Home for the Holidays inside Shangri-La Toronto’s Winter Wonderland Suite

ShangriLa Winter Wonderland

There is something very special about Shangri-La hotels. The Toronto property is one I frequent quite often whether it be for drinks in the lobby bar with friends, a meal at their signature restaurant Bosk, a leisure afternoon enjoying their famed high tea service or for a quick staycation when I’m in need of some R&R. All the guest rooms and suites are roomy and well appointed here but there is one suite that has a special place in my heart. The Garden Suite, which you may have seen covered here earlier this year, has become my “home away from home”. For the very first time, the suite has been transformed into a luxurious Winter Wonderland by the renowned design team at House & Home magazine and is the perfect oasis for visiting family members from out of town or the perfect gift to yourself, if you’re looking for our own personal retreat during this busy time of the year.

Winter Wonderland Suite Living Room

Close up of living room Winter Wonderland Suite

After an intense travel schedule over the last couple of months, my little family and I checked into the Shangri-La for some quality time and relaxation. Even with so much going on around the city during this time of year, we enjoyed just lazing around in our robes, watching Netflix, and using the properties amazing amenities and facilities. As per usual, there was nothing overlooked during our stay. The Shang staff pays extremely high attention to detail and never fails to surprise me when they go the extra distance during my stays. Even our pup was set up with an oversized plush dog bed, beautiful feeding bowls and bottled water to ensure she had the comforts of home.

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Close up of master Bed in Winter Wonderland Suite

ShangriLa Winter Wonderland

ShangriLa Toronto

ShangriLa Winter Wonderland

Private Patio Winter Wonderland Suite

Decorated in just the around amount of holiday accents; including a collection of books and decor from Indigo’s holiday collection, classic wreaths, pine cones, icy hues, faux fur with hints of inspo from the Great White North, makes this the perfect space to get into the holiday spirit. Every square inch of this Winter Wonderland suite oozes comfort and style and designed to make you forget that you are not a home. With an oversized walk-in wardrobe, four poster bed, chevron wood floors – usually a favourite of guests staying here, a master bathroom that drips in natural sunlight with floor to ceiling cararra marble and a secondary full sized washroom; I can guarantee that this suite is nicer than most condos in Toronto.  And if 800 Sqft of living space inside wasn’t enough, the re-styled accommodations also boasts a large private patio overlooking central downtown and features hints of festive magic. With this mild winter weather, one could easily host their own mini holiday cocktail party under the stars or enjoy a hot-toddy alone with their special person:

We are thrilled to be partnering with House and Home and Indigo to decorate the hotel’s first ever Winter Wonderland suite” says Shangri-La Toronto General Manager Richard Cooke. “We see this collaboration as an opportunity to delight our guests with a one of a kind experience whilst providing the unique Asian hospitality we are known for throughout the world.”

Check out the video below to get some behind the scenes access into the creation of the Winter Wonderland suite by House & Home’s Joel Bray (Editorial Design Team) and Reiko Caron (Stylist for House & Home Online TV)…

One of my favourite things to enjoy when I’m home and have a day off is high tea at Shangri-La. From now until January 3rd, their tea service is extra special  with a “Nutcracker” themed menu where each delicious item reflects a different a part of the famed ballet production. You can expect all the usual high tea extravagances such as clotted cream, house-made berry jam and honey, to go with classic and warm candied ginger scones. The selection of finger sandwiches is just incredible with my personal faves being the roasted turkey with cranberry preserve on herb country bread, truffle poached egg salad on granary bread and the lobster with herb mayonnaise on brioche buns. All followed by delish Nutcracker inspired pastries. You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy this afternoon treat and it’s the perfect add-on to a day of holiday shopping or after taking in the Nutcracker ballet across the street at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre.

