Monday, January 23, 2017

#IDS17 ~ Jaime Hayon + Nika Zupanc

Hello Monday! What a weekend at IDS Toronto to soak in every last drop of design inspirations and creative ideas from up-and-coming local artists to internationally celebrated design stars!  Follow me along for a week long design appreciation as I recap my favorites from #IDS17, and our first stop: Stone Age Folk by Jaime Hayon presented by Caesarstone.

Jaime is known for his artistic, whimsical approach in design to marry art, decoration, and design.  For his debut collaboration with Caesarstone, Jaime gives life and circus-like personality to functional objects such as reception desk, tables, and cabinets with his signature smiling faces.  Let's hear Jamie's design concept of #StoneAge Folk.  

Don't you just love the sketches? So much fun and what a fascinating approach to design and life.

images courtesy of Caesarstone
From concept to reality, here is #StoneAgeFolk at #IDS17:

The faces are certainly a lot of fun and it's amazing to see how Jaime reimagined the quartz materials at Caesarstone as precious stones and created these light-hearted pieces with reference to the traditional stone marquetry and craft technique.  This graphic reception desk had me at hello ... don't you just want to incorporate a similar design for your next kitchen island?

What a treat to listen to Jaime at the white gallery space presenting his installation at IDS Toronto:  

Thanks Jaime! 

It was also my great pleasure to meet the talented and very friendly Nika Zupanc, an independent designer who is determined to work on projects that "grow out of distinctive interpretations of modern culture, contemporary design and technology".  Nika's work is characterized from punk elegance, techno chic, to larger than life, and her collection for Se was presented by South Hill Home at IDS Toronto.

A quick look at Nika's collection and I am dying over the Homework Chair, the Forever Bed, and the Full Moon Floor Lamp!  They are edgy, daring, and yet there is a soft feminine touch to all these pieces.  That bed ... I want it for my next condo!

The Stay Armchair is one of my favorite pieces from Nika's collection for Se and we love it when Nika sits on her signature piece too!

Enough of me talking about Nika, let's hear from Nika about her collection:

Thanks Nika for a fun chat and what a beautiful collection!

A huge congrats and thank you to the amazing IDS Team for yet another mind-blowing and FUN show to kick start 2017! Be sure to join me Wednesday to check out the Maker, StudioNorth, Prototype, and designboom mart!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

#IDS17 ~ Weekend Must-See

Hello Saturday! IDS Toronto is in town and it's much fun this year that I have to drop-into give you a quick highlight before the full recap next week! Inspired by the symbolic significance of masks and strived to reimagine the typical application of Caesarstone, the incredibly talented (and super friendly) Jaime Hayon has ingeniously transformed the Caesarstone featured exhibit into a whimsical, fantasy land of #StoneAgeFolk.  Incorporated the intricate inlay furniture technique, these tables, tall storage units, and reception desk will surely blown your mind away!

Speaking of fantasy, the Partisans Factory is my kind of fairytale where iconic furniture classics meets one of a kind masterpieces! Each of these spectacular light creations is hand-sculpted by the creative genius, Alex Josephson of Partisans, and his amazing team to turn an ordinary flat sheet of glass into an illuminated art, #Gweilo: the white ghost!

Tommy made one with Alex on the left, and this little striped number on the right is mine!

EQ3 has literally built a condo right at #IDS17! With a dining room, living room, bedroom + an office nook, I can only imagine how many of you will say: I can live here!  Go check it out and be sure to share your EQ3 moment on Instagram with #EQ3xIDS17 for a chance win $250 gift card!

Miele has an amazing presence at #IDS17 showcasing their brand new bagless vacuum, proven to be easy to operate (I actually tried it out at the show) and top of its class on the hygienic test thanks to its state of the art lifelong filter system!    

And that's not all! Do you know that for just under $9,000, you can have 5 pieces of Miele kitchen top quality appliances right at your home? That's right, this sleek, contemporary Compact Package is absolutely accessible for those of us who live in condo!  I am so planning to incorporate this Compact Package into my new condo (we are finally sitting down with the builder to go through our design plan next week!).

Now if you are in the market for a dream laundry + ironing system, you have got to check out Miele at IDS Toronto!  To celebrate the launch of its new washer and dryer laundry dream-mates, Miele has set up a second booth designated for laundry.  That all-in-one iron, steamer, memory foam ironing board has all the ladies in the media tour saying: I WANT IT!

As for me, I fell hard for the handsome free standing coffee machine with a separate milk component and a self-cleaning capability! I saw one at my sister-in-law's house while in Germany and have been searching for one in Canada since.  Well I've found it at Miele! It is super easy to use (just press a button ... really I tried it) and it comes in white!

I have also been dreaming a dining room makeover and am so glad to have meet two young talents (Henry from This or That Studio and Christian from ANONY) at Studio North and Prototype at #IDS17.  Both received the honorable Designlines tag and one of these contemporary lighting solutions will be happening this spring.  How am I going to choose?

