Monday, March 20, 2017

MEMO Showroom

Hello Monday and spring is officially here!  I don't know about you but I am always on the look out for refreshing colors + patterns to welcome the brighter and warmer sunshines.  Today, we are visiting MEMO Showroom in Toronto.  

MEMO Showroom has been in Toronto since Fall 2016 and what a fantastic addition to our local design scene carrying the beautiful textile collections from Flock, Lauren Liess, Mally Skok Design, and Quercus & Co., just to name a few.  After checking out these stunning photos on the website, I know I have to visit the store in person! 

images courtesy of MEMO Showroom
And my visit did't disappoint!  What an inspiring space filled with gorgeous fabrics and the graphic Relativity wallpapers with metallic accent.

The Caryn Cramer is a recent addition to the MEMO Showroom.  This artful collection is not only attractive to the eyes but also environmental friendly with its biodegradable Belgian linen and commitment to use as little chemicals as possible in the printing and dying process.  #BRAVO!

The walter.g collection also caught my eyes with their hand printed intricate motifs.  Loving the Dash Dot pattern in chalk and best of all, walter.g has a ready-to-go pillow program so you can order your pillows all done with insert!

Many fabrics at MEMO Showroom are good for furniture upholstery and I highly recommend you come see the amazing newly designed or re-imagined vintage pieces! I am crazy about how sophisticated the chaise and elegant the settee look.  Brilliant fabric choices on these pieces to accentuate their character and charm.

So what is inspiring you this spring? I know I am loving these gorgeous fabrics at MEMO Showroom!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#DesignmazeFun ~ TWHSocial

Hello Wednesday!  It has been a busy week and after being under the weather for the last few days, I ready for a delicious meal at the TWH Social.  We have toured the amazing suite and the equally sensational second floor event spaces last week and today, we are dining at TWH Social right next door. 

Quite a dramatic statement for a lasting impression with a large scale contemporary chandelier juxtaposes against a mural with a neoclassical flair + an accented brick wall and the decadent metal work on the railing.  

A few steps down and here we are at TWHSocial!

With three different zones, each area is designed to suit your needs from casual dining on sport nights to romantic evening for two or a celebration party with best of friends. Hello to the herringbone wall panels and the slate floor + the black framed mirror at the back to visually expand the space and to reflect the sparkles from candle lights.  

Shimmering grasscloth wallpaper with a geometric motif: what a stunning backdrop for the custom leather banquette and mid-century inspired dining chairs.  Bravo to the use of light to accentuate the textural beauty of the paper.

Looking for cozy, intimate space for your next party, TWHSocial has your covered with this brilliantly designed space with a boho vibe.

The brick walls, the chandeliers, the vibrantly colorful cushions, the gorgeous rug as art, and the mile long live edge dining table, what's not to love in this space?

Ok ... enough about the decor.  It's time to eat!  Thanks to Chef Jeff Ward (very nice to meet you in person too), I was in heaven when this smoked salmon (cured in house by the way) with avocado, lime oil and rye crisps + the signature cocktails arrived. 

Then we were really up for a treat.  For those who are not a big fan of octopus and calamari ... well I highly recommend you to try these two dishes at TWHSocial.  Chris and I generally don't like octopus because of the rubbery chews. Thanks to Chef Jeff Ward, we have seen the lights and learned that octopus and calamari are not chewey if cooked right! SO delicious! 

I am a fan of duck confit, so imagine my excitement when this beauty joined me at the dining table! An absolute just try when you are at TWHSocial.

After four courses of exquisite plates, we were pampered by the dessert treats! Let me tell you, I am usually not a fan of chocolate mousse but I am so having it again next time when I am at TWHSocial!  Yes it was that good!

Are you looking for a place for brunch this weekend? TWHSocial has a fantastic brunch menu as well.  In fact, I will be there this Sunday with Jordana and Brittany! Come join us at TWHSocial!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

#DesignmazeFun ~ Walper Hotel (Part II)

Hello Wednesday! After staying at the spectacular Historic Collection suite at The Walper Hotel for a couple of days, I am ready to tour the beautifully re-imagined lounge, bar, and event spaces at this 1893 iconic landmark in the heart of Kitchener. 

Completely overhauled from top to bottom, the second floor of The Walper Hotel houses three stunning lounges, a gorgeous space for dining, a licensed bar for cocktail hours, a cafe for cafĂ© au lait, two separate ballrooms for special occasions and best of all, a grand piano + curated art collection to welcome you the moment you walked up the charming staircase.

