Furniture

The Friday Five: Coffee Table Styling

Online vintage furniture retailer Charish recently asked me my opinion about the following questions:

1. What essentials does everyone need for their coffee table?
2. How do you properly layer the items?

I think I might be out of the ordinary on this one, because my coffee table is quite empty and unstyled. I have a small basket that holds my remote controls, coasters, and a few kinds of lip gloss (you can never have too many).

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But there are so many inspiring interiors that do beautiful coffee table styling. Calgary-based designer Erica Cook, for example, is a master stylist in my opinion. I love how she pulls items together on her coffee tables.

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coffee-table-Erica-Cook-2via Erica Cook

coffee-table-Erica-Cook-3via Erica Cook

As I browsed through Charish‘s coffee table inventory, I thought about what I might display on particular tables. Here are five of the tables that caught my attention and the items that I might use to style them up pretty!

On this woodsy timber coffee table, I’d use a few stacks of beautiful books (with cream and white covers, of course). I’d arrange them symmetrically to follow the squareness of the table, and I might add some brass trinkets to contrast the wood.

coffee-table-Charish-6timber coffee table, $700

On this brassy number, I’d add a collection of cloisonn√© bowls because it reminds me of what my mom would do in her traditional living room. I’d increase the fancy factor because that’s what those curves are calling.

coffee-table-Charish-3brass ring cocktail table, $925

The mid-century coffee table below would have minimal styling. Perhaps I’d add a tray or two with some books or objets neatly placed inside.

coffee-table-Charish-5vintage Florence Knoll coffee table, $585

I don’t think this modern glass table actually needs anything on it because it already has so much to offer what with its curvy lines and such, but if I had to opt for something, I’d include a carefully curated stack of books with a simple, but interesting, object on top to complement the table rather than compete with it.

coffee-table-Charish-7tempered glass coffee table, $250

Finally, I think this simple travertine gem would look beautiful with a collection of colourful floral arrangements on it. Who could ever go wrong with flowers? Am I right?

coffee-table-Charish-8travertine coffee table, $1200

For those of you who may not know, Charish is an amazing source for vintage furniture and decor (yes, including coffee tables). It currently only ships in the United States, so here’s hoping it considers shipping internationally very soon so that the rest of us can benefit from the unique inventory!

The Friday Five: The Settee Scene

I love looking back at my blog to see where my design interests lie over time. About a year and a half ago, I wrote about the versatility of the settee, and I’m still thinking that this sweet piece of furniture has great potential.

Today’s Friday Five includes five settees that look quite different from one another, but they share the common features of small scale design and refined legs. Now, the question I ask is: Which one is your favourite?

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9342_lvia 1st Dibs

sybil-settee-ballard-designsvia Ballard Designs

Master-Bedroom-White-and-Neutrals-Fireplace-Chandelier-Loveseatvia The Lettered Cottage

Happy weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Back to Beds

I have not yet pulled the trigger on a new bed. I know, I know, it’s been months since I first posted about my bed dreams! I just cannot decide. I thought I wanted a foot board because the bed looks more complete to me, but now I’m not so sure. I fear this bed decision will never be made!

Christine featured this gorgeous bed from CB2 on her blog back in July, and I really really like it. Sleek, modern, fancy, simple…it’s awesome. But a canopy? Am I a four-poster-canopy-bed type of person?

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frame canopy bed, CB2

Here’s a more traditional four-poster bed that is quite textured. I don’t think this bed is for me, but I do think it’s interesting.

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Then I spotted this one, and I quite like it, too. It’s completely different from the black one above. This one is low and minimal.

CB2-facade-white-bedfacade snow bed, CB2

My bed research keeps bringing me back to the feminine French rounded bed that I posted about earlier, and here’s the latest addition to my photo collection.

2964af30760427f279f735c84fae686aCorsica bed, Hooker Furniture

And still keeping with feminine curves, this bed from West Elm looks fancy. There are so many fabric options so customization is pretty easy.