Winter Wonderland Shangri La

Winter Wonderland Shangri-La TorontoPhotography by Teddy Chau and Nathalia Allen

Want a chance to experience a night in this heavenly oasis for yourself? Throughout the month of December, to celebrate the launch of the newly re-designed Winter Wonderland suite, The Shangri-La Toronto has created the “Wish Me A Winter Wonderland Stay” contest on Instagram for a chance to win a luxurious weekend stay in this signature suite, that also includes dinner for two at Bosk. To enter all you will need to is:

1) Follow @ShangriLaTo on Instagram

2) Post a photo of your “Winter must-haves” and tag @ShangriLaTO and use the hashtag #OasisAtShangriLa

*Contest ends December 21st, 2015. Click here for additional contest details and best of luck!

Current rate for the Winter Wonderland suite is $3,030 CDN and includes breakfast for two and valet. For additional information on the Shangri-La Toronto property, pricing, and availability, head to or call 647-788-8888.

Inspiring Interiors: Khloe Kardashian’s Workout Walk-In

Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet

I am always the first one to admit that having cute outfits to workout and run in is sometimes the motivation you need to get off your butt and sweat. Off the heels of her fitness inspired August/September Complex Magazine cover, Khloe Kardashian is taking “Fitspiration” to a whole new level with her custom designed fitness closet in her LA home.

Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet

Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet

Designed by LA Closet Design, this dream walk-in is the fitness equivalent to Carrie Bradshaw’s luxe closet in the Sex and the City movie. The 150 sqft space has special ” L shelving” for her legions of Nike training shoes, tons of racks for tops and tights to be hung, adequate room for her kettle bells and medicine balls and even a mini fridge stocked with Fuji water. “I’ve added a suede lined shelf that displays head and wrist bands, sunglasses, hair ties and more. I also included LED lighting so the case lights up with the flip of a switch – these items get lost and disorganized in drawers, so I wanted to make sure they were beautifully displayed”, claims the company’s CEO Lisa Adams (below).

The shoe shelving is by far my favourite part of Khloe’s closet and is just the right motivation I need to finally commence my closet make over. Here’s a peek inside the reality star and model’s closet which I guarantee will having you wanting to walk (or run) a mile in her shoes!

Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet

Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet

Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet

Khloe Kardhashian Fitness Closet

The shoe shelving is by far my favourite part of Khloe’s closet. This is just the right motivation I need to finally commence my closet make over.

Alexander Wang Debut’s Limited Edition Furniture Collection

Alexander Wang Poltrona Frau

Taking over the creative direction at Balenciaga, managing the design of his namesake label, while also collaborating last year with H&M on arguably their most successful designer capsule collection to date, it is shocking that Alexander Wang has time to do anything else. When I heard rumours late last year that he was planning on getting into furniture design I immediately imagined it to resemble his personal aesthetic; comfortable, cool and black.

Alexander Wang Poltrona FrauTurns out, I was not far off at all. Intelligently partnering with the 101 year old Italian label Poltrona Frau, the three piece collection is quintessential Wang and is a minimalist dream. “Poltrona Frau is very classic and traditional” Wang says. “It’s all about the quality and the precision, and I really wanted to bring some friction to it, and I think about how to challenge this idea working within their structure and with what they’re used to doing.”

Alexander Wang Poltrona Frau Leather Bean Bag

Alexander Wang Bean Bag Chair

Alexander Wang Shearling Bean Bag Chair

The ultra luxe bean bag chair comes in two variations; one with sports car-esque leather  upholstery and the other featuring shearling upholstery – both with chic brass footing. The trunk bar is the epitome of a piece de resistance. With a pebbled finish and gold accents in it’s interior, it’s the perfect spot to store prestigious liquors.

Alexander Wang Poltrona Frau Trunk Case

Alexander Wang Trunk Bar

Although designed with simplicity in mind, these pieces are definitely not for the novice furniture collector. The highly covetable bean bag chair is priced at $8,800, with the the trunk coming in at a mere $18,500. I am secretly hoping Wang considers creating a more moderately priced collection for the masses to acquire…but I’m not holding my breath.

Inspiring Interiors: i29’s Invisible Minimalist Kitchen

Invisible Kitchen i29_1

During my spare time, which these days has been few and far between, I enjoy reading Architectural Digest or trolling interior design sites online. As I’ve gotten older my interior design preferences have grown more towards a minimalist and modern vibe, which can sometimes be difficult to execute in a kitchen due to appliances. This week I stumbled on a kitchen designed by i29 that brilliantly conceals appliances and necessities resulting in a system that helps blend the living space with the kitchen.

