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.


left unknown source | right via Lonny

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?

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Textbook Tuesday | A House In The Country



Katie Ridder's stunning new release, A House in the Country hits bookstores today. I'm so happy to add this one to my design library, as it's a very unique story and a lovely project to take in. It showcases what is possible when a talented couple (Katie just happens to be married to renowned architect Peter Pennoyer) put their creative minds together, and shares the stunning step by step details of the process of building their dream home. This six-and-a-half acre property in Millbrook New York has been completely transformed into a one of a kind Greek Revival inspired home that looks as though it's always been there (photography by noted photographer Eric Piasecki).


What I love most about this book is the format and the attention to detail. It's organized into three main sections: Exterior, Interior, and Garden. The English cottage appearance of the garden is really what you would imagine you'd find in a fairy tale. The book features a pullout of the garden plan and a comprehensive list of specific flowers and plants included in the flower garden, cutting garden, and woodland section. It sounds magical!


As for the home itself, it seems to me that you can expect an architect or designer's best work to be their own home - and this is such a fine example of that. It didn't all come easy, however. The couple had the challenges of an asbestos-clad rancher on the property, a fetid bog which was converted into a thriving pond, among other things. With all of the details shared about the conception, renderings & elevations, design, decoration, and landscaping, you cannot help but realize this is a heartfelt story about family & creative relationship as much as it is about creating a home.


The interiors are just as you'd expect from Katie; layered, colorful, and luxurious. I love the use of her own Scraffito wallpaper in blue in the entry just below, it's also what covers the book underneath of the dust jacket (now that's detail-oriented!).




As you would imagine, the architecture and the design are completely in sync throughout. There is so much rich color (as you see in the library below), texture, and pattern resulting in a home with utmost personality.



What a stunning property! My only wish after reading the book was that I could see in it person. To purchase a copy head over here, and to see more from Katie Ridder's extensive portfolio head here.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday's Favorites To Follow



Have you come across the Instagram account of Australian-based Aaron Bourne? He is the Creatie Director of a boutique lifestyle store in Toowoomba, Queensland called Harolds Finishing Touches. His creative vision and design aesthetic is so consistent that you may sometimes be fooled by which photos are his personal home and which are his shop! You can sense the collected, clean, masculine sensibility from just a peek at his account:









I love all the pops of green, orange, or blue & white throughout his entire instagram feed. I feel like this is also what I imagine chic outback Australian design sense to convey. Apparently the motto in Queensland is, "Beautiful one day. Perfect the next." That sounds about right! And ps. Aaron's IG stories featuring video clips throughout his polished home are quite lovely. Be sure to hop over here and follow along.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Textbook Tuesday | Segreto Vignettes



Even though I haven't been a student myself for several years, and I'm not headed back to teaching this fall as I am still on maternity leave - to me September will ALWAYS mean 'back to school.' Whether you have kids or not, whether you are studying or not, you can't help but be intrigued by all the stationary & pencils lining the store shelves, and many of us think of the fall as a fresh start to a new year. My mind always goes to books, I'm a true lover of books - and now that we've recently moved and my hubby has pointed out on more than one occasion that BOOKS were literally half of the boxes we packed, I feel a small twig of guilt every time I get a new one! But I can't stop, and I won't stop :)

So for this fall I'd love to start a new little series, reviewing several of my favorite new book releases with you. Most will be décor of course, but I may throw in a few others here and there. I'm starting off with a fantastic large volume design and resource inspiration; Segreto Vignettes by Leslie Sinclair. I was so excited when my copy arrived in the mail - it's gorgeous inside and out, I love that Leslie mentions she learned from her daughter Kirby, "that it’s just as important to make coffee table books an artful accessory as it is to fill the pages with beautiful inspirations and useful information!" Well Leslie has truly done just that. Have a peek:



Leslie's inspiration was to create a design reference for readers to not only learn about finishing, but to view different cabinet styles, stone, lighting, staircase railings, floors, counter surfaces, furnishings and more. She's thoroughly included every designer's name and many of the furnishings you see in each image. There are tips on how to choose the perfect white paint, how to disguise the TV, how to choose paint sheen, and a massive resource directory - at 336 pages it really is an invaluable reference tool.


I personally enjoyed the section on lime-washing brick exteriors, and Leslie shares the transformation of her own home. I will definitely be referencing this myself as I'm hoping to do something similar with our red bricks!!



Oh, and another favorite Segreto Finishes speciality of mine is the hand-painted wall murals, I fall in love every time. There is of course, a section on wall murals in the book!


You can order your copy of Segreto Vignettes here, and be sure to follow along with owner of Segreto Leslie Sinclair on instagram and on her fantastic blog.
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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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