Inspired by

Inspired by. That's the name of a new monthly series of interviews Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge fame is doing with successful women over on the Ann Taylor site. It stems in part from Grace's latest book, In the Company of Women, which features interviews with over 100 makers, entrepreneurs and artists. It was probably one of my favourite books of last year. The series kicks off with an interview of Grace, herself.

Herewith a few of my favourite moments from that interview.

On the best piece of business advice she's been given.

"Embrace whatever works -- until it doesn't. You will always know in your gut what is right before anyone else does.

If she was given three more hours in a day how she would spend them.

"I'd spend more time with my family exploring around the Hudson Valley. I'd love to start the day getting fresh air before I settle into laptop mode."

What does success mean to her.

"Being able to keep a company running (and profitable) that stays true to its moral and ethical compass and pays its employees fairly."


To read more of the interview with Grace check out her Inspired By series over here.


Holiday Gift Guide - Part 2

Yesterday, I posted the first part of our Holiday Gift Guide featuring the work of local designers in the Toronto area (many of them also have online stores for those of your further afield.) We've got more shopping ideas for you today featuring a beautiful tablescape you might just want to copy for your own holiday table. I love the loose arrangement of juniper in the centre of the table accompanied by smaller sprigs at every plate. Thanks to the very talented Amy and Andreea for creating such a inspiring tableau.

Photography: Andreea Muscurel, The Love Studio 

Styling: Amy Carrillo, Love On Sunday

Space: Yoga Yoga Studio

Model: Noor


Source List:

Food: Cinq Foods 

Clothing: Curriculum Shop 

Plants & Pots: Urban Gardener 

Black Chairs & Stool: Coolican & Company via Green Light District 

Blue Carved Porcelain Sphere: Karolina-Anna Hajna 

Tea Towels: Lot 8

Geometric Wooden Planter: Rong Designs 

Distressed Succulent Planters: Dogwood Urban Farm 

Alphabet Planter: Keep Company

Cocktail: Station Cold Brew and Havana Club 




My last post was all about green and today I’m dreaming about it’s complementary colour, red. But a very deep red to be exact–  you might also call it bordeaux or oxblood. This is a colour that I’ve never worked with before but I’m definitely up for the challenge! I’ll be styling a space that includes a deep red wall so I have been searching far and wide for some inspiration. I’ve pulled together some of my favourite images below. - Amy.