Friday, April 28, 2017

House Tour | Nam Dang Mitchell

Calgary-based designer Nam Dang Mitchell is one of my favorite designers to follow, and over the years I have been thrilled every time she has a new project published. April's issue of House & Home magazine includes a 4,000 sq ft Georgian-style new build which Nam has dubbed #mcleanresidence on her stunning instagram feed. Despite being brand new, the home has a historic feel, with a clear nod to London flats and Parisian townhouses.

Of course the chevron floors drew me in instantly, and I love that Nam selected a very light and airy stain for the wood. Contrasting against this are the gorgeous dark inset shelves (above) with a lovely mix of mid-century modern and traditional furnishings to complement the look.

The kitchen is one of my favorite spaces; I love that the hood fan is slathered in marble tiles and polished nickel trim. The amazing custom walnut paneled fridge is also trimmed out in polished nickel - my guess is that Nam is going to have started a trend with this killer high-end look.

You can see a closer look at the walnut in this image below from Nam's IG feed; she explains that she selected reeded glass cabinets as it's much more forgiving that clear glass which can be a nightmare to keep tidy:

There is an entry way as you move into the master bedroom, and this artwork just as you step through the double doors within the vestibule is simply captivating.

The family's youngest calls this next space her room, it's just lovely - my favorite wallpaper, Fornasetti Nuvolette was used for a perfectly whimsical touch. And the soft pink and ice cream print are the perfect complements to it!

Nam truly represents one of the best of the best in Canadian design, and she always reminds me that even though Canada is a fraction of the population of the US, we have some pretty amazing things going on design-wise over here :) To see more from Nam, including sneak peeks into her current and unpublished works, follow her instagram and view her website here. Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Must Listen Interior Design Podcasts

My commute can be up to two hours of my day, five times a week. Truthfully it's an exhausting part of my routine, and feels like a huge part of my day is wasted behind the wheel. However, I've found a little remedy that has really helped me to pass the time. I've starting listening to podcasts, and the interior design podcasts I've been tuning in to have taught me so much about some of my favorite designers and how they got started in the world of design. Through basic interview formats, I've learned what inspires creativity, how these professionals work with clients and contractors, and how the interior design industry really works. If you are as design and decor obsessed as I am I think you need to tune in! Here are 4 podcasts I've begun to follow and subscribe to:

(1) The first design podcast I began to follow was Million Dollar Decorating, hosted by James Swan. James asks intriguing questions and follows a specific format when chatting with each well-known designer, and the best part is that a new episode is released daily. Favorite episodes include a recent chat with Bunny Williams and this weeks episode with one of my design favorites Marianne Simon.

(2) Ballard Designs released a podcast that has quickly become a favorite as well. How To Decorate starts off feeling like a lovely little chat with your girlfriends on the sofa on a Friday night, as the hosts begin every episode talking about their decorating 'trials and triumphs.' This is followed up with a chat with some heavy-hitters in the design industry. I ate up every word of this interview with Suzanne Kasler.

(3) I've just begun to listen to The Chaise Lounge by Nick May, who interviews designers on how they started their businesses and how they navigate the challenges of the design industry. He focuses on the business aspect, even sharing specific tools such as 'how to build a website for under $500.'

(4) This last one is also quite new to me; A Well Designed Business, hosted by LuAnn Nigara, is also a business savvy session. I love some of the guests LuAnn has included, and her current series is in conjunction with the Design Bloggers Conference. You'll always find something entertaining and informative here.

I've already learned so much through what I've been listening to in the past several weeks, and it's so fun to hear the voices and advice of some of my favorite designers. Some take-away's I've gathered so far: each designer has a very personal story about how they entered this field, many are branching into product design and collaborations (which in itself is an interesting story to hear!), they'll all tell you that interior design is 90% business and 10% pretty, and last but not least - they are all extremely passionate about what they do!

Do you have a favorite design podcast? If so, please leave your recommendation below!

