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Leon's Mirrored Side Table - Styled 3 Ways

Mirrored furniture has been trending for a couple of years now. I love these kinds of pieces because they add sparkle and glamour to any room, without taking up any visual space. Because they reflect everything around them, they almost read as invisible to the eye. When Leon's asked if I would style one of their lovely mirrored side tables in 3 different ways, I jumped at the opportunity! I wanted to show you all just how versatile a piece of mirrored furniture can be!

Style # 1: Alternative Bar Cart:
Play up the sparkle factor of the mirrored piece by transforming it into an alternative bar cart. Add a gold tray, sparkling crystal and glassware, and some fun colorful liqueurs and accessories.

Style # 2: Black and White
The beauty of mirror is that it is virtually colorless. Unlike Style # 1 where I added in fun colour, here I opted to play up the monochromatic scheme instead by sticking to all black and white accessories and decor. As many of you know, black, white and gold is my favourite colour scheme right now.
Style # 3: Eclectic Traditional
It is true that mirrored furniture, especially the clean lines of this specific piece, tend to read more modern and contemporary. I love a little juxtaposition in my decor, so I decided to playfully contrast the piece's inherent modernity with a some more traditional, country estate-esque styling.

And there you have it! Three different looks to show you that mirrored furniture can work with pretty much any decor style. Have I convinced you? Let me know which is your favourite in the comments!

The Leon's in downtown Toronto where I picked up my mirrored side table is at one of the coolest locations, right by the Rogers center. They call it Leon's Roundhouse because it is located in the old train station round house, so it's got a lot of history and caters to downtown condo dwellers. A big thanks to my friends at Leon's for partnering with me on this fun project!

Bar Cart Styling

About a year and a half ago, I picked up a little beat up bar cart at a flea market for $30 (you can read about it here) and since then, I have slowly been growing my collection of things to style it with. This Christmas, a few gifts from my wonderful family topped off the whole thing!
Is it sort of sad that it took me this long? Yes, absolutely, but it was well worth the wait. It's the perfect mix of old and new, sparkly and colorful. I also didn't think I would have room for this somewhat 'luxury' item in my tiny studio apartment but I can honestly say it fits here perfectly!

Of course, I'm personally a little bit liquored out after the holiday season (who's with me?), but come next party, this bar cart is ready to go!

Crystal Decanters, glasses and ice bucket: Vintage (found at antique and thrift stores)
Gold confetti decanter and champagne flutes: Chapters/Indigo
"Here's to alcohol- the rose colored glasses of life" martini shaker: Chapters/Indigo
Pink and white striped straws: Party Supplier 4U via Etsy
"I only drink champagne on two occasions" print: Amanda Catherine Designs via Etsy
Silver ice bucket, martini glasses and gold rimmed tumblers: Home Sense
Bols Ballerina Bottle: Vintage (read the story here!)

Cheers! xox

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New Year's Eve Ready

 dress: Forever 21 (old), shell clutch: Vintage, jacket: Blush Shop

It's New Year's Eve! Time to don your sparkliest of dresses, pour yourself a drink and get ready to toast the end of 2013 and the new possibilities of the year to come.
For me, 2013 was a year of big changes and big decisions, and I am so grateful to be entering 2014 happy, healthy and full of love.

Have the best night, and more importantly, the best year.  You deserve it.
(bar cart details coming to the blog next week!)

Bar Cart Art: Perfect Prints to Hang over your Bar

Holiday season is upon us - time to start planning for fabulous parties with lots of sequins and of course flowing drinks. Is your bar cart in order? If you are me, the answer is it is not. But let's pretend it is styled with pretty champagne flutes (THESE are on my wishlist..please Santa?), striped straws, and a well stocked selection of liquor. All that's left is the blank wall space above. This calls for a round up of perfect prints for the party girl in all of us:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 /6
I think these are so sassy and fun. If the holiday bash isn't at your place this year, wouldn't one of these make the perfect hostess gift? Bonus: Each print is under $30.
My heart belongs to the black and white Chanel one, it would go perfectly in my place....Santa, are you still reading?
^ Mackenzie Horan via Glitter Guide
via Read Between the Lines
DIY art via Whatever is Lovelier
Now bust out your sparkliest dress and the rum and egg nog. It's time to celebrate!

