12 Jun 2014

In the Round

A little round mirror inspiration…

via NYC&G, Coco Lapine Design, Desire to Inspire, Pinterest, Studio DB

30 Mar 2012

Lessons Learned: Buy What You Love (and can afford!)

Building a place or renovating or decorating is all about trade-offs. You can’t have everything you want – or at least I couldn’t.

So, what I would say is, invest in a few things that you really love and cut back in areas where you can get away with it. At least that was my overall philosophy.

I bought my BDDW mirror early on in the process. I knew if I pushed this off until the end, I’d never buy it. I had to cut back in other areas later on, but I love this mirror and it’s the first thing I see every time I walk into our place. So, yes, I spent a small fortune on a mirror, but for me this was a good trade-off. You can get knock-offs, but the lines and craftsmanship in this piece stand out.

I made a trade-off when it came to lighting. I really wanted a three (or four or five…) arm pendant by Lindsey Adelman. Her work is stunning and hand-made and I can see why each piece costs thousands and thousands of dollars. I just couldn’t do it. I went with three black Artek pendants instead. It’s a totally different look, but at a fraction of the cost, I couldn’t resist. Plus, I’ve always loved these pendants.

So – to each their own. Only you know your budget and what you really love. But if you’re anything like me, I think you’ll find that coveting a few special pieces will bring quite a bit of joy. Likewise, I love a good deal…and knowing that I saved big in certain spots makes me equally giddy!

BDDW Captain’s Mirror

Lindsey Adelman Lighting

Artek Pendants

Some of my favourites for another day:

Serge Mouille Lighting

Hiroshima Dining Chairs by Naoto Fukasawa

Hans Wegner seating

Bulthaup kitchen

8 Jul 2010

Vestibule: Furniture

We’ll need a bench, a mirror, and somewhere to put our keys in the front entrance. I’d be pretty excited to be greeted by any one of these pieces:

Below: Benches by Henry Built

Below: Barber and Osgerby bench

Below: Perry Bench from Room in NYC

Below: Photo by Roger Davies

Below: Argon bench designed by Arik Levy for Bernhardt Design

Below: Toronto-based Bookhou makes some really lovely products. I love the random lines on this steam bent ash wood bench

Below: Photo from Robert Stilin Interior Design

I love the BDDW Captain’s Mirror along with their Lake Drawer, as seen below. Pulltab Design also makes a great all-in-one option with their Entry Mirror. Bottom photo from J.Weiss Design.

Finally, this last photo barely shows a glimpse of the vestibule, but I do really like the wall-mounted drawer featured in the entrance.

3 Jul 2010

Dining Room: Top 10 Credenzas

There will really not be that much to the dining room aside from a set of table and chairs and a sideboard of some sort. Any one of the pieces shown below would do quite nicely, thank you very much!

Below: BBDW has done it again with their Lake Credenza. Here shown in walnut and oxidized maple. Bottom photo care of Hulya Kolabas.

Below: Jasper Morrison designed credenza for Cappellini.

Below: Brest Giorno credenza designed by Giuilo Cappellini for, you guessed it, Cappellini.

Below: Florence Knoll designed credenza.

Below: Photo from stylist Rohini Wahi

Below: Naoto Fukasawa designed credenza for Maruni.

Below: Photo from Blue Ant Studio blog.

Bordering an all-white kitchen, I’m inclined to add a bit of colour to our dining room. USM, Barber Osgerby and Danish company, Montana, all make nice options.