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Colour Trend Watch

It’s official.  Green is the 2013 color of the year, according to Pantone.

It was particularly prominent on the fashion runways, as seen in the Fall/Winter collection by designer Camilia Skikos, and if history proves correct, interior fashions will soon follow suit.


We can already see the ripple effect in the world of interiors, as exemplified on the banquettes of the Althaus Restaurant (seen below.)  The luscious green velvet upholstery imbues a regal quality that complements the restaurant’s rustic appeal.  To achieve a similar look in your home, try re-upholstering an old armchair or some over-worn dining chairs.

Don’t have your own chair?  Add a statement piece like the Jens Risom hunter green lounge chair from Unica Home, or consider this year’s color trend when accessorizing.


Ikea’s PS 2012 Rug in bright green is not only a low budget option, it also adds texture and pattern to your interior.

For the not-so-faint-of-heart, choose from a myriad of color swatches at your local paint store to create a colorful vignette-wall showcasing your prized collections.

Mermaid Tail by Para Paints is a beautifully bold green color with blue undertones that is perfect for creating an eye-catching accent wall.

For a more subtle interpretation, you can try this military green by Farrow and Ball, Green Smoke #47.





Date Added: March 19, 2013 | Silvia @ 2:52 am | Comments Off

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Great Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Many urban homes suffer from the same challenging layout- not enough space for storage. There is a lightweight and mobile solution to this problem with a new product from Loopee, a great online store with fun and functional designs for the modern home.

The Authentics Wardrope is a series of brightly coloured ropes with multiple hooks, which you can hang in any small space, including a small entry hall for coats and hats, a small bathroom for towels and bath robes, and a space-challenged laundry room for delicate hang drying.

Date Added: January 6, 2013 | Silvia @ 7:45 pm | Comments Off

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Rustic Ceiling Adds Texture and Interest

This original and eco-friendly Montreal home designed by Gervais Fortin demonstrates how to use exposed joists in the ceiling to add texture and warmth. The distinct linear pattern adds interest in a large space that could otherwise feel vacuous.

Date Added: November 21, 2012 | Silvia @ 10:10 pm | Comments Off

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Cozy Curtains for the Winter Chill

If you are feeling a little frosty by the windows in your home, here is a modern and cozy curtain DIY from Readymade.

Date Added: November 13, 2012 | Silvia @ 7:35 pm | Comments Off

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Wall Art for the Modern Home

Wall art can sometimes strike images of macramé and painted velvet canvases, but no need to run screaming from your 1970′s nightmares. The advances in graphic technology allows for some striking and very personalized wall appliqués, which can be altered as frequently as your mood swings.

Take the above example from the Sankt Oberholz Hotel in Berlin, Germany. The historic rooms are modernized with a black and white palette along with clean, almost stark, furnishings. The dining room, below, incorporates the hotel logo for a touch of humour. The wall art personalizes each individual space and provides themes without the kitsch.

Modern Karibou, the great Canadian purveyor of modern style, offers a wide selection of Ferm Living wall art, a Danish wallpaper and products company with a whimsical sensibility. Below are some examples of wall art to help you individualize and personalize your rooms.

Ferm Living, Branches $182.00 CAD, from Modern Karibou.

Ferm Living, Kitchen $80.00 CAD, from Modern Karibou.

Date Added: June 15, 2012 | Silvia @ 5:36 pm | Comments Off

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Add a Punch of Colour Where You Least Expect It

Colour in the home can be a little intimidating, but it can also be the feature that makes the home. Making bold statements with wall colours is pretty easy, but making bold colour statements with fixtures, railings and backsplash art can be very dramatic, especially with a very austere neutral backdrop.

The Kitchen below was recently featured in Design Lines Magazine. The home was designed by Doreen Landow, who commissioned artists Reale Born to create a beautiful backsplash of the London Tube, complete with Led lights marking the stations. Not only is it a very bold colour statement, it is also a functional piece of art.

The home below was recently featured in City Homes magazine. The Designers, The Practice of Everyday Design, were very calculating about where to inject colour. They used a beautiful cobalt blue faucet and repeated the same colour on the handrail in the otherwise neutral interior. When used so sparingly and methodically, they become very striking feautures in the home.


The VOLA HV1 faucet shown below was designed in 1968 for the National Bank of Denmark by the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen. The company recently launched the faucet with a range of colours so that you, too, may be more daring and playful with your bathroom design.

Date Added: May 3, 2012 | Silvia @ 7:29 pm | Comments (0)

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Steal This Look

Big, bold lighting fixtures offer the opportunity to liven up your interiors. You can add focus to your kitchen island, inject some sparkle into your entry hall, or you can group them for extra drama over your dining room table.

Jielde’s Augustin pendant, shown below, is an industrial bucket lamp originally designed in 1950. The pendant is hand-crafted in France and retails for approximately $500. It comes in a variety of colours and sizes, and each piece is numbered for customized signature style.

West Elm has a similar industrial pendant (below), and with a price tag of less than $100.00 for extra-large, it offers big impact for a small investment.  

The Barn Light Electric Company’s Deep Bowl pendant (below) retails for between $69 and $144. This pendant can add some industrial country charm to your interiors.

Date Added: March 20, 2012 | Silvia @ 12:16 am | Comments (0)

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Spring Into Color

Now that the holidays are over it is time to put away the red and green and put on some fresh spring pastels. Color blocking was foreshadowed on the runways of fashion weeks gone by, and at this point in the blistery winter, we are chomping at the bit to get some fresh new accessories in tangerine, lilac and periwinkle..?


Above: West elm has just the ticket in its great selection of colorful throws.


Above: You can add a touch of texture and colour with this Missoni Pillow from

Above: This Big Floral Rug from Dwell Studio is the perfect splash of colour and pattern to liven up a dull interior.


Above: If you still require some swaddling in the remaining cold winter days, this Missoni Jocker Throw will keep you warm and fuzzy while still satisfying the color quotient.

Date Added: January 18, 2012 | Silvia @ 6:28 pm | Comments (0)

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Designer Looks for Less – Table/Wall Lamp

Accent lighting is a great accessory in any room. Often, great lighting requires intricate detailing and engineering, which can lend to its hefty price tag. What is great for the consumer is that there are usually ways to get the designer look for less.

The Jielde table lamp is a perfect example of a beautiful, flexible high end lighting design. You can get the same look for less with the Hi-Light Task Lamp from These stylish table lamps come in a variety of colors to add a little bit of vintage inspired whimsy and functional ambience to your desk, bedside tables, or you can even clip them onto your headboard for some bedtime reading.

Date Added: January 7, 2012 | Silvia @ 3:00 am | Comments (0)

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Holiday Gifts Under $50

With all of the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, it is nice to know there are some great gift options for the fabulous party hosts in your life.  Here are a few design savvy gifts that you can buy online.

Anthropologie’s milk bottle measuring cups are only $24, and they look great on any kitchen counter.  The brightly coloured interiors make cooking even more fun.

This dish towel from Crate and Barrel is only $8 and is perfect for any of the coffee addicts in your life.

The mason jar snow globe from Anthropologie adds a little bit of vintage whimsy to a holiday decor for only $28.

These Nendo Dress Up Vases from are simply adorable, and at only $28 each, you can easily add a level of sophistication to your holiday gift options.

Date Added: December 9, 2011 | Silvia @ 1:43 am | Comments (0)

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