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Thrifted Thursdays: Love on Sunday

Is it Thursday already? Time is flying my loves.
Today is a fun day because I'm over at Love on Sunday sharing my favourite thrifted find. You better believe that playing favourites with my treasures is no easy task...can you guess what I chose?

Amy is awesome. She is a fellow Toronto blogger (holla!) and design enthusiast. She is even in design school too! Pretty much twins, you know? Take a look at her fabulous city home:
Her styling is too good, right? That second image is so very Kelly Wearstler and has my heart. 
I'm now more convinced than ever that I need a nude... are you blushing?

So head on over and see if you're right about my fave thrifted item and to fall in love with Amy's blog! And don't forget to enter yesterday's giveaway if you know anyone with a baby in their lives...

Wednesday's Sketchbook: In Case You Missed It

Hi Loves! Just in case you missed my doodle last Wednesday, which I posted over at the lovely Landi's blog Freckled Confessions, I decided to share it here today.
The bar cart is one of my latest design obsessions. You might remember my vintage brass bar cart that I picked up this summer flea market hunting. Check out my post on that HERE for some amazing decor inspiration. I just finished spray painting it beautiful gold today (as it was fairly tarnished) and can't wait to start styling it!
I drew up my little bar cart with my dream accessories. Some I already own, like the decor books and the vintage crystal decanter (another flea market score), some I'm simply lusting after.

Either way, I've put together this little guide of how to achieve the look in your own place:

1. The Perfect Champagne (seen on most of the inspiration bar carts) - Veuve Cliquot
2. Pretty and fresh green limes
3. Coffee Table Books: Domino and Design Sponge at Home
4. Fresh cut peonies in pink
5. Fun striped paper straws
6. Inkblot Print by The Aestate on Etsy
7. Navy Ikat Bowl
8. A pretty glass wine decanter

Create an interesting vignette by incorporating non-alcohol related products such as art.
If you can't find a bar cart at the flea market (or afford one new..they can be a bit pricey) You can use a tray to achieve the same vibe.

Happy Wednesday!

Flea Market Find: Brass Bar Cart (and giveaway reminder!)

This weekend, my big brother and I hit up the Aberfoyle flea market. I guess this means that I can check off number 3 on my Summer to Do List! It was huge, a little overwhelming even, but I found something that has been on my lust list for a long time: a brass bar cart:
 To be honest, I don't really have anywhere to put this, but I bargained it down to $30 and just couldn't pass it up. I was in love. Now I'm looking to some of my favourite bar cart images for inspiration on how to style it perfectly.
Monika Hibbs via The Glitter Guide
Naomi Stein via Design Manifest
Deborah Needleman via Lonny

 Catherine Sheppard via The Glitter Guide
Kyle DeWoody via Vogue
via Society Social  Manifesto Magalog 1
 What do you think? I am in love.
Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for your chance to win TWO pairs of fab earrings :)
ps. I did the magnet test and my bar cart appears to be brass plated rather than solid brass. The finish is a bit tarnished..Does anyone have suggestions for a good gold spray paint?

This One's for the Fellas: Perfect Bachelor Pad Accessory

This week I'm staying with my boyfriend in Halifax, and let me just state that the apartment is the epitome of student bachelor pad. While the boys might not be getting the award for super chic (or super tidy for that matter), their place showcases an eclectic mix of leather furniture, big screen TVs, and sports memorabilia.
One piece of theirs that I am especially drawn to is an old Alexander Keith's chalkboard that they have hung up on the wall. This piece was being thrown out by a local pub due to damage in one corner, and so the roomies claimed it for their very own. You can find similar items by inquiring at local pubs, restaurant suppliers, antique shops, and online vendors.
Alexander Keith's is a famous beer brewed in Nova Scotia, so the piece incorporates the area's history, along with style and function all in one. I can see the boys getting a lot of great use out of this piece:

They haven't styled around the piece in any real way, so I got a little bit creative and put together a board of how to really polish off this look:
Create a masculine, purposeful vignette by adding a dark bar cart that can easily be wheeled around for entertaining. A black lamp helps to break up the whiteness of the rental walls, and a metal bar stool and pendant emphasize a manly, industrial vibe. Stack some sports books and cocktail recipe books on top.  Finish off the look by adding a stainless steel  ice bucket, beer glasses, and of course alcohol to compliment the restaurant theme of the chalkboard.
What do you think? The perfect bachelor pad accessory or what?
Tiffany Leigh
ps. Thank you so much to Drew and Dana for their amazing airport attire guest posts!