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Summer Hiatus

Summer Living

Summer time is here, again!

The summer is short here in Calgary and so it’s best to enjoy every minute while it lasts. Form(ed) will be on hiatus until September while I take advantage of the sunshine.

I hope you enjoy the lazy days of summer and look forward to sharing exciting new design ideas and projects with you in the fall.

Talk to you soon!

Design Inspiration >> Morris

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Shows + Finds >> Console

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I can’t wait to see this console in my clients’ home. It’s a gorgeous piece from Bernhardt Furniture, and the carved silver doors and oyster finish on the wood are classic and so refined. Even better, it provides extra storage space and amazing style.

Yours + Mine >> Drapery Installation

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I wanted to share these amazingly luxurious faux silk drapes that were installed for a client last month. She has a small master suite and we were working to create a luxurious retreat that she can escape to and feel cozy.

The drapery is a modern hand-drawn, ripplefold that we had ceiling-mounted. We lined them with blackout material to keep out the light and sounds from the street beyond. The final result is so elegant and welcoming. A perfect cocoon.

Technique >> Mini-Guide to Window Coverings

Window CoveringsIt seems like all I’ve been doing lately is window coverings. Almost every one of my current projects has drapery, shades or blinds as part of the scope. Since I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject I thought a mini-guide to window coverings might be a good post to write.

Personally, I love to fill a wall with drapery. It just gives such a dramatic look. Very rarely will I frame only a window, but there are times when it makes sense. I always make a decision about how to treat a window in context with what else is surrounding it and the feeling I’m trying to create in the room.

For this post we’ll talk about five types of window coverings: drapery, shades, shutters, blinds and films. We’ll review their characteristics, when to use them and things to think about before making your choice.

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Once you’ve selected a style, the next step is measuring, but that’s another blog post.

What types of window coverings do you prefer?

Design Inspiration >> Green

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Shows + Finds >> Craftsmen Bench

I am really looking forward to seeing Twitter and Facebook feeds full of all the innovative and original designs that come out of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. This year’s show features over 600 exhibitors from 38 countries and runs from May 17 – 20, 2014.

One of the designers that will be there this year is Stephen Lysak Design, a company based in Montréal. I love this bench from the Craftsman collection:

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In my opinion, the Craftsman bench exemplifies functionality, form and beauty. Lysak describes his design motivation saying, “Each creation is a hand-built piece of functional art that highlights both the hard work of the skilled tradesman and the beauty of simplicity.”

Yours + Mine >> Living Room Palette

Fabric PaletteFor today’s post, I want to give you a sneak peak of the palette for a living room project that is in progress.

The client has a young family so durability and easy maintenance are really important. However, this family also has a sense of style, so we want to keep it interesting.

We’ve settled on a palette of soft blue-greens and ecru. The texture in the fabric creates warmth and visual interest and the combinations keep the overall look from getting too matchy.

All of the upholstery is custom work. I can’t wait to see it finished.

Stay tuned for images of the final project!

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Technique >> Mixing wood

art-storyRecently a client mentioned wanting to use a wooden piano she inherited from her grandmother in the space we are working on.

I love incorporating pieces that have special meaning or history and so our conversation turned to how to work the piano into the room.

The wood is not the same as some of the other pieces we were considering. Does this mean the piano is a non-starter? Not at all.

Here are five points to consider when mixing wood tones in a room:

>> Blend tones with accessories

Use tones found in the wood in the other accents in the room like your frames, vases and objets. You can incorporate them into more permanent features too like the wood of a mantle, or bookshelves. This creates a flow, without matching everything up.

>> Use fabric or rugs as a counterpoint

If you don’t want to use a lot of wooden accessories you can still create a harmonious space by balancing the tones of the wooden piece you are working with against a thoughtfully placed rug, upholstery or drapery fabric that echoes the colour of the wood.

>> Choose more natural or matte finishes 

The less sheen there is on the wood the more naturally it will mix together. Think about a forest. The colours are endless, but it all works.

>> Keep balance by breaking up the different wooden pieces

Avoid grouping all the wooden pieces in the same area, or stacking them on top of one another. You need some contrast. Spread the items around a bit to achieve balance across the entire room.

>> Pay attention to the undertones

You also need to look at the colour of the undertones in the wood and its stain. Is it red, yellow, orange, green or blue? If you’ve got an orange undertone you can create drama by adding something blue, which is a complementary colour, or you can create a more serene feel by continuing to work with the orange.

A room that is well layered always feels right and some very successful spaces mix a number of wooden pieces together. These rooms are beautiful because they have depth and soul.