Dream Space | Sara and Julius





I have only just managed to sit down to finally look through this months Elle Decoration, and fallen in love with the relaxed and creative apartment of Sara and Julius. The apartment is situated in Malmo Sweden. Inside there is such a relaxed feeling, with second hand furniture and heirlooms which do not clutter up the grande scale of the space. It is so simple yet so stylish. I particularly like the openness of the storage, which if I had in my home I would love to have my shoe collection out on show.

Photo credit: Petra Bindel

French Country Living

Inspired by the stunning homes of Provence, French Country design often incorporates ruffles, distressed woodwork with both vibrant and subdued hues. It’s an unstudied, collected approach, built on firmly entrenched local traditions and on cherished objects handed down through generations. Simple and sincere yet effortlessly elegant, it satisfies the soul as much as the eye.

The French have an innate sense of taste balanced with refinement that keeps this unassuming style from feeling pedestrian. French country décor always finds its centre no matter how many disparate elements are thrown into the mix. It marries an old-world sensibility with an edge of sophistication that keeps it enduring and fresh.

{French Country Inspired Home Office Space – A warm natural palette, crisp linens and several well chosen vintage provençal pieces bring quiet inspiration to this workspace. I love the window seat.}
{With the perfect distressed effect and a neutral wood exterior, this simple chair and ottoman can fit right into any French country theme}
{via Dreamy Whites}
{This French style dining area includes an antique or two, painted furniture and a simple, delicate crystal and iron chandelier adding a touch of elegance to a rustic space.}

{A calm but cozy living room with an overstuffed slip covered chair, cable knit blanket and blazing wood stove. Distressed Provençal-style pieces set about a warm neutral colour palette create an inviting space.}

french country sideboard

{I love this simple sideboard set against the beautifully detailed white washed walls with original herringbone hardwood flooring…blooms reminiscent of France…Lavender and Hydrangea. }

french country sinkAnd this…this is amazing…{via ~ http://www.brianvandenbrink.com/}

Vintage Linens…


vintage linen and lace

“Antique French linens, lace and fabric of the superb quality and outstanding craftsmanship which are the hallmarks of European tradition”.  Fleur d’Andeol.

Since deciding to do this post, I have been doing my research on antique linens. Whether from France, England, Italy or Spain, linens (and lace) were extremely significant as well as symbolic. The French nobility displayed their stature in a variety of ways, not the least of which were the emblems embroidered on clothing and household linens. Linens, especially bed linens, almost always boar the initials of the family to which they belonged. I appreciate beautiful linens, whether they are bonafide  vintage or vintage inspired  from beautiful shops such as  http://www.peonyandsage.com/ , I would love to have an expansive collection. (My collection is comprised of 4 dinner napkins and truth be told, I actually do not use them however, I love to launder them and iron them every now and then!).

ThePaperMulberryFirstBlushSpring5{Vintage inspired French linens from Peony & Sage} – Beautiful!


{Actual vintage French linens from Maria’s (of Dreamy Whites} personal collection} of course, très belle.


{via a Paper Mulberry ~ I just had to include this antique daybed from France ~ I think it’s so lovely}


{and this from Petite Michelle Louise}


I enjoyed putting this post together so much…I came across so many lovely images and a wealth of information…I found it very difficult to say, OK – it’s done…publish!! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

xo Loveisabella

Elizabeth Messina: Story in Images

I get lost in the beautiful images created by award winning photographer Elizabeth Messina.  Her innate sense of style is reflected in her work, which graces the pages of countless magazines. Whether the subject matter is wedding, fashion, boudoir or editorial; I can’t seem to get enough of her. Elizabeth has published a book entitled The Luminous Portrait” which is available in bookstores now.

If you want to stay connected with Elizabeth you can follow her on Twitter @kissthegroom and on Facebook and you can check her blog www.kissthegroom.com for daily inspiration and lovely photographs.

 ♥ xo

Granny Chic

“Without foundation, there can be no fashion.” Christian Dior. This quote from Dior is said to be in reference to foundation garments such as corsets.

{The Mitford Sisters}

{ Exquisitely Groomed Wallis Simpson}

{Wallis Simpson & King Edward VIII ~ who abdicated the throne for her}

Today, Granny Chic refers to a rather disheveled, casual manner of dress when 14 years ago, according to an article I read in Vanity Fair, GC referred to the exact opposite. The article, entitled, “Granny Chic”, described the Art of Dressing and focused on fashion circa 1940. I loved the thought of that GC so much; dressing carefully and thoughtfully; it was the perfect “chic” for me at that time.

While working at a large Oil & Gas Co. in the late 90’s, I was preparing to attend my first bona-fide business cocktail reception. This was my first “real” job after university and for the occasion,  I purchased my first investment pieces. A tailored black wool suit from Theory, a silk print scarf  and lovely “foundation” garments including stockings!. {Holt Renfrew}

I felt so feminine and perfectly put together. So, if you prefer this interpretation of Granny Chic, which in VF’s opinion referred to a time when women were feminine, quietly powerful {remember the stockings and pearls}; try it! Think immaculately tailored suits, tweeds, wools and stockings finished with unobtrusive styling. Think of Dior clad Carol Petrie, the alluring Wallis Simpson or The Mitford Sisters}.

xo Loveisabella

Real Wedding: Lanie & Matt

A beautiful day in Colorado set the scene for Lanie’s and Matt’s winter wonderland wedding. This is truly one of my all time favourite weddings full of incredible details from the talented Lisa Vorce of and stunning photos by Aaron Delesie.

