In my Sketchbook: Living Room by Sarah Richardson Design

As you might have guessed from my post about 3D CAD rendering, I'm at a point in design school where we have moved away from hand rendering and into digital rendering. I love hand rendering, however, and in an effort not to lose this capability, I have started sketching some of my favourite rooms designed by some of my favourite designers.

Today's room was designed by Sarah Richardson and was featured on Sarah 101 a couple of years ago. I have talked about this room before, here and here. It is a space I seem to keep coming back to.
I can't get enough of the palette! For me, it felt only natural to keep rendering skills fresh by illustrating this lovely living room.

image via HGTV

I hope you enjoyed this peek inside my sketch book! More to come.


Personalized Pencils

For a long time I've wanted cute, personalized pencils. My initial idea was to get a set with a cute/quirky saying on them, but when I saw that A Blissful Nest was having a sale on completely customized pencils, I knew that I wanted to get some branded with the name of this beloved blog.
I decided to go with two sets, one in white and one in pink. They look so cute in their jar and I've given my desk a mini 'pink' makeover to tie it all together.

If you could customize your own set, what would you choose to have printed?



Hospitality Project: Boutique Hotel 3D Rendering

It's been a little while since I've shared a school project with you. This term I did one that I'm very excited about, so I thought I would post about it! Our studio this term was hospitality, and as groups we designed a 7 storey boutique hotel. As a boutique hotel, we could go a little more themed compared to most projects, and my team decided to create the atmosphere of an old magic show with modern twists. 

I was in charge of the main floor, which included a reception area, small bar/lounge, and waiting areas. This term I also took a course on 3D AutoCAD modelling and rendering. I chose to model and render the hotel main floor that I designed, and I am so in love with the final outcome!

Everything you see in the image above I modelled from scratch using AutoCAD, including the original floorplan, the walls, ceilings, tophat light fixtures, sconces, textural mirrored desk, sofas, rabbit ear chair, windows, medallions and mouldings. The only exceptions are the barstools, bar accessories (bottles, etc.), laptop and large chandeliers, which I found blocks for. I then selected and added materials to every surface, many of which I inputted into the program myself because I could not find what I wanted in CAD's material library, such as the floor tile. Finally, I added all of my light sources and the city view out the window. I then took the final image into photoshop and added some silhouettes:

Working on something this detailed in 3D CAD is not without its challenges. The program becomes very slow because there are so many things for it to remember and regenerate with every little move. I had a crisis where all of my lights stopped working, even though they were turned on and still in place. It took hours and hours of hard work and patience, but it was worth it! I can't believe how far I've come in 3D modelling. Remember my first experience doing 3D digital rendering (using SketchUp) here? While those looked quite cartoon-like, this looks quite photo realistic. I'm very proud of it.

At the end of this week I will be done 8 out of 12 terms, and I have the options of finishing in only 11 terms due to transfer credits from my previous degree. This means I'm more than two thirds done my second degree! I am so excited. 

Have you learned any new skills that you are excited about lately?


My First Vlog: Top Five Things to Bring to a Blogging Conference

Well, well, well, look who finally held up one of their blog goals that they've had for the past TWO years. It's me! Coming at you live through video. I'm so glad that I was finally able to put a quick video together. I think it's so fun seeing people on camera, and isn't it weird to hear someone's voice after you've been following their blog for a long time? 

I suppose I was inspired to tackle something on my blogging to-do list with Blogpodium coming up this weekend. I need to figure out a better lighting situation, but all in good time. I had such a blast at Blogpodium last year, but I definitely learned a thing or two about what to bring with you and what to leave behind. Learn from my mistakes last year in the video below!

Will I be seeing you on Saturday? I hope so! Let me know in the comments below!


A Center Hall Table

I have been in a house with a foyer grand enough to host a center table once in my life. I was too young to appreciate what exactly this grand foyer was meant to be. I remember thinking 'that's a weird place to put a small dining table'. Ah how times have changed. Now a center hall table is one of my all time favourite looks. I may never have the room to make this happen, but a girl can dream. It is a traditional look that exudes refinement and timelessness.
via Jeffrey Alan Marks
Mark D. Sikes via Domaine Home
Steven Gambrel via Elle Decor
 If you had enough space, would you?


Coffee Table Tuesdays with Mimosa & Monroe

This Tuesday we have one half of the talented duo in charge of Mimosa & Monroe here with us sharing her fabulous coffee table. I just adore these ladies' style, so palm beach chic/Hollywood regency glam. Please welcome Anna, curator of the popular and colorful instagram feed 'Notes from Monroe'. Anna is coming to us all the way from Brisbane, Australia. Her home has been featured in Adore Magazine, and is now immortalized in Adore's new coffee table book! What a dream come true and so well deserved. Take it away Anna!

