STACT

I recently discovered a company called STACT. They have designed a revolutionary wine rack that is modern, minimalist and modular. When I first went on their website I read this “STACT isn’t a wine rack. It’s an interior décor piece that stores wine in a beautiful way.” That is exactly what I want in a wine a rack! The wine rack was designed in San Francisco by Eric Pfeiffer and is now based in Vancouver – Another plus! What I love about the wine rack is that you can use it in a small location in your house or you can really make a statement piece with any design you can come up with. Here are some examples from STACT’s website of ways their wine rack has been used.

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Okay so I might be totally obsessed with STACT but it’s an interior designers dream wine rack, the possibilities are endless!  I am definitely craving a glass of wine now. Have a good weekend everyone!

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The Foaster

Okay Apple lovers I have discovered the coolest accessory for your iPhone. If you haven’t heard of it already it’s called the Foaster. It is an elegant charger for your iPhone and it looks like a toaster. It is meant to de-clutter all those cords, is designed to look good in a kitchen and it lets you charge 2 iPhone’s at a time.

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Probably my favourite feature is it was designed so that you can see your phone while it’s charging so you can see if you get a message. If you do get a message while you have one hand dirty from making dinner you can easily use the free hand to grab the iPhone instead of having to use both hands to unplug it. This creative device isn’t on the market yet but it should be able to buy in March of 2014. I can’t wait to put this in my kitchen!

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Fireplace Design

It’s been unusually  cold here in Vancouver for the past few days, my iPhone says it’s currently -4 but feels like -10. Us Vancouverite’s are not use to freezing temperature’s!  When I get home from work the first thing I do is turn on the fireplace and make some tea. This time of year is my favourite time of year to sit by the fireplace, I looooooove fireplaces – good thing I have 3 in my house! There are some really creative designs out there as I learnt while browsing through Pinterest. Here are some of my favourites I happen to find today.

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Have a good weekend!!

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New Job, New Wallet!

Happy Monday Everyone! As you may know I recently graduated at the end of September with my Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and took a little break and went to Toronto. I have been back from Toronto for about 3 weeks and last Thursday I officially got my first job as a Jr. Interior Designer! I am working for a small interior design firm that is literally a 5min drive from my house (how perfect!). As a congrats on a real job, I decided to splurge a little bit and buy myself something nice. Back in October at Stephanie’s birthday party I misplaced my wallet so I thought I would replace it. I bought a gorgeous Kate Spade wallet in a minty/blue colour. I am obsessed with it! And when you open it the interior is white with gold dots!

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Nursery Heaven

Happy Monday!!

I am currently lounging in bed with a tea in hand, with the sunshine is trying to come through my shut blinds. This is the life of someone who is just finished school and is looking for a job. Sound glamorous? Before I officially start my day of job hunting, running errands and going to the gym I thought I would write a quick post :-). Now I am clearly not having any babies anytime soon but I do have many friends with little ones and friends that are currently pregnant and there is just something so sweet about designing a nursery! This is going to be the babies first room and it is important to do it right. I personally love the idea of using neutral paint colours and then adding in the pinks and blues in the furniture and accessories. This way it is easy to change the look of the room in the future, it is good if you end up not staying in that current house – you won’t be scaring away potential buyers with a bright pink room and if you are not finding out the sex of the child you don’t have to guess if you should be painting it blue or pink or just settling with yellow. I love browsing Pinterest for some inspiration! Here are some of my favourites that I came across…

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Fall is here!

Fall is officially here!! This is my favourite season of the year, it means cozy oversized sweaters with leggings, Hunter rain boots and a nice chunky scarf. And one can’t forget thanksgiving, pumpkin flavoured everything, halloween and mine and Stephanie’s birthday’s! The change in the seasons also means a new step in my life as I officially completed my Interior Design Degree yesterday! I am very excited and happy about what the future holds for me but I am also a little nervous, but that’s normal right?

Fall is all about the change in the weather and your wardrobe, not your house decor, don’t we all wish we were rich enough to change our entire spaces every season? But you could easily change up you accessories around your house. I am talking nice fluffy pillows, warm throws to curl up with by the fire and adding some gold accents. I also like buying those little baby orange and white pumpkins and putting them around my house. Here are a few decor ideas to add into your space:

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1) HAY Baby Dot Quilt
2) West Elm Sculptural Sphere
3) The Cross Ampersand Object Gold
4) Pottery Barn Red Cherry Texturized Linen Pillow
5) Tom Dixon Etch Candle Holder
6) West Elm  Braided Cable Throw

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Save the Date!

If you don’t already know, Stephanie is engaged and getting married in one year (and one day)! I offered to design her save the dates for her, they can be way over priced on websites likes Etsy. I said I could create a custom design and something that her and her fiancé would love! It literally took 2 hours of my time and $10 worth of paper and I think they turned out perfectly.

Being an interior designer we are always using Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, which is what graphic designers use to create things like this. I am no graphic expert but I love designing invites! I guess you could say it is something I do on the side for fun!

I hope you love these invites as much as Stephanie and I do!

-Nicole

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