A close friend of mine is fortunate to be visiting Copenhagen this month. He’s been touring around, getting to know the city and came across Normann Copenhagen, a lifestyle store filled with some really interesting Scandinavian designs. I’m really glad he brought this shop to my attention because I always enjoy taking a look at design around the world, it gets my creative juices going and gives me a fresh perspective on decorating and design.
I decided to visit the Yonge and Eglinton area in mid-town Toronto today. I wouldn’t exactly call it a “Design District”, like the King East area I wrote about here, but it is definitely filled with furniture and home accessory stores as well as a multitude of restaurants and just about any other type of store or office you can imagine. Most of shops are one-of-a-kind, however some of the big chains have definitely made their mark.
I’m very fortunate to have visited the island of Bermuda a few times over the past few years. As small as it is, it’s filled with so many interesting people, customs and sights which have no doubt been influenced by its long history of being invaded by or trading with countries around the world.
While touring Bermuda you can’t help but notice that scattered all over the island are semi-circular structures called moon gates. They seem to be in random locations such as bus shelters, at the entrances of homes, beside harbors and in the middle of parks and gardens. On my visits, each sighting of a moon gate didn’t reveal any rhyme or reason for them other than simply “decoration”. Finally, on my most recent trip, I came across one with an explanatory sign.
What a difference three hours makes! The photo above was taken while I was at Pearson airport in Toronto where just about everything I could see out the window was shades of gray and even the green grass wasn’t looking too bright.
Believe it or not, this chair goes from funky to flat in 20 seconds or less! Below is a shot of the flattened chairs which remind me of large plastic envelopes. Along with being quick to put together and pull down, I love how they’re so easy to store.
Last year I had the pleasure of staying at the Viceroy in Miami. There were plenty of hotels in the area to choose from but when I learned that the interiors of this Viceroy were designed by Kelly Wearstler, I knew I had to stay there. After seeing her work in books and magazines, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience her over-the-top design talents first hand.
At this time of year and in this part of the world if you’re not a winter-lover, you’re doing your best to hibernate. It’s cold, it’s dark and after the hustle and bustle of the holidays there’s often nothing better than curling up inside. However, while you’ve been spending so much time inside, you’ve started to notice that things could use a little sprucing up, or a little moving around, or (Gasp!) a whole new look. Before you know it, big plans are underway and you’ve decided that it’s time to start browsing for some new furniture and accessories. Then, all of a sudden, out you come from under your cozy blanket and off you go to the design district of King East in Toronto. Continue reading »