Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Love Affair with all things French

Today’s guest blog post comes courtesy of Arcadian Lighting; enjoy!

Most designers and design bloggers have a love affair with all things French because of their of décor and design is inimitable. In many French homes you'll see a combination of styles, colors and periods, all put together with a joie de vivre. From the way light fixtures are hung in a dining room, to the sangfroid approach to living room and bedroom arrangements, this round-up will offer a glimpse of what makes French living so ridiculously chic!

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Though this dining room is a mix of neutral colors –white, clay, brown-- there's nothing neutral about the design. A large white dining room table atop an old, plush rug with a wonderful mix of mid-century modern chairs; Panton S chairs, a Bertoia Wire Chair, Jacobsen's Ant Chair look eclectic with these white fiberglass chairs by Ross Lovegrove. The two pendant lights look simple but their handmade quality is what makes them unique.

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This Paris apartment belongs to fashion designer Erin Fetherson. Inspired by belle epoque sensibilities, she designed her living with luxe details. Large windows provide natural light, brightening this pink damask daybed with matching pillows. It may seem odd to pair pink damask and mossy green velvet atop a zebra-skin rug, but the combination of colors and textures work well together.

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The master bedroom in this converted French barn, in Gard to be exact, is simple, soothing, and so well-designed. The couple incorporated these natural stone walls and wooden beams throughout the home, but outfitted each room with modern pieces for a rustic, yet chic look.

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Here's another rustic chic bedroom -- this one decorated in shades of gray, purple and brown. The bed sits a tad low, next to the chunky wooden nightstand and two task lights used as wall lamps.

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Inspired by Native American textiles, these homeowners decked out their home in Normandy with tribal prints, textiles and sculptures. They were also lovers of the Wild West and their wooden bathtub with a rainfall shower head was inspired by the water-buckets used back then. The result is exotic, rustic and still so very chic. It seems the main qualities about French décor and design is this seamless integration of old and new, color with neutrals, modern with rustic. It's not uncommon to pair more than two styles together and there's always a focus on quality, not quantity. This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the love affair with all things French!

Content provided by Arcadian Lighting, a site that specializes in top quality lighting fixtures at extremely affordable prices. Come visit us today!

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Thanks Arcadian Lighting for such a great post!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[packing my bags]

Today is actually Thursday for me as this Friday Ry and I are bound to New York City for five days! We are headed to the big city to help celebrate a friend's 30th birthday (Shhh. It's a surprise) His girlfriend has organized a group of about fifty people to ring in his birthday celebrations at a downtown venue. Our last visit was around New Years and we got around to most "touristy" things on our list; including, scouting out the best pizza spot, strolling central park, hearing from a ground zero survivor (I was in tears), dancing on the life-sized piano, and of course avoiding frost bite. This time we have left the trip up to our gracious hosts and chance. We are flying Porter Airlines for the first time  and I’m very excited about it!

If we get a chance, I'd like to :

  • Have a picnic lunch in Central Park (blanket and all)
  • Visit ABC Carpet & Home / Fish Eddy's (just to look of course...)
  • Scope out celebrities at Starbucks in Tribeca (Jay-Z & Beyonce would do)
  • Head to Greenwich Village for a comedy show (scope out the future talent)
  • Test out some street vendors from the show Eat St. (Wasabi Ice Cream from the "Big Gay Ice cream Truck" anyone?)

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Any other suggestions I should keep in mind for my "left up to chance, not planning a thing" vacation? haha

Since we are working through Winter Stories & Christmas specials here at Style at Home... I'll leave you will some snapshots from our Winter vacation to NYC. Let's be grateful it's still sunny and warm here and we don't have to worry about frost bite. xo

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Monday, August 8, 2011

[caught my eye - floorplans for food]

When I was young I was obsessed with floor plans in newspapers and magazines, often advertising development properties. To this day I still love them; I imagine myself in the space, walking around and of course decorating every inch of it! I stumbled across this awesome "Luxury Floor Plan" platter from Fishs Eddy in NYC.
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On sale at Fishs Eddy $16.48
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

[figuring out the design industry]

 

This summer has been filled with many exciting opportunities and networking experiences within the Design industry. As many of you know, I am currently expanding my education in Interior Decorating at Humber College [with one more year remaining] and am trying to figure out my place within the industry.

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The start of the summer offered an opportunity to work along side  Jo Alcorn from Whitewash & Co, as her Design Assistant- through her personal business and for her new adventure within the design television world. [I’ll let her tell you more about that later] I learned so much during that time and met some incredible people in the process- and boy has it made watching televised design shows a bit different… The process involves a large production of people and inventive thinking! I am so thankful to Jo for taking me under her wing and expanding my experience!

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My latest opportunity started last week with Style at Home Magazine as a Design Intern. The first day began on location at a residential kitchen & mudroom renovation, designed by Tamara Robbins Griffith [my new boss] & Samantha Pynn (Pure Design HGTV). The renovation will appear in the October 2011 issue [be sure to pick up your copy and check it out] We began by styling the spaces for photography and ensuring the props would appear well on camera. How’s that for a first day!? I had the opportunity to meet Samantha twice in the last two weeks and I can say she is exactly how she appears on her show- friendly, outgoing and of course, naturally beautiful! So far, I have learned about preparing design stories, the style news feature, scoping the perfect products, creative idea generation, and so much more!