Polly-bed-west-elmPolly upholstered bed, West Elm

And the research continues…

The Friday Five: On Sale at Elte, Toronto

Elte, one of Toronto’s finest furniture stores, is currently having a summer sale. I bought my Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams couch from Elte, and if I lived in Toronto, I’m sure I would be popping in quite often. The prices at Elte are typically high, but so is the quality of the pieces. If you’re in the market for something fabulous, you might want to check out the sale. Here are my five pics from the sale (although I’d snap up every Kartell chair if I could!).

chair-kartell-lizz-elte-saleKartell Lizz Side Chair, $206 (originally $406; also available in black)

vase-white-gold-eltegold mid glaze bud vase, $17.97 (originally $29.95)

Ojai-sconce-Elte-saleOjai sconce, $215 (originally $365)

moroccan-wedding-pouf-elte-saleMoroccan wedding pouf, $238 (originally $595)

ceramic-stool-lattice-elte-saleceramic lattice stool, $120 (originally $195)

If you’re in Toronto and you go to the sale, let me know!

The Friday Five: Outdoor Seating

I’m thinking about interesting pieces for the patio today. Care to join me in my day dreaming?

This egg hub would be an awesome poolside addition:

Nu-OVO-The-Eggcellent-Outdoor-Furniture-piece-1Nu-OVO designed by Paolo Maldotti, photo via Redesign Revolution

This bench with canopy would be great on my deck:

HSLN21659_largeMimi cuddle chair canopy by Hauser

This fun folding director’s chair is super for small spaces:

img8odirector’s chair, West Elm

This chaise (with added cushion) would be great for naps:

XVladimir Kagan “Capricorn” chaise lounge, 1st Dibs

And this peacock chair is perfect for when you really want to feel fancy:

il_570xN.709334352_j223white peacock chair, via Lea and Lani

So, tell me, what’s your perch of choice in the summertime?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Furniture: Garden Benches

It is almost almost warm enough to sit outside. I cannot wait to put my furniture back out on my deck, lounge around outside with my latte, and fall asleep on my hammock. I am made for summer. In anticipation of green garden life, I’ve been browsing through many garden-y furniture collections. In particular, I’ve been focused on intricate garden benches.

gertrude-jekyll-terrainGertrude Jekyll garden bench, $1498, Terrain

Victorian-fernery-terrainVictorian Fernery garden bench, $1298, Terrain

maison-jansen-french-bench-1st dibsMaison Jansen bench, $2358, 1st Dibs (matching table and chairs)

cast iron swan bench 1st dibscast iron swan bench, $6500, 1st Dibs

swedish garden bench 1st dibsSwedish garden bench, $2650, 1st Dibs

wrought iron regency garden benchwrought iron regency garden bench, $9500, 1st Dibs

What do you think? Did you see any that you like?

Marketplace: Dreaming of a New Bed

I have been searching for a unique headboard that fits my style and budget for a few months now, and I have come up empty. Honestly. I cannot find much that I like. How is that possible?¬†I featured these headboards last month,¬†and they’re¬†alright, but I don’t love any of them enough to make them my own.

I do keep coming back to this French bed. I just love the curved footboard:

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Eloquence Sophia

The French beds below have also grabbed my attention. I like the carvings and the caning These beds are much more feminine than other pieces of furniture that I own, and I like that they remind me of France.

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chateau upholstered bed

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Eloquence Louis XVI King Cane

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Blanca cane bed

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French Bergere bed

The Sophie – and the others above – are¬†pricey, and at the moment, I¬†am trying to concentrate on my next big reno, rather than a major furniture purchase. I do really want a bed, but I also can’t decide if I should go for a queen or king bed. Queen is plenty big, but king is oh, so, fabulous. A king¬†is just so grand.

In addition to the French beauties, I also lean toward simple boxed beds as well as tufted beds, scrollwork beds, metal beds, and upholstered beds. I’m sort of just scattered. Just when I think I know what I like and want, things change.¬†Here are some beds that I think are pretty, but I’m not certain any of them are me. You know? I thought I’d document them so that I can keep this as a handy reference guide. Maybe in another month, one of them will continue to be floating around in my mind, which will force me to just bite the bullet and make a purchase.

