Inspiring Interior

Today’s Inspiring Interior was love at first sight for me. Lately, while researching design projects for Stylishly Zen I have struggled to connect with any of the projects that I have looked at. That is until I stumbled across this one while scrolling thru Instagram one day.  Templeton Architecture in Australia have created some phenomenal design projects and I am officially in love.  This home combines my love of grey, black and white interiors, clean lines and minimalism with unexpected details and accents.  Needless to say – this home is positively swoon-worthy!

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Located in Australia, Templeton Architecture worked with Lou Prentice Interiors to enhance the original character of an older home while still giving it a modern and contermporary feel.  One of the challenges of working with a large space is to create a space that feels intimate yet not stuffy or overwhelming.  It is a lot more difficult to achieve then it sounds, yet here the designers make the intimacy of this space feel effortless and calming.

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The archways and paneling throughout the house are further highlighted with contrasting paint colours making them both stand out and blend in seamlessly with the rest of the house.

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While I love everything about this home, I am completely enamoured with the kitchen.  The dark cabinetry, marble and appliances contrast beautifully with the stunning tile floor and gorgeous archway. Love! Love! Love!

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Overall this home is a slice of design heaven, and I cannot wait to see what else the very talented team at Templeton Architecture design next.

All images are from http://www.templeton.com.au

I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS❤️

It’s Time To Bust Out The Summer Clothes

The first half of the year has flown by, and while I barely remember where some of those months went I am so excited to finally enjoy the warmer weather and to bust out the summer clothes. I am feeling stripes and solids, denim and white and summer dresses in every colour imaginable. I am also focusing on me and self care as I hope that you are as well – YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! Take some time to do whatever you need to do to feel balanced, happy and your best and don’t forget to drink tons of water, apply sunscreen and wear clothes that make you happy. Here is my mood board for June:

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All images via http://www.piterest.com

I hope that you have a beautiful and sunny day! XXS❤️

Trendspotting: Denim Skirts

Well the weather has finally warmed up considerably, and it is FINALLY time to pack up your winter clothes and pull out your summer wardrobe.  While I rarely wear dresses and skirts during the colder months, they become a staple for me once the temperatures start to rise. One of my favourite types of skirts to rock during the summer months has always been the denim skirt, but over the past few years it has fallen by the wayside as I haven’t found one that I like.  That is about to change. I am so excited to see denim skirts come back to the forefront of summer fashion staples, and I especially love the high low trend that many brands are currently showing.  Paired with a oversized collar shirt, t-shirt or long sleeves a denim skirt looks fabulous with so many closet basics, which makes it a great piece to rock for many different occasions.  Here are some of my favourite looks featuring the denim skirt:

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All images from http://www.pinterest.com

I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS❤️

Dream Home

I suddenly realized a couple of weeks ago that it was already May and I could barely remember the last few months.  Nothing traumatic had happened for the weeks and months to fly by for me but, I had done something that I normally try to avoid – I had gotten so caught up in the random everyday stresses of life that I had lost sight of the bigger picture. I was focusing on things that really didn’t deserve so much attention and I needed to hit the reset button. So in an effort to get back on track I have been taking some time to just dream, breathe and reconnect with what makes me happy and, what I would like to achieve in my life long term.

As many of you may know, I love interiors and architecture (some may even say that I am a little obsessed) so much of the time that I spent dreaming involved where I would like to live long term.  And today’s dream home is positively swoon-worthy.

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Located in Sonoma’s Wine Country, this home has breathtaking views, beautiful interiors, high ceilings, a swimming pool and fire pit.

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All images are from http://www.sothebysrealty.com

I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS❤️

My Favourite Closet Staple

Hi Everyone!

according to the calendar it is finally spring, and while in reality the cold weather has decided to stick around a little longer (as I write this, it is currently pouring ice rain and snow is expected shortly) I am ready to start shedding a few layers of clothing.  Closet staples are a personal thing that depend on your lifestyle and fashion needs but there are a few key items that work in most people’s wardrobe – a white t-shirt and a well fitting pair of jeans are  perfect examples of this.  Then there is my favourite closet staple – a white dress shirt.  This key item has the ability to elevate any look that you may be rocking, be it classic, sexy, conservative or modern to name a few.  I prefer my dress shirts to be loose fitting so that I can easily half tuck it into jeans or dress pants.  Here are a few of my favourite looks featuring the white dress shirt:

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What is your favourite closet staple? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS