Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Townhouse Kitchen

Source Guide:
Table and Chairs: Pottery Barn
Floating Shelves: Pottery Barn
Storage cabinet with glass shelves: Ikea
Drapery: inVue Drapery; custom sewing (contact ChemistryLovesDesign for quote)
Blinds: Hunter Douglas, Nantucket 
Lanterns: HomeSense
Chandelier: Pottery Barn, Celeste Chandelier
Flush mount light: Universal Lighting
Appliances: Sears
Faucet: Grohe
Paint: Benjamin Moore, American White 2112-70
Photography by: Tom Vogel, Vogel Creative (

Master Bedroom and Ensuite

Source Guide:

Master Bedroom
Sleigh Bed: Kijiji
Starburst Mirror: HomeSense
Nightstands: Kijiji; Re-painted by Paint It Like New (Benjamin Moore, Cloud White, CC-40)
Pillows: HomeSense and Urban Cottage
Lamps: HomeSense
Chandelier: Sears
Drapery: Ikea (updated with sewn custom edge)
Full-length mirror: Ikea
Paint: Benjamin Moore, Horizon (OC-53)
Photography by: Tom Vogel, Vogel Creative (

Glass Shelves, towel bar, toilet paper holder: HomeSense
Venetian Mirror: HomeSense
Carrara Marble Counter top: Caledonia Marble, Toronto
Faucet: Riobel (Taps Bath)
Pendant light: Home Depot
White Subway Tile: Lowes
Ming Green Marble Accent Tile: Saltillo Imports
Artwork: HomeSense
Towel and accents: HomeSense
Paint: Benjamin Moore, Smoky Green (CC-700)
Photography by: Tom Vogel, Vogel Creative (

Living Room/Home Office

Source Guide:
Couches: Kijiji
Slip Covers: Chemistry Loves Design, custom sewing (fabric: Fabricland)
Coffee Table: Urban Cottage (
Side Tables: Pottery Barn
Lamps: HomeSense
Drapes: Fabricland
Rug: HomeSense
Horse Pictures: Urban Cottage
TV Credenza: Urban Cottage
Metal Long Horn: Cocoon Furnishings
White Side Chairs: HomeSense 
Pillows: Chemistry Loves Design, custom sewing (fabric: Designer Fabrics)
Desk: Pottery Barn
Clock: HomeSense
Lantern above desk: Universal Lighting
Paint: Benjamin Moore, Moonshine, OC-56
Photography by: Tom Vogel, Vogel Creative (

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Welcome to Chemistry Loves Design

Hello, and welcome to my blog! I want to use this blog as a space to share my adventures in designing and decorating my very first home. I also want to share ideas and inspirations for living an inspired life.

A little bit about me....I may have a PhD in Chemistry, but I have always been passionate about design. When I was young, I remember admiring the pictures on the back of sheet sets, longing to have my bed appear so styled with lots and lots of pillows! I have always taken pride in decorating my bedroom -- from a Strawberry Shortcake themed room as a young girl, to a more mature soothing green room as a teenager, styled with green gingham sheets, a coordinating pink floral duvet, dressing table and balloon drapes!

 During university, I became a huge fan of trading spaces and would marvel at the transformations they could accomplish in a weekend. While in school, I used to drive my room-mate nuts, trying to achieve a “designer look” on a shoe-string budget. I was always coming home with new finds...that being said, we always got compliments about how gorgeous and well put-together our little apartment was.

 My continued love for lifestyle television has introduced me to the work of many more recent design celebrities that have really shaped my design aesthetic. Currently, my favorite designer is Sarah Richardson, whom I have been a huge fan of for many years. Through her numerous TV programs (Room Service, Design Inc, Sarah's House, Sarah 101), Sarah has taught me so much about the world of design, and I am glad to be able to reflect that in my current work.

 Stay tuned and follow me to share in my design trials and tribulations, and all good things that make an inspired life!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Coming soon!

Chemistry Loves Design  

Follow me on my adventures in transforming my 'cookie-cutter' townhouse that was purchased from plans into a customized retreat.

There is a lot more to stay tuned!