An eclectic white home tour that actually feels warm…

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I like this home tour because it goes to show you that you can have white walls, white drapery and white cabinets and still create warmth with the materials, textures, and colors used for furniture and decor.

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See more of Toufik Sarwa’s Toronto home designed by Montana Burnett on style at home.  The kitchen is super modern and beautiful.

{Photos Michael Graydon with styling by Christina Hanlon}


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I love a dark and moody designed room….

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I love this bedroom. The different patterns and textures all within the same color scheme makes it a nice moody retreat from the day. It reminds me a bit of the room Kim Kardashian is staying in at her mom’s while her home is being renovated. I don’t have pics but if you watch the show you know what I’m talking about. It’s tone on tone black and charcoal gray and I love the drama of it all.
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The table is kinda creepy but I like the rest…
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This moody booth with the single crystal pendant is probably in a cocktail lounge somewhere. It allows intimacy without any distractions from what’s happening in the rest of the place. I think that’s why I like a dark space. It feels like a cacoon of sorts.

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Just because you have a dark space doesn’t mean color is removed. Here you can see the emerald contrasts nicely with the blue walls…

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Do you enjoy a moody room?

{Images via Justin Huxol and Dale Eramo
& Mcalpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, Bobby Mcalpine for House & Garden, Tommy Smythe, Kettner’s restaurant, }


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So I’m looking for black and white photography

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I am in love with architecture and skyline photograpy. I follow some amazing instagram accounts of photographers who capture some of my fav cities (Chicago) and I often see images I wish I could frame. It made me think how easier and cost effective it would be to tear apart a calendar and frame the pretty captures. Maybe I can blow up my own camera snapshots and have them printed in black and white too…
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Design Inquiries: winning the purple bedroom battle with your husband…

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I received an email from a woman who really wanted a purple and gray bedroom but had difficulty convincing her husband of the color scheme. Here are my ideas on winning this battle. First, when people hear purple they think Barney or lavendar and other really girly tones. However any trip to a local hardware store will show you the many ranges purple has. Look at the paint swatches and decide from there. They aren’t there to only help with paint selections as you can use the swatches to pick the overall color scheme of the room…

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Fit for a King….

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Figured I may as well post masculine interiors for the grown males since I posted about the young males yesterday. The lighting higlights many areas in this earth toned open floor plan above. I like the mix of caramel, peanut butter and mocha colors. However I am drawn mostly to the wave pattern of the rug.

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Combining different seating colors and styles keeps it interesting. That is key, when furnishing a large area. Imagine how boring this would have been if the same sofas or couch sets were used. The colorful rug is echoed in the wall art….
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This mirrored bathroom oozes sex appeal….
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So many raw textures really sets this office space. It’s dark and moody which I like. Live plants help liven a dark space…

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The pinstriped walls and tailored styling of scarves and pillows is what I especially like. If the rug was faux, I’d like it even more. Notice the many light sources: recessed ceiling, wall sconces & a table lamp. In order to have adequate lighting in a room, you will need multiple sources amd cannot simply rely on one overhead light. Not only does multiple lights help prevent strained eyes, but it sets the mood and looks better visually…
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The dark and minimalistic bedroom is the sleeping oasis of Nate Berkus. (I still miss his show).
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The gold geometric shaped light against the black lacquered ceiling is fabulous. The ceiling doesn’t feel heavy because the walls, free standing tub and floors are light. Plus it appears to have a lot of natural light…

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Love platform beds because of the streamlined and contemporary look and the coffee table in the living room is really modern…

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Which masculine space is your fav? I knoe often times women design bloggers leave out the guys but I’ve blogged about interiors for you all many times. Check out this reason for me loving men styled interiors, this masculine artsy home tour, & part II of bachelor pad inspiration. These are just a few. I’m kinda obsessed.

{images via designers Nate Berkus for Harper’s Bazaar, Ana Maria Vieria Santos, Julio Cesar Dantès, Boyd Design, Costas Picadas & interiors found on Casa Abril}