West Elm is finally here and it’s arrival has been long awaited and highly anticipated. If you felt a void so many of us had after Caban’s doors closed (I’m dating myself here…!), West Elm will assist in filling it and some. Offering furniture, lighting, textiles, bed & bath and small accessories featuring the best of local design too, there is no shortage of inspiration and special bits you can walk away with. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming them and to help kick off their launch we chose our favourite fall picks from the new collection. We love celebrating newcomers into Calgary. Welcome West Elm! Nyla: pillow | chair | table
Fashion is always a source of inspiration and while perusing clothing stores, we can’t help but translate their seasonal colour schemes into rooms. These hues of teal, pale pink, peach and mint feel lovely for late summer and carrying into fall. Add in natural walnut for a woodsy vibe, along with a mid century tone and you’ve got a perfect pairing of colour and concept. Makeover anyone?!
Patterned floors are all the rage these days, however they’ve been around for decades. The classic black and white checkerboard floor dates back to the late 1600’s with the finest of marbles. The design reinvents itself in the 20th century during the 1920’s and 30’s as an inexpensive and easy to clean option for modest homes using linoleum tiles. Fast forward a few more years to Hollywood glam style and designer Dorothy Draper who used the checkerboard pattern in a high gloss, large scale option on the floor of the Greenbrier Hotel.
Taking the checkerboard pattern and reducing the intensity of black to grey creates a softer approach to this bold design. From entrance and hallways to kitchen and outdoor spaces, we are loving the impact this combination of grey and white provides to a room.
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Our Dinner x Design table scape received countless questions about the hanging rose petal garden installation we created above the table. So much so, we decided to prepare a step by step DIY guide. We dyed 600 coffee filters and used roughly 500 in our installation. The outcome was incredibly dramatic, more so than we anticipated, and we too were quite smitten with the result. We hope you find this tutorial useful should you decide to channel your inner creative and take on the simple yet dramatic task of dying this ever so popular household item. Image credit: Phil Crozier
Thank you to Adrienne who put this DIY together, photographing and note taking along the way. Adrienne also dyed all 600 coffee filters for our Dinner x Design installation and as mentioned they were the pièce de résistance.
Have you heard the expression “in the pink”? If you are in the pink of health, this means you are in the highest or best degree or condition, which in my own summary, means pink has some pretty positive vibes. It’s no wonder I love it so much!
The softer shades of pink are sophisticated, elegant, pretty and so well rounded we’re seeing it everywhere from statement architecture to beauty products. Move away from the stereotype of too juvenile or too feminine and confidently add a little more pink into your world. Much like the look of rosy cheeks in the winter or a beautiful blush on our face, the addition of pink adds a warm glow and softness to any room.
I’ve just returned home from my first visit to High Point market in almost 20 years. My overall focus of this trip was to simply absorb and be inspired however I took away so much more. First of all, the market is huge. Several buildings with several floors, filled with furniture, accessories and everything in between. Secondly, it provides the means of seeing product in person. Sit testing, touching fabrics, opening drawers are just a few of the benefits of in person visits. Lastly, it challenges us to get out of our everyday bubble and consider new ideas and approaches to design, gaining inspiration from the vendors who take great pride in recreating their showrooms every market. It’s THE mecca for interior design and home furnishings and if you’re in the field and haven’t been, I highly recommend you find a way to add this event to your Fall calendar.
My highlights included Zoe Bios Creative (top), Natural Curiosities, Dunes and Duchess, Design Legacy, Mirth Studio and Vanguard. I couldn’t help but take note of the theme of colour and pattern throughout these showrooms, definitely two areas I am passionate about in our design work.
One of my favourite ways to add texture and interest to a room is to layer area carpets. It’s an unexpected addition and one that seems to surprise most as I learned on the set of Breakfast Television. Here are a few great tips:
1. Start big: Fill your room with the largest possible base layer.
2. Go flat: The bottom layer should be a flat or tight weave. You’ll be adding at least one other layer so starting thin ensures the thickness doesn’t reach trip-able proportions.
3. Texturize: Texture on texture is a great approach. Contrast shag with a woven jute to add warmth and visual interest.
4. Add impact: With the base layer neutral and natural, take your next layer up a notch by adding colour and pattern, or both!
5. Go bold: Layer pattern on pattern for a “collector’s” feel to your space. Combine similar style area carpets with complimentary colour schemes for high level interest and impact.
Overall, have fun and take risks. If you’ve found the perfect area carpet or a small work of art, but the overall size is too small or it’s the size you can afford, layering is a great way to work it into your space.
We’re preparing for a large installation in Canmore tomorrow! Last week we hit the shops for more fabulous finds, one being the Reclaimed Trading Co. We found wonderful accessories, furniture and some old moulds we’re going to use as wall decor. There are many treasures to be had here! And no those are not pizza boxes :) it’s an armful of frames for a fun gallery wall. Stay tuned for more!
There is so much excitement on install day. Seeing the vision come together is as thrilling for us as it is for our clients. While the larger pieces have been selected months ago, it’s the finishing touches, accessories and artwork that really put a stamp of completion on a space.
The jumping off point for this room was our clients Barry Weiss artwork. We married simple fabrics, textural furniture with a patterned area carpet and drapery for interest.
The result is a classic, sophisticated and welcoming room suitable for entertaining everyone from grandchildren to friends!
I’m quite fond of classic black and white patterns. “Lately loving” has seen bold stripes so far and there’s more to come. This week we’re drawing inspiration from black and white buffalo check. Gingham, a name commonly associated with this pattern, refers to the cotton fabric used to make clothing or small house hold wares such as casual shirts and dresses, table cloths or napkins. Buffalo check (the actual name of the pattern), was named after the designer’s herd of buffalo, has been around since the late 1800’s and typically consists of two contrasting colours. Don’t let his classic pattern be pigeon holed into a cutesy, country theme as it is bold, graphic and positively current in design and fashion today.
After a morning at the Toronto Interior Design Show this past January, I joined a fantastic group of designers for an afternoon gallery tour. Our first stop was Olga Korper Gallery. Our guide, Olga’s granddaughter Taiga, so vibrant and incredibly passionate about the art and artists gracing their space. Olga’s gallery is a special place as it is a live-work environment, where creativity oozes around every corner and it would seem that old souls gather with a cappuccino or glass of wine in the casual seating area. From Olga’s personal collection: artist Yoshi Sankawa. “Lobby” by artist Lynne Cohen l “Gdansk” by artist Sigalit Landau There are no “accessories” in this home, only artifacts and collected treasures. Skull by artist: Tim Whiten The main space at the Olga Korper Gallery juxtaposes raw industrial and crisp white walls allowing the art to speak volumes in the space. The main exhibition during our visit was by Marianne Lovink, a Canadian sculpture, now based out of Philadelphia. Her work evokes a scientific whimsy, a rare collection of ordinary objects, much like Wunderkammer (or Cabinet of Curiosities), not literally a cabinet, rather a collection of magical and mystical items inspired by organisms and elements of the natural world. I was quite take by these neon words tucked in a light filled corner of the gallery. “Once, I saw” by artist Barbara Steinman
Thank you Olga, for welcoming us into your fantastic gallery and living space. And to Taiga for your passionate approach to art, one that I’m sure inspires many.
Be further inspired by Olga Korper and see more of her fantastic live/work gallery space in this House and Home video feature and if you find yourself in Toronto, a visit to her gallery is a must.
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