Posted on December 9, 2014

Delightful Indulgences: Favorite Christmas Recipes

Recipes & Cocktails
Have you started your holiday baking?  I haven’t yet.  I have a final this evening and a big project due on Friday {I may be a little scarce this week}.  After that, my schedule will free up quite a bit until Christmas.  I’m looking forward to baking some of my family’s favorites and trying a few new recipes.  When my kids were little, I spent a lot of time with them in the kitchen, especially during the holidays.  Below are a couple of our favorites, plus new ones we will be baking this year.
1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 ||
xoxo, B

Posted on December 8, 2014

Design Inspiration: Traditional Meets Modern Glamour

Design & Décor

Hello, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We’re in the holiday spirit and had fun enjoying Christmas events around town.  I love the sense of community and everyone coming together to celebrate, especially this time of year.  The weather was a bit cold but it didn’t stop us

I’m in love with living room design… Black, white, and gold is my favorite color palette – classic and elegant.  If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you will know this is the style I tend to lean towards most –  the perfect balance between traditional and modern, with a touch of glamour.  However, it’s not to say that I don’t love all design styles, I do.  I’m especially drawn to the gilded mirror in the photo.  Incorporating elements such as the mirror and bust add interest, which is essential in any design.  Antique French mirrors are one of my favorite pieces in any room, and a room always looks more inviting with a beautiful bouquet.  I created an “inspiration look” below featuring some of my picks to recreate this design.

Get the look:
Traditional Meets Modern Glamour

1, also love this one || Love this faux one 2 || 3, also love this || 4, this one also || 5, this one and this one || 6, and this one

xoxo, B

Inspiration photo via here

Posted on December 5, 2014

Bon Weekend, Plus a Festive Cocktail Recipe

Lifestyle & Musings/ Recipes & Cocktails

Bon Weekend, I hope you had a great week and a better weekend planned!  Christmas festivities are in full swing and I’m almost finished with school for the semester… that calls for a celebration itself.  My little guy was under the weather for a couple of days but is feeling much better.  We’re hoping to partake in a couple holiday events around town this weekend.
A delicious cocktail for your soirée…

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

Ingredients: 4 cocktails

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup water

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 lemon, cut into wedges

½ orange, cut into slices

1½ cups dry gin – Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Tangueray suggested

1 cup chilled Ginger Ale

4 mint springs

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; pour off all but one cup of syrup, reserving any extra for another use.
  2. Heat the syrup to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Add the cranberries and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they just begin to burst. Remove from heat and let cool in syrup.
  3. Place 2 Tablespoons drained cranberries and 6 Tablespoons cranberry syrup in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices.
  4. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit.
  5. Stir in gin and let steep for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Strain into a medium pitcher.
  7. Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and ¼ cup ginger ale.
  8. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then pour half the cranberry mixture into the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds, strain liquid into two glasses. Repeat.
  9. Mound additional ice on top of each glass and garnish with 3 candied cranberries and a mint sprigs.  Cheers!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!  

xoxo, B

Photo via here and recipe here

Posted on December 3, 2014

Décor Inspiration || The Art of French Decorating

Design & Décor

French interiors are notably embellished with beautiful paneling, trumeau mirrors, antiques, and stunning architectural details.  Celebrating beauty by blending tradition with whimsy, French interiors are as comfortable as they are stunning by defining each room with art, furnishings, and interesting objets.  Being a Francophile at heart, I look for inspiration in Parisian bistros, our apartment rentals, museums, and simply exploring the arrondissements.  When in Paris, I love perusing the quaint antique shops and flea markets, chatting with the dealers, interested in learning the history of each unique piece that catches my eye and soaking up every detail.  When I’m not shopping the fleas in person, I source antiques and furnishing from various dealers for my clients.  This is my passion.  Designing beautiful interiors is not simply a “job” but the way I love to spend my time.  As the saying goes, “if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”  This is true for me.

№ 01: Antiques

№ 02: Chandeliers

№ 03: Herringbone and chevron floors.

№ 04: Paneled walls with intricate carved wood detailing

№ 05: Beautiful art

№ 06: Gilded mirrors

№ 07: Pops of colour



I’m rebranding my interior design business and look forward to sharing it with you once it’s complete…

Photos via here

Posted on December 2, 2014

DIY || Mistletoe Kissing Ball

Design & Décor/ Lifestyle & Musings

Each holiday season, I hang a mistletoe in our home.  They’re fun and always receive a positive response from family and friends.  I especially love a little DIY this time of year and mistletoe’s are fun to make.  You can use live {florists, nursery, some markets} or artificial mistletoe {hobby stores, online, florists}.  Caution: Mistletoe is poisonous.  Please use artificial if you have children or pets in your home.


Wire cutters
24-gauge wire


4 1/2-inch-diameter floral-foam ball 


Small silver, white, or pale-blue beads 


Cut a 16-inch piece of 24-gauge wire with wire cutters, and bend it in half. Cut a 36-inch length of ribbon with scissors and fold it into three loops. Make the top loop approximately 9 inches; it will be used to hang the ball. Make the next two loops 7 1/2 inches. There should be a 12-inch tail of ribbon left. Cut 6 inches off the tail, and lay it on the other side of the loops. Pinch all the loops together at the center, and secure with wire. Twist the wire tightly to form a single stem.  Trim the bow’s tails into a V with scissors.

Soak a 4 1/2-inch-diameter floral-foam ball in water while cutting mistletoe into about 100 three-inch sections, called tips. Insert the bow’s wire stem through the ball until it comes out the opposite side. Fold over the end of the wire stem. Poke tips into ball until it is covered. String small  silverwhite, or pale-blue beads on 6-inch 24-gauge wires, and twist the wire ends together. Stick the beads into the ball wherever desired.

