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Workplace Favourite: The Poppy chair


Welcome to this new series on Workplace Trends. Since making the move from furniture maker to consulting on work environments, I have been pleasantly surprised by the shift in design taking place at the office of late, and more importantly the trends that are shaping the new workplace. I'll be sharing some of the things I discover along the way from cool new products, inspiring spaces, and how to make the most of the exciting changes happening at work! As a furniture maker, I spent a lot of time learning and understanding the workmanship, quality and aesthetics that go into crafting a beautiful piece of furniture. With residential design influencing the modern workplace, it’s a very exciting time for furniture design in commercial environments. Designers are challenged to create products that are as visually stimulating as they are durable and comfortable. One designer that I have quickly become a fan of is Patricia Urquiola. Born in Spain, and now living in Milan, Patricia has a natural talent for blending the highly functional with inviting comforts. This is indeed the case for one my favorite pieces of Patricia’s Haworth collection; the poppy chair The Poppy Chair truly embraces hybrid environments, thoughtfully tagged the “here, there and everywhere” chair.  Suitable for inviting collaborative areas to comfortable and quiet heads down work, poppy is available with 3 bases, and in a range of beautiful colours. I have spotted this delightful perch at reception, at collaborative work tables and as guest seating in private offices, and it always makes work feel a little like home.   Today’s work environments differ dramatically from those of the past. With a greater understanding of how people work, spaces can be designed to engage, inspire, collaborate or focus. The Poppy chair fits seamlessly into any of these work spaces, injecting comfort, style and character for a most productive work place.Yours Truly, Vitania[...]

Modern Edge


Travel inspires us in countless ways. From culture and cuisine to art and design, the idea pools are filled upon our return home. For this Atlanta based couple, it was well designed hotels that ignited their desire for a home that was comfortable, luxurious with a distinctive modern edge.The contrast of black and white walls throughout the large and open rooms has a striking impact, Subtle gold accents in light fixtures and furnishings add a perfect dose of sophistication. While warm wood tones, and wonderful textures invite comfort. Atlanta based decorator Shawn Broaddus is the genius behind the design and decor of this exquisite home. The family room remains soft and neutral with velvet coverings and plush seating. While the dining area below is minimalist and striking with an over-scaled art piece by Lynn Raney.Above, a not so typical white Kitchen is outfitted with an enormous brass range hood  by Grey furniture, a spiky light fixture and beautiful iron window wall.Below, a dramatic chain link pendant by Arteriors.Enjoy the tour? You can catch the original article printed in Atlanta Homes Magazine! [...]

Thankful Home: Succulents and More


If you have been combing the internet for inspiration for your home and table, you may have stumbled onto some not so typical design inspiration for the fall.  This year, I have fallen in love with succulents.  I have seen them planted in pumpkins, adding heartiness to the dinner table, and even in a wreath at the front door.  Their texture and colour are much cooler for the season, but the impact is just as inviting.  Check out some of my finds. I can't wait to get the garden center.Above and below from Sand and Sisal.  you'll even find a how to if you click.And this delicate place setting from Country LivingA brilliant wreath, with live succulents from HGTVA not so typical porch, although it is missing a pumpkin or two! via PinterestAnd lastly, it wouldn't be the same without an orange pumpkin! Beautiful contrast of colour from RedbookWishing you a kind and thoughtful day! [...]

Mid Century Marvel


I am not sure if it boils down to nostalgia, or the shift in this era of design, but the mid-century modern period is an endless source of inspiration.  In Garrison, New York, where this property lies, design duo 2Michaels carefully curated this statement interior to ensure the endless views and breathtaking landscape would remain the focus.The house, designed by Edgar A Tafel, who was mentored by Frank Lloyd Wright,is a beautiful reflection of the natural house, and the seamless transition from indoors to out. Set upon a rocky lot, with surrounding views of the Hudson River, there was no denying the interiors of this home had to reflect it's incredible surroundings and aesthetic. The homeowner worked closely with Jayne and Joan Michaels to preserve the integrity of the design by selecting vintage furnishings,  mixed carefully with updated pieces.  The result is minimalist with maximum impact.\Have a look around and catch the full story at Luxe Interiors [...]

Insta-Love: Tulipina


Since discovering Tulipina a few years back, I have been a fan of her endless creativity and passion for flowers.  Kiana Underwood is a San Francisco based floral designer with an instagram feed that is filled with bountiful floral arrangements for every season! Every time an image pops up, I feel the need to surround myself with pots and cans filled with colourful blooms!  if you are lucky enough to live in the area she does bespoke weddings and workshops!  


