June 30, 2011 by admin
June 30, 2011 by admin
Have you heard? Beloved founding editor of Domino Magazine, Deborah Needleman is coming out with a new book? Just heard about it on Habitually Chic and apparently the book promises to be “The must-have guide describing 80 items that are all one needs for a livable, comfortable, and undeniably stylish home.”
You’ll remember Needleman’s super-famous Domino – The book of Decorating right? It was and is such a fun, fresh approach to approaching and demystifying the process.
It was full of beautiful rooms and building blocks like this…
One more exciting tidbit is that the new Needleman book is illustrated by none other than our very own Canadian Virginia Johnson. Famed for her amazing collection of breezy and artisanal textiles and the charming watercolours made famous by Kate Spade. Works like these (below). This book is going to be a must-read for sure!
June 29, 2011 by admin
Do you have a thing for tabletop? You know, that wonderful category of decorative objects that are beautiful and useful? Well I’ve always had a thing for special dishes, fanciful patterns and modern reinterpretations of old motifs, so this is definitely my cup of tea…
Michael C. Fina, the American tabletop Mecca has everything you could want dishes-wise and here is a selection of what’s catching my eye at the moment. There’s more than enough inspiration for a hundred dinner parties!
June 28, 2011 by admin
So I’ve seen this lovely modernized wing chair by Hickory Chair around in magazines and online lots lately. Pretty spiffy right?
I could see this handsome chair in many different spaces and working with lots and lots of colour schemes. Hickory Chair furniture is sold at stores like Elte in Toronto, but if that’s too rich for your blood check this out!
I saw this chair look-alike at HomeSense recently! My camera tends to wash out the colour in some shots, so trust me when I say that it too was a rich chocolate brown. The legs are wrapped in plastic here, but you get the idea. A wonderful modernized wing chair at an equally wonderful and affordable price point! Maybe now you can get a pair!
June 27, 2011 by admin
I’m sure by now pretty much everyone has heard of Frolic, the Portland Oregon based blog penned by the talented Chelsea Fuss. It’s really the perfect daily update on all things beautiful, inspirational, charming and fresh. So often I’m totally inspired by Chelsea’s posts and I feel like we’ve got a similar point of view so I just had to get in touch and ask her a few nosy questions.
I think you’ll find this interview with Chelsea Fuss as inspirational as I do.
Michael Penney Style: How did you become so dang stylish? What were your influences growing up?
MPS: Above, Chelsea’s own charming and understated place.
Michael Penney Style: What was your favourite colour growing up? What is it/are they now?
MPS: Bouquet above by Chelsea Fuss.
Michael Penney Style: You create the most beautiful, effortless-looking flower arrangements – describe your process. What goes into these creations and what flowers tug at your heartstrings?
MPS: Arrangement by Chelsea Fuss. Pure perfection by the way…
June 24, 2011 by admin
Happy Weekend everyone!
As a parting gift to mark the end of this lovely June week I offer this very last House & Home video of our house makeover. It features the den or family room where Sara and get our cozy on and relax most evenings. It’s got the most comfy vintage, feather-filled sofa (the deal of the century) and a fun striped rug (which to be honest is a pain to keep clean!). My favourite part of the room is the “Theresa’s Green” by Farrow & Ball paint on the walls and the dappled light that streams in through the windows. Enjoy the tour and enjoy your weekend!
Click here for the video.
June 24, 2011 by admin
Red’s a tricky colour. When I think of decorating with red it usually makes me think of t00-rich red walls or shiny, lacquer red accents. Not really my cup of tea. But I was pleasantly surprised with these images from House Beautiful Magazine. They’re all about decorating with red and white, but in this case the reds are often washed out so or scuffed up. The result is fresh and romantic rather than being all Valentine’s Day, you know? Take a look, what do you think?
Red and white stripes, toile and geraniums – love ‘em all!
And how cute is that dog?!
June 23, 2011 by admin
One of the decorating stories I’m most proud of is this gingham story from the July 2011 issue of House & Home Magazine. It took me quite a while to measure, tape and paint that gingham design on that wall! And guess what – we had to paint over it with gray the very afternoon I’d finished! That’s a photo shoot for you! Be sure to check this story out in House & Home for even more gingham ideas.
This week, my gingham dining room is part of an online gallery of favourite dining rooms from the past 25 years of House & Home. There’s some stiff competition from the likes of Jeanette Hlinka, Lynda Reeves, Sarah Richardson and Cameron MacNeil, but users are invited to vote on their favourite dining room. I wonder if there’s a prize…?
Our own dining room here at our home in Oshawa is part of the gallery too and has gotten a few votes! It’s nice to see too because it was done on a modest budget and yet it’s holding its own against some fancy, high end projects. Yay DIY!
To check out the whole gallery (and maybe place a vote or two) click here.
June 22, 2011 by admin
It’s no secret that I love peonies. In fact of all the flowers out there, Sara and I always say peonies are our favourite.
This year I’ve even seen some yellow ones at the market and a yellow peony plant on a garden tour. 2011 has been the year of peonies! My neighbour has abundant peony bushes with more than enough to fill a spare vase or two. As a result we have peonies in the kitchen, peonies in the living room, peonies, peonies, peonies! Take a look…
June 21, 2011 by admin
Don’t you just want to be here now? This is classic Sarah Richardson style – casual, kick-back style, watery colours and layers of vintage and new pieces. This is the famous cottage from Sarah’s Cottage (the hgtv show) and was inspired by nature’s palette just outside those windows. Looks pretty perfect to me…
The dining area combines painted banker’s chairs, a rustic bench and romantically upholstered wing chairs. And how about that fireplace?
The tile in the kitchen is at once graphic and organic, seemingly inspired by the granite outside and in the fireplace. I love the combination of painted wood and natural, washed wood.
Happy first day of summer everyone!