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 Are you all swooning as much as I am? Something about navy blue and hot pink just speaks to my soul. Be sure to check out Anna's blog and instagram feed for more gorgeousness! Thanks for joining us Anna!


Meet my Boyfriend: Marshall Jacklin

As some of you know, I have been dating the kindest, most thoughtful man for the past 10 months or so, who I mysteriously refer to as 'M'. Well today, the mystery is over as I'm so proud to introduce him to the world. His name is Marshall Jacklin, and not only is he the best boyfriend, he is also a talented musician who sings, plays piano, and writes the most incredible of songs.
For the past year and a half, Marshall has been hard at work writing, editing, practicing, eliminating and recording tracks, and has now arrived at a collection of 9 songs for his new album 'Putting on a Show'.  It is available for free download at his brand new site, www.marshalljacklin.com, which officially launches today. Each song was recorded in a full take, demonstrating his skills as a live musician. Some songs make me laugh, some make me dance, more than one makes me cry (especially 'Much Younger'...literally every time). He is so inspiring!


I am so in awe of this handsome man and his talent! I hope you will all take a moment to listen, share, download, etc. You can also follow Marshall Jacklin on instagram here to keep up to date!

Thank you so much! I am SO proud of you babe!


My Sequin Camera Strap: Sam and Kate Designs

Today I'm taking some time to highlight one of my newest favourite accessories, as seen in my home tour on The Everygirl. I am completely smitten with my sequin camera strap from Sam and Kate Design. I went with the silver sequins and silver tulle combo, which I adore, but the girls have recently launched a whole bunch of other fab colour combos! It makes taking pictures for the blog way more fun, and Sam and Kate are such sweethearts!
via The Everygirl, photo by Anna with Love

via The Everygirl, photo by Anna with Love

Check out Sam and Kate on Instagram here, and their shop here! And see more of my home tour at The Everygirl!


Lilac and Gold

I was flipping through the September issue of Style at Home Magazine and was stopped in my tracks by a beautiful lilac and gold bathroom. I know not everyone is feeling this year's 'Radiant Orchid', but this subdued version of the hue paired with both aged and polished brass is really speaking to me. I was even more delighted when I realized it was done by local Toronto designer, Tara Fingold, whom I've had the pleasure of meeting. I was so inspired by this fresh, unexpected combination, and I hope you will be too!

 I was inspired to create a little lilac and gold moodboard that captures the quiet luxury of this look!
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What do you all think of this colour combination?
 What a gorgeous design Tara, and congratulations on the feature!



Coffee Table Tuesdays with Jackie of York Avenue

Hi all! I just wanted to start off by saying thank you so much for everyone who stopped by my home tour on The Everygirl and left a little love. The response has been truly overwhelming and I am so grateful! If you missed it, you can catch up here!

It's Tuesday again, and I'm excited to welcome another blogger whose small studio apartment was featured on The Everygirl, Jackie of York Avenue! Jackie and I have been 'blog friends' for a long time, and I think it's soon time to plan a trip down to NYC to visit this girl for real. She has a wonderful blog and, of course, killer styling skills. Let's find out her tips for styling the perfect coffee table:

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 I too, love Jackie's distorted candle stick, don't you? Be sure to check out Jackie's blog and instagram for more design inspiration and to live the life of an Upper East Sider vicariously through her!
Thanks so much for joining us today Jackie!


My Home Tour on The Everygirl

I am so excited to announce a secret I've been holding on to for months now. Today, my apartment is being featured on The Everygirl!!! My heart is so overcome with gratitude, happiness and a feeling of accomplishment, I am truly blessed. I hope you will all head over to check out the feature, learn more about me, and see my place looking better than ever thanks to the talented photography of my friend Anna from Anna With Love.

Thank you so much to The Everygirl team for this amazing opportunity and to Anna, whom I could not have done this without.
And to anyone new popping by my blog, hello! I am so happy that you're here and I can't wait to get to know you better!
Click here to see the full tour and learn more about my career journey thus far and my decorating process!

All photos shot by Anna With Love for The Everygirl.


Coffee Table Tuesday with The Little Black Door

Today, I'm so happy to welcome Elizabeth of The Little Black Door, whose colorful home and blog I love, and who has always been a tremendous support to me personally throughout this crazy journey we call blogging. The Little Black Door is one of the first blogs I followed religiously, and it continues to be one of my daily 'must checks'.
Grab a mug of the good stuff and get ready to be inspired!
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So smitten with her coffee table and the sentimental value that Elizabeth infuses her home with through decor! I think this is a lesson for all of us. How we decorate our homes can help us to treasure so many wonderful memories. Be sure to check out Elizabeth's blog and instagram!

Thanks for participating Elizabeth and Happy Coffee Table Tuesday everyone!