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Playroom: Set the Tone

Oct 18 2010

Time to head to the basement. The key here is to add a few touches to make it feel, well, not like a basement. Even though we’re building from scratch, we still have limitations. The ceiling height isn’t nearly as high here. The lighting is nothing like in the rest of the house. But to compensate, we’re going to fill this space with tons of creative stuff that will make it a place where we’ll love to hang out (or at least I hope so).

Below: Chalk board walls care of From The Desk Of Lola, Bloesem Kids, and Kohler (yup, Kohler). Last photo found via Design 59.


Below: Play tunnels, globes, maps on the walls, and other inspiration care of ivillage.


I love the idea of putting a built-in bench below our window, like that seen below. I’d upholster the seat cushion in a fun fabric – perhaps something by Raoul Textiles or Hable Construction (stay tuned for an upcoming posting on fabrics).

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Kitchen: Lighting

Apr 27 2010

I view lighting in a similar way that I think about rugs and art – a great way to add character and personal detail to a space. Here are some pendants that I’m considering for above the island:

Caravaggio_Pendant Above: I’ve loved the Carravaggio pendant for a long time. It’s available at YLighting ($275).

BenjaminHubertStudio_Decode_Pendant1 Above: These “heavy light” pendants were designed by Benjamin Hubert Studio and are produced by Decode. Unfortunately, they are not yet available in North America. But, stay tuned…they’ll be here soon.

Below: T-2206 Pendant Light from YLighting ($845).

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I love the shape and simplicity of these pendants:

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Above: Flos Glo Light; I can’t remember where I spotted the dome light…but I hope to track down a source soon enough. Bottom image is the A110 light designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

Below: The Mega Bulb Pendant by Ameico is about as simple as it gets. Maybe that’s why I love it. Available at YLighting ($280). Muuto also makes a plain old light bulb look anything but plain with their E27 series. Tough to decide on a colour – there are tons (Available at DWR for $99).

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Kitchen: Set the Tone

Apr 20 2010

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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Scandinavian Retreat

Feb 19 2010

It’s funny how things that are right under your nose are often the most hard to find. Here I am, back in Toronto for over a year now, but it took Remodelista to direct me to one the best stores I’ve seen in this city.

Living in New York was different. I’d stumble upon incredible finds on daily walks. I admit, you have to do a bit more digging here, but there are great spots all over different nooks of the city. Entering Mjolk and chatting with its lovely owners (John and Juli) reaffirmed that for me. The store also cemented my claim that I love Scandinavian design. Love.

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