Furniture

Featured: Designer Insights + Terry’s Blinds

I¬†was recently contacted by UK-based Terry’s Blinds to share my top 5 design ideas¬†for the fall, and to explain a little about where I draw inspiration for the company’s Designer Insights series.¬†Here’s a peek…

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My top five:

1. Ceramics –¬†beautifully crafted, exceptional quality, simple design (e.g.,¬†Alessi’s Colombina Collection Table Set)
2. Lighting – glamorous and structured (e.g.,¬†Black Rooster Decor’s white glam saucer pendant)
3. Objets that encourage discovery (e.g., Barbara Barry elegant lens)
4. Nesting tables –¬†easy, light, transferable (e.g.,¬†Mitchell Gold & Bob William’s Foster nesting tables)
5. Flowers – year round (e.g., beautiful white and green flower arrangements)

You can read the full interview here.

Marketplace: Green Light District in Toronto

I “met” Deborah of Green Light District on Twitter many months ago and we instantly bonded over fiddle leaf fig trees. She gave me¬†suggestions about how to take care of my tree,¬†and our online conversations continue to revolve around design, plants, and food. Recently, I made a trip out to #Roncy (i.e.,¬†Roncesvalles area in Toronto) to have dinner with friends (at the Westerly, on the recommendation of Deborah). Since I was in the neighbourhood, and Toronto traffic cooperated, I had the chance to make a quick stop in to Green Light District to say hi to Deborah in person.

Owners Deborah and David Peets took my friend and I around the shop sharing news of the furniture and designers that fill up their store. I quickly picked out a few favourite pieces: the acapulco chair in the courtyard, the large wood dining tables, and the beautifully designed chairs. Oh, and the ceramics, the tree stump side tables/stools, the benches, and the mini bar also caught my eye.

Here are a few photos I quickly snapped during my visit:

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hand stitched leather and oak bench

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acrylic and kirel trees console

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hand stitched leather and oak bench + hand made pottery

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handmade pottery + stitched leather and oak bench

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hand hooked rug + saddle leather chairs

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Jordana and Deborah (thanks for the photo, David)

The Peets source furnishings from around the world; Canada, South Africa, and Argentina were mentioned several times as I touched almost every item in the store.

Emma Reddington and Kim Johnson have always had good things to say about Green Light District, and the shop and furnishings have previously been featured in Chatelaine, Style at Home, Toronto Life, The Toronto Star, and BlogTO. I can totally understand why. The furniture is beautiful, and Deborah and David are such warm and welcoming owners.

If you’re in the area, be sure to stop in and say hello to Deborah and David, and when you do, be sure to tell them that you know me…you’ll likely get a chuckle out of them*.

*Apparently some of my friends from other Canadian cities (Hi Nora!) have gone around Toronto (well, not the whole city, but I have¬†to exaggerate the story so¬†it’s more amusing) asking people if they know me. “Hey, do you know Jordana?” Ha. I love my friends!

The Friday Five: Rattan-erific

I’ve¬†been back from Florida for less than a week, so naturally I’ve still got the beachy lifestyle on the brain. As such, today I’m featuring¬†Florida’s go-to accessory – rattan.¬†If you live on a Floridian¬†beach, some dose of rattan is a must!

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pair of decorative rattan mirrors, $3700, 1st Dibs

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set of four bentwood and rattan chairs, $2800, 1st Dibs

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pair of rattan sconces by Louis Sognot, $2502, 1st Dibs

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hanging rattan chair, $304.17, Etsy

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rattan arm chair & stool, $1900, 1st Dibs

Who am I kidding? Rattan works outside of Florida, too. I have a rattan set for my own patio, and I love it!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

p.s. I also think this bed is pretty cool.

 

Marketplace: Industrial Chic at Etsy

How do you all feel about “industrial chic” style?¬†I could pretty much move into any of these rooms even though I generally prefer things to be a little more delicate.

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Warm woods and soft textures do effectively tone down hard-core industrial spaces. While I’ve never really embraced this style, I do sometimes find myself drawn to industrial-type lamps and accessories.¬†If you type “industrial chic” into the search bar on¬†Etsy¬†or Pinterest, you’ll get¬†pages upon pages of industrial items and ideas. Here are some from Etsy that I found interesting:

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vintage industrial pendant light, $215

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New York water tower print, $29

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L-shaped desk, $2087

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vintage molds, $15

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vintage door knob & hardware, $35

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shelving unit, $2384

So, tell me, what’s your take on this approach to design?

