Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Trendspotting | Interior Design Show Vancouver 2016

This past week was design week in my city, and I always enjoy being able to attend IDSvancouver and hone in on what's to come next in the design and décor world. I saw several common threads in the exhibits this year, and I'm happy to give you a peek into some of the upcoming trends, as well as those continuing from recent years. Above you can see a snapshot of my favorite installation of the week, a stunning Dinner by Design tablescape created by Stephanie Brown. I just was captivated by the oversized trio of pendants from Once A Tree Furniture, and the mixture of textured moss, warm brass and cool stone.

I included the shot above from Stephanie's IG account, as it shows off the Kelly Wearstler Halcyon round sconce with natural quartz stone. The brass in the stools, lighting, and flatware perfectly compliments the sconce quartz and marble place settings. Wouldn't you love to attend a dinner party here?

I quickly came to realize that living walls, preserved moss, and plant installations were utilized in at least half a dozen of the exhibits. Take note, natural green is in!

What does this mean for those of us that don't have the room for a giant living plant wall in our home? Well, I took from it that the textures are incredible - I now know I NEED a set of preserved moss rocks to display in my entry way vignette! Translating big ideas like this into workable ones for your own home is just like taking the artistic fashions off the runway and tweaking their design into something that will work for daily living.

Another example of brass & marble in a heavenly combo - the Arteriors lamp below as displayed by Ocean Pacific Lighting:

Loved everything about their display! You can never go wrong using classic fixtures, and finishes like this convex mirror:

Brass vintage-style bath fixtures are still going strong, I don't think you have to shy away from this finish any time soon:

And matte black kitchen and bath fixtures are the newer player in the game, we've seen them begin to crop up in the past couple of years:

I loved the gold decals at Urban Walls! Just imagine these palm leaves on a black wall in a powder room - yum! And the pink oversized florals were so eye catching:

Speaking of pink and florals, this was another very refreshing Dinner by Design installation, the hanging sculpture casted the most amazing shadows on the space:

Patricia Gray's artwork was incredible, it's really hard to capture on camera but if you can just imagine these pieces utilize silver leaf and a shiny resin coat, they glittered!

image via Patricia Gray

Oversized abstract art is an amazing addition to any home, here is another piece by Heather Ross, whose open studio also celebrated the release of her book, The Natural Eclectic. She shared with me that she already has plans to transform the massive hand painted drop-cloths from her space into tote bags!

And finally, Once A Tree never disappoints. It was all classic here, and I couldn't get enough of those herringbone floors. Their furnishings are solid pieces you know will never go out of style, and when we are making investments in our furniture pieces, I think 'trendy' definitely isn't the way to go!

image via Catharine Grasty

I'm listing moss, marble, and brass mixed with classic furnishings and original art as my favorite finds in this year's show. That's what I'd personally love to fill my home with. Oh, and throw in those herringbone floors while we're at it! Foliage is in this year, perhaps we can say green is the new black! Any recent trends you have been noticing at trade shows in your area?


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Reno Project Update | The Main Bathroom Befores

We've got so many rooms ALMOST complete in our house - it seems there is a few things left to do in nearly every space, but the good news is we are getting there!! I want to try to diligently post an update weekly to give myself a little extra nudge to get things done :) So here is my update for this week, the main (kid) bathroom. You know where we always have to begin - the ugly befores!! Here's a wide-angle realtor shot of this 1989 gem:

So once again we are dealing with linoleum, honey oak cabinetry, pink wallpaper, and a few flowery tiles bordering the top of the shower. There was no choice but to start from (almost) scratch:

Phew, that's a relief!

We actually got rid of the toilet and replaced the tub in the above photo as well. Really the only thing to stay was the box of the cabinet; to keep things budget-friendly we opted to replace only the doors with new ones and paint the unit out. We also wanted to maximize the feeling of space in this tiny bathroom so we removed the drywall ceiling drop within the shower (in other words, now the new shower tile can go all the way to the ceiling in there!)

So here is a peek at the mood board to give you an idea of where we are going with the design:

Minted artwork (Gentle Embrace and Leader of the pack) | CB2 Acacia round mirror | Delta Faucet Linden Monitor 17 series shower | Delta Faucet Cassidy widespread lavatory | Creekside beveled subway tile and Carrara marble chair rail | Rejuvenation Kanota drawer pull | C&S Tile Hydraulic tile | Delta faucet Cassidy robe hooks

I love the champagne bronze finish of the Delta Faucet the fixtures, it adds such warmth! I also feel like this is a "kid" bathroom that a child can truly grow with. Oh, and of course I had to add that pack of camels for a little dose of fun. We've taken the subway tile and chair rail all the way around the room at a 42" height, here's hoping it's easy to clean (...says the new mom who fears the potty-training stage)! And I'll leave you a teaser of the progress, the finished space to follow soon ...

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