Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thank you Style at Home !

We are absolutely thrilled and so happy that the fab editors at Style at Homeone of Canada's best lifestyle/home decor magazines, has selected Wild thyme flowers as a gift option for The Holidays. And I couldn't agree more. There really isn't much that compares to receiving a beautiful, whimsical, romantic bouquet of fresh flowers, delivered randomly each month, with a secret message nestled deep inside beautiful blooms. Send hints ladies (see our link bar below).....We would love to hear from your better half !!!!

And.... as it is the season of celebrating, we can also help you with any of your decorating needs. Front Door it. 
Decorated us.......NO, really........Call Us.
We love nothing more than a gorgeously trimmed Christmas tree ! 
Parties....We're there.... that's really what it's all about. A wonderful excuse to get together and see friends and spoil ourselves !

Life.... truly is beautiful.

Mmmmm....I love the holidays.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Baroness

The title of Sarah Slean's most recent album.  Sarah is Canadian, incredibly talented and really, you ought to get yourself a copy of this album. It's just wonderful !

Here's a video of one of her gorgeous songs from this album called Get Home.

You can fake your way to the finish line
But don't you dare profess to love me
When you're lying to another
That's not love, that's just wishing.
Wish and love are not the same thing. Yeah, yeah.
Get Home. Get home.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My latest art crush....


A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my friends at PARTS GALLERY inviting me to the opening of a new selection of paintings by one of their artists Judith Geher. The above painting accompanied the invitation and I instantly thought, "I've gotta see this for real". It truly resonated with me. But I'm not quite sure what hit me first. Was it the colours ? Perhaps it was the mood of the painting - so sexy and romantic. Maybe it was the soft swirls and curls of her hair. Her icy blue eyes ? Or was it the way the paint went from heavy dollops of colour to no paint at all ? It almost felt...mmmm... not quite finished. Whatever it was, I thought it was beauuutiful.

I immediately checked PARTS website to see more of her work and instantly thought of my niece Carey. One email later and we had a date to check out Judith's work. And we were not disappointed.

Being a florist, this painting thrilled me. A young woman immersing herself into the intoxicating smell off of a bouquet. Sweet !!!

While I love Titian, I think this was really my favourite. I loved the shades of greens and the bouquet  was gorgeously painted. It was painted on two boards (a duotych?) and I have just the spot for it in my house !

The blues in this painting were so ethereal. So delicate, feathery and light.
Plus, I love the kiss.

Spring Cloak
As soon as I saw this, I emailed Carey. How pretty.

And more of Judith's work...............

Eve 1


PARTS GALLERY will be at The Toronto International Art Fair next week. We wish you and your artists great success at the show !

Judith Geher at Parts Gallery from October 14 - November 7, 2010
1150 Queen St. East, Toronto

Thursday, October 14, 2010


At this time of year I fall completely and madly in love with this colour palette. Firey reds and oranges bursting with life and passion but beautifully balanced by plums, burgundies, grey greens and more subtle burnt oranges. Some people call these jewel tones.

The textures in the flowers and the old world vibe of this picture totally speak to me.

Both arrangements convey a sense and feeling of autumn yet they're filled with spring flowers ! Did you notice the tulips and ranunculus ?

Colour is definitely a seasonal thing for me. In the fall, it's jewel tones as in the pics above. It doesn't matter that there are Spring flowers in the arrangement. The colours remind us of the time of year.

The winter calls for deeper reds and burgundies with even deeper greens or alternatively wintry whites. In early spring I'm loving pale lavenders, blues and soft yellows which lead into the softer pinks, peaches and creams of late spring/early summer. And high summer is all about fuscha pinks, corals, hot reds and bright greens.

How does colour speak to you ?

Apologies for not crediting the photos. I seem to have lost the photographer's name. If anyone recognizes, please do let me know and I will gladly credit.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

To happy, beautiful brides......

To our beautiful bride Bryn......thank you for being so delightful to work with !!!

Weddings can be pretty stressful events. Even when you're marrying the man of your dreams, planning such a festive occasion can take its' toll. And no wonder. You've basically decided to celebrate and share something extremely intimate and special with maybe 50, 100, 200 or, as in our wedding today with 350 guests. Many of whom, especially beyond 200 guests, you really don't know, if at all ! The details (and believe me they are endless) can overwhelm.

The bottom line is you want your party be a roaring success. You want people to leave your reception and say "what a wonderful evening and by the way, didn't the Bride look beautiful" (sorry Grooms, it really is about the bride).

So, when I meet with couples to talk about their wedding I always remind them of the following:

You've decided to throw a party. Enjoy the planning. Glitches will and do happen. But most are manageable and easily corrected.