Lanie had long sleeves added to her Vera Wang dress, perfect for a snowy winter wedding.

Little welcome bags included a note from the couple, pure vanilla extract, and the recipe for Matt’s father’s pancake recipe.

One of the most beautiful bridal portraits I have ever seen. Classic Elegance.

Love that the bride switched her Manolo’s for cowboy boots for the outdoor photographs.

Bride’s Bouquet

Lanie carries a bouquet of white ranunculus. “It was wrapped with a handkerchief that has been in Matt’s family for hundreds of years,” she says.


Photography: Aaron Delesie / Ceremony venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colorado / Reception venue: The Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado / Planning, design: Lisa Vorce / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang Style No. 11029/ Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom’s suit: Charles Tyrwhitt / Flowers: Mindy Rice / Stationery: Yellow Owl Workshop / Rentals: Barker Decor Service, Alpine Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen

Vintage Chic Engagement

Laine and Marty’s Victoria, BC engagement session was styled by one of their close friends, Jessica from Petite Pearl Events, and it’s just the perfect mix of sweet, chic, and vintage!  These two lovebirds are marrying next summer in Italy, so what better to do than to create an engagement session filled with some of their hometown Victoria charm?  The  Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse was the gorgeous backdrop for the rustic fall shoot.  I simply adore the lush florals in shades of coral, peach, and pink from Verbena Floral Design, the lovely lace table runner, and of course, Laine’s amazing dupioni dress from Alida’s GownsSit back and enjoy the beautiful images from Eternal Reflections Photography!

The following British Columbia wedding vendors contributed to this engagement session: Photographer – Eternal Reflections Photography \ Event design – Petite Pearl Events \ Floral – Verbena Floral Design Inc \ Dress – Alida’s Gowns \ Rentals – Trove Vintage \ Calligraphy – Laura Lavender Calligraphy & Illustration \ Makeup – Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry \ Jewelry – Caroline Calvert Couture \ Venue – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

{fashion inspiration: exquisite french gowns from laure de sagazan}

 Création de Robes de mariée sur mesure / Custom made wedding gowns

I wrote about this young Parisian designer’s debut bridal collection in a previous post just over a year ago and fell in love with delicate  boho once again. Laure de Sagazans’ follow up collection is every bit as intoxicating and romantic as the first. de Sagazan cites Vanessa Paradis, Catherine Deneuve and Anna Karenina } as inspiration for her collection. Lovely muses resulting in pure poetry.

{silk, crêpe de chine, chiffon, french lace, wedding, fashion}

 xo Loveisabella

Blush Inspiration

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blush + Pale

Petite Parisienne- Cream Wide Grosgrain Double Bow Headband

{Petite Parisienne | Cream Wide Grosgrain Double Bow Headband}

valentino silk chiffon wrap plat

Valentino {Silk Chiffon Wrapped Platform}

dress designer decor -

{Daniella Marie Lifestyle Blog}

blush ruffles

 { Dior Couture Fall 2008}

kimberly and cameron photo

{Photo: Kimberly + Cameron}

bare nude{Bare + Nude}

pale blush crystals loveisabella

{Pale Blush Crystals via Tumblr}

blush + white

{Hue + Texture}

Valentino S S

Valentino Couture S | S 2012


{Dior – Mixing Textures}

xo Loveisbella

Versailles | French Vintage Wedding

Beautiful bride Mandy wanted her wedding day to feel like Versailles circa 1920. The lush gorgeous roses and orchids in shades of blush, champagne and ivory adorned vintage inspired luxury linens. She definitely had a team of the best working hard to fulfill her vision. J. Grace brought the bride’s vintage Versailles theme to life through her luxurious stationery while floral fashionista Aileen Tran of Karen Tran Florals created the decor. Baroque. Paris. Versailles. Blush. French Vintage. Love.

jgrace vintage french theme menu

Vintage inspired French Wedding Menu with cocoa hued french lace and hand dyed silk ribbon. By J grace


 Blush place cards, designed by J. Grace, were attached to vintage pincushions and antique skeleton keys with pink satin ribbon.  The pin cushions and keys are from the bride’s own collection…all different and so pretty!







I love that the tables are named rather than numbered, after well known places and people of France.  


Photos of the bride and groom in vintage frames made an amazing display in the ballroom.





Loveisabella xo

Mandy & James San Diego Wedding Cinema

Photography: True Photography {Official Event Photographers} | Sara Zimmer Photography {2nd Photographer – Decor}
Florals: Aileen Tran | Karen Tran Florals
Stationery: Jennifer | J. Grace Luxurious Event Stationery
Gown: M. Bride | St. Pucci
Cake: Flour Power
Event Coordinator: Monarch Weddings