Furniture: Settees

The photos below show the versatility of the settee. The small dainty piece of furniture looks perfectly in place whether in the¬†hallway, bedroom, dining room, or porch. Have a look…

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If you’re looking to make a purchase, you might want to¬†visit Black Rooster Decor,¬†Jayson Home, One Kings Lane,¬†Restoration Hardware, or¬†1st Dibs.¬†I’ve also seen some lovely options at Home Sense. If you really want to go for an authentic French settee, I’d recommend making the trip to Paris’ March√© aux Puces¬†to¬†view loads of settees there¬†(Why not¬†dream big?).

Marketplace: Hunter’s Alley

One King’s Lane has a sister! She’s called¬†Hunter’s Alley¬†and she’s fabulous! Hunter’s Alley has all sorts of cool one-of-a-kind vintage pieces of furniture, art, accessories, jewelry, books, lighting, and more. The online company also allows people like you and me to sell our own goods on the site (listing is free). It’s an incredible online marketplace and I encourage you to go have a look. For now, though, here are some of the items that have caught my attention.

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white cauliflower coral, $95; white elk coral, $132; natural white coral specimen, $99; white cup coral, $95; Palm Beach natural coral cluster, $75

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large white concrete male bust, $499; vintage tulip pillow, $265; Shreve Crump Lowe gurgling cod pitcher, $68; white wire basket, $29 

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king sleigh bed, $599; white campaign-style chests, $995/pair; white security task lamp, $250; 1970s French coffee table, $680

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white beaded fold-over clutch, $225; Miriam Haskell vintage white earrings, $56; Kenneth Jay Lane white enamel earrings, $100; Karl Lagerfeld sketch for Carrie Donovan, $200

Don’t you think these items are pretty unique – and offered at very reasonable prices?

The Friday Five: Side Tables

I need two little side tables for my living room. Preferably really cool and interesting ones. Here are five that have caught my eye recently. They look like they’d fit in my space beautifully.

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molded brass side table, $299, West Elm mirror-table

faceted mirror side table, $199, West Elm

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hex side table, $179, West Elm Simone-end-table-EQ3

Simone end table, $199, EQ3 Tate-end-table-EQ3

Tate end table, $99, EQ3

Design: Bed Headboards

I’m going to need a new headboard, eventually. I am completely fine with the one that I currently have, but getting a new one has crossed my mind. But then again, what hasn’t crossed my mind in terms of home decor?!

The headboard below is actually a pegboard. A super easy DIY that makes for a really modern and interesting backdrop.

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pegboard DIY headboard

This next bed is sans headboard and it still looks like a completely finished bed. The paintings over the bed add interest and focus to the space. While I love the crispness of this space, I much prefer a bed with a real headboard.

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South Kensington home, London, UK

The headboard below has such a low profile. You can barely see it, but it’s definitely there. The gallery wall above the bed is so interesting and colourful. I love it. I probably wouldn’t put a full gallery wall over my bed though, because I’d be too scared that something would fall on top of me.

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Manhattan apartment, Flatiron District

I love the detail of the headboard below. It’s like a piece of art and serves as a nice focal point in this minimalist space.

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apartment in Tribeca, Manhattan

I can’t quite tell if the headboard in the room below is made out of wood or metal, but I like it. It’s a classic.

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Ah – simple, simple, simple. An upholstered bed frame is so comfortable to lean against. Love it.

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upholstered headboard, Greece home

Reading in bed would be so easy with the headboard below. This DIY appears to be an easy and inexpensive one.

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DIY headboard of books, Design Every Day

The final headboard is classic carved wood. There are a lot of these – in wood – on places like Kijiji and Craigslist, but they’d be easy enough to paint. All of my bedroom furniture is painted wood so something like this would completely fit in.

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Do any of these headboards stand out to you? What’s calling your name?

Holiday: Jingle Bells

Can I turn a classic Christmas tune into a blog post? Let’s find out, shall we?

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in a one (horse) open sleigh (bed)

What do you think? Does it work? You may just find more of my Christmas song interpretations making the pages of White Cabana in the next 12 days!

Design: Polka Dots + Furniture

I bought a chaise lounge for my living room. I’ve always wanted a chaise lounge. Now I’m looking for upholstery options. When I saw Jordan’s sofa makeover, I thought that Marimekko’s Pirput Parput fabric might be just perfect for it.