I will be with Style at Home for six weeks and will be returning back to school in the fall. I am still trying to figure out my place in the industry and which direction I hope the head. Only time will tell… I also hope now I will have some more interesting blog posts to come, as I am constantly surrounded by the industry.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[guest post- design shuffle–classic accessories]

 

This morning I have a guest post courtesy of Susi from designshuffle.com – a great place for designers and decorators to exchange ideas and portfolios of their work. Their site is build upon a network of creative beings and allows users to upload their work and discuss among each other, for free! Definitely check it out.

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Hi all! I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for DesignShuffle.com, a fabulous social media site that promotes interior designers from around the world and their work. My writing focuses on things I'm passionate about: interior design home furnishings, gardening and art. I'm lucky enough to have a background in art history, auctions, and antiques, and a passion for interior design ideas.

Plus, I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. What a fantastic job! I'm excited to be writing about black and white designer accessories this week for Design Bliss, Inc.

I chose a mix of accessories that combine black and white and some that are either black or white from some of my favourite designers, including Jonathan Adler and Trina Turk. I love how crisp black and white feels in the home. Hope you enjoy this! Thanks for letting me be a guest here at Design Bliss Inc.!

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Love this white ceramic dragon lamp with crisp black shade from Jonathan Adler. We've been fans of Adler's white ceramic accessories for years, including his animals.

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Fun stripes on this garden stool by Janson from Mecox Gardens. Would look great as a side table in any bedroom design.

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Also from Joanthan Adler, these black and white chargers would look great under a plain white or solid color dinner plate.

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Great black and white napkin ring from Diane von Furstenberg's home décor collection. Reminds us of a big, chunky bracelet. How fun!

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Classic Greek key design patterned rug in bold black and white by Trina Turk. Her home collection has the same wonderful sense of color and pattern seen in her fashions and inspires many dream decorating ideas.

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Also from Trina Turk home, this needle point pillow in black and white Shanghai link pattern. Turks pillows feature great graphic patterns in black and white or bold colors.

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From the London based Scandinavian design boutiques, Wild Swans, the black My Hideaway candlesticks feel modern and classic at the same time.

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This doorstop designed by Harry Allen might appeal to a certain generation who remembers “four on the floor”. Allen also designed the baby pig piggy bank and the fruit bowl that is cast from real fruit. His banana bowl is simply a bunch of bananas. Irreverent designs to bring humor to your décor.

This post comes courtesy of Design Shuffle, where you can find top tier interior designs from around the world – from New York interior designers, Los Angeles interior designers, and more, check out the latest at Design Shuffle.

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Thank you so much Susi for educating us on your site and sharing some classic accessory pieces for the home!

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* I was not compensated for this post, I  just like to share knowledge whenever possible.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

[posterjack winner!]

 

We have a winner!

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I was very excited to hold my first giveaway and am very glad to have met some new faces!

Taking my cue from other fellow bloggers- I used random.org and generated the winner:

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The winner of the $50.00 credit to Posterjack.ca is Shannon from What’s Up Whimsy!

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Thank you to all who entered and I can’t wait to host another one again!

Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

[teeny tiny - galley house]

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This teeny tiny house was designed by Architect’s at  Donald Chong Studio and is fittingly known as the “Galley House”. Could you imagine living in the oh-so-traditional home next door and seeing this Ultra Modern design come to life? I’m sure they were pleased- but I am fascinated by this house and was so excited to have a peek into this Architectural beauty.

I came to know about this property through a school assignment to design a room around the iconic Egg Chair. The house actually belongs to a teacher at our school within the Industrial Design program.

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The house is an amazing 2,400 sq. ft among three-stories and only 12 feet wide – A real challenge when designing a living / dining space I came to find out but it is very possible.  There are no windows on the sides of the home due to Municipal code but the Architect was very clever in assuring the home is well filled with light. A quote from their website sums up the project well: “Through an incremental urbanism”, the Galley House aims to be an architectural/typological expression of Toronto’s desire for a healthy, dense, urban lifestyle.

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This is the living room we were assigned to design around the iconic Egg Chair. [I didn’t have these photos until after the project was complete and I realized this was a real house]

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My Solution:

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Result:

I learned some lessons through this assignment – my teacher didn’t feel the Egg Chair was the focus of the room [considering the sofa was a $30,000 iconic piece of its own] Which I agree with fully - but in the rush of getting the assignment done I didn’t stop to consider it.

I perhaps should have also gone with another layout but the requirements for storage, ample seating and coffee tables didn’t leave very many options.

Anyway- Hope you enjoyed discovering this unique house in our own backyard [Toronto]!

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P.S Don’t forget today is the last day to enter to win a $50 credit to Posterjack.ca – Click Here