Category A: Boxy

1. I like the extreme boxiness of this bed.

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Bradford linen bed

2. This bed is airy boxy. I like that the bed is basically floating.

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white deco bed

3. This bed is the classic box bed. A squared off headboard paired with a normal bed skirt. I prefer beds that have a footboard, I think.

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Noe slipcovered headboard and skirt

Category B: Tufted

1. I think I actually like the fluffy duvet more than the tufted, curved, and notched headboard. This bed looks really comfortable.

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Henley tufted bed

2. This is in between curvy and boxy. I thought I really liked it, but now that I’m staring at it, I can’t tell if the middle bump looks more like a mistake than an intentional design.

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Davidson tufted bed

3. Here’s a squared off lightly tufted headboard with a wrap-around base. It looks really neat and sleek. I don’t think i could every make my sheets that tight.

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Quadrant California bed

Category C: Velvet

1. There’s only one bed in this category because velvet is a new addition to my bed brainstorm. I haven’t found many that I like, but I seem to really like the one below. I think I would like it better if it had a more substantial footboard. Still, I think I might add velvet to my headboard searches from now on. It’s so luxurious.

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Kelly velvet wingback bed

Category D: French Inspired

1.¬†I don’t mind this bed, but I¬†haven’t fallen in love with it. It’s a nice option.

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Palais upholstered bed

2. I like the simplicity of the wood frame and white upholstery, but I think I would prefer this bed if it had straight edges. The angled frame seems to diminish the grandeur of this bed. I like that it has a decent sized footboard.

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Marie upholstered bed

3. I¬†really like the bed below. It feels like modern French to me. It’s not crisp white like some of the other versions, but it feels feminine and warm.

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woven accent bed

4. I love the cane detail in the bed below. It’s a very simple no-fuss bed frame.

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Harbour cane bed

5. The bed below also has a French flavour to it. It’s a classic design. It’s tidy, feminine, and pretty. I think it would look great with¬†additional throw pillows.

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Gray Louis bed

6. The bed below looks like the bed above except it doesn’t have the added finials/mini posts. It’s a good looking bed, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

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Larsson bed

Category E: Spindles

1. Here’s a¬†Jenny-Lind-for-adults bed. I like the spindles, but I don’t think I want a four-poster bed at the moment.

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Gwendoline spindle bed

Category F: Metal

1. I originally thought that I could easily do a metal bed, but now I’m realizing that it has to be a really beautiful metal bed. My sister has the most gorgeous metal bed in her guest room. I wonder if she would notice if I took it back home with me. I haven’t seen anything quite like hers in the marketplace. The ones that are more common have simple lines and frames.¬†Here’s a curved version:

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coventry arched steel bed

2. Here’s a straightforward rectangular shape:

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Braden steel panel bed

3. Here’s a no-fuss airy version:

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Imogene metal bed

Category G: Unique

1. I think I would really love having a peacock headboard like the one below.¬†I think it could look really cool against a white wall for the white-on-white look (as in my home). I think I really do prefer a full bed frame package though,¬†and I haven’t seen a version of this peacock headboard that comes with a footboard.

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Seahorse headboard

2. I think the headboard below is really a work of art.

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Georgine headboard

There are¬†so many options! How’s a girl to decide?

Update:

I prepared the above post, and was set to publish it,¬†but then more beds came my way. Hope you’re not sleeping yet as I have more beds to share!¬†A couple of¬†weeks ago, I was at a friend’s house and took a double-take at¬†the furniture in her kid’s nursery. Yes, a nursery. Her little girl’s bedroom¬†set is¬†French and feminine and lovely. When my friend¬†said that eventually she was going to get a queen bed to match the set, I had to ask her where it was from. When she said it was from Restoration Hardware, I wondered why I had never noticed it there? “Probably because you weren’t looking in the kids’¬†section, Jordana,” she said. Yeah. Exactly. Well, now I am! In addition to this pretty¬†bedroom set¬†that my friend¬†bought for her¬†daughter, Restoration Hardware has plenty of¬†gorgeous French beds. Who knew?

I think I might have to have this one:

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Belle upholstered bed, Restoration Hardware

Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love it. Luckily, it does actually come in a queen version. I’d really like to see¬†the queen-sized bed in person to make sure that an actual¬†adult¬†can fit in it. You know?