Invisible Kitchen i29_2

Striping down and removing any superfluous elements, the design team expertly incorporated the cooling, water and electrical connections within the ultra thin island, which is only a couple centimetres thick.

Invisible Kitchen i29_3

Invisible Kitchen i29_4

Using decorative wainscotting elements of the Parisian apartment’s original walls as inspiration, the design team created sliding panels that hide all components of the kitchen and also acts as storage. When the panels are shut, the space appears clean and organized.

Invisible Kitchen i29_5

Invisible Kitchen i29_6Images via i29 Design

To see more of my “Inspiring Interiors” I suggest you check out these posts…

The House of Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier

Oscar PR Girl, Erika Bearman’s Dreamy Southampton Home

Inspiring Interiors: The House of Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier

Gilles & Boissier's Parisian Apartment

One of my all time favourite design duos Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier of Gilles et Boissier have very different views on design, which is probably why they have such a unique aesthetic – neither minimalist or decorative. Known for their outstanding interior design work at the Michelin star Hakkasan restaurant properties, Baccarat Hotel & Residences NYC, the Mandarin Oriental hotel properties, and commercial, retail, and residential spaces all over the world, design lovers waited with baited breath when the news broke of the couple’s newly renovated digs.  The pair recently converted a 19th century apartment, located on Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, into a beautifully curated space blending both contemporary and classic design with oversized rooms, high ceilings, french windows, and original timber paneling… creating the perfect backdrop for the couple’s art collection and custom furniture; designed by themselves of course!

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

The Versailles parquet floors were carefully restored along with the 19th century console table designed by Patrick and chair by Christian Astuguevielle. In the hallway they have placed an enormous lighting fixture on the ground adjacent to a horse photograph by Steven Klein. All the photography in the apartment is from Acte2Galerie, which is owned by a close friend of the couple. I am obsessed with how Europeans strategically place artwork and photographs on the floor instead of hanging them, leaving the walls bare. It is so chic and effortless, like everything they do, but my Father, with is design background informed me that decor style is out of necessity. Having concrete walls, instead of dry wall, prohibits homeowners from placing artwork on the walls.

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

The kitchen and bathroom is a prime example of contemporary living with ideal juxtaposition. The dine-in kitchen has a beautiful combo of three woods in different colours and textures with stark white carerra marble backsplashes and countertops. The Gilles & Boissier designed dining table, also with carerra marble top, ties in perfectly in the space. And the bathroom is minimalist heaven tying in similar elements from the kitchen and drowning in light from the enormous floor to ceiling windows.

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier

Photography by Birgita Wolfgang Drejer / Sister Agency

If I had my way, I would be waking up every morning in this master bedroom and lounge in the tuffted chaise in front of the fireplace drinking lattes and eating macarons. For more information on Patrick and Dorothee’s interior design projects, furniture and biography head to

Inspiring Interiors: Fashionable Interior Design Surfaces by Caesarstone

5110  Alpine Mist Kitchen

Whenever someone says that fashion is such a shallow industry and it has little relevance or importance in “real life” I laugh for two reasons; 1) the person making this statement usually is not very fashion/style savvy  and 2) It is a ludicrous comment because  I know how much fashion influences art, music, film and even interior design. As we approach World Mastercard Fashion Week here in Toronto, I recall when Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces teamed up with the Canadian designers behind the cult leather line Mackage to create custom accessories made of quartz for the brand’s SS/13 runway show. During this runway presentation, model’s were adorned with hair pieces, bracelets and rings in geometric and asymmetrical shapes made of the man-made stone.

Caesarstone Mackage

With the success and positive feedback from this collaboration, Caesarstone, who is the global leading supplier of fine quartz surfaces, has made the intelligent decision to use the fashion industry as an inspiration and to incorporate runway trends into their upcoming product lines. For the company’s latest collection for 2014 titled, Classico, the company really paid close attention to the colour trends they saw on the runways during the fashion week circuit in NYC, London and Milan – and implemented the warm, earthy tones into the line’s six new offerings; Clamshell, Summer Rye, Vanilla Noir, Coastal Grey, Biano Drift and Alpine Mist.

