitchen)! In the mean time, I'm still loving my girl glam decor and played it up with my Christmas decorations for a sparkly, pastel Holiday!




To learn more about how I decorate for the holidays, stop by Sarah Richardson Design where my apartment decor was featured along with my tips and tricks for Christmas decor with a feminine twist!
xox
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12.09.2014

Sarah and Tommy's Gingerbread House: Last Day to Bid

Hi Everyone!
Today I'm sharing an exciting project that I worked on in collaboration with the talented Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe. The design duo partnered with the Children's Aid Foundation and Raghuram Addagada, executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, to create one masterpiece of a gingerbread house! I sat down with Sarah and Tommy, who explained their design ideas in detail. I then translated the design into some sketches which were given to the chef in order to build the house. 
 Here is the final result - it turned out so lovely! The dough has even been dyed in Sarah's signature watery palette. The back of the house is open like a dollhouse, showcasing some holiday inspired interior design.
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image via @sarahrichardsondesign

The gingerbread house is being auctioned off and today is the last day to bid! The best part is that all proceeds go towards the Children's Aid Foundation, which helps children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The winner will also receive my sketches. This was such a fun project to be included on. Happy Bidding! Click here to go to the auction!
xox
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11.27.2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Black White and Gold

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my lovely U.S. readers! Today I am serving up the chicest gift guide around, made up of my favourite combination of black, white and gold. The lack of prominent colour means timeless charm and universal appeal for everyone on you hard-to-buy-for list. I'm especially loving this moto jacket, which is on sale right now for under $90! A new planner is also a great gift idea, perfect for keeping track of all those New Year's goals!


J.Crew Infinity Scarf / Kate Spade Bow Gloves / Moto Jacket / Elements of Style / 2015 Planner / Frends Headphones / Victoria Secret Waffle Pajamas / Candle

 Whoever said this combo couldn't be festive?!
Are you done all of your shopping yet? Less than a month to go!
xox
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11.13.2014

Cobalt Blue

I snagged 8 of these cobalt blue bowls (for free!) yesterday and I am just loving the rich hue. So sexy.
It adds the perfect splash of colour to my bar cart :)

Have you picked up any little finds lately that make you smile?
xox
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11.03.2014

My New Job - Sarah Richardson Design

Hi my loves. You may be wondering why I have been blogging so little lately, and I felt I owe you all an explanation. If you follow me on instagram, then you might have already picked up on this.

I recently started a new {absolute dream} job, working as a junior designer for one of my biggest career influencers and role models, Sarah Richardson. I still can't believe it! When I first moved to this city just over 2 years ago, I dreamed of something like this happening, but did not actually believe it to be possible. I have been watching Sarah's shows for as long as I can remember, and now to be a part of her fantastic team and learning the ins-and-outs of the business from people who I respect and admire so much is such a dream true. Every day is a new adventure and I wake up happy and excited to head to work.

I am still also doing school full time until June, so between the new job and school I don't have much time for blogging at the moment. After Christmas my course load lightens up a bit and I should be able to resume a more consistent blogging schedule. I hope that you will bear with me until then! In the meantime, I will continue to post whenever I get a chance!

Sarah and her team have been responsible for some of my very favourite rooms, including this one which I just had to draw. The warm colors were calling my name on a chilly October day last week. It was such an honor when Sarah shared this rendering on her facebook and instagram over the weekend!

via House and Home
I'm so excited for Sarah's new book, Sarah Style, where she shares her tips and tricks with all of us, and you can see this and many more gorgeous rooms. Did you get your copy yet? If not, click here to get your copy of Sarah Style today! 

xox
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10.20.2014

Pretty Rugs (and whats underneath them)

Okay guys, today I'm going to talk about a not-so-glamorous decor tip that I think is worth mentioning, and that's the importance of a good quality underpad for your rug.You all know about my love for my gorgeous hand-woven rug which I scored from an estate sale:

Well, the only problem that I was running into with it was keeping it in place. Most high-quality rugs have no added backing, meaning that there is no rubber grip to keep them in place, and this can result in sliding and bunching around furniture. This is not a great look, and good design is in the details.



When my friends over at Rug Pad USA offered to send me one of their premium-lock rug pads to try, I was thrilled! Unlike many rug pads available on the market today, Rug Pad USA offers rugs pads that are made in the US, and use natural rubber rather than synthetic rubber as well as 100% recycled felt. I'm all about sustainable design whenever possible. They also can cut it down to your custom size. I also learned that using a rug pad protects your floors from discoloration.
Since laying the rug pad down, my rug stays put and it is way more cushy and comfortable underfoot. I couldn't be happier! Thanks Rug Pad USA!
xo
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10.14.2014

Copper in the Kitchen (& My Thrifted Copper Finds)

Rumour has is that after a few years of brass bliss, copper is the new trending metal. While I will forever love brass and gold, I've always been a fan of copper as well. It's warm, rosey tone feels so rich and somehow nostalgic. Maybe that is owing to the adorable little set of copper measuring cups that my mother has had hanging in her kitchen for as long as I can remember.
For me, copper is a natural choice for the kitchen, providing a warm colour to a space that can often read cold.
via Lake Jane

via Apartment Therapy
^This example shows mixing metals (stainless appliances, brass hardware and copper accessories) is totally doable, breaking a long standing myth!
via Betty Lou Phillips

via Lonny

I've rounded up some of my favourite copper items of the moment below:

measuring cups / KitchenAid Stand Mixer / Set of 4 Cannisters / Moscow Mule Mugs / Colander

Another great place to source affordable copper accessories for the kitchen is thrift stores. This past weekend I took a trip to my local Value Village and came away with a copper sauce pan in great condition and a charming copper tea pot for only $8 each. I love them both:


Do you have any copper in your own kitchen?
xox
Bonus tip: Use a soft cloth and ketchup to keep your copper in prime shine!

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