What I feel is who I am – Tasting travel in so many colours, part 1

In the 1970s, in the small art community of Mendocino, California, a new kind of textile dye emerged, shedding light on the little fungus that never ceased to amaze. From truffles to poison, mushrooms are a species to recon with. Nowadays, we see so many products coming out of them that, soon enough, we will…

Design mixology – one part talent, one part science, one part charm and a whole lotta love

Admired and envied at the same time, a designer’s work is often viewed with a certain mystique combined with a magnetic curiosity, which is hard to let go of. They seem to see and sense things that others do not, to say things that others don’t think of, to put together environments that simply splash…

Paris, Cartier Latin and the difference between shopping and collecting

I mostly collect. The shopper yet, an anti-shopper. The buy it forever because you need it and want to keep it, truly, not the buy it for the right price or the right sale. I don’t judge and don’t care what others do. Except when they are my clients, in which case, I strive to…

Homes these days are less about norm and more about culture, part 3

Continuing our house tour of this eclectic home… (If you’ve missed it, start with part 1 and read it HERE) COLOUR Early-century modernists were purists that looked at interiors and architecture in a sculptural and straightforward way. Colour, artifacts and the interest in chinoiserie punctuated this aesthetic. Similarly, here, colour was applied in rich tones,…

Homes these days are less about norm and more about culture, part 2

Continuing our house tour on the main floor… (If you’ve missed part 1, read it HERE) MAIN FLOOR The living room and dining room are pulled together by a three-sided fireplace that articulates them without disrupting the flow of the space. The dining room sports a beautifully detailed bar with a backlit natural stone backdrop…

Homes these days are less about norm and more about culture, part 1

When myriads of cultures mix, borrow and evolve together within Toronto’s small geographic footprint, their aesthetic preferences intersect and build homes that exude a rich cosmopolitanism, proud of being different. This is such a home. A home where the owners love the contemporary design and wanted to keep most of their existing furniture and artifact…

Focus – Personal growth one step at a time, Part 1, ATTENTION | HABITS | CHANGE

Continuing the path of those before me, I put myself first and through that, I make myself a better place. 🧞‍♀️xA. FOCUS, part 1 ATTENTION “The key to getting things done is doing what’s important, not doing it all.” Adriana Mot Ten minutes in the bathroom. Fifteen to get the coffee going. An hour to…

Chores and the marvel of working all day with the single goal of seeing no change

We all want our homes adequately contained, but it all comes down to one thing: how much time of your life should really be assigned to doing the same things over and over again? Think about it: in a world that is all about progress, where all we care about is evolving change, the goal…

Chores and hobbies, a fine balance. Do you have what it takes to keep it and not lose your sanity?

In order to manage your time you need it to know where your worst of it goes. That time that you do not want to be spending the way you need to be spending it. That time that you dread and you wish to avoid. The time of chores. The basic difference between chores and…

Dochia Great Designs From 2021

There are many elements that make up a great interior: selecting the right materials for a cohesive and enticing palette or constructing a perfect detail by using a typical material in an unusual way. We’ve rounded up our favourites, many of them being the top-performing Instagram posts from 2021. Browse our selected showcase and follow…

Responsible luxury in everyday homes

It is unimaginable to think of luxury and third-world poverty in the same brain space. Yet they have no problem coexisting together in the real world. Grouping things in certain buckets often tends to shed meaning otherwise invisible. I once was asked if I do homes or luxury homes. What do you answer to that?…

Best of 2021 – from home rituals to healthy habits, design helps you live a better life

As the year ends, join me, and let’s revisit some of the best, most read, and most liked of My 2 cents on design blog posts of 2021! I have to say I’m very proud of myself. It is not an easy feat to keep a weekly blog. It is hard work and frankly, without…