Milan inspired

We’re in for flamboyant interiors with vibrant brushstrokes inspired by the colour and pattern of the 2018 Milan Fashion Week.

The life of a hanger

Hangers either get noticed, or disappear under their load. They proudly decorate the surface they are on, or grip their load just right to make that coat flow down in perfect folds. Often at the entrance, they greet you when you come in, and help you with your guest’s attire. They stand tall and don’t bend…

Artsy Holiday Table Settings

Go artistic this season and decorate your table with patterns and colours!Beautiful centerpieces can play off smaller decor, even patterned napkins and colour in any form. Pairing plates with same colours but different designs can make a great composition. If you like decorating, think about making the hors d’oeuvres part of the display. A one-colour…

The Modern Bedroom

Often-times I get asked to select bedding for contemporary homes; this seems to be challenging to many owners. Aside from the white, the creams, the solid-coloured linens there is little out there that can make or accentuate the modern look of a bedroom. One of the reasons lies beyond bedding: modern interiors are more than…

Modern kids in modern rooms

Colour and brightness are great for young hearts. A great example of successful use of colour and shape.

Winter: welcome to the hot season!

I don’t know about you but radiators do come to mind on mornings like this when the weather not only does not get better, but promises to get hopelessly worse. Not surprisingly, beautiful radiators come from European manufacturers and many from UK. The older buildings are a clear-cut market for rads since they’re easily retrofitted….

When shopping for furniture…

When shopping for furniture, best is to plan ahead and not aim for more than 4-5 per day. And once you’re done, in one, two or sometimes 5 days…organize the information and make your final decisions with all info on-hand. Before hitting the town, make a list of items you would like to look for…

2015, The Design Year – Toronto Interior Design Show

2015 marks an increased attention to all-design-related. We like our lives fulfilled and successful; all that, needs to be shown. This year’s IDS sets the stage for you to build your own designed self. Presentable, gorgeous, enticing. Dochia’s design picks: Jean Paul Gaultier, for Roche Bobois – Iron Tree Coffee Tables Rope Hangers from Radform Twinkle…

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…