Design: Going Natural

Even in homes that have a very white aesthetic (like mine), natural elements are a welcome addition. A piece of furniture or a small decorative bowl in wood, rattan, raffia, or wicker adds instant warmth to a space that is white-dominant. The spaces here prove just that.

Pella Hedeby

HomStuff

via Style Curator

Andrea Martin-Loff via The Design Chaser

Coco and Jack

As you can see, the addition of natural textures works in modern and traditional spaces.

Hotel to Home: Serengeti House, Tanzania

We’re traveling all the way to Tanzania today because the Serengeti House – and its surroundings – is definitely worth a visit! Here’s just one of the many beautiful rooms in this luxurious hotel.

If you like the combination of warm whites and muted sand, then here’s a starting off point for the look:

curtains, rug, table, tray table, pillow, chandelier, sofa, armchair, cane chair, coffee table

 

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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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wonki ware

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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 HomeToronto LifeThe 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!

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.

Andy Martin + Thonet = beech wood bicycle

Thonet’s classic steam-bent beech wood chair

Images courtesy of Andy Martin Studio.