Interiors: Graphic & Minimal

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love the idea of adding a new, contemporary structure to an already existing structure. In this case, Carl Turner Architects, wrapped an L-shaped volume around the rear of a Victorian terraced home, re-imagining the kitchen and dining room into a super contemporary and minimalist space.

The best part… a humongous (yes, I said humongous) window that extends this space out to the garden and the garden into the interior. Talk about maximizing your square footage. Now you have great indoor and outdoor living. Seamlessly.

I especially love the view from inside…that thick black frame around the window opening is so very graphic and delicious to me!


Interiors: Warmed Up Modern

September 13, 2012 § 5 Comments

A modern interior need not be cool, edgy and stark. It can be warm, rough-hewn and natural. Case in point… Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s home comes together with travertine, salvaged pine siding, hand-hewn oak and board-formed concrete. Warm shades of grey and tan and cream.

I love the fireplace and especially how it is mirrored on the exterior of the home. What a great setting for an outdoor room!

The artwork is key for me in the Master Bedroom. Scale… So important.

And what lucky kids to have such a great playroom! That Beni Ourain rug is simply beautiful.

Interiors by: Standard; Photos from AD.

Wanting: Workstead Light

July 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Bent Arm Workstead wall sconce can be repositioned… I love that.

It comes in sizes S, M, and L… I’m mad about that.

Choose from black, blue and red… I’m crushing on that.

In the end… I just WANT that.

Wanting: Serge Mouille

June 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

Here’s just a glimpse of what I want… so many options to pick from: floor lamps to wall sconces to ceiling fixtures.  Not to mention multiple heads, articulating arms BUT always that black, matte finish.

Seriously… Serge Mouille light fixtures are my ‘always want’!

Interiors: Black, Gold and a Tub

May 28, 2012 § 6 Comments

Yes…that kitchen is a wonder! As in, I wonder how to keep those pine-slatted walls dust free?!  Me thinks my clients are starting to influence the way I see design. Ha ha…

Anyway… back to the love-in! That kitchen pendant is amazingly beautiful. So simple in shape and finish. Matte black and burnished gold. And then that crystal sparkle underneath just adds so much loveliness to the whole… I must find out who makes this fixture!

But I think what I love most about this interior are the architectural details… the sliding pocket doors and the way they retreat, revealing arched openings. Their black frames and integrated hardware so simple, so perfect. Not to be outmatched by the black framed windows, so tall and so definitive in framing the view outside.

And then there’s that bath tub. No, dear clients… it’s not comfortable but I don’t care. ;)

Wanting: Excel Floor Lamp

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s the Excel Floor Lamp by Rich.Brilliant.Willing.

This is what I want next to my couch… any colour. I’m not picky! (Yeah, right!)

You can see other images of this super-simple-but-oh-so-NOT-simplistic floor lamp here.

Inspired: Eva Zeisel

May 15, 2012 § 4 Comments

I met Eva Zeisel several years ago when she hosted a book signing here in Toronto. I loved her ceramic pieces and rushed to get in line that day, excited to meet a living legend. If I’m not mistaken, she was in her late nineties though you would never know it… her spirit and energy was undeniable. She died last year at the age of 105.

She summed up her role as ‘maker of useful things’. She believed not in invention. But re-invention. She was concerned with making things look beautiful and she loved round, organic shapes. My favourite quote… “Even the air between my hands is round.”

Her ceramics are pieces that you want to touch… hold in your hands… turn them over and around.

I won’t go into detail here about Ms. Zeisel… Follow the link to her TED profile and you’ll soon find out that she had an incredible life. I would highly recommend watching the video of her TED appearance too. You’ll see what I mean about her spirit and energy.

All photos by designchickee.

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