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another online mag to bookmark: est

March 31, 2011 2 comments

Est: Global Living with an Australian Twist launched this month.  And with the birth of another hot online magazine, you have to wonder – how long will our beloved glossies last? Love them or hate them, online magazines are a trend that is here to stay.

Here is a sneak peek of the relaxed yet stylish, trendy yet casual, vintage yet new, Australian yet global vibe of the mag:

So set aside a few minutes and peruse the first issue {here}.

And then go out and buy an Eames chair.  Yes or no?

(images: est, Issue #1)

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[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)

Grey. Wool. Wood. Velvet. Texture.

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I think the grey skies of winter have swayed my choices of late. I’ve been drawn to woolly, woody, and velvety textures in natural colours but especially grey.

If you are feeling the same way, here are a few suggestions from local retailers.

West Elm – not so hard on the budget, on-trend designs:

Restoration Hardware – creeping up the $ scale but classic, quality designs:

ELTE – high-end designs in all styles, available to the trade (contact your designer or me!):

(images 1-solid frog , 2-greige , 3-little plastic horses, 4-flickr, 5-greige , 6-moncer, 7-West Elm, 8-Restoration Hardware, 9-Elte)

[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new traditional

February 6, 2011 2 comments

I’m a little behind schedule, but here is the fourth installment of my take on Canadian House & Home‘s top trends of 2011. This week I am looking at the “New Traditional” which is a bit of  a buzz word in the design world these days.  According to the Editors at H&H, traditionalists are infusing more colour, drama, and bold patterns into their interiors. Recommended means of achieving this look are chinoiserie wallpaper and exotic brights which could work in any room, and camp-style blankets and upholstered headboards with nailhead trim in the bedroom.

(images: 1- Massucco Warner Miller, Ngoc Minh Ngo)

Here is my take on the look….

While we are on the subject of “new traditional”, I want to mention how much I love an upholstered headboard with nailhead detailing.  It is sophisticated with a bit of edge. It is traditional with an air of modernity. A curved headboard can be grounded with this slightly masculine detail. You can find some of these great heaboards at regular retail shops such as Restoration Hardware or West Elm, a custom version through your designer, or try your hand at a little DIY.

(image 1-Restoration Hardware, 2-West Elm)

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first three posts on the Top Trends of 2011 here:  the new modernthe new vintage, and the new country.

loving the gallery wall

January 24, 2011 6 comments

Gallery walls are everywhere and I am loving them. A gallery wall is such an efficient use of a small space (or you can go nuts in a large space) and it is a great way to pull together a mix of your favourite pieces of art.  Here are a couple gorgeous examples….

via photo problem

via desire to inspire

And here are a couple more fun and vibrant examples…

via lonnymag

Having recently moved into a new space, the biggest challenge has been deciding which pieces of art I’d like to hang.  We are currently renting and plan on staying for no more than 18 months so I don’t want to make too many gaping holes in the walls.  But at the same time, I am intent on making the space ‘ours’.  As such, I decided to do a small gallery wall in our foyer with a few favourite pieces that would add a punch of welcoming colour. On a related subject, I should mention that I am a big proponent that every piece of art you own should have some personal meaning.  It doesn’t need to be expensive by any means, but whether it is a photograph you’ve taken, a postcard from an old friend, or a print you’ve picked up on vacation, the art you hang on your walls should have some special meaning or story for you. Without further ado, here is our new gallery wall (please excuse the absence of any other accessories…that is another work in progress).

1. Four years ago my man and I went to Paris for 10 amazing days.  During that time we left the city for two days to visit Reims and the Champagne region. One of our favourite champagne houses was Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin. We brought home several bottles of VCP including their ‘Paint Tin’ collection of four mini bottles. I re-purposed that tin two ways: (1) I framed the lid as shown here and(2) I potted a fern in the base of the can.  Long after the champagne was gone, this souvenir just keeps getting better!

2. I am addicted to Etsy. I really love a lot of the typography and graphic prints being made right now.  I came across this print and knew that my man would be pleased with it (he is a huge Radiohead fan) and I will admit that I love the literal meaning (I am a bit of a neat freak).

3. I picked up this mixed-media collage in Havana a couple years ago when I was visiting Cuba with my Mom.  The colours are so vibrant and it really captures the vibe Havana today (which is certain to drastically change in the near future).

So there is our gallery and why I chose the pieces I did.

We also have a Ben Mark Holzberg print hanging on an adjacent wall.  I posted about that here.

[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new country

January 15, 2011 1 comment

It’s time for installment #3 of my take on Canadian House & Home‘s top trends of 2011. This week I am looking at the “New Country”. Gone are the red accents, borders, and kitschy prints. The new look is sleek and artisanal; country kitchens for the modern world. Think clean simple lines, whitewashed colour palette,  organic textures, hand-hewn tables,  and industrial appliances.

(images: 1-lonny mag, 2-the selby, 3-house of turquoise)

Here is my take on the look….

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first two posts on the Top Trends of 2011 here:  the new modern and the new vintage.

[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new vintage

January 5, 2011 1 comment

For homework this week, I am focusing on what Canadian House & Home coins the ‘New Vintage’.  This so-called look makes it OK to mix your flea market finds (read: lovingly scratched and dented wood furniture), handcrafted accessories, intentionally faded upholstery, and florals, florals, florals in one room.

Just make sure to mix in some decoupage or silhouette artwork to add a mod punch.

The look is forgiving, so tattered edges and distressed materials only add to the confidence your room will exude.

(images:1-decor8, 2-2bp.blogspot.com, 3-i heart small living,  4-gaelle le boulicaut)

Here is my take on this look – –

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first post on the Top Trends of 2011 – the new modern here.