Pool House Styling - Interior Design Magazine

I'm so happy to start this new week showing you a project I worked on last summer. Architect John Tong of +tongtong designed this Toronto pool house to be many things: cabana, guest quarters, shower room and sometimes studio. When the time came to shoot it, I was called in along with Liz Ikiriko to make it look camera-ready - right down to the beach balls! The house is featured in the June 2014 issue of Interior Design Magazine - a highly respected trade publication out of the United States. The beautiful photographs were taken by Colin Faulkner.

Big thanks to John and Juli at Mjolk and Deborah and David at Green Light District for all their help.

welcome to my new home

After months and months, finally my new website is here. It's been a long time coming! I started my blog back in 2010 with a standard template I picked up from WordPress. It was terrible but the important thing back then was just to start. A few months in, I asked my neighbour Rachel Riordan to draw me a header and a coworker, Andrea Kreuger to build me a blog. They did an amazing job and that blog served me extremely well for four years.

Today, I'm happy to introduce my new blog designed by Trish Papadakos. Not only has the design changed but also the platform (I've gone from WordPress to SquareSpace) so bear with me as I get use to the changes and tweak things as I go. I love the new logo Trish has designed for me - it's simple and clean but with a unmistakable personality. The font was originally designed for the Guggenheim Museum with the intentions of representing a range of artistic voices from Cezanne to Matthew Barney. As Trish explained to me, "it's a distinctive typeface that maintains a good dose of objectivity."  

In the past four years, I've noticed a lot of changes in the blogging world. The landscape has changed and even my own interaction with blogs is very different than it once was. I'll be the first to admit that my attention is now spread over many mediums (pinterest, twitter, instagram, etc) and that my days of commenting on other blogs is infrequent. However I still visit them regularly and look to them daily for inspiration. 

Blogs are still the home base from which everything else stems. The place we can always return to when we're looking for a bit more information or a deeper story. I'm so happy this is my new home.

a farmhouse visit and more

Can you believe it is September already? Where did the summer go? This one seemed to fly by for me. In fact, I looked at the chalkboard in our kitchen the other day and realized I still had dates up from when Henry finished school in June! It seems like yesterday. I thought I would send you into the weekend with a little bit of what I have been up to outside of The Marion House Book. Enjoy! IMG_3013First up is a little ode to summer vacations. Check out my visit to a charming Ontario farmhouse a few hours out of the city.

76331b559da1_89b3-white-pastel-mood-board-inspiration_thumbIf you love a white kitchen but are looking to update it with a hit of colour check out my moodboard inspired by these photos from a restaurant in London originally posted on Remodelista over at HGTV.

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My dream is to have my own country house one day. While that is a long way off it doesn't stop me from planning how and what I might decorate it with like these beautiful hand carved gardenia knobs from Anthropologie. See more of my faves over here.



Are you thinking of redoing one of your kid's room this fall? Or maybe you have a baby on the way? If so, you'll want to see what I think are the five current trends in Kids' Room designs.



I'm happy to announce that I'm going to be participating in this year's BlogPodium conference happening in Toronto on September 21st. I am going to be speaking on a panel with Margot Austin, Senior Design Editor and Editor of Special Publications for House & Home, Jacquelyn Clark, Editor of Style Me Pretty Living and Blogger at Lark & Linen, and Rhonda Riche, co-founder of Covet Garden. It will be moderated by the Leigh-Ann Allaire Perreault. We 're going to talk about old media, new media, social media and any other medias out there - a good old mashup! Should be a good time. I'm thrilled to be able to share the stage with these women.


If you don't know about BlogPodium you might want to check it out. It's a day long conference with seminar's in everything from Creating a Style Guide for your Blog to Photoshop for Bloggers. In addition, there will be a keynote address by Canadian design superstar (and Chatelaine expert!) Sarah Richardson.


Jennifer Flores, one of the co-founders behind BlogPodium (and blogger over at Rambling Renovators) is kindly offering my readers a 10% discount on the ticket price. Just use the code marion10 when registering.

I hope to see you there! (Seriously, come up and introduce yourself after the panel talk.)

Now, I need to go figure out what I'm going to wear!