A few others from Restoration Hardware (Child & Baby) that I like are:

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Adele bed, Restoration Hardware

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Quatrefoil bed, Restoration Hardware

The adult¬†bed collections are much more substantial and heavy; there’s nothing dainty or light about any of them (well, maybe only¬†the Lorraine¬†or the Josephine). Do any of¬†you have experience with Restoration Hardware beds? What are the chances that the¬†Belle will look adult-sized in a queen? Let the bed hunt continue…

Images via Crate & Barrel, One Kings Lane, Serena & Lily, West Elm.

The Land of Nod

I’m working with my sister on the design of her kids’ bedroom. Besides the kids’ beds (from Ikea) and the artwork (made by my sister and her kids), the room is fairly empty. We turned to the Land of Nod (a top pick for many people designing kids’ bedrooms and playrooms) to fill up the bedroom with items that are useful, colourful, and versatile. One of our top picks was this bench as we thought it would be a good place for the kids to¬†perch and read a book, or put on socks¬†and shoes:

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flea market bench

In addition, we are using this rainbow¬†dot¬†garland¬†to add¬†colour to the room, these letter pillows to personalize the space, and these luggage¬†sets¬†to store toys. Here are some of the additional white pieces that I love for a kids’ bedroom or playroom…or an adult room!

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aviary pendant lamp

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uptown nightstand

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milo glider

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rattan hamper with lid

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campaign desk

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on the grid nightstand

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aria headboard

Thanks to Land of Nod for sponsoring this post.

Design: Celebrating the Quatrefoil

Okay, so I know St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and green-themed parties, foods, and decorations are dominating Pinterest and blogs, but around here, the green¬†stays far away.¬†While I wouldn’t paint my walls green, I do love greenery in my home. I absolutely love having living plants in every room around my home. If I lived in the French countryside (yeah, if), I’d definitely try to have a green house. I’d probably call it a conservatory or a garden room (look at all of these beautiful conservatories).

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Oak Leaf Conservatories

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via Julias Vita Dommar

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via Home & Garden

Okay, I’m now off topic. Let’s get back to what I really want to talk about today: quatrefoil. The quatrefoil is a four-leaf symbol that we see a lot in art¬†and¬†architecture. It was most popular in the gothic and renaissance eras (read more here).¬†I’ve gathered some photos of quatrefoil products and gorgeous interiors with quatrefoil details.

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quatrefoil headboard, Christopher’s of Nantucket via¬†DecorPad

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quatrefoil pillow cover, Decidedly Chic

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Suzanne Kasler’s home, via Architectural Digest

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quatrefoil mirror, Horchow

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quatrefoil detail in this gorgeous farmhouse kitchen, Magnolia Homes

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quatrefoil necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels

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via AM Dolce Vita

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Edward ottoman

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via Better Homes & Gardens

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quatrefoil photograph, via Posterjack

Interview: Deborah and David from Green Light District

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Deborah and David Peets, owners of Toronto’s Green Light District. The shop carries beautiful furniture and accessories from around the world, and it holds a prominent place in Toronto’s Roncesvalles area (Roncy, for short).

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Read on to learn about more about this duo’s approach to curation.

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J: How did Green Light District come to be?

D & D: We restored a 160 year old country inn and ran it for a dozen years.  When we sold it all the furnishings went with the sale which left us with a completely empty condo to fill. We saw a need for something different and thought why not fill that need!

Where did the name Green Light District come from?

Our neighbourhood in Ottawa had formerly been a red light district but it was changing quickly and we were part of that change so we thought let’s be forward thinking (green=go) as well as referring to the home furnishings we were offering.

I believe the original Green Light District was in Ottawa, yes? Why did you make the move to Toronto?

We originally were from Toronto but had been away for 20 years in the Rideau Lakes & Ottawa but wanted to come home to be closer to family. A larger audience to sell to certainly helped make that decision!

Describe Green Light District in 140 characters or less (hashtags are accepted).

Personally sourced home furnishings; unique designs that are functional & timeless with a significant hand made component #warmcontemporary

What is your favourite piece currently in the shop?

