Have you been following the Olympics? This year I'm more into them than ever, not least because my home country is hosting! Watching the Olympic coverage on TV has left me feeling wistful, so indulge me as I wallow in the awesomeness of Canadian House and Home magazine--it's proof that on the ice, on the slopes and in the living room, Canada rocks the party!
I'm so fond of how familiar many of these vignettes feel to me. Both my parents and my in-laws have similar long, narrow staircases and wide plank floors; I can just picture the tall Victorian row house this image comes from, and it's almost like a mini trip to visit family.
But even if patriotism didn't pulse through my veins, I would still love this magazine. Every featured space simply leaps from the page, with color and personality that grabs you in its clutches and won't let go. Plus the mix of styles can't be beat: from Hollywood prep to vintage eclectic and more, this mag lives up to the Canadian stereotype of pleasing everyone!
Punchy kelly green, patterned tile, and a primitive poster: an astounding contrast to the clean white foundation and stark lines of this living room. But the sweetest detail? Check out that leaded glass window in the very top right---a piece of the house's history left behind for those who care to notice (ie. decor nerds like me...)
The wisdom of dark walls has received much attention in blogland lately. I fall resolutely on the 'go for it' side of the debate, and this living room perfectly illustrates why. I can't imagine anything cozier than ensconcing yourself in shadowy cocoon while the crazy world turns beyond your door. Of course it helps to have a massive floor-to-ceiling source of sunlight.
Yowza! I'd love to jump on some of this hot dining room action! At first this seems like a crazy quilt of pieces, but deconstruct the space and you'll see there are only two forces at work here: rough and organic (the table and pendant lamp) and granny-esque (the chairs, settee and shelves, which share a common feature of cabriole legs). It's all about finding order in the chaos.
My search for the perfect upholstered headboard has so far lead me nowhere, and I'm starting to consider making one myself. This shot provides some serious inspiration indeed! A fun print in a punchy color could be the answer to my bedroom prayers. Also note the carpet--who knew pink broadloom could look so fab?
One of my favorite aspects of Canadian culture is how warmly it embraces traditions from around the world--so naturally I'm ape for the global vibe of this room. Juicy green and vivid fuchsia put me in the mood for some spicy cooking and a raucous evening with friends, while the fine art print on the wall adds a modern touch.
If there's one thing on which Canadians have authority, it's the art of staying warm. Case in point: a blizzard could rage outside your window but as long as you stay submersed up to your nose in a tub of steamy soapy water, you'd survive. Add a wicked cool bug poster and you're living it up in style!
The best news: Canadian House and Home not only shares tons of gorgeous, splashy images, it also provides real-world advice on getting the look yourself. Don't miss the March 2010 issue; it's a bonanza of organizing tips--including some major closet porn--and an entertaining feature inspired by the maple syrup harvest. Only in Canada, eh?