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Marimekko Pirput Parput black upholstery fabric, FinnStyle

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Marimekko Pirput Parput grey/white upholstery fabric, FinnStyle

Like any good blogger, I love to scour the internet for inspiration. Here’s a round-up of my findings.

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antique chaise by John Derian via Elle Decor

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Premier Prints Jo Jo black & white

There’s also the option of going full out fancy with Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric. Isn’t¬†this chaise¬†great?

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Les Touches cane chairs

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I’m excited to see what I can find and what my future reupholstered chaise will look like.

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Big news, everyone: I am now a loft owner!

(P.S. This is Johanne here, not Jordana who is also a new fab home owner and welcome to crash at my loft anytime).

YES it really happened- I will be moving all of 30 steps to the next-door building at Toronto’s iZone lofts. I’m essentially going from renting a sprawling factory loft to owning one, which is a very very good thing.

With January’s move comes new furniture that will make the best use of the space. For the past five days I’ve been obsessing over half-moon sectionals – mostly because I found a beautiful designer fabric-printed 1970’s Selig sectional at Toronto’s Guff. I really, REALLY want it but am currently having some domestic debate over whether or not to buy it. Don’t you think that a semi-circle sofa is not only tres cool but also *made* for sparkling conversation? (Me too!)

Anyway, I’m barely holding off (for now!) but can’t help thinking that something like this lovely white leather number (below) would be a very fun piece. As I keep telling my partner, when else in your life will you have a half-moon sofa? Hm?

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Beliani‘s modern white leather sofa is a party sparkler, non?

Marketplace: Vintage Fine Objects

Vintage Fine Objects opened its doors just about a year ago in Toronto and it has been on the radar of many magazine editors and bloggers ever since. Owner Kevin J. Austin has – and continues to – carefully curate a collection of vintage objects to please a variety of vintage enthusiasts – the decorator, the collector, the countryman, the traditionalist¬†(and of course, you aren’t expected to stay within any one category).

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While I do love some of the traditional wood pieces (like this drop front desk), my interest mostly lies in light, airy, versatile pieces in white.

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faux bamboo cabinet, $2495

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faux bamboo tub chair, $495

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patterned glass vase, $39

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lucite & leopard lamps

Images courtesy of Vintage Fine Objects.

Marketplace: Sofa.Com

The people at Sofa.com call themselves the NYC Comfy Team. I love that. While I didn’t end up buying a sofa from sofa.com, I feel it’s a company worth featuring. If I lived closer to their Manhattan store, I would have scooped one up easily and quickly.

 

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Thank you to Magda M. and Brian O. who answered all my questions efficiently via email.

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I’m absolutely in love with this stunning drop lamp in the window at Zig Zag, of one of my favourite neighbourhood shops that specializes in mid-century modern furniture. Joe Graafmans, who owns the store and curates its offerings, has very good taste and the best modern lighting pieces I’ve seen in the city.

The light fixture I’m featuring here today is made in Italy by Vistosi and is an outstanding piece of art by day and night. As far as I know it’s still for sale ($1,195). I stopped by recently to admire it in the evening:

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Marketplace: Decorium

A couple of weeks ago I attended the opening of Decorium‘s new Toronto showroom – located in the heart of Rosedale. Decorium is one of Toronto’s go-to hot spots for well-designed, high quality furniture and accessories for the home. Founded in 1986, Decorium offers its customers a collection of unique furnishings from around the world. The Yonge St. showroom proved to be a wonderful space to feature the cleverly curated collection of home furnishings. It was also an inspiring place for a party!

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The event was wonderfully organized and Chef Warren and his team spoiled attendees with a delicious selection of food (mushroom ravioli, poutine, stir fry, oysters, etc.) and deserts by Bite Me Bakery were perfectly suited for the event.

The Decorium showroom is located at 1212 Yonge Street in Toronto.

Photos by Jordana.

 

Outdoor Living: Patio Loungers

Reading books and taking naps under the sunshine on my balcony is one of my favourite spring/summer past times. I usually set up a foldable portable lounger that I bought at Ikea years ago. It’s fine enough but I feel like it might be about time I upgrade to a real lounger.

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Cabana sun lounger, $299, CB2

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Miami chaise lounge, $465.99, DefySupply

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Dream Chair Chaise, $549, The Home Depot

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Enholmen chaise lounge, $139, Ikea

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Casam lounge, $298, Walmart

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Umah chaise lounge, $372.99, DefySupply

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Harrison chaise lounge, Andrew Richard Designs

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Greenwich lounger, $295.64, West Elm

Design: Getting Geometric

If 8 is your lucky number, then this post is for you! Eight octagons for your Monday morning!

