Showing posts with label Colette van den Thillart. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Colette van den Thillart. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moodboard Monday - Lilac Lovelies

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between lilac and lavender? Lilac is a pale purple with a pinkish tinge, while lavender is a pale purple with a bluish tinge.
Although they are often interchanged, I'm concentrating on lilac today - the perfect time of year, too, as the lilacs should be blooming soon!  Perhaps they already are in some areas - such a beautiful and fragrant flower!  
Hope you enjoy these images and ideas!
Have a wonderful day!

Ana-Rosa Tumblr

Elie Saab

Curated Style Tumblr

Kate Cordesen

Nicky Haslam


Traditional Home

Architectural Digest


Creating Vintage Charm


Stone Gable

Brett Design

Sharon Osbourne's chaise
Lilac cushions, lavender chaise

Verandah House


Traditional Home

Laura Ashley

Colette van den Thillart

McGeehan Design

Phoebe and James Howard

Fernando Botero

Laurence Amelie

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Arched Marble Backsplashes

Good morning, Everyone!

Another beautiful sunny day here in Charlottetown - too bad it's so cold!

I've been admiring these stone backsplashes for some time and they are showing up more and more in design.  Most of them appear to be marble, but a lot of them are other stones such as quartz or granite.

They certainly would be lower maintenance than tile with grout, wouldn't they - especially behind a sink or stove.

Whether used behind a sink, stove, bathtub or as shower walls - they offer a simple, clean look and are a wonderful addition to any space.

Betty Lou Phillips

Carla Aston Blog



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Michael Smith

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And this one is made of wood at the cottage!
Colette van den Thillart

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Colette van den Thillart's Barbados Getaway

Wow!  The more I see of Colette's designs, the more I love them.

After seeing her family's Barbados getaway, I feel a real 'kindred spirit' in her work........especially in this house where she has used shades of pink throughout and uses her beachcombing finds to accessorize her island home.

Colette mentions in this Canadian House and Home article that she has always been inspired by the great English designer, Oliver Messel, who famously designed and decorated many Caribbean homes with several of them in Barbados.  While using a couple of his ideas, Colette used shades of coral pink and brown to give her getaway her own special touch.

The Messel green wrought iron railings and gingerbread trim.  A very inviting entrance.

The coral pink in the living room, wicker and seashell accented hutch produce a calming, tropical touch.  The pink slipper chairs add to the softness, as well as the two blush pink chairs on each side of the hutch.

Love this desk area where Colette can work and/or craft with her beach finds.

Love the seashell lamp and that she color co-ordinated the books in shades of pink.....if they weren't already pink, she covered them so they would be!

The Chinese pagoda chandelier is an Oliver Messel reminder.......

Now, look at this pink striped ceiling in the kitchen and the co-ordinating pillows in the living room.
Thoughtful details give it a unique look!

A welcoming bath with an outdoor screen for privacy.

This is the outdoor family room!

The coral lamps on the night table are distinct and it's nice to see the foot stools/seats at the foot of the bed match the two in the living room and could be moved out there when extra seating is required.  

All in all, an absolutely wonderful family getaway - colorful, casual and personalized to suit the family!

To see more of this home and other work by Colette, check out

Also, be sure and visit to see more of Colette's collaborations with Nicky Haslam.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Colette van den Thillart's Toronto Home

Here we are again..........from the pages of Traditional Home, we can see Colette's home in Rosedale, Toronto.

Colette has moved home (she grew up in Toronto) from London to run Nicky Haslam design in Toronto, where they now have a shop in Canada for the first time.  They also have their new fabric line, Random Harvest, and as you will see in the photos below and hear Colette on the video, she loves to mix old and new, unusual color schemes and sometimes allows the rooms to fall into place naturally.....letting the rooms speak for themselves.

I also understand that Colette has been working on a getaway for her family in Barbados.  I'll talk more about that tomorrow.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this home and video and I have a feeling, keeping up with Colette is going to keep us all busy!


Love this kitchen!!!


Notice her use of an oversized lantern.  Casual dining area off the kitchen within family room.

The lilac colored bedroom is very calming.


Guest room.

Gorgeous zinc tub brought over from England.

Family room.

OK!  Now, I find that the above photos were from her home last year and she has moved again since then.  I obviously have some catching up to do!!

The photos below are from her new Rosedale home in Toronto which is a 1920's ivy-covered neo Georgian home.  The last picture here shows Colette standing in front of this home with the gorgeous umbrella.

Love her teenage, fashion loving daughter's headboard!

To see more of this European inspired home, see the video below.

National Post
House and Home
Traditional Home