Runway to Room: Fall 2016


 I am reviving an old favorite for fans of fashion and interior design.. Runway to Room is where I take some of my favorite looks of the season and see how they would fare in a room interior.  The result?  You be the judge!Above; Erdem smokey blue coat with embroidered florals in green, gray and white meets this fabulous  Elle Decor living room.A classic combination of rich browns  with a pinch of cobalt blue, In this series,  Coach meets the talented Susanne Kasler.Not going to lie, for  Fall 2016, this is my favorite look.  Colombian Design House Pepa Pombo meets Barry Dixon and his timeless Vervain bedroom. Michael Ciriano's collection killed it this fall.  Subtle with hints of colour. Although perfect for a polished professional, I was surprised to see how well it played out in this lving room!  (Source unknown) You won't be surprised to learn that this was the easiest to match. Ralph Lauren's Classic American style has been the inspiration for fashion and interiors since forever.  Add to that an injection of  equestrian details, and the result is  tailored but casual perfection. Room by Built by Wilson.[...]

Subtle Statement


Atlanta based designer Beth Webb, has a gift for creating comfortable luxury.  Her portfolio is breathtaking featuring homes that have been scaled down to discerning essentials, but balanced with scale and proportion.  This interior, featured in Atlanta Homes Magazine is a beautiful example of her exceptional skill and taste. The homeowners had a large collections of sculptures to display, and many of the rooms are graced with these exceptional pieces.Even with a palette that is white on white, with few  objects and simple detailing, each room bursts with warmth and expression. This is the work of a true genius. by playing with the height of light fixtures, bringing curtain hardware right up the trim, keeping the trim work simple and adding texture to walls, the space slowly fills up, giving every detail a moment to be enjoyed. [...]

Light Me Up!


Finding the perfect fixture can be a little overwhelming.  Just look up at a lighting store and it's one beautiful piece after another. Lighting design changes so quickly so the trick is to get something you  you really love with a hint of different, because something fabulous is around every corner.  Here are my picks for fabulous lighting that you won't tire of any time soon.  The perfect mix of a beautiful classic with interesting lines.1. Niche modern Aurora PendantHand made blown glass by local NY glass artisans. I picked the smokey finish, but you will faint when you see the perfect colours they are available in.2. Lindsay Adelman Branch LightI am falling for this organic cluster, but it comes in various configurations3. Dozier Chandelier by Peyton AvrettSo simple and elegant, but makes a real statement.  It's available 2 feet wide and 42" High.  4. Tulip Decanter Light by Lee BroomThis hand cut crystal classic will sparkle with delight.  A variety of shapes can hang in clusters for a beautiful centerpiece.5. Ouef pendant by Barry DixonThis elegant piece is beautiful in any setting. The lines are simply superb with mixed metals, and blown glass orb in the center.  I think this one is my favorite! And there you have it! A simple selection of lights that light me up![...]

Feminine and Flirty


Nothing gets me more excited about Fall than a little preview of Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall Collection.  2016 does not disappoint, The collection is as feminine as ever, with it's paisley, florals,  embroidery, beading and even some whimsy. Sarah Burton pulls off sophistication with precise details. keeping the tones earthy, while embellishing every inch. The military coat below is brilliantly trimmed with a copper fur collar. I may be a little late to the party, as Kate Middleton has been spotted around this summer in some of these perfect looks. You can view the entire collection at[...]

Moroccan Delights in Southampton


On the pages of Traditional Home, you will find this wonderful and refreshing summer space. Interior designer Young Huh, broke all the rules to incorporate a family's global aesthetic  into their Southampton summer house,  For as much as we love sun and fun inspired stripes and nautical accents, you have to admit bringing in  Moroccan treasures and textures is a delightful break for the expected.The homeowners were looking for approachable mixed with glamour.  The living room really sets the tone for this by combining those earth tones with subtle hints of gold.  The sofa is actually a plush black and gold velvet.  Handpated wall paper sets the backdrop to a vintage Keith Richards photo.The kitchen and dining room are a true cottage feel, including a rustic floor and wooden counter tops.  Below the dining table gets kicked up a few notches with staggered Moroccan lanterns. This inviting bedroom suite, including the master bath, cozy corner, and gardens keep true to the homes original shingle styled architecture.  Beanboards line the walls and ceiling adding much needed to texture to the high vaulted ceilings.This super elegant master bath is another great example of breaking away from the typical. A departure from  the trend of incorporating large marble slabs and soaker tubs to bathrooms.  Here drama and sophistication in incorporated with incredible mill-work.The homeowner, a passionate gardener, was sure to include an outdoor garden escape just off the master bedroom.  If you still need to see more, you can check out the complete house tour on Traditional Home! [...]

