31 January 2012

Interior Design Show 2012

This year's Toronto Interior Design Show did not disappoint. It wasn't mind blowing, but instead, it was more reaffirming. I found that designers and industry professionals alike are all still into the same style as last year, but with new and improved products to build on. The vintage look, mixed with contemporary style was still on the forefront, while traditional design was completely obsolete. Bold colours such as Tangerine Tango was seen everywhere, on everything (check out this post if you missed this year's "it" colour), and reclaimed, reused products still shone bright. Check out a few of the interesting pieces I discovered....

Look at all the vendors. 

18 January 2012

Baseboards Add Architectural Detail

One of the details most people notice in old homes is the interesting, tall baseboards. That was one of the selling features of my house, although, there was few places of it left around. Although I did discuss the possibility of coloured baseboards (see post here), it seemed too design forward for this space and worried me from a resale perspective. Instead, I stayed classic with Cloud White baseboards.


Here is some of the old baseboard in my house. Sanding, a
new shoe mould (the small piece of moulding that sits on the floor),
a new coat of paint and it looks freshened up. The original copper
grate also lends to the "old" look.

17 January 2012

Caribbean Inspired Design

Phew. I am back. I apologize for being gone so long. Not only did I move (!!!) and endure a fabulous christmas holiday season, but I also went on vacation with my family! I enjoyed a world where paint cans were replaced with Long Island Iced Teas, sand instead of saw dust and sun instead of snow! In lieu of my vacation, and continually being inspired by my travel saavy, design friend Tania and her blog, Passport to Design, I thought I would share how life really does imitate art. Photos in this blog were taken on my trip down to the Eastern Caribbean by photographer/artist, Hamilton Holmes. Design from all over the world can make way in your space without it being cliche or tacky.


Photo taken by Hamilton Holmes
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Photo taken by Hamilton Holmes

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Photo taken by Hamilton Holmes

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Photo taken by Hamilton Holmes

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Why can't life always be a beach, right?

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