If you’re a home decor junkie like myself then you’ve probably heard of Covet Garden? If not then I’m about to feed your addiction. Covet Garden is an online shelter magazine that’s all about real people and real spaces. No interior designers or stylists – just incredibly creative people with a passion for home decor. Each issue focuses on one space and the people who live there. Recently the creators of Covet Garden saw their dream come true and their publication come to life in print, it’s called Covet Garden Home. It’s a home owner’s dream as it not only offers interiors inspiration but also practical advice like how to make the most of the space and light in your home. One area it doesn’t cover is home security, which should be part of any home renovation publication in my opinion. Home security systems are an absolute necessity and if you don’t already have one, spend time researching them and thinking of creative ways in which you could disguise them with your color scheme This way, you can enjoy your beautiful home safe in the knowledge that it is also secure.
The 112 page publication is a cross between a magazine and a book…we’re calling it a Mook. It’s a collection of Covet Garden’s favourite spaces as well as new, never seen before spaces all around the Toronto area. I’ve been a big fan of Covet Garden for a long while but I’m especially excited about this publication because part of my dream came true as well as I had the honour of my space being included in this great collection.
Without giving away all the goodies here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll find inside the pages of Covet Garden Home. You will see a familiar face on page 58. All those years of watching America’s Next Top model paid off as I tried my best to compete with my colourful space and work my best angels.
As you can see, I have a lot of stuff and I don’t shy away from colour. About 80% of the place is decorated or furnished with thrifted goods or craigslist finds. I spent very little money pulling this place together. It’s possible! You’ll have to buy a copy to find out what my favourite collection is and some of my tips on displaying your treasures.
The mook is full of inspirational spaces. It’s so much more aspirational to know that the spaces belong to real people who love to surround themselves by things they love. Check out this AMAZING book collection. Doesn’t it look like something from a movie?!
This next space left me wanting to see more! I may just have to go knocking on Greg’s door in Parkdale and ask for a house tour. I love the pops of colour and unexpected art and accessories. I’ve been contemplating ordering some canvas prints online to incorporate in my own home decor. The lamp on the dresser is my favourite.
You even get a sneak peek into the space of one of Covet Garden creators, Lynda. Now THIS Is how you turn collections into art. Every corner of the space is filled with perfectly curated treasures displayed beautifully. She has a way of making something you would pass up at a garage sale for $1 look like a million bucks. I haven’t told Lynda yet, but I plan on inviting myself over sometime soon.
You’ll find lots of different personalities in Covet Garden Home. Some really colourful and quirky like this space. I love this kitchen. There are no rules.
Being a very small part of this project has brought so much good into my life. Not only do I get to share my passion for home decor with so many people but I met these four wonderful ladies (left to right) Lynda, Jessica & Rhonda. I love how creative projects bring people together. I’ve gotten to know these women even more since working together and can assure you that everything you see in Covet Garden Home is coming from a labour of true love.
This feature is also how I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely and talented photographer Maya Visnyei, who’s work you’ve seen on this blog many times and will be hosting this fabulous photo workshop with me soon (don’t miss out!).
Right now if you want to get your hands on a copy you can order directly on the Covet Garden website or if you want to wait (but why?!?) it will be available to pick up in select stores in March.
BUT if you’re really lucky you can win a copy of Covet Garden Home, from The Sweet Escape! I have three copies to giveaway.
Here’s how to enter, each one counts as an entry:
2. Follow Covet Garden on Pinterest and post a link in the comments section below of your favourite space you saw and what you love so much about it.
* Contest open to residents of Canada and U.S only. Contest closes at 9pm EST on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Winners will be announced via Facebook on Wednesday, January 28th.