Image 1 via La Petite Madame
Image 3-5 via Mark D. Sikes


Friday, April 21, 2017

Designer Profile | Kristin Paton

Boston-based classically trained designer Kristin Paton has an eye for modern sensibility with a traditional twist. After viewing Kristin's work on the blog My Design Chic and on Paloma of La Dolce Vita's instagram, I fell in love with so many aspects of her work. There are countless favorite moments I find in the rooms she designs, among them are her use of chinoserie wallcoverings, grasscloth wallpaper, antique burled dressers, the Louis dining chair (on my wishlist!), Bullion fringed sofas, diamond sisal rugs, and oh ... even a couple of appearances of my current crush ... the Buillotte lamp!

This powder room below is just too good ... look at that tortoise-shell finish on the rattan vanity!

One moment I'm obsession with her use of all-white paneling and soft blues, the next moment I am crushing on all of the darker jewel tones!

I don't really have to say much here, the rooms speak for themselves. I want to spend time studying each space! Which is your favorite? If you are finding you are crushing on Kristin's work as much as I am, hop to her portfolio and of course her instagram account to see more.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Current Obsession | The Bouillotte Lamp

In my quest to place antiques in every room of my home, my latest obsession has become the Buillotte Lamp (pronounced boo YAHT). This 18th century French gem was created specifically for a wildly popular card game of the same name. This style of table lamp typically has two to four adjustable candle brackets which share a common metal shade that was meant to protect the card players eyes from glare, and couldn't be fabric as candles would have burned through (since the lightbulb was yet to be invented!). This is also why you see a brass dish at the base - it would catch melting candle wax as well as hold the game chips.

Nowadays you can find lovely electric examples of these stunning pieces, if you are lucky you may come across one in a local antique shop, on craigslist, or on ebay. For a pretty penny you might even find a rare pair!

Like this lovely pair on a traditionally set table by tastemaker Carolyne Roehm:

But don't let this little traditional-style lamp fool you - it fits in just perfectly in a transitional or modern space as well:

I very much love these lamps in cozy spaces and find them so perfectly suited to a library or home office:

And of course there is no question the Buillotte is chic if Jackie O had placed them in her home:

Quite a lovely little piece of history, non? Have fun searching all the styles, shapes, and sizes on eBay ... just promise me you won't out-bid me! ;)


Monday, April 10, 2017

Art Inspiration | Architectural Prints

I have professed my love of the architectural rendering time and time again. My favorite art form I think! In groupings or alone, these traditional and often historical pieces instantely add sophistication to any room. And what is lovely to see is that they can nicely compliment a modern space as much as a traditional one. I thought it might be nice for me to have all of my favorite examples of this style of artwork saved in one place so I decided to share this round up of my favorites with all of you:

I love the natural aged sepia look of many of these authentic prints:

Old French and Italian garden maps are so lovely in groupings. These pictured below are from Sochier Marin.

Love the pieces that run length-wise like this stunning pair used by Meredith Heron:

This has always been a favorite bedroom I've saved, and I think one of the major factors is the large scale prints flanking the bed.

Architectural photography is a whole second post - so many favorites I've saved in this style as well! These always follow the BIGGER is better rule.

Maybe my current favorite example saved for last? I think it is the combination of the tight grid placement and the grasscloth backdrop that is so striking here, it really catches my eye!

You can purchase these types of prints at a wide variety of price points and styles, of course some being authentic renderings or scans of originals, while others are recent re-makes of this style of artwork. For the refined art collector, Elizabeth Legge Fine Antique Prints and Engravings is the only way to go! This esteemed collection carries authentic pieces dating from the 16th century to the 1800's:

At a mid-range price point, Wisteria sells ready-to-hang large size framed prints:
And then of course there is a huge selection via Etsy, check Majestic Prints for scans of original renderings, and paperwords11 who creates original modern-day prints including French and Italian garden maps that can be hung in groups. Do you have any favorite examples of these prints being used? Other sources you'd love to share? 

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