Who will you be kissing under the mistletoe?



Via here

Posted on December 1, 2014

Welcome December …

Lifestyle & Musings
Happy first day of December!  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.  November slipped away too quickly and now the Christmas season is upon us…  We woke to icy roads after a weekend of beautiful weather.  Although I don’t love cold weather, I appreciate the beauty of snow, especially this time of the year.  Below are Christmas scenes from around the world that will put you in the holiday spirit {if you weren’t already!}.



Photos via here

Posted on November 24, 2014

Haute Gifts: For The Hostess

Design & Décor/ Lifestyle & Musings

Hostess gifts are always a polite gesture.  If you want to elevate your gift giving status beyond the typical wine or flower bouquet to unforgettable, enchanted and adored, you can indulge your hostess/host with one of these luxurious gifts…

Haute Hostess Gifts

Luxurious handcrafted set by English chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker.   Also, this truffle and Moet & Chandon gift set, and Handbag and Heels chocolate set.

Tom Dixon Scented candle set of three

Tom Dixon Scented Candle Gift Set.  Also love this one.

I drink coffee from this Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease cup each morning.  A chic reminder of your thoughtful gift each day.

Agate Wine Coaster.  Also, love agate this platter and coaster set.

Decor/Accessories - Jonathan Adler Mr & Mrs Muse Brass Place Card Holders Set of 4 I Zinc Door - brass lips place card holder, brass mustache place card holder, modern brass place card holders, novelty brass place card holders,

I love these lip place card holders from Jonathan Adler.  How cute would they be at a dinner party?



Posted on November 18, 2014

Holiday Inspiration: Thanksgiving Entertaining

Design & Décor/ Lifestyle & Musings

I woke up to frigid temperatures this morning.  I am not ready for winter, however, I am thinking and planning for Thanksgiving.  Do you like to create a beautiful and memorable Thanksgiving for your guests?  Each year I host and have designed a checklist that keeps me organzied without feeling overwhelmed.  
wonderful...I want Thanksgiving here instead!

1.  Choose a theme.  This can be anything from French, Italian, rustic, etc.  I like to change things up from year to year.

Slow-Cooked Duck with Green Olives and Herbes de Provence
2.  The turkey or ham always take center stage ~ When trying a new recipe, I give it a test run a couple of months prior.  I choose 5 star recipes so I’m pretty certain it will be a winner, however, there are also old favourites to choose from as well.

10 Thanksgiving Sides to be Thankful For |Home.Made.Interest.

3.  Sides ~ I like to have something for everyone – vegetarian, kids favourites, classics, and new recipes.  If I plan to have several sides, I sometimes order from Williams-Sonoma or Whole Foods.  I always get most of my ingredients from Williams-Sonoma, such as their chesnuts (which are phenominal!), stuffing, dessert starters, etc.

10 Best Thanksgiving Centerpieces | Camille Styles

4.  The centerpiece ~ Simplicity rules here.  As with most things, a little goes a long way.. especially with scents.  You don’t want to smell flowers instead of the wonderful dinner you’ve prepared.  I also prefer to keep the decor low, you want to be able to see the person sitting across from you.

Beautiful Thanksgiving Table Idea - DIY custom chalkboard place settings.
5.  The place settings ~ this depends on your theme.  I may use florals, cute tags, photos, etc.  Get the kids involved!  They love to help out and guests appreciate their effort and the keepsake they’ve created.

Activities at the children's table to keep the little guests occupied all night long #rustic #wedding #chic #kidstable #diywedding

6.  The kids table ~ I love this idea for the little ones.  It keeps them entertained while they patiently wait for dinner to be served.

7. The dessert table ~ Many guests can’t wait to get to the desserts.  I make the effort to make this presentation beautiful.  I set up a drink station here also.. champagne, coffee, etc {PS: this recipe is gluten and dairy free}

How do you celebrate?




Posted on November 17, 2014

Happy Monday, Plus My Piperlime Sale Pics


Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  It was cold with snow flurries for us.  I did some shopping on Saturday and saw a ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ with my daughter.  It seems the shops dress up for Christmas earlier and earlier each year, and Santa is already getting the lists of boys and girls.  Many online retailers are beginning their big sales earlier as well.  One of my favourite online retailers, Piperlime, is  having a 30% off $200+ sale with hardly any exclusions, ends 11/18. Use code HOLIDAY30 for the discount, and then code CHEER for free 2 day shipping (return shipping is always free). This is an incredible sale to pick up some classic styles and favourite brands.

Here are some of my picks:

I am smitten with this Rebecca Minkoff  handbag.  The classic style and colour will make this a staple for years.  Also, love this one and this one.

Clare V
I purchased this one and love it!  Also, have my eye on this one and this one.

Stuart Weitzman

I have these classic 50/50 boots and wear them all of the time.  They rarely go on sale so this is a treat.  I love quilted version and these also.

Kate Spade
How cute is this Sailor’s Knot bracelet?  This and this would be perfect for your holiday parties also.

This wool blend Theory coat is another classic piece.  This one and this one are perfect.

Piperlime always has a wonderful selection of jeans so this is definitely where you want to take advantage of this sale.  Rag & Bone is hands down my favourite brand and they fit like a glove.  I reach for them time and again.. These are my favourite

Also love these from Citizen’s of Humanity

I’m picked up these jeans below and another pair of Hunter boots.

Paige Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jean
What is on your list?



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