Colour Craze


My favorite of all things is a bright and bold statement painting.  I can't get enough of these abstract pieces by artist Destiny Womack. The colour and technique are high impact. And for someone like myself who enjoys a fairly neutral dwelling, I am obsessing over the dramatic impact of adding something so bold to the mix.Check out more of Destiny's work on her website and Etsy shop! For now I leave you with these beauties![...]

Subtle By The Sea


We are keeping things simple for summer with this beautiful 1950's ranch located on Sea Island, Georgia.  Architects and Designers unite for a complete overhaul of this property that started out with many rooms and closets.  The space was opened up to a clean crisp floor plan, with a design aesthetic to match.  White, wicker and wood grace this property with warmth, while we salute the sea inspired blue in contemporary artwork. Exposed wood beams create balance overhead, and endless views of the outdoors filter in with floor to ceiling glass walls. You can check out the full story and more photos of this incredible summer escape at Atlanta Homes Magazine!ARCHITECTURE Chad Goehring, Assoc. AIA, Harrison Design. (912) 634-9603; harrisondesign.comINTERIOR DESIGN Alissa Portman Beard, Alissa Portman Interiors. PROJECT MANAGER Rob Kjellander, Cottage Concierge. (912) 268-4092; LANDSCAPE & HARDSCAPE Edward Tankersley, Southern Resources of Georgia. (912) 434-6220;[...]

Friday Furniture Fix with Modern Blues


It's Friday and I can't think of a better day to get my furniture fix.  I have been obsessing over these modern pieces for some time. Despite my love of the classics, these beautifully crafted furnishings feed my love mixing old an new worlds!   Rich velvet blue, warm walnut and sophisticated gold! Here are some of my recent favorites! 1. Elevate Walnut Bookcase by Crate and BarrelThis piece is a walnut veneer and not solid walnut but I am a huge fan of thee lines and the warmth this piece can give a room.2. Lindsay Adelman Branching Light FixtureThe scale and organic nature of this piece make it a real interesting focal point for any room.  Especially important when  you are trying to inject little modern into a space.3.  Gus Modern Margot Sofa in Midnight VelvetThis sofa is everything and more! Despite being plush and velvet it's beautifully tailored.  Brass feet add a hint of luxe. 4. Coffee table from Black Rooster DecorSuch a simple design and yet incredible impact.5. I Dream of Agate Mirror by John RichardI posted about my love of agate back in 2012 and I more than delighted to see it make it's way into the design world in art,accessories and lighting.  This piece is 50" x 50" and no doubt a show stopper! Enjoy your weekend! [...]

A Graceful Classic


Designers that pack sophistication and character into a small footprint impress me. There are undoubtedly always challenging, not enough room or awkward floor plans. So when a little space gets a massive overhaul, I pay attention.  The truth is, I love a quaint little house, where everyone is close by, and the kitchen is a few steps away.

In this Atlanta Homes Magazine feature, Designer Alice Cramer found put a graceful touch on this classic home. Incorporating blues over a neutral palette, mixing a little old and a little new for a home that is packed full of warmth and comfort. 


Cape Yamu, Thailand


When it comes to planning the perfect getaway, there are 3 must-haves on my list. Time for rest, time for discovery and time for gratitude. It doesn't matter if it's for a weekend or a week, I need to experience all 3 for a true physical and mental recharge.When I discovered this little escape in Thuket, I could see how easily my list could be met. The beautiful Villa Aria, is off the beaten path, and offers a true departure from the ordinary.  The interior architecture is traditional Thai and Japanese, with natural teak wood floors and elegant modern furnishings.  The views from anywhere in this home are breathtaking.  kids are welcome, beaches are just a short walk away, adventure,sport and spa are around the corner.  You can add a personal chef, and housekeeper to the package if you like too!  I don't know about you, but Thailand is racing to the top of my travel list! Discovered on Luxury Retreats![...]

