Relaxing Reverie

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Like most people, 2020 has been a challenging year for me. And with those challenges have come lessons that I am grateful to have learned or that I am in the process of learning and understanding. How to slow down has been the most important of all of these lessons as it has taught me patience and to understand what is truly important to me. It has also allowed me to get comfortable with quiet and stillness, two things that I have often struggled with. Lately though, I find myself enjoying simple and quiet moments which is why today’s Relaxing Reverie really resonated with me.
This simple concrete bungalow located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect example why bigger and expensive does not always mean better. Built with a budget of only $38,000(!) this retreat is simple yet sophisticated and seems like the perfect place to relax.

Designed by PALMA, as Mexico City based design firm, this 50 square metre building is functional and contemporary and blends well within it’s environment. I have always loved simple concrete structures as they perfectly showcase the beauty of brutalist style design and this building is no exception.


The bungalow is comprised of two cubic volumes, one which houses the bedroom and the other the living room and kitchen. The cubes are separated by a open patio. The brutalist style of the bungalow is softened with a thatched roof. This style of roof is quite common within the region as it is an efficient and inexpensive way to encourage ventilation which helps to naturally cool down the interior. Folding doors in both the bedroom and living areas also helps to enhance the ventilation further. Along with a circular skylight on the patio, the folding doors also help the residents to enjoy the views of the surrounding area.

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Like the simple aesthetic of the exterior, the interior of the bungalow has been kept minimal with a muted palette of grey and natural wood with the exception of a statement red built in day bed. Stucco was used in place of paint in order to avoid any humidity build up within the walls (which I had never heard of before but I think that it’s genius!). Uncluttered and simple, this bungalow looks like the perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate and get back to a simple more thoughtful way of living.

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Would you like to escape to a simple bungalow like this one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

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

Inspiring Interior

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I have been a fan of stylist Monica Rose for a few years. I love her ability to mix basics with beautiful textures and tones, resulting in looks that are best described as polished, cool and effortlessly layered. When Monica was styling her new home a while ago she turned to Julie Van Daele of Well Recieved. I have been a fan of Julie’s work for a long time and her design style complements Monica’s perfectly.

This project was recently profiled in Lonny magazine and it is everything that I expected and more. The natural colour palette layered with beautiful and sophisticated textiles, this home is a soothing refuge from a chaotic world.

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I love the combination of cream, black and cognac and the mix of leather and wood throughout the home gives it a warm masculine vibe that is timelessly cool.

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There are many things that I love about this home but my absolute favourite is the gorgeous wood dining table paired with reupholstered vintage dining chairs. The metal frame on the two end chairs is eye catching and edgy and creates an unexpected but cool visual interest within the space. Love it!

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Just as you would expect from a stylist to the stars and a very talented designer, this house is filled with gorgeous Instagramable furniture.  The Line Reset Togo sofa paired with the Flag Hayland chair creates a cool living space that is both welcoming and photograph worthy.  The black marble block coffee table and vintage wood stools as side tables are the perfect accent pieces to such lust worthy furniture.   

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The use of beautifully textured area rugs throughout the home create intimate spaces to enjoy and the addition of plants of different sizes helps to bring a touch of nature and colour within each space.

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This LA abode is a fitting for a talented A-list stylist and perfectly captures her style. It’s yet another example why Well Received is one of my favourite American interior designers.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a wonderful day! XXS

All images were photographed by Michelle Mosqueda for Well Received via http://www.lonny.com

Inspiring Interiors – A Dreamy Parisian Apartment

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Ever since I watched Emily in Paris, my case of wanderlust has gone into overdrive. And while sadly there are no travel plans in my near future, that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about exploring new and beautiful places and enjoying new designs. Today’s Inspiring Interior is one of the coolest apartments that I have seen in a very long time. Apartment TP by Studio Arthur Casas is a dreamy elegant refuge from the busy streets of Paris.

Despite being filled with beautiful, sculptural furniture, it is a practical and welcoming family home. Bold black cabinetry, a marble backsplash and light natural chevron floors work beautifully together to encourage gatherings in the open concept kitchen. The contrasting extension added to the kitchen island to work as a dining table makes great use of a smaller space without things feeling overcrowded.

Wood beams throughout the open plan kitchen and living room adds a rustic warmth to the space. The layout of the living room carries thru the spacious feeling of the kitchen. Filled with natural light and tastefully decorated, this living room is currently serving as inspiration for my own space.

Even the cute office nook makes perfect use of a small space.

Bold oversized artwork creates interest throughout the apartment making the space feel even larger.

The colour palette and sculptural furniture extends to the bedroom with the lighter tones taking centre stage. It is a calming and comfortable oasis to encourage rest and relaxation. Love it!

