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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

29 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Top 10 Rectangular Tables

I seem to gravitate towards rectangular tables for day-to-day living, although my sense is that a round or square option might work better in our space. We won’t really know until the kitchen is fully mapped out, but for now I’ll run through the different options – starting with rectangular pieces.

There are lots of amazing tables at really different price points. Sometimes an old farm table looks just as good as some high-end designer piece. If I had to choose, I’d spend on great chairs and find a pretty basic option for the table. But, if I were to go all out, I’d pick up one of these:

Below: I adore Cecilie Manz’s Essay Dining Table for Fritz Hansen. It’s so simple, yet unique, and available in tons of different finishes.
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Below: Bulthaup C3 table. This is really an amazing table – so light with such clean, simple lines.
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Below: Meridiani McQueen table. Nothing fancy about this one – but a good, every-day table.
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Below: Zeitraum Tavola table. The walnut used for this table is really gorgeous. It does go perfectly with the Morph chairs – although personally, I don’t like to match so exactly.
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Below: The table below is made from vintage Eames bases and a custom top by engberg design. It also doesn’t hurt that the entire room is quite stunning. Once again, thank you Remodelista.
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Below: Tom Dixon Slab Table (and bench). Photo from RUM Magazine.
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Below: Jean Prouve EM Dining Table. Available at DWR.
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Below: R1920 Light Table by Matteo Thun.
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Below: E15 London Dining Table.
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Below: Lati table (with matching chairs) by Alain Berteau. Available at Wild Spirit.
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20 Apr 2010

Kitchen: Set the Tone

Now that we’ve narrowed down our fixture selection, we need to design a kitchen to house one of these lovely faucets.

I have more clippings for the kitchen than any other room, yet I still continue to search. We’re going to have a predominantly white space, but adding all the little details to make it unique will be the real challenge.

I’m sure I’ll post many more images along the way, but here are some initial shots to grab your attention:

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Above: I think Bulthaup makes the most beautiful and carefully thought out contemporary spaces. They have a modern, clean aesthetic, but still feel warm. Their kitchens also seem very practical. A nice mix all around.

Here are a few more spaces that are far from expected
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Images: Found Associates; Nicolas Matheus; Elizabeth Felicella

The images below are by Varenna kitchens – another beautiful line
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