Coffee Table Tuesday with Jana Bek Design

Tuesdays have always kind of been a blah day, you know what I mean? But with this new series I'm finding myself more and more excited about Tuesdays! This week we have the very inspirational and talented Jana of Jana Bek Design here to share her coffee table styling. I have been a fan of Jana for years, since she was an assistant for Caitlin Wilson. Since then, Jana has launched her own fabulous E-Design Business and has charmed us all with her gorgeous portfolio. I am so honoured to have this lady on the blog today!

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Isn't Jana's space so fabulous? I love her settee, and the brass sailboats are the perfect detail for her coffee table. See more of her terrific styling on her instagram and blog as well!
Thanks so much for sharing with us Jana!


(Silk) Pillow Talk

Between blogging from bed, reading in bed, occasionally watching my shows from bed, and sleeping in bed, I am a girl who knows the importance of soft, comfortable bedding. But, I did not realize the importance of silk pillow cases until recently, when my friends at Silksleep sent me two glorious 100% Silk pillow cases. Let me just tell you - total game changer.

Sleeping on silk has so many benefits!
1. It is great for preventing wrinkles as your skin doesn't 'tug' throughout the night. Silk's tightly woven structure also helps to keep moisture close to the skin, as opposed to other fabrics that will absorb your night cream. This means a hydrated, glowing face in the mornings.

2. It's great for your hair! You've heard the expression 'silky smooth' hair before haven't you?! Bedhead is much diminished by sleeping on silk, since it slides rather than bunching and knotting.

3. Silk has temperature control properties. This is great for someone like me who suffers from night sweats (does anyone else have this issue?!).

Plus, silk is just a small luxury that makes going to bed and even making the bed somehow feel glamorous.

And of course, I'm still absolutely loving my 100% silk sleep mask from Silksleep. It's also wrinkle preventative, and allows me to sleep in way past the morning light flooding my room at 6 am.

Get your own pillows here. Sleep mask here.
 A big thanks again to my friends at Silksleep!


Sophisticated Decor Touch: A Chess Set

My father taught me to play chess. When he was a boy in school, he signed up for a chess tournament...the trouble is, he had no idea how to play. He went home, and his father taught him the basics. My dad won that entire tournament.

There is something so sophisticated and elegant about a chess set. Maybe it's the classic checkerboard pattern, maybe it's the elegant, sculptural pieces (which is your favourite? I like the knight), or maybe it's the harkening back to a time before video games. Either way, I'm always on the look out at antique stores and flea markets for the perfect marble chess set.
I think its presence adds a strikingly smart addition to a room.
Kelly Wearstler via The Coveteur
Alaina Kaczmarski via The EveryGirl

Elle Decor Showhouse via California Home Design

 Do you know how to play chess?


Coffee Table Tuesday with Elliven Studio

Hi loves! Welcome to Round 2 of Coffee Table Tuesday, a new weekly series here on TLID that shares the ways that some of my blogging friends style their coffee tables. This week, you're in for a real treat because we have the lovely and talented Julie from Elliven Studio joining us. I met Julie last year at Blogpodium, and have loved following along her journey to decorate her house ever since. Her space is painted in the most perfect shade of grey, and her entire instagram feed is a daily dose of pretty.

Please join me in drooling while we snoop her coffee table style!

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 Don't you just love everything going on in these pictures? I mean, that gold garden stool alone! I can't! Be sure to head on over to Elliven Studio and say hi! And Julie, thank you so much for sharing.



Old Parquet - Yay or nay?

One thing that I love to do in my spare time is apartment hunt online. Is that weird since I have no immediate plans of moving?....Probably.
Hopefully by next summer I will be getting a new rental (with my very own kitchen that I don't have to share with five other girls), and I love seeing what my predicted budget will get me. Most of the apartments I'm drawn to (and can afford) have one thing in common....old, square parquet flooring. If you had shown me this a few years ago, I would have cringed, but now, I don't mind it at all! I actually kind of like it. Think about the craftsmanship and time to install that! There is something kind of charming about it and miles better than the laminate I have in my current rental.
via Lonny Mag May/June 2011
Michelle Adams via Decor8
Michelle Adams via Decor8
Elle Decor UK via Lee Stanton Blog

So what do you think? Has parquet flooring come back into style? Or do you still consider it outdated?


Watercolor Thank You

If you follow me on instagram, then you might have noticed that I recently collaborated with the lovely and talented Anna With Love on a fun photoshoot! Although I can't tell you what the shoot was for just yet, I can tell you how completely smitten I was with the entire process. Anna is truly skilled at what she does, and made me feel so at ease and comfortable during the shoot. As a thank you, I gifted her the little watercolor doodle above featuring some of the things she loves most (as evidenced by the following snaps from her instagram account):

1. Paris: Anna recently launched her Paris Collection featuring amazing fine art photographs that she took. Just look at all the gloriousness:
image via @annawithlove
2. Pretty Coffee Table Books:
image via @annawithlove
3. Photography (and her little Polaroid Camera):
4. Macaroons: (The girl has made the motto 'Life is Short, Eat Dessert First' a rule I love to live by!)
via @annawithlove
So thankful that this lady has entered my life - this doodle is but a small token of my endless appreciation! Thank you Anna!


New Weekly Blog Series: Coffee Table Tuesdays

Hi loves! One of my favourite things about blogging is connecting with some pretty fabulous people. I used to run a weekly blogging series called 'Favourite Furniture Fridays' where I invited these cool peeps to join me and share their favourite piece of furniture that they own. It was so much fun! You can look back on all of those posts here if you missed them.

It's been awhile since FFF, and I'm missing the it, so I've decided to start a new series here on TLID called 'Coffee Table Tuesdays'. My coffee table is probably my favourite thing to style, and it is constantly being rearranged. I will start the ball rolling this week, but next week, I have our very first guest poster lined up and you won't want to miss her!

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If you would like the full tutorial on how I made over my coffee table, you can check it out here.
I hope you are all as excited about this series as I am!