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Walk-in Closet: Mirror

Jul 30 2010

Ok, back to business. Where were we? The walk-in-closet. Right.

We have a good idea of what the exterior finish will look like, but there are some added details still needed. Like a mirror. You can’t really get dressed properly without a good mirror, can you? I’ve lived in far too many places where I’ve had to stand on a toilet or chair or something to get even a glimpse of what I’ve put on. Total pain. None of that anymore. We’ll need a good full-length mirror.

While my tendency is to keep things simple, I think a good vintage piece could look great in a modern space as well. Here are some different options starting with clean modern to more ornate pieces:

Below: Metal Floor Mirror and Floating Wood Floor Mirror. Both from West Elm. $299 and $399 respectively.
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Below: Loft Leaning Mirror from Room & Board. $699.
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Below: Matera Mirror in walnut finish from DWR. $900
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Below: Antique Mod Mirror from Room. $2860 in blackened steel. Love it.
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Below: Vintage mirror. Image from Remodelista. CommuteHome in Toronto also has a great collection of vintage pieces.
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Frame It

Feb 24 2010

Artwork adds instant character to a home, in my opinion. I’ve been noticing some really fabulous ways to display collections. Here are a few:

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Above: From My Scandinavian Retreat
Below: From SkonaHem

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I’ve also included this image, because I love the prints.

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Interior Design Show, 2010

Jan 25 2010

I always like going to design shows. Despite the blandness of most convention halls, I normally come out feeling re-energized in some way. At this year’s IDS in Toronto, I admit I was more impressed with some of the opening night outfits than the exhibits. I know, I know, that’s harsh. I’m impressed with anyone that can pull off a decent booth – I give total credit for that. But I was hoping to find a bit more. I don’t know what exactly, but just a bit more.

There were definitely a few pieces that caught my eye. Bauhaus had a great set of sliding doors on display, as pictured below.

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Lema s.p.a. got me quite jazzed about doing the closets in our new house.

Atelier LC2 displayed a lovely walnut desk, called the Veto. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but the wood had heft and you could lift a slat to reveal a hidden drawer. I thought it was quite beautiful.
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I also thought Light Form had some really cool lamps. Check out the Fork Floor Lamp by Foscarini.

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Studio EyeSpy had a fabulous Studioilse lamp tucked away in the corner (available at DWR).

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Klaus by Neinkamper also displayed some amazing pendants.

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But really, the booth that got me to stop cold in my tracks was IKEA. Yes, IKEA. I could not believe the kitchen they had on display – I even loved their chairs.
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Come to think of it, I should take back my initial comments. Turns out there were quite a few inspirational pieces after all. Plus, I didn’t even make it to the Jaime Hayon discussion. I wish I’d made it to that one.

So, there you have it – a slow start with a strong finish. I do feel re-energized after all. Sorry about that.

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Let There Be Light

Dec 18 2009

Perhaps it’s the festive time of year that’s got me dreaming of light. But I seem to be noticing fabulous pendant lamps everywhere.

I recently discovered the glass blown pendant collection by Bocci. Designer Omer Arbel has created a stunning line. I love the Pendant Cluster – consisting of seven globes nestled together. Their 14 collection also makes a serious statement.

Did I mention that they’re a Vancouver based company? What’s not to love?

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www.bocci.ca

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