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Coffee Table Books Make the Best Gifts (to Give and Receive)

Coffee Table Books Make the Best Gifts (to Give and Receive)

Raise your hand if you struggle to answer that age old question “What do you want for Christmas this year?”. 🙋

A Library in the Dining Room

Hello friends! It has been awhile. I took the summer off to really focus on getting settled into my apartment and enjoying the warm weather, as well as take a much needed rest after graduating from the Bachelor of Interior Design degree in only 33 months. Today, I'm giving a little sneak peak of my dining area which is going to double as a library with the help of a really lovely IKEA billy bookcase hack (more to come on that one I get the shelves secured to my old plaster walls). 

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted a library. Before my Design Degree, I graduated with a degree in English Literature, so I guess you can say that books are my first love. But being in a small apartment in the city means having to get creative with space.

I was inspired by this library designed by Nate Berkus:
Image via Architectural Digest, November 2012

Combining the dining room with the library is such a natural choice, as the table easily doubles a surface for reading, studying, and note taking. Let's just say the grass cloth got me thinking as well!
I can't wait to show you the rest! Stay tuned for more from my apartment decorating.

I've missed you my friends!

Gilt-y Pleasure

Hi my loves! I'm so sorry for my extended blogging absences lately. I've been so swamped with school, working, completing an internship, and writing my thesis that it leaves very little time to blog. Now, add moving to that list!!

Yes, that's right, I'm leaving my current student housing sitch for a big girl one-bedroom apartment.
 I'm feeling a bit sad to leave this little studio apartment that has brought me so much inspiration and opportunities over the past 2.5  years. But it's time for me to move on to a place all my own, a lovely charm filled one bedroom apartment located downtown Toronto that I can't wait to show you all! This also means a blank slate for new decorating (aka lots of new blogging material!). Not to mention no one else's dirty dishes in the sink. I am so excited about this next chapter and to get back into the blogging swing of things over the next few months.

To celebrate, I just bought myself my first housewarming gift, a gorgeous vintage gilt framed mirror that I cannot wait to hang up in a very special spot (stay tuned!).
I especially love the shell details on my mirror. This is a motif made popular during the Rococo era.

I will be fully moved in by April 1st, but in the meantime, enjoy some gilt mirror goodness that is serving up some MAJOR inspiration for the new space!
Lauren Gold via Lonny Mag

Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle via Elle Decor

Sarah Richardson via HGTV

Jennifer Ferreira via House and Home
Gilt mirrors are my total gilt-y pleasure. That and Pretty Little Liars...
What's YOURS?

The Things That Matter: Guest Posting at York Avenue

You've all read Nate Berkus's book 'The Things the Matter', right? It's about how possessions become important to us for sentimental reasons, it's a great read. Today I'm guest posting over at York Avenue in her series 'The Story Behind my Favourite Piece' inspired by Nate's point that things do, in fact, matter. I'm sharing the story behind one of my most beloved belongings. Head on over and check it out! You will love Jackie, her studio apartment was recently featured on the Everygirl. As a fellow studio apartment dweller, trust me when I say it's amazing! What items do you own that have a special meaning?

Moody Home Libraries

I adore books. I told you about my coffee table book collection here, but I also love literature. I graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Honours English before deciding to pursue and education in Interior Design and can honestly say that reading is one of my most beloved past times. While I enjoy a good fluffy book now and again, my heart truly lies in the classics. Wuthering Heights, The Great Gatsby, The Picture of Dorian Gray, my list of favourites goes on and on (as does my list of Bucket List Books). I dream of owning a home one day that can house my collection. I amassed quite a few books while studying at Guelph, and want to add so many more!

I dream of a moody, library-dining room combo. It's on my dream house wishlist.
via Nate Berkus
So lovely, no? There's something about the smell of books, old and new, and about the feel of dog-eared pages that just melts my heart.

Just a reminder that it's Friday which means it's time for another installment of the Baby Blog Party!
Today's host is Katherine of Rhymes with Smile! Click the link below!

ps. I PROMISE to get back to more regular posting next week! I'll admit I have too much on my plate at the moment between school full time, a 25+ hour a week part time job, the blog, etc. etc.
But I miss you -  you guys keep me sane. Love you all, have a great weekend!

Stylish Coffee Table Books

I'm a total sucker for coffee table books. I love to read them, I love how they make a space look styled, and they truly make the perfect gift for any occasion. Here is a list of a few of the many books I'd love to add to my slowly growing collection:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Here is a look at my current collection:

I've received each one of these as a gift (excpet for GBGP which I won in a giveaway!) and I love each and every one.  Thank you to my brothers and their beautiful girlfriends, my godmother Aunt Trish, my darling friends Bre and Mike, and my loving Boyfriend for these beautiful books!
To end off today, I'd like to send my thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the horrible events that took place in Boston yesterday. I am filled with sadness for all those who lost lives and limbs and loved ones. My heart goes out to you.

Inside the Bell Jar: Cloches

I've always liked bell jars, or cloches. I think they can elevate a simple item that might otherwise be overlooked into something worthy of showcasing, like this shell that I put under a cloche on my coffee table. I found the darling little cloche at a local antique shop and couldn't resist its charm.
  I love the way that the pink hues in the shell play upon the pinks in my coffee table books, and that the bell jar gives my vignette a little bit of height.
One of my newest coffee table books is Nate Berkus's 'The Things that Matter'. And what is featured in Nate's place? Why a bell jar of course:
via Nate Berkus 'The Things that Matter' - Print.
I'll be reviewing his book and some other coffee table books later this month. This image demonstrates how perfectly bell jars fit with any decor. My space is so feminine and cheery, whereas Nate's is more masculine and moody. 

You guys might remember from this post that my love for library ladders was inspired by Beauty and the Beast... Could this be where my crush on cloches began as well?