Oh that’s easy! We just got in a hand stitched saddle leather Acapulco chair with a solid iron frame. It’s incredibly comfortable and you know it’s just going to get better with age.

How often do you travel to source products?

We’re big travellers so while sourcing is hard work it’s always thrilling going to Buenos Aires, or Paris or Cape Town …. We travel somewhere every year or two, sometimes multiple trips.

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hand-stitched leather and oak bench

What is your favourite travel destination?

South Africa has a special place in our hearts. We first visited over 20 years ago and were blown away by their unique sense of style back then! The landscape, the people, food & wine but most of all their designs – so sophisticated, yet cool with just a whiff of Africa.

What is the best part of your job?

Sourcing in person of course. We knew it was important to get to know our suppliers; to see how and where their furniture & accessories are made. Every piece has a story to tell – then we found out how important it was for our customers too – to feel that personal connection as well – through us.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Finding well made, hand crafted furniture & accessories that people will love at an affordable price – the search is never ending.

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large open bowls

I know you actively engage with Twitter ‚Äď this is, in fact, how we first met ‚Äď and so I‚Äôm wondering if you have any social media advice for other small business owners. How has social media impacted your business?

There isn’t a better way than social media to get your name and business out there! I’d have to say firstly be true to yourself, be consistent in the amount you tweet or Instagram or blog, engage regularly with others on topics other than your business that interest you. Be helpful. Remember that is how we connected? Two women obsessing over fiddle leaf ficus and other indoor plants. Imagine – we connected via plants which led us to our love of design!

I am having so much fun with social media I’ve decided to take it to more of a personal level by visiting someone once a month in the city that I’ve connected with. It’s the reason we’re all on board right – to help promote each other!

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Thanks so much for sharing a part of your story, Deborah and David!

Readers, browse Green Light District and find Deborah and David on Twitter and Instagram.

Furniture: The Barrymore Bordeaux

The Barrymore Bordeaux collection caught my eye recently. First, because I actually lived in Bordeaux for year during my undergraduate degree. Second, because this furniture collection is so darn pretty.

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images via Barrymore Furniture, Bordeaux sofa starts from $6944

The Bordeaux collection would look out of place in my more mid-century and minimalist living room, but I could easily see a small settee in my bedroom near a window.

The Friday Five: High vs. Low Furniture

I love the high-low columns that magazines like Style at Home feature.¬†Sometimes it’s so darn tricky to spot the differences. Inspired by¬†these columns, today I’m featuring five high-low¬†pieces.

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high: Thompson sofa, $5565, Elte

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low:¬†Tristan sofa, $1199, Leon’s

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high: Jimmy sling chair, $2285, Elte

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low: chrome and leather sling chair, $70

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high: Hampstead painted sofa frame, $694.99, Pottery Barn

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low: Coral Coast pleasant bay bench, $179.98

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high: Brinkley demilune single sink vanity, $1699, Pottery Barn

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low: Bella vanity, $720, Empire Industries

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high: luxe faux fur stool, $348, Anthropologie

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low: faux fur stool, $125, Etsy (also: DIY stool 1, DIY stool 2)

So? Were they easy to guess this time? Have a great weekend!

Furniture: The Jordana Desk

Okay. I’m not kidding. There’s a desk named Jordana over at Joss & Main. Jordana! Can you believe it?

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Jordana Desk, $216.95, Joss & Main

I need it. I want it. I have to have it.¬†There aren’t even keychains/magnets/bracelets/pens/USB drives/lanyards/etc. with my name on it, but a desk? A desk!¬†I mean – me and desks go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s just too perfect.

Thanks, Corie, for sending me news of the Jordana desk.

 

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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soho chair

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hand stitched leather and oak bench + hand made pottery

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wonki ware + botanical print

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handmade 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

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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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Simply White Style

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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The Bluebell

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The Zeus

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.

Le Case di Elixir via Desire to Inspire

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.

Casa Spazio via Escapade

apartment in Krakow, Poland; designed by Morpho Studio

interior design by Maristela Gorayeb, via Desire to Inspire

interior design by Maristela Gorayeb, via Desire to Inspire

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.