California Colour


This traditional Georgian received a colour transformation, courtesy of the young family that moved in and a very talented interior designer, Jennifer Culp. Out with the old and in with a light and bright family home. Architectural details remain but bohemian chic has taken over, and it marries well with the classic structure.A bold colour statement, with an Indian silk carpet in rust and peacock blue linens on the chairs. It is energizing in this  light and bright space.  White walls are a backdrop to one of the many collected art portraits the couple collects. A twist on the ordinary.  Original green millwork is paired with a beautifully patterned paper.You can find more great photos and a full tour at Traditional HomePhotography: Dominique VorillonInterior designer: Jennifer Culp, J/C Studio, 5225 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 420, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323/930-0441, Featured in Traditional Home[...]

Pretty Prints: Etro Fal 2015


Nothing gets me more excited about Fall than the beautiful clothes and colours that present themselves with cooler days. Every season I dig through the runway shows, and usually discover some unforgettable pieces. Although it's impossible to pick a favorite, I can pick a couple of collections that stand out more than others! This year it was the Italian Fashion brand Etro, known for the sophisticated combinations of colours and patterns.  They knocked me off my feet with a collection of fun patterns grounded by earth tones.  Just a few of my favorites are featured here, but you can catch the entire collection at[...]

White Hides


I am not one for throwing animal skins on the floor, real or fake. And just when the words "I would never" are about to jump off my lips, I stumble onto something that makes me totally consider it.  I found these on my fave photographers site, Jean Allsopp, so I don't have the scoop on the flooring or the rest of the house, but I have to say, the layering and shape of these rugs over the massive plank wood flooring is fabulous. Interior Design but a superb talent, Betsy Brown.


Tis the Season


I always love the look and smell of a house that is decorated for the holidays.  I often wish we could keep the greenery up all year long. It's probably why I gravitate more towards holiday trimmings that can endure the season. In Canada, that means October to January. I might get tired of the glitter, but I am totally up for keeping a simple green wreath up right through to February.  As you would imagine, I am seriously admiring the florals in this holiday home.  Beautiful green wreaths, cedar garland, a giant ball of magnolia leaves, and white orchids thrown in the mix of, A simple and subtle selection to say 'tis the season. The trick is to get the typical Christmas colours, with not so typical arrangements. It also helps if the backdrop for your decor  has the charm and character of this fabulous country house. Happy Decorating! Photos are via Jean Allsopp Interior Design (unknown) (if anyone recognizes these please let me know, so I can give proper credit)[...]

Bright Holiday House


I love this tree. I love that it reminds me of my childhood with every colour imaginable hanging off it. I love that it matches nothing in the rest of the house, I love that I can't see the tacky ornaments that have been collected over the years that make for great memories.( I just know they are there). I love that blue ornament that is just popping out at me that doesn't look like it belongs, but has earned his spot on the annual Christmas tree. Every year I struggle with the tree, because my heart wants a perfectly colour coordinated tree, and my kids want to fill it with home made crafts, and as many colours as possible.  This year, I am giving in and letting the tree take a life of it's own.  This beautiful and elegant home belongs to interior designer Beth Ervin, and her family,  It's filled with delightful treasures, given a new life in a modern, bright and elegant setting.  And well you all know how much I love green, so of course, I am taking many cues. The collections of green glazed pottery is killing me with fabulous. And although we don't have a full view of the dining room rug, it has my full attention.  Happy DecoratingAll Images from Atlanta Homes Magazine[...]

Hand Picked Pretty


Since I stumbled across the Floral Design Blog, Tulipina, I have been visiting frequently for inspiration. Receiving a bright bouquet of flowers can make anyone's day. But let me tell you, these pictures are making me pretty happy just the same. It takes a real talent to gather this delightful species, co-ordinate colours, and shapes, and then play around with arrangements of length and fullness.  If you have ever fiddled around with a store bought bouquet, you know it takes time and patience to perfect.  So with that, I leave you with this lovely photo gallery that I found on Kiana Underwood's blog, and hope that it will inspire you for your thanksgiving table.  (All photos by Nathan Underwood)  And you should check out her series titled Humans with Bouquets, because its brilliant!  [...]

