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14 Jun 2013

Flag Halyard Chair

If chairs could be suited for a season, this one has winter written all over it. But it’s rainy and dreary today and I’d take this chair any time:





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

30 Jan 2012

Wishbone Chairs

I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t see a Wishbone chair in one image or another.

I really do love these chairs.

But what do you think? Overdone or done right?






via 1. unknown, 2. Rob Fiocca, 3. Today You Inspired Me, 4. StilInspiration, 5. Emmas Blogg, 6. Anna Gillar

27 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Top 10 Chairs

There is no shortage of amazing dining room chairs. The ones that I love the most, however, might not be the ones that we choose. I came to this realization yesterday when my daughter wiped her tomato sauce covered hands all over our current set. What to do? Not much, I suppose. We just can’t have anything too precious at this point.

Still, that won’t stop me from sharing my top picks. Starting with Naoto Fukasawa’s Hiroshima chair. I first spotted these unbelievable chairs at Mjolk in Toronto. The wood is ridiculously smooth and I love the added comfort from the grey upholstered seat.
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Below: The Formstelle Morph chair by Zeitraum is seriously lovely. I particularly like the version made from American walnut with cloth upholstery. Plus, I have to say that this chair looks even better in person.
Zeitraum_Morphdiningchair

Below: The CH20 Elbow Chair was designed by Hans Wegner in 1956 and looks as current as ever. Produced by Carl Hansen & Son.
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Below: The Deer chair by Turkish design firm Autobahn has a great mix of style and function. It looks pretty damn good and is supposedly quite comfortable. Produced by De La Espada.
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Below: Margot Chair by Dune. I love the design and the name! (Well, I’m biased, for those that know).
Dune_MargotChair

Below: A Knoll classic – the Flat Bar Brno Chair by Mies van der Rohe. I never get sick of this design and they are seriously comfortable.
Knoll_FlatBrnoChair

Below: I think with kids, the Eames Molded Plastic Side chair is a great choice. They’d be easy to clean, are surprisingly comfortable, and look great.
Eames_MoldedPlasticSideChair

Below: The chair below was designed by Belgian furniture designer, Alain Berteau. Discovered on the blog Belgchic (who in turn found it through Remodelista). How’s that for recycling?
Belgchic_AlainBerteau_Chair

Below: Ecole chair by Benjamin Hubert Studio
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Below: To finish things off, you must watch the making of Bernhardt’s Corvo Chairs by French designer Noe-Duchaufour-Lawrence. Whether it’s food or furniture, I love seeing where things are made. The video adds a whole new level of appreciation to this design.
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Corvo Chair by Bernhardt Design from Sight Unseen on Vimeo.