Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Tonight I will be ringing in 2011 with fireworks and champagne on Ocean Drive (after a predrink of homemade margaritas of course)


As this crazy year closes and I look to 2011, I can’t help but smile about all the good things to come. It is going to be a BIG year for me – the wedding, having my design work published for the first time in a national magazine – it should be quite the ride!

May 2011 bring you all the health and happiness in the world!

photo by brian henn

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cozy Plaid

Double-gauze sleep shirt

Tried this J Crew top on the other day and was desperate to make it an “in-public- worthy-look” by belting it over leggings so I could enjoy its snuggle-ness 24/7, but it still looked way too pyjama-esque…same with a pair of plaid pants that managed to look normal on the salesgirl but would make me look like I was sleep-walking down yonge street if I was to attempt them. Guess I will just stick with my trusted and true vintage plaid shirts from Kensington!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

André Monet’s Ladies

I walked into The Opera Gallery at the Bal Harbour shops and fell in love with the mixed media portraits of pop culture icons by André Monet. I was delighted to discover the artist is a fellow Canuck and that he is also represented by a Canadian gallery in the artist’ native Montreal. The bits and bites of newspaper type, crossword puzzles and maps layered with the timeless images would make more fabulous foils in a traditional interior.

While he portrays many fabulous icons, my favourite pieces by (the other) Monet are the black and white ladies:

MONET Andre - Lauren BaccalMONET Andre - BBMONET Andre - Grace de Monaco

Monday, December 20, 2010

Beachy Keen

I’m pleased to report that I am tucked away in our lovely Miami beach pad in beautiful Bal Harbour. The weather is good- not fabulous- but either way it is far more pleasant than dealing with blizzards and scraping ice off my windshield!


I plan on incorporating some decor missions into my time off, so stay tuned for some recaps of my visits to the vintage shops in North Miami, the design district, and perhaps even some Palm Beach antiquing!

(image via gemma comas) 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gift Guide: For The Girl Who Has Everything

This list is conveniently being posted the day after my birthday… just kidding! Well not about the birthday part, but really this this list is pretty much compiled of luxuries that no one in their right mind would ever actually need – they’re just lovely things that would make even the most jaded girl smile:



Lanvin  Silk-satin travel kit, $490


Smythson Magenta iPad sleeve, $460


Tara Bernard Tattoo Union for The Rug Company, $589


L’Objet Black Dragon Bowl, $550


Prada  Paillettes Continental Wallet, $555


Oprah’s Favorite Cashmere Cable Throw in Black, $595


Fornasetti New York Times Tray, $170.00


Tory Burch Starburst Wreath Necklace,  $350

Monday, December 13, 2010

Did You Hear That?

wedding bells are ringing in jessica claire’s world!


I received this awesome card along with some stunning flower arrangements, festive balloons, sweet macaroons and more from my amazing family and friends in celebration of my engagement to my roomie and love of my life, Dave.


He proposed with my maternal grandmother’s stone, which I had reset in a classic solitaire setting. I love that I’m the third generation to wear it and look forward to passing it down to my grandchildren when it’s their turn to get hitched.


As 2011 nears and this rollercoaster of a year comes to a close, I can’t wait to start planning an elegant affair and sharing some of the details with you. I’m in serious need of inspiration, so let me know what your favourite wedding blogs are in the comments!