Design: The Buffalo Check Trend

What’s black and white and square all over? Buffalo check, of course! While the pattern does come in just about every colour, I’m obviously most drawn to the black/white/grey versions.

It seems like buffalo check just emerged on the design scene within days. Seemingly suddenly, I’m seeing this pattern on everything from chairs to table cloths to settees to clothing.

Buffalo check works with a lot of existing styles – traditional, modern, country, shabby chic – as you’ll see in the interiors below.

pancakes-pajamas-2016avia Rambling Renovators

buffalo-check-homevia Studio McGee

buffalo-check-chair-studio-mcgeevia Studio McGee

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5-600x890via Interiors by Studio M (that dog!)

MSI_5040via Mustard Seed

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Now that you’ve seen some inspiring interiors, here’s a round-up of items available in the marketplace just in case you’d like to include some buffalo check into your own home (and wardrobe).

jackchairwindowpane_1518Jack chair, $1500, Schoolhouse Electric

36248219_018_b1Kimball check, $1598, Anthropologie

XXX_0055_1000219th C. classical carved American empire recaimier, $7500, 1st Dibs

berta-ruta-fabric-black__0137764_PE296491_S4Berta Ruta fabric, $9.99/metre, Ikea

Product_FRL12108_Image_1buffalo check tea towels, $33, One King’s Lane

882709236689_hibuffalo check throw, $34.99 (on sale), Chapters Indigo

36115822_018_gsweater, $119.99 (on sale), Urban Outfitters

John-Galliano-buffalo-check-dressJohn Galliano dress, $1850, 1st Dibs

eroad3000292855_q1_1-1._QL90_UX336_Emerson Road PJ set, $95

3564154064_2_3_1check shirt, $45.90, Zara

And for the men…

3894400064_2_5_1check flannel shirt, $19.99 (on sale), Zara

hmprodplaid sweater, $19.99 (on sale), H&M

hmprod-1check pajama pants, $14.99, H&M (hello!)

A nice way to end the post, eh? Yeah, you’re welcome. Happy Monday!

Mixing it Up: Black and White

Today’s post is a bit of a mix-up. I just wanted to share some black and white photos¬†I¬†have recently snapped.

I saw this accordion at the St. Jacobs antique mall and loved the bedazzled scroll work.

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Rox-Anne and I enjoyed a¬†great brunch at the¬†relatively new Gilt Restaurant in¬†Kitchener a few weeks ago here in KW. The restaurant is ideally located at King & Victoria, and the food and decor were both impressive. Here’s a quick peek at the washroom entry.

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And since I’m on the bathroom train, I just loved the black and white hex flooring in the bathroom at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra¬†theatre.¬†What a pretty border!White-Cabana-Royal Alex

 

Black and white is classic!

Design: The Eiffel Chair by Eames

The Eiffel chair. It’s such a good looking piece of furniture, isn’t it?

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Eames fiberglass chairs via Herman Miller

There are loads of reproductions out there and plenty of ideas about how to incorporate them into sleek, modern, classic, and traditional spaces. The chair is quite¬†a versatile piece, so it’s little wonder why it¬†has been popular for so long.

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via Stylizimo

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via Coco Lapine Design

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via Olaf Jakobina

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via Stylizimo

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via Kjerstis

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via Stil Inspiration

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via Apartment Therapy

Marketplace: Oh That Coco

I’m obviously not the first to recognize¬†Coco Chanel’s influence on the fashion world. Not only have her designs stood the test of time, but so have her words.

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Coco Chanel in her apartment at the Ritz, 1937, via Vanity Fair

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Coco Chanel at work, via Redbook

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via One Fab Day

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poster with Coco Chanel quote

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pillow with quote from Coco Chanel, $65

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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via Pinterest

 

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via Houzz

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via Pinterest

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via Cup Half Full

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via Greige

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via Design Sponge

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via Every Day Pretty

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via Decor Pad

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?).

The Friday Five: Kitchens

I don’t know about you but I spend many hours staring at photos of kitchens for no real good reason. The kitchen in my apartment is white (phew) so it’s not like I need to paint cabinets or renovate. And my NYC and Toronto family members all have white kitchens so when I visit them I always feel happy to be in their kitchens (It’s not like I’m against visiting colorful homes, I swear). But, still, I just love seeing stylish kitchen design.

So, speaking of gorgeous white kitchens, shall we drool over some this weekend? Yes, I think so.

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 kitchen in Denmark, via 79 ideas

white kitchenvia Flourish Design & Style

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image2Ernest Street Neutral Bayvia Desire to Inspire

02101379ideas-white-kitchenkitchen of Lotta Agaton, via 79 Ideas

What are you cooking this weekend? Or, will you be painting cabinets white perhaps?

Movies: How to Steal a Million

Last night I watched the 1966 rom-com How to Steal a Million starring Audrey Hepburn (who isn’t a fan, right?) and Peter O’Toole. I knew it was going to be a good movie as soon as I saw Audrey Hepburn driving a sweet red sports car and wearing an all-white ensemble!

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Have you seen this movie? What did you think?

Read more about fashion from this classic over at Fashion in Motion.