guest post - dot dot dash

Over the next couple of weeks, I've called on some of my friends to help out around here. I have a grueling schedule ahead of me and I didn't want the blog to suffer because of it. All of the people I've asked to contribute guest posts have one thing in common; we all graduated from the same interior design program 4-5 years ago. Since then, our lives have all taken very different paths. You'll hear from people in London, New York, San Francisco and of course Toronto. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have and of course check out their own blogs. First up is Katrina from the blog Dot Dot Dash.

Hi there readers of The Marion House Book! Kat here from Dot Dot Dash. I'm honoured that Emma asked me to do a guest post.

As a fellow Ryerson Interior Design grad, I've since continued my studied in Architecture here in London. First finishing my Architecture Degree at London Metropolitan, followed by a masters (ARB/RIBA Part 2) at the Architectural Association. Currently, I work for a retail architecture firm CivicArts and in the last few months I've entered the blogging world with Dot Dot Dash.

I thought I would share with you this loft conversion from my side of the pond, located in Shoreditch, East London.

The wide open white washed spaces, easily transformed, is what initially drew me in. I love the mix of modern and 1920's furnishings sitting against an amazing backdrop of white exposed brick and structural beams.

x kat


Shot at TheShoreditch"

the friday files

I have to admit this week was full of a few bumps and bruises. I did something to my front tooth (not sure what) that has it throbbing constantly. What is it about tooth pain that makes it reverberate through your whole body? Also, this morning Henry tripped and fell right on the corner of our bedroom dresser. He is now sporting a lovely blue bandaid to hide the damage. Poor thing! I'm hoping next week will be better. I have a brand new Hello! Neighbor post ready for you that I think you are going to love. I'm also going to need your help choosing a dining room table and chairs for one of my readers. So get ready to cast your vote. Finally, I just finished up a guest post for the new tv show Design DNA that you can check out here. Have you seen this show yet? Each episode they look at the history and process behind making some of the most iconic design products of the last couple of centuries. My post is on my beloved Le Creuset Dutch ovens and casserole dishes.

To send you off here are a few images from New York design firm Roman and Williams. Their style is impeccable and something I aspire to. It makes me want to paint all my window and door frames black this weekend!

Image Credits:
1&2) Michael Mundy
3&4) Don Freeman
5) Michael Mundy
6) Unknown
All images via Defgrip.

i’m in san francisco

I'm in San Francisco today. No, not really but almost. The very talented Victoria over at sfgirlbybay is taking a much deserved staycation and I'm one of a handful of bloggers filling in for her.

(Yes, my first guest post!)

Victoria is not only the woman behind the always beautiful and very successful sfgirlbybay blog but also the force behind the blog it forward and pin it forward sensations. Next week it will be my turn to post my pin it forward board on what home means to me. Have you been following the pin it forward posts? There are some really inspiring entries and I have to say I love the Pinterest site. It is so easy to use and I love having all of my inspiration photos in one place. Plus I get to draw inspiration from everybody else's pictures.

So come on over to sfgirlbybay with me. I'm going to share a little bit of Toronto with everyone...and of course, a little bit of The Marion House.