I visited the Interior Design Show in Toronto this weekend and, as always, it was filled with inspiration.
It was a thrill to finally meet face to face with the Bloom Lounge Chair (above) at the Emily Quinn booth. I’ve long been intrigued by Kenneth Cobonpue’s whimsical flower-shaped chair but this was my first time seeing one in person. In magazine photos the petals have more folds and frills and the chair somehow seems more alive but still, it is incredibly imaginative, impressive and surprisingly comfy.
This month I was so happy to see the return of HGTV Magazine. It’s such a cute and colorful issue filled with great tips and tricks. I’ve marked quite a few pages of their October/November issue, like the tour of Karen Bow’s home. She’s got a thing for hot pink and fearlessly took the plunge with her interiors. I love the details in her dining room (above), which has such a cheerful feel while still maintaining elegance and sophistication. If you’d like to see the rest of her home it’s here.
I can’t believe it’s already time for the October decor magazine round-up!
As you can imagine, most of the October issues are all about Fall with pumpkins being featured prominently in the vast majority of them. I love how artfully Country Living has transformed their pumpkins (above). It’s amazing to find out that they’re such quick and easy DIY projects.
Here’s the lowdown on the DIY: With a foam brush, give each pumpkin two coats of acrylic paint, waiting 30 minutes between coats. Then apply weather-resistant vinyl decals of your choice. Easy peasy and so impressive.
Lately, I’ve been noticing safari and tribal trends in furniture and home accessories creeping into more and more stores. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen so much of these looks. Done right, rooms inspired by these trends are classic and timeless without appearing to have a theme. To break down this type of decor let’s take a look at some beautiful photographs of an authentic group of South African lodges at the Londolozi Reserves.
For starters, choose sofas or armchairs slipcovered in white, gray or muted tones. Then add a pair of leather, cane or wicker living room accent chairs. Around a wooden dining table, chairs could be either wicker or slipcovered to continue the flow.
It seems I have quite a collection of decor magazines on my coffee table this month so I thought I’d select a few and let you in on their highlights.
House Beautiful’s issue is all about “color, color, COLOR!” It’s interesting to read the results of their survey about the color preferences of Americans from coast to coast. It seems the majority love BLUE overall but, interestingly, top paint color picks are quite different from region to region and room to room.
In this issue I am in love with the living room (shown above) designed by Kay Douglass – fabulous pops of orange!
You also have to take a look at the dining area below by Benjamin Dhong, it is amazing.
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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.
There seems to be a crochet craze happening these days and somehow or other the crocheted doily look has quietly crept its way back into both fashion and homes. It’s funny because for decades doilies have been the laughing stock of home decor. However, take one look at the breath-taking, modern Crochet Chair by Marcel Wanders (above and below) and you know for certain that crochet is now chic.
I recently took a tour of the latest Princess Margaret Showhome in Thornhill. It’s the grand prize in a lottery which benefits the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and is valued at $3.79 million.
As you can see from the photo of its grand exterior, it is huge. In fact, it’s a 7662 square foot palace! Inside, it has been decorated in a luxurious, contemporary style by designer Jack Celli.