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[room of the week] refined elegance

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

My March 2011 issue of Architectural Digest has sat on my bedside table for a month now (read weeks ago of course!). Today I asked myself, why had another mag, or book ,or receipt, or random piece of clutter not landed on top? Why have I kept that issue in clear sight?  The answer is the cover. What a gorgeous room. What a delicate palette. What refined taste.

(image: Architectural Digest, March 2011, design by Michael S. Smith)

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[room of the week] fresh design for spring

March 16, 2011 2 comments

Folks, I think its finally safe to say that spring is in the air.  Walking home from work today in the sunshine (yay daylight savings!), everything was starting to look  a little more fresh.  Even the 5 o’clock rays were giving off an energizing warmth.  In celebration of the sun, double-digit temperatures, and buds to come, here is a room full of fresh inspiration:

Loving the diffused light, soft hues, relaxed linen, and natural woods. And how about that floor lamp? Great design.

Room by Katie Leeds who is also featured in my post on “New Global” decor here.

[room of the week] a Victorian in Melbourne

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I love Victorian row houses, especially in my beloved Summerhill neighbourhood.  But it can be really tough to decide where to place your furniture  in those narrow spaces.  Here is a casual but elegant living room by a couple of talented gals in Melbourne Australia. Placing a chaise where one room flows into the next is a great way to provide additional seating but maintain a visual sight line into the next living space.

(image: gardener & marks)

[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new global

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

“Subtle and tailored” is the way Canadian House & Home described the “New Global” trend for 2011. Moving away from the wildly eclectic decor we’ve seen in the past, we are going to see a more elegant approach to the look.

You can channel Moroccan vibes with items like carved screens, perforated-metal lanterns and leather poufs. Leggy chairs, African artwork, natural woods, and Asian-inspired furniture can be combined with subtle accents to achieve today’s contemporary global decor.

Here is my take on the look…

For those who may not have the luxury of globe-trotting to amass worldly items, you could make a trip over to Anthropologie (in person or online) to buy yourself some exotic decor. They have a number of great ethnic-inspired lines this season, including really gorgeous bedding and rugs.

This concludes my five part interpretation of  H&H’s Top Trends of 2011.  Let’s sit back and see how the predictions play out….

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first four posts on the Top Trends of 2011 herethe new modernthe new vintage, the new country, and the new traditional.


(images: 1-made by girl, 2-houzz , 3-katie leeds , 4-desire to inspire , 5-me, 6-Anthropologie)

[room of the week] velvet, silk, and emerald

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

As evidenced by the red carpet at the Golden Globes, rich and luxurious emerald green is in.

via NY Daily News

My choice for Room of the Week echoes the classic glamour donned by the leading ladies of Hollywood.  Designed by Tazmin Greenhill, this divine room is full of rich fabrics, warm antique touches, an elegant palette, and art-deco-inspired touches. How welcoming is that lush velvet sofa?  And how lovely is the patina of the mirrored wall surrounding the fireplace?

via Tazmin Greenhill via The Nero Chronicles

[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new modern

December 21, 2010 2 comments

It’s the time of year when all the shelter magazines are making their annual predictions for the hot upcoming trends.  Will they be on point or totally out there?  I was particularly excited to peruse the January 2011 issue of Canadian House & Home, one of my favourite monthly mags. Their thoughts on next year’s hottest trends are summed up in five looks that I believe are very representative of what’s going on in interior design: (1) The New Modern – soft & layered, (2) The New Vintage – edgy & focused, (3) The New Country – sleek & artisanal, (4) The New Traditional – bold & exotic, (5) The New Global – subtle & tailored.

Over the next five weeks I am going to assign myself some homework and take a stab at designing a room using Canadian H&H’s definitions as my guideline.

This week I will start with The New Modern – soft & layered. Characteristics of the classic modern style with a softened cosy twist include: luxurious textiles like velvet, faux fur, leather, and sisal; collections of well-curated books, plants, and objects; timeless modern furniture; white walls; hand-thrown pottery; ample pillows; tufted upholstery; lots of wood; hits of silvery blue; warm earthy tones.

Here is my take on this look – –


(images: brad ford inc. via Canadian House & Home julian wass)

what to do with a mustard sofa?

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

In the interior decorating business, we’d all love to have clients with bottomless pockets. However, that isn’t reality and inevitably we will have to work with a client’s existing furniture. This is my current design dilemma.  I recently moved into a new space and to keep costs down I need to keep my existing sofa.  The big question is — why did I buy a mustard sofa in the first place? Completely dissatisfied with what I have to work with, I did a quick search for some inspiration….

So the good news is, there is hope! I need some neutral walls (done), a great rug (in the works), and some new throw cushions (time to go shopping) to tie it all together.

(images: ellen silverman photography, decorpad, larry laslo designs)