I happened on a book the other day that I have to share. It is by a UK designer named Naomi Cleaver and is called The Joy of Home. I think I have a design crush. The premise of the book is that designing a home is about so much more than how it looks or functions, but in how it makes us feel and behave. Exactly!
I’ve been procrastinating on some tasks I don’t really want to do today. One of the things I’ll often do when I’m procrastinating is tidy and organize things. I realize this may be irritating to some, but as a visual person I find I have trouble thinking clearly with messes all around me. When my space feels under control my challenges don’t feel so insurmountable either. Anyway, I can easily justify this behavior because even if I’m not doing what I should be, at least I’m doing something productive. The added benefit (aside from tidy, organized spaces) in that when I finish I feel better in the space than I did when I started. More in control. That can spur me on to take action on other things.
What do you do when you are procrastinating?
I went to the Holiday Reveal Party last night at Uniquities, my favourite architectural antique and salvage shop in the city. They always have an amazing collection of unique finds, many sourced from markets in Europe.
People hire me for lots of reasons. Some have great style, but no time to pull a room together. Some just need a bit of assurance they are making smart decisions and want a sounding board and an unbiased opinion. And, some clients know what they like, but don’t know how to make it happen. It’s a range and I love it. However, sometimes I’ll make a recommendation that makes a client a bit uncomfortable. How much do you encourage them to give it a shot? When do you let it go and focus the search elsewhere?
My article for the October issue of Avenue Magazine is now up on the website. This piece covered the home of Darcy Lundgren and Greg Fraser, co-owners of Calgary’s DaDe Gallery in Inglewood. Their home is a reflection of their design-focused and well-curated life and a perfect proving ground to test new furnishings and artwork for the gallery. In addition to being insanely talented, they are all around great guys.
This week has been overflowing with supplier relationships. I’m currently working on pinning down a tile and drapery order. Reviewing lighting options and searching for some accessories to complete an entryway hall. At least, those are the highlights. With everything on the go at the same time I’ve been noticing the range of care you get from different firms. I like to make note of what I like and don’t in an experience so I can work to incorporate — or eliminate — those elements from my own interactions. I really believe there are always new things to learn.
My latest article for the September issue of Avenue Magazine is now online. It’s a custom home by interior designer Monica Stevens and it is truly drool-worthy. I loved talking with Monica and her client Belinda about the design of the home and the process of turning it into a reality. As we were touring it became apparent that there is not one detail in this space that hasn’t been considered. It’s stunning.
Alright, here is part two on my top IDS West finds this year. Best ideas discussed at the show: [Read more…]
I really enjoyed this year’s show and have put together a summary of my favourite finds and experiences. There was too much to limit to just one post, so I’ve decided to do two. One on specific furnishings and lines. One on specific ideas.
So in the furniture and lines category, here are my top picks at the show: [Read more…]
My eldest daughter has been fascinated by a building under construction at the S.A.I.T. campus for about a year. I promised her (many, many times) we would tour it when it was done. Our family spent some time today exploring the new Aldred Centre and we were all so impressed. Awe-mazing!