Be confident that you have chosen the best vendors for your wedding. Yes, have ongoing dialogue and communication with them, but in the end you must trust them to do their job. That's why you hired them. Right ?

Smile, smile and smile some more.......have fun !! It's one day. Relish all of it because it goes by pretty quickly.

I WANT IT TO BE wayyyyy too much pressure to put on yourself and everyone else. I saw famous wedding planner Colin Cowie on Oprah. Oprah asked him what can a bride expect from him. He replied "I will do the best job I can and work very, very hard to achieve the look and feeling you want but......I don't do perfect. It's impossible". Ladies, Mr. Cowie does weddings costing millions of dollars !

Most importantly, remember that your guests are following your cue. If that six tier wedding cake suddenly collapses on one side resembling a small landslide (BTW that did happen at one of our weddings) and you fall apart crying, your guests will cry. If you laugh, your guests will laugh. That's the difference between a wonderful wedding and a bad wedding. Make your guests feel great. Because they want to see you have a wonderful time and have a fabulous party. They want to celebrate your future life together !

You decided to throw a party. Go with it !

I so loved her dress. And doesn't she have the greatest smile ?

Robin, one of our fabulous designers created Bryn's bouquet. It's filled with the most fragrant garden roses, the softest pink dahlias and yes, the palest pink ranunculus.

Her veil is simple and pretty. Perfect for her dress and style.

I loved her nude toned shoes. How fashionable !

Some overview shots of the table florals. I'll post more shots of the tables in another post with closer shots. But I must go to sleep for a few hours as we have to go back and tear down later tonight (read 2 am).

This was going to be a great party. The band was rehearsing and they sounded like a lot of fun !!

Bryn and Sasha are on their way to Morrocco tomorrow for their honeymoon. Have a great trip! Then back to NYC where they are living.

All the photographs were taken by my wonderful partner David. It's not always easy for us to get pictures of our beautiful brides on the day but in this instance we were lucky. Thank you David. They are fantabulous !!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010 are my sunshine

Well of course I LOVE the sunshine (sans humidity). That's a given. Waking up to a sunshiney morning with birdsong and the prospect of the entire day ahead of me fills me with joy.

But ya know sometimes a gal likes some broodiness. Perhaps a little coolness and dull atmosphere to face. So rather than making you get up and go, darker days make you consider, reconsider or take time out, go slow (you know the days you just want to cosy up in bed), go for long romantic walks on abandoned beaches, be serene, be contemplative.

And the colour that most speaks to me and gives me that sense of quiet, romance and contemplation is GREY. Pale greys, muddy greys, French greys, gloomy greys, deep, dark black greys. Yummy.

I should also mention I love it as a gorgeous colour/neutral for interiors. Here are some of my favourites........

The inspiration.........

An abandoned train station on the estate of Corrour Shooting Lodge in the highlands of Scotland.

The view over Loch Ossian (Corrour Estate)

The grey background frames this already gorgeous bouquet beautifully.

An antique vase adorned with the loveliest green fruit spilling out and over. Arranged by the fabulous Christian Tortu.

Old champion winner cups showing their age.

Persephone book covers.
Though I believe they no longer publish their books in this pale soft grey and cream (sigh...)
BTW...I loved this story.

Oooh, this is what I love about fall and winter.

The interiors:

I think this is beautifully styled. Suzy Hoodless designed the interior to the Corrour Shooting Lodge.

I would love to have this fire/oven in my kitchen. Wouldn't you ?

Love the shades of grey in both of the above photos. Cool and contemporary.

Elegant contemporary interior...another Suzy Hoodless.

And one of my favourite photographs by Cecil Beaton. Model in a Balmain dress with Gladiolas nearby.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Domestic Goddess returns.....

Nigella Lawson has a new cookbook coming out this September: Kitchen Recipes from the Heart of the Home.

I love cookbooks and in particular I am a huge fan of women who cook. Their books always feel more authentic to me - honest, approachable and doable. So in my kitchen (almost finished btw) you'll find Marcella Hazan, Alice Waters, The River Cafe gals, Julia Child, Anne Willan and Ina Garten. Yes, ok I also have Jamie Oliver, Nigel Slater and Anthony Bourdain all of whom I also absolutely adore.

But for some reason I never got into Nigella. I think I just kind of thought she was all fluff and played on her attractiveness and perhaps didn't venture beyond cupcakes and spaghetti.

Then a couple of years ago I happened to read an interview with her that took place on a train ride from London to Brighton. First Class of course. The interviewer was commenting on how striking she looked and that several, rather well dressed businessmen were giving her admiring glances to which she was apparently completely oblivious.

