11.16.2010

Vanessa's Favorite Interior

Today's guest blogger for "Favorite Interior Tuesdays" is Vanessa from Decor Happy!  Vanessa is a very talented designer who owns a successful firm, and she is a very proud Mom.  Vanessa was the first person to ever leave a comment on my blog {I was so excited when I saw it!}, and I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to get to know her better {and in real life, not just virtually} over the past few months.  Needless to say, the interior Vanessa has chosen is stunning, so lets get to it...
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I am so honoured to be sharing my favourite interior with you here on Staci’s blog.  I must say, this was a difficult exercise for me.  I must have chosen 5 different interiors to write about but then changed my mind mid-way as something wasn’t quite “me” in some of the photos.

I came back to an interior designed by one of my favourite Canadian designers, Jennifer Worts, who has been featured in Canadian House and Home and I have featured on my blog in the past.

I just can’t stop looking at this gorgeous kitchen for the following reasons:
-      I love white kitchens. The chocolate stained wood framing the glass cabinets is added visual interest and ties in with the island and the hardwood floors.
-      The range hood is decorative without being over embellished like some hood fans can be.
-      The choice of the simple, glass pendants is a nice change from the sometimes large and heavy metal ones that you tend to see over large islands.
-      This is also my favourite kitchen design where you have an island with a sink running parallel to a bank of cabinets with the range and fridge. Those piddly islands that you sometimes see in the middle of a work triangle can be a nuisance when you have to constantly walk around them to get to your sink, stove etc.  This layout makes cooking a breeze as everything is within a few steps of each other.
-      The counter and backsplash is a very unusual Calcutta marble and is my “dream” counter material.  I say dream because I am a very messy cook and I know that marble isn’t forgiving especially with someone like me in the kitchen!
-      Did you notice the colour of the stove? A beautiful seaglass colour.  Wolf usually displays all of the gorgeous colours of their stoves at Interior Design Shows but you don’t generally see them in homes.  People tend to play it safe with stainless.
-      The seating in a faux leather or leather is both comfortable and practical.

The seating on the curved bench and dining chairs are also faux leather, but this time in an indigo colour.  I love the large window with a view to the back garden.  The pendant looks like the Jonathan Adler Meurice which has been a long-time favourite of mine. The subway poster art adds a graphic punch and finishes off the breakfast area beautifully.

The curvilinear lines of the freestanding tub and the round window bring softness to a room which typically has hard lines.  Love the simple detail in the tile work.

This has to be my ideal bedroom:  calm, comfortable and luxe.  Love the simple, upholstered bed, the generous night stands and the built-in cabinetry.  I would love to have a bedroom large enough to incorporate a seating area.  The fireplace and French doors opening to what looks like a Juliet balcony is just the icing on the cake.

I hope you enjoyed this interior as much as I did.  It is glamorous but comfortable and livable at the same time.  Thanks Staci for having me as a guest today.  
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I am so in love with that washroom because of that bath and window, it has been in my inspiration files for a while now, and I still smile every time I see it!  Thank you so much to Vanessa for sharing one of your favorite interiors, it was delightful!    
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7 comments:

  1. This is in my files as one of my favourite kitchens ever. I love Vanessa's pick!!! I hadn't noticed the sea green stove- how much would I love to own that...gorgeous!!! Great guest post Staci!

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  2. that whiye kitchen really takes it to a new level. anyone can plunk white cabinets an d carerra into their home, but the way she has combined them with the seaglass stove, chocolate framed cbinets and island is unique and the results stunning. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thanks for your kind words and for having me as a guest today. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday at the blogger meet-up!

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  4. Beautiful! I LOVE the dark cabinet doors in the kitchen and the sea glass-coloured stove. And the bathroom is to die for! I want to be soaking in that tub right now!

    Great choice, Vanessa :-)

    Kelly

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  5. i love her work too!

    Vanessa, you're absolutely right, this excerise 'choosing a favorite' has been hard for me too! I've now spent way too many hours sourcing a favorite - Staci you'll be getting my homework tonight! :)

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  6. that bathroom IS gorgeous. I like Jennifer Wort's simple, clean and chic style. Works for me! And kudos to Vanessa for choosing a great interior - there are so many to pick from, and this is yet another fabulous find.

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

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  7. I love this kitchen and will hopefully be able to do something similar. I look forward to seeing more of Jennifer's work

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Oodles of thanks for the comment!