It feels like the longest January ever and combined with the lockdown that we are currently in here in Montreal things seem a little bleak. One thing that I am doing to keep my spirits up is to research and plan all of the places that I would love to visit once things start to open back up. One mini getaway that I would like to take is to Toronto for some good food and great design.
STK Toronto is the first Canadian outpost of the STK dining concept, that blends the qualities of an upscale steakhouse with a chic nightclub lounge. The Design Agency was commissioned to design the Canadian location. Located in the former Four Season’s Yorkville Hotel, The Design Agency did a beautiful job creating an incredible dining locale that is both welcoming and sultry making a dining experience here memorable like any other in Toronto.
What do you think of the design of STK Toronto? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today, I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS
I love a good house tour and today’s project is one home that I am completely in love with. Located in Melbourne and designed by the extremely talented firm Dylan Farrell Design, this home is exquisite. With it’s modern Italianate exterior, and grand interior proportions, it would be easy to for many design decisions to underwhelm, but by adding layers of warmth such as gorgeous timber chevron floors and a black and white repetition throughout the home the design elevates the overall mood of the home. Steel and glass doors framed by floor to ceiling wire brushed oak, help to create a sense of separation and flow throughout the home. The result is an urban edginess combined with a rustic farmhouse vibe, love it!
Given all of the incredible features throughout the home it’s hard to pick a favourite, but the warm warm tones of the dining room next to a well stocked wine cellar create a welcoming and intimate vibe that I love. I am also completely smitten with the aged mirror panels on the steel framed closet doors.
The warm tones of the interior are carried throughout the exterior spaces of the home. With a sprawling leafy garden, gorgeous lap pool and outdoor fireplace area this home is the perfect place to entertain indoors and out.
What do you think of this home? Let me know if the comments below. I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS
Not being able to travel over the past year has been challenging for me. The best way that I have found to counter my desire to get on a plane and immerse myself in a new culture has been to lose myself in dreamy projects around the world. Today’s feature project is located in a country that is very high on my bucket list – Greece! Mykonos Home by Block722architect+ is a luxury home designed in Cycladic style of architecture. With its use of earthy materials and textures, whitewashed walls and open spaces this home is an unmistakably dreamy refuge. While currently it is only a render, once built it will blend perfectly in with the other building on the beautiful island of Mykonos. The natural light from the tall windows that stretch nearly the entire height of the wall give the impression of a larger space than the home really is (300m2). Bringing in a Scandinavian design influence into the interiors, the main materials used within the home are stone and timber. The use of these materials is also an intelligent design decision as they are naturally cooling which is particularly useful during the hot summer months. One of my favourite spaces within the home is the kitchen, with its finely latticed timber cabinetry in a washed timber paired with lime washed walls and brass details its both chic yet warm and calming.Stone platforms are featured prominently throughout the home both inside in the living areas and within the outdoor area where they are used as day beds. The outdoor shaded area overlooks the teal tiled pool The outdoor space also features an outdoor shower along with areas to relax and entertain. The decor is kept simple yet welcoming and very zen. It is very easy to lose yourself in daydreams about this gorgeous space. What do you think of this home? Let me know in the comments below!
We have survived 2020! While things have not changed on the pandemic and lock down front, the new year feels fresh and invigorating and I hope that we have a much better year ahead of us!
Designer Kelly Wearstler is the reason that I first fell in love with design. I had been working within the fashion industry for a number of years, but it was Kelly’s work that sparked my interest in interiors and motivated me to get my interior design certification. She is a mix master and fearless with her use of fabrics, patterns, textures and colours. I love deep diving into her work thru her incredible books, her beautiful website and most recently thru her captivating Master Class which I have already completed twice (and counting). It seemed only fitting that my first post in 2021 features one of my favourite designers and her always captivating and exciting work. Today’s Commercial Interiors Crush is Villon by Kelly Wearstler.
