14 Oct 2010

Nursery: Accessories

I’m not one to go over the top with a nursery, but I do think some fabulous accessories can make all the difference. From bins to pillows, here are some pieces that would add a little umph:

Below: Bins by Bookhou, Lovell Designs, and 3 Sprouts. All Canadian companies, I believe!

Below: Tree coat rack by Swedese. Dots coat hook by Tveit & Tornøe. Both available at Mjolk in Toronto.

Below: Eames Hang-it-All in the traditional colour scheme as well as the limited edition walnut version. I admit, I’ve bought both. The regular version is in my eldest daughter’s room. It’s a classic for a reason – it’s amazingly practical and looks great. When I discovered the walnut version, I snagged one for the baby.

Below: Felt pillow by Nume and Ferm Living

Below: Pillows by K Studio and Hable Construction.

1 Oct 2010

Kids Rooms: Seating

I admit, I bought one of those glider rockers for my daughter’s room when she was born (and I’m not talking about the nice modern ones now available). Everyone I know said to get one, despite the look. True, we’ve logged a lot of hours in that seat, but I still can’t get past the design.

We’re on the brink of graduating to something new! The only thing stopping me from making the switch right now is that my daughter might go into withdrawal. She does love our cozy, ugly glider.

Ah, the glider. Perhaps I can sneak one of these seats in late at night.

Below: Lamino chair and ottoman by Swedese. Ikea makes something similar – in fact, we have one – but I always feel like the thing is going to tip over. Comfort and design wise, you can’t compare. Price is a different story.
Below: Jens Risom designed Armchair and Ottoman and Risom rocker. Both available at DWR.
Below: Rapson Rapid Rocker. Designed by Ralph Rapson. Available at Ella + Elliot
Below: Eames Molded Plastic Rocker. I know, these are all over the place and might be overdone, but I still love them. EamesRocker
Below: Your child will outgrow this piece in no time, but I think the iglooplay rocker would add a nice touch – even if just for a bit.

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.

Below: Bulthaup C3 table. This is really an amazing table – so light with such clean, simple lines.

Below: Meridiani McQueen table. Nothing fancy about this one – but a good, every-day table.

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.

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.

Below: Tom Dixon Slab Table (and bench). Photo from RUM Magazine.

Below: Jean Prouve EM Dining Table. Available at DWR.

Below: R1920 Light Table by Matteo Thun.

Below: E15 London Dining Table.

Below: Lati table (with matching chairs) by Alain Berteau. Available at Wild Spirit.

23 Jun 2010

Library: Lounge Seating

We’ve decided to add a lounge chair to our library – the decision was easy, since I don’t think we’ll have room for anything else.

If I could have my way, I’d put an FK87 grasshopper lounge chair in this room. I’ve loved this piece for years, but sadly my wallet wouldn’t be too pleased if I took the plunge.

Ditto for Poul Kjaerholm’s PK22 Easy Chair (or any PK pieces for that matter). You never know, though. I’m going to keep my eyes open for a good vintage find. For now, I’ll just admire the shots below.

Even though the Eames lounge chair is totally overdone, I do love it. There’s a reason it’s a classic. It’s comfy and stunning and would do the trick nicely. Same goes for the Knoll Womb Chair. Once you sit in one, you’ll understand why you keep seeing these pieces all around.

Above: Photos care of Plastolux