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octagons on the ceiling, photo by Eric Laignel, via Interior Design

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octagonal coffee table in this lakeside lodge

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Emtek octagon door knob

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Horchow octagon coffee table

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Horchow octagonal mirror

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Brendan Ravenhill octagon facet lamp

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Milo Baughman octagonal etagere

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octagonal lucite table lamp

The Zen Circus yoga chair

Designers Caroline Kermarrec, Alexia Moisan and Kevin Geffroywould created a yoga chair- or rather, a chair to relax in and help you stretch after a day of activities. Made of flexible fabric and hanging from what appears to be white ash curved into three moon slivers, the chair looks like a cozy and fun place to.. hang out.

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The Zen Circus yoga chair by Caroline Kermarrec

Furniture: Decor-Rest

Let’s shine a spotlight on a successful Canadian furniture manufacturer this morning, shall we? Since 1972 Decor-Rest has provided customers with quality products and a commitment to honest service. Decor-Rest is headed by owners Angelo and Christina Marzilli and the company currently occupies a 200,000 square foot plant located in Woodbridge, Ontario as well as a 8,000 square foot industry showroom in High Point, North Carolina. And you can bet that Decor-Rest is filling up their furniture retailers with thoughtfully-designed furniture. In addition to manufacturing the collections of Steven & Chris and Cobi Ladner (cobistyle), Decor-Rest’s inventory includes fabric and leather upholstered sofas and chairs as well as accent items to suit contemporary and traditional styles.

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Marketplace: EQ3 – Proudly Canadian

EQ3 is a Canadian furniture and home decor design company that strives to offer well-crafted and highly attractive products which are (mostly) made in Canada. I think EQ3 has a lot of great things to offer in terms of their inventory as well as in its design aesthetic and business philosophy. While you discover EQ3’s collection, be sure you don’t miss out on the work by some of my design favourites – Marimekko, Vitra, Alessi, and Herman Miller.

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Marimekko Lumimarja Pillow Case

EQ3+ Vitra Elephant White

Images courtesy of EQ3. EQ3 locations.

Friday Five: Living Rooms

It’s Friday! I’m ending the week here on the blog with five inspiring living room spaces and sharing with you what I like and dislike about each space. I welcome your opinions too so feel free to comment below!

1. There are a few great aspects in this first space. The juxtaposition of old and new is attractive to me as is the awesome tufted white couch. I could to without the rug in this space though as I think it should be a touch larger.

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2. In this corner at the Grace Hotel in Santorini, I love the white, white walls and the high curved ceiling. I also like the sculptural light fixture and sweet curved window. I would get rid of the mirror though and maybe add some art in its place.

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3. I love almost everything in this third space. The layered art pieces leaning against the paneled wall and the comfortable side chair are very appealing. The substantial stone fireplace is a beautiful feature in the room and the variety of textures in the room draw me right in. I would probably opt for a different sculpture although I can’t say that I completely dislike cupid.

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4. In this Douglas Friedman space I love the mix of textures – wood, lacquer, soft fabrics. I also like the clean lines of the high rectangular windows. I do wonder, though, how comfortable the side chair really is.

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5. In this last space I think the collection of white trophies, goblets, and vases is incredibly impressive. I love multiples and I am always curious to see what people collect. The layers of shades of white is also attractive to me. I do wonder if there are additional touches of blue throughout this space or if it is restricted to the striped carpet. I am a fan of a comfortable couch so it’s a bit disappointing that there’s no couch in this space (or as far as the photo shows).

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Let me know what you think! And have a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday!

Design: Andy Martin Studio + Thonet

The collaboration between London-based designer Andy Martin and furniture manufacturer Thonet has resulted in a beautiful beech-framed bicycle. Yes – beech as in the wood. Isn’t it incredible how the form of the bicycle mimicks the classic Thonet bentwood chair? Simply gorgeous.

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Thonet’s classic steam-bent beech wood chair

Images courtesy of Andy Martin Studio.

Origami chair

The lovely life-sized origami-style Folder chairs by designer Stefan Schoning are assembled by folding them just like an origami creation. How cool is that?

