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With a little paint and some new upholstery this chair will make a great addition to the Esquimalt Living Room project. We found it (them actually, we did a set of two) at The Consignment Canada in North Vancouver and gave it a new life as a one-of-a-kind, custom feature chair. We kept with the grey and cream colour scheme with the Ikat wool for the front and cushion but decided to do a different fabric; a solid grey wool for the back. I love the way they turned out!
Solid Grey Wool for the Back

Happy Hallowe'en!

Photo from: Country Living


Parisian Ladies

Photo by: The Sartorialist

I just loved this Picture taken at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. They are both so fabulously dressed and are obviously having a bonne conversation. And where can I find those cobalt blue, velvet shoes?

Happy Sunday!



Designed by Victor Aleman, this leather cushioned and walnut framed ‘ribbon’ is a cool and visually pleasing answer to lounge seating. This would be amazing in a shopping center or a cocktail bar. I like it!
Photos: Interior Design Magazine


Creepy Venue

This seemed appropriate for the season and should help get you into the Halloween spirit. An innovative theatre initiative in New York City is creeping the pants off of me. Felix Barrett from the theatre group Punchdrunk has converted three old warehouses into the setting of the play ‘Sleep no More.’ The guests are invited to tour the interiors of these creepy old spaces and interact and observe the actors within the rooms. I must say, the warehouses have been impeccably re-designed to look like a Hotel (Mckittrick Hotel). It is layers and layers of convincing and creepy props, mostly vintage and second hand items that make this a multisensory experience for the audience. There is a real beauty to these sets. What are your thoughts? Would you go check this interactive play out?
Photos from: Interior Design Magazine


Practical vs Purdy

Backpacks are practical. They are not always the cutest option as a carry-all accessory. Thanks to Chanel (and the awesome blogger from the Glamourai) I have found one that is cute enough to tote around the city streets and not just to-and-from the gym.
Photo Cred: Glamourai Blog


Something a Little Different

This apartment was designed by Dufner Heighes and it is definitely not ‘cookie cutter’. Bold stripes, loud art and quirky furnishings fill the space. The striped wallpaper in the bar area is what drew me to this feature. I would love to have something so dramatic in my own home. This orange, red, yellow colour scheme is really growing on me. They are not colours I am generally attracted to, but they seem to go really well with fall weather and the gorgeous pallet that is going on outside!  
Photos: Interior Design Magazine


Given the Chance

Shamir Shah Design gets its start. A couple gave Shah a shot to design their Soho loft. It was his ‘first real project’ and boy, did he ever prove that he could get the job done. The space is modern and thoughtfully designed. It is character-rich and personal. What an amazing and juicy first project!

Photos from: Interior Design Magazine


Weekend Overview

The Urban Farmer Photo from: Kontakt Mag

I surprised Anders with a long weekend in Portland, Oregon. We stayed in a very cool little boutique hotel; Hotel Modera. It had a laid back vibe with modern finishes, unique local art and tasteful interior design. My favourite part was the courtyard that we looked out on from our guest suite. It was an outdoor space located adjacent to Nel Centro (the restaurant at the hotel) and featured lounge seating, fire pits and a huge ‘living wall’. Live Jazz plays on Friday and Saturday nights.
We spent the weekend eating our way through Portland. We enjoyed Latin cuisine at Oba, Italian/French at Nel Centro, Thai and Vietnamese at Pok Pok, and an amazing steak dinner at the Urban Farmer at The Nines Hotel. We also enjoyed a few delicacies from the Urban Food Carts that are so popular there. So needless to say, we will be hitting the gym a little harder this week. We did manage to do a lot of walking though (between restaurants) and made it out to the very beautiful Washington Park.
Really great weekend!


Portland Bound

Off to Portland for the Weekend. Taking my Honey on a little surprise trip! See you back here Monday.


The Room

I haven’t even been to check it out but I heard it is pretty amazing (and dangerous for your wallet). The Bay has really stepped up their game in the last few years and is finally offering some high-end brands and designers including a lot of exclusive Canadian designers. Yeay! Holt Renfrew has definitely done it right with its amazing location in Vancouver’s Pacific Center but it looks like The Bay may be pushing into the next level and adding some competition in the Canadian Fashion Market. Oh and also, I noticed Top Shop (from London) had a department at The Bay as well! (...for those of us on a more frugal budget)

A few designers to look out for there...
·        John Gallian
·        Moschino
·        Akris
·        Sonia Rykiel
·        Josh Goot
·        Christopher Kane
·        Boss
·        Be&D
·        Ralph Lauren Black Label
·        Proenza Schouler
·        Elie Tahari
·        Brian Atwood
·        Jason Wu
Photos from:Shopsterium blog, The Georgia Straight Blog


Act Natural

Wood: Such an amazing material with so much character and movement. It’s a pleasure to see installed but sometimes a nightmare to work with. Wood has a mind of its own and that is what makes it so special. It breathes, warps, expands and contracts. It requires maintenance to preserve its lustre and weathers to a beautiful patina. Wood has become a luxury amongst all the other alternative building materials and can be utilised as a feature or a backdrop. Above are some very innovative applications of wood in design from ‘The cool Hunter’ website. Enjoy!