Everyday Luxury - Fabrics by Ivan Meade


When I first saw the picture above pop into my facebook feed, I thought,what is this vision of beauty? Yes, she is lovely, but look at that fabric. I couldn't fully explore until this evening, but when I learned that Ivan Meade launched this breathtaking line of designer fabrics, I was instantly enamored. Ivan, of course, is an exceptionally talented Designer, based in Victoria, B.C. but his work spans throughout North American and Europe. And it isn't just Interiors, his scope of work includes some incredible work in Graphic Design and Branding. Naturally, this line of fabric is a culmination of his life's work and experiences over the past 20 years.  Every pattern does indeed have a story, and every story makes me appreciate the art and thoughtful nature of each delicate design.  Below and above is Grabado, an homage to Ivan's favorite artist Matthäus Merian (1593-1650).  I love that for me, this pattern reminds me of the beautiful ripple effect on water when the sun is setting. One of my favorite gifts from Mother Nature.    Just a sample (above) of stripes and textures from Ivan Meade's new collection.My personal aesthetic is rooted in classic, elegant and timeless design. I have a hard time committing to bold colours and patterns. These wonderful patterns I could easily commit to,  And the colours are so subtle, with names like Miel (Honey) and Cenote (Google it!). You too will not resist how they compliment one another. This fabulous pattern is called Vista Hermosa - inspired by the tile patters in his grandparents home. It's so delicate, but a so sophisticated. Below is Vista Hermosa - in CenoteIf you get a chance, you should hop over to explore the entire line, that includes geometrics, and silks, linens and some incredible textures. Below is Mariposa - in Carbon, a modern toile, inspired by Ivan's mother, whose style mixes updated interpretations of the classics. It's perfection.Congratulations Ivan! What an incredible collection you have created.  All images via Ivan Meade.[...]

Modern Elegance in Toronto


It's late.  One click led to the next and I stumbled onto this magnificence. The property is a former estate that has been converted into row houses, here in Toronto. I believe this is the model home. It's breathtaking! I want my sectional recovered in, what looks like, gray wool fabric on the living room sofa.  The black painted windows and doors are so dramatic, but everything else is so lovely, soft and white.  And the most delightful of all combinations are the rich wood tones that carry throughout, in the floors and furniture, including the bedroom's four post bed. If you are looking to see a little more, you can hop over to Houzz for a complete tour.  Designed and styled by The Design Co.Hope your day starts and ends beautifully! VieLisa Petrole Photography Renaissance Fine Homes Designed and Styled by: The Design Co.[...]

Flower Art


I spotted the work of this artist on a site called Made In Shorditch. I love the brilliance behind each flower and picture.  The artist is known as Limzy, and she is Singapore based Lim Zhi Wei, whose work has gained a bit of attention lately. Is it any wonder?  Who doesn't love to see fresh flowers brilliantly blended into artwork. When I hopped over to her site, Love Limzy, I was delighted to find so many bright and beautiful images. From lady bugs to bunnies, to fashion and friendships.Have yourself an amazing weekend! [...]

A Chance to Shine!


I am so excited to share some amazing news for any of you lucky designers heading out to High Point Market in October. Most of you probably already know Lisa Ferguson, who is an incredibly talented designer, but also a strength mentor to many a woman who has been struggling to find the right balance of managing a demanding design business. Lisa, is a force whose wise words will resonate with you for years to come. She is a fully trained StrengthsFinder Coach who will help you connect dots to your success like you never imagined possible. I am truly lucky and PROUD to call her a friend, our lunch and dinner dates are filled with energizing conversations!  Lisa Ferguson show us her strengths!! OK - so here is the deal.  Lisa partnered with another force, who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting, but hope to soon, Gail Doby of Design Success University. Gail has been helping interior designers build their businesses for years. Together they formed FLOURISH SUMMIT, a one day strategic planning session to help Interior Designers get to the next level, it's happening at High Point Market in October. Work smart not hard, be profitable, work with your strengths, and delegate your weaknesses. Everything that makes sense, but you don't know how to implement.  Now for the exciting part!  One of their partners, Studio Webware, has decided to underwrite 15 Scholarship Tickets to the Flourish event!  If you're one of the first 15 people to fill out the online order form below, your ticket to the Flourish Summit is paid for by Studio Webware! All you have to do is pay a $49 materials fee to cover the cost of supplies. Here is the link to registration - Flourish And Profit   It's only available to the first 15 people. If you still see an order form when you click, it means tickets are still available!! This is Jennifer Brouwer - Interior Designer extraordinaire!She has had first hand experience with both Lisa and Gail, and has really connected the dots to her success and happiness! It pains me that I cannot attend this event because I won't be at High Point. But I cannot wait to hear the buzz about it.   [...]