The ‘Folder’ can withstand your weight since it is made from paper-thin polypropylene, which means the look is very cool and the construction lightweight, rigid and tough. The chairs more durable than wood, plastic or metal and have been exhibited around the world: the National Design Museum in NY, Nike Design Library in Oregon, Colette in Paris, Salone Satellite in Milan, and 100% Design in London, UK.

What’s not to love?

Images courtesy of Stefan Schoning.

The Friday Five: Offices

I know it’s Friday and the last thing many of us want to do is to think about the office but trust me when I tell you that the offices I have featured below are worth your time (and stares). While they are quite different in style an aesthetic, each office is pleasing because of the minimalist (and complimentary) colour schemes, interesting textures and forms, and unique architectural details.

I’m taking you to office spaces around the world today beginning with a room of contrasts which includes the sleek Air Desk from Chicago-based Casa Spazio. Next is the minimalist black and white office area designed by Morpho Studio in Poland. The final three spaces, created by Brazilian designer Maristela Gorayeb, showcase amazing collections of books and artifacts in a pleasing and inviting way.

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apartment in Krakow, Poland; designed by Morpho Studio

interior design by Maristela Gorayeb, via Desire to Inspire

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interior design by Maristela Gorayeb, via Desire to Inspire

Happy Friday!

Furniture: Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair

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I love the Hans Wegner Wishbone chair (designed in 1949!) but it kind of bothers me that it doesn’t fully tuck in under the table. Does it bother anyone else?

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Or maybe because it’s such a lovely, well-designed chair, it’s meant to stand out and remain on display.

Design: Review of King & Grove Tides South Beach

As I mentioned last week, during my two weeks in Florida, I made a quick trip down to Miami. South Beach to be more precise. While the beaches, the nightlife and the architecture were all selling points for me, one of the things that I was most excited about was staying at The Tides. As in The Tides! Perhaps you’re already familiar with this hotel because I featured it on my first ever post on White Cabana. The iconic hotel is also known for the interior design work by Kelly Wearstler. Yeah, her.

If you’ve not yet heard about The Tides, let me introduce you to it.

The Tides, one of the King & Grove group of hotels, is perfectly situated on Ocean Drive.

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My friend Shannon and I were instantly impressed with the courteous service we received by all staff members. They treated us with a smile and did their best to make sure our stay was as perfect as it could possibly be. Check-in was a breeze and staff had answers to any question we asked. Over our two days at The Tides, we always felt extremely welcome.

Photos from around the hotel (L to R; T to B) – console and lighting by the elevators, numbered door, cream window shades, Miami news of the week, K & G paper and pencil set, artwork

Each hotel room is at least 550 sq feet. This basically translates to spacious, larger than normal suites. Our room had two double beds, two desk areas, a seating area, a walk-in closet, and a spacious bathroom. While the hotels on Ocean Drive are not directly on the beach (as opposed to where we stayed at Madeira Beach), all rooms have an ocean view. Complimentary wi-fi is also offered which made our stay that much more comfortable.

Photos from around the hotel – bathrobes, white linens, large furniture pieces, orchids, restaurant, outdoor dining area

In classic Kelly Wearstler style – big, bold, glitzy and glamorous elements are found throughout the hotel.The furnishings throughout the hotel are golden and pink with large hints of white. Linens are all white, of course. The number of mirrors in our room was impressive. There were two large full-length mirrors and another couple of large mirrors throughout the space (perfect for two ladies who like to admire their tans, hmm…). The bathroom was large, comfortable, and full of marble. Delightful!

Bathroom included white linens and toiletries

The outdoor pool area was beautiful although much smaller than I expected. The chaise lounges were a perfect place to relax after a hard day at the beach (hee hee). On Troy‘s recommendation, we ordered the guacamole and had it delivered to us poolside (yes, we indulged!). It was perfect (although the delivery charge did make us laugh).

Poolside at The Tides

Complimentary breakfast in the hotel lobby was a good way to begin the day. The basics – coffee, tea, pastries and apples – were served in a casual and inviting manner.

Breakfast at The Tides and a water station by the fitness centre

And, if you haven’t already noticed, a variety of patterns and textures were every where to be found!

