The other day I was looking at photos of a multi-million dollar property that was profiled on Curbed. The editors were trashing the décor and I can understand why. It matched in an eerie, unpleasant way that actually detracted from the homes architectural beauty.
Kids are messy and unpredictable. It’s a fact.
As I write this post I am dealing with clean up efforts in my basement from a (thankfully, fairly minor!) sewer backup after someone flushed items they should not. (Excess dental floss, in case you wondered.) And, in the last six months I have also had to clean up dark purple nail polish from a travertine floor after a bottle slipped from little fingers while it was being handed over to mommy. Good times indeed!
I wish I could have attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign events in New York last week, but it wasn’t in the plan this year. However, I have been following the news closely and it appears there were loads of fun and interesting new designs.
I decided to post a summary of my favourite summaries of the show. Here are a few links that give a flavour of the latest trends as well as the new pieces, patterns and finds from the showroom floor this year.
I’ve been a bit quiet lately, which is because there has been a lot going on. However, I wanted to come up for air to share this beauty!
The story I wrote for Avenue Magazine about a well-curated home on the city’s west side is live on their website now.
It was the second time I’ve interviewed the designer, Monica Stevens. This woman is amazing. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she forges these incredible relationships with her clients.
My favourite detail in the house? The double-sided limestone fireplace that greets you at the entry.
I’m not alone in admiring the philosophy and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. His ideas about letting nature lead and creating spaces that compliment and appear natural to their surroundings really appeals to me. For that reason it was pretty exciting for me to visit Taliesin West, his winter home, studio and school in Scottsdale, AZ on a recent trip. [Read more…]
I’ve been watching the news coming out of two recent design shows, IMM Cologne and Maison & Objet. The themes are definitely — at a high level — about automation, minimalism and nature-inspired shapes.
My story on the modern, fresh family home of Andrew and Allison Stordeur is up. This couple was such fun to talk with and their space really reflects their family and personal style. The designer was Aly Velji, a talented local designer who is also launching a new design office and resource in town called The Design Exchange 202.