You know, starting this blog has started to give me a bit of a sixth sense on whether I can tell if I’d love someone’s home. In all honesty, it takes excruciating willpower to not ask a lot of those people, “Hey, we’ve only just met, but can you invite me over so I canContinue reading “An off-the-charts colourful apartment tour with Jen Cook, Co-Founder of Otto Studio”
I’ll never be able to answer the question, “What’s your taste in design?” One day, I’ll wake up and want to throw out 90% of my belongings so that I can transform my home into a serene, white-walled cabin with minimal furniture. A single fire burns. I stoke it alone. I listen to violin. Okay,Continue reading “groovy shapes & contrasting colours”
Earlier today, a friend was asking me what I looked for when I feature homes on Hyppiä. “Do they need to be really ‘done’, if you know what I mean? Polished?” she asked. “Honestly, the less ‘done’ they are, the better,” I replied. “That’s when you get to see someone’s personality and character.” My missionContinue reading “A glimpse into a book lover & design buff’s character-filled apartment”
Psst—read to the bottom to win a Hyppiä design package and feature wall from Otto Studio! You know when you take the time to finally knock something off your to-do list and you kick yourself for not doing it sooner? That’s what I feel every time I walk into my new, dashing bedroom. It’s beenContinue reading “Before & after: my mini, oh-so-fun bedroom makeover”
Bao Bei Brasserie. Kissa Tanto. St. Lawrence. Botanist Dining. The common thread between some of the most sought-after restaurants in Vancouver? Local design studio Ste. Marie. (You just didn’t know it.) The resume of this award-winning interior design practice feels like some sort of conspiracy theory coming to life—a chaotic yet clear collection of redContinue reading “5 design lessons from the studio behind Vancouver’s favourite restaurants”
Something about the YouTube interior design game right now can be highly cringe-worthy. I’m not sure why there is a need to nearly yell into the camera, speak at twice the necessary speed for humans, or, on the flip side, speak so quietly that you’re not sure they’re actually conscious. But I come bearing goodContinue reading “5 YouTube interior design channels that are certified cringe-free”
An old friend’s been sitting on my chest again. Rather rude, I know. But he’s back. And I don’t know for how long.
As soon as you’ve landed on the bare bones of your place—you know, the basic furniture to help you live a functional life—the first thing people will tell you is to find some damn art to hang up on your walls. But this is ridiculously easier said than done.
Once upon a time I hated natural wood. It felt—can you believe it—cheap? I scoffed at how people could actually want a piece of furniture that looked like it was halfway done. Oh, how we grow up. Now, I see natural wood as one of the most sumptuous materials you can have in a home.Continue reading “The perfect palette: natural wood + clean black lines”
I checked out Chinatown’s Qali Hair Extension Studio for the first time a couple of weekends ago—thanks to a surprise nomination for a free blowout from my manager 😍—and as soon as I stepped inside, I knew I had seen this place before. Right away, the vibe felt warm, eclectic and so authentically 80’s IContinue reading “Local design firm Studio Roslyn knows how to create magical spaces”