Patterns at The Tides – poolside and in the lobby

While we definitely did enjoy our time at The Tides, this review would not be complete without a brief look at some of the less luxurious aspects of the hotel. One of the first things that my friend and I noticed in the bathroom was the toilet paper. Um. It was so un-luxurious. I’m talking the 1-ply variety. I would have expected at least 3 ply. Right? I know it may seem ridiculous to mention the toilet paper but it really struck us as being a bit odd. Second, while the shower stall in the bathroom looked gorgeous, it did not function very well. Each shower resulted in a pile of water on the floor outside the tub area. The shower head was good – it was the hinged shower door that was the culprit. Not a very big deal but a definite design flaw. Third, while the bathrobes were comfortable, they were not as plush as I have experienced elsewhere. They did look great hanging on the padded hangers though. Finally, there was a $2 per coffee charge for the in-room coffee station (Nespresso I believe). I was surprised by this as I’ve stayed in many hotels where the coffee and tea in-room is complimentary. The issues I mention here really aren’t make-or-break issues but if The Tides is trying to be the best of the best, well, I would encourage the hotel to consider these points.

And a word of caution – be sure to make use of the in-room safe while you’re staying at this and any other hotel. Unfortunately our credit cards were compromised during our stay which has inevitably left a sour taste in our mouths. An unfortunate ending to an otherwise very pleasant experience.

Photos by me.

Marketplace: West Elm + South Africa

If you can’t make it to South Africa…

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but crave a South African vibe in your living space…

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then West Elm’s recent collaboration with South African designers and artisans might be just for you! The collection of ceramics, textiles, furniture and home accessories has been growing in popularity since it hit the marketplace just a little while ago. Some of my favourite pieces are white (duh!) and they are simple, structural and functional.

Mick Haigh oversize serving bowl, $63.09

Potter’s Workshop napkin set – black shields, $21.39

Ceramic Matters candleholder, $63.09

Anthony Shapiro pillar candleholders, $84.48-$105.87

Source dining chair, $212.81

Pedersen + Lennard hooks, $12.81

Note: All prices are in Canadian dollars. Some items are not available for international shipping.

Many thanks to Mathilde, Corie and Jeff for allowing me to use their photos from their trips to South Africa.

Celebration: Father's Day at Urban Barn

Although Urban Barn is advertising their Belvedere recliner as the perfect Father’s Day gift, I’d say that more than just dads would like lounging in something like this.

Belvedere recliner, $1199, Urban Barn

If you’re interested in a chance to win a recliner (or an Urban Barn chair of your choice), go ahead and “like” Urban Barn’s Facebook page and share your story about why your dad is number one.

Event: International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)

The centerpiece of many design events taking place in NYC last week was the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (known as ICFF).

While oriented towards furniture retailers and “the trade” (aka interior designers and architects) the fair is open to the public for one of the four days.

This was my first year attending (for inspiration and potential new merchandise for Caviar20) and many design professionals I spoke with shared my enthusiasm for this year’s display.

While it was no surprise to see powerhouses like Vitra and Knoll, the strength of ICFF came from the small and medium sized studios that offer bespoke furniture or manufacture their own products (Grain, Rich Brilliant Willing, and Misewell are paradigms)

Strong American design was out in full force – earnest young talent creating work with great lines out of fine materials. Brooklyn-based studios were noticeably well-represented.

While some say ICFF lacks the avant-garde creativity found at the rival fair in Milan, there is a significant and consistent display of fresh, commercial, and livable furniture. Another surprise is how affordable many of the pieces are. If you’re looking for preposterously priced limited edition √† la Marc Newson you’re at the wrong fair.

Below is a selection of amazing white pieces I encountered. With the exception of two pieces – everything is priced below $750.

Rock Chair designed by Fredrik Färg

Grant side table by Gabriel Scott

Tiffin lunch kit by Sinclaire

Dakar chair by Skitsch

Hanging light by Lukas Peet

Fern table by Egg Collective

Sydney pendant by Mary Wallis

Delta V pendant by Rich Brilliant Willing

Lockwood chair by Misewell

Knot a bad seat

After coming across my second knotty pouf, I decided it’s time I feature the thing. Surely we’re onto a trend here.

The knotted ottoman we have here today is a beautiful thing (isn’t it?) by Prague-based design studio Kumeko. Inspired by old techniques of weaving fabrics and baskets, the pouf comes in two sizes and are said to be outstandingly comfy. I really like the weave pattern we have here in the Kumeko but CB2 does a similar pouf (no white option, sadly- just black, blue or red) that is knitted with large ribs.

The fabric, knotty pouf is a really nice way to round out all those harsh modernist edges in otherwise very angular spaces and well, let’s face it, it offers up a backup place to sit for when there’s just no more room on that loveseat.

Knotty poufs by Kumeko