Villon is a gorgeous San Francisco restaurant located in the lobby of the historic San Francisco Proper Hotels. The building itself is a nearly 100 year old landmark Flatiron style building providing the perfect home for this memorable project. The restaurant is names after French cubist painter and artist Jacques Villon. The style of the restaurant is inspired by Villon’s work, it is a beautifully detailed and intimate space that combines various European modernist elements and furnishings.
The main dining room is home to a custom marble and walnut bar with a statement brass spirits library. The restaurant’s colour palette is a chic and welcoming light blue and black and accented with wood, stone, metals and glass.
The blue ribbed paneling on the walls are divided with geometric shaped pieces of an antique mirror. This both helps to open up the room and create a sense of intimacy. The two toned pattered oak floor adds warmth to the restaurant and unifies the space. Etched wood tables and leather banquettes pair perfectly with vintage geometric furnishings including some of the coolest vintage dining chairs that I have ever seen. Love it!
Villon is high on the list of places that I would love to visit and experience first hand. Kelly Wearstler has done an exquisite job with this space as she does with all of her projects. What are your thoughts on this space? Let me know in the comments below!
I hope that you are currently enjoying a much needed break filled with good food, laughter and relaxation. The holidays are looking very different for me this year as I am unable to travel due to lockdown restrictions. Like it has been for most of this year, life is just different than what I am used to but I am determined to make the best of it. So despite spending the holidays alone (for the most part), I am enjoying getting back into the kitchen and trying new recipes, taking some time to work out everyday, watching some great shows (has anyone seen Bridgerton yet?) and working at getting both my mind and body in a more balanced state, as this has been a challenging year that I have let get the better of me on more than one occasion. Taking the time to relax and unwind has also given me space to feel inspired and hopeful again. One show that is currently providing inspiration on the creative front is Stylish with Jenna Lyons. For those of you not familiar with this American fashion gem, Jenna Lyons was previously the creative director for J.Crew. Her styling is both unique and inspirational and having binge watch the first six episodes I am now convinced that I too need to wear multiple shirts at once. Aside from the inspirational fashion and interior design ideas that the show provides, I love that I get to see into Jenna’s home. I first saw images and fell in love with Jenna’s home in Althena Calderone’s interior book Live Beautiful. The mix of metals and marble, textures and colours, unfinished herringbone floors and oversized crown molding are both dreamy and inspiring. Seeing glimpses of her home throughout the show just further reiterates how fabulous Jenna’s style really is. The elevator opens up to Jenna’s living room which is home to a gorgeous, modular pink velvet sofa. Jenna has then layered in different styles of furniture and pieces resulting in a space that is both cool girl chic and inviting. A cool feature of the space is the TV which slides out from behind the fireplace to the space between the mirror and art when in use. Genius! The grand Venini chandelier in the kitchen is a showstopper that elevates the space. Unlacquered brass backsplashes and honed marble countertops round out the space. I never would have thought to combine all of these features but they work beautifully together. While I am enamoured with the entire home, the master bedroom and en suite bathroom are my absolute favourite space within the loft. I have never really been a fan of wood panelling but it works perfectly in this bedroom and when combined with a warm and textured bed cover the bedroom becomes both elegant and cozy. Floating brass bedside tables and an ornate chandelier further elevate the space. Metal and glass doors allows views from the bedroom to the luxurious bathroom that is a marble lovers (aka moi) dream. From the grand use of marble, to the herringbone floors and the brass detail, this is by far one of my most favoured bathrooms that I have seen. The unlacquered baroque style bronze vanity legs were sprayed with salt water to speed along the oxidation process resulting in a beautiful green patina that complements the other features of the bathroom. Last but not least, no home tour of a fashion superstar would be complete without a glimpse of the closet, and not surprisingly Jenna’s does not disappoint. Being a total shoe lover myself, it’s clear that Jenna is my spirit animal. There are about 300 pairs of shoes in there! Jenna Lyon’s style has always been inspirational to me and her home continues to provide further inspiration with my own living space. Her style is the perfect mood for me to be entering 2021. What do you think of this space? Let me know in the comments below.