This super sexy bar set from F&Y Design based in Montreal had me at hello.  I may just have to go back on Sunday to pick it up at designboom mart.

IDS Toronto is a great place to be inspired and source the perfect products for projects.  In my case, I have been cooking up a bathroom plan for my new condo with a wall hung toilet.  This high style beauty from DXV is it!  Thanks Genevieve for the beautiful inspiration!

Paint by Number is most certainly fun when it's a giant wall mural with the new paint line from Canadian Tire.  Don't you just love that rainbow ceiling idea!

Hope you all can make it to IDS Toronto this weekend and I can't wait to hear all about you favorites!

Monday, January 16, 2017

HDBlogSquad ~ Bathroom Makeover (The Before)

Hello Monday! With winter arriving early in 2017 and our exteriors are now covered by a layer of white fluffy snow, it is time to treat ourselves for a spa-like experience right at home don't you think?  Unlike the other rooms (i.e. bedroom and kitchen) in our homes, a tranquil bathroom is the only space where we can truly forget about our hectic schedule, indulge our senses, and relax our mind, body, and soul.  Now THAT is exactly what this transformation project is all about.

My goal is to create a calm, serene sanctuary at my family home so my Dad can pamper himself after a long day of work: yes the gentlemen need a little "me" time too!  A lot of work needs to be done and here is our utilitarian bathroom:

This bathroom had a cosmetic facelift in the early 2000s where seafoam green and chocolate brown was the go-to palette for everything.  We removed the wallpaper border, installed ceramic floor tiles, and updated vanity light.  Dad also installed a high efficient toilet a couple of years ago.  This practical bathroom doesn't look too bad but it is certainly not the sumptuous, modern retreat I am after.  And if you look closely, you will notice the beige bathtub / sink and the shower tiles are in "vintage condition" from the 70s, the vanity is in rough shape with a split on one of the doors, and the bathtub is way too shallow for a relaxing, restful soak.  I am also not too sure why there is a bulkhead above the bathtub, but this particular design feature significantly reduces the amount of natural light in the tub area.  So bulkhead has got to go!

A fun trip to The Home Depot Canada, where they had all the core essentials (vanity, toilet, tub, power supplies) and a team of experts, had me checking off the key components to help me achieve the bathroom of my dreams.

Of course I also need to replace the faucet and the shower system, as the existing ones are really at its last legs.  I went on The Home Depot Canada website and I was immediately captivated by the contemporary yet elegant Dryden collection.  Its reference to the Art Deco period echoes the wall sconces seamlessly and the bathroom accessories such as towel bar, toilet paper holder, hook simply couldn't be more perfect for a modern, classic bathroom.  Best of all, these collections are available to order online meaning they could be delivered right to your door in a few short days.

With most of the shopping completed and the design game plan locked, the demolition is set to begin.  Join me in a couple of weeks to check out the exciting renovation process, inspiring DIY projects, and of course the full reveal plus my top tips to bring your design visions to life at your own bathroom!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Style at Home ~ 2017 Trends

Hello Thursday! With IDS Toronto coming to town next week, Toronto is now charged with design energy and so I thought why not have a quick chat about trends in 2017? The lovely Natalie has asked me, along with many talented design insiders, to share our top trends in interior design, bathroom, and kitchen for Style at Home.  

Whether you are dreaming a complete overhaul or making an instant update at your home this year, our trend talks will have you covered!
image courtesy of Style at Home & Colette Grand Cafe
image courtesy of Style at Home & Stacey Brandford  
image courtesy of Style at Home & Stacey Cohen Design
Many of you know that I have been working hard to cook up my dream kitchen, and this sleek, contemporary, and inviting kitchen designed by Stacey Cohen Design has everything I am looking for + incredibly smart storage solutions.

Thank You Stacey!

images courtesy of Stacey Cohen Design

Monday, January 9, 2017

#IDS17: Sneak Peek + Giveaway + Promo Code

Hello Monday and welcome to 2017!  To be honest it was really hard to come back to Canada after spending a few weeks in Europe over the holidays (see my IG #eurovacy), especially when Chris and I totally lived as locals: checking out museums, sitting at cafes, and running in the parks.  My life in Toronto felt a bit foreign to me when I first came back as my heart is tricking me into believing we should be living in Europe! 

Luckily the 19th edition of IDS Toronto (#IDS17) will be in Toronto in 10 days to bring me back to reality by showcasing the latest in designs, inspiring industry insiders and design enthusiasts through engaging programs and aspiring talks with superstar designers, and wowing all visitors with design concepts, product innovations, and cutting edge technologies to be introduced in their own home.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
I am a big fan of Caesarstone (see the collaboration with Tom Dixon at IDS16) and in 2017, Caesarstone will join forces with Spanish artist-designer, Jamie Hayon, to create a whimsical universe inspired by the natural and mythical worlds, synthesizing over 48 Caesarstone colors, along with glass and metals, into a kaleidoscopic installation - Jamie's signature artisan skill set - at #IDS17.