I love the dreamy design of this gorgeous Parisian apartment. The elegant colour palette, combined with intelligent design and beautiful sculptural furniture is everything that I could ever want in my dream Parisian apartment.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today, I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images from http://www.yellowtrace.com.au

Inspiring Interiors – Black & White Interiors Moodboard

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My love for interiors and architecture knows no bounds and I am frequently mood boarding different styles that I love.  So today instead of sharing a particular project that I am currently loving I have decided to share with you one of my boards.  I am still working on decorating my condo (and frequently day dreaming about building my dream home) so mood boarding is a daily respite for me.  Lately I have been gravitating towards dark and moody interiors sometimes beautifully contrasted with white to elevate the entire space.  I generally find that this style is done particularly well lately by talented design studios such as Transition State Design, Well Received Design (both of who’s work is showcased on this mood board) and Studio McGee (obsessed with their new Netflix show btw!).  It beautifully balances modern and contemporary, chic and welcoming, timeless design.  Love it!  Let me know in the comments below what is your thoughts on this style of design and the mood board, I would LOVE to hear from you!
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Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

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Five Faves

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I hope that your fall is off to a great start! Here in Montreal we are back on a partial lockdown which means spending a lot more time at home. Thankfully being in lockdown has given me a new appreciation for my home and it has forced me to actually work on my space rather then just dream about it.  It has also forced me to learn how to prioritize my mental health and incorporate methods to relax and unwind into my lifestyle. This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada but due to the lockdown there are no gatherings allowed. While I normally enjoy a holiday meals with loved ones I have never been a fan of the standard turkey dinner. Seeing as how I am alone this year I decided to do something different, so I am channeling my inner Samin Nosrat of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and having beef ribs, jasmine rice and green beans along with a glass of my favourite red wine. I am looking forward it even if it is unique as a Thanksgiving meal. This year has been challenging in many ways, which has made me incredibly grateful for things that make me smile, that I enjoy and make me happy.  Here are five faves that I am currently loving:

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I have been a fan of Tracy Tutor since she first debuted on Million Dollar Listings Los Angeles. I have always been a fan of the show but it needed some powerful feminine energy and Tracy Tutor was the perfect addition. She has endless hustle, an incredible sense of style and is nobody’s pushover which makes for great television viewing. While her and I are in a similar age group she is who I want to be when I grow up. When I heard that Tracy had written a book I immediately ordered it. It’s an easy read, written with Tracy’s honest, hardworking, no nonsense attitude and encourages the reader to push forward despite the fear that they may be facing. And the cover is absolute goals. She looks strong, powerful and in control which is exactly how she wants the reader to feel all the while embracing their own personal fears. I enjoyed this book and will be referring to it often when I am having doubts about myself.

My best friend recently gifted me this notebook. I love the pretty mint green colour and the Coco Chanel quote is always a perfect reminder. The notebook sat on my counter for a couple of days while I thought about how I wanted to use it. One morning while listening to a podcast while getting ready for work the practice of having a gratitude journal was mentioned. I had heard of this practice before but I had never really connected with it previously. This time though, the idea of gratitude journaling sounded like just what I needed, and I now had the perfect notebook to journal in. It’s too soon to call it a habit just yet, but so far I am really enjoying this practice. I find that for me the best time to journal is right after dinner. Everyday I think about my day and find ten things that I am grateful for. Some days are easier then others, but I have found that even taking some time to consciously think about how fortunate I am to live in a safe and comfortable home, that I have clean running water and food to eat and even the fact that I woke up in the morning. These are all things that I am incredibly grateful for and have often previously taken for granted.

I love listening to podcasts in the morning and I enjoy reading Domino magazine so I was thrilled when I heard that they now had a podcast. The first guest was one of my favourite designers Kelly Wearstler so of course I was immediately hooked. My favourite episode though was the recent one with design genius Jenna Lyons. I love Jenna’s work, from her time at J Crew to her swoon worthy homes that have been featured in Domino and in Athena Calderone’s Live Beautiful. I am so excited for Jenna’s upcoming projects which include a show on HBO Max and designing hotels. This episode in many ways reinvigorated my love of design and desire to learn and grow. Love it!

All of this extra time at home has me spending a lot of time in front of the television. While this is not ideal, and I am making a conscious effort to do other things like cook and read more, there are a few shows that I am loving at the moment. Emily In Paris has gotten a lot of buzz since it was released last week. While there is a lot about this show that could use some work (how exactly is she affording all of that Chanel on her salary?), there is also a lot to enjoy. Like many, I have dreamed about moving to Paris and experiencing all the magic that the city has to offer, and this show has helped to fill my travel dreaming heart while I am in lockdown. And while I didn’t love Emily’s outfits, her boss and Camille’s wardrobes more then make up for it.
Bad Boy Billionaires India popped up as a Netflix recommendation for me this past week and I was intrigued so I added it to my list. It is only three episodes with each one profiling a different Indian billionaire’s downfall. It’s eye opening and interesting and I binged all three episodes in two days. If you are interested in seeing how people around the world got too big too fast and were unable to sustain it then this show may be of interest to you.

This is Paris is a YouTube documentary that has gotten a lot of attention. I had heard that it was quite good and thought that I would check it out for myself. I loved it. The behind the scene insight on a celebrity that is often written off or badly characterized was intriguing and a great reminder that there is often more to people then what they seem or what they are willing to show you. While my life couldn’t be more different then Paris Hilton’s I connected with the subject matter in many levels and appreciated the insight that the documentary provided. It is a worthwhile watch.

All of this time at home has me focused on my environment and how to make it as enjoyable and comfortable as I can. One thing that many overlook is the scent of a home. I have been searching for many years to find a home fragrance that I loved. The standard ones from Glade and other popular brands seemed artificial, and I have lost count of the different brands of candles that I have tried in the hopes that something would stick. While browsing a home goods shop earlier in the summer I came across Laboratorio Olfattivo’s Zen-Zero fragrance and decided to give it a try. I love the combination of ginger, cedar wood and sandalwood and it leaves my home smelling fresh, cool and comforting. I will be picking up the Zen-Zero diffuser next to help to elevate the fragrance of my home even further. The scent makes me happy and has elevated my home environment, love it!

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today! I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS