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Design Crush: Anatomy of a Scandal

Design Crush: Anatomy of a Scandal

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If you’re anything like me, you devoured Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix.  Based on the book by Sarah Vaughan, the psychological thriller tells the story Sophie (Sienna Miller), the attractive albeit long-suffering wife of James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend), an ambitious Tory MP in the British government.  While the story itself is predictable, the stunning interiors, Sienna Miller’s impossibly chic style and my love of Rupert Friend, had me captivated.

Client Reveal: Livingston Project

For me the design process has always been a fluid one, navigating unexpected surprises, while maintaining budgets and timelines, but never more so than in the last year and a half. The endless pandemic related shortages and delays, have challenged all of us in the industry and most especially our clients to be nimble and patient.

Nothing could be truer for my clients at our Livingston Project. Having worked hard to build their new home, my sweet clients reached out early to start the furnishing process.  Despite the extra lead time we couldn’t get ahead of the Covid supply issues, which had us re-evaluating, re-selecting and finally releasing – trusting that things would show up and be worth the wait. Thankfully, I’m happy to report, that nearly a year to the day we first met, my clients home is complete and it was indeed worth the wait.

Client Reveal: Altadore Project

Client Reveal: Altadore Project

Every so often a project comes along that feels like magic, the kind where it seems the stars have aligned perfectly. That was the case with our Altadore project. From amazing clients who trusted me completely, which was both humbling and empowering, to the exciting scope, perfect location, and trades who brought us over the finish line on time – during a global pandemic – this project was a dream.

Design Crush: Jewel Tones

Design Crush: Weathered Jewel Tones

While I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of a tone on tone, neutral space, I do like to inject colour into the spaces I’m working on from time to time. And when it comes to choosing a colour to add, I invariable end up leaning towards jewel tones.  In particular, those that look a little weathered and worn. Like they’ve been around for a while. Nothing adds soul to a space like something with history and these weather jewel tones add a depth and richness that I can’t get enough of.  I’ve rounded up some of the spaces and colours I’m most inspired by below.

Design Roundup: Cane Furniture

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Cane furniture has been making a slow resurgence over the last few years.  But it’s popularity seems to have been kicked into high gear as I’m seeing it pop up everywhere.

There is nothing new about cane, it’s quite literally been around for centuries.  Originating as basket material and evolving into furniture later.  A woven cane bed was buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1323 BC, and a cane coffin holding a Moche princess was buried in Peru around AD 750. Cane was used all over Asia and Africa throughout history, woven on objects like Tibetan shields from the 14th-16th centuries AD.

2021 Colours of the Year

2021 Colours of the Year

There are a few things that always mark the start of a new year … a fresh day timer, new set of goals and a new selection of colours of the year.  While I can’t say my design decisions are overly impacted by the colour announcements, I do love seeing what everyone is forecasting.  The chosen colours are often reflective of the what we’ve experienced in the previous year and the hope for the future.  After a year like 2020, I think the selections for 2021 are especially hopeful and inspiring. Scroll through and let me know your favourite!

Renovation ROI

Renovations Worth the Investment

2020 has disrupted the way we live in so many ways, from how we socialize, work and learn to where we live.  For some of us, the shelter in place mandates had us re-evaluating the space we call home.  For many the lack of outdoor space or a functional workspace became glaringly obvious.  For others fluctuating markets and employment uncertainty had us putting plans to upgrade our homes on hold.  Given all of this, it wasn’t entirely shocking to see so many people take on home improvement projects to enhance the efficiency and function of their home.

Design Crush: Dark Paint

Design Crush: Dark Paint

I love spaces that feel like a deep, relaxing exhale.  The kind that are comfortable and encourage lingering.  While I tend to gravitate towards shades of white and neutral palettes, lately I’ve fallen in love with dark and moody spaces.  They feel captivating, like a cozy embrace.  The darker tones feel elevated and offer depth and character in a way a white space can’t.  I’ve rounded up some of favourites below.  What do you think?

Design Crush: Black Artists

It’s been a month since George Floyd was murdered.  And while we still have miles and miles to go, I am hopeful.  The world feels a little different and the movement feels stronger and deeper than it ever has.

I like so many of you I have spent the last few weeks reading, learning and reflecting.  In my exploration I’ve come across a number of captivating black designers and creators that I’d like to share with you.  Although I’m not entirely sure what change looks like, I know I want to be a part of it. I hope you enjoy.