Fall Edit: Introducing Our Fave Fall Drink, The Caramel Apple Cocktail

It’s Fall. Last week we packed away the paddle boards at home, and a few tears may have been shed, lol. This week, however, I added a new velvet quilt to our room, made butternut squash soup (a family favourite), came up with (and tested, ahem) a delectable fall cocktail to drown our sorrows in, and dressed the table for our Thanksgiving dinner. Small silvers of happiness as we practice acceptance of our fate! As we settle back into newsletter writing and blogging, I thought perhaps some of you could use those little moments of happiness as well 🙂

First off, the Caramel Apple Cocktail, because we always start with cocktails, yes?


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Once upon a time I was a bartender, as was D., and we’ve never lost our passion for mixology. Any occasion around the house involves us in the kitchen, “testing”, which in turn becomes it’s own occasion!

I saw a few apple cider sangria concoctions floating around pinterest, which brought me to the fall cocktail search. A apple-based cocktail sounded nice, still crisp enough for the warm days we’ve been having, but seasonal. We took classic Strongbow Cider (alcoholic) and added some caramel-infused apple goodness, then amped up the flavour with a cinnamon sugar rim. It’s delicious. De-licious.






Here is the recipe, in case you’d like to try it for yourself, which of course you will! It’s perfect as a greeter cocktail, for when guests arrive, or a dessert cocktail, after a savoury dinner…


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Cheers! am xo


eDesign: New York Oasis (2 of 3)

A little while back I posted about J’s NY home. I helped the family settle into their new home with an eDesign for the living/dining space. Next J wanted to move on to her Daughter’s room.

When the family moved into the unit, they separated a portion of the large living space to create a room for their daughter. The resulting room has a beautiful window and a decent footprint. Storage solutions, as for all little darlings rooms, were needed. With a single shared living space in the home O definitely needed some seating and a desk area so that she could maximize the use of her own space. A daybed with storage underneath would work well here for lounging, and with no closet, a tall cabinet that they had just purchased would contain O’s wardrobe. We needed a chair to provide a place to relax in, a desk with storage, and a place for a keyboard!


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J had originally planned to place O’s bed along the right wall. Here are two possible layouts for the furniture with he bad along the right wall, and the headboard facing that wall. The door is located in the bottom left corner, just didn’t add it to the floor plan for some reason, lol!

The problem with the first is that by placing the bed, the largest item of furniture in the room, along the right wall we have wasted floor space in the back corner and in front of the bed.


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In the second layout, we have really limited our movement as soon as we enter the room.

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I suggested placing a daybed, with storage underneath, along the back wall with the tall wardrobe placed alongside. With our largest pieces of furniture tucked into the corner, we could then place O’s desk and keyboard side-by-side, so that the desk chair can be rolled over to the appropriate place. The chair placement could still be in front of the window, the perfect sunny spot for reading or daydreaming… this layout wastes no floor space, and feels fairly open. Both O and J loved this option, and now we could move onto the decorating phase.


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O wasn’t sure what she wanted, and her Mum had seen a harlequin wallpaper that she liked, so I put together a two colorways for them to consider. A hit of black, in the form of the chair, would balance out the black keyboard and prevent the candy-colored hues from feeling too “little girl”.


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After some discussion, O decided that she did not care for the harlequin wallpaper, and would prefer something with a little more whimsy. These boards show how versatile the furnishings really are…


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O really liked the graphic polka dotted rug and bright color featured in the first design board, and so we went ahead with that. The vibrancy of this palette is based on textiles and art, with the rug in black and white, with such high-contrast, there is no need for additional wall pattern here. This option allows her to change her decor in a year or two, as she grows and her tastes change, and the large furnishings/rug will still work.

This is the final design board…. O requested a giant black beanbag chair, and she had a blast choosing art pieces for a grouping over her bed. Pastel shades abound, and she can mix in new accessories as she pleases, perfect for a pre-teen room.


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Happy to say O is living large in her new digs! If you missed the living/dining post, you can find it here. Next time we will cover the master bedroom – it’s a good one 🙂

Have a great week! am



eDesign: Modern in Rio

Recently I was contacted by a fantastic man, whom we will call V. V is beginning a new chapter in his life, and is building a new home to live in. He will be the sole occupant the majority of the time, with occasional visits from his children. He wanted to keep the interior modern, sleek and minimal, but still incorporate warm.

The architecture of this home is fantastic, and we wanted to let the surfaces be the stars here. In a smaller home, using upgraded building materials can actually be more cost effective – there is very little ornamentation required when everything is already beautiful!

V was drawn to the contrast of concrete and warm wood, and loved the idea of punctuating that combination with black-toned and raw steel metals. He was particularly concerned with what color to choose for his walls. Although he loved dark greys, V wanted to ensure there would be enough light in the space.

Here is a floorpan of V’s fabulous new home:


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This is an interesting layout from a design standpoint. The home itself is rectangular, with the cooking, dining and living spaces wrapped around the bedroom space.  In effect, it is a cube within a cube.

This offers us a way to incorporate the dark grey walls effectively. By placing the dark grey onto the interior and exterior of the bedroom wall only, and pairing it with a complementary grey-white on the remaining walls, we do several things. One, we enhance the architecture, emphasizing the well-thought out design. We delineate the public and private areas of the home effectively. We keep the lighter, outer walls in the areas that will be used primarily during the day, and the darker walls on the areas used most in the evening. We are able to bounce light through the living room and into the entry and dining area, where there will be little direct daylight. The electronics will be placed onto the darker wall separating the living space and bedroom, which will allow them to work in seamlessly, rather than contrast sharply against a pale wall.


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V loved this plan! He wanted to move forward, and also requested an accent color which would pair well with the floor tiles (already chosen) and “Frejo” wood, which would be used for shelving, cabinetry, etc through the space.

I put together this color board for Ivan, using Sherwin Williams selections, as it was readily available to him:


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The Freja wood, used for cabinetry, shelving, etc ranges in tone from almost blond to quite dark, often with orange undertones.

You can see the floor tile, while grey, skews quite warm.

Dovetail, SW 7018, Is the perfect warm grey to pair with the flooring/wood selection. We would wrap it around the outside of the bedroom “cube” and along the interior walls of the bedroom as well.

Snowbound, SW 7004, is the most beautiful pale grey-white. It’s modern and timeless. This would be used on the remaining walls and trim.

Robust Orange, SW 6628 would be absolutely stunning on the entrance door.


This was a color consultation, and so V and I did discuss furniture direction, just not specifics. Cognac leather would work very well here, perhaps in a lounge chair, as would the classic black men’s sofa that V preferred – on point, V!

It was a pleasure working with V. He knew what he wanted, was true to his own design loves, and will have a phenomenal home to begin his next chapter in. Recently received an eDesign rare treat – progress photos of V’s home during construction – Snowbound looking gorgeous on the walls – Thank you V!!






Increasingly I find myself working with male clients who have incredible design instincts, and am loving it. Hope you enjoyed! The posts have been rather sparse lately, but the sun is finally shining here, and must take advantage when possible, yes?

Cheers! am