Entitled "Stone Age Folk", Jamie blends fantasy with functionality, playfulness with craft, and interactivity with cultural reference.

“People tend to see Caesarstone as a material that is only used in kitchens, but I looked at it from the viewpoint of an artist and designer. With this in mind, I wanted to create my own imaginative cosmos, using the brand’s quartz material alongside other noble materials like glass and metal.” – Jaime Hayon  

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
Are you a fan of the hit TV series: Million Dollar Decorators?  I AM (still re-watching it at night) ... so you could imagine my excitement when I learned that the incredibly talented designer and tastemaker, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, will be at IDS17 on Globe Style Saturday!

images courtesy of IDS Toronto & Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Internationally acclaimed for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic in his interiors, fabrics and wallcoverings, Martyn's work includes exquisite homes for A-list celebrities and iconic hospitality properties that are consistently featured in design publications.  Here are a couple of absolutely gorgeous spaces designed by Martyn:

images courtesy of Martyn Lawrence Bullard
The Maker is back at #IDS17 with some of my favorite local small batch makers including KROFT, Christopher Solar, and Hennepin Made from the US.  Known for their exceptional craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, be ready to be blown away by their ingenious creations this year!

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
Studio North and Prototype provides emerging designers and independent studios a high-profile platform to showcase their custom work and to connect with potential clients, manufacturers, trade professionals, buyers and media.  608 Design, ANONY, Justin Bailey, and Khalil Jamal are some of my favorites.

designboom mart offers 30 independent designers from all over the world to introduce their self-produced or limited-edition collections to the Canadian market.  I love checking out the designbloom mart because the piece you fall in love with could actually go home with you on the same day!  I look forward to checking out the new collections by Devin Schaffner and David Morgan.  How about you?

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
Here is a fantastic clip of some of the designers you will meet at The Maker, Studio North, Prototype, and designboom mart:

From the interiors to the exteriors, #IDS17 is determined to wow us through The LAB, Ontario Wood, and Open Air, illustrating the latest collaboration between technology and design, spectacular sculptural and sustainable designs with locally-sourced wood, and innovative solutions to seamlessly extend our living space outward.  I look forward to learning something new at the show.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
From fabrication warehouse, artist studio to lounge party, the PARTISANS FACTORY installation is where making and doing meets play and performance.  In collaboration with LightForm, PARTISANS will celebrate its launch of Gweilo, a custom line of sculptural lights that manipulate the dynamic movement of luminosity to architectural effect, and the LAMP award-winning light will be hand-sculpted and made-to-order at #IDS17.

I simply can't wait to check out #IDS17 in person next week and I bet you too as well.  Thanks to IDS  Toronto, here is your chance to win you tickets to The Party + Globe Style Saturday + House & Home Sunday! All you need to do is to check out IDS Toronto and drop me a note here of what is your must-see at #IDS17.

Yes it's that simple! 2 lucky winners will be randomly selected on Monday January 16th.

AND that's not all: IDS Toronto also offers you 10% off all party tickets, weekend passes, trade day registrations and seminars with promo code: IDS17TIM!  Get your tickets and sign up for seminars today.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto


winners announcement:

We have our winners! The lucky numbers are #7 and #13! Anthony and Coleen, please contact me with your contact information to claim your tickets!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

holiday 2016 ~ Black Rooster Decor Edition

Hello Tuesday! Are you almost done with your holiday shopping?  Yours truly is busy wrapping up projects and just started packing for #eurovacay happening in 2 short days, but I managed to check out my all time favourite local boutique home decor + furnishings heaven, Black Rooster Decor, just to add a few extra items to my Santa's list!

images courtesy of Black Rooster Decor 
'tis the season is definitely right and wow don't I wish I get to makeover my own home with these sensational items from Black Rooster Decor! From statement chandelier, sumptuous seating options, graphic accents & accessories, to holiday entertaining essentials including this super chic bar set by Jonathan Adler and a whimsical candelabra that reminds me of the enchanted forest!   

For being such a nice boy this year, I am sending good vibe to Santa for this emerald tray!

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Whether you are hosting a party or being the guest of honour, Black Rooster Decor has definitely made it super easy for you to shine like a star with their signature "Black Box".  

images courtesy of Black Rooster Decor
Curated by the talented Black Rooster Decor team, each of these Black Boxes are truly fun, glamorous, and may I add spectacular! Drinks, Treat 'Yo Self 2, Frenchie, and House Warming, what is your favourite?

images courtesy of Black Rooster Decor
Have fun shopping at Black Rooster Decor! Come back next week to check out my favourite holiday posts of 2016!