Monday, March 12, 2018

New Hot Spot ~ West Elm North Toronto

Hello Monday and welcome to March Break!  It is hard to believe it's the middle of March already and you know what that means, Spring is just around the corner! The longer days and the sunshine on the weekend makes me want to redecorate again (a dangerous thought) and the brand new West Elm at Yonge and Eglinton is definitely one of my favourite new spots in town.

Located in the heart of mid-town, the store is filled with classic, timeless architectural details and finishes, making it one incredibly elegant and serene backdrop to showcase the modern, stylish West Elm collections.

Check out that skylight and the floor details ... I am in heaven!

Looking for fresh new ideas to celebrate Easter this year? How about trading in the classic bunny and daffodil for a streamline, contemporary look with a delicious palette of warm white, calming tan, and delicate blush + super chic graphic dinnerwear

I am always on a lookout for stunning pieces for projects.  This Vero Settee is sophisticated, feminine, and has an art deco flair.  Fingers crossed I will get to use it in a project soon.  Another collection I absolutely LOVE is the Thea Collection.  I may have to work a pair of these chairs in my own room!  

From soft and delicate to bold and masculine, here is a perfect vignette for the bachelors.  The rich navy wall, sculptural wall accessories, statement floor lamp, and pairing graphic textiles with a classic mid-century tailored sofa: the men in your life will love it all.

To warm up this palette, how about mixing in some warm wood tone, luxurious leather and brushed brass?  I love that brass handle on the drum coffee table with hidden storage.  Such a clever and stylish piece of furniture.      

Now lets check out my favourite room at West Elm North: a contemporary living quarter graced by beautiful architectural eye candies including the door casing and trim work, the black and white hexagon tiled floor in a diamond pattern, and the two columns that flank the sofa and the floor to ceiling display shelves for one impeccable showstopper.   


A couple other views of this space ... it totally had me at hello.  What do you think? 

With spring landing in Toronto really soon, I am also in the market for some new planters and these geometric numbers and oh the Llama is quite fun too.  Which one is your favourite?  

What are you up to this March Break? I highly recommend you to visit West Elm North Toronto!

Friday, February 2, 2018

#IDS18 ~ Maker, Studio North + Prototype

Hello Friday! Can't believe January went by just like that and what a busy couple of weeks.  After touring the fabulous #CouturePizzeria and #ResortKitchen by Sarah Richardson for Monogram Canada, I am ready to show you my favourite makers + talented design rising stars at Studio North and Prototype at the Interior Design Show Toronto.

Maker features the work of artisans who produce their own work in small batches with limited distribution. I have met the talented My Le and Rock of 1925 Workbench a few years ago at IDS and I have been a fan ever since. 

If you are looking for a sleek, modern tracking system that works smooth as butter, this single track by pass system, #1925workbenchpatentpending, is IT! These two fabulous wallpapered doors (made by Rock by the way) passing by each other effortlessly and the brushed brass finish is a winner. 

This dynamic design couple also specializes in custom wood furnishings and their sophisticated yet organic design aesthetic surely had me at hello.  Partnered with Akai Ceramic Studio and these floral arrangements are simple and breathtaking!

Now to a new friend, Kastella from Montreal hands down is one of my favourite new discoveries at #IDS18. 

The quality craftsmanship, the meticulous attention to detail, and the perfect mix of metal and wood caught my eyes immediately. Furniture pieces are meant to be touched and these pieces are so smooth I am telling you I had a hard time keeping my hands off them!

I can't wait to visit Montreal soon to check out the showroom and Kastella's entire collection in person!

Now back to my home base, KROFT is another Maker I met through IDS and isn't Dustin's booth totally hip and playful? If you are looking for the perfect floating side table, check out Buoy

1st & 3rd image courtesy of KROFT

As for my KROFT obsession, the HNGR is on top of my list! I can't wait for my new condo to be built so I can figure out where I can install this fantastically versatile piece somewhere!

Speaking about obsession, I have been in love with the bubble chandelier from PELLE for a very long time.  So you could imagine my excitement when I heard that PELLE would be at IDS to showcase part of their collection.  

It's always incredible to see a stunning fixture in person and at #IDS18, I fell in love with not one but two sensational creations at PELLE: Tripp-Mini Pendant + Tripp Sconce. Totally #crush!!

Now that we are on the lighting trail, ANONY knocked it out of the park again this year with their latest creation and this display: simply spectacular!

Justin Bailey is back again at Prototype this year and his ISO Table is fun, functional, and it has a futuristic vibe.  The steel rod frame contrasts and provides the modular Corian tiles the maximum versatility to accommodate your every needs of a coffee table.  Cocktail hours or dinner in front of TV, Justin has got you covered.   

Another new friend this year is .DECIMAL.  Combining LED technology with state of the art 3D printing, these light weight and super sexy pendants most certainly push our imagination to the next level. 

One more lighting crush before I head out for the weekend, Lambert & Fils from Montreal has been one of my favourite lighting sources for years.  Their collection is so sophisticated and mesmerizing from every angle and so was its booth at #IDS18.   

Presented by Klaus, I got to experience these dynamite fixtures up-close in person.  Say hello to Laurent 07 and Laurent 01.     

New to Lambert & Fils is the Mile Collection and I love the quiet sophistication of Mile 01 and the fixture moves too!

I was totally a kid in the candy store this year at IDS18.  Hope you all had a fun time following along and I will see you all again at IDS19!