Caesarstone Classico 2014

Caesarstone Classico 2014

Caesarstone Classico 2014

Caesarstone Classico 2014

Caesarstone Classico 2014

Caesarstone Classico 2014

After being exposed to the tile industry my entire life with my Father’s career in the stone business and interior design, I’ve seen a significant increase in the sales of quartz (which now constitutes roughly 50% of stone sales in Canada) and a decrease in granite and marble, which ruled during the 80’s and 90’s. Why the change? Although its price point is higher than natural stone, quartz has many phenomenal benefits that makes it more suitable in homes and condos, especially those with children. It’s non-porous, stain resistant and extremely difficult to scratch, meaning its virtually maintenance free. This clearly makes it the ideal choice for kitchen/bathroom countertops and and backsplashes. The Classico collection is cutting edge and these new options actually now replicate the visual and flow of granite’s aesthetic, which used to only be found in natural stone. With it’s increase in popularity and the tie-in with fashion, it will be interesting to see what Caesarstone does next – however, I am secretly hoping that we get to see more fashion collaborations on the runway.

Inspiring Interiors: Oscar PR Girl, Erika Bearman’s Dreamy Southampton Digs

Erika Bearman Southampton Home

As much as I love fashion, I’m equally obsessed with interior design and my idea of the perfect weekend would be literally watching HGTV all day only to take periodic washroom breaks and creep interior design inspiration on Pinterest during commercial breaks.  I mean…fashion and interior design are closely related in my personal opinion so I’ve decided to come clean with my addiction to interior design and share some of the inspiring interiors I stumble across.

Over the past few years I have become slightly obsessed with Erika Bearman, the brunette turned blonde (but now back to brunette I think!), fashion savvy Senior Vice-President of Communications for Oscar de la Renta and to be honest, spend more time than I would like to admit creeping her instagram and repinning her posts on Pinterest like a lunatic. Earlier this year I got a chance to meet the stunning and intelligent goddess, who used to post faceless selfies in beautiful ODLR gowns, at a Holt Renfrew event and realized then and there, when I died, I wanted to come back as her.

Erika Bearman Southampton Home

With a lust worthy closet and successful career working with one of the world’s most renowned designers, it comes as no shock that Bearman’s weekend retreat property with her Investment Banker hubby reflects her fashionable taste. The couple scooped up this Southampton Village home from 1910 two years ago and chose Interior Decorator Miles Redd, who happens to also be the Creative Director for Oscar de la Renta Home Collection, to create the dream summer home filled with texture, glamour and tons of colour.

Erika Bearman Southampton home

Erika Bearman Southampton Home

 Erica Bearman Southampton Home

Erika Bearman Southampton Home

Throughout the property there is select furniture and art pieces from Christie’s, a mixture of rich wall paints, textured wallpapers by Marthe Armitage and Lee Jofa, bed linens by Schweitzer Linen and the floors are painted with special, high-gloss custom colours, which are usually only reserved for hulls of yachts. Always an admirer of those that can mix both high and low finds, I love how the kitchen contains top of the line Sub-Zero wine cooler and fridge, a Viking commercial gas range with a custom hood but the custom cabinetry has handles from Restoration Hardware and the wall clock is the exact same one I own from Ikea. Bearman and Redd clearly took the approach to buy based on what looked good to them and not just about what was expensive as I’ve spotted quite a few items from the Swedish retailer in the home – which is quite refreshing.

Usually utilized in kitchens as a back-splash or in bathroom showers, Redd covered the entire kitchen walls with white subway tiles. Definitely an unexpected choice but somehow it actually works in this space and goes well with the large lion print from Natural Curiosities, over-sized pendant lighting and high gloss white floors.

Erika Bearman Southampton Home

Erika Bearman Home

Erika Bearman Southampton Home

Photos courtesy of Elle Decor

Design Details: The master bedroom floor is made up of Ikea bathroom mats topstitched together. Easy to maintain, affordable, creative and functional

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