Decorating treats

Some planning never hurts; sizing what fits or not will save you a mistake or two. This is a sample from our design consults but even if not that detailed, basic measuring and sketching goes a long way. While shopping around….casual, comfy and very Continental, in many colours at Crate and Barrel West Elm is…

Chic pillows for the Spring

Always on the lookout for great accent cushions, here are some of my latest finds: To spice it up, use a bold text cotton print and pair it up with black and white graphics.   From Ralph Lauren we have off-the runway cuts: fringes, embossed leathers,  woven patterns and snake skin prints for your cosmopolitan family room. This Multicoloured…

Travel File

Ever found yourself trying to remember a great hotel room you’ve had when vacationing in one city or another? And regretting you did not take a shot of that restaurant where they had leather panels on the wall that will look only, oh, so good in your bedroom? [Rive Gauche, Le Chaplain, Paris] Time to…

Bookends and Doorstops

If you are to use bookends, and even if you were not considering them really, here are some pieces that are worthy of attention that may change your mind. A few of my favourite finds that add fun to any shelf or floor. From the “post design’ series from Memphis Milano, here is the Doorman. …

Accesorizing with Dochia

This family room is in need of accents. We designed a modern, functional, integrated, Tv built-in + fireplace. The windows open up to a lovely outdoor pool. I looked for lime green accents and mixed patterns for cushions.  Art should be big and bold above the couch.   Results ? to be continued……………… A tall 2-storey…

Paderno for your Kitchen

Not just a pot, well, I agree. They are Super Pots! Made in our PEI since 1979, The Paderno Pots: are gorgeous and feel just right, not too light, not too heavy. they cook and do not stick.. unless you make a total mess and then, Here is how well they clean

Palais Royale, now and then

The original Art Deco with its hipped roof entry pavilion and flanking symmetrical wings was designated as a historic site by the City in 1974.Designed by Chapman, Oxley & Bishop Architects and originally built as a boat works in 1922, Palais Royale on Lake Shore Boulevard soon became a notable night club in the former…

Your 2011 Colour trend

With so many colour schemes put out by the one-day experts and the more reputable trend-setters, with an every-thing-goes design style from home and fashion to table decor, who should you follow to stay trendy? A good start? Check out your favourite designers and see how you can make a room work with that scheme. Here are…

5 projects by Herzog and deMeuron Architekten

A glimpse at the work of this talented team. …2001 Pritzker Prize in Architecture… The Rock Crystal Chandelier installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the objectified essence of their architecture of light and mass. Designed in 2005, you can trace it’s concept in the preceding architecture: 1998 – The Ricola Marketing Building [Laufen,…