home decor 101

For those of you that might not live in Canada or aren't familiar with Chatelaine magazine I thought I would show you a few snapshots from the hot of the presses Home Decor 101 publication that just came out. This is a special issue completely devoted to home design and it is chock full of goodness. photo (1)

All of the images and projects in the magazine are from home tours that Chatelaine has done over the past few years.

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IMG_1113Obviously I can lay no claim to the brilliance of this magazine (and I really do think it is amazing). This book is the combined hard work of Virginie Martocq, Julia Black, Malcolm Patterson and all of the other talented designers on the Chatelaine design panel including Sarah Richardson, Tommy Smythe, Kimberley Seldon, Samanatha Pynn and Michael Penney.

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IMG_1117I've been pouring over this magazine taking in all the beautiful photographs and inspiring details. Seeing all the homes back to back is super impressive. What a legacy Virginie Martocq (the former Home Editor) leaves behind! She has left me some big boots to fill. If you live in Canada you'll definitely want to pick this magazine up (and I'm not just saying that because I'm the new editor!!) I think the photos above say it all.

sarah & tommy

I will freely admit that I am serial renovator. I never consider our house finished. I wouldn't say I'm constantly changing things around but after a few weeks or months of "everything in its place" my mind starts churning. A few weeks ago, I took some time to step back from our house to see what was working and what wasn't. I took photographs and notes and tried to be critical. What I ended up with was a plan that I could tackle over time. Yesterday, I was one of a handful of bloggers that got to spend some time with Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe.

I don't think they need any introduction but if you don't know them they are the witty and engaging twosome behind a string of successful HGTV series. Starting January 4th, they have a new show on HGTV called Sarah 101. The premise behind the series is to break down the design process step by step showing their viewers how a cohesive room is created. Personally, I can't think of a better duo to do the job. What I've always enjoyed about Sarah's shows is that she shows us her successes along with the mishaps. I often learn more from how she handles a veritable disaster than I do her accomplishments. Sarah's down to earth approach and roll with the punches attitude really helps demystify the whole decorating process.

During our hour or so conversation, I took a few notes. Below are some fun facts you might not know about this dynamic duo.

I've seen the first episode of this new series and I think it will be invaluable to those of you embarking on your own renovations. Regardless of whether or not you like Sarah's style, the lessons she teaches are universal. I will readily admit that I have learned a few tricks from watching Sarah's shows. (No one can customize an off the shelf Ikea kitchen like her and Tommy!) I imagine her new show will be no different. Do you have a favorite design lesson you've learned from watching one of Sarah's shows?

(By the way, aren't her Ferragamo shoes fabulous!)