With all these sumptuously decorated spaces, where do we begin?

Let's start with the casual lounge and the dining zone.  The serene and elegant neutral spaces are brought to life by statement lighting fixtures and captivating art saturated with bright vibrant colors.  The design team has done an amazing job layering a variety of different materials to create a stylish yet cozy atmosphere with pure wool on the upholsteries, natural wood on the furnishings and floor, and mixed metal on coffee table, chandelier and sconces.

Off next is the cocktail bar and the urban chic lounge.  Incredible moulding details, sleek contemporary chandelier, and attractive + functional custom open shelves: these are all the elements I want to incorporate in my new condo!

The urban chic lounge is outfitted by luxurious velvet sofa, four sculptural armchairs (we have seen them though out the hotel), a striking abstract artwork, and of course our beloved fiddle leaf fig tree!  I love the fact that the design team has opted to use a mixture of sconces and pot light for overall illumination, proving that a room can be sensational without a chandelier!

Well hello to more is definitely more in the main lounge as I was literally mesmerized by the luxurious furnishings in this masculine, sophisticated, edgy central lounge.

A pair of sofas in teal velvet, the modern interpretation of classic wingbacks in burgundy red leather, an organic yet super modern solid wood coffee table and of course I couldn't resist the dynamite chandelier for its sculptural presence.  It just completes the room don't you think?

From meticulously considered sightlines to curated decorative accents and furnishings, this second floor event space is purely a feast for the eyes.  Speaking about a feast, The Walper Hotel Social will be up next on the blog.  See you all on Friday!

Monday, March 6, 2017

#DesignmazeFun ~ Walper Hotel (Part I)

Hello Monday! You all know I love travelling and #Eurovacay has been my go-to destination for heart warming family time every chance I get.  Thanks to the foreign exchange and lack of vacation time (only have 4 weeks a year), flying over the Atlantic isn't always the option.

Luckily I have a second home in Kitchener / Waterloo (#ProjectChris), where my partner Chris calls home, for me to unwind and relax from a week of hactic schedules + impossible deadlines in Toronto.  So when the luxurous Walper Hotel in Kitchener asked if Chris and I would like to be their guests to stay at one of their 92 designer suites, I immediately said "YES"!

Situated in the heart of downtown Kitchener, a sizzling hot up-and-coming neighbourhood where chic restaurants / cafe bistros are popping up everywhere and a main transportation hub soon to be in action, Walper Hotel is definitely a fantastic home away from home. 

I knew I was in for the treat the moment I stepped into this sophisticated and elegant lobby where charming architectural details (love the mouldings and pillars) mix with sleek, contemporary furnishings (hello sofas and chandeliers) to a stunning effect for an incredible first impression.

From superb fixed design elements such as the gorgeous backdrops at the bookcases, the intricate tile patterns on the floor, to the dynamic finishing touches such as the graphic artwork and spot on second-life rug (trendy + practical), the design team has done an amazing job to give this iconic 1893 landmark a bright new look into the 21st century.

Speaking about historical charm, Chris and I were lucky enough to stay at one of the Historic Collection Suites where we were welcomed by our own private lounge!

Outfitted with one of the most comfortable leather sofas I have ever sat on (and I am usually not even a fan of leather sofa!) and furnishings with a strong reference to mid-century classics, couldn't you tell I was in heaven? I literally said to Chris: can we just cancel our evening plans and stay here with wine watching movies?  

Lounging aside, I was also inspired by the simple yet effective "office" zone and let's face it, I HEART that pop of vibrant cobalt blue on the bar fridge and desk lamp!

The Historic Collection Suite also comes with a sumptuous ensuite with my very own water closet!

And yes, shower or bathroom ... what's your preference? I'd said yes to BOTH!

Last but not least, it is time to check out the mighty chic bedroom.

Dressed head to toe in style, this spacious bedroom has a king size bed that combines both style and comfort (love that walnut headboard with built-in side tables), not one / two but three innovative lighting solutions that tailor your every need, a Saarinen-inspired lounge chair for morning coffee / papers, a bench with artwork for yet another stylish and practical vignette, PLUS loads of large windows for beautiful natural lights!

Ok ... it's time to me to be relaxed and get pampered in my Pamuk & Co. again in this luxurious historic suite.  Come back on Wednesday as I have the perfect antidote for #humpday right at The Walper Hotel.