TiFF, with or without PoPcorn

Are you ready for TIFF? Here is a fantastic piece of Toronto architecture and this is the perfect time to explore it! Since its 2010 opening day, the Tiff Bell Lightbox at 350 King Street West is a City within a City.   The Cinemas take the place of Cathedrals celebrated thru colour and texture, galleries are…

European Outdoor Living

Bigger is not always better.  Think Scale and Proportion of your outdoor space in relationship to the number of people and type of activities that will occupy it. Matching everything is so 18th century.   Mixed styles give you a continental look; old architecture and landscapes are often paired with ultra-modern furnishings for a lived-in, refined…

Dochia designs new home at Post and Bayview

I’m very excited to announce our new project on Arjay, north of the Rosedale Golf Club, at Post and Bayview. rest, coming up this summer. And the neighbourhood:    

Grand Staircases of Chicago – then and now

Daniel Burnham’s 1925 Union Station, is one of the last Beaux Art buildings in Chicago. It’s Grand Hall with the Tennessee marble staircase  was immortalized on film in the famous baby carriage scene from The Untouchables. .. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Michigan Avenue Apple Store: All about Glass. I love its elegance and sophisticated simplicity. At the art gallery, complementing the outstanding…

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…

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