New work by Jamie Evrard

There are those who think buying flowers pointless - why buy something just to watch it die? - and there are those who embrace the fleetingness of florals. I'm a little bit of both. Sometimes I love watching the slow, unfurling demise of a flower, the fade of saturated hues to bleached pastels, the droop of a stem under the heavy weight of a flower in full bloom. Other times, I stand at the flower market and just can't stand to bring home something so short-lived and I take comfort in plants instead.

Jamie Evrard's work offers a beautiful best-of-both worlds. Her paintings capture flowers in that precious moment of perfection, where decay is a heartbeat away but beauty still abounds. Her flowers live eternally on the cusp, precariously balanced at their gorgeous fullness. I'm simply in love with her latest peony paintings!

All paintings by Jamie Evrard, available through Bau-Xi Gallery.

Creamy constellations

Sometimes, it starts with just one or two images dragged onto my desktop and it takes a while before I realize a certain vibe has crept into my consciousness. There's a modernity that's appealing to me right now. It's full of warm, handmade textures, but still polished. At the same time, there's the distance of stars and moon - space, usually so cool, so blue - but here made soft, talismanic. I love all of this combined, a sort of luxe futurism. Also, major hair-inspo from that Houghton collection!

Products: Pamela Love Cosmos Cuff | MQuan Constellation platter | Isabel Marant √Čtoile Lazuli Alpaca Vest | Mantiques Modern Fractal Resin Sphere by Pierre Giraudon | Niamh Barry Light Sculpture |  Noor Fares Diamond, Moonstone & Gold Armillae necklace | Sophie Bille Brahe Cassopeia Rings | Sophie Bille Brahe Croissant de Perle | Houghton (Summer 2014 lookbook) | Mourne Textiles Mohair Loop Throw | Susanne Kaufmann Witch Hazel Bath

Sunday best: Overalls

I guess overalls are one of the more divisive pieces of fashion — you're either into them or not. Me? I'm into them. Indeed, if it weren't for the sucky exchange rate, I might've impulse purchased these ones from Madewell this morning over breakfast.

I've been doing some minor DIY at home, spackling walls and touching up paint, rehanging pictures in new spots, putting some away for a time when they'll look fresh again. On Thursday, I bought a new plant - at long last, a fiddle-leaf fig is mine! So, I'm feeling pretty domestic and overalls go with that too, I guess.

And I feel like I should have more to say. I know you prefer when there are deep musings here. But it's really it's hot and summery and just happy. It's a long weekend and I have a new episode of Hannibal to watch tonight. And beyond overalls, I'm not wishing for much.

Products: Short smeared flake earrings from WWAKE | Bennett Overalls from Madewell | √Čtoile Isabel Marant's 'Kranger' T-shirt from Net-a-Porter | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder from Sephora | By Terry Mascara Terrybly from Net-a-Porter | Rose Noir by Byredo | Bamboo Leather Backpack from Gucci | Sawyer D'Orsay Sandal from Loeffler Randall

Dream House: Jessica Helgerson Design

I mentioned Jessica Helgerson Design in my kitchen blog post. But I want to revisit this specific home in her portfolio. This place is everything to me right now.

I've been thinking a lot about my place. I've always embraced a bottom-up style of decorating, where a home is decorated over time. Objects come and go, get moved around. Occasionally, a large piece of furniture is added or replaced. Sometimes, there's a rare find that's pounced upon. Hopefully, it all comes together. But, more than that, it's all organic and personal, not perfect or frozen in some "after shot" that was achieved after a swift, all-encompassing makeover.

Obviously, I find this bottom-up approach to decorating philosophically appealing. It feels more real and also more fluid. It's without the razzle-dazzle of decor TV before-and-after reveals. It's not all perfectly staged and vetted to come together by design. Rather it (hopefully) comes together because it's authentic to the individual and tells a story of a living, breathing aesthetic personality.

Still, sometimes I feel like I've embraced this approach by necessity as much as choice. The fact is this is how I have to decorate. I can maybe afford to buy one or two large investment pieces in a year - the idea of having the budget to do or redo a room, let alone apartment, in one fell swoop is simply not mine.

And sometimes I feel this poignantly — that my place always feels at about 80% and that the leftover 20% is a glaring thing, not that there's such a thing as "done". I see moodboards of ambitious renovations and I'm envious of that kind of top-down planning. I wonder what it would be like to step back and make decisions that are orchestrated to go together. And to have that moment when a room feels entirely new (I especially fantasize about this for my kitchen and bathroom - those renovations in particular don't lend themselves to bit-by-bit progress).

I feel both ways when I look at this home. Because it feels both top-down and bottom-up. I don't think everything in it was planned and purchased at once. But I do feel like it was conceived of as coming together and edited with a lot of discipline, though not lacking a sense of colouring outside the lines. I also love this place because it's totally my style and a look I would strive for.

A bench for my bedroom

My bedroom  floorplan right now is laid out like this (okay, the napping dog is a wishful embellishment):

I'd really like to add a bench / ottoman of some sort in front on the dresser (shown above in pink). These are some I've been looking at. I think my favourites are No.2 from Blu Dot and No.4 from Black Rooster, with the Black Rooster one edging to the front because it's somewhat a glammed-up Mies (No.8 but I can neither afford nor fit), without being a pure rip-off -- which would be unconscionable for me to consider.

Products: 1. Sculptural: Oly | 2. Plush: Blu Dot | 3. Boudoir: MGBW | 4. Upscale modern: Black Rooster  | 5. Sleek: Ethan Allen | 6. Comfy (but in another hue): Decorium | 7. Standard: Jonathan Adler | 8. Classic: Knoll

P.S. If you're looking to build a floorplan like mine above, google "Icovia Floorplanner". I'm sure there are many other (possibly better) tools out there, but I've been using this for years. Many furniture shops etc. offer this tool on their site (they usually require registration, but that's what your old yahoo email is for, amirite?! I built mine on Decorium's site).

The Stowe

In my world, there's no such thing as enough purses. And while I like to buy purses that are built to last, I'm loath to too often crawl into designer purse price ranges. The Stowe is a Montreal-based company that I've recently been admiring and they're right in my sweet-spot; quality, minimal styling (inconspicuous branding) and prices that lure you into thinking ahead to a second purchase. My favourite styles are Rae, Eloise and Brady (who can resist the current bucket bag trend!?)

You can follow The Stowe on Instagram (that's how I found them!) and visit their online store here.