The interviewer asked her a question and doggone it I can't remember what the question was but it had something to do with how she looked. However, I do remember her response and have held it close ever since. It's not a direct quote but it was something like:

"I only look in the mirror once a day. In the morning I'll fix my hair and makeup and that's it. Because I know I'm never, ever going to look as good as I feel".

Is this not true ladies ? It's so true. Ever since, Nigella rocks. So I'll be checking out her new book which by the way is getting some decent reviews.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's your favourite film ?

Mine is Out of Africa.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love this film. I watch it at least once a year. Meryl Streep was phenomenal in the part of Karen Blixen. And the scenery, the costumes, the interiors, the music, the other beautifully casted characters..... the story. This is a perfect film.

It doesn't matter how many times I see it, I'm still held spellbound. One of the most compelling scenes is Karen reciting a poem at the funeral of Dennis Finchhatten. I reduces me to tears every time.

If you haven't seen this movie and your only exposure to Meryl is Mamma Mia or Julie and Julia, please rent this film. This is a joy to watch.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bring on the autumn Mr.Dries Van Noten

What can I say ? Dries .... understands women. His clothes are chic, sophisticated and wearable. I love him.

It's feminine without the sugar. It's just feminine ! Dries Van Noten's clothes make women feel confident.

I love this camouflage style dress. Very chic.

Just seriously pretty.

O.K. I'm thinking late afternoon lunch with the hubby in this lovely ensemble and a cab ride uptown to the gallery opening of a cherished friend's latest work. I'm going to be honest here. I think people are far too casual these days. I personally would love to see a ban on running shoes and athletic wear in public. Unless you're actually excercising.

What a smart, sexy, daytime outfit.

This is so cool. In fact I think you have to be 40 years plus to carry this off

Lovely wrap coat.

The perfect khaki green.

Can't wait for FALL....can you ?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Into the Mystic

I've always been a huge Van Morrison fan. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Tupelo Honey and Wavelength were much played albums at my place. Notice I said albums. Yikes ! I'm really starting to feel like a dinosaur. But I digress. Van Morrison is phenomenal. His music and lyrics are pure poetry. Timeless. Original.

I've also been a fan of a fabulous Canadian blues guy called Colin James who just happens to have taken on the near impossible task of singing and NAILING one of Van's classic songs......Into the Mystic.

Wow....have a listen. And it doesn't hurt that he's very easy on the eyes.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bring on the autumn.....Part 2

I am so happy ..... the TOAST AW 2010 catalogue will be here soon.

In the meantime, the lovely, amazing people at TOAST have put together this gorgeous film giving us a glimpse into the photo shoot and the clothes. I am in TOAST heaven. This year they're off to Venice and the South Tyrol.

I am totally into the slowness of this film. It reminds me that in our high tech instant world that we have lost the ability to just be still and be in the moment. So be assured, it builds. The beginning of the film is spare and feels rather bland. But if you stick with it, the ending is hypnotic and romantic. And I can't wait to see the actual clothes.

Enjoy. It's just beautiful.

Did you love it ? Let's talk.....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bring on the autumn.....Part 1

I'm afraid I have to admit I'm done with this summer weather. I know I'm gonna eat my words come mid January, but this is just too darn hot and humid for me. It's been relentless here in Toronto. Of course if you're lucky enough to have a lovely little cottage to retreat to....then God bless you. I can't wait for Fall.

And while the cooler weather is a big draw for me I'm also excited about the fabulous line up of clothing I've started to see in the stores and from the fashion shows. A new favourite this year is Isabel Marant. I've admired Ms. Marant's clothes from a distance. I love her extremely cool, rock and roll aesthetic. The look is definitely chic with an edge. But of course her clothes looked best on hip fashionista types.

However her Fall 2010 showed clothes that felt more grown up and I actually saw things I could imagine wearing. Have a look.

Modern with a nod to the 50's.

I love the metallic, dressy vibe of the skirt with this chicly (is that a word ?) military style shirt.

Unfortunately the trousers are a no go for me but the jacket would definitely work.

I love this top with the Japanese style sash. For me it would have to be Katherine Hepburn style palazzo pants or a lovely pair of silky ankle grazing trousers.

You know when I first saw this I simultaneously thought of Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld. While their personal dress styles seem so different to me somehow I can imagine both of them wearing a version of this.

Yeah, I just love this. A leetle longer and I am there !

Before I even saw this pic, I saw a dress similar to this in Aritzia (a great Canadian clothing shop) on the weekend and thought, wow! I want this dress. Now that I think of it Aritzia's fall line up seems to be channeling Isabel Marant.

A little 50's waist cinching. Love it.

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