Commercial Interiors Crush – STK Toronto

Hi Everyone!

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.

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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.

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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

All images from http://www.thedesignagency.ca

Vacation Dreaming – Mykonos Home by Block722architects+

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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!  746767DD-FB5E-47A1-9706-B4F192456476Mykonos 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.  9F93AD09-E9C9-4C5B-A151-0F0622CCDB0EAD3530D2-9026-406E-BBBB-77794E8D3043The 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.  54322476-3DA1-46EE-9084-D59FA977EBFFC0843F29-5691-42A5-9F1C-ED16DDAF6259One 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.891B1214-EDAF-4C40-A4C6-82A03D2C91E4Stone 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.   50A853D8-5B3B-4B96-9725-8471FBC41E83BF159559-2214-4B88-8802-AB159C657E87It 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!

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

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

Retail Restoration – Acne Studios Flagship Store Stockholm

I love a good restoration and I especially love one with a great backstory, which is why I am so excited about today’s project. Acne Studios recently unveiled their newly restored flagship store in Stockholm and it is gorgeous!

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Located in a former bank, this building has quite the backstory. In 1973 there was a well known six day hostage crisis at the bank. The aftermath of the hostage situation resulted in the famous psychological term known as “Stockholm Syndrome”.

Barcelona based architecture firm Arquitectura- G is behind the newly unveiled restoration and they were clearly the perfect partner for Acne Studios as the final result is minimal and quiet luxury, exactly like the brand’s well known aesthetic.

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The original design of the building included marble columns and after stripping everything back to it’s bare bones, Arquitectura-G choose to enhance the neo-classic design by adding additional columns to areas such as the fitting rooms. By painting the walls the same colour as the columns, the final result is a monumental marble lovers dream land. To complete the stunning marble design, British furniture designer Max Lamb created five oversized marble tables which have been place throughout the shopping area of the store.

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To sharply contrast with the grandiose design and material throughout the space, sleek and minimal office style lighting designed Benoit Lalloz was used. I love how it balances out the space and elevates the design from looking too heavy.

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This space is an Acne shoppers dream, offering an elevated yet cool environment to shop for the gorgeous offerings that Acne produces season after season.

What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comments below.

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

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

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 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