Exciting developments over here. I’ll be presenting a workshop at Interior Living on Wednesday, February 17!
This will be a lot of fun and a great way to get together with a few friends and tackle some of your design challenges.
Registration is open now and you can get your tickets here.
- steps to take in creating a tailored home
- how to identify what is missing in your space
- choosing lifestyle-driven accessories
Grab your girlfriends and join me at Interior Living on Wednesday, February 17 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. We’ll have bubbles and bites and lots of discussion on ways to make your home the stylish haven you imagine.
One lucky participant will also win a complimentary 2-hour in home consultation.
I hope to see you there!
Our W/2016 Design Dispatch covered this idea and how it’s showing up in the design world right now.
It’s a lot of work to make things simple. Life and design can get complicated very quickly. Solve it by working out what is most important to create the right experience and build everything from that point of view.
When you get lost in the details, you can always come back to it.
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The news is out and Form Interiors is excited to have won Best of Houzz 2016 for both the Design and Customer Service categories!
This is the second year in row we’ve received these awards. It is great to know that clients are loving our work and that the response to our portfolio is so strong.
Thank you to the wonderful clients who trust in the process and the design work that results.
Creating spaces you love is so rewarding for us.
It feels good to be recognized for that work, too!
Image Details (L to R): Hillhurst Kitchen Renovation, Hillhurst Kitchen Renovation, Feature Contributor: Avenue Magazine – Hiring for a Renovation, Panel at entry to Hyatt Stillwater Spa, Beakerhead 2015 Installation, Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava, Ice Heaving on Lake Windermere, BC, Planning, Wonderland by Jaume Plensa.
A year can feel like a long, unproductive, slogging time. Seeing it compressed into nine standout images is a great way understand how much gets accomplished and how the seemingly unconnected pieces of a puzzle form an image.
It’s also a good way to understand the spirit of something. I spend a good deal of time thinking about placemaking. When I work with a client on creating a home that they love, I am designing an environment unique to them. Seeing Calgary’s efforts at placemaking reflected so clearly in my photographs is great.
Designing a business, a life, or the inside of a home is very much like that process, too. It’s the details you fill in that create the character.
How those details are selected, collected and presented creates an energy and feeling in the space. It’s a process and a skill.
Calgary is on a very exciting journey in this respect and has made giant strides in recent years.
One example is the Peace Bridge. I’m a big fan. I know that’s not always a popular viewpoint, but I am.
It’s an iconic design.
It’s a tourist attraction that enhances one of the greatest assets in the city, the Bow River Pathway system.
It’s functional and necessary to creating walkable infrastructure. Anyone who walks or bikes knows eliminating a few kilometres on a trip makes a rather large difference, especially when it’s below zero.
The cost is a (highly visible) rounding error on the annual infrastructure budget and what the bridge contributes in terms of elevating and identifying the city is immeasurable.
It’s not just a bridge and I think many miss that point.
The second thing I love (aside from that kitchen reno project) is the nighttime image from Beakerhead.
We are so lucky to live in a talent-filled city where people can imagine, create and produce experiences that the entire community can step into. It really gives me hope for what we can become with that kind of heart and vision.
Placemaking is a process in that way. The elements that make up the whole come to define the city over time.
Individually they can make you shrug, but in collection – wow.
That’s what the 2015BestNine brought out for me.
Did you take a look at yours? What did you notice?
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone the happiest of holidays.
Things can get out of control at this time of year. There are concerts and parties and shopping. There are greeting cards and decorations and family celebrations.
Regular routines go out the window. The days can feel rushed and there is never enough time.
I am guilty as anyone of getting swept up in it all. And so, it will be quiet on here for the next couple of weeks while I step away to focus on my family.
However, before that happens, I wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday season and all the best for the new year.
I hope the next few weeks are filled with peace, light and love.
The electronic universe has been buzzing with the latest release of the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. In case you missed it this year’s is a double feature of Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919). The photo above snapped by my daughter gives you the general direction.
My grandfather had a name for this combination. He called it SkyBluePink. As a child I found that so funny and I think of him whenever I look up at twilight, or when there is a particularly colourful sunrise. I like that this year’s forecast has given me lots of time to reflect on someone I love and miss.
In terms of the trends though, I don’t get too worked up. If you like these colours, great. Load up. If not, meh. Wait for next year. It will be different.
Colour forecasting, like most of the what’s hot, what’s not material tends to be about trends that are happening and not a requirement for style or good taste.
A colour may be popular and not right for you for many reasons.
I believe colour is a sophisticated tool of communication. It creates a feeling or sets a tone. In some respects I believe this is what PANTONE is saying with this double feature of warm and cool tones.
It’s a metaphor for combining opposites in harmonious ways. The world could certainly use a bit of that right now.
So what to do about it? Nothing, really. If you want to be hip and you’ve got the time and resources to change it up every year. Go for it. If not, perhaps take a step back. Observe.
Decide what your agenda is for choosing a colour or palette in the first place. I find it a smarter, more sustainable way to proceed.
What are your thoughts about the PANTONE Color of the Year for 2016?
This week the calendar rolled over into December and I can officially begin preparing for the season and that includes holiday decorating. There are a few key areas of my home that I change out seasonally and the front entrance is one.
Our family life is pretty busy and I don’t have a huge amount of time to devote to this work. However, the entry to your home sets the tone for what to expect inside.
It is an important part of making people feel welcome and respected. For this reason, I believe it deserves a bit of attention and it is a priority for me.
I’ve developed a system that is pretty simple. I always decorate a couple of planters flanking the door and hang a wreath. It’s kind of a big deal to me to use natural materials as often as is practical.
A few years ago I found a wreath of red berries of that I love and that has the right scale for the door. It accents beautifully against the wood stain and has become the foundation for the look each year.
I fill the planters with seasonal greenery and style them with berries, pinecones and dogwood branches. This year there is even a bit of ribbon.
The result is bit different from year-to-year depending on the greens that are available and how they combine in the planters, but the basic process is the same.
Once it’s done, I’m a bit more motivated to get all of the other holiday preparations done.
What do you do to start your holiday prep?
Gretchen Rubin is an author I admire. If you don’t know her she wrote the The Happiness Project, wherein she spent a year trying out the wisdom of the ages to find greater happiness in her own life. It’s created a bit of a thing for her with international bestsellers and the like. She has a lot of interesting and valuable things to say.
Something Rubin talks about are Foundation Habits, which are habits that tend make you more effective in everything you do. Creating external order is one of them and it’s kind of a big deal for me.
A routine I steadfastly stick with is making the bed. It not only looks nice, it signals a transition from the lounge-y, slow-moving mood of waking up to the more focussed energy required for the busy days of learning and working and playing that my family grinds out.
For me, this two-minute daily ritual is essential. What routines